20 years ago…
The year 1998.
The place Tallahassee, Florida.
The event The Red Hills Horse Trials.
That is how we began, and as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of what has grown into a destination event on the international eventing competition calendar we look back and thank all who have been a part of this tremendous growth and success: the City of Tallahassee, the Leon County Board of Comissioners, the Northwest Florida Water Management District, our dedicated sponsors, some of whom have been with us since the very first year!
Red Hills is more than a world-class equestrian competition. It is a community event supported by nearly 600 volunteers, many of whom return year after year, working tirelessly to make Red Hills a fabulous competition and delightful experience for spectators. The event draws roughly 15,000 spectators to the Elinor Klapp Phipps Park each year. Red Hills now has a $5 million economic impact on our community.
The Red Hills International Horse Trials is not only considered one of the Signature Events to take place in Tallahassee each year but also a must attend for competitors striving to make their respective tteams for the Olympics and World Equestrian Games. To quote David O’Conner, former US Olympic Team coach, “The path to the Olympics comes through Tallahassee.”