Thomson, Georgia - The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is saddened to report an equine fatality in the Preliminary/Training division at the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials. Avery Lewis and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, The Manx Man (also known as Toby), fell at fence 8, a log hogs back. The rider was transported for medical evaluation and released. Toby was treated on site by the event veterinarian and transported to the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for observation. Toby was later euthanized due to injuries sustained during the fall.
Our thoughts are with Avery Lewis and all who knew Toby.
Having this historic competition close isn't the right result for the sport, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is working hard to find a solution. The organizer and landowners operate exceptional events on a beautiful piece of land. We are deeply sensitive to the history of the word "plantation" and its connection to slavery; however, this property has no known connections to slavery and was instead named after 'plantings' on the property.
After a quiet spring season due to COVID-19, the fall season is ramping up and this weekend we have the first of two West Coast CCI4*-S events taking place at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California.
Dawn Robbins is a current USEA Board of Governors member, Area VI adult rider, and a contributor to the development of the Event Management System (EMS). Note that this article was written more than a year ago and serves as a guide for future USEA software development.
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