Aug 08, 2022

Failed Vetting to FEI Dream Horse: 100 Horse Trials and Counting with West Point

Horse shopping can sometimes feel like a box of chocolates. An unassuming choice might turn out to be the best of the bunch. For 39-year-old Betsy Ball, this was certainly the case with her heart-horse, West Point. Ball was originally in search of an all-around lesson horse for her barn; what she ended up getting was a barely broke 5-year-old who would go on to be her FEI two-star mount and inherently change her entire perspective of the sport.

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Aug 05, 2022 Profile

A Tumultuous Off Season: Lois James Doesn’t Let a Looming Illness Rob Her Love of the Sport

Anyone who has ever met Lois James would say, “She’s ride or die.” No exaggeration necessary, James is truly the epitome of that expression—cheering on someone who she met two minutes ago at an event, clapping when a friend completes a course (despite what their round looked like), and sharing her infectious positivity with her local eventing community and beyond. But “ride or die” took on a whole new meaning when James found herself in diagnosis limbo after a persistent pain in her side brought new fears to light.

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Aug 01, 2022 Profile

USEA Podcast Episode #315: When Nicole Became the Interviewee

Things are a bit different for this week's USEA Podcast. Nicole Brown takes off her hosting hat and hands it over to USEA member Allie Penlandwho quizzes Nicole on all things eventing. From how Nicole got her start in working within the sport, to where she sees the sport going in the future, and what differences she sees in the sport between the U.S. and abroad, and more. Nicole shares all in this one-of-a-kind episode that you won't want to miss!

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Jul 28, 2022 Profile

Carla Jimmerson Takes Tag You're It from Colt to Cross-Country

When it comes to riders and their horses, not many can say that they have had their mounts since they were a foal. Carla Jimmerson, however, prefers to start her partnerships from scratch. Having trained horses for years, Jimmerson finds that working with a blank canvas is most rewarding. Her most recent project, Tag You’re It, is a 6-year-old Thoroughbred/Connemara cross gelding that she got at just 10-months-old. Having worked together for the better part of five years, the pair have an incredibly unique bond that can only be attributed to their time spent together early on in Tag Your It’s life.

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Jul 26, 2022 Profile

The Feeling is M(euch)ual: Ashlynn Meuchel’s Undeniable Partnership with Emporium

Five-star international eventer Ashlynn Meuchel remembers her purchase of the now 13-year-old big grey Dutch Warmblood gelding named Emporium (Cartano x UPANA), whom she lovingly refers to as Theo. “He was affordable because he was feral,” Meuchel reflected. Ask her to say that again without laughing and it might prove difficult. All jokes aside, most of us know that challenging horses usually take us on the scenic route to success. They have big hearts, big strides and sometimes big fears or quirks, and charmingly, Emporium had everything.

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Jul 12, 2022 Profile

His & Hers Eventing Worlds: Two Area VII Pony Club Members Take on USEA Recognized Events

Pony Club has been offered in the United States for over sixty years, allowing the educational opportunity for young horse enthusiasts to become well rounded riders and horse caretakers. Let’s spell it out the way a Pony Clubber would: H is for horsemanship, O is for organized teamwork, R is for respect for the horse and self, S is for service by providing the opportunity for support from members, parents and volunteers, and E is for education at an individual pace to achieve goals and expand knowledge through teaching others.

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Jul 11, 2022 Profile

Measurements of Success: 115 Horse Trials And Counting with Paprika

How does one quantify success? Is it the number of ribbons won? The number on the podium stood upon? The number of clean runs completed? The number associated with the value of a horse? Success, more often than not, is directly linked to the amount of something achieved over time. But, success is not necessarily always defined by the best of something or the lowest score or the fastest time. In the sport of eventing where numbers and scores and times are utilized to define how “good” or “bad” a rider or horse is, at the end of the day it should be about what each person takes away from a competition or lesson.

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Jul 05, 2022 Profile

Mustangs in Eventing: Humble Roots with the Wild Card of Breeds

It makes perfect sense that a rider would want to partner up with a wild mustang for eventing—big risk, big reward! But more importantly, big heart.

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Jun 27, 2022 Profile

Steve and Vicki Sukup Prove that You Always Win When You Bet on the Rider

What happens to a dream deferred? Steve and Vicki Sukup wouldn’t know, because frankly, that’s not their style. Steve is the president and CEO of family-owned Sukup Manufacturing, and also happens to be the co-owner of another Iowan delight—Mo Donegal, the Belmont Stakes winner who was dressed in white carnations earlier this month. Steve and his wife Vicki also have another equine connection who is pretty well known in the eventing world: Elisa Wallace.

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Jun 26, 2022 Profile

Ben Noonan: Learning To Steer Through the Eventing School of Life

Anyone who has ever gone from driving a runaround to taking the wheel of a Ferrari can testify that that there are cars—and then, there are cars. Ben Noonan had a similar epiphany on horseback when he went from riding a trail horse over cross-country fences to riding an eventer. “I didn’t really understand why everyone liked eventing so much,” said Ben, now 18 and on the cusp of a professional career, “until I was riding an event horse.”

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Jun 18, 2022 Profile

AA Two Face: Arabian Race Horse and USEA YEH Competitor

I've been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. I didn't play sports in high school or college, but at the age of 37, I did finally get the chance to take on some of the best riders in the Rocky Mountain region in the equestrian sport of eventing because of the Arabian racehorse AA Two Face (“Dos”) that I used to announce and now ride. I introduced him in this column last month.

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