Kent Horse Trials Announces Cancellation After 44 Years

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Press Release

The USEA is saddened to share that the Kent Horse Trials in Kent, Connecticut, will be ending its run after 44 years. This USEA Area I event has been a historical staple in the eventing community since its first event ran in 1980. This decision was not made lightly by the organizing committee, but the team behind the Kent Horse Trials cited various challenges which led to this decision.

“The Kent Horse Trials [formerly the Kent School Horse Trials] has had a good, long run of over 40 years, bringing joyful sport on Skiff Mountain to several generations of riders and their horses, and the decision to bring this tradition to an end was by no means an easy one, though it has been in the cards for some time,” said a representative in the official statement posted on the Kent Hose Trials Facebook page.

You can read the full statement provided by the Kent Horse Trials team here.

The Kent Horse Trials typically hosted anywhere from 90-120 entries over a one-day competition in June across Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels. Its 2024 event was set to take place on June 16 prior to the event’s cancellation.

With the end of the Kent Hose Trials, the USEA Area I calendar will now feature 21 events from April to October. Kent was one of two horse trials which took place in the state of Connecticut, with the other being Town Hill Farm H.T. which is a one-day event held August 25 of this year in Lakeville, Connecticut.

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