Articles: Press Release
Over the Walls Horse Trials
Brings Top Eventing Competition to Northeast
Contact: Marty Bauman or Beth Gold, (508) 698-6810
Hardwick, MA-June 2, 2003-The Over the Walls Horse Trials will again
bring top eventing competition to the Northeast when it returns to
picturesque Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA, owned by Olympic
Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins, August 1-3, 2003.
Over the Walls, which comprises three days of exciting eventing
competition highlighting more than 200 horses and riders from the U.S.
and other countries, showcases the nation's most accomplished eventers
as they vie for the Jack Le Goff Trophy in the event's featured
competition - the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship. Over the
Walls also hosts seven other Advanced, Preliminary and Young Rider
Expected to return to defend his title at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse
Trials is last year's Jack Le Goff Trophy winner, David O'Connor, the
2000 Sydney Olympic individual Gold Medalist and team Gold Medalist at
the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain. O'Connor won the Championship
aboard his Gold Medal World Equestrian Games mount, Giltedge. O'Connor
also took first place in the Advanced Division 1 competition in 2002
aboard his Gold Medal Olympic partner, Custom Made.
In last year's Advanced Division 2 competition, Australian Phillip
Dutton, a two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist, emerged victorious with
House Doctor, his 2000 Gold Medal Olympic mount. Dutton also placed
second riding It's A Knockout. Dutton continued his winning streak when
he took first place in the Advanced Division 3 with Nova Top.
In the Preliminary divisions at the 2002 Over the Walls Horse Trials,
Diann Roffe, who achieved international fame as a Medal-winning Olympic
skier, won the Preliminary Division 1 competition aboard Windswept.
Susan Bourassa and L'Cedric took first place in the Division 2 class,
and Mark Weissbecker, a two-time U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall
Three-Day Event Champion, rode away with the win in the Preliminary
Division 3 competition aboard DeCordova.
Tom Lane rode Alexander to a first place finish in the Young Riders
Preliminary Division at last year's Over the Walls. This year, the Over
the Walls Horse Trials will serve as the final outing for several
eventing teams before they travel north to compete at the North American
Young Riders' Championships in Bromont, Quebec, Canada, August 20-24.
"Over the Walls is growing at an amazing rate and keeps getting better
every year," said Watkins, a team Gold Medalist at the 1984 Olympic
Games in Los Angeles, CA and a Bronze Medalist in the 1980 Alternate
Games in France. "Our focus has always been on trying to make the event
a great experience for the horses, their riders and spectators alike.
This year, it's definitely going to be bigger and better than ever."
In addition to witnessing world-class horses and riders galloping over
green fields overlooking the pristine Central Massachusetts Town of
Hardwick, spectators at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials can enjoy
shopping at the event's trade fair. Vendors will be on hand, offering
gifts for home, people, and pets, horse supplies, tack and equipment,
and everything for the horse enthusiast.
The Over the Walls Horse Trials is open to the public with free
admission and a parking charge of $5.00 per carload that benefits
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
For more information, please contact Erik Fleming or Torrance Watkins at
(413) 477-0040 or visit the Over the Walls website at