Plantation Field Celebrates Success of Second International CIC***
RELEASE: September 24, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Plantation Field Staff
"We were thrilled with the outpouring of community support and involvement," said Denis Glaccum, co-director of Plantation Field International Horse Trials. "In only our second year of international competition, we've seen a significant increase in attendance as more of our friends and neighbors turn out."
Held over three days in Unionville, PA, the Plantation Field International Horse Trials are one of only a handful of prestigious three-day events in the region. More than 240 horse-and-rider pairs competed for more than $15,000 in prize money.
Though Plantation Field offers competition for riders of all levels, the most prestigious division is the CIC***, which is a qualifier for the United States Equestrian Federation's year-end championships.
Phillip Dutton, an Olympian who calls Chester County home, won the ultimate prize of the weekend with his mount, Inmidair. In addition to his first place win in the CIC***, Dutton also finished third and sixth in the same division.
"Phillip is an eventing legend, so we knew to anticipate great sport from him this weekend," Glaccum continued. "We're also proud to have a local Olympian as our big winner."
In addition to several Olympians in competition this weekend, Plantation Field also honored seven Olympians who call Unionville home. In recognition of their contribution to the sport and Chester County's rich Olympic legacy, they were presented with a permanent plaque in a ceremony before the CIC show jumping phase on Sunday.
Plantation Field is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and sprawling courses. Contained within one vast field off Route 82, Plantation's courses took several years to complete as organizers and developers strived to maintain and restore the property. Designed with conservation in mind, Plantation Field offers unobstructed vistas that incorporate natural elements found on the site.
In addition to world-class competition, the Plantation Field International Horse Trials also featured several events for spectators and families alike, including: ring-side marquee for riders, owners and sponsors, parade of hounds, celebrity bareback jumping, kids-on-foot jumping competition, expanded trade fair, and a "kids' corner" with moon bounce, face painting and more.
Proceeds from the event benefited The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, a local Chester County nonprofit which connects farm animals with special needs children.