Aug 09, 2022

Calling all Volunteers for the 2022 AEC!

Are you interested in getting a front-row seat at the biggest event of the year? Have dreams of horses in the mountains of Montana been galloping through your head? Sign up to volunteer at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)! Volunteer positions are open to everyone, including competitors, trainers, owners, friends, and family. The 2022 AEC will take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 4 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana.

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Aug 03, 2022 Young Riders

Focusing on What You Can Control is the Emphasis at EA21 Regional Clinic at Holly Hill

The EA21 Central Clinic held at Holly Hill Farm in Benton, Louisiana resumed August 2 with Coach Rebecca “Bec” Braitling. The participants put into practice step-by-step guided foundational work to assist them in developing successful eventing careers with a focus on show jumping.

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Aug 02, 2022 Young Riders

Strengthening Straightness, Balance, Seat, Bend, Elasticity, and Positioning During Day One of the Holly Hill EA21 Regional Clinic

The USEA Emerging Athlete (EA21) Central Clinic at Holly Hill Farm in Benton, Louisiana began on August 1. US-based Australian eventer and USEA ICP level V certified instructor Rebecca “Bec” Braitling and twelve pre-selected USEA eventers came together to utilize the power of coaching and a willingness of participants to learn and improve with the goal of progressing toward a promising future as event riders.

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Jul 26, 2022 Young Riders

Emerging Athletes Focus on Balanced Adjustability for Day 2 of the EA21 Regional Clinic at Morven Park

During day two of the USEA Emerging Athlete Clinic (EA21), Pan-Am gold medalist and ICP instructor Shannon Lilley connected the dressage work from Day One with a series of over-fences exercises. Their first exercise was two verticals set on a figure-eight. The goal of the exercise was to use the arena fenceline to get square to the verticals. This could be achieved by not overbending in the turns. Lilley suggested coming out of the figure-eight loop with slight flexion to the outside, which enabled the rider to get their hips and the horse's hips straight. She was looking for a balanced, rhythmical canter that stayed the same around the figure-eight.

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Jul 26, 2022 Young Riders

Young Riders Find Consistency & Accuracy Over Fences in EA21 Regional Clinic at Stable View

Day two of the USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) regional clinic at Stable View built on the foundation laid on the flat during Monday’s lessons. Led by USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Level 4 instructor Emily Beshear, the jumping lessons shared courses between each three-member group with takeaways tailoring each to each participant’s individual needs.

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Jul 26, 2022 Young Riders

Tackling the Six Levels of the Dressage Training Pyramid at Day One of the EA21 Morven Park Regional Clinic

What are the six levels of the dressage training pyramid? This was the opening prompt to the riders on day one of the USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) clinic. Twelve athletes were selected out of 150 applicants to ride at Morven Park with Pan-American Games gold medalist and USEA Instructor's Certification Program (ICP) instructor Shannon Lilley. The USEA EA21 program's goal is to support an increased pipeline of young riders from the grassroots of eventing to the sport's top professionals.

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Jul 25, 2022 Young Riders

Emily Beshear Gives Riders the Ingredients for Success in EA21 Regional Clinic at Stable View

Stiffness? Loss of balance? Reactivity? Emily Beshear has an exercise for that, and she unpacked many of these from her toolbox to share with twelve eager riders selected to participate in the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program.

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Jul 24, 2022 Young Riders

Fast Facts: USEA Emerging Athletes 21 Regional Clinics

Tomorrow kicks off the official start of the USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program's regional clinics with two out of of the five scheduled clinics taking place on the east coast. The first clinic takes place at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina and the other at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia on the same dates of July 25-26 each. Twelve riders will take part in each two-day clinic, which are being led by an USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP) coach with the Stable View clinic being taught by Emily Beshear, and the Morven Park clinic being taught by Shannon Lilley. The purpose of the EA21 program is to create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.

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Jul 20, 2022 Volunteers

The VIP Volunteer: Joan Harper

Joan Harper is a committed rider, eventing volunteer, and course decorator that has been in love with horses since she was a child. She started out trail riding for fun before she’d even made it to grade school and was serious about horses by high school. However, while participating in a few unrecognized events, it wasn’t until her 30’s that she was introduced to the sport of eventing when her daughter joined the local Pony Club. From there, she started learning all she could; stating, “I tell people that at 50, I started my second childhood with eventing.

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Jul 01, 2022 Young Riders

USEA Announces Athletes for the 2022 Emerging Athlete 21 Program

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.

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Jun 11, 2022 Young Riders

Reminder: Submit EA21 Applications by June 17!

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) recently announced the release of applications for the USEA Emerging Athletes 21 (EA21) program. The USEA would like to remind all USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under to apply for the program before the closing date of June 17, 2022.

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