Camelot Equestrian Park to host inaugural eventing competition

Jul 2, 2015 8:07 PM by Ross Field

The Camelot Equestrian Park is hosting riders and horses from across North America this weekend. Action News Now's Ross Field shows us what the competition is all about.

They're taking off and coming down in Butte Valley this weekend, taking part in a team sport where one of the team players can't talk!

Welcome to the world of equestrian competition. This weekend mars the inaugural United States Eventing Association (USEA) Horse Trials at Camelot Equestrian Park.

Organizer Louis Blankenship says expect to see a wide range of competitors in motion.

"We'll have a lot of small children competing all the way to professionals and Olympians will be here," said Blankenship.

They'll all take part in a triathlon on horseback.

Eventing combines three different disciplines, dressage, cross country, and show jumping into one competition set over three days.

Scoring is based on penalties with points added for each mistake.

The horse and rider combination with the lowest score after completing all three phases wins.

Cash prizes are up for grabs and Blankenship says it's quite a sight of behold.

"Just standing there and listening to the horse gallop by and you being next to it, even if you're not a horse person, you get a lot of adrenaline, it's a lot of fun," said Blankenship.

More than 100 riders and their horses from across United States and Canada will compete, including Sacramento's Jessica Saksen with her horse Newman.

"He's an off-the-track thoroughbred that my trainer actually rescued off a slaughter truck and now he's become quite the eventer," said Saksen.

Saksen says riding a 1,200 pound horse going 25 miles per hour gets the blood pumping.

"It's very exciting, it's definitely a rush, it's a really good feeling to be out there galloping with this animal that has so much trust in you, and you have to trust them to or else you're in trouble, overall it's a really great feeling."

Especially after successfully taking off and coming down.

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(Photo credit: Brittany Craker - Brookhaven Farm)


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