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.
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!
Find the Eventing Team at FSU online at https://fsueventing.wixsite.com/horses.
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.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.