I’m not one for the spotlight. As the voice of the Association, you don’t need to know my personal views, political, eventing, or otherwise. So despite my byline appearing on thousands of articles on the USEA website and magazine, this is probably only the second time I’m writing about myself (the first was about my love for lessons, and reading it now makes me laugh as I am still 100% addicted). But as I am now just a USEA member I thought I would share a bit of my journey to add to our member spotlight series, Now on Course.
The recipients of the 2022 Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant were chosen today in a drawing at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Rob and Chris Desino from Ocala Horse Properties and Sarah and Rebecca Broussard from The Event at Rebecca Farm made the selections by randomly choosing miniature airplanes with the applicants’ names on them.
The pathfinders on Derek di Grazia’s CCI5*-L cross-country course at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian came home with just four time penalties setting a hopeful tone for the day. However, as is the norm for the top level of the sport trouble was sprinkled throughout the course. Couldn’t spend your morning glued to the livestream? We have you covered with a play-by-play of all the action.
For the first time since 2019, the grounds at the Kentucky Horse Park will be packed for cross-country day during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Tailgaters are setting up their tents, spectators are hiking to their favorite jump, and vendor row is soon to be buzzing as the competition gets underway.
This year a new class will be joining the 47 eventing legends currently in the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Eventing Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor awarded within the sport of eventing in the United States. Those invited to join the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame have truly made a difference in the sport of eventing. Hall of Fame members have included past Association presidents, volunteers, riders, founding fathers, course designers, officials, organizers, horses, horse owners, and coaches.
The mission of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) is to produce and improve the craft and art in the teaching of riding and horse management for the sport of eventing through the application of the highest principles of horsemanship, which ensures the ethical and humane treatment of horses and the safety of both horses and riders and extends to all those associated with the health and well-being of the horses.
The USEA Medal Program provides our members with recognition through a goal-oriented program within the various levels of eventing. Each individual member may earn a bronze, silver, and/or gold medal at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels. Horse and rider must achieve the qualifying scores as a pair.
Earlier this year the USEA announced a new rule change proposal schedule for the 2023 eventing season in an effort to keep the membership better informed, and it is now time for the membership to weigh in on rule change proposals for 2023.
After three days of committee meetings and open forums, the USEA Board of Governors reconvened to discuss action items from a multitude of committees. With the adjournment of the meeting, the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was officially concluded.
When the United States Eventing Association (USEA) was formed in 1959 (then the United States Combined Training Association) the by-laws required the members to come together every December to conduct the business of the Association. What was just an annual meeting has turned into four days of meetings and fun during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, however, the Annual Meeting of Members is still the centerpiece of the weekend.
There was a major shakeup in the US Equestrian (USEF) High Performance program at the beginning of December when Erik Duvander’s contract was not renewed and Jenni Autry was let go from the organization, so that topic dominated the USEF High Performance Athletes Open Forum at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention today.