Jan 31, 2023

USEA's Tip Tuesday: Cross-Country Positions with Karen O'Connor

For seasoned and novice riders alike, it is always good to revisit the basics. Serving as the foundation for any eventer, the positions used on the cross-country course differ from those in the dressage or show jumping ring. The USEA tuned into five-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games rider, two Pan-American Games rider, and USEA ECP certified coach Karen O'Connor as she walked coaches and students at the USEA ECP Symposium through the basic positions for effective cross-country riding.

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Jan 30, 2023 Instructors

USEA Podcast #327: All About the Eventing Coaches Program

With the recent wrap-up of the 2023 Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium in Ocala, Florida, USEA Podcast Host Nicole Brown chats with ECP Faculty Members Jennifer Howlett Rousseau and Robin Walker about all things related to the ECP. From the USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels to the benefits of pursuing certification, selecting the best coach for you, recapping this year's Symposium, and more - this week's USEA podcast is the perfect educational tool for coaches and riders alike!

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Jan 29, 2023 Education

3 Steps to More Successful Saddle Time in 2023

Time is precious. Time with your horse even more so. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time in the saddle or more time enjoying the barn, you’ll want to implement these best practices to minimize stress and make the most of 2023.

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Jan 21, 2023 Instructors

Through the Lens: ECP Symposium

What a fabulous week of coaching for coaches at the 2023 USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium. Throughout the week, instructors (both ECP certified and non-certified) collaborated with ECP Faculty to discuss relevant and challenging topics and put the USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels to work through strategizing clear, consistent lesson plans for demonstration riders of all levels across the three phases of the sport.

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Jan 19, 2023 Education

Being the Best Trainer You Can Be at the ECP Symposium

As participants gathered on the cross-country field at Barnstaple Eventing for the final day of the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium, the excitement for more education was apparent. All week long, participants have been treated to ample morning discussions, demonstration lessons, and Q&A opportunities with top-level riders and ECP certified instructors. The ECP Symposium is unlike any other event in the United States – it’s an opportunity for eventing instructors to gather together, share ideas and have discussions with one another, as well as learn from some of the most influential names in the sport who all want the same common goal: safer, more structured education for eventers across the country.

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Jan 18, 2023 Instructors

The Five Rider Responsibilities in Show Jumping: 2023 ECP Symposium Day Two

While the overall focus may have shifted from dressage to show jumping for the second day of the USEA ECP Symposium, the overarching themes from day one were a direct transition to the instruction during the second day of the educational event geared towards eventing coaches of all levels.

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Jan 17, 2023 Instructors

It’s All About Energy During Day One of ECP Symposium

Energy abounded during the first day of the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium held at Barnstaple Eventing in Ocala, Florida on Tuesday, January 17th. From the event’s kickoff at 8:00 a.m. this morning to the last demonstration ride of the day, participants, ECP faculty, and demonstration riders were full of excitement for what was to come during the three-day educational event geared towards giving eventing coaches from all backgrounds continuing education so they can be the best instructor they can be.

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Jan 15, 2023 Instructors

Fast Facts: 2023 ECP Symposium

After a slam-dunk year in 2022 introducing the new format of the USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium, former the ICP, the ECP Symposium is back this week for the 2023 edition of the educational experience designed to help instructors be the best influence they can be for their students. After much positive feedback on the new format in 2022, the 2023 Symposium will continue in a similar fashion, but with the addition of an extra day of education to the schedule. Learn everything you need to know about this year's ECP Symposium in this edition of the USEA's Fast Facts:

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Jan 14, 2023 Education

What is a Sport Psychologist and What Do They Offer Equestrians?

At first, it may seem obvious; sport psychologists help athletes optimize their performance in competition. Don’t they? Of course… this is the spirit behind the entire field of sport psychology. Yet, in over 25 years of assisting riders with their mental game, I have been surprised to discover that the vast majority of equestrians who seek my assistance want my help tackling core emotional concerns such as fear, anxiety, and trauma related to their riding.

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Jan 10, 2023 Instructors

One Week Until the 2023 ECP Symposium at Barnstaple Eventing: Meet the Speakers

The United States Eventing Associations’ (USEA) newly revamped Eventing Coaches Program (ECP), formerly known as the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), will be hosting its first symposium since the program’s rebrand next week. The annual ECP Symposium will be hosted at Barnstaple Eventing in Morriston, FL on January 17-19, 2023. The ECP Symposium is a three-day immersive educational experience for anyone who is interested in learning more about eventing coaching. Click here to register for the symposium through January 12. Missed the online registration window? No worries! You can register on-site the day of the event!

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Jan 02, 2023 Education

USEA Podcast #325: Goal Setting for the New Year

What better way to kick off the first USEA podcast of the 2023 season than by chatting about goal setting with Irish Olympian and Equiratings' own Co-Founder Sam Watson? Podcast host Nicole Brown and Watson chat about how to set sustainable and achievable goals, how you can use last season's statistics to help you build goals for this new year, and how you can prepare for those goals and the season ahead. Get inspired and set some great goals for 2023 while listening along to the kickoff episode of the new year!

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