Aug 26, 2019

Attend the USEA Event College at #AEC2019 Presented by LandSafe

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

This year at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), the USEA Event College Presented by LandSafe will have a week of educational lessons. Instead of the educational lessons being virtual and online, this year the lessons will be entirely live and in person. Learn from U.S. team riders, five-star grooms, Olympic level course designers, five-star course builders, equestrian specific fitness trainers, and more. The best part – every lesson is free for anyone attending the AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park from August 27 – September 1.

The seminars will cover a different topic each day – Tamra Smith, the rider who scored a 22.8 to take the lead after dressage at the 2019 Pan American Games, will talk dressage tactics on Tuesday. Buck Davidson, the only rider to ever win the Adequan USEA Advanced Final twice, and Derek di Grazia, one of the world’s best cross-country course designers, will talk cross-country on Wednesday. Brian Murphy, the Grand Prix show jumper, will talk show jumping on Thursday. The international five-star grooms Samantha Burton and Max Corcoran (who is also the USEA president-elect) will talk after competition care on Friday. Tony Sandoval, the equestrian-focused personal trainer, will talk every day on fitness for the equestrian athlete.

Mick Costello, the cross-country course builder for the 2019 AEC, will be hosting a frangible device clinic on Thursday, August 29. Costello will answer any questions related to frangible devices, from proper installation to the number of devices allowed on course.

Tamra Smith at the 2019 Pan American Games. Erin Gilmore Photo.

USEA Event College at AEC Presented by LandSafe Schedule

Educational sessions will be located at the LandSafe tent in the AEC Trade Fair by the Rolex Stadium (unless stated otherwise below)

Tuesday, August 27

  • 10:00 a.m. - LandSafe live demonstrations
  • 12:00 p.m. - Tamra Smith on dressage tactics
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tony Sandoval on fitness for the equestrian athlete and basic posture/neck strengthening exercises to help reduce the risk of injury
  • 5:00 p.m. - Tamra Smith on dressage tactics

Wednesday, August 28

  • 10:00 a.m. - LandSafe live demonstrations
  • 12:00 p.m. - Buck Davidson and Derek di Grazia on cross-country
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tony Sandoval on fitness for the equestrian athlete and basic posture/ neck strengthening exercises to help reduce the risk of injury
  • 5:00 p.m. - Buck Davidson and Derek di Grazia on cross-country.

Thursday, August 29

  • 10:00 a.m. - LandSafe live demonstrations
  • 11:00 a.m. - Mick Costello frangible device clinic (meet on the Preliminary cross-country course at 14ab by the Normandy Bank)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Brian Murphy on show jumping
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tony Sandoval on fitness for the equestrian athlete and basic posture/neck strengthening exercises to help reduce the risk of injury
  • 5:00 p.m. - Brian Murphy on show jumping

Friday, August 30

  • 10:00 a.m. - LandSafe live demonstrations
  • 12:00 p.m. - Max Corcoran and Samantha Burton on competition aftercare
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tony Sandoval on fitness for the equestrian athlete and basic posture/neck strengthening exercises to help reduce the risk of injury.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Max Corcoran and Samantha Burton on competition aftercare

Saturday, August 31

  • 10:00 a.m. - LandSafe live demonstrations
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tony Sandoval on fitness for the equestrian athlete and basic posture/neck strengthening exercises to help reduce the risk of injury
Buck Davidson competing at the 2019 Great Meadow International. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

In addition to the educational sessions at the LandSafe tent, there will be cross-country course walks for every level led by USEA ICP certified instructors. Each course walk will meet at the designated start boxes and times are below.

Beginner Novice

  • Thursday 4:00 p.m. - Emily Hansen-Palmus (ICP Level II)
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. - Amy Nichols (ICP Level II)

Novice

  • Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - Jennifer Rousseau (ICP Level III)
  • Thursday 5:00 p.m. - Jackie Smith (ICP Level II)

Training

  • Tuesday 5:00 p.m. - Susan Harris (ICP Level III)
  • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - Bernard Morauw (ICP Level II)

Preliminary

  • Tuesday 5:00 p.m. - Laura Backus (ICP Level III)
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - Angela Bowles (ICP Level III)

Intermediate

  • Monday 6:00 p.m. - Dorothy Crowell (ICP Level IV)
  • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - Bill Hoos (ICP Level IV)

Advanced:

  • Thursday after Preliminary Horse Show Jumping - Leslie Law (ICP Level IV)

Don’t miss out on the educational activities during the 2019 AEC!

About the USEA Event College

The USEA Event College was created by the USEA and the Professional Horseman’s Council to generate awareness of the sport of eventing. The USEA Event College is a special series that aims to educate competitors, spectators, and the general public about all aspects of eventing, from the complexity and value of the sport to horsemanship and the different skill needed to be involved in eventing. High-profile eventing experts act as “professors” and anyone interested in the sport of eventing can be a student. The best part? “Tuition” is free!

About LandSafe

LandSafe is a progression-focused approach, where each level builds on the competencies learned from the previous level. Each level of the program includes multiple days of targeted, hands-on learning exercises using proprietary simulation technology. This approach provides riders with a real-life experience that enables them to improve their reaction time via repetitive exercises. Participants leave understanding the core objectives and having practiced their learned capabilities relative to that level. The LandSafe system caters to athletes of all capabilities and disciplines.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships will be held August 27-September 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

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