Eventing: Olympians head to Downton Abbey-themed Plantation Field this weekend


Members of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team, including Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton of Chester County, will return to participate in the sixth annual three-day Plantation Field International Horse Trials and Country Fair this weekend. Two Olympic members from Sweden are also participating.

The three days of eventing competition will take place at Plantation Field, just north of Unionville, Pa. On Friday, Sept. 20, the dressage phase will be held and admission is free. Parking for the Saturday, Sept. 21 show jumping day and Sunday, Sept. 22 cross country will be $20. The fee includes admission to the grounds for everyone in the car and a program.

Competition each day will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with main events beginning late morning each day. The shops and country fair operation begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Cheshire Land Preservation Fund, The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, and the Chester County Food Bank.

Besides the eventing competition and enjoying the countryside, spectators will be treated to a country fair. "This is a family-friendly event," said Katie Walker of Plantation Field's executive committee. "There will be activities for children, food and shops with equestrian themes. Plantation Field is the perfect venue to spend time with the family."

The theme for the tailgating competition will be Downton Abbey after the PBS show from England.

Other events include a Chester County craftsmen exhibition, celebrity bareback jumping, and a wine bistro and beer garden all day Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule and other details are available online.

Online: plantationfieldhorsetrials.com