While the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships have come and gone, the 2017 USEA Area Championships season is in full swing! Half of the USEA Area programs have completed their Championships for the 2017 season with the other half still to come between now and the end of October. Each Area maintains slightly different qualification requirements for their respective Championships, and that information can be found here.
Area III was the first to hold their Championships this year on July 8-9 at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. Next came the Area I Championships, hosted by Town Hill Farm at their fall Horse Trials on August 26-27 for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels. The Area VIII Championships followed next at the Park Equine KY Classique Horse Trials on September 1-3 for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. Aspen Farms Horse Trials then hosted the Area VII Championships for Beginner Novice through Intermediate the following weekend, September 8-10. The Beginner Novice and Novice Area V Championships were hosted at MeadowCreek Park on September 15-17, with the remainder of the Area V Championships to be hosted later in October.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of their respective Area Championship divisions!
Area I Championships – Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, August 26-27, 2017
Jocelyn Hawe and Cadbury VT, 2017 Area I Novice Horse Champions. Photo courtesy of ConnecticutPhoto.com Facebook page.
Area III Championships – Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials, July 8-9, 2017
Kerry Torrey and Zumba, 2017 Area III Intermediate Champions competing at the AEC. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Area V Championships – MeadowCreek Park Horse Trials – The Fall Social Event, September 16-17, 2017
Area VII Championships – Aspen Farms Horse Trials, September 8-10, 2017
Area VIII Championships – Park Equine KY Classique Horse Trials, September 1-3, 2017
Lee Camiolo and Caharron V.E., 2017 Area VIII Preliminary Champions. Photo courtesy of the USEA Area 8 Facebook page.
Still to come over the next month are the Championships for Area II, Area IV, Training through Intermediate in Area V, Area VI, Area IX, and Area X. Stay tuned for a round-up of the winners, coming next month!
It all started when the McFall family sat down to dinner together in January. Jen and Earl McFall, who own and operate Dragonfire Farm in Wilton, California, have a daughter, Taylor, who is turning 16 in April.
The U.S. Team just stepped on the podium at a major competition, maybe an emerging athlete just cleared the last jump of her first CCI4*-S, or a U.S. rider just returned from a successful trip abroad. The riders will be congratulated, the horses will be praised, the owners thanked – but for the last seven years these accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the behind-the-scenes work of Joanie Morris, Managing Director of Eventing for US Equestrian (USEF).
Oh, California! This winter has been unlike any other I remember ever eventing, and the start to the 2019 season has been VERY WET. My usually perfect indoor is half full of wet footing and water, and I feel like everything I own is covered in mud.
The warm-up is where riders spend the most time in the tack during an event. With a mixture of nervous horses, riders, parents, and coaches, the warm-up area can be chaotic. Whether it’s a horse’s first recognized horse trial or at a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competition, the Clasings’ have found a tried-and-true warm-up routine for young horses.