Lexigton, KY. – US Equestrian regrets to announce the cancellation of the Hermitage Classic CDE, scheduled for October 19 – 22, 2017. Due to the World Pairs Championship in Lipica, Slovenia, on September 20 – 24, 2017, the Hermitage Classic CDE would be very difficult to produce.
This is largely due to the host of the event, and much of the Hermitage staff, being in Europe this summer as well as the expense and certain restrictions on return shipping to the USA. Host Steve Wilson looks forward to producing a bigger and better Hermitage Classic in 2018.
The Hermitage Classic CDE had been awarded the opportunity to host the 2017 USEF Single Driving National Championships, which means they will be moving to another venue this year. The USEF Driving Sport Committee met Wednesday, May 31, to review the Championship bid applications for the remaining Events. The Committee voted unanimously to award the Championships to the Kentucky Classic CDE, October 5-8, 2017, at the Kentucky Horse Park. The decision is pending approval of the International Disciplines Committee (IDC) and the US Equestrian Board of Directors.
This situation is a reminder that a small group of individuals graciously sponsor many combined driving events, which is a large responsibility to take on. US Equestrian and the driving community are committed to revitalizing driving sports. It is important to reach out to local events and offer support in any way possible, and competition organizers can make sponsorships fit donor’s needs.
For more information, please contact Danielle Aamodt, US Equestrian director of driving, at firstname.lastname@example.org.