Fourteen hours is the amount of time Jordan Vann spent in the car to travel to her first out-of-state show. Accompanying Vann in the trek up the coast from Gainesville, Fla. to Lexington, Va. was team captain Edward Britten-Kelly and coach Ashley Johnson (teammate Kelly Clark would meet the team at the venue as she had already moved home to Pennsylvania for the summer). These four Gators made the trip to Virginia Horse Trials to represent University of Florida in their USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship debut.
“She’s the best trainer I’ve ever had,” Vann commented on the team coach, Ashley Johnson.
With the University of Florida being responsible for connecting Vann to four-star eventer, Ashley Johnson, Vann commented that she’s “really happy to be here.”
Not only does Johnson coach the students, she also lends her former two-star horses for the championship riders to compete. Monte Carlo (aka Monte) is entered in the Novice Rider division with Britten-Kelly. “He’s basically a babysitter,” Britten-Kelly said about how Monte (Johnson’s former two-star horse) is to ride. When asked if he was fun on cross-country, Britten-Kelly commented without hesitation, “oh, absolutely.”
“We have a fantastic coach, one of the best.” Britten-Kelly and Monte Carlo, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, scored a 32.6 to put them in good standing after dressage. Vann and Johnson’s homebred, the 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding Remington 700, scored an impressive 30.7 to sit in sixth place in the Novice Rider division, one of the largest divisions at Virginia Horse Trials.
Although they left their spirit sticks and bright balloons back home, the team of Gators shine in team support and camaraderie.
Stay tuned for a recap of day two from the 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Championship.
About the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was established in 2014 to provide a framework within which eventing teams and individual competitors could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. The USEA offers a discount of $25 on annual USEA memberships for current students of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA and many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges throughout the year, where collegiate eventers can compete individually as well as on teams with their fellow students. In Intercollegiate Team Challenges, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level to account for differences in level difficulty and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Click here to learn more about the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
The first CCI4*-L of 2020 officially got underway this week at Galway Downs International in Temecula, California. It is Boyd Martin and Luke 140, who topped the 12-pair field with a 29.40 from FEI ground jury members Sandy Phillips, Wayne Quarles, and Valerie Vizcarando-Pride.
For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors.
2020 has been a rollercoaster of the year and unfortunately, it didn’t stop with The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championships as the jumping/gallop portion of the competition had to be halted today after the first 25 horses due to deteriorating footing and challenging weather conditions.
Many of the country’s best eventing athletes are at the Galway Downs International Event in Southern California this week to compete for the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship. This is the first time this championship has been held on the West Coast, and several horse-and-athlete pairs have made the trip across the country to participate.