Jan 25, 2021

$500,000 Goal Reached for Frangible Technology Fund!

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Some of the many frangible fences which have been built using the funds. Not all fences are decorated and prepared for competition when photographed.

In less than a year the USEA Foundation, USEA, and a group of passionate stakeholders have managed to raise $500,000 to build frangible fences thanks to donations from USEA members and eventing enthusiasts around the country. This money has gone directly to 116 different USEA recognized events with 151 frangible tables, 53 oxers, and 34 gate/wall fences already out on course – all built with grants distributed by the USEA Foundation.

On March 2, 2020, Jonathan Holling issued a challenge to eventers – raise $500,000 and within three years have only frangible tables on course at the Preliminary level at above. The first part of the challenge has been achieved and the country is well on the way to the second part and with continued fundraising, it can be achieved.

“I am so proud to have been a small part of this fundraising effort,” said Holling. “The resources, effort, and money that have been put forward to increase the safety of jumps on cross-country courses has been unbelievable. When I put this challenge out there, I had no idea how it would be received. The fact that during this year of turmoil, heartache, and uncertainty we have been able to raise these funds, should give us all restored faith in each other. Great job everyone and thanks from the bottom of my heart for helping us make it #frangiblenow.”

The fundraising effort was given a boost in April when it was announced that the Manton Foundation would offer a matching grant for every dollar raised up to $250,000. At the end of 2020 the USEA Foundation was just $12,000 away from the $500,000 challenge goal, so US Equestrian (USEF) decided to step up and donate the funds to make a half a million dollars a reality.

“The team at the USEA has done a tremendous job building up their Frangible Technology Fund over the past year. They have created new educational resources, promoted safety, and provided needed grants to ensure organizers across the country have more readily available access to frangible pin technology on their cross-country courses. They’ve nearly met their goal of raising $500,000 and US Equestrian is pleased to contribute the final amount necessary to help them cross the finish line and complete this fundraising campaign,” said US Equestrian President Tom O’Mara.

The USEA Foundation is home to the Frangible Technology Fund and will continue to accept donations and distribute grants to events to build frangible jumps on all USEA recognized courses.

"The USEA Foundation is very proud to have played a role in reaching the goal of $500,000 for the Frangible Technology Fund,” said USEA Foundation Chair Diane Pitts. "Enhanced safety in our sport is a primary focus of the USEA and the USEA Foundation. We are grateful to the Manton Foundation for their matching grant and to all of the members and supporters who have generously contributed to the Fund. A special thank you goes to the members of the Go Fund Me Group who launched this effort in March and who reached out to the USEA Foundation to partner in this effort. Their continued involvement and guidance has helped develop and administer the grant program. Thank you also to the USEF for believing in the program and putting the fundraising 'over the top.' We are very proud to see the many frangible tables on courses throughout the country that have been built with grants from the Fund."

How to Donate

Donations to the USEA Foundation are fully tax-deductible. Donate today by going to https://useafoundation.org/donate and selecting “Frangible Technology Fund” from the dropdown menu.

All donations will help raise the safety of eventing in the U.S.

Learn more about the frangible technology fundraising efforts here.

Jul 06, 2022 AEC

Equilume Returns Their Support at the AEC

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to have renewed our partnership with Equilume for the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC). Equilume will join once more as a Bronze Level Sponsor and will provide four gift certificates for an Equilume Cashel Light Mask. The four gift certificates will be awarded to the Champions of the Advanced Final, the Preliminary Amateur, the Junior Young Rider Preliminary, and the Training Amateur divisions. This year’s AEC will be held August 30-September 4 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana.

Jul 06, 2022 Classic Series

USEA Members Share Their Favorite Memories from Steeplechase

There are so many things to love about the USEA Classic Series: the way the conditioning and preparation strengthens your bond with your horse, the educational opportunities to enhance your skills as a rider, and, of course, your chance to experience the rush of the classic long format three-day event. There are eight Classic Series events taking place across the U.S. in the 2022 season and they are a great goal for many horse and rider pairs to work towards. Featuring the traditional long-format phases of roads and tracks and steeplechase in addition to the three regular phases of a horse trial, a USEA Classic Series event puts partnerships to the ultimate test. For riders who have already ticked off completing a long-format event from their bucket list, looking back on the thrill of steeplechase before heading out on cross-country often comes with fond memories. Check out what these USEA riders had to say about their favorite steeplechase moments!

Jul 05, 2022 Eventing News

Solaguayre California Takes Step Forward with Win at Twin Rivers

After traveling the world last year and campaigning on the East Coast to start this year, Julianne Guariglia’s 11-year-old Argentine Sport Horse mare Solaguayre California (Casparo x Solaguayre Calandria) returned to competition in the home state of her rider, Tamie Smith, to win the Advanced level at the Twin Rivers Summer Horse Trials held over Fourth of July Weekend in Paso Robles, California.

Jul 05, 2022 Member Rewards

Access Health Insurance, Travel Deals, and so Much More with Your USEA Member Rewards

The USEA Member Rewards Program has been rewarding USEA members since 2016 with offers ranging from car rentals to hotel stays. Now there are two more exciting offers available for USEA Rewards members. Introducing eHealth and TripPlanet!

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA