The Road to AEC is a series of articles contributed by our members about their journeys to compete in the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C., August 30-September 3, 2017.
My road to the AEC has been full of ups and downs. This time last year the AEC wasn’t even a goal I had in mind. I have had some time off in previous years due to injuries, surgeries, and a limited budget, but I was finally ready to take the plunge at Beginner Novice, even though the thought of cantering jumps still terrified me. My forties were looming in my near future and I figured it was now or never.
Since 1989 the Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials has been running an event at Bittersweet Field in Poolesville, Maryland. The 28th annual event will be held on September 2-3, 2017 and in the lead up to their celebration of their 30th year, Seneca’s Organizing Committee is working to make it the best yet.
The entry fees of the horse trials go to support the education of the Seneca Valley Pony Club members including lessons, ratings, rallies and the United States Pony Club (USPC) National Championship. Nancy Jones, who along with Debby Price, heads up Seneca’s Organizing Committee, notes the Seneca entry fees are among the lowest in Area II.
The Young and Future Event Horse article series is being provided through a partnership between Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC. and the USEA.
Flatwork with young horses can at times become monotonous while riders spend a lot of time honing in on the basics and building correct muscle. It’s important to make sure your young horse looks forward to dressage days, and with some fun exercises you can easily make that happen at home on your own.
Eventing is a demanding sport both mentally and physically. The three different phases require intelligence, training and competing skills, and bravery. At any competition level, an eventer can experience problems such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, inability to focus or to perform efficiently under pressure. Often, an individual is unaware of self-talk or habits that are counterproductive. Discussion with a qualified sports counselor can help that eventer develop the insight and desire to identify and implement more productive attitudes and behaviors. This process can illuminate and enhance the eventer both as a person and as a rider. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships have been created to provide event riders with this opportunity.
Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s Rubens D’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux) jumped a clean round over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to rise to the top of the leaderboard and take the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at the Millbrook Horse Trials.
Time proved to be very influential in today’s cross-country competition in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Millbrook Horse Trials, and on a day when no one made it in under the optimum, coming as close as possible made quite a difference in the leaderboard.
Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie (Jetball x Tuneda) were the last pair to tackle Tremaine Cooper’s cross-country track, but were one of the two fastest rides of the day. Adding just 2.0 time penalties to their dressage score of 31.9, the pair moved up from seventh place after dressage to take the lead.
No one could catch Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner (Gorky Park x Smart Jane), who laid down a 27.9 early in the second day of dressage competition at Millbrook Horse trials to take the lead in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division.
“It wasn’t one of his best tests, honestly. He was a bit tense,” said Symansky of her test with the 14-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding. “It was a bit quiet there this morning and he could really see the all the cross-country going on anytime he’d be going back towards “A,” so I thought he was a little more holding than normal, but he’s gotten so reliable in the ring that even on one of not his best days he still does well. Even when he’s nervous you can rely on him, which is really nice.”
The 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena are just around the corner! This year, the competition returns to the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Following last year’s record-setting entry numbers, fabulous entertainment, and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, this year will be another AEC you don’t want to miss!
So how do you ensure that you will have a front row seat to all the action? By signing up as a volunteer!
The 2018 Kentucky Three-Day Event will host a new CSI3* show jumping competition as part of its schedule of international equestrian competition. Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Kentucky Three-Day Event, in partnership with the Split Rock Jumping Tour will host the new $225,000 Invitational Grand Prix.
The Kentucky Three-Day Event, America's only Four Star Three-Day Event, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, April 26-29, 2018. The new $225,000 Grand Prix will be held in the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium on Saturday afternoon following the completion of the CCI4*'s cross-country phase.
Dr. Catherine Kohn, chair of the USEA Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group, shares the progress the group has made as well as ways that riders can reduce the risk of equine fatality during competition. Dr. Stephanie Davis then comes on the program to provide some tips to help your horse beat the summer heat and dispels some myths about the best ways to cool down your horse.
The first 21 horses competing in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Millbrook Horse Trials performed their dressage tests this afternoon. Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate LLC's 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Rubens D’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux), were just the third pair in the ring but they ran away with the early lead, scoring a 29.7.
Competition at the 17th Annual Millbrook Horse Trials kicks off today with dressage for all levels. The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division will start this afternoon at 1:08 p.m. in Ring 4, with Boyd Martin and Long Island T first in the ring. Half the division will perform their dressage tests this afternoon and the remainder of the division will go tomorrow beginning at 10:20 a.m.