Paso Robles Horse Park to host United States Equestrian Federation national championships

The United States Equestrian Federation has announced that the 2016 USEF Dressage Grand Prix and Intermediare I National Championships will be held Oct. 12-16 at the Paso Robles Horse Park.

The Grand Prix and the Intermediare I National Championships are a part of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, which is divided between two competitions. The other competition, which will contain the The Pony Rider, Junior, Young Rider and Young Adult Brentina Cup Championships, will coincide with the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships taking place at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, Aug. 24-28.

Construction on the 67-acre Paso Robles Horse Park began in 2014, and the facility opened May 2015. The park lies just west of Airport Road in the northern part of Paso Robles and has views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. The lot features a large turf field and five sand arenas. It contains 224 permanent stalls and has room for up to 600 total stalls. It also allows parking for up to 500 cars and has sites for RV hookup.

According to its website, the park has no asphalt, concrete or curbs, meaning everything is safe for a horse to walk on. All walkways and roads are made up of decomposed granite.

According to the United States Dressing Federation, Dressage is a form of riding that works to “develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider.” Its earliest roots date back to Greece and modern dressage evolved during the Renaissance.