LAKE ERIE COLLEGE TO HOST 38th ANNUAL PRIX DE VILLES OF NORTH AMERICA
- EQUESTRIAN SHOW JUMPING TEAM COMPETITION HELD APRIL 1-2 - DRESSAGE COMPETITION HELD APRIL 28-30
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) –Lake Erie College will host the 38th 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 1-2 and Dressage competition will be held April 28-30. 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 1st 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 2 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.
April 1 and 2 show time is 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $6.00 on Saturday and $8.00 on Sunday with half price tickets available for spectators under 18. 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 28-30. The show begins at 8:00am each day 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 your wonderful Sunday afternoon.
For more information on the Prix de Ville, including riding in the event or reserving tickets, call the Lake Erie College Equestrian Center at 440/375-8000 or visit our website at www.lec.edu .
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.