Local residents will have the opportunity to watch some of the most talented horses and riders on the East Coast test their mettle next weekend at the Pine Top October Horse Trials, which take place at Pine Top Farm in Thomson on October 9-10.
Horses and riders will compete for top honors in eventing. An Olympic sport since 1912, eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon, with three phases that test the competitors' skills in the ring, over fences, and galloping across the countryside. Dressage, a sort of equestrian ballet, tests the horse and rider's ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements in an enclosed arena. During cross-country, horse and rider gallop over natural terrain, up and down hills, across ditches, and into water, leaping over a variety of imposing obstacles along the way. In the show jumping phase, competitors make their way over a course of painted fences in an enclosed arena, making every attempt to leave all the fence rails in their cups when they cross the finish line.
Pine Top Farm is located at 1432 Augusta Road in Thomson. The competition is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Contact Glenn Wilson at (706) 449-1907 or visit www.pinetopfarm.com.