The new USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and this new program has welcomed 83 teams. Recently, the IEL teams participated in an IEL social media video contest by submitting creative videos that represent a day in the life of an IEL team member.
In the early 2000s, eventing shifted away from the traditional long format events with roads and tracks and steeplechase on endurance day at the highest levels of the sport, opting for the modern short format event we see today. In an effort to preserve the history, tradition, and horsemanship of the long format three-day event, the USEA Classic Series was formed.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership of longtime sponsor RevitaVet for 2021. RevitaVet will return as the Title Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Young Rider of the Year Leaderboard.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to welcome back Standlee Hay Company Inc. as the "Official Forage of the USEA." They will also join as the “Title Sponsor of the USEA Horse of the Year Leaderboard,” “Gold Level Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships,” “Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Future Event Horse Program,” and “Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Program.”
A total of 38 USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) team challenges are scheduled to take place in 2021, and the first event to host an IEL team challenge was the Ocala Winter I Horse Trials at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. Organized by Megan Gardiner and Emily Holmes, the first IEL team challenge took place on February 11-14 and had five teams and 25 competitors.
Chris Ryan’s first observation about this 4-year-old Thoroughbred mare is that she looks to be a “nice quality sort. She is perhaps a fraction thick in her head-to-neck connection – it could be that her head is quite strong. I’m not so keen on those with pretty heads, even on a filly, which can be very fine and tapered like the Arabian."
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) program is designed to assess yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their suitability for careers as eventers. In FEH competitions, yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds are shown in-hand while 4-year-olds are presented under saddle. At the FEH championships, 3- and 4-year-olds also demonstrate their ability over fences in the jump chute.
“I like to get them on my side – I think trust and understanding are the most important things for training a young horse.” Based out of Tallwood Farm in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Andrew McConnon has been competing in eventing since he was 14 years old.
“It all started like these things do – with a single mare.” On 25 acres in Oxford, Maryland, Elizabeth Callahan and her husband Robert Drysdale run Cool Na Grena Sporthorses, a boutique breeding operation producing quality eventing horses.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
Chris Ryan’s initial assessment of this 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding is that he’s a “good quality sort. Brown is a great color – a strong color in ‘nature.’ One of the first questions I ask myself when evaluating a horse is if he has refinement. We know the breed type here is Thoroughbred but I still ask the question."