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Equestrians all over the globe are waiting with great anticipation for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, scheduled to take place in Normandy, France August 23-September 7, 2014. Riders, drivers, and vaulters from across the world will be competing at this huge equestrian event, which features all 8 FEI-sanctioned disciplines. In the world of equestrian sport, this event iseven bigger, more important, and more competitive than the Olympics. August may seem like a long way off, but for the riders hoping to secure a spot on team USA, preparations have already begun.

 

This year, the selection trials for theUS Dressage Team will be hosted once again at the historic United States Equestrian Team headquarters in bucolic Gladstone, NJ on June 5-8, 2014. Grand Prix dressage riders will becompeting not only for the national champion title, but also for a ticket to France. Each rider will complete a Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Freestyle test, and the top-placed combinations will be named to the Team. Horse and rider combinations must first qualify at Gladstone by achieving severalhigh scores at international-level competitions, ensuring that those who make it to the Selection Trials are the United States’ best and brightest. It’s sure to be a thrilling weekend of dressage!

 

The best part of this exciting event is that it’s also open to spectators. Dressage enthusiasts can come for one day, or all four days of competition and enjoy watching the best horses and riders our country has to offer. It’s a fantastic educational opportunity for the amateur dressage rider, horse-crazy kid, or anyone who enjoys learning something new about horses and horse sport. The beautiful grounds at Gladstone are sure to be decorated to the hilt, and the atmosphere at the historic equestrian mecca is something thatsimply has to be experienced. In between rides, spectators can browse the vendor area and pick up a souvenir of their time at the USET, or purchase some new riding breeches or tack.

 

The Gladstone, NJ facility has been home to several Selection Trials in the past, and has become known for putting on a fantastic dressage show.Competitors and spectators alike look forward to travelling to the beautifulNew Jersey countryside for this special event. After the Trials, those who make the cut will be able to train at Gladstone until departing for France.

 

For more information, parking prices, etc, stay tuned to www.uset.org as the event approaches.

 

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