The Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event kicked off this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. with the first horse inspection for the CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L divisions.
The 17 horses in the CCI3*-L were first to present to the ground jury of Robert Stevenson (USA), Valerie Vizcarrando-Pride (USA), and Janice Conlon (USA). Jos UFO De Quidam (Heather Jane Morris) was the sole horse in the CCI3*-L to be sent to the hold box and was accepted after reinspection.
Following the CCI3*-L, the 18 horses in the CCI4*-L trotted up in front of Ground Jury President Sue Baxter (GBR) and Ground Jury Members Jo Young (CAN) and Wayne Quarles (USA). Both Danger Mouse (Caroline Martin) and Tag (Erin Pullen) were sent to the hold box but passed upon representation.
The CCI-L horses get a break tomorrow while the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S horses perform their dressage tests. Dressage will begin in the Grand Prix Arena at 8:00 a.m. with two rings running concurrently.
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Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.