Last month we began a four-part series on mental preparation and the many kinds of pre-ride routines you can perform to control your emotions so they don’t take control of you. If you recall, the purpose of these routines is to give your brain the perception of predictability and control because as soon as your brain loses these it senses threat and stress which weakens your confidence and strengthens your jitters and fears.
Imagine: you are at the biggest sporting event of your life. The stakes are high, and you have spent countless hours preparing for it. However, you are expected to just show up and immediately perform. You cannot stretch or take a practice swing. You have no time to loosen up or sharpen your eye. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Just like us, our horses need adequate time to warm up each day. A warmup is any preparation for work, and it is often the leading edge of that work. It is the small aid response that becomes the more advanced aid response.
From the tadpole division at the local starter horse trials through the CCI5* at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day, equestrian competition brings people together. At every level, horse shows can expand community and foster growth for the sport of eventing.
The 2022 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting and Convention will be a special year celebrating eventing in the historical city of Savannah, Georgia. Taking place December 7-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel, the USEA will also be celebrating the 8th Eventing Hall of Fame in true southern style.
We could lead with “no Payne, no game” or some other clever quip but in reality, the fewer gimmicks the better when it comes to training advice. Doug Payne knows how and when to come back to the basics and how to build confidence in a young horse so that they shine at their absolute brightest when the spotlight turns their way. But the key to everything come competition time? The gallop.
In our last edition of “Perfecting the Leg Yield with ICP Instructor Jim Graham,” we outlined a great starting point for riders in terms of understanding and accomplishing the leg yield. In this second part, Graham expands upon the leg yield with a few variations of exercises suitable for the next step in your flatwork training. While these exercises were outlined with the Training and Modified level rider in mind, they can be adapted for riders of all levels.
The trickiest part of the course isn’t holding your breath over the trakehner that your horse has been eyeing down after coming off a pretty gnarly bank complex—to which we say “more leg!”—even though it is a big deal. The course we're referring to isn’t actually a physical course at all, but the figurative course of our partnership with our athletic steeds, whether it be a lifetime or just for a season. And the trickiest part of this partnership is maintaining optimal health and performance for as long as possible without compromising their much deserved retirement.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to announce the renewed partnership with The Equine Network’s Horse Week ® for 2022. Horse Week® will return as an ‘Official Media Partner of the USEA.’
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the new partnership with WeRideTogether, Inc. WeRideTogether is a non-profit organization committed to helping make all sports safer for youth, amateur, and professionals athletes and will join as an ‘Official USEA Educational Partner.’
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to welcome back SmartPak as the ‘Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA’. SmartPak will also return as a ‘Gold Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Future Event Horse Series (FEH)’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Series (YEH)’. SmartPak will provide generous prizes to all the programs and Championships mentioned above.
USEA Podcast host Nicole Brown chats with Dr. Paul Haefner, Ph.D., an expert in equine sport psychology, about the impact that sport psychology practices can have both on your confidence and your riding. Listen in to get Dr. Haefner's advice on practices you can implement on your own and how working with a professional like himself can benefit riders of all backgrounds.