How to Enjoy the Travel Paso Grand Prix

Four times a year, the Paso Robles Horse Park is host to the elite competitors of the sport of show jumping sport and welcomes a weekly Grand Prix. These horse shows attract world-class and Olympic riders from as far as Canada to compete for the coveted blue ribbons. This Saturday, November 11, is the $35,000 Oak Tree Grand Prix presented by Travel Paso—the final show jumping event of the 2017 season. Check out what a Grand Prix is and the best ways to enjoy the upcoming Travel Paso Grand Prix.

 

What is a Grand Prix?

The French term Grand Prix is often used to describe the most challenging or sophisticated level of competition. In the Travel Paso Grand Prix, the challenge facing these competitors is to make it through the course in the fastest time with the fewest faults. Each course is designed to test the stamina, precision and power of both the horse and rider by including combination fences, sharp turns and several changes of direction.

 

Scoring a Grand Prix

Judges use a numerical point system determined by how many faults are incurred. If a horse or rider knocks down a fence, exceeds the allotted time or refuses a jump, faults are appointed. After the first-round if only one rider finishes without any faults, they are automatically declared the winner. In the event that more than one horse and rider have a clear round, then they will
compete in a jump-off.

Grand Prix Scoring:

 

The Jump-Off

The jump-off is generally shorter, faster and more difficult than the original course by removing some of the jumps and raising the height on others. Final placings in the jump-off are determined, first, by those with no or the fewest number of faults and then takes into account speed to complete the course.

 

How to watch a Grand Prix in Paso Style!

No event in Paso Robles would be complete without a glass of Paso wine or beer to enjoy! Join the tents at the center of the Park to enjoy the Grand Prix from the bar area with special food and drinks. 

            

At every Grand Prix at the Paso Robles Horse Park, there is a complimentary wine and art reception where you will be able to have a taste of local wines while perusing artwork from around the country. Admission is free to view this elite event and the whole family (even your four-legged pups) are invited to grab a seat on our grassy berm. Whether you bring a picnic blanket or use one of our Adirondack chairs, this event is one that you won’t want to miss!

For a full Spectator Schedule of the Central California Oak Tree Classic, click here.