Julie Norman’s Consensus, the 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contucci x Miss Me Not 2823), passed away during the cross-country phase of competition in the Open Preliminary division at the Ocala Winter I Horse Trials on February 9, 2018. A necropsy determined that “Thomas” suffered an aortic rupture while on cross-country.
Norman took Consensus to his first horse trials in the spring of 2009. Over the course of their partnership, the pair completed numerous CIC3* and CCI3* events, including Richland Park, Red Hills International, and Fair Hill International, and contested the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* in 2014 and 2015.
At the end of 2015, Norman passed the reins to 16-year-old Adriana Beruvides. Together the pair completed Beruvide’s first Preliminary level event in June of 2016 and placed ninth in the CCI* at the Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing in April of 2017. They also competed at the 2017 North American Junior/Young Rider Championships and the USEA American Eventing Championships. The pair was fifth in the Area V Championships at Holly Hill Farm in November of 2017.
The USEA would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Julie Norman, Adriana Beruvides, and all who knew and loved Consensus.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).