Major storms and tornados came through North Carolina yesterday resulting in a cold and windy morning at the Fork Horse Trials at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. Combine that with the atmosphere of the George Morris Arena and only four of the 20 horses that competed in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* earned sub-50 dressage scores from judges, Christian Landholt and Gretchen Butts.
In her first FEI start since winning the 2016 Fair Hill International CCI3*, Marilyn Little rode RF Scandalous, 12-year-old Oldenburg (Carry Gold x Richardia), to the top of the leaderboard earning a 41.7.
Most eventers recognize a licensed official as their judge, technical delegate or cross-country course designer, but many haven’t considered how these officials found themselves in those roles. The path to becoming licensed is often long, undulating and expensive, and yet these individuals do it to keep the sport alive for years to come. In this series, we explore what exactly it takes to become a licensed official. Next we look at an Eventing Judge.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has released the dressage test for the new Modified level which will make its debut at events around the country in 2017. The test is designed to be a stepping stone between the Training and Preliminary levels. Suited for a small arena (20m x 40m), it echoes many movements performed at Training level, while also introducing a few of the more complex movements required for Preliminary.