It is with the deepest regret that the GMHA Organizing Committee announces that Ms. Jennifer Chapin suffered a fatal accident while competing at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont on August 11, 2019.
Chapin, aged 32, from Wenham, Massachusetts, and her horse, Joinem, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Johar x Keemon), suffered a rotational fall in the cross-country warm-up. Chapin was transported to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. Joinem was reported to be uninjured.
The USEA sends its sincerest condolences to Chapin's family, friends, and connections.
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).