In November 2017 United States Equestrian (USEF) released the new 2018 dressage tests for eventing. Since the beginning of the competition year on December 1, 2017 those tests have been in use. In the early months of the competition season it was noted by organizers utilizing the Preliminary Test B, Intermediate Test B, and Advanced Test B that the approximate times on those tests were listed incorrectly. The USEF has since confirmed that point and has provided the United States Eventing Association with corrected times.
The new approximate times are as follows: for the 2018 USEF Preliminary Test B the approximate time is 4:45, for the 2018 USEF Intermediate Test B the approximate time is 6:00, and for the 2018 USEF Advanced Test B the approximate time is 6:00.
All tests have been updated and can be viewed by clicking here.
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.