Updated: 07/11/2014 11:07 AM
Created: 07/11/2014 7:04 AM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd
It’s a big weekend in the equestrian world as the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials begin Friday in Victor. The three-day event draws riders and horses from across the country for a triathlon of equestrian sports.
Carrie Wehle is competing in the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials this weekend along with 15 of her students. She said, "Cross country is sort of what we're doing out here – fences, cross country, waters, ditches banks all kinds of fun stuff. We have people from 15 states and Canada coming. We have Olympic gold medalist Philip Dutan coming. It’s going to be pretty exciting."
Max Stwertka said, “It’s a huge adrenaline rush at any phase. I've been riding for almost 10 years now and with this horse we've been training since the day I got her about a year ago.”
Mandy Weir said, “To see some of these jumps and some of these riders and what they do, it's truly a triathlon of sports. To compete at Stuart I think for every beginner is a dream to get to it. It's one of the biggest events in the area and it holds a lot of prestige.”
All that training will be put to the test this weekend in Victor.
Wehle said, “You can wander all over the property. It’s a couple hundred acres. You can see the water complex, the ditch complex, the bank complex you can see just big open jumps.”
Besides the equestrian events, for the first time this year there will be Scottish Highland Games.
The competition runs through Sunday at Wehle Farms. For a complete schedule of events, click here.