The weekend's featured competition is the CCI3*, with horses and riders coming from across the United States, Canada, South America and from Europe to compete for the top prizes. Galway Downs is one of only four CCI3* events held annually in North America, and it's the only North American CCI3* held west of the Mississippi River.
In addition, horses and riders will contest the CCI2*, the CCI*, and the classic-format training-level three-day event.
The horses will perform their dressage tests on either Thursday or Friday, Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, and then they'll all gallop around the spectacular and spectator-friendly cross-country course, once again designed by British Olympian Ian Stark, on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event reaches its climax with the show jumping and awards on Sunday, Nov. 3.
This year Galway Downs will also feature 4- and 5-year-old horses whose riders hope they'll contest these three-day events in the future. Galway Downs will host the West Coast Championships for the USEA Young Event Horse Series and for the IDHSNA Future Event Horse Series.
The winner of the West Coast Young Event Horse Championships will be eligible for the U.S. Eventing Association's Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Grant, which will make it possible for one U.S. horse to compete in the 2015 FEI World Young Event Horse Championships at Le Lion d'Angers in France. If the top-scoring horse from the East Coast and West Coast Championships is U.S.-bred, the grant is worth $17,500.
The weekend will also be filled with musical acts on all four days, and spectators will enjoy music, food and wine at several oasis destinations located around the cross-country course on Saturday. Check the Galway Downs website in coming weeks for the complete musical line-up.
Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional's Choice and the PRO Tour are the Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.
The Gold Medal Sponsors are: California Horse Trader, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.
The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak 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, CWD, Finish Line, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.
All media-including photographers-who wish to cover the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event must apply for credentials prior to Oct. 30. Contact the press officers directly or through the Galway Downs website.
General admission for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event is $12 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 or $150 for the weekend, 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).
Media Advisory: Galway Downs International Three-Day Event
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 9:00 PM