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Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Begin

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Rochester: Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Begin
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Some of the best equestrians are in Victor this weekend to compete in the 25th Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials.

This triathlon event includes top international riders as well as locals.

There are riders from 15 states and Canada slated to compete in the event. Temporary stables are set and home to some of the top horses around. It is the ultimate challenge for rider and horse as it is a test of partnership and teamwork. Both rider and horse will compete in three disciplines: dressage, cross country and show jumping. It is also a test of mental and physical strength and endurance.

"When the horses go out, this is the first time they see these jumps. The riders are asking them to jump down into water that they've never seen, jumping up banks, over ditches. It really is a bonding partnership. The horse has to trust the rider," said Stuart Horse Trials organizer Heidi Vahue.

The event takes place on five private estates.

Highland Games is a new event added this year where two dozen men will compete in seven including throwing 42 pound heavy blocks, stone throwing, and more.

"It's unlike most sports you've seen. It's not just strength, there's a lot of technique involved. Since Stuart has a Scottish background, they thought it appropriate for the 25th anniversary," said Tim Mullally from Buffalo Heavies Kilted Throwers Club.

The Buffalo Heavies will be at Stuart Horse Trials on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Stuart Horse Trials on Townline and Murray Road in Victor runs through Sunday.

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