International eventing competition this weekend
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Chattahoochee Hills CHC International eventing competition will be held today, Saturday and Sunday at the Chattahoochee Hills eventing facility near Fairburn.
The event will feature world-class riders, including Newnan native and former Olympian Julie Burns Richards, as well as those just getting started in eventing. Classes range from CIC three, two, and one star to training and novice.
Eventing competitions are held regularly at Chattahoochee Hills, but this is the only international competition of the year, said Cowetan Ashley Giles. Giles competed last year at the inaugural International, and this year she will be working as a volunteer.
Though the sport is commonly known as “three-day-eventing,” most of the competition will take place over two days.
Dressage begins today, and show jumping will begin at 4 p.m.
On Saturday will be cross country competition. The higher level competitors will conclude on Saturday, but the lower level riders will still be competing on Sunday.
The two-day schedule makes the sport more spectator-friendly, Giles said. And the cross-country course itself is spectator-friendly. “Most cross-country courses are so spread out,” Giles said. “At Chattahoochee Hills, it is very open, so you can see multiple jumps from one spot.”
Tickets are $15 for adults. Kids 10 and under enter free. VIP tickets are $35 Friday and $25 Saturday. On Saturday there will be a fashion show presented by HKM, and there will be a “Kid Zone” on Saturday. There is also a large vendor village.
Eventing is known as the “horse triathlon.” It was developed by the French as a training exercise for the cavalry in the 1800s. It became a part of the Olympics in 1912. Since 1964, women and men have competed in the sport of equal footing.
The facility is located at 10045 Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn. For more information, visit www.chatthillseventing.com.