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. Click here to learn more about the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program.
Get to know a few of the ICP Instructors from Area X, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.
"I enjoy working with young riders and adult amateurs, bringing riders along with their own horses, as well as riders riding my school horses," Sarno shared. "My philosophy is making learning fun. Enjoy the ride, safety is very important. The learning process is different for everyone, but sound basics are a must."
"I specialize in coaching adult amateur riders looking to obtain their goal of competing at all levels of eventing," Krause-Spangler said. "My main focus is encouraging the building of a solid relationship between horse and rider. My program is tailored to meet each individual's goals while continuing to have fun and enjoy the sport of eventing."
Krause-Spangler is a dog lover too! "I have two standard poodles whom I love and adore."
"I teach riders of all ages and love introducing them to the sport of eventing," Lechner said. "Pony Club had a huge impact on my life and also how much I value clients who want to learn and do for themselves while getting good instruction wherever they can along the way. I believe in keeping things fun and positive during all of my lessons."
"I recently bought an off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Rising Giant, who I call 'Vinny,'" she shared. "I am looking forward to seeing where his new career takes him!"
A double clear cross-country round propelled Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 11-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio II (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) to their first blue ribbon together in the CCI4*-Short, and Haley Turner and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Shadow Inspector (Tinaranas Inspector x Caragh Roller) continued their run of sub-30 dressage tests to win the CCI3*-Short at the 2022 Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California.
USEA podcast host Nicole Brown chats with Interim Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager of the U.S. Eventing Team Bobby Costello about the Silver Medal Performance put forward by the U.S. Team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships.
There is still time to experience the long format of three-day eventing this year, by competing in a fall USEA Classic Series Event! The USEA Classic Series offers long-format eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels, and there are still a few left on the fall calendar in various Areas.
This story first appeared in the August 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.
I have had many young horses in my time, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s rarely the perfect, easy baby that becomes the next superstar. In fact, I’ve always considered it a positive to have the well-behaved youngster throw a little bit of attitude my way, as I believe that it takes fight to become a great event horse.