Jan 29, 2020

Eventing Grows Stronger at Florida State University

By Emma Taylor - Florida Horse Park
FSU Eventing Team members (from left to right): Colby Saults, Emma Taylor, Maiya Morris, Taylor Reynolds, Ali Mazzucco, Susan Dedicatoria, Victoria Vossler, and Rebecca Baker. Photo courtesy of the FSI Eventing Team.

The Eventing Team at Florida State University (FSU) was established as an official student organization in the Spring of 2017. We began with one rider and one coach, and, as of the Fall of 2019, have grown to 16 riders out of several barns in the Tallahassee area. We are proud to represent FSU at schooling shows (volunteering and riding) as well as USEA recognized events.

Highlights of 2019 included volunteering at Red Hills International Horse Trials, attending the USEA Intercollegiate Championships for the very first time, welcoming a new foal at one of our barns, taking a field trip to the beach with some of our favorite ponies, and being introduced to the world of foxhunting. We wrapped up 2019 with a gingerbread decorating party and a trip to Ocala for a schooling show at Florida Horse Park.

We are brainstorming some new fundraising ideas as we prepare to send one or two teams to the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships this spring. We are excited for some fun schooling days as we prepare to compete in more recognized events this year. As a team, we are proud of the perseverance and enthusiasm our members demonstrate in setting their own goals, competitive or otherwise, and we strive to support them as best we can. We love to see our team members representing FSU at local veterinarian offices, volunteer organizations, businesses, and as leaders in other campus organizations. Members have the opportunity to tailor their experience to their own goals by working for local trainers, traveling with the team as grooms, and competing in local and out-of-town events.


2019-2020 Team Officers (from left to right): Maiya Morris (Secretary), Taylor Reynolds (Vice President), Emma Taylor (President), and Rebecca Baker (Treasurer). Photo courtesy of the FSU Eventing Team.

We will be saying goodbye to several members as they prepare to graduate in the near future, so our goal is to continue growing our team as we pass it down to the next group of riders. We will continue seeking sponsorships, spreading the word around campus, fundraising at local shows, and collaborating with faculty and professionals in the area. Our biggest goal for Spring 2020 is to attend the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships with more riders and more school spirit! We are always accepting new riders, and any student at FSU with any level of riding experience is welcome to join!

Go ‘Noles!

Find the Eventing Team at FSU online at https://fsueventing.wixsite.com/horses.

About the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was established in 2014 to provide a framework within which eventing teams and individual competitors could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. The USEA offers a discount of $25 on annual USEA memberships for current students of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA and many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges throughout the year, where collegiate eventers can compete individually as well as on teams with their fellow students.

In Intercollegiate Team Challenges, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level to account for differences in level difficulty and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Only the best three individual scores will count towards the team score, so teams of four will have one “drop” score. Click here to learn more about the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program.

The USEA wants to feature your collegiate eventing team in our Intercollegiate Eventing Spotlight series! Please send your story and photos to Claire Kelley at [email protected] to be featured.

May 25, 2020 Association News

USEA Podcast #258: Getting Back to Business

We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.

May 24, 2020 Education

Grid Pro Quo with Andrea Pfeiffer

Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.

May 23, 2020 Classic Series

Memories from the Vet Box with Stephen Bradley

In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.

May 22, 2020 Rules

USEF Approves COVID-19 Rule Modifications for 2020

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.

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