Mar 02, 2022

Eventing Update on High Performance Programs

By USEF - Edited Press Release

As the competition season kicks into gear, below is an update on the work being done by the Performance Advisory Team (PAT) and Eventing Elite Program Task Force (EETF).

Performance Advisory Team (PAT) / Eventing Sport Committee (ESC) Completed Work:

-Selection & Application Timeline for World Championships & Nations Cups. This was recommended by the PAT and approved by the ESC.

-Job Description for interim Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager was recommended by the PAT and ESC and approved by the CEO.

-Membership of the Development and Emerging Programs was recommended by the PAT and approved by the ESC.

The PAT will prioritize work on the following tasks:

-Agree upon the timetable for the final build-up to the World Championships (pre-travel logistics and vet checks / travel dates / policy regarding Reserve{s}, etc).

-Budget and Funding: Make recommendations for use of funding currently ring-fenced for “Elite”:

  • Agreed in principle that Aachen and Boekelo Team athletes / horses will receive significant funding in order to encourage applications. Further information regarding what will be supported will be published.
  • The budget for the World Championships is a separate budget from the Eventing budget, which is managed centrally across the disciplines; remuneration for team staff at the World Championships does come from the Eventing specific budget
  • Make recommendations regarding athlete funding

-Support process of appointing an interim Chef d’Equipe / Team Manager

The EETF has met three times, including for full day “in-person” session on February 28th. The EETF will meet again to finalize draft recommendations for the following, which will then go to the relevant Eventing Committees, Working Groups and stakeholders for comment:

  • Program & team management structure and roles
  • Process and criteria for selection to the Elite Program
  • Support provided by Elite Program and use of funding
  • Communication and accountability / oversight
  • Selectors - number and appointment process
  • Socialization of recommendations

If you have questions on Eventing Programs, please contact the Eventing Department staff members. Their contact information and relevant programs may be found here.

Oct 01, 2022 Volunteers

The VIP Volunteer: Lisa Pragg

Lisa Pragg is a busy woman, but between her normal day job and competing her own 19-year-old Thoroughbred Impeccable she still prioritizes time to volunteer - both at horse trials and as a volunteer firefighter. Pragg understands the importance that volunteers play in the eventing community and makes sure to give whatever time she can back as a fair gesture.

Sep 30, 2022 Convention

Registration is Now Open for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, Georgia!

Attention USEA members! Registration for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is now open! The convention will be held in person on December 7-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Sep 30, 2022 News

USEA Names Athletes for Inaugural EA21 National Camp

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce the selected Young Rider athletes for the Emerging Athletes 21 Program (EA21) national camp, now that the EA21 regional clinics have concluded. Twelve riders were accepted into each of the five regional EA21 clinics, taught by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) instructors, and now riders have been selected from the regional clinics to participate in the inaugural EA21 national camp this winter.

Sep 29, 2022 Instructors

The Eventing Coaches Program: Phyllis Dawson on Training Horses and Riders

Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.

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