Plantation CIC Gearing Up to be Bigger and Better than Ever

L-R: Eric Bull, Denis Glaccum, Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and daughter, Tremaine Cooper
One of the most exciting CIC’s in America is less than five weeks away: the Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Unionville, PA. They are gearing up for this to be their best-ever event! I’ve come on board the Committee this year, joining Phillip, course designer Tremaine Cooper course builder Eric Bull, and event organizer Denis Glaccum on a weekly basis, giving a rider’s point of view of what we feel would make the course a more flowing ride. Phillip and I have both been out there a number of times, putting our two cents’ worth in with some ideas on jump construction and course layout. We want to help develop a course that encourages forward and positive riding. I can guarantee anyone entering any class at Plantation this year that the courses will be better than ever.
The footing will also be top notch: farming guru Jamie Hickshas been relentlessly spreading mushroom compost over the path for the cross-country courses and at the moment the course is very similar to the turf at Royal Ascot!
Organizer Denis Glaccum has taken a leap of faith, making some brilliant changes to the format of this year’s CIC and horse trials classes. All preliminary horse trials classes will have the luxury of doing their dressage in the large 60×20 meter arenas. Notably, he has done away with compulsory stabling for the CIC horses after getting permission from the ground jury, making for a more affordable and convenient event in the international classes for local riders. Plantation also will be sporting the world’s first-ever red rubber brick jog-up strip made of PaveSafe Pavers, thanks to ECORE International.
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