We asked – you answered – and as a result, the USEA Foundation’s Frangible Technology Fundraising Initiative is closing in on its goal of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS! You, our members, made that happen, and there are not enough thank yous in the world to show you how much we value you.
The entire eventing community has continued to raise money for the frangible technology fund. Because of you, the fund has just hit another benchmark, triggering the next $50,000 match from the Manton Foundation. With that match, the current amount raised sits at $315,000! With the matching funds, only $85,000 is needed to reach our goal of $500,000.
Making the Most of the Downtime
The USEA Foundation began distributing funds to organizers in early May, and to date, 48 USEA recognized competition venues have applied for frangible technology grants to build 79 new table fences. In addition to the frangible devices, $79,000 in cash grants has been being awarded to the applicants. All grants requested to date are being fully funded. Phase Two of the program will be open for grant applications shortly.
Andy Bowles, Chair of the Frangible Technology Fund Committee, praised the overall effort by donors and organizers. “I would like to thank everyone who has donated to date. So far, we have sent out over 40 kits to events and we have purchased another 100 MIM kits, which should arrive in early July. It was amazing to see Plantation, one of the first events to start back, do so with two new frangible tables.”
Photos of the frangible fences built with funds from this program can be viewed here.
Ink, Auctions, and Saddle Pads
The nationwide community effort has been outstanding, but a few have gone above and beyond to make the sport safer. Jon Holling, chair of the USEA Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee and a member of the Frangible Technology Fund Committee, promised to get a #FrangibleNow tattoo across his ribs if we hit the next $50,000 benchmark before the first horse left the start box following the shutdown. That challenge was met before competitions reopened and we all look forward to the photo of Jon’s new tattoo.
Jamie McAllister, an eventer from Metamora, Michigan, bolstered the effort by spearheading an online auction and t-shirt sales that raised over $6,500. “I got involved because I felt strongly about changing the safety of our sport,” said McAllister. “I started eventing in the late 1980s and so many things have changed in our sport; our format, our course design, the popularity of our sport, so not to take advantage of new technology that has been offered to make our sport safer just didn’t make sense.”
“There were some pretty amazing people that stepped up to donate [to the auction], and people got pretty excited about the items. What I learned from doing the fundraisers is that there are a lot of amazing people in our sport, people that do care, and do put their money where their mouth is. It was nice to see,” continued McAllister.
Ecogold also joined in the fundraising efforts earlier this spring, donating to the initiative 15% of all sales of Ecogold XC saddle pads ordered from their website and 10% of wholesale orders.
“My father, the founder of Ecogold, was an engineer, and safety was very important to him,” said Patricia Da Silva, Ecogold President. “He would have wanted us to support this initiative and the eventing community. Ecogold has always believed that safety and technology go hand-in-hand, and we want to see every rider finish their course safely.”
In addition to the public fundraising efforts and the hard work from the entire eventing community, the USEA Foundation also received two anonymous donations – one for $10,000 and another for $30,000 – that helped push the fundraising up to the next match level.
But frangible technology does not relieve us from our individual responsibility to ride safely on cross-country. “Frangible technology, as incredible as it is, shouldn’t be looked at in a way that would diminish any respect toward any cross-country effort,” explained McAllister. “Making our sport safer starts at home, starts with training, and starts with a proper education and training program. I don’t think those things can be overlooked.”
How to Donate
Donations to the USEA Foundation are fully tax-deductible. Donate today by going to https://useafoundation.org/donate and selecting “Frangible Technology Fund” from the dropdown menu.
All donations will help increase safety in the sport of eventing. Help us reach the next match level of the Manton Foundation and our goal of $500,000
Learn more about the frangible technology fundraising efforts here.
Nestled in the heart of St. Louis County is Queeny Park, the former estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Queeny. This gorgeous public park features trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a dog park, and so much more. On any given day you can find cyclists, walkers, families, and more enjoying the sprawling grounds of Queeny Park, but once a year eventers take over as the park hosts the Queeny Park Horse Trials. It is not uncommon for park visitors to watch from a safe distance as horses gallop across the grounds at Queeny Park, making it an event that truly anyone in the community can enjoy. This family-friendly staple in the St. Louis equestrian community has run for over 40 years, offering eventers in Area IV and beyond the opportunity to enjoy the park's ample space and terrain during the weekend-long event.
Where can you find fierce competition at every level, an overwhelming team atmosphere, and tons of spirit? The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships of course! The 2022 Championships get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST with the Opening Ceremony and Senior Awards Presentation, and official competition kicks off first thing Saturday morning. A total of 87 championship competitors will be representing 12 schools and make up 22 championship teams which will compete over the course of the weekend at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.