Laurels at Landhope CDE Combines International Competition and Family Fun
RELEASE: May 15, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Stephanie Lawson
The Laurels At Landhope International Combined Driving Event, the most prestigious event of its kind held in the U.S., will be held in West Grove, Chester County, PA, September 5-7, 2008. Combining family fun with international equestrian competition in a beautiful country setting just 40 miles from Philadelphia, the event hosts the best drivers from Canada, Mexico and the United States who compete in a series of three events with combinations from single horses and ponies to four-in-hands. It features the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Pairs Championships and the USEF National Pony Championships, as well as competition in preliminary, intermediate and advanced divisions. Recognized by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), it is a selection trial for the world championships to be held in Europe in August 2009.
Combined driving requires a unique partnership between horse or pony and driver that relies on training and trust. An offshoot of ridden three-day eventing, it features the elegance of dressage, the excitement of cross-country and a cones course, an intricate test of skill and precision. The competition begins at 8 a.m. each day. Dressage is held Friday, marathon on Saturday, and cones on Sunday.
Though the Laurels At Landhope show grounds cover 44 acres, the two competition arenas, extremely popular trade fair, exhibition area with two restaurants, and the patron tent all adjoin one another. The marathon hazards, the highlight of the event, are adjacent and easily visible to spectators.
Kids Corner, with games, face painting and crafts, runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trade fair features a variety of vendors offering jewelry, art, antiques, collectibles, equine/canine-inspired giftware, equine and equestrian equipment, elegant country-style apparel, farm equipment, carriages and carriage appointments.
Sunday's activities include Jack Russell terrier races and a parade and display of antique coaches pulled by four-in-hands. The Barbone Street Jazz Band plays throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. Members of the Chester County Antique Car Club will display their vintage automobiles both days.
For more information and tickets, visit www.laurelscde.com
or phone (610) 486-0710.