The Fork Horse Trials

The Fork Horse Trials
The Fork Horse Trials

The Fork is 1600 acres of land located at the confluence of the Pee Dee and Rocky River. The land was originally owned by the Colson family   who in 1771 was issued a permit allowing them to open an “Ordinary,” or inn.   Actively farmed over two centuries, Jim Cogdell purchased the land in 1999 with his goal to conserve and preserve the land.

A major event that takes place at The Fork is the horse trials, an “equestrian triathlon of dressage, cross country, and show jumping.”  Considered the ultimate competition, the sport is a Three Day Eventing.  Dressage begins the trials and is a series of “movements performed around markers in the arena.” There is no jumping.  The horse is judged based on the fluidity and obedience shown to the rider. Cross country, a timed race is the second phase and demonstrates the riders and horse’s endurance, speed, and daring as they gallop over difficult terrain and jump obstacles lying in their path. Show jumping is the final phase—also timed–and is made up of jumps of various degrees.

The event includes  Dressage on Thursday and Friday, and end with Cross Country and Show Jumping on Saturday and Sunday. An international event, The Fork Horse Trials draws the world’s top riders and horses from around the world.  “Competitors come from Canada, UK, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, and all across the United States.”

There are fun activities for the entire family plus a variety of vendors to explore. Besides the horse trials and sporting clay competition, Land Rover of Charlotte will do a cross country drive; there will be a Ladies Champagne Luncheon and several hat awards.  A VIP tent will be set up overlooking the dressage CIC*** and will have an open bar. For the children, there is a huge amount of space to enjoy, play, and learn about nature and animals.  It’s also the perfect opportunity for companies to bring their clients and/or employees for an affordable and entertaining time.

Located approximately one hour east of Charlotte, The Fork Horse Trials is an event you won’t want to miss. For further information go to www.forkstables.com.