From The Paulicki Report, by Jen Roytz, 8-23-20187
Known as one of the most iconic venues in North American eventing, Plantation Field can be likened to Keeneland or Saratoga for equestrians. Each year the facility hosts the Plantation Field International Horse Trials, one of the premier eventing competitions in North America that routinely draws Olympic and World Equestrian Games-caliber competitors.
Last year Plantation Field launched the Real Rider Cup, a celebrity charity equestrian competition aimed at bridging the gap between the on-track and off-track worlds. Held on the Sunday of the Plantation Fields International, the event consisted of four teams of five riders, with each team representing a different sector of the racing community. Each rider was mounted on an off-track Thoroughbred and together they navigated a stadium jumping course, trying to keep the rails up, beat the clock…and stay on their horse!
July 10, 2017
Two worlds are set to collide in September when the mid-Atlantic racing and eventing communities join hands to showcase the versatility of the Thoroughbred breed in idyllic Unionville, Pennsylvania.
Plantation Field International Horse Trials, known colloquially as the “Best Event Ever” thanks to its legendary parties on the grounds, will forego its usual theme weekend to instead devote Sept. 14-17 to honoring the Thoroughbred’s storied role in racing and eventing.
In announcing a multi-year partnership with Retired Racehorse Project, Plantation Field will celebrate excellence in Thoroughbred racing culture and bring together two groups that share the same desire to see Thoroughbreds thrive and flourish, both on the track and after their careers as racehorses are complete.
Steuart Pittman, Retired Racehorse Project’s president, said he hopes the racing community will embrace the concept, venturing from the racetrack to the cross country course in the name of the Thoroughbred.
July 20, 2017
Plantation Field International Horse Trials will celebrate its 10th anniversary by kicking off a multi-year partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project. This year's event, held Sept. 14-17, 2017 in beautiful Unionville, will celebrate excellence in the sport of eventing and Thoroughbred racing culture.
Top names in Thoroughbred racing like Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion will team up with top eventers like Rio Olympic individual bronze medalist Phillip Dutton to showcase second careers for former racehorses.
Steuart Pittman, president of the Retired Racehorse Project, said he is thrilled to be involved in this new multi-year partnership with Plantation Field, which has steadily grown to be one of the most prestigious horse trials on the fall eventing calendar.
With the horse trials held annually three weeks prior to the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which this year will take place Oct. 5-8, 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park, partnering with Plantation Field provides an ideal platform for the Retired Racehorse Project to not only promote second careers for off-track horses but also reach a new group of fans for eventing.