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.
"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.