About the Red Hills International Horse Trials
Tallahassee—Florida’s capital city—is the site of the Red Hills Horse Trials, an annual United States Eventing Association Area III event. The prestigious event takes place in early March every year at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park (View Google Map). Entries from across the United States and other countries compete in the Red Hills CIC (Concours International Combine) event with top-level, CIC***(3 star) competitors vying for inclusion in the US Equestrian Team which competes in international competitions.
Defined for its sloping terrain and rich red earth, once described as the “strongest and most fertile soils in this part of the country,” the Red Hills of north Florida and south Georgia is a geographic region extending from Thomasville, Georgia to Tallahassee, Florida and 150 miles east and west to the Alabama and Georgia borders.
A MODEL FOR OTHER HORSE TRIALS
Since its inception in 1998, Red Hills has catapulted to the top of the eventing world and now serves as a model for other horse trials across the country.
RIVALS ANY IN THE NATION
In 2014, with the help of its partners—the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County—Red Hills introduced a new cross-country course that rivals any in the nation. The 3,611 meter, state-of-the-art course includes 32 unique obstacles that challenge both rider and horse, and offers breathtaking views for spectators.
A TRUE COMMUNITY EVENT
Over 100 committee chairs and 400 plus volunteers work tirelessly to make Red Hills a “must stop” for competitors and a “must see” for spectators. Every March, up to 20,000 people descend upon Tallahassee from across the region and the country.
Riders and horses at every level of the sport, representing over 28 states and 11 countries come to Red Hills to compete for the coveted title.
Conduct a nationally recognized Combined Training Event to:
- Increase awareness and educate the public to Eventing.
- Promote cooperation among horse enthusiasts.
- Educate the public and promote the concept of resource protection, land and greenspace preservation, and land management.
- Raise funds to benefit non profit organizations with compatible educational and environmental purposes.
Red Hills Horse Trials, Inc. is a 501c3 organization. The annual charity has contributed over $325,000 to the Tall Timber Research Foundation and Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park since its inception in 1998.