The Oregon State University Event Team (OSUET) was founded in 1994 and has been growing and thriving ever since! We strive to provide a unique learning experience for our members that is centered around goal-oriented lessons, inclusive bonding opportunities, and, most importantly, tons of fun for us and our horses.
Established in the spring of 2015, the FSU Eventing Team began with one rider and one coach. Since then we have been working hard to grow our team. This past year many of our members graduated, but we are very excited for fall 2018 because we have a string of talented riders coming our way. Our current and future members come from a wide range of riding backgrounds and levels. We welcome everyone, whether they are ready to compete as eventers or just want to learn more about the equestrian world. As a team, our primary goal is to provide opportunities to grow as an eventer and equestrian while also pursuing a degree.
My name is Lexie Thacker, president and founder of the Cal Poly Eventing Team. When I first came to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, I ended up boarding with several eventers who shared my passion for the sport. Back in 2014, we were inspired to start our own eventing team at Cal Poly with the implementation of the Intercollegiate Eventing Program by the USEA. However, due to logistic complications, we were unable to form until the start of 2018. We are now proud to have officially started our team with a fantastic group of hard-working and dedicated riders.
Last weekend, a total of 23 teams and over 85 riders representing 18 schools competed for the title of Intercollegiate Champions at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia. Ultimately, it was Team Auburn Orange from Auburn University that came out on top and took home the Championship title. Every school, from those represented by just a single rider to those with three teams competing at the Championship, put on an impressive show of school spirit and camaraderie, and the USEA was there to capture it all through the lens. Want to read all about the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship?
It was “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” for Auburn University at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship as the team has finished in third place for the last two years. This year they finally got their turn at the top of the podium, taking home the Championship title on a final score of 92.125. Team Auburn Orange is comprised of equal parts Championship veterans and newbies, with rising senior Sallie Johnson and recent graduate Lydia Kennedy returning for the third time and rising seniors Aubrey Wagner and Meredith Kramer attending the Championship for the first time.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the future locations for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship for the next four years.
The USEA requested expressions of interest from venues that would like to bid to be the future host site(s) of the USEA Intercollegiate Championship for its next multi-year rotation. The USEA Intercollegiate Committee along with the USEA Board of Governors selected the joint bid from Chattahoochee Hills’ organizer Hugh Lochore and the Virginia Horse Trials’ organizer Andy Bowles for a four-year rotation between the two sites. This will enable the Championship to move to a southern location in Area III, and then move back up to a more northern location in Area II again.
“He was amazing; I can’t thank him enough,” Aubrey Wagner, winner of the CCI* at the Virginia Horse Trials, credited her horse, Clooney MS (Clinton II x Stutbuch). The only horse and rider pair to jump clean in the challenging Coliseum arena in the CCI*. Wagner and her 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding moved from seventh to first place. It’s their first one-star together and they bring home the blue ribbon for Auburn Orange team at the 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Championship.
History repeats itself for Auburn and Clemson Universities who have been familiar with sitting in the top spots at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship. A sea of orange filled the Virginia Horse Trials on Saturday, May 26 while the Auburn Orange Team threw down four strong performances to sit comfortably in first place on a team score of 89.05. Taking the early team lead were Auburn Orange team members Sallie Johnson, Aubrey Wagner, Lydia Kennedy, and Meredith Kramer. Another orange team are the defending champions, Clemson Tigers, who are fighting to reclaim their title as they currently sit in second place on a score of 93.73 in the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship.
Fourteen hours is the amount of time Jordan Vann spent in the car to travel to her first out-of-state show. Accompanying Vann in the trek up the coast from Gainesville, Fla. to Lexington, Va. was team captain Edward Britten-Kelly and coach Ashley Johnson (teammate Kelly Clark would meet the team at the venue as she had already moved home to Pennsylvania for the summer). These four Gators made the trip to Virginia Horse Trials to represent University of Florida in their USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship debut.
“She’s the best trainer I’ve ever had,” Vann commented on the team coach, Ashley Johnson.
Defending champions Clemson University kicked off the 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship with a bang. Sarah Pyne, known as the perfectionist among her team members, was the only rider from Clemson competing on the first day of the Intercollegiate Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Virginia. Competition at VHT began today with the Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced/Intermediate horse trials divisions as well as the CCI* and CIC2*. Of the 87 collegiate pairs fighting for the Championship title this weekend, 15 represented their schools on this first day of competition. The remaining 72 horse-and-rider combinations will start their Championship weekend on Saturday, May 26.
The third annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Virginia kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning with riders competing at nearly every level offered this weekend, from Beginner Novice all the way up through Intermediate and the CCI*/CIC2*. This year, a record 23 teams and 18 schools will compete in the Championship, more than double the number of rider and team entries from the inaugural year in 2016. The first year of the Championship it was the University of Georgia Red team who was crowned champion. Last year it was the Clemson Tigers that took home the blue ribbon.
“We’re here, we’re hungry, and I would watch out for the Dawgs!” University of Georgia said. “Being a NCAA D3 school, Eventing is the only team sport [at Transylvania] that competes against the ‘big’ schools,” stated Transylvania University. Auburn University shared that, “Our team has been looking forward to the Championship all year.” Friendly competitive atmosphere, lifelong friendships, and lucky charms; it’s time for the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia on May 24-27, 2018.