At the beginning of June, the Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) Horse Trials hosted its ever-popular Novice and Training Three-Days as part of the USEA Classic Series. Kim MacMillan was on site at the IEA Three-Day and has complied 10 reasons why this event is not to be missed!
For the Heart of the Carolinas, the Training Three-Day, Novice Three-Day and Beginner Novice Three-Day are just more divisions – they are the heart of the competition. Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is determined to keep the USEA Classic Series alive and thriving with their ace team of volunteers and officials.
Beginner Novice Three-Day
The Heart of the Carolinas is the only venue to host a Beginner Novice Three-Day (BN3D) division. While technically an eventing test, the division still counts towards USEA leaderboard points and American Eventing Championship qualifications as a normal recognized event.
The final day of the Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) Horse Trials and Training and Novice Three-Day Events was action packed and blessed with a fourth day of sunny, warm weather. Each day of the weekend the humidity has increased, but happily the riders did not have to deal with any rain and the potential problems of difficult footing and slippery tack.
Novice Three-Day Show Jumping Final
The day that everyone had been waiting for had arrived – the endurance phase including two sessions of roads and tracks, the all-important and much discussed steeplechase, and finally Jon Wells' cross-country course featuring a brand new second water complex. Riders, coaches, grooms, officials and volunteers all look forward to this day at any event and at the 2017 Indiana Eventing Association Horse Trials and Classic Format Three-Day it was especially true.
The Indiana Eventing Association Horse Trials' dressage competition made use of arenas which were first developed on the property in the late 1980s when Indianapolis hosted the 1987 Pan American Games. The arena footing and rails have been revamped over the last 10 years thanks to cooperation between the Indiana Horse Council, the Johnson County Parks system, and the various breed and discipline groups that actively use the Hoosier Horse Park (HHP).
Beautiful weather in South Central Indiana — sunny and temps in the high 70s — greeted the 33 participants of the 2017 Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) Training and Novice Three-Day Event, part of the USEA Classic Series. There are 10 competitors in the Training Three-Day and 23 in the Novice Three-Day.
The first horse inspection for both divisions was at 5 p.m. yesterday. Riders donned their fancy duds and the horses were beautifully presented with the announcer doing his best to create a formal atmosphere similar to the horse inspections at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. He announced each rider’s name, their horse’s name and noted that each was from the U.S.A, among other vital statistics.
While much of the country’s attention was focused on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day, the same weekend a just as exciting event was being held on the others side of the country. For the first time ever the Fresno County Horse Trials hosted a Novice Three-Day – part of the USEA Classic Series. The 11 horses and riders got to experience the thrill of endurance day while taking part in a series of educational activities to grow their knowledge of the long format.
Karen Burks and her own Tim Terrific scored a 29.9 in the dressage to sit a mere 0.1 behind overnight leaders, Julie White and Mind The Gap. When White accrued 4.4 penalties on Phase D it opened the door for Burks to take the win – only adding 0.8 penalties on Phase D throughout the entire three days.