Tallahassee Squadron Assists at Red Trails International Horse Trials
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

By Maj Patrick White,

Tallahassee, Fla -

The 2019 Red Hills International Horse Trials (RHHT), second only to the Kentucky Three-Day in Lexington, Kentucky brings together over 200 horses and riders hoping for a chance to compete in the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Members of the Tallahassee Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron were on-hand to assist with scoring on the Cross-Country portion of the intense three-event competition which was held March 8th through 10th in Tallahassee.

Squadron members served at the event under the guidance of Lt. Col, Virginia Kurasch, Major Nancy Etheridge and Lt. Col Arthur Dunlop who has been the RHHT co-chair since the inception of the event in 1998. Squadron cadets and senior members arrive before dawn at the Elinor Klapp-Phillips Park and work diligently until 5 p.m. as backup scorers for the Cross-Country portion of the 3-day challenge.

The event is held at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, a massive 700-acre city owned park north of Tallahassee adjacent to Lake Jackson and the annual economic impact on the city is more than $3.3 million. Thanks to the year-round efforts of more than 600 volunteers, a virtual portable city is erected on this expansive park every year.

Lt. Col Virginia Kurasch, Deputy Commander for Cadets, noted “These young CAP men and women always volunteer their time and efforts to insure this event is one of the finest in this country, and I’m very proud of them.”

Every year more than 15,000 visitors attend the Red Hills Event and tailgating has become a very elegant tradition. As Red Hill Co-Chair, Lt. Col Dunlop said, “People who commit their time and efforts to this event make Tallahassee proud, and I can’t thank them enough.”



Lt. Col. Virginia Kurasch instructs cadets about their timing responsibilities.
Photo Caption:  Lt. Col. Virginia Kurasch instructs cadets about their timing responsibilities.
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Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Group 1
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