Studs Solved with Max Corcoran, presented by VTO Saddlery

Curious what studs you should be using this weekend at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC)? Super groom Max Corcoran, who is fresh of her trip to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, gives us the scoop on what to consider when studding.

For this weekend, Max suggests a small grass tip on the outside (third from the left) with a road stud for the inside (Farthest left), and a larger grass tip on the outside (Second from the left) of the hind shoes and another road on the inside (Either two on the right). Examples are pictured above.

The studs used in Max’s demonstration come straight from our friends at VTO Saddlery! They have a huge variety to suit any type of footing you may come across. Stop in and say hi to owners Paul and Beth, and happy shopping!

About VTO Saddlery

VTO Saddlery is a family-owned business that has been serving the eventing and dressage community since 2000. VTO's large retail showroom in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a base of operations for their e-commerce sales and for their active mobile sales unit, which serves nearly thirty horse trials and dressage shows in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. VTO is a long-time sponsor of AECs and is known for their support of volunteers at show. Find out more at

About Max

Max Corcoran has been grooming at the highest level of equestrian sport for over fourteen years for some of the best riders in the world. She worked for the O’Connor Event Team (OCET) for eleven years (2001-2012), managing the barn for most of those years and traveling everywhere with Karen, including traveling to the Olympic Games (2008, 2012), World Championships (2006, 2010), Pan American Games (2003, 2007) and numerous CCI’s all over the United States and Europe. Since leaving the OCET, Max now free lances, continuing to travel around the United States and the world grooming for riders at the highest level of the sport. She most recently served as stable manager for the Canadian Team at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and will do so again at the Pan American Games in Toronto in the summer of 2015. She also traveled to Mexico for the Central American Games for as the stable manager for the Venezuelan Team. She teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA and the USEF Developing Rider programs, and she is on the Faculty for the Equine Management Training Center at Sandy River, an amazing new program that instructs and trains grooms. Additionally, Max is a Board Member of the Professional Riders Organization (PRO).

About the AEC

The Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, this event draws together the best competitors from across the country vying for national titles from the Beginner Novice through the Advanced level. This year's AEC is being held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. August 31-September 4, 2016.

The 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors: Nutrena, Land Rover, Adequan, Merial, Broadstone Equine Insurance Company, Professional's Choice, Devoucoux,Merck Animal Health, Standlee Hay, Charles Owen, Fleeceworks, CWD, The Chronicle of the Horse, Noble Outfitters, Auburn Laboratories Inc., Smartpak, Stackhouse Saddles, Point Two, VTO Saddlery, FLAIR, Dubarry of Ireland, FITS Riding, Equine Art by Julie, Ride Safe, The Jockey Club, Ovation, Eventing Training Online, Kastel Denmark, Happy Saddle Treats, I Love My Horse, GumBits, Horse Hydrator, Phoenix Bodyworks, C4 Belts, The Scoring Chix, and more.

*Many of these sponsors will also be in attendance at the AEC with vendor spaces in the USEA Sponsor Village, located directly next to the George Morris arena at Tryon. Get ready to shop!


Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA

Official Horse Boot of the USEA

Official Shockwave of the USEA

Official Horse Wear of the USEA