Lake Erie College to Host 39th Annual Prix De Villes of North America
Lake Erie College will host the 39th annual Prix De Villes of North America. This event begins and ends with two exciting international equestrian competitions. Stadium jumping team competition will be held April 14-15 and Dressage competition will be held April 20-22. All events are open to the public and take place at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center located at 8031 Morley Rd. in Concord Twp.
Stadium Jumping competition begins on Saturday, April 14 with the individual competition. In this event, riders and horses must negotiate a challenging jumping course within a specified time without knocking down any obstacles or earning time faults. The rider with the fastest times and least number of faults will win the competition.
Sunday, April 15 is the team competition where teams of three or four riders compete on an Olympic format with the top three scores to count toward the team totals. Each rider on the team competes on a difficult and challenging jumping course of colorful jumps including the dreaded stone wall. In the afternoon, the second round includes another course of equally difficult obstacles with the highlight being the jump-off for the team championship.
The shows will also feature dog agility demonstrations during course changes, vintage carriage driving by the Western Reserve Carriage Association and much more.
April 14 and 15 show time is 9 a.m. with a $6 admission charge. There is no admission charge for 4-H and Pony Club members and advisors. This is the perfect equestrian event for any first-time spectator to watch. The ring will be adorned with colorful jumps and international flags, and will have exciting jump-offs and announcers on-hand to keep spectators up-to-date and informed.
April ends with the Prix de Villes of Dressage on April 20-22. The show begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and admission is free. Dressage is a French word which means "Training". In Dressage, the horse and rider perform a test of prescribed movements designed to reveal the horse's level of training. Spectators also observe the horse's natural athletic ability and the degree of refined communication between horse and rider
On the final day of competition, a ride-off between top competitors in a musical freestyle will be held. In the musical freestyle, the horse and rider perform choreographed movements to selected pieces of music that compliment the horse and rider team. It is an event that should prove worthy of ones Sunday afternoon.
For more information on the Prix de Ville, call the Lake Erie College Equestrian Center at 440.375.8000.