USEA News

December 1, 2017

This month we’re going to begin a four-part series on how to create positive riding potential by making sure the thoughts you think to yourself are positive. Referred to as self-talk, internal dialogue, positive affirmations, or brain babble; the words you say to yourself have a huge influence on your ability to believe in yourself. As a result, let's spend the next few months talking about how to talk to yourself!

This month we’ll begin with one of my all-time favorites. I like to call this technique "Create / Concentrate / Enunciate," and this is how it goes. 

November 30, 2017

Dunnabeck Horse Trials in Carbondale, Illinois (Area IV) hosts one USEA recognized event every year in early September. The event is sponsored by the Boskydell Pony Club and offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.

November 29, 2017

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the Future Event Horse (FEH) program will include a Central Championship in 2018 to accompany the East and West Coast Championships that already exist.

“This will be a huge boost for the program,” stated FEH Committee Co-Chair, Robin Walker. “The United States is so big that it’s hard for a lot of people and their very young horses to go from one coast to another to compete at the Championships and get recognized. Having the option to host a Central Championship is going to cater to the breeders in the middle of the country and strengthen the program across the board. It’s going to give us more depth.”

November 29, 2017

Proper hoof care is essential to a horse’s well-being. Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop conditions in their feet that cause discomfort and can require costly treatment. One condition that is occurring more frequently in horses is corns – severe, visible bruising in a horse’s feet that is problematic if untreated. It’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and protection to treat corns and get hooves healthy again.

Causes & Symptoms

November 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and is recognized as the day when the world community turns its mind to donating to the charity closest to their hearts and minds.

By supporting the USEA Foundation Roger Haller Fund for the Education of Eventing Officials you can help us “double our impact” and meet the challenge set this year by our wonderful anonymous donor who has set excellence in eventing education as a top priority. We need to raise just $10,000 more to reach our goal.


Roger Haller building a cross-country fence at Ledyard. USEA Archives Photo.

November 28, 2017

The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award was established in 2009 by the USEA Professional Horseman’s Council (PHC) to encourage safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique. The award is presented at a series of events throughout the year at the Training level to one junior rider and one adult amateur rider who demonstrate technique on cross-country for a list of criteria including gallop, preparation, execution of jump, rider position, and general impressions. Judges, who must be either Level III or IV ICP certified, USEF Licensed Eventing Officials or USET Senior Team Riders, reward the top riders who excel at these skills.

November 27, 2017

Disqualification from competition can occur for a number of reasons, so make sure you’re familiar with the different ways in which a rider can be disqualified to avoid making a costly mistake! Text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules For Eventing, with emphasis added by the USEA. 

EV117 Disqualification

November 26, 2017

Thomson, Georgia - The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is saddened to report an equine fatality in the Preliminary/Training division at the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials. Avery Lewis and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, The Manx Man (also known as Toby), fell at fence 8, a log hogs back. The rider was transported for medical evaluation and released. Toby was treated on site by the event veterinarian and transported to the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for observation. Toby was later euthanized due to injuries sustained during the fall.

Our thoughts are with Avery Lewis and all who knew Toby.

November 24, 2017

On this week’s program, get to know the winners of the 2017 Young Event Horse (YEH) Championship divisions! First up, Tamie Smith tells us more about Bonner Carpenter’s Summerbridge Parc, winner of the YEH West Coast 5-Year-Old Championship. Plus, Smith provides some tips for success when working with young horses. Then, Marc Grandia shares  Pam Duffy’s Sunsprite’s Watusi’s story. Grandia piloted Watusi to the win in the YEH West Coast 4-Year-Old Championship. Finally, Kristen Bond introduces her own Bea Ready, the YEH East Coast 4-Year-Old Champion.

Kim Severson won the YEH East Coast 5-Year-Old Champion aboard her own Exclusively Cooley but was unable to join us on the program because of her travel schedule.

November 22, 2017

The USEA is made up of over 12,000 members, each with their own special horses and experiences. Now on Course highlights the many unique stories of our membership. Do you and your horse have a tale to tell? Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Submit your story to Jessica Duffy.

November 22, 2017

Lexington, Ky. – The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following athletes for the 2018 Eventing Winter Training List. The US Equestrian High Performance Program is designed to achieve Olympic qualification and medals in the current Games cycle, in addition to building a sustainable foundation for the success of future championships.

The Eventing High Performance Program consists of the Elite, Development, and Emerging Athletes Programs.

The Elite Program consists of athlete/horse combinations that have established themselves as having met the criteria, or demonstrated potential to meet the criteria required to be competitive at CCI3* and CCI4* events and championships.

2018 Elite Training List:

November 22, 2017

The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs are teaming up once again to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity this winter in Ocala, Florida. Taking place February 19-22, 2018, there will be different educational activities each day.

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