This statement is posted on the behalf of Spring Bay Horse Trials and Organizer Mary Fike.
Lexington, Ky - We are sad to report that National du Pas died today while competing in the Training division at Spring Bay Horse Trials in Lexington, Kentucky. The cause of death is unknown at this point pending necropsy. The horse collapsed between obstacles (i.e. not related to a fence or jump) while on the cross-country course today. Rider Blake Park was not injured in the fall, but was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for observation.
National du Pas, a 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by Elizabeth Stewart, passed away between fences 11 and 12. According to USEF and USEA policies, the horse was transported to the Kentucky Diagnostic Lab for necropsy, which will be utilized to help further the USEA Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study.
The USEA sends our heartfelt condolences to Blake, Elizabeth and all of National du Pas’ connections on this difficult day.
The USEA Board of Governors (BOG) concluded a productive two days of the August BOG meeting on Wednesday, August 9th in Dulles, Virginia led by USEA President Max Corcoran. All but four BOG members were able to attend in person this year. Many key items related to eventing in the U.S. were discussed at great length including safety, membership strategies, competition procedures, visibility of the sport, and more over the course of the two-day gathering.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to compete in a traditional long format Three-Day Event? Can you imagine the thrill of three additional phases leading into cross-country? In the early 2000s, eventing began to shift away from long format events and toward modern short-format competitions. Not all is lost though! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) created the USEA Classic Series to give riders a taste of the old school experience. These competitions preserve eventing’s history and allow riders at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels to take on the challenge of traditional long format events.
As the cutoff date to qualify for Le Lion inches closer, talented young horses and riders in contention for the The Holekamp/Turner YEH Lion d’Angers Grant are gearing up for the final push in hopes of being selected as the grant recipient. Grant funds will assist the selected pair with costs associated with competing at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships in the 7-year-old CCIYH3*-L Championship slated to be held later this fall. 2020 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships competitors and their respective owners and riders have paid careful attention to this summer’s schedule making sure that they would meet the necessary qualifications for La Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France.