All USEF dressage tests for eventing for 2014-2018 are now available on the USEA website. The Novice Three Day dressage test, marked 2012, will remain the same.
From Wayne Quarles (Chair of USEF Eventing Technical Committee): "Following word that the FEI would not be creating new tests for this new four year period, the USEF Eventing Technical Committee put together a group of riders, judges and trainers to review our existing tests and decide whether or not they were doing the job they were intended to do: to create a progression for our riders as they move up the levels.
The group was made up of myself as Chair, Loris Henry, Sally O’Connor, Brian Ross, Gina Miles, Jon Holling, Kerry Milliken and Lilo Fore. As Brian Ross and Sally O’Connor have been the writers of the Eventing tests for several years, we felt their input was necessary for continuity. I was there as the Vice Chair (now Chair) of the USEF Eventing Technical Committee as well as being an FEI 3*/4* Eventing Judge and USEF “R” Dressage judge, rider and trainer, plus I had been on the review panel for the previous tests. Loris Henry is an FEI 3*/4* Eventing judge and USEF “S” Dressage judge, rider and trainer, had also been on the previous review panel. Kerry Millikin, Gina Miles and Jon Holling are all upper level riders and trainers who are also members of the USEF Technical Committee. Lilo Fore is an FEI 5* Dressage Judge and has been working with the USEA Eventing Judge training programs, was there to help ensure the consistency in our directives and flow.
As a group we came to the conclusion that the tests were in general doing the job intended, but could use minor adjustments in some of the movements and consistency in the directives. The result is the collection of tests we have presented. The largest change that people will notice is that there are now two tests for the Preliminary level rather than three, and Test B is in the long court. Organizers should note that Preliminary Test B in the long court is actually shorter in time than Test A.
In general, the test patterns have not changed significantly, however we feel they are correct for our sport at this time."
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.