The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 6-9, is less than two months away, and we could not be more excited about all the different topics and speakers that are lined up to present.
This year's convention will focus on officials, but our schedule is split up into three different tracks: “Eventers,” Events,” and “USEA”. Each track will feature a variety of presentations and forums focused around a common theme to educate and engage members.
“There’s a common thread between all of our phases, whether it’s dressage, show jumping, or cross-country, and that is the adjustability of your horse,” stated Phillip Dutton at the start of his jumping clinic at Rutledge Farm last week. “To me, the biggest thing in doing well is getting your horse really connected from your leg to your hand. They’ve got to learn that you put your leg on, the hock comes under, and they come up [in front].”
In an effort to make qualifications for the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) easier to understand and bring the USEA up to standard with the USEF Rules for Eventing qualification requirements, the qualifications for the AEC have been updated for 2019.
In accordance with the USEF Rules for Eventing Appendix 3 – Participation in Horse Trials, section 1.5, the eligibility period for Rider and Junior divisions has been changed from 24 months to five years preceding the date of the competition. Rider and Junior division competitors may not have completed two levels or more above the level they intend to compete within the previous five years.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Eventing USA magazine and is an update on the activities of the Professional Horseman's Council. Click here to read Matt Brown's statement as incoming PHC Chair.
Four age groups, three championships, two judges, and one horse to score in the 90s; the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships was a success. A total of 91 young horses were entered in the championships, which Robin Walker considered “very exciting and very encouraging. I’m just impressed with the whole thing.” Peter Gray added that it was “exciting to see the thoughtfulness in the bloodlines. We’re now seeing some quality young horses and adding to the depth of much needed horse power in the United States.”
The USEA Foundation has released the applications for the 2018 Essex Horse Trials Grant, Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant, and Amy Tryon Young Rider Grant. Eligible riders should submit their applications by October 15, 2018.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. This list comes into force on January 1, 2019 and is published three months ahead of coming into effect so that athletes and their entourage have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with any modifications. The 2019 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes explains the changes between the 2018 and the 2019 lists.
Following a whirlwind clinic tour spanning 60 clinics in 35 cities over 60 days, Daniel Stewart carved out some time to sit down with Event Clinics and talk about his unique Equestrian Athlete Camps. Held throughout the year at the United States Olympic Training Centers (USOTC), these internationally acclaimed unmounted camps are a favorite of riders from all backgrounds looking to advance their sports psychology and fitness. We were lucky enough to hear great tips for dealing with horse show anxiety!
The 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame kicks off in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, December 6-9, 2018. The USEA staff have been hard at work the last few months lining up a variety of educational and informative sessions and meetings for this year’s Convention, covering all sorts of topics from course design and how to become an official to conditioning for the equine athlete and the latest in safety technology.
“We believe he can produce the ultimate event horse,” Chris Talley and Hannah Salazar said of Faramund, the Hanoverian stallion owned by Hannah Salazar that has made a cannonball splash in the eventing world this year. Before trying his hoof at eventing, Faramund (Fidertanz x Donna Gloria) earned the 2014 Champion Stallion title at Dressage at Devon with Salazar in the irons. This year, his first year as an event horse, Talley has piloted Faramund to six top-three placings and a successful two-star finish at Plantation Field International. Sandro’s Star (Sagnol x Poetic Patter), another stallion standing at Zaragoza Acres, was named the 2017 USEA Stallion of the Year and is currently leading this year’s Stallion of the Year.
There has been plenty of buzz over the last 18 months about the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) decision to restructure the international event classification system, changing the system from four stars to five and changing CIC and CCI designations to CCI-S and CCI-L. This new five-star system will officially go into effect on January 1, 2019. While that date is still a few months off and the FEI still needs to vote on the final details of the new system at the FEI General Assembly in November, these new designations are now appearing on the USEA's 2019 Eventing Calendar.
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