Sep 21, 2018

Applications for the 2018 Essex Horse Trials, Seema Sonnad Junior Rider, and Amy Tryon Young Rider Grants Due October 15!

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Ryan Keefe, winner of the 2018 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The USEA Foundation has released the applications for the 2018 Essex Horse Trials Grant, Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant, and Amy Tryon Young Rider Grant. Eligible riders should submit their applications by October 15, 2018.

The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to developing riders age 25 and under who are competing successfully at the CIC3*, CCI3*, or four-star level and who are working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Rider ranks to the Senior Rider ranks. The $10,000 grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing. Click here to apply.

The Amy Tryon Young Rider Grant, available to riders 14 to 21 years of age who are involved with their Area Young Rider program, was established in 2015 with contributions from the friends and family of the Olympic eventer Amy Tryon to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring event riders who participate in the USEA Young Rider Program and who have aspirations of achieving the highest international level of the sport of eventing. The goal of the grant is to provide riders with limited financial resources the support they require to prepare for, and compete in, international three-day events. The grant, worth $5,000, may be used for coaching, specialized training, entry fees, living costs for horse and rider, and for travel. Click here for additional information about eligibility. Click here to apply.

The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant, founded in memory of the late Seema Sonnad, is open to junior competitors 14 to 18 years of age who have completed a CCI* competition in 2018 and are working towards representing their area at the NAYC on the CICYO2* team in 2019. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CIC2* level. The grant, which awards the winner with $5,000, may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing. Click here to apply.

Applications are due by Monday, October 15. The Grants will be awarded at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 6-9 in New Orleans. Additional information about all three grants can be found on the USEA Foundation website.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

May 10, 2021 Competitions

USEF Will Implement New Protocols Regarding the Use of Face Coverings/Masks at USEF-Licensed Competitions

Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.

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