Major Competition Arena Improvements Completed for Raleigh, North Carolina CDI-W

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RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 10–Completion of major improvements to three outside dressage competition and warm-up arenas at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Hunt Horse Complex in time for the Raleigh CDI-W May 29-31 were announced Sunday by Event Manager Janine Malone.

One of the newly renovated outdoor arenas at Raleigh
One of the newly renovated outdoor arenas at Raleigh

The Raleigh competition is both the first World Cup qualifier in the U.S. for the 2010 Final as well as the last chance for U.S. combinations to qualify for the National Grand Prix Championship at the Dressage Festival of Champions at Gladstone, N.J. June 18-21.

To provide the best possible footing, the 2009 competition will be limited to four competition arenas, including the indoor coliseum and covered ring plus two completely renovated outdoor arenas. Concerns over the condition of the footing on the “hill” during heavy rain led to a decision not to use this area until it has been renovated after the 2009 event.

The main schooling ring has been renovated. The competition arena near Barn E has received new drainage tile, graded with a two per cent slope, laser leveled and the perimeter graded for better drainage. The small arena near the indoor coliseum has been enlarged with the same improvements, including the installation of drainage tile.

New footing has been installed in the rings, including the large schooling ring. Maintenance of the footing has been made a high priority by the new facility manager, Dale Barnett.

The event also announced that it is accepting late entries for both the CDI and the Capital Dressage Classic.