History of Stuart Horse Trials

Eventing is the triathlon of equestrian sport. Developed from cavalry competitions held during the early 1900s, eventing is the ultimate challenge for horse and rider, testing their partnership and athletic prowess in three diverse and demanding disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and stadium.

Stuart Horse Trials started out in 1990 as a very nice local event where about 70 novice and training level riders competed. While it remains the highlight of local competitors' event schedules, the trials now draws top international level riders and their horses who compete at the preliminary and intermediate levels and in the international CIC* and CIC** competitions. The 300 competitors come from all over the United States and many foreign countries including Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, and Mexico and are cheered on by more than 18,000 spectators.

1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006
Best Event in Area I
(No longer awarded as of 2006)

1995
Eastern Region Adult Team Championships

1997 & 2000
Area I Training Championships

1999
Area I Preliminary Championships

2001-2011
CIC** Competition

2003
WHAM Sportswoman of the Year
Oustanding Achievement Award

2004-2010
Gold Cup Series

2006
Area I Novice Championships

2010-2011
CIC* Competition

The Intermediate, Preliminary, Training and Novice cross-country courses are updated and redesigned each year by Derek di Grazia who is renowned in the sport of eventing for using the natural flow of the land to create challenging questions for horse and rider. Derek's designs are carried out to an exacting detail by Mark Vahue and his course building crew.