Jun 12, 2024

Pressure Proof Tip: Obligation Creation

Any day spent with a horse is bound to be a good day, because each and every one of those days will be filled with endless learning experiences and memorable opportunities. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to see those opportunities for what they are, or even worse, mistakenly view them as obligations, and it can all start with a few innocent words, called obligation-creation phrases, that we might unintentionally mutter to ourselves.

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Jun 11, 2024 Young Event Horse

How a Former Hunter and Her Quarter Horse are Aiming for the 2024 USEA Young Event Horse Championships

Daija Sams always jokes that the biggest mistake her parents made was signing her up for an equestrian summer camp. “I was 7 or 8, and my parents loved to put my brother and I in random summer camps to get us out of their hair a little bit and let us try new things,” reflected the now 23-year-old Aiken, South Carolina, resident. “And of course, horses were the one thing I stuck with and I just ran with it.”

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Jun 10, 2024 Eventing News

Springer Takes Her First CCI4*-L Victory at the MARS Bromont

Allison Springer has been a constant presence on the international eventing circuit for decades, as a rider, trainer, coach and trailblazer. She was the first competitor to don an approved riding helmet instead of a top hat in the dressage phase of an eventing competition at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. She has multiple CCI4*-S wins to her credit, but until today, she had yet to add CCI4*-L winner to her resume.

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Jun 10, 2024 Young Event Horse

The Race to Le Lion Begins: Qualification Requirements and Current Contenders for the 2024 Holekamp/Turner Grant

It’s that time of year again! Time to start counting down the days until the 2024 FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France. This year’s 6-year-old CCI2*-L and 7-year-old CCI3*-L divisions will take place October 12-20.

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Jun 09, 2024 Competitions

Canada Takes the Lead in Both CCI4* Divisions following Cross-Country Saturday at the MARS Bromont CCI

Everyone knows that eventing is rarely just “a dressage show” and that things are bound to get shaken up come cross-country day. Things not only got shaken up but frankly turned on their heads following an exciting and influential cross-country day at the MARS Bromont CCI Saturday. Of the six leaders we had at the start of the day, only one has retained their lead heading into the horse inspection and show jumping.

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Jun 09, 2024 Rules

Rule Refresher: The Five Tenants of Schooling

You’ve made it to your event, your trailer is unloaded, your tack room is set, and your horse is settled—time for a little bit of schooling the day before the competition begins! Did you know there are rules around schooling under section EV111 of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rules for Eventing? Brush up on your knowledge before your next event to make sure that you are compliant before your next competition!

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Jun 08, 2024 Competitions

Britain's Bellissimo Takes the CCI4*-L Lead at MARS Bromont CCI

At the end of two days of competition at the MARS Bromont CCI4*, the number two ranked eventing rider in the world, America’s Boyd Martin, sits first or second in exactly 50% of the divisions offered. And in the CCI2*-L, he’s in first and second. But it’s Great Britain’s Lucienne Bellissimo with the leggy and elegant Dyri who sits atop the coveted CCI4*-L, laying down a beautiful test to score 26.0.

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Jun 08, 2024 Education

35 Years of Coaching, 35 Years of Learning with Janice Binkley

Janice Binkley might have 35 years of coaching experience under her belt, but that hasn’t stopped her from working towards a new goal—becoming certified through the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP). “I want to support the program,” said Binkley. “I believe in the program. I really feel like we need to be like the British Horse Society with their certification program, or like the Germans—they know how to do it right.”

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Jun 07, 2024 Eventing News

Shannon Lilley and Eindhoven Garette Take Charge at the MARS Bromont CCI4*-L

The first half of the CCI4*-L division completed their dressage tests Thursday at the MARS Bromont CCI. Shannon Lilley and her own Eindhoven Garette earned a mark of 33.8 from judges Peter Gray (CAN), Bea Di Grazia (USA), and Christian Steiner (AUT) and sit in the lead, with the second half of the field yet to ride.

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Jun 07, 2024 Eventing News

IEA Horse Trials Kicks Off the 2024 USEA Classic Series

The 2024 USEA Classic Series calendar kicked off this past weekend at the Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) H.T. which took place from May 31-June 2 in Edinburgh, Indiana. Three long-format divisions were offered at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels.

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Jun 06, 2024 News

In Memoriam: Abigail Gille (1949-2024)

The USEA is saddened to report the passing of Abigail Gille at the age of 75. Gille was a lifelong equestrian who was deeply dedicated to eventing and the United States Pony Club.

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