Red Hills Horse Trials to Provide Educational Programming for Local Students

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., March 1, 2020 — Red Hills Horse Trials will host a Community Day on Thursday, March 5, 2020, for local students. Maclay School fifth graders and home-school students will attend the equestrian field trip at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park from 9:30 am to noon.

Through hands-on demonstrations students will learn about a horse’s digestive system, how to shoe a horse, and about the sport of eventing, equipment and safety measures to protect the riders and horses.

Gold Medal Olympian David O’Connor will share his experiences in the Olympics and designing cross-country courses, including Red Hills. He will provide a tour of the cross-country course.

Scientists from Tall Timbers Stoddard Bird Lab will bring animals, including an Eastern Screech Owl, Red Rat snake, juvenile Gopher tortoise and a Florida Pine snake. The scientists will explain the importance of fire in our ecosystem and how native animals benefit from regular prescribed burns.
Members of the FSU Eventing team dressed in equestrian eventing attire will discuss the attire, tack and equipment necessary to participate in the competition.

About Red Hills

The Red Hills International Horse Trials gallops into its 22nd year March 6-8 at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Fla. During the three-day competition, each horse and rider must complete three tests: dressage, cross-country and show jumping from Friday through Sunday.

In addition to the competition, spectators can enjoy shopping, a food court, exhibits, and many local and regional vendors of jewelry and art – all beneath the beautiful overhang of southern live oaks. There is a kids’ play area with bounce houses, hay bales and a sand pit.
Tickets cost $40 for a three-day pass, $15 for a single day. Kids ages 12 and under get in free.

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