If you’re like most riders you’ve probably heard someone say something like, “Your last mistake is your best teacher,” or “if you’re doing everything right you’re doing something wrong because you’re in your comfort zone.” While I agree whole-heartedly with these sentiments, I actually prefer, “Equestrians don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make equestrians.” They make us bolder, braver, and brighter; but only when we develop a positive relationship with our mistakes and respond to them in productive ways.
Your horse’s feet are crucial to its health and soundness, so it’s imperative to pay close attention to hoof care year-round. With that, a good relationship with your farrier is important to be able to catch issues early and correct them and to keep your horse’s hoof health on track.
There are a number of motivations for seeking out a new instructor to meet your eventing goals. Whether you are just learning the sport, seeking some additional help in a particular phase, relocating, or you’ve just parted ways with your longtime teacher, connecting with a new coach can feel like a daunting task.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is excited to welcome Jump 4 Joy USA as a “Gold Sponsor of the 2024 Ocala Horse Properties USEA YEH Symposium,” which will take place in Ocala, Florida on Tuesday, February 20. In addition to financial support for the event, Jump 4 Joy USA will be providing portable cross-country jumps for the YEH Masterclass evening session at Redtail Ridge Farm South, as well as discounts on purchase of their products for the attendees. Click here to register for the 2024 Ocala Horse Properties USEA YEH Symposium.
One of the hottest topics in any equestrian industry is gut health. Attendees of the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were treated to a crash course in the equine digestive system led by Doug Leavitt and Alex Brannon with USEA sponsor Nutrena Feeds. Leavitt and Brannon talked in-depth about the role probiotics and calcite can play in gut and immune support in horses and how Nutrena’s newest proprietary blend, Digestive Shield, checks all of the boxes.
Coaches from across the country convened at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida, from Jan. 30-Feb. 1 for the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium. Each day was dedicated to a different phase of the sport, and coaches were able to learn from ECP faculty, guest speakers, and demo riders from Intro to Intermediate.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is delighted to announce that Ocala Horse Properties has signed on to support the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program as the title sponsor of the 2024 USEA YEH Symposium. The Ocala Horse Properties USEA YEH Symposium will be held in Ocala, Florida, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and features a morning session on evaluating jumping, galloping and conformation at Majestic Oaks Ocala, as well as a YEH Masterclass in the evening at Redtail Ridge Farm South. Click here to register to attend.
The final day of the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium was all about show jumping, but as event riders know, proper flat work is the key to better jumping. As with the previous two days, participants broke into groups with ECP coach mentors to observe demo riders from Beginner Novice through Intermediate, then come up with a lesson plan that included a few key points to work on.
Olympian and five-star winner Karen O’Connor took the literal reins at the start of day 2 of the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium as she spoke about proper cross-country position in front of a group of enthusiastic riders and coaches at the Florida Horse Park.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is thrilled to welcome ARMA, a Shires Equestrian Products brand, as the newest Corporate Partner of the USEA. ARMA joins as the “Official Horse Boot of the USEA” and will support the following USEA programs and events as part of their partnership: a “Gold Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships,” a “Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships,” a “Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 Program,” and a “Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention.”