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This weekend: Horse Trials in Woodside

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Some of the West Coast's best horses and riders will compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping in the International Horse Trials Oct. 4-7 at the Horse Park at Woodside.

For riders who are aiming for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in November, their journey will likely go through the Horse Park, according to spokesman Nan Chapman.

More than 300 riders will contest in Woodside's national divisions, with only about 60 riders competing in the international divisions. The international horses will start their competition on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 4. A welcome reception for spectators and all competitors will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Dressage will start at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, with jumping for the three international divisions starting at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Cross country will take place on Saturday. There will be an awards reception and party that evening in a ringside tent.

All events are open to the public and tickets for all three evening receptions are $75 or $35 for one evening. Go to woodsideeventing.com for ticket and other information.

The Horse Park at Woodside is at 3674 Sand Hill Road in Woodside.

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