The main eventing decisions taken by the FEI Bureau at its in-person meeting on November 17 in Manama, Bahrain (BRN) are summarized below:
Olympic Games The qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games starts on January 2, 2019. Applications to host FEI Olympic Group qualification events will be discussed at the FEI Group meetings tomorrow to provide clear recommendations for venues. Approval of these Olympic Group qualification events will be made at the second in-person Bureau meeting immediately after the FEI General Assembly on November 20. The Olympic Eventing test event (CCI3*-S) will be held at the Tokyo 2020 venues on August 10-12, 2019.
After a full day of cross-country at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event there is only one new pair at the top of the CCI leaderboards – Katherine Coleman and her own Monte Classico bumped up a spot in the CCI3* to lead the class. In the 9-year-old German Sport Horse’s (Monte-Bellini x W-Sally) first attempt at the level he jumped clear across Clayton Frederick’s cross-country course and added just 4.8 time penalties.
“He is only 9, and it is his first CCI3*, so I went out there with the mentality that I wanted him to jump clear and give him a good round,” said Coleman. “He has an amazing gallop, and he finished strong. He really met everything in stride. He is a really exciting horse for the future.”
Andrea Baxter, owner and trainer at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California and member of the USEA Young Event Horse Committee, has been an avid participant in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) classes from their inception. “I've been a longtime supporter of the program, not only as a committee member, but as a rider,” she said. “I've shown multiple horses each year in both the FEH/YEH programs that I have bred, bought for myself and for resale, and client’s horses.”
In 2017, the USEA FEH Program introduced a new 4-year-old division. This division was designed to give young horses who are not quite ready to compete in the USEA YEH 4-year-old division an opportunity to participate in the USEA Young Horse Programs.
Kristen Bond and Enough Already trotted into the lead today in the 11-strong field at the inaugural CCI3* at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event. The 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Winningmood Van De Arenberg x Zandora) owned by Bond’s mother, Liz, scored a 27.8 to sit just over two points ahead of second place in what Bond said was hands down the best test she has ever done on him.
“He is new to this level this year, and I feel like he keeps getting stronger and stronger,” said Bond. “Today the warm-up felt the same as the test. He was able to sort of carry it through into the test. He is really fun to ride. He is super awesome – very consistent and tries really, really hard. He enjoyed the atmosphere and was very rideable and stayed quiet.”
When the first CCI3* horse and rider leave the start box on cross-country on Saturday they won’t just be riding on the inaugural CCI3* track at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event – they will also be taking on Clayton Fredericks’ first three-star course.
For the last two years Fredericks designed the CCI* and CCI2* cross-country courses, but Mike Etherington-Smith was in charge of the CIC3*. However, this year Fredericks took over the reins of the CIC3* and also created the new CCI3* track.
There are hills in Florida! Fredericks took advantage of the rolling hills in designing the course. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Between 200-300 horses were turned out from corrals in Paradise, California as the wildfire in Butte County approached. They ran for their lives, and are burned, injured, scared, hungry, and thirsty. They can't graze; there is no food. The creeks are dry this time of year.
The horses, when they are caught, are being taken to Camelot Equestrian Park. Farmers are delivering feed to Camelot for the rescued horses. Unfortunately it most likely will be months or years before A) the horses are reunited with their owners, B) the owners rebuild the stables, and C) the jobs come back.
As of Wednesday, November 14, there are 50 displaced horses located at Camelot Equestrian Park that need immediate attention and care.
CEO Rob Burk comes on this episode of the USEA Podcast first to discuss the changes to the FEI star system, which will change from a four-star system to a five-star system. There are several reasons behind this change, including risk management, inclusion in the Olympics, and making it possible for more countries to participate. Burk describes the difference between the new CCI-L and CCI-S designations, the difference between the old long format and the new short and long formats, and more. For more detailed information about the changes to the FEI star system, click here.
Fernhill By Night is no stranger to the top spot on the leaderboard after the dressage phase of an event and today’s CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event fit right in with his tradition. A night of storms and a brisk morning (for Florida) made for some tense horses and only two managed to break into the twenties, but “Blackie” kept it together to earn a 27.2 with Liz Halliday-Sharp.
Due to snowfall in the Northern Virginia area, the USEA Office will be closed today, Thursday, November 15, 2018. The office will reopen at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, November 16. Thank you for your patience.
The Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Trials runs once yearly at the end of May in Gales Ferry, Connecticut (Area I), offering Starter through Training/Novice level horse trials with combined tests at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training level. Mystic Valley Hunt Club is a year-round boarding and training facility that hosts dressage and hunter/jumper shows, horse trials, and summer camps.
My father was from a farm in West Texas and my mother was from New Jersey before the Navy deposited our family in Southeast Connecticut. My father wanted land and my mother wanted horses, so we advertised for a farm within six miles of downtown Mystic of 50 acres or more.
The third annual Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event officially got underway this afternoon with the first horse inspection. The CCI*, CCI2*, and CCI3* all presented to their respective ground juries at the Reddick, Fla. event. Stephanie Goodman did not present OBOS Quality Time and Alex Banks’ withdrew Continuous before the horse inspection. The rest of the one-star field passed.
In the CCI2*, A Sportsfield Diamond, owned by the Champagne Syndicate and ridden by Katie Ruppel was sent to the hold box and she withdrew from there. Forty horses will start in the division.
All 12 entries in the inaugural CCI3* were accepted by Jo Young, (CAN), Janet Surr (GBR), Peter Gray (CAN).
It’s amazing what can happen when you expect nothing and just let things come to you.
At the end of last November, I suddenly had a thumb-sized mass appear on the side of my right leg. It was right in the middle of the scar from my melanoma surgery I had in 2014. Melanoma was back after being dormant for three years. Surgery was quickly performed in December to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes. I’m now a Stage 3C cancer patient.
Hinze's "shark bite" where the melanoma was removed. Photo courtesy of Nick Hinze.