The Winona Horse Trials (Area VIII) is pleased to announce the addition of the Future Event Horse classes. Whether you're looking to qualify for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships or you simply want to get your youngsters out and about, this is the show for you. The classes are for yearlings, 2- and 3-year-olds and the NEW class for 4-year-olds which will include an undersaddle portion. Classes will begin at approximately at 3:00 P.M. Friday, May 12th.
In addition, there will also be an Intercollegiate Team Challenge.
With just a hair over two months to go until the second annual USEA Intercollegiate Championship, schools up and down the east coast (and farther!) are buzzing with excitement. Held again at the Virginia Horse Trials May 25-28, Event Organizer Andy Bowles joins us on the podcast to share all the details of the championship and give us a preview of all the excitement the VHT team has planned. Listen to hear what’s in store and who is coming!
Is your team planning to compete at the championship? Schools must be affiliated with the USEA. Click here to see if your school’s affiliate membership is up to date.
The U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) and Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) are looking forward to the 2017 Intercollegiate Championship at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. May 25-28. After the positive response from the inaugural Intercollegiate Championship at VHT in 2016, it is expected that this year’s competition will feature a greater number of participating college eventing teams from around the country, cultivating a true Championship opportunity.
Intercollegiate Eventing has grown exponentially since it became an official program of the USEA in 2014. USEA now recognizes over 40 affiliated colleges and universities in the U.S., and there are 12 team challenges scheduled for 2017 thus far.
The University of Alabama Eventing Team was founded in September of 2013 with the intent to accept everyone who wanted to be a part of a horse-oriented team on a very non-horsey campus. All it takes to be a part of our tight-knit team is dues, with a discount if you are not able to ride for our team. We currently have members from all over, riding at levels anywhere from Starter through Preliminary, and a few of these members did not come from an eventing background. Daly Sharbrough, our current treasurer, is a show jumper with her Fresian Sport Horse, Matthew, and Sara Watkiss competes in Saddle-Seat and Showmanship with her Arabian/Hackney cross, Blue. These two came from very different “horse worlds” and both have competed at team challenges since joining!
The University of Florida (UF) Gators and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights went head-to-head last weekend in the first intercollegiate eventing challenge of the year, hosted by the Equiventures team at the Ocala Winter II Horse Trials presented by Brian Cox Farm Team.
It was the scramble team of two UCF and one UF rider who were ultimately the winners. Rachel Morgan (UCF), Victoria Markert (UCF) and Jordan Vann (UF) earned a cumulative score of 164.7 to put them solidly in front. Morgan and her own Kryptonite IV, a 21-year-old Trakehner mare (Macht x Podzies Paycheck), were named the second highest individual collegiate pair after picking up only one pole in the show jumping for a 10th place finish in the Training Rider division (42.20).
For Randolph-Macon College, having an eventing team was simply a no-brainer. Located just north of Richmond, Virginia, the college is nestled in a charming town surrounded by horse country and ideally located in the heart of Area II. The team barn is less than 2.5 miles from campus, making balancing a busy course load and keeping your horse competition ready a reality.
Randolph-Macon College Eventing Team.
With the ringing in of 2017, The University of Florida’s Eventing Team is halfway through its inaugural first year. The idea of bringing an eventing team to the University of Florida (UF) was first kicked around at the end of the fall semester in 2015. With the rise of collegiate eventing, adding a team at UF made sense. There is a very strong pre-veterinary and equine program and the university is forty minutes from Ocala, Florida, one of the country’s eventing Meccas.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was created in 2014, and has since taken off with over forty schools affiliated and more than 100 members registered as collegiate riders. One of the biggest milestones of the program was the introduction of the Intercollegiate Leaderboard in 2016. This let college riders earn points at competitions around the country which reflected in their year-end status on the leaderboard. It worked much in the way that the amateur and junior leaderboards worked, and there was an Intercollegiate listing for each level.
At the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention the first ever Intercollegiate year-end winners were recognized, and we’ve caught up with them to learn a little more about our inaugural winners.