Members of the equestrian community and the general public are invited to participate in the official grand opening of the redesigned Carousel Park Equestrian Cross Country Course, set for May 4 at the park, 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon and Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton will lead a series of jump clinics for riders throughout the day. Local food vendors will be on-site and riders can shop for equestrian clothing, tack and services.

“The opening of our world-class cross country course is the perfect way to celebrate the re-establishment of Carousel Park as a premier regional equestrian facility,” said County Executive Meyer. “Please join us on May 4 to enjoy the riding and explore the many family-friendly recreation amenities at this popular New Castle County park.”

The redesigned course was created in partnership with noted designer Jeff Kibbie and jump builders Eric Bull and Frank Stafford and offers new jumps including natural logs, painted jumps, dog houses, chevrons, benches and other challenges placed throughout 27 acres on the western edge of the park. Construction was completed in fall 2018.

The cross country course layout includes one dedicated gallop field course designed to condition horses. Rolling hills, coupled with uncomplicated natural jumps, build endurance. Its schooling jump course includes more advanced jumps including wedges, benches, ditches and a water hazard. The eclectic mix of schooling jumps are appropriate for horse and rider teams from elementary to training level.

The schooling jump course will be open to all riders on May 4 immediately after the noon ribbon-cutting ceremony. Riders wishing to use the cross country course or to register for one of 25 clinic slots on May 4 should call 995-7670. Clinic slots are $150 for 90 minutes. There are also opportunities to audit the clinics for a reduced fee of $30 for 90 minutes.

All members of the public are welcome to observe the equestrian activities from the sidelines of the cross country course throughout the day as riders navigate the variety of colorful and challenging jumps. All cross country riders will receive a free gift.

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