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.
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.