The USEA is sad to report that Mr. Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra) passed away on September 17 at Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Stonehall Farm in Virginia where he has enjoyed his retirement since 2019. The Irish Sport Horse gelding made quite the mark on the sport of eventing in the U.S., completing more than 50 FEI events over the course of his career with five different riders and finishing in the top 10 at 30 of those competitions. Mr. Medicott attended two Olympic Games and one World Equestrian Games for two different countries over the course of his career. “Cave,” as he was known around the barn, was 24 years old at the time of his death.
In just one month, the top horses and riders in North America, Central America, and South America will present their horses in the first horse inspection at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Held from Oct. 26-29, the 19th edition of the Pan Ams will serve as an Olympic qualifier for those countries not yet qualified for Paris 2024.
The Fork at Tryon took place this past weekend, September 14-17, 2023, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The event featured international competition at the CCI4*-S, CCI2*-L, and CCI1*-S levels, as well as national competition at the Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Modified, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice levels.
September 23 and 24 see the return of the annual TRHC/USEA cross-country schooling. This activity takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at FENCE in Tryon, North Carolina. Cross-country jumps through Training Level are available.
As four eventing championships come to Galway Downs Nov. 1-5, the Robert Kellerhouse-led organizing team is preparing to blow up already high expectations about what’s possible in the West.
The USEA shares its condolences with the friends and family of Area I Adult Rider Jessie Aikman. Aikman passed on September 3, 2023, from injuries received as a result of a fall at a USEA-recognized/US Equestrian licensed competition. Several of Aikman's friends came forward to share their words of love for Aikman after her passing.
Oliver Townend and Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop, and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class received a record-breaking first prize of £110,000 after lowering just one rail in Sunday's final show jumping phase at the Defender Burghley CCI5*-L to win on a final score of 33.0.
The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the four combinations selected to represent the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Netherlands CCIO4*-NC-L hosted in Enschede, the Netherlands, at the Military Boekelo-Enschede from October 5-8, 2023. The U.S. combinations will be led by Chef d’Equipe Leslie Law.
It had been decades since Barb Nikolajczyk had sat on a horse due to family and career aspirations, but 16 years ago, a stop at her cousin Sharon Church’s farm in Culpeper, Virginia, on the way to the Outer Banks for vacation led to a renewed interest in her passion. Nikolajczyk didn’t have much time to pursue hobbies as she and her husband raised their two sons and while she worked towards a PhD and post doctorate work in the field of diabetes research in the suburbs of Boston, but that first trip to Virginia stuck with her.
The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations that have been named to the U.S. Eventing Team for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. The eventing portion of equestrian competition will run Oct. 27-29 at the Escuela de Equitación Regimiento Granaderos in Quillota, Chile. Four combinations will compete as a team with one traveling reserve. One direct reserve has been named to the team in addition to five alternate combinations.
Fresh off winning the first-ever international gold medal in eventing for Puerto Rico at the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador, Lauren Billys Shady and Can Be Sweet returned to their home base of California to win the Intermediate level at the Woodside Summer Horse Trials.