Join Eric Dierks in a Livestream interview with Doug Payne.
Doug might be best known in the discipline of eventing as a member of the 2019 Pan American Games Eventing Gold Medal Team, where he also placed 4th individually. He has countless wins and top placings at all levels including a reserve national championship at the Kentucky CCI-5 Star.
In the hunter and jumper disciplines, he has multiple top placings at all levels from national to FEI, including a $100,000 Hits Grand Prix victory as well as numerous top placings in national hunter derbies. In dressage, he has had success through FEI Intermediaire I and has his USDF Silver Medal.
He has been profiled in and contributed to several national publications. Along with Jim Wofford, Doug produced the acclaimed ‘the Rider’s Eye’ instructional DVD. In 2014 he published ‘The Problem Horse Repair Manual’. The book has received critical acclaim and a 5-star rating from Amazon.
Officially Doug held USEF Judge, Technical Delegate, and USEA ICP certifications for 10 years before relinquishing due to his extensive competition schedule. Doug was also a graduate ‘A’ pony clubber from Somerset Hills Pony Club.
Outside of horses Doug holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and is an instrument-rated Pilot.
More information about Doug can be found here.
Plenty of event riders have chosen to cross oceans and base themselves thousands of miles away from “home” in pursuit of their career dreams - look at the likes of New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, and now Tim and Jonelle Price, while Andrew Hoy, Clayton Fredericks and of course Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton have set sail from Australian shores. Not many American riders do it, though, probably because the sport is big enough and competitive enough in the U.S. not to make it necessary.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Strides for Equality Equestrians and the United States Eventing Association Foundation are proud to announce the first recipient of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship. The scholarship, which is the first of its kind, provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with upper-level professionals. Helen Casteel of Maryland is the first recipient of the bi-annual scholarship.
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, which marks the day in 1865 when the federal order was read in Galveston, Texas stating that all enslaved people in Texas were free. This federal order was critical because it represented the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederate States. Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed all people enslaved in the Confederacy almost two and a half years earlier, Union enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent, especially in Texas. Slavery would continue in two states that had remained in the Union— Kentucky and Delaware — until the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865.