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.
We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.