Heritage Park Featured by USEA


USEA Events A-Z: Heritage Park Horse Trials

Authored By: Beth Stoker
Lauren Stiver and Brementown. Marilyn Merrick Photo.

The Heritage Park Horse Trials in Olathe, Kansas (Area IV) offers Starter through Preliminary levels at their event held in October of each year.

The Mid-America Combined Training Association (MACTA) was formed in the mid-1970s by a group of individuals whose goal was to bring eventing to the Midwest. The group began working with the Johnson County Parks Department and arranged for the organization to use 80 acres of Heritage Park, a 1,200-acre multi-use park located 30 minutes outside Kansas City. Richard Newton was hired to evaluate the tract of land and then design and build Training and Preliminary cross-country courses as an introduction to the sport. Keep in mind that at the time, eventing did not offer Starter, Beginner Novice, or Novice levels. The Training level course was featured in Sally O’Connor’s USCTA Book of Eventing along with an interview with Richard Newton. The inagural Heritage Park Horse Trials were held in 1979.

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