Tyler , TX (KETK) — All over East Texas, you see plenty of horses.
But, some are coming to the area to win the grand prize!
More than 400 horses are expected to show for this year's competition.
Riders from all over the country will compete for more than $40,000 in prizes and cash and the gold cup championship.
The 2013 Nutrena American Eventing championship is going to be here at the Texas Rose Horse park in Tyler.
The Lindale and Tyler area will be packed the next couple of days with horses, riders and Olympians.
It's the first year the Texas Rose Horse park will host this equestrian triathlon.
"We have the best footing in the country and that is number one because when they are on good ground they perform very well," said barn manager and trainer Kimberly Brunson.
Brunson tells KETK Nutrena picked East Texas to host the Olympic sport of eventing because of our central location and the courses.
"We were the first facility in this part of the country to ever have an advanced course."
And it's not just any competition.
Riders have to qualify to enter.
Riders and their horses will compete in three different events:
"Thats like horses with people doing ballet."
Stadium jumping and Olympian style cross country.
"That's where they have to go over miles of cross country fences and through water they have to jump in and out of water," said Brunson.
And riders are excited to be in East Texas and take on the courses.
"It's a great layout here the barns are incredible and the barns look great and their doing a great job I'm excited," said Elisa Wallace from Jasper, GA.
"Stalls are nice and big and airy especially for him he's a bit of a ham in his stall," said Erika Nesler from Pennsylvania.
And of course the horses are too.
"He's happy here had a great workout he feels wonderful. I think we have a good chance," said Wallace.
"It's good for the big horses to get the exposure," said Nesler.
Brunson said this is an event for all, from everyday riders to international stars.