Buckle your seatbelts, there is a LOT of excitement going on at The Eventing Championships at Galway Downs this week. Around 375 entries will make their way to Temecula, California, to compete in one of the many exciting divisions they are offering, including the USEF CCI2*-L Eventing National Championship, USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship, USEF Eventing Young Rider National Championship, presented by the USEA, and the Area VI Championships.
There are three countries represented in the CCI4*-L field: the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Tamie Smith has three entries in this year’s four-star long: Gina Economou’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding Cooley By Design (Plot Blue x Uthree Z), the Elliot V Partnership’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Elliot V (Zavall VDL x Vera R), and The Kynan Syndicate’s 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Kynan (Envoy x Danieta).
Liz Halliday is making the trip out to Temecula, which is just 20 minutes from where she grew up, for the first time since 2020 when she competed in the CCI4*-L here with Cooley Quicksilver.
The four-star field were all born abroad in Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Canada’s Dana Cooke and Kingfisher Park’s 9-year-old German Warmblood gelding FE Quattro (Quaterstern x Elina) are coming into this weekend off of a win at Morven Park (Leesburg, Virginia) in the CCI3*-S. They added just 0.8 time penalties to their score on cross-country to lead the field of 28 on a score of 29.1.
Also coming in fresh off of a victory is Tommy Greengard and his 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Joshuay MBF (Foreign Affair x Fernacchy MBF) who won the CCI4*-S at Woodside (Woodside, California) earlier this month.
There are 33 young riders taking part in this year’s USEF Eventing Young Rider National Championships presented by the USEA. You can get to know some of the pairs a little bit better here.
The Young Rider Championship runs in a traditional team format with three or four athletes per team, with a drop score allowed for teams of four. There is one combined team representing Areas V and IX, as well as teams from Alberta, Canada, Area VI, and Area VII.
Of those 26 young riders, 13 were participants in the 2023 USEA EA21 Regional Camps. Six of those 13 were selected to attend the upcoming 2024 USEA EA21 National Camp, which will be held in Temecula, California: Harper Padgett, Camryn Chung, Julia Beauchamp Crandon, Elsa Warble, Molly Duda, and Kayla Dumler.
In addition to their national divisions, there are 11 USEA-recognized Area Championships taking place during The Eventing Championships at Galway Downs at the Preliminary, Modified, Preliminary/Modified, Training, Modified/Training, Novice, Training/Novice, Beginner Novice, and Novice/Beginner Novice levels. They are also offering two championships at the Starter level.
Gary Parsonage (GBR) is the Technical Delegate for the four-star, three-star, and two-star, and Wendy Wergeles (USA) is assisting, as well as heading up the TD duties for the one-star.
Sandy Phillips (GBR) is serving as President of the Ground Jury for the four-star. Angela Tucker (GBR) is the President of the Ground Jury for the three-star. Marilyn Payne (USA) is the President of the Ground Jury for the two-star. And lastly, but definitely not least, Robyn Fisher (USA) is the President of the Ground Jury for the one-star.
Clayton Fredericks (AUS) is the cross-country designer for the four-star, three-star, and two-star, while Alessandra Allen-Shinn (USA) designed the national levels and the one-star cross-country track.
Marc Donovan (USA) is this year's show jumping course designer.
United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.
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