The sport of eventing has lost a horse who was a staple at upper level events. Kim Severson’s 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) mount, Fernhill Fearless, was euthanized on Sunday, May 28th. The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ‘Sparky’ (by Mark Twain) had many great results with Severson in the tack – the highlight being their 23rd place finish at the WEG. As a pair, they were 11th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day CCI4* in 2014, 5th at the Fair Hill International CCI3* in 2013 and most recently earned a 6th place finish at the 2016 Jersey Fresh International CCI3*.
Before partnering with Severson, Sparky was owned and ridden by Nina Ligon through the CCI3* level. Following Nina’s retirement from eventing, the Ligon family gave Sparky to Severson who had coached Nina for many years including at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Recently, Sparky was showing the upper level eventing ropes to Gabby Dickerson. The two had only been together for a short period of time – starting in September 2016 – but they were showing promising performances for a strong pair for the future.
With a long and successful eventing career, Fernhill Fearless was the true definition of a great event horse.
The USEA sends its condolences to Severson, Dickerson, the Ligon family and all of Fernhill Fearless’ connections and fans.
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).
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.