The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the new partnership with WeRideTogether, Inc. WeRideTogether is a non-profit organization committed to helping make all sports safer for youth, amateur, and professionals athletes and will join as an ‘Official USEA Educational Partner.’
“We are so grateful for organizations like [the] USEA who understand the importance of education and awareness around the difficult subject of sexual misconduct, and are committed to making change,” said Carrie Kehring, Founder of WeRideTogether. “We look forward to connecting more deeply with the eventing community.”
Created in 2021 to shine a light on the endemic issue of sexual abuse in youth sports, WeRideTogether launched as an awareness campaign and educational website designed to empower, inform and unite the equestrian community around sexual misconduct prevention. Showcasing powerful first-person interviews from sexual abuse survivors, WeRideTogether.today promotes transparent dialogue around sexual misconduct, raises awareness for the many forms grooming and abuse can take and helps diminish the stigma and fear of coming forward by giving survivors a safe platform to share their voices.
“The USEA is very excited to form this new partnership with WeRideTogether,” said the USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We fully support their mission and we are proud to welcome them on board as an official partner of the USEA!”
For more information on WeRideTogether, please visit their website.
About the United States Eventing Association
The USEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers, and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing. To learn more, visit www.useventing.com.
One of my passions is continuing to be a good student, because I think no matter how old I get, there are multiple reasons learning new things inspires me. First and foremost, it helps me be a better rider and trainer, so my horses benefit. Second, it helps me be a better teacher by exposing me to different ways to have a relationship with a horse or a student.
This month we’re going to begin a three-part series on how to create positive riding experiences by making sure the words you say to yourself and the thoughts you think to yourself are positive. Referred to as self-talk, internal dialogue, or brain babble; the words you say to yourself can have a huge impact on your performance. In fact, your thoughts and voice are actually considered behaviors, and just like how positive physical behaviors (i.e. a balanced transition) can create success, your verbal behaviors can also accomplish the very same thing. So let's spend the next few months talking about how to talk to yourself!
Being spontaneous has paid off for Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy. “I bought him on a Wednesday and showed him on a Thursday,” Keane recalls about his first event with his Irish Sport Horse gelding, then 9 years old, at Plantation Field Horse Trials (Unionville, Pennsylvania) in September 2016. “I owned him for part of a day, and the next morning I showed up at a CCI and jogged him up for a two-star, and we went clean and clean and clean.”
THANK YOU to everyone who has already entered the USEF/USEA Recognized CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 9 in Berryville, VA. We will continue to take late entries through Friday, March 24 using USEA’s Xentry system. If you still want to come compete, please enter! The late fee has been waived through Friday, March 24.