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.
The Virginia Horse Trials are held twice yearly at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia (Area II). At their event in May, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate horse trials, CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, and CCI3*-S FEI classes, and USEA Young Event Horse classes. At their event in October, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate Horse Trials and CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI3*-L, FEI divisions.
"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.