Come join the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Associatin (IDCTA) on February 16th, 2023 at 7 p.m. CST to hear about Abigail’s journey through her competing years, what she’s overcome, and how and what she has to share as a Sports Psychologist.Learn tools to overcome some of your anxieties and become the best you in and out of the show ring.
She’s been there. Abigail has been an athlete and competitor from a very young age. Abigail was fourteen when she competed in her first CCI three day event and sixteen when she won her first national title. She was short-listed for the US Olympic team in 1992 and 2004, and was selected in 2000, although an injury to her horse kept her from being able to compete. She has competed in the World Championships and won both gold and bronze medals at the Pan American Games. Abigail qualified for Boston in her second marathon and advanced to Cat 2 in bike racing in only eighteen months of competing. Abigail not only knows the pressure and anxiety of competition, but she knows firsthand how to use these to create success.
She can relate, not just as a sports psychologist, but as an athlete. Throughout her years of training and competing, Abigail has experienced setbacks and injuries, and then rebuilt her strength and confidence to go on to greater success. She has battled through times of physical fear as well as fear of failure. She honed her mental skills during these times, and used them to her real advantage upon her return to competition. In her years as a mental skills coach of novice athletes up to Olympians, Abigail has refined and enhanced these skills to help clients achieve their goals.
Click HERE to register for the Abigail Lufkin Livestream Interview | February 16th, 2023 | 7 p.m. CST
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has opened nominations for the annual appreciation awards through Oct. 29. This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years.
Anticipation for the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Championship is growing, and the host venue, Stable View, is up for the task of making both events an unforgettable experience for all involved. For the first time, the Intercollegiate and IEL program championships will be hosted on the same weekend at the Stable View H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, 2024, creating greater unity between the programs and demonstrating a clear pipeline of participation in the sport from grade school through college and beyond.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.
With the goal of creating a pathway for young horses in the U.S. and participants of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, earlier this year the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USEA joined forces to launch the USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships for 6- and 7-year-olds.