On the night of Friday, December 10th a tornado three-fourths of a mile wide ripped across 220 miles of the Midwest, causing devastation across Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, and Kentucky. In the town of Mayfield, Kentucky, over 80 lives have been lost and many are left without homes, power, and water. The Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) has spearheaded efforts to bring assistance and relief to animals impacted by the natural disaster. The KVMA has outlined different ways in which people can help, listed below:
Please do not go to visit the affected areas at this time. Emergency response officials need your cooperation to stay out of the areas until rescue operations and assessments are complete; many roads are still closed and most impacted areas are without power and water. While Mayfield was among the hardest hit, the storm raged over 200 miles in Kentucky. There is significant damage in eighteen (18) counties, with some of the worst destruction in Caldwell Co., Graves Co., Hopkins Co., Marshall Co., Muhlenberg Co., Taylor Co., and Warren Co. If you wish to help, there are some ways listed below. Please note that recovery from this event is going to be a long process with need for continued community support in the coming months.
Supply and Equipment Donations. Please check with the following organizations for supply drop-offs:
Current supply needs:
Important links from the KVMA and AVMA:
Important announcements from the Kentucky Governor’s Office:
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.