Every Spring and Fall, eventers from around the nation make the trip to Holly Hill Farm in Benton, LA for the Holly Hill Horse Trials.

Spectators can expect to see 200+ horse and rider teams this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th, 2018, competing in dressage, show jumping and cross country. Eventing (show jumping, cross country and dressage) is the same thing you see on TV during the Summer Olympic games. There are only two places that hold recognized USEA events in Louisiana, Folsom's Fleur de Leap and Holly Hill's Spring and Fall Horse Trials in Benton, held each spring and fall. Louisiana is a part of USEA Area V, consisting of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

So, if you've got a horse crazy person in your house, make plans to visit Benton this weekend. You'll love the excitement of show jumping and the riders and their horses charging across the cross country course in their Halloween costumes! The event is free and open to the public with vendors, food trucks and more.

From the Holly Hill Farm website:

Spectators Welcome!
If you’d like to see and hear more about eventing at Holly Hill Farm, feel free to come out and watch an event. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to ask questions. Admission is free and food & soft drinks are available for sale on the showgrounds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your family (children very welcome), and portable lawn chairs. Guaranteed the excitement will be contagious…just keep your eyes up for the horses and riders, as they have the right-of-way at all times! All dogs must be leashed at all times.

 

For an idea of what to expect, check out the video! Several years ago, I had the opportunity to help with the video in conjunction with KMSS Fox 33. We had an absolute blast! And if you do end up planning a visit, come say hi! I'll be in the announcer's booth!