In this first episode of the USEA Podcast in 2020, Jo Whitehouse joins us first to discuss some new and existing initiatives of the USEA Foundation, including the Poggio Horsemanship Study, and shares news of the silent auction that was held at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
Today I completed my first Novice horse trials. It was a whirlwind, one-day show, and I’m exhausted and probably more than a little dehydrated. But I’m also on cloud nine. You see, just 15 days shy of one year ago, I got the ride of a lifetime when I signed a lease on and loaded Novelle on my trailer.
The final Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards of the year were presented to two riders at the Full Moon Farm Horse Trials in Finksburg, Maryland on November 9-10, 2019. Sydney Schultz was the recipient of the Junior Award and Jennifer Jacobs received the Adult Amateur award for their safe and effective cross-country riding.
Every year the eventing community comes together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of its members at the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. Led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Wofford, the awards ceremony is one of the most anticipated events of Convention and gives eventers the opportunity to celebrate their successes with their family and friends.
The new Mars Bromont Rising U25 Program will now be administered by the USEA Foundation. The program was first introduced at Bromont Three-day Event last June when nine riders under the age of 25 were awarded grants of $3,000 Canadian to assist with the expenses incurred in preparing for and competing in the Bromont CCI.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce the continued partnership with Nunn Finer. Nunn Finer is coming back as the official Title Sponsor of the USEA Leaderboards. Year-end leaderboard winners will be awarded during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, and this year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will take place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on December 12-15, 2019.
This year, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) introduced two new national leaderboards: the 6-year-old leaderboard and 7-year-old leaderboard. These new honors, along with Morven Park’s new CCI3*-L 7-year-old division and CCI2*-L 6-year-old division, offers new opportunities for young event horses competing in the U.S. The 6-year-old leaderboard ranks 6-year-old horses at the Preliminary, CCI2*-S, and CCI2*-L level and the 7-year-old horses are ranked at the Intermediate, CCI3*-S, and CCI3*-L level.
The Shepherd Ranch SYVPC Horse Trials hosted the Area VI leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award, which is presented to one junior and one adult amateur rider based on their safe and effective cross-country riding. Bridget London and Anika Baker were the recipients of the adult amateur and junior awards, respectively.
Mya Poulos and Vanessa Stroh were the junior and adult amateur recipient of the award at the Otter Creek Farm Fall Horse Trials, September 13-15, 2019, which hosted the Area IV leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award takes place in each of the 10 USEA Areas and rewards one junior and one adult amateur riders for their safe and effective cross-country riding.
The USEA Year End Awards Ceremony provides an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years.
The USEA Foundation is now accepting applications for the Essex Horse Trials Grant, the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant, and the Haller Scholarship for Eventing Officials. The deadline for applications for these grants is October 15.