“They were all hard,” Cathy Wieschhoff said when describing classic, long format three-day events in the 1990s and early 2000s. A witness to the evolution of three-day eventing, Wieschhoff’s background includes working for U.S. Eventing Hall of Fame member Torrance Watkins, many years alongside the O’Connors, eleven trips to the Kentucky Three-Day Event, and a 15th place finish at Burghley CCI4*.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to continue their partnership with Flair, LLC as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series. Thanks to their generous support, FLAIR Nasal Strips will be awarded to all Classic Series division winners.
The week before and 17 hours south of The Event at Rebecca Farm another popular show attracts eventers from the Western states which is the Coconino Summer Horse Trials II and their Classic Three-Day Event. On July 11 – 14 in Flagstaff, Arizona, Summer Peterson, Hailey Dahlstrom, and Lisa Jacobs took home blue ribbons in the Coconino Classic Three-Day Event at the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice levels. This event is part of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series that includes a four phase ‘endurance day’, formal horse inspections, and educational activities.
Summer Peterson and Lochlann Fiona
The USEA has followed along with Cortney McDaniel and her horse, Charlotte the eventing Clydesdale, on their journey to compete at the Novice Three-Day USEA Classic Series Event at The Event at Rebecca Farm. Click here to meet Charlotte and Cortney and click here and here to read mo
Fire and ice, or in this case ice boots, ice packs, lasers, and magnetic blankets can be seen in the corners of barn aisles, in tack stalls at events, and on fit horses after cross-country. Whether it’s galloping over steeplechase, navigating through roads and tracks, or show jumping on the final day, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series Events involves an elevated level of horse fitness to tackle Endurance Day.
The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. is host to many USEA programs, including the Classic Series, Charles Owen Technical Merit Award (COTM), Young Riders (NAYC), and more. The USEA Classic Series offers competitors the opportunity to compete in the traditional long format of three-day eventing at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels, and provides an educational opportunity for both horse and rider. From professionals to amateurs, the Classic Series offers something for everyone.
In the days when long format eventing reigned, there was a different kind of emphasis on preparation, on endurance, on horsemanship. The nature of the competition demanded it.
Waredaca, with the help of the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Classic Series Program, has been able to keep these foundational values alive through the annual Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event. We are fortunate be supported by a group of organizers in Area II who believe firmly in the importance of the long format. Together, with the Horse Park of New Jersey (HPNJ) Horse Trials, Seneca Valley Pony Club (SVPC) Horse Trials, and Morven Park Horse Trials, we are excited to announce the Road to the Three-Day Challenge.
“Our country has the biggest attrition rate in eventing than any other country. I believe we don't let our horses rest long enough. We compete too much and don't condition enough.” One of the most familiar faces in eventing, Max Corcoran is the go-to girl for horse welfare.
Corcoran spent over a decade traveling the world as the top groom for the O’Connor Event Team (OCET). However, her role at OCET went far beyond grooming. It included barn manager, program organizer, working student mentor, mental health therapist, the horses’ lucky charm, a shoulder to cry on, a fan cheering at the finish, and the list goes on.
Where the cornfields grow and Indy 500 fans unite, Indiana is home to the third United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series event of 2018. Edinburgh, Ind. is where Mindy Kutzner and Frankie Smorch came out on top in the Training and Novice Three-Days at IEA Horse Trials and Three-Day Event on May 31-June 3.
Attracting more than just NASCAR enthusiasts, Indiana gathers the close-knit community of Midwestern eventers to IEA’s annual classic three-day event and horse trials. The event occurs during the time of year when the sunshine is out, humidity is low, and the average temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Michigan natives Mindy Kutzner and Frankie Smorch traveled south to win their weekend in Indiana.
The Park Equine Kentucky Classique, held August 31 to September 2, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. is a staple on many eventers' calendars. Serving as the host of the Area VIII Championships, hundreds of horses converge in the Bluegrass to vie for top-placings and year-end honors. New this year will be the addition of the USEA Classic Series Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day divisions.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer the classic options in both Beginner Novice and Novice divisions,” said organizer Mary Fike, owner of KY Events, which puts on the Park Equine Kentucky Classique. Fike is also President of the Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association.