The fifth annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships kick off tomorrow at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia. There are a total of 105 entries, 29 teams, and 15 schools entered to compete for the 2021 Championship title.
In 2016, the University of Georgia Red team took home the win. In 2017, the Clemson Tigers were crowned champions, and the past two years (2018 and 2019) it was Auburn University who walked away with the title. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Championships was canceled. Who will go home with the Championship title this year? It will be a tight competition in this record-breaking Championships!
Wednesday: In Barns from noon.
Thursday: In Barns / riders meeting at noon / First horse inspection 3:00 p.m.
Friday: Dressage starting at 8 am / Show jumping CCI-S classes starting at noon.
Saturday: Cross-country starting at 8:30 am.
Sunday: CCI-L classes horse inspection starting at 8:00 a.m. / Show jumping starting at 9:00 a.m.
Friday: Intermediate, Preliminary dressage / Intermediate show jumping / Preliminary cross-country.
Saturday: Modified, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice dressage starting at 8:00 a.m. / Preliminary, Training, Novice Show Jumping / Beginner Novice, Modified, cross-country (dependent on division numbers).
Sunday: Modified, Beginner Novice Show Jumping / Training, Novice cross-country.
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One of my passions is continuing to be a good student, because I think no matter how old I get, there are multiple reasons learning new things inspires me. First and foremost, it helps me be a better rider and trainer, so my horses benefit. Second, it helps me be a better teacher by exposing me to different ways to have a relationship with a horse or a student.
This month we’re going to begin a three-part series on how to create positive riding experiences by making sure the words you say to yourself and the thoughts you think to yourself are positive. Referred to as self-talk, internal dialogue, or brain babble; the words you say to yourself can have a huge impact on your performance. In fact, your thoughts and voice are actually considered behaviors, and just like how positive physical behaviors (i.e. a balanced transition) can create success, your verbal behaviors can also accomplish the very same thing. So let's spend the next few months talking about how to talk to yourself!
Being spontaneous has paid off for Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy. “I bought him on a Wednesday and showed him on a Thursday,” Keane recalls about his first event with his Irish Sport Horse gelding, then 9 years old, at Plantation Field Horse Trials (Unionville, Pennsylvania) in September 2016. “I owned him for part of a day, and the next morning I showed up at a CCI and jogged him up for a two-star, and we went clean and clean and clean.”
THANK YOU to everyone who has already entered the USEF/USEA Recognized CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 9 in Berryville, VA. We will continue to take late entries through Friday, March 24 using USEA’s Xentry system. If you still want to come compete, please enter! The late fee has been waived through Friday, March 24.