In 2012, the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) introduced the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant to encourage the development of future U.S. team horses in eventing by providing them with increased international exposure and opportunity as young horses. This grant, funded by Dr. Timothy and Cheryl Holekamp and Christine Turner, is awarded to the highest scoring horse from the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old East and West Championships combined that is qualified as a 7-year-old and willing to compete in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East and West Coast Championships are being held this week at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, and Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland, and the USEA will be on the ground providing coverage at both events. Divisions for Yearling, 2-year-old, 3-year-old, and 4-year-old Future Event Horses will be offered at both Championships.
For the first time in history, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) will welcome a fast-paced, action-packed $50,000 Arena Eventing competition to the official show schedule on Saturday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m.
There are just two weeks left until applications are due for the 2018 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships. Past recipients of the Educational Scholarship have used the funds to further their riding education and expand their opportunities to work with instructors in lessons and clinics.
We’ve collected stories from past recipients about their experiences since they received the scholarship and how it affected their riding. Before you fill out your application, take some time to read their stories! Stay tuned for the Young Adult edition, coming next week.
Lorraine Barrows, 2014 Worth the Trust Adult Amateur recipient
Our friends at Event Clinics took some time to interview Chris Ryan, legendary horseman and one of the two judges of the 2017 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships. In this two-part interview, Chris Ryan talks about his training philosophy, what he looks for in a young event prospect, and gives advice to young riders and trainers on how to better themselves for the betterment of the sport.
The time on cross-country has traditionally been a factor in determining the winner of the Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*, and this year was no different. The top ten riders were separated by a mere 5.3 penalty points going into the final phase of competition, and ultimately only five out of the 44 combinations that set out on course managed to come home clear and inside the time. The top three finishers were among the few who produced double-clean rides over Mike Etherington-Smith’s track this afternoon.
The USA’s Kim Severson won the main CCI3* class at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, 16 years after her first victory at the Oxfordshire event.
The 44-year-old takes home a check for £16,000 ($21,732), and title sponsor SsangYong added a Tivoli 4x4 to the prize-fund this year, which was presented to Severson by SsangYong Motors UK CEO Paul Williams.
An influential day of show jumping competition in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials saw Buck Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Copper Beach (Radolin x Cloverballen), rise to the top of the leaderboard, adding just a single time fault to their dressage score to carry 43.3 penalties into the final day of competition.
“He’s just an out and out trier,” said Davidson. “He might knock down all of the jumps in the warm-up and he might not be very good in dressage in the warm-up but he goes in and he just tries his heart out. He fights all the time to get the job done, and that’s what he did today.”
Izzy Taylor rode a superb clear cross-country round under pressure at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials to claim the seventh and last leg of the Event Rider Masters series.
It was an eighth international win this year for Taylor, 34, from Bicester, but, as leader after the dressage and show jumping phases on Be Touchable, she had to endure a long, nervous wait with the cross-country phase run in reverse order.
Australian rider Shane Rose (CP Qualified), and Oliver Townend (Cooley Master Class) were breathing down Taylor's neck in second and third places, but both faulted at the influential third element of the Shires Equestrian Wooded Hollow, a narrow, angled brush.
There were cheers as Taylor negotiated the bogey fence brilliantly.
At the end of a full day of dressage competition in the Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*, Boyd Martin and the Long Island T Syndicate’s 11-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, Long Island T (Ludwig Von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight) sat on the top of leaderboard on a score of 41.3.
“I’ve been working with him for a year now,” commented Martin. “It’s taken this long for each of us to understand [the other] and it’s taken this long for me to learn how to operate him. He’s a fantastic mover and been produced by my good friend Peter Barry, who had a stroke, and he’s here watching. But [Long Island T] was fantastic today and I was very pleased that I finally could execute some of the work that I’ve been getting at home in the competition ring.”
Six nations are represented in the three top spots in the three international classes at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
In the final of the Event Rider Masters series, Oxfordshire’s Izzy Taylor tops the leaderboard with a stunning score of 35.7 aboard Be Touchable.
“I’m delighted with him,” said Taylor. “He's always shown that he has three beautiful paces, so you're halfway there. His brain’s very good, and since I’ve had him he’s upgraded very quickly, which is great in some ways, and then you pay for it in other ways.
“What’s exciting is that there’s definitely still more to come from him. He loves his job, all three bits of it - he loves showjumping, and he loves his cross country.”
Competition is well underway at Plantation Field International in Unionville, Pennsylvania with the CIC*Y, CIC2*-B, and Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* dancing in the sandbox today. The CIC* and CIC2*-A divisions completed dressage yesterday.
This is Mike Etherington-Smith’s third year designing the three-star course at Plantation Field, and this year's course will run in the opposite direction, creating a new and different set of challenges for the riders. “What we’ve tried to do is put the pieces of the jigsaw together in a slightly different way," explained Etherington-Smith, "so it should have a slightly different feel [for the riders]. . . [I’m trying to] get the riders to have to think their way around the track.”