All 44 horse-and-rider combinations in the CCI2* and CCI3* divisions were accepted this afternoon at the first horse inspection of the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.
The CCI2* ground jury of Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Robert Stevenson (USA) passed all 18 horses upon first inspection. While none of the 26 CCI3* competitors were sent to the hold box, Hawley Bennett-Awad was asked to jog Jollybo twice before the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Gretchen Butts (USA) accepted the pair.
Thursday and Friday will see two days packed full of action in the sandbox, with the CCI divisions kicking things off tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. and the CIC divisions taking their turn after the lunch break, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Ride times will be available here.
This is Captain Mark Phillips' second year designing at Jersey Fresh, and course builder Morgan Rowsell is also the co-designer for the two-star courses. The Jersey Shore water complex has received a complete overhaul and the three-star course will feature 10 new fences, thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Brendan Furlong. Stay tuned for the USEA's course preview.
While you're waiting for the excitement to begin, take a look at the USEA's Fast Facts and view the gallery from today's horse inspection. Don't forget to keep an eye on the USEA website and social media all weekend for coverage of the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event!
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).