Oct 28, 2022

Applications for the 2022 Wilton Fair International Rider Grant Open through November 20th

By USEA
David O'Connor and Jim Wofford present Caroline Martin with the 2021 Wilton Fair Grant

For 2022, the Wilton Fair Committee is inviting applications for the Wilton Fair International Rider Grant. The first step in the application process is to complete a Declaration of Interest form posted here. Let the committee get to know you and your plans and dreams.

New for 2022, a partial grant may be awarded to applicants that intend to compete overseas but who are unable to relocate overseas for an extended period. The full grant will be available to those willing and able to train overseas in accordance with grant specifications.

If you meet the criteria listed below and you are interested in training abroad, please complete the Declaration of Interest and submit before November 20, 2022.

Grant specifications:

  • The grant is available to U.S. citizens through the year of their 29th birthday.
  • Riders must not have ridden on an Olympic or World Games team (clarified in 2021 due to confusion over previously used “senior team” terminology).
  • Applications are invited from riders competing successfully at the CCI4* and above.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel overseas for international FEI competition, and/or be willing and able to apprentice with an approved rider/trainer in Europe within 12 months of receiving the grant.
  • The grant may be used to offset training, travel, living, stabling costs, and overseas FEI competition expenses.
  • The successful recipient will report regularly on progress and how the grant is being utilized.
  • Declarations of interest for consideration of this must be completed and received on time in order to be considered. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Riders who have already traveled overseas for an extended period are not eligible.
  • Declarations of interest for consideration are the first step in the grant process. You may also be asked to participate in an initial phone interview with a committee member following submission of your application.
  • While financial need is considered, this is not a need-based grant.
  • Additional information, budgets, and a second phone interview will be required for riders selected for final consideration.
  • The Declaration of Interest form can be found here. The deadline for submission is November 20, 2022.
  • Recipient(s) will be announced and celebrated at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Savannah, Georgia.

About the USEA Foundation

The fundamental mission of the USEA Foundation is to protect and preserve the sport of eventing for future generations and to provide support for the core educational, safety, and equine welfare programs of the USEA. In addition, the Foundation administers educational grants for riders with the intent of preparing them to reach their goals. Learn more about the USEA Foundation at www.useafoundation.org.

Nov 27, 2022 Convention

Exciting Lineup of Speakers Scheduled for 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA

If you are on the fence about attending the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention this December 7-11 in Savannah, GA, the schedule of thought-provoking and insightful educational sessions planned for the event is sure to convince you to register today! To learn more about the various sessions and their hosts, click here.

Nov 26, 2022

The EA21 Recap: West Coast Edition

This summer, five USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Clinics took place across the country giving young riders the opportunity to hone in on their horsemanship skills, improve their consistency in the saddle and show ring, and create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent. We caught up with many of the riders from the two West Coast sessions to hear their takes on the USEA’s newest program.

Nov 25, 2022 Education

Tips for the Long Haul: Advice from Shippers on Traveling for the Winter Season

It’s about that time of year again when eventers across the country are packing their trunks and making arrangements to new locations for the winter months. While some owners might feel more comfortable transporting their own horses, time and resources make it more expedient for others to load their horses onto someone else’s rig for the potentially long journey to their winter quarters. For the safety and peace of mind of everyone involved – especially the equine passengers – two trusted shippers based on the east coast shared their tips for best practices when preparing horses for long trailer rides.

Nov 23, 2022 Competitions

Area II Organizers Support the Classic Three-Day Format in the Road to the Three-Day Challenge

One of the most valuable awards at the Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event on October 21-23, 2022, were the prizes for the Road to the Three-Day Challenge. The Challenge started in July and ended at the Waredaca Classic in October. Novice and Training level riders had to compete in at least three of the events in the Challenge and Beginner Novice riders had to compete in at least two of the events, in addition to completing the Waredaca Classic.

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