Tune into this special episode of the USEA Podcast for an exclusive interview with Major General Jonathan R. Burton. This interview was recorded in 2011.
Twelve-year-old Pryce Chrisman first sat on a horse at Mill Creek Riding School in Topanga, California. Pryce’s mom, Jennifer, had ridden horses as a girl and thought her daughter might want to try it out. “One day I made the huge mistake of asking Pryce, ‘Would you ever want to try it?’” Jennifer joked. “Then my entire life changed.”
For many aspiring professionals, time spent as a working student is an invaluable stepping stone on the way to running one’s own operation. After eight years spent as a working student, 23-year-old Danielle Poulsen took a leap of faith and decided to take a position as the head trainer at Myopia Hunt Club Stables in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
In 2007, upper level eventer Jennie Brannigan was working for Mike and Emma Winter when she called good friend and fellow Californian rider and trainer Dayna Lynd-Pugh and said there was a horse in the Winters’ barn that Dayna might be interested in.
Nineteen-year-old Alexandra Tett has dual citizenship with the African country of Zimbabwe, courtesy of her father’s side of the family, which gives her a unique opportunity – the chance to represent Zimbabwe at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a chance many people only ever dream of.
To say that Lainey Ashker has a busy schedule is an understatement. In addition to competing at the international level in both eventing and dressage, Ashker is also a sought-after clinician who can be found jet-setting around the country to share her knowledge and experiences with riders of all levels.
As the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event has come to an end, it is now time to name the May USEA Horse of the Month. The legacy of Windfall II lived on at LRK3DE as the Trakehner stallion had two offspring finish in the top five, making him the USEA May Horse of the Month!
At just 21 years old, Hawley Bennett-Awad was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List after a fourth-place finish at the North American Young Rider Championship in 1998. Since then, Bennett-Awad has represented Canada at numerous International competitions including the Pan American Games, Olympic Games, and most recently at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
Foxwood High made history at the 2019 Red Hills International as the only horse to ever make time twice on cross-country in the CCI4*-S division (previously CIC3*). The first time was in 2013 where he finished fifth in the CIC3* and then again in 2019 where he secured the win, which also makes him the first winner of the new CCI4*-S level.
The U.S. Team just stepped on the podium at a major competition, maybe an emerging athlete just cleared the last jump of her first CCI4*-S, or a U.S. rider just returned from a successful trip abroad. The riders will be congratulated, the horses will be praised, the owners thanked – but for the last seven years these accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the behind-the-scenes work of Joanie Morris, Managing Director of Eventing for US Equestrian (USEF).
2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for five-star eventer Maya Black. Earlier this year, she was named to the US Equestrian 2019 Development Potential Training List, a component of the new USEF International Eventing High Performance Pathway Program.