The vast majority of riders who compete at the lower levels of eventing are amateurs and most of them have “proper” jobs. After all, horses and eventing need paying for! Often, this means these riders work at a desk and are what strength and conditioning coach Tony Sandoval refers to as “desk jockeys.”
This year, Barnstaple South invites riders to their Fall Jackpot Schooling Show Series. At each schooling show, riders have the opportunity to clinic with our dressage judge on Day One and perform your test in front of them the following day in the show. Each dressage test is videoed with judge’s commentary thanks to Richard Equine Video. Jackpot!
The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds offers a ton of additional opportunities for competitors and spectators outside of competition. One of these educational opportunities includes the daily USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Course Walks with an ICP certified instructor. Whether you are wanting additional perspective on the cross-country course you will be tackling throughout the week or you want to walk a level that you aspire to compete at one day and hear a professional's plan of attack, these daily course walks are a great opportunity to gain some additional insight on the cross-country tracks offered during this year's AEC.
Educated trainers are essential in successfully developing horses and riders to excel in the sport of three-day eventing. A program that is dedicated to exactly that, and is the only national program of its kind, is the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP).
Since 2002, ICP educates all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. ICP’s vision is to promote excellence in horse training, instructing, and coaching for the sport of eventing at all levels.
Chances are pretty high that you’ve experienced show-jitters before. Maybe it was before an important competition, a clinic with an unknown clinician, your first group lesson, or riding in front of a friend or family member for the first time. Regardless of the situation, you’ll probably agree that performance anxiety is one thing you’d rather avoid.
Do you have dreams to become a licensed eventing judge, technical delegate, cross-country course designer, or eventing show jump course designer? One of the goals of the USEA Eventing Licensed Officials Committee (ELOC) is to encourage and educate the next generation of officials. You can be part of the next generation of officials. Get involved and get licensed!
Founded in 2002, the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program provides a standard of instruction unlike any other eventing program in the U.S. Any eventer can become ICP certified and will join a group of well-known eventers including gold medal Olympians like David O’Connor, Leslie Law, and Phillip Dutton - who are all ICP certified.
Dr. Shauna Spurlock recently explained the basics of pre-purchase examinations, commonly known as “vettings” - what they are, why they’re carried out, and what happens, with particular relevance to horses bought for amateur riders to compete at a relatively low level. Now, Dr. Spurlock discusses pre-purchase examinations of more advanced event horses, where the costs - and the stakes - may well be much higher.
After last year’s limited opportunities for most eventers to compete, it’s not surprising that many equestrians are paying extra attention to their competition schedules this year. With riders aiming for an opportunity to reach the championship level, and the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds coming up at the end of the summer, we've developed a rule refresher regarding attire and equipment at the horse trial vs championship levels.
The text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules For Eventing.
I’ve always said that if you wake up without a goal, go back to bed. Your riding life is full of amazing opportunities, but if you never seek them, you’ll surely never find them. Defining goals is what sets your sight on those opportunities and what ultimately helps you capture them. Some goals will bring you short-term improvement, while others will bring you long-term gain. Some will bring you success for a riding session, while others will bring you success for a riding season. All you have to do is work on them. . . because goals only work if you do.