Jul 12, 2020

Key Steps to Safe Cross-Country Riding, Part Three: Stride Length Variables, The Three Ons, and The Golden Safety Position

Modern cross-country courses have an emphasis on related combinations, often including one or two ‘skinny’ fences. It is therefore vital to understand how the stride length is affected by different factors so that you can make the distances work for you and reduce the room for error and risk. It is also vital to develop a ‘second nature’ safety position.

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Jul 06, 2020 Association News

USEA Podcast #261: Planning Your Season

The 2020 show season has looked a bit different than any of us anticipated, and for many people season-planning was placed on hold. In an episode that was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Brown and Diarm Byrne welcome international five-star eventer Will Coleman and British high performance veterinarian Spike "The Vet" Milligan to the show to discuss some of the considerations for planning your season from each of their unique perspectives.

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Jul 05, 2020 Safety

Key Steps to Safe Cross-Country Riding, Part Two: Horse and Rider Contract and Going Faster

Any riding exercise is about the art of the possible. This is especially true with jumping exercises, when a step too far will compromise safety. Exercises and a method should be developed progressively that build confidence and competence for both horse and rider, and in particular also allows room for error.

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Jul 03, 2020 Association News

USEA Horse of the Month: Zydeco Nights

There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.

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Jun 30, 2020 Association News

The Chronicle of the Horse Renews Sponsorship of the 2020 AEC and ATC

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that The Chronicle of the Horse will join again this year as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) and the 2020 USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC). As a Bronze Level Sponsor, The Chronicle of the Horse will generously provide every AEC division winner with a one-year print subscription to their magazine.

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Jun 28, 2020 Safety

Key Steps to Safe Cross-Country Riding, Part One: Holistic Training and Fifth Leg Training

Cross-country riding is often associated with steeplechasing but there are fundamental differences between the two sports. Firstly, you do it by yourself, not in the company of other horses, which encourages more level headed, less excited responses from your horse. Secondly, you should not go at your maximum speed in horse trials. Therefore the horses will be working well within themselves and this reduces the risks substantially.

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Jun 22, 2020 Association News

USEA Podcast #260: Team Talk

Nicole Brown is joined by USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander and USEF Managing Director of Eventing Jenni Autry for an update on U.S. High Performance - the first of a regular segment which will follow the U.S. Eventing team's journey on the road to Tokyo 2021.

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Jun 17, 2020 Safety

Thesis Based on USEA Frangible Fence Study Released

Shannon Wood, a graduate student in the mechanical engineering program at the University of Kentucky, has published a thesis entitled “Safety Concepts for Every Ride: A Statistical Ensemble Simulation to Mitigate Rotational Falls in Eventing Cross-Country.”

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Jun 17, 2020 Association News

A Safe Return to Competition Starts with Listening

As COVID-19 hit the U.S. nationwide, it forced the cancellation of the eventing calendar from March 16 to June 1. During the suspension of USEA recognized events, the USEA Official Podcast kept members informed about what was happening with the sport and helped prepare everyone for a safe return to competition. Recording from the safety of their own homes, the hosts of the USEA Official Podcast dive deep into life amidst COVID-19 on episodes #255-#259.

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Jun 13, 2020 Association News

Get Ready...Get Set…Shop! ShopUSEA Back Open for Business

The USEA's newly renovated online store www.shopusea.com just got a little better! ShopUSEA, which had been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, is now open for business once again. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for all, but ShopUSEA can bring a little bit of eventing spirit back into our lives.

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Jun 11, 2020 Association News

Read the Latest Issue of Eventing USA Today!

The May/June issue of Eventing USA is now available for all current USEA members to read. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) was unable to print and mail the May/June issue of Eventing USA, but the full magazine has been released digitally.

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