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International horse jumping competition comes to Murieta Equestrian Center

Posted by Kassy Perry

Date: 10/3/17
Outlet: Sacramento Business Journal
Author: Mark Anderson

About 5,000 fans and participants are in Sacramento County this week for the Sacramento International Horse Show.

Some 300 riders, along with their crews, trainers, groomers and spectators, are expected to fill some 5,000 hotel rooms through the final events on Sunday, said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. Their hotel stays, restaurant meals and shopping are expected to have a $2 million impact on the local economy.

The Murieta Equestrian Center event this weekend is the only Northern California qualifier for the 2018 Longines International Equestrian Nations Cup jumping finals in Paris next April.

More than $200,000 in prize money will be awarded at the local event.

Sacramento has long been a destination for horse events. The Western States Horse Expo has been held at Cal Expo for 19 years, attracting thousands of attendees. It will return to Cal Expo in June for its 20th year.

The Murieta Equestrian Center in eastern Sacramento County holds an equestrian event at least once a month. It has nearly 380 stalls, temporary accommodations for more than 500 horses, and 3,000 bleacher seats.

Murieta features 19 arenas. This is its 10th year hosting the Longines horse jumping event.

The event started last week with riders arriving to practice at the Murieta Equestrian Center. Qualifying begins Thursday.

Admission for spectators is free until the events Friday and Saturday, when admission will be $20 and $25 respectively. Sunday’s events are free.

A new equestrian project is also proposed for rural El Dorado County. A new Springs Equestrian Center project is currently proposed near the Rescue area. That center would be on 146 acres and include capacity to board up to 300 horses and bleachers for special events for up to 250 spectators.

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