While the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships have come and gone, the 2017 USEA Area Championships season is in full swing! Half of the USEA Area programs have completed their Championships for the 2017 season with the other half still to come between now and the end of October. Each Area maintains slightly different qualification requirements for their respective Championships, and that information can be found here.
Applications for the 2018 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships are due this coming Monday, October 2, 2017. Past recipients of the Educational Scholarship have used the funds to further their riding education and expand their opportunities to work with instructors in lessons and clinics.
We’ve collected stories from past recipients about their experiences since they received the scholarship and how it affected their riding. Before you submit your application, take some time to read their stories! Click here to read the stories of past Adult Amateur winners.
Alexander Makowski, 2013 Worth the Trust Young Adult recipient
The FEI published a clarification of the rules governing bits on July 31, 2017. An illustrated list of permissible bits for FEI dressage can be viewed here. Janis Linnan, Steward General for Eventing with US Equestrian, explains that, in an effort to bring the USEF bit rules into compliance with what is currently permitted by the FEI, these new rules will hopefully be approved for USEF competition in January and go into effect during the 2018 calendar year. Current USEF bit rules can be viewed here.
US Equestrian has named the following athletes to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for FEI Nations Cup™ at Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO3*, October 5-8 in Boekelo, The Netherlands. Leslie Law will serve as Chef d’Equipe for the team at this event.
Katherine Coleman (Wiltshire, England) and Back to Business, Kalai, LLC’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) and Deniro Z, the Deniro Syndicate’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding.
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.), a United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars Developing Rider Grant Recipient, and Pebbly Maximus, her own and Sherrie Martin’s 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Copper Meadows Horse Trials in Ramona, California (Area VI), runs three USEA recognized events a year in March, June, and September, offering Intro through Advanced level competition. In September, Copper Meadows also hosts CIC*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions. In addition to these USEA recognized events, Copper Meadows hosts Look B4 You Leap Clinics and Sun Series One-Day Horse Trials throughout the year.
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.
The best of the west return to Woodside International Horse Trials, October 5-8, 2017, for the highly anticipated autumn competition at the pristine Horse Park at Woodside.
Forty-nine international competitors, including 2008 Individual silver medalist Gina Miles, will contest the CIC*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions alongside the 300 competitors entered at the Beginner Novice through Advanced levels.
Maintaining and trimming horse hooves is essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again.
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.
Briana Stolley and Lisa Banister both competed at the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Land Rover and Nutrena. However, they share a greater connection than that. Both of these dedicated eventers are army wives and have known each other for years through their connection both to the military and to the eventing community.
The 2017 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships came to a close today after an exciting second day of competition at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. Today saw the championship competition for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds, and Robin Walker and Chris Ryan again presided as judges for the FEH divisions.
The U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing presented by The Fite Group Luxury Homes was a crowd favorite at the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show, bringing a sold-out audience to their feet, as many of the world's top Three-Day Event riders tested a tough and technical track set by Captain Mark Phillips in Wollman Rink. Ryan Wood (AUS) and Dominic Schramm (AUS) ultimately topped the class, besting 22 other riders to capture the win in the inaugural event. Tonight's competition marked the fourth day of national and international competition showcasing top equestrians from around the world in the heart of New York City.
Today was the first of two days of competition in the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland, featuring the championship divisions for yearlings and 2-year-olds. Both the East and West Coast Championships are judged by FEH/YEH Committee Advisor, upper-level Eventer and Grand Prix show jump rider, and ICP faculty member Robin Walker, and the world-renowned Irish horseman, Chris Ryan.
The FEH yearlings and 2-year-olds are presented in hand, where they are first judged on their conformation before displaying their gaits at the walk on a 15-meter triangle and the trot on a 30-meter triangle. Horses are judged on four categories; Type, Conformation, Movement, and General Impression.