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Richland Park Horse Trials welcome 2012 Olympians

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Richalnd, Mich. – The 11th Annual Richland Park Horse Trials will be held in Richland, Mich. Aug. 23-26.

The 2012 U.S. Eventing Team secured a respectable seventh place finish this week in London. The Event horses and riders have left Greenwich Park to make room for the next leg of the Olympic equestrian competition, Dressage.

The next stop for three of the five members of the 2012 team is west Michigan.

Olympians Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Will Coleman will all be competing at the Richland Park Horse Trials.

Presently, there are more than 450 horse and rider entries and a waitlist of more than 100. This is an exceptional opportunity for spectators to watch current and past Olympian equestrians compete in a local setting. Festivities will run Thursday through Sunday from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a parking fee of $10 per day or $15 for multiple days. There are spectator shuttles available to escort people to the different areas of the park, which includes a trade fair offering shopping and food options.

About The Richland Park Horse Trials:
The Richland Park Horse Trials is a recognized horse show that is sanctioned by the United States Eventing Association (USEA), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).  Additionally, The Richland Park Horse Trials is one of twelve nationwide sites selected by the USEA to participate in the 2012 USEA Gold Cup Series.

Eventing is known as the “Horse Triathlon” as it tests the ability of both horse & rider as they compete in a combination of dressage, cross-country jumping and stadium jumping.  Richland Park is the culmination of a dream held by Bob and Kay Willmarth (local business owners) who passionately continue to organize and host this amazing event!

For more information visit www.richlandpark.com or its Facebook page. Visit our Website for more info about things to do in Kalamazoo.

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