The Professional Horseman's Council (PHC) is composed of active members of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) who are professionals in all aspects of the sport of eventing. The purpose of the Council is to facilitate communications between the professionals and the eventing community, including the governing body, officials, organizers and competitors and to assist in the further development, growth, and safety of our sport.
Last month, John Michael Durr shared some pros and cons for those contemplating a migration south for the winter. Making the decision to head to Florida or South Carolina is exciting, and a big move for any sized business. It also triggers about a thousand other smaller decisions that need to be made. Will you take all of your horses, or leave some behind?
There is a new face on the Florida event scene this winter – 27-year-old Swiss eventer, Felix Vogg, who is based in Radolfzell, Germany – just north of the German-Swiss border. Vogg is no stranger to international eventing having competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2014 World Equestrian Games, and multiple European Championships, but Rocking Horse Winter II in Ocala, Florida was his first foray into U.S. eventing.
As I write this article my weather app lists the current temperature at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. My Facebook newsfeed is inundated with photos of horses munching on their bran mash and tucked into the heaviest blankets their owners have on hand. Snow and ice have schools shutdown, and riding without an indoor, preferably a heated one? Probably not going to happen.
The USEA is excited to announce that The Event College at Rolex Kentucky, presented by the Professional Horseman’s Council, will be taking place at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (Lexington, Ky.) next week.
As a competitor, horse owner, trainer, and aspiring U.S. team rider, the competitions that I compete in are so important. I have been competing on the West Coast since I was eight years old and have watched the eventing scene evolve to the international level. Copper Meadows in Ramona, California has been a venue that has run since 2000, bringing another event to the West Coast. However, the recent changes made to the venue for the spring horse trials are second to none! Knowing that they have stepped up their game, I found a new desire to compete at every Copper Meadows event.
Chris Stafford has interviewed USEA Board of Governor member, and CCI4* eventer Jonathan Holling about his long term as Chairman of the USEA Professional Horseman's Council and reviews what he feels has been achieved during his tenure and what the PHC will be focused on in the future.
Last year was a great year for eventing in the United States. As we came into 2010 it was easy to breathe a collective sigh of relief that perhaps we had overcome the unbelievably horrible rash of accidents that plagued our sport. The Professional Horseman’s Council is deeply concerned about the recent series of falls at several high profile events this spring. It is imperative that we both as individuals and an organization do not sit back and wait for bad things to happen to us. We must remain proactive in our dealings with these accidents.
Who are the members of the Professional Horseman’s Council (PHC), and what does it do? Our varying professions within eventing were put together to collectively bring the sport to a better place through our unique perspectives. It all sounds great on the surface, but as an organizer I confess I was a bit skeptical that the other members of the PHC wouldn’t appreciate the point of view that I thought only an organizer would understand.