Jessica Duffy

Apr 01, 2020

VIDEO: Rider Fitness Exercises with Laura Crump Anderson

In this video, Laura Crump Anderson leads us through five exercises designed to strengthen a rider's position. Anderson begins by demonstrating a wall sit, then moves on to body weight squats. If body weight squats are not challenging enough, she suggests adding a weighted object, like a bucket filled with horse feed, to increase the difficulty of the exercise. Next, Anderson moves on to demonstrating dips, which can be done with the help of a chair. Anderson rounds out the exercise program with push-ups and the plank.

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Mar 28, 2020 Education

Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: At The Moment

Have you ever wanted to look through the judge’s eyes and see what they see during the conformation portion of a USEA Young or Future Event Horse competition? Now is your chance! Using only a photo and information on age and breed, legendary horseman and prior FEH/YEH Championship judge Chris Ryan is sharing his insights into young horse conformation in our Conformation Critique article series.

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Mar 24, 2020 Officials

Amanda Miller Finds a Way to Keep Busy and Give Back

As the eventing community hunkers down to weather out the pandemic, everyone has been looking for ways to keep busy. FEI Level II and USEF “R” Eventing Judge Amanda Miller was feeling discouraged after three of her next judging gigs had been canceled due to the coronavirus.

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Mar 21, 2020 Profile

Horse Heroes: Mastercraft

Irish Olympian Kevin Babington imported Mastercraft, an Irish Sport Horse gelding born in 1999 with the name Take It E Z, to the United States to be a show jumper. “He was a bit too much of a handful,” recalled Wendy Lewis, who purchased “EZ” from Babington to be an event horse in 2009.

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Mar 18, 2020 Education

10 Eventing Books to Read While You’re in Quarantine

The eventing community is preparing to hunker down with the rest of the world to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic, and that means a lot of us are going to have more free time on our hands than usual. Why not spend it learning something new?

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Mar 17, 2020 Education

Long Distance Running for Fitness with Kelli Temple

Every body is different, and different fitness regimes work differently for different people. For Canadian Olympic and World Equestrian Games eventer Kelli Temple, her preferred method of cross-training is running – specifically, running marathons.

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Mar 11, 2020 Eventing News

Absolute Liberty (2003-2020)

The USEA is saddened to share the news that Absolute Liberty (Aberjack x Chestnut Lady), a 15.3 hand bay Oldenburg mare, passed away earlier this month at the age of 17. Absolute Liberty was owned by Sharon Will and competed through the four-star level by Buck Davidson.

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Mar 09, 2020 Competitions

Footing, Tracks, and Rider-Frighteners: The Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill

Three-time Badminton winner, four-time Olympic silver medalist, and renowned course designer Ian Stark is set to design his first ever five-star cross-country course. Stark has been designing cross-country courses since 2005 including a European Championships and four-stars at Bramham, Blair Castle, and Rebecca Farm, but this October’s Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will add a star to his repertoire.

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Mar 05, 2020 Competitions

Fast Facts: 2020 Red Hills International

The 22nd Red Hills International Horse Trials are taking place this weekend at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Red Hills International marks the start of the 2020 FEI eventing season in the United States, with Red Hills hosting CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI4*-S divisions alongside Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced horse trials divisions.

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Mar 05, 2020 Competitions

USEA Events A-Z: Waredaca Horse Trials

Waredaca Farm in Laytonsville, Maryland (Area II) hosts three horse trials each year: one in May, one in August, and one in October. In May and August, Waredaca offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials and Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) classes. In October they host Beginner Novice through Preliminary horse trials and USEA Classic Series Novice, Training, and Preliminary Three-Day Events.

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Feb 27, 2020 Competitions

USEA Events A-Z: Virginia Horse Trials

The Virginia Horse Trials are held twice yearly at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia (Area II). At their event in May, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate horse trials, CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, and CCI3*-S FEI classes, and USEA Young Event Horse classes. At their event in October, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate Horse Trials and CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI3*-L, FEI divisions.

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