Every day will feature music and food, and on Saturday-cross-country day, the competition's centerpiece-fans can move through three oasis sites that will each feature popular local gourmet food trucks, local wine or beer and musicians.
"I promise that it's going to be an absolutely amazing weekend," said organizer Robert Kellerhouse. "Where else can you see some of our country's best horses and riders compete while you listen to great local music and eat great local food-all at the same place? And you can even drive a Land Rover over their fantastic test track while you're here!"
Faultline will perform as the musical headline act on Saturday night, playing from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Faultline, a five-member, Southern California-based party band, says their music has only one purpose: to keep the dance floor full of people. They combine rhythm and blues, Motown, disco and more to create a memorable live-music experience.
Popular local musician Lee Koch will kick off the musical acts at Wednesday night's welcome party. The Thursday night Halloween Party will rock with DJ Mas spinning the music, and Friday night's Taco Party will feature live music by Wild$ide.
And three more musicians-guitarist Gil Gillem, guitarist Larry Thompson and guitarist James Wells-will entertain fans on Saturday afternoon, performing in each of the three oasis points on the cross-country course (at noon, 1:20 and 3:00 p.m.).
Each oasis will feature food by one or more of the gourmet food trucks scheduled to be on sit, complemented by local wine and beer.
Green Truck SD (www.greentruckonthego.com) will be serving vegan burgers, chipotle cheddar burgers, grilled yellowtail sandwiches, Firebird chicken sandwiches, pumpkin tacos, kale salad with green beans, heirloom beet and quinoa salad, and sweet potato chips.
Super Q (www.superqfoodtruck.com/bbq) will be serving BBQ-pulled pork with mac ‘n cheese, brisket, chicken, cole slaw, sliders, BBQ asada fries, BBQ chicken salad, potato salad, sweet potato fries, and a few veggie options.
Two for the road (www.twofortheroadsd.lucksmediagroup.com) will be serving retro sodas, whoopie pies, shrimp BLT rolls, lobster rolls, Captain Crunch crab cakes, salmon burger, artichoke grilled cheese, Sonoma sunrise BLT and more.
Lil' Miss Short Cakes will be serving specialty cupcakes, cake pops, pie pops, chocolate-covered bacon strips, chocolate-covered potato chips, and some horsey cupcakes made just for Galway Downs.
If you'd like to do some off-road driving, then you can walk over to Land Rover's gravity defying test course in a new location this year-closer to the trade fair, the cross-country course, and the oasis points. You can drive a Land Rover over moguls, through water and over a bridge, to test your driving skills in these extraordinary cars.
Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional's Choice, the California Horse Trader and the PRO Tour Series are the Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.
The Gold Medal Sponsors are: Devoucoux, Ian Stark Equestrian Center, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.
The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak Equine and Temecula Creek Inn.
The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.
Eventingtrainingonline.com is a Friend sponsor.
General admission for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event is $10 per day in advance, $15 at the gate, with children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Patron's passes-which include seating in the ringside tent, lunch and a full selection of beverages-are available for $55 per day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and $75 for Saturday, in advance.
For all advance ticket reservations, go to www.galwaydowns.com.
For more information on the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, visit www.galwaydowns.com or call 951-303-0405. To learn more about eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association's website (www.useventing.com).