The United States Eventing Association turns 60 this year! In honor of the occasion, we'll be throwing it back with articles from previous USTCA News and Eventing USA magazines and the USEA website to celebrate 60 years of eventing in the United States.
Cindy DePorter fit all the pieces together to make it possible to take her horse, Drop the Buck, to the USEA Adult Team Championships in September of 2014. DePorter was Co-Chair of the USEA Adult Riders’ Committee in 2014, and while she played a big role in making the ATC happen for adult riders across the country, she decided to take part in the fun for herself. From Cindy:
I am so excited to say that my horse Buck and I are going to the Adult Team Championship held at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships!
When I started talking with the Area Adult Rider Coordinators about putting teams together across the nation for the ATC and I looked at my own calendar, I realized that I had that weekend free! I checked the qualifications for Area II; I had not been able to compete very much this spring but was pleasantly surprised that I was qualified! Yeah!
The next thing I did was plug Texas Rose Horse Park’s address into my navigation system and saw that it would be about an 18-hour drive. I could do that! I knew I would have to find a driving partner, but schedule-wise, it could happen. I contacted Christina Gray, the secretary for the AEC/ATC, to figure out when the ATC competition for the Training level would be. Training level is scheduled for dressage on Thursday, cross-country on Friday and show jumping on Saturday.
I was scheduled to be the Technical Delegate for a dressage show the weekend before, and then I had to do a presentation at a work conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday and Tuesday. I could fly to Indiana on Sunday night after the dressage show, do the presentations on Monday and Tuesday, fly home Tuesday afternoon, and load the horse and leave for Texas. I planned on driving overnight, so if I left at 6 in the evening, I would arrive in Tyler, Texas around lunchtime on Wednesday! Maybe Buck could go spend the weekend with Aunt Holly (my trainer, Holly Hudspeth) for a tune-up the weekend before I go. The plan was coming together.
My next task was to plan out a conditioning schedule for Buck and for me. Another 20 pounds off would be great, and I know Buck would appreciate it. I got the calendar out and backed up from the date of the ATC to see what type of schedule I would need to get Buck fit, and also what competition I would use for preparation. I had plenty of time to get him legged up and I could go to Five Points Horse Park [at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C.] the first weekend of September. Perfect! My friend Foy Barksdale could lunge him for me on the weekends when I was gone, which was only a couple of times in August. I would also need to talk with my blacksmith Ed Zangerly, to get Buck’s next shoes tapped for studs. I had talked to Holly and would start my weekly jumping lessons in August, so Buck and I would both be sharp (more for my sake than for his)!
I also have to figure out what type of health certificates Buck and I need to go across the country. All his shots were up to date, and I have a new truck, but I need to take the trailer in to get it serviced, tires checked, greased and lubed, and fill up the propane tanks on the camper. I plugged the opening date of August 12 into my phone to remind me to enter, and then I went to the USEA website to find out more information about the competition and about Texas Rose. I filled out an RV camper reservation, attached a check, and mailed it off, making it official! I also decided to buy two sponsor passes on the USEA website, as I figured that would take care of lunch, support the USEA, give me a great place to watch the competition, and it was a little something I could do for whoever helped me drive across the country!
The final thing was to put together a team. I contacted Donna Bottner, the Area II Adult Rider Coordinator, to tell her that I wanted to ride on a Training level team. I had already joined the Adult Rider Program in my area which was a requirement for the ATC. I also put out a call to other areas for team members. I got one team member from Area V and I have one team member from Area III, and I’m hoping I can find one more team member to have four!
So I think I have a plan! Now I need for the horse to stay sound, the dressage show to end on time so I can make my plane which is an hour away from the show, my plane connections back home on Tuesday to work, and then I can pick up Buck and head to Texas. Stay tuned!
The USEA Adult Team Championships, which debuted in 2014, is the capstone event for the USEA Area Adult Team Challenges, providing adults the chance to compete as a team and represent their Area of the country in a friendly and fun environment. Historically, adult riders had three regional Team Challenges in which to compete with fellow adults in a team environment, with the locations changing each year. In 2013, the USEA Adult Rider Coordinators voted to move to support Adult Team Challenges taking place in all 10 Areas across the country, with the finale being the ATC at the USEA American Eventing Championships. Each Area can send up to eight teams from Beginner Novice through Preliminary level to the ATC. Adult Riders know how to have a good time, and there is no doubt that they bring an increased level of excitement and camaraderie to the AEC! Click here to learn more about the Adult Team Championships.
Nestled in the heart of St. Louis County is Queeny Park, the former estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Queeny. This gorgeous public park features trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a dog park, and so much more. On any given day you can find cyclists, walkers, families, and more enjoying the sprawling grounds of Queeny Park, but once a year eventers take over as the park hosts the Queeny Park Horse Trials. It is not uncommon for park visitors to watch from a safe distance as horses gallop across the grounds at Queeny Park, making it an event that truly anyone in the community can enjoy. This family-friendly staple in the St. Louis equestrian community has run for over 40 years, offering eventers in Area IV and beyond the opportunity to enjoy the park's ample space and terrain during the weekend-long event.
Where can you find fierce competition at every level, an overwhelming team atmosphere, and tons of spirit? The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships of course! The 2022 Championships get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST with the Opening Ceremony and Senior Awards Presentation, and official competition kicks off first thing Saturday morning. A total of 87 championship competitors will be representing 12 schools and make up 22 championship teams which will compete over the course of the weekend at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.