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 12, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Horse Clothing of the USEA