In 2009, the Professional Horseman’s Council in partnership with Charles Owen founded the Charles Owen Technical Merit (COTM) Award to reward juniors and adult amateurs for demonstrating safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique and educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross-country riding.
New in 2018, the USEA has changed the eligibility of the COTM award to be judged at the Training level for adult amateurs and juniors who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above. This enables organizers to choose from two options. Organizers may either have a Training Rider division and judge only the juniors and adult amateurs competing in that group, OR if an organizer does not offer a Training Rider division they may still hold a Training Amateur division and the USEA will provide a list to the organizer of all eligible riders in that division who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is now presented at one event in each USEA Area each year at the Training level to one junior rider and one adult amateur rider who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above. Every eligible rider at the Training level is automatically judged during their cross-country round on the five criteria listed below and receives a score sheet with written comments, providing valuable feedback on their cross-country riding technique. Level III and IV ICP instructors, USEF licensed eventing officials, and USET Senior Team riders are all qualified to judge the Award.
The winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award at each event during the year receive a Charles Owen body protector and helmet bag, and then the overall highest scoring junior and adult amateur rider from all 10 events receives a voucher towards a Charles Owen helmet.
2018 Charles Owen Technical Merit Schedule
Pine Top Advanced H.T. | February 22-25, 2018 | Thomson, GA (Area III)
Golden Spike H.T. | June 16-17, 2018 | Ogden, UT (Area IX)
Coconino Summer I H.T. | July 6-8, 2018 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)
The Event at Rebecca Farm | July 18-22, 2018 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)
Fitch's Corner H.T. | July 21-22, 2018 | Millbrook, NY (Area I)
Cobblestone Farms H.T. | August 3-5, 2018 | Dexter, MI (Area VIII)
Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II | August 24-26, 2018 | Santa Ynez, CA (Area VI)
Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. | September 8-9, 2018 | Poolesville, MD (Area II)
Otter Creek Fall H.T. | September 14-16, 2018 | Wheeler, WI (Area IV)
Texas Rose Horse Park | November 10-11, 2018 | Tyler, TX (Area V)
The USEA would like to thank Charles Owen for sponsoring the Technical Merit Award.
For more information on the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award, please contact Kate Lokey, (703) 779-9897, or visit the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award page.
After not running in 2020 and 2021, the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event returned to the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada, in 2022. America's Jennie Saville (née Brannigan) and Twilightslastgleam won the CCI4*-L, as the chestnut Thoroughbred gelding (National Anthem x Royal Child) bred and owned by Nina Gardner moved up from eighth after dressage into the lead after cross-country with the fastest round on wet ground over the tracks designed by Derek di Grazia. Canada's Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge, a bay Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Lelia) owned by Patricia Pearce, finished second, and they are among four from the top-10 in the CCI4*-L in 2022 that return in 2023.
Hannah Sue Hollberg of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, was on a winning streak at the Essex Horse Trials on Sunday, claiming victory in both the $10,000 Open Intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions with two horses that are fairly new to her. Some difficulty on cross-country did not stop her mount Hachi from claiming victory in the Open Intermediate with a score of 101.6, while Open Preliminary partner Rockster finished on his dressage score of 27.3.
The great football coach Vince Lombardi said, “We win our games in practice.” With the goal of having the most effective practices possible for horses, their riders, and their coaches, Cathy Wieschhoff explains some signs that can indicate when horse and rider should repeat an exercise, switch it up, or be done with that activity. Wieschhoff brings perspective as a five-star rider that has competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and Burghley Horse Trials, a USEF “R” Course Designer for eventing cross-country and show jumping, a former Area VIII chair and member of the USEA Board of Governors, and a Level V USEA ECP Certified Coach based out of Carriage Station Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Poland CCIO4*-NC-S at the Strzegom Horse Trials (Poland) from June 21-25, 2023. The team will be under the direction of USEF Eventing Emerging and Development Coach Leslie Law.