The beautiful Heritage Park is located at 168th & Pflumm Road in Olathe, KS. MACTA works in conjunction with the Johnson County Parks Department to maintain the equestrian facility at this venue.
Heritage Park is well-designed for the spectator, coach and competitor. Stabling is conveniently located to the secretary’s tent, warm-up areas and competition sites for all three phases. The cross-country courses are set on open, slightly rolling aerovated terrain which offers excellent viewing of numerous fences.
Heritage Park offers Starter through Preliminary Level competitive horse trials. All new courses for 2016 with a new course designer. Our course designer describes the courses as follows: all courses are over mowed grass park land with open rolling hillocks with no significant elevation changes. There are a few wooded areas that will be galloped through. N, T, P will have maximum size fences on course so do not consider this a “move up course”, however, the courses should be considered standard for their level. Cross-country course closed September 5, 2016.
Friday, October 6th: Tests (dressage) will be offered on Friday beginning around noon; Cross-country course open-3 pm. If entries warrant some competition tests may run on Friday.
Course Walk Refreshments provided by Tricolor Tack in the evening. Location: Tricolor Tack Tent
Saturday, October 7th – 8:30am Horse Trial Dressage; 10:00am XC
Sunday, October 8th – Stadium – 9am; 11am XC schooling (must check in with Secretary and pay schooling fee, bad weather will cancel this activity)
What is Eventing?
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other.
Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse’s and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena.
The rider accumulates penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the rider with the lowest amount of points at the end of the three phases takes home top honors. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.
Visit www.discovereventing.com to learn more about the sport of eventing!