Jan 25, 2021

From (1993 – 2021)

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Stephen Bradley and From at the 2004 Kentucky Three-Day Event. Michelle Dunn/USEA Archives Photo.

The USEA is very sad to hear the news of the passing of From, the 28-year-old Russian Thoroughbred gelding (Mif x Floema), owned by Charlotte Harris and ridden by Stephen Bradley.

From started his eventing career with Katja Leskinen in 1999 competing through the Intermediate level. Peter Green took over the ride in 2001 and moved From up to Advanced. In March of 2002, Bradley and From made their partnership debut with a 14th place finish in the Advanced at Pine Top Horse Trials. The following spring they placed 12th at the Kentucky CCI4* (now CCI5*) and 16th that fall at the Burghley CCI4* (now CCI5*). In 2004, Bradley and From had their best five-star placing – finishing fifth at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. In 2007 the pair finished second at the Jersey Fresh CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) and were selected to the team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro where they would finish 13th individually and help the team win a gold medal. The Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2008 would be Bradley and From’s final appearance together – finishing in eighth place. Jane Jennings competed From in 2009 through the Advanced level and in 2010 Elizabeth Durden concluded From’s eventing career with great success at the Training level.

From (far right) in the gold medal victory gallop at the 2007 Pan American Games. Shannon Brinkman Photo.

“From had a personality that was as big as his talent. I am so thankful to have been a part of his life and am grateful to everyone that made that possible,” said Bradley in a statement on his website. “Even when they were both competing at the highest level, From and Brandenburg’s Joshua were always turned out together and traveled together. Having them both going at the same time was one of the highlights of my career.”

From transitioned from eventing to the hunters with Tracy Mathews for the last chapter of his competitive career.

“From was so lucky to have Tracy Mathews caring for him for the past several years. While he was initially meant to be Tracy’s partner in the hunter ring, he made himself at home in her barn and never left,” continued Bradley.

Mathews shared, “From was a legend for sure, and hands down the nicest horse I have ever had the pleasure of riding. Many thanks to Stephen and Charlotte for entrusting me with this special horse for so many years.”

The USEA sends its sincerest condolences to all of From’s connections and fans.

May 12, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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