Course Designers/Builders

Jan 16, 2019

VIDEO: Cross-Country Designs for the Future

James Atkinson led a panel including course designers Captain Mark Phillips, John Michael Durr, Gretchen Butts, Morgan Rowsell, and Cathy Wieschhoff in a discussion about the responsibilities of the course designer and the many factors that influence course design.

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Want to Learn About Course Design? Attend the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program!

If you have ever considered becoming involved in eventing as a licensed judge, TC, or CD, then the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program is for you!

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So You Want to Be a Judge, Part II: Amp Up Your Course Walk

Many of us, when we walk courses, have a routine. Things we look for, things we know will catch certain riders off guard, things we’re careful to point out to our students. Even the way we walk, the practiced length of our strides, the lines we take between fences. We think about this stuff from the rider or trainer’s perspective, carefully honed over years of walking, thinking about, and riding courses. Time, and experience.

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The Art of Design: The B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program

Last weekend, 25 prospective “r” judges, technical delegates, and course designers gathered at Lara Anderson and Daniel Brown’s Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, South Carolina for the B & C Jumping/Course Designing Training Program. This training program is a requirement for prospective “r” Eventing Judges, “r” Eventing TDs, and “r” Eventing CDs to obtain their licensure, as well as for certified cross-country course designers, who must attend every three years to maintain their certification.

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Interested in Course Design or Becoming a "r" Eventing Official? Attend the B & C Jumping/Course Design Training Program!

The USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) is responsible for educating the next generation of officials and encouraging members of the eventing community to get involved as licensed officials, including judges, technical delegates, and course designers. The safe running of competitions relies on quality officials as they guarantee that all safety rules and precautions are adhered to.

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Nov 13, 2017 Eventing News

David Taylor Selected for Virginia Horse Trials Course Designer Mentor Program

Last year David Taylor of Keymar, Maryland realized he wanted to be more than just a competitive eventer. He wanted to give back to the sport but at the time he wasn’t sure how. It wasn't until he read an article on the United States Eventing Association (USEA) website about becoming a cross-country course designer that it finally clicked. 

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2017 USEA Course Designer's Educational Grant

The USEA has established a Course Designers’ Educational Grant/Mentoring Program to fund the education and development of U.S. course designers. The program is open to those who have competed at the CCI2* level in recent years and who have completed the Course Design Module at a USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials Seminar. Funds of up to $6,000 will be awarded in 2017.

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May 10, 2017 Safety

Exploring Collapsible Technology for Cross-Country Jumps

The USEA Cross-Country Design and Fence Construction Safety Task Force is a dedicated group consisting of officials, course designers, engineers, organizers and competitors. 

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Get Licensed: Becoming A Cross-Country Course Designer

Longtime eventing competitor Beth Perkins, of Rutherfordton, N.C., decided last year to take steps to become a “r” licensed cross-country course designer. Perkins has competed through the four-star level, representing the United States at the 1974 World Championships and 1975 Pan American Games.

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Nov 16, 2016 USEA Foundation

USEA Foundation Utilizes MobileCause to Raise Funds for the Collapsible Fence Study

This summer, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) began using the mobile fundraising software MobileCause. Because a large portion of USEA members are constantly on the go, MobileCause allows the USEA to communicate instantly and directly with members through text message.

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John Michael Durr Develops His Techniques for Creating Educational Courses at Virginia Horse Trials

In December 2015, Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) announced the creation of the Course Designer Mentor Program intended to encourage the future development of the sport and provide a valuable educational opportunity for someone pursuing a career in cross-country course design.

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