Sporting Days site for premier eventing

The Sporting Days Farm's Horse Trials and Combined Tests are being held this weekend. (Photo by Ben Baugh)

A number of North America's premier eventers converged this weekend on Joannah Hall Glass' Sporting Days Farm to compete in the United States Equestrian Federation and United States Eventing Association recognized Horse Trials and Combined Tests. The event served as a fundraiser to benefit the Montmorenci Volunteer Fire Company. Advanced level rider Sinead Halpin has one ride this weekend and is going Preliminary Level with Bernadette Cogdell's Irish Sport Horse Westwinds El Dorado. Halpin, who grew up in Columbia, and Carraig, LLC's Manoir de Carneville, have been selected for the United States Equestrian Federation's 2009 Developing Rider List for Eventing. They will be taking part in the USEF High Performance and Developing Rider sessions at Three Runs Plantation. "He's (Westwinds El Dorado, who's a chestnut gelding) a new horse who has just come over from Ireland a month ago, this was his first Preliminary run in the United States, and it was fabulous," said Halpin, who has relocated to Virginia. "The cross country course was perfect for this time of year. My first event was here (15 years ago) when I was 13 years old. The facility looks great, and it's really starting to cater to the upper level competitors that are coming here now. It's a cool time for our sport, and they're looking to help the developing riders get their professional career going, and direct them toward the future, and more team competitions, so I'm pumped." Course designer Dennis Glaccum, is the founder of Fair Hill Equestrian Events and organizer of the Plantation Field Horse Trials, challenged the horses and riders with a course that seemed to ask all the right questions. "The course allows the rider to have a nice good gallop," said Glaccum. "The course wasn't designed to be technically hard, but to make the rider and horse go around jumps and fences that are up to the standard, and have a good time, and that's what we'll hope we'll accomplish." The Horse Trials and Combined Tests continue today at 8:30 a.m. Sporting Days Farm is located at 3549 Charleston Hwy. in Aiken. For more information, you can visit their website at www.sportingdaysfarm.com.