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Area II now offers a new competition series for all Beginner Novice through Preliminary riders looking for what some have called the “Lower Level Triple Crown of Eventing.” The Carolina Horse Park (CHP) and the Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event have teamed up to form the inaugural Carolina Eventing Challenge (CEC) which will kick off in a few short weeks.
Original Post Date: 02/29/2016 - 08:53   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:29 08:53:31

The theme of rider responsibilities of direction, speed, rhythm and balance was reiterated on the cross-country course. The lesson in the open should contain plenty of exercises that help set students up for the instinctive moment through a consistent process. The riders need to learn the systems described throughout so they learn to make their own decisions and react instinctively and appropriately. The cross-country experience for young horses requires setting them up for successful situations in a “very structured playground” and to teach them to “go there”. O’Connor emphasized the importance of teaching confidence through a progression of exercises, beginning with the simplest ones, to give them time to see and process the information and then jump.
Original Post Date: 02/26/2016 - 11:33   |   Last Updated: 2016:03:17 13:51:46

Stephen Bradley is one of the most recognized names in Eventing, holding titles shared by only a select group of American riders. Bradley won England’s prestigious Land Rover Burghley CCI4*, becoming one of only two Americans to do so. Additionally, Bradley is a two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist, was named Equestrian Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is a Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Champion, and has represented the United States on Olympic and World Equestrian Games Teams. Throughout his career, Bradley has ridden a range of horses spanning across many different breeds and backgrounds. With a spotlight recently highlighting on the Off-The-Track-Thoroughbreds, Bradley believes that Warmbloods also have a lot to bring to the table. Included in Bradley’s current string of competition horses is the German Sport Horse mare, Lunetta, and the Westphalian gelding, Catapult, both owned by Charlotte Harris. Bradley started working with these Warmbloods at a young age, and they are now slated to move up to the Intermediate and two-star levels this year.
Original Post Date: 02/25/2016 - 08:52   |   Last Updated: 2016:03:09 08:28:27

Rider & Trainer Tik Maynard talks about emotions in the series on Equine Behavior, and organizers Cindy DePorter & Leslie Thelkeld share plans for this year’s Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event at Southern Eighths Farm. Rider & Trainer Tik Maynard talks about emotions in the series on Equine Behavior, and organizers Cindy DePorter & Leslie Thelkeld share plans for this year’s Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event at Southern Eighths Farm.
Original Post Date: 02/24/2016 - 08:33   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:24 10:48:53

The second day of the Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect Symposium built upon the first with the focus moving to 4- and 5-year-olds.
Original Post Date: 02/23/2016 - 19:03   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:23 19:04:19

The two-day educational symposium, Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect, kicked off today in Ocala, Fla. with the focus on Future Event Horses (1- to 3-year-olds).
Original Post Date: 02/22/2016 - 21:22   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:23 10:26:41

Each year the Instructor’s Certification Program (ICP) brings in phenomenal instructors to host two symposia, one on each coast of the country. This year’s symposia features U.S. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor who took instructors through “The Progression of Horse and Rider.” Laura Powell recaps her experiences in a three-part series of the West Coast Symposium, hosted by Galway Downs. The USEA would like to thank Event Clinics for making our ICP Symposiums possible!
Original Post Date: 02/19/2016 - 09:05   |   Last Updated: 2016:03:17 13:52:50

This is one of my favorite exercises for horses that are just coming back into work after some time off, whether they were getting some scheduled vacation or some unscheduled rehabilitation. With plenty of rails on the ground, Exercise #1 is a great exercise for reminding the horses of where to put their bodies. The rails are not there to try to trip them up in an effort to sharpen them. Rather, the rails are there to spell things out a bit and give them confidence. If the horse starts to rush a little or lands in a heap, the ground rails help the horse and rider regain their center of balance. Consequently, if the rider gets off balance, the ground rails will make the horse’s job twice as hard, as they now have to not only keep their center of balance, but also adjust for their off-centered rider. So it is a great exercise of control for the rider.
Original Post Date: 02/18/2016 - 09:19   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:24 10:49:19

Pre-registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available at the Clubhouse at the Ocala Jockey Club on Monday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Original Post Date: 02/16/2016 - 14:09   |   Last Updated: 2017:02:19 17:50:59

I have never considered myself a naturally talented rider. In fact, I spent most of my first years on a horse flailing around pretty ineffectively trying to figure out what the heck I was supposed to be doing to make the horse do what I wanted it to. My very first horse trials when I was 10 years old at a Pony Club rally resulted in my palomino pony jumping out of the dressage ring during our test. Of course we jumped right back in, since my pony thought that the dressage ring was a really fun jump, and was not at all undeterred by my emotional turmoil at the time. 
Original Post Date: 02/16/2016 - 10:45   |   Last Updated: 2016:02:16 10:45:36

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