Boyd Martin (USA) and Shamwari 4 (27.40) really delivered today on Mike Etherington-Smith's cross-country track in the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4*. A clear round inside the optimum time moved them back to the top in front of Jonelle Price (NZL) and Faerie Dianimo (28.30) and Laura Collett (GBR) on Mr Bass (29.90).
‘Age is nothing but a number’ and this phrase can resonate with eventers due to the factors that affect young horses. So, what common factors did Blackfoot Mystery, Truly Wiley, D.A. Duras, and Happenstance all have? Kelly Prather. Compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, and experienced, Prather is an eventing professional that anyone should not walk but run to when identifying a young event horse. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) had the opportunity to sit down with Prather to learn more about her program and how her success can be applied to the USEAs Young Event Horse (YEH) program.
Read below to find out how Prather has produced Olympic, four-star, and winning three-star event horses.
After an exciting finish of today’s dressage, we have Tim Lips (NED) and Bayro with just 24.10 penalties in first, Jesse Campbell (NZL) with Cleveland (24.60) in second, followed by Shane Rose (AUS) on CP Qualified (25.50) in third place.
Tim Lips (NED) had plenty to smile about at the conclusion of today's dressage competition as he and Bayro sit at the top of the 50-horse field headed into tomorrow's cross-country competition. “Bayro was super today! Even after losing my stirrup in the first canter and feeling a little silly not being able to get it back, the gelding seemed to go from strength to strength. My trainer came over from Holland specifically, which gave us a huge boost. I really could not be happier today.”
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is currently searching for qualified applicants for the contractual position of Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Coordinator. Applicants must be proficient in MS Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook. Abilities with Photoshop and other Adobe applications, appreciated. Must have excellent attention to detail and an excellent sense of planning and organization. Must display initiative and be a self-starter. Must have the ability to: collaborate and communicate effectively amongst both internal and external groups, prioritize and deal with the unexpected, maintain a high level of performance in stressful situations, and remain well-organized and effectual within changing environments.
The 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) are less than three months away, taking place this year at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, August 30-September 2, 2018.
First, USEA Director of Programs and Marketing Kate Lokey shares some of the different things that competitors have to look forward to this year at the Colorado Horse Park, everything from the excellent facilities at the Horse Park and attractions in nearby Denver to the exciting parties for competitors and the new festival classes being offered this year.
Over fifty riders competed in the international divisions at Aspen Farms Horse Trials over the weekend in Yelm, Washington, with both division winners leading from start to finish.
In addition to earning themselves a blue ribbon and other prizes, both CIC2* division winner Sophie Click aboard her own Fernhill Rising and CIC* division winner Jordan Linstedt riding Janine Jaro’s Staccato secured themselves an additional $500 in prize money as the top-placed Southern California Equestrian Sports (SCES) members in their respective divisions.
Kitty King (GBR) and Ceylor L A N and Boyd Martin (USA) and Shamwari 4 sit tied for first place on a score of 27.4 at the conclusion of dressage on the first day of competition in the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4*. Both pairs have not competed at the four-star level since 2016.
Kitty King was particularly pleased with her horse’s performance, who has not competed in an event of this caliber since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “He has performed really well for me today and I could not have asked for more!”
The Honey Run Horse Trials takes place every year at the end of June in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Area VIII) and offers Starter through Preliminary levels.
The Encore Horse Trials first ran in June of 1998 and became the Honey Run Horse Trials in 2016 when Jennifer Merrick-Brooks, who competed at Encore Horse Trials for many years, took over organization of the event from Kathy Arrandale. They retired the Encore Horse Trials name and rechristened the event the Honey Run Horse Trials, named for the Honey Run Equestrian Easement where the event takes place.
After “familiarization” in the main arena, the horses were exquisitely prepared for the first horse inspection. The riders presented their horses not only to the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Christoph Hess (GER), and Sandy Phillips (GBR) but also to the many spectators who were eager to see the athletes of this year’s competition.
Fifty horses were accepted to move on to dressage tomorrow in the Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen CCI4*. Only one horse, Master Tredstep, ridden by Aidan Keogh (IRL), was not accepted upon representation after being sent to the hold box. Simply Sox, ridden by Julie Tew (GBR), and Billy Beware, ridden by Pippa Funnell (GBR), were also sent to the hold but passed upon reinspection.
The Coconino Summer I Horse Trials in Flagstaff, Arizona (Area X), July 6-8, 2018, Will offer $10,000 in prize money split between the Open Intermediate, Open Preliminary, Open Training, and Open Novice divisions. First place in each division will receive $1,200, second place will receive $800, and third place will receive $500.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back Dubarry of Ireland as a sponsor of the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC). As a Bronze Level Sponsor, Dubarry will be providing two pairs of Dubarry boots as prizes at the AEC, which will be held August 30-September 2, 2018 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
"Dubarry is thrilled to continue its sponsorship of the American Eventing Championships,” the company stated. “The sport of eventing is near and dear to the Dubarry brand and they believe strongly in the USEA's efforts to enrich the sport across every level of competition."
The 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention may have come and gone, but thanks to our friends at Ride On Video you will have the chance to relive the action as we share videos of the different sessions!