The Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials, takes place this year Saturday and Sunday July 23 – 24. In honor of the 2016 Olympics which begin August 5, the theme for the weekend is "Rio Nights."
Over 300 horses - the majority from the Northeast but some from the mid Atlantic and even further away – are competing in four divisions: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary. You should keep your eye out for several young up and coming Millbrook riders – Alice Roosevelt, Mia Coleman, and sisters Josephine and Anna Duggan – who may well be our Olympians of the future.
There is much more to the weekend than just horses. The Fitch’s Market, sponsored this year by What2 Wear Where, is open at 10:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Over 60 vendors will be on hand selling works of art, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, gourmet delicacies as well as everything a horse and his owner could possibly dream of.
Young and old alike are welcome at Saturday night’s Blue Jean Ball where the dancing usually continues until early Sunday morning. Sunday’s Spectators Lunch, held in the big tent overlooking the stadium jumping course, features a procession of antique cars and the parade of the Millbrook Foxhounds with huntsman Donald Philhower. Hats are preferred which gives you an excuse to buy a new one at The Mad Hatter across he way in the big tent.
At this year’s luncheon the Fitch’s Corner award, given to the person "who has provided leadership, support, and enhanced the equestrian experience in the greater Millbrook community," will be presented to Olivia Von Melle Kamp. Proceeds from the lunch benefit the Millbrook Rescue Squad, a volunteer emergency unit of the Millbrook Fire Department.