Submitted by Secretary on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 07:01 AM


Denis Glaccum Retires from Plantation Field

10 March 2022

It is with mixed emotions that Plantation Field Equestrian Events, Inc announces the retirement of Denis Glaccum, former President and Founder. Denis has dedicated his life’s work to the equestrian community on every level, and we offer our most sincere thanks to him for his contributions and devotion to the sport.

To name just a few of Mr. Glaccum’s accomplishments, he is a former member of the United States Equestrian Team’s Three-Day Event Committee; a former Secretary, Vice- President, and Board Member of the United States Combined Training Association (now USEA); and a former Chairman of the USEA’s Strategic Planning and Organizers Committees. Denis is the founder of Plantation Field Equestrian Events (Formerly Fair Hill Equestrian Events) and former President of the American Horse Trials Foundation. He has served on the United States Equestrian Federation Events and Course Designing Committees. Denis has operated multiple horse trials throughout Area II for more than 30 years, and in 2001 initiated the running of horse trials at our current location of Plantation Field in Unionville, PA. Although retiring from being the Director and Organizer in 2013, Denis continued to oversee event operations as President of the Board of PFEE, Inc. until announcing his retirement at the end of 2021.

In addition to his committee and organizational work, Denis is an active rider and horseman himself, having competed in horse trials from 1956 to 2012. He has twice been named the United States Combined Training Association Rider of the Year. He trained for two years with the United States Equestrian Team and has competed at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in four different equestrian disciplines.

Denis was honored by the USEA for his long-term commitment to the sport by being awarded the Wofford Cup in 2000. In 2001 he was named The Chronicle of The Horse’s Horseman of the Year for Eventing, and in 2009 he was inducted into the USEA Hall of Fame. Beyond the sport of eventing, he has been a starter for the Cheshire Point to Point Races, the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, and a patrol judge for the Fair Hill Races. Denis maintains a small breeding, training, sale, and working student program in Unionville, PA and Aiken, SC.

We wish Denis only happiness in his well-earned retirement, and appreciate his willingness to remain on the board in the role of President Emeritus and Founder.