Competitors have arrived at the Virginia Horse Center for the Virginia Horse Trials, home to the USEF CCI1* and USEF CCI1*-JR/YR National Championships this weekend. The championships, at their new home at the Virginia CCI/CIC Horse Trials, will feature 62 horses in the CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR divisions. These horses were presented for the first horse inspection on Thursday.
Forty-two horses competing in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship passed the jog earlier today. Among the competitors, Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) will contest two horses in the CCI1* to vie for the championship title. He will ride Maya, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by The Mirador Group, and Ringo Star, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Helle Goodrich. Sharon White (Summit Point, W.V.) will also contest two horses for the CCI1*national championship. Her rides include Highlife’s Je T’Aime, an 8-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Madeline Hartsock, and Masterel, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding she owns with Denis Glaccum. In addition, Colleen Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) will ride C Me Fly, her 6-year-old Westphalian mare.
All 22 horses in the young riders division, the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship, also passed the jog. Among the JR/YR athletes competing are Olivia Hayes (Havertown, Pa.) with Astrana De la Galerna, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding she owns with Jodi and William Hayes, and Caitlin O’Roark (Centreville, Va.) with Lucky Devil, the 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Shannon O’Roark. Additionally, Molly Sherman (Dickerson, Md.) will ride Winsome, the 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cheryl Sherman.
Friday, November 2, marks the first day of competition featuring CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR dressage beginning at 8:00 a.m.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).