Start off 2019 on the right track and apply as a demo rider or demo horse at the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Educational Symposium on February 18-21 at The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. The symposium will feature Maxime Livio as the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) clinician. The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) portion will be led by FEH Championship judges, Robin Walker and Peter Gray. FEH will also have guest clinicians including Holly Simensen and Matthias Hollberg.
February 18-19: ICP Symposium
Riders with experience at Training level through Advanced are welcome to apply as a demo riders for the ICP symposium which will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19. Livio will cover dressage on Monday with a focus on training and movements. Two riders per hour with the last 15 minutes devoted to Q&A. Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. will be show jumping lessons and Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Livio will teach cross-country lessons, both show jumping lessons and cross-country lessons will focus on riding related lines. Tuesday’s lesson groups will be small with four to five riders in each group and lessons will last approximately 75 minutes with the last 15 minutes devoted to Q&A.
Both ICP days will require demo riders at Training level through Advanced level. For anyone interested in attending the ICP Symposium as a demo rider, please fill out a ICP Demo Rider Registration Form. For any questions or comments please contact Lauren Gash at [email protected]
February 20: YEH Symposium - From Five Years to Five Stars: Identifying the Star Quality
In order to see if a young horse has the ‘star quality’ to become a five-star horse, sign up a young horse (4-6 years old) for the YEH symposium. The horse will be assessed on several major components including conformation, movement, behavior, evidence of rideability, and evidence of trainability which all play significant roles in the creation of a five-star horse.
Riders will ride their own horses as Livio commentates to attendees. The YEH demo horse might have the option to be picked for Livio to ride himself. The YEH Symposium is looking for a range of quality young horses from 4 to 6 years old. For anyone interested in sending their young horse as a demo horse in the YEH Symposium, please contact Kate Lokey at [email protected]. There is no fee for demo horses, but riders must register themselves for the symposium here.
February 21: FEH Symposium
FEH Championship judges, Robin Walker and Peter Gray will be the lead presenters for the entire day on Thursday with Holly Simensen and Matthias Hollberg as guest clinicians. The FEH symposium is looking for yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds for the Thursday morning session which will be led by Holly Simensen and teach conformation for FEH judges, breeders, owners, and competitors. For the Thursday afternoon session, the symposium is looking for 4-year-olds for the under saddle portion and 3- to 5-year-olds for the jump chute which will be led by Matthias Hollberg and focus on free jumping, studying the canter, and quality of jump and scope.
For anyone interested in sending their young horse (ages 1-5) as a demo horse for the FEH Symposium, please contact Kate Lokey at [email protected].
USEA will have waiting lists for both YEH and FEH and the selected demo horses will be notified by early February. For stabling of demo horses, please contact Grand Oaks Resort. The USEA has booked a hotel block at the Towneplace Suites by Marriott in The Villages, Florida. Use the code USEG while booking the reservation to receive the discounted rate. Make sure to book a room before January 31, 2019 to receive the special USEA discount. Visit the Towneplace Suites by Marriott website or call (352) 753-8686 to reserve a room.
For more information on clinicians, registration, and accommodations please click Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium. Keep up to date with symposium details by following the USEA Facebook Symposium Event page.
The USEA would like to thank ICP symposium sponsor Stable Secretary for their support of the program and educational symposium. Stable Secretary offers 50% off their Stable Secretary subscription to all USEA ICP instructors in their first subscription year, and 25% off their second year of subscription.
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