With perfect weather in the forecast, organizers of the Plantation Field International Horse Trials and Country Fair hope area residents will head to East Marlborough Township for a premier eventing weekend – Sept. 18-20 – that also boasts shopping, food, and family entertainment.
For the uninitiated, three-day eventing is the ultimate horse and rider triathlon – from the elegant precision of dressage to the heart-pounding excitement of cross-country jumping. At Plantation Field, spectators have a virtually unfettered view of the cross-country course due to the hillside amphitheater-like topography.
The weekend theme for 2015 is "Down Under in the Aussie Outback." So the event will have a decidedly Australian flavor, including the decor, entertainment and Sunday’s tailgate competition. Renowned horseman and entertainer Guy McLean and his Australian horses will perform on Sunday in the main arena, as well as at the sponsors’ party on Saturday night.
Also on Sunday: The crowd-pleasing Bareback Puissance (high jump) is scheduled. The record stands at 6-foot-2.
Those who aren’t riveted by the equestrian events can enjoy myriad other activities, such as tailgating or sampling local beverages in the Beer Garden and Wine Bistro. Vendor Village – for the first time under one Big Top tent – is a shopper’s paradise, with over 50 businesses. Children will be entertained in the Kids’ Corner, with face painting, a mechanical bull, petting zoo, carnival games and more.
The event’s beneficiaries are the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, the Chester County Food Bank, Work to Ride, and the Cheshire Land Preservation Fund.
For information on tickets, click here. Plantation Field is located at 387 Green Valley Rd., Kennett Square, Pa., 19348.