The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that is committed to the understanding and advancement of all horses. The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has shown great support this year as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), which will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 27-September 1.
“Grayson is committed to supporting equine wellness in all horses, and we are proud to sponsor the American Eventing Championships, a horse show that attracts equine competitors spanning multiple breeds,” said Dell Hancock, chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “Grayson-funded research has improved the lives of horses that compete in a range of disciplines, and we are excited to partner with the eventing community.”
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has always been devoted to the progression of equine research. Since its foundation in 1940, Grayson-Jockey Club has helped advise various equine research specialties and protocols seen in our industry today. The Foundation has endorsed health recommendations for equine industry protocols, uncovered solutions to critical diseases, and found clues to numerous resolutions of equine health issues.
“We are very excited to welcome this new partnership with the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We can’t thank them enough on what they do for the equine industry. This is a foundation every eventer should stand behind. Like the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, at the USEA we have taken seriously the need to support equine health research. One dollar is donated to equine health research from every starter at recognized eventing competitions. We hope that other equestrian sports organizations will follow our leads.”
For more information on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, please visit grayson-jockeyclub.org.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships will be held August 27-September 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
The USEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers, and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing. To learn more, visit www.useventing.com.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.