The USEA is sad to share the news that Daniel Starck passed away on December 13, 2020 at the age of 69 due to a rare form of liver cancer (Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma).
Dan had been a cross-country course builder since 1985, when he helped build the courses at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Since then, he built courses all over the East and Midwest, including North Georgia, Foxhall, Virginia Horse Center, Poplar Place, Chattahoochee Hills, Maui Jim, Wayne, and the 2007-2010 USEA American Eventing Championships.
Dan was the co-chair of the USEA Designers and Builders Committee. He was the 2005 recipient of the USEA’s “Posthole Digger” award and was the author of the Frangible Pin Handbook. Dan was very generous with his time and held course building seminars at the AEC as well as donating fences to the event site.
Originally from Aurora, Illinois, Dan settled in Carbondale, Illinois where he attended Southern Illinois University in the early 1970s. He was also known for his fine wood craftsmanship, stained glass, historic restoration, and home building/renovations.
Dan is survived by his fiancé Jan Zwak, daughter Ellie Burkey, granddaughters Zeppelynn Burkey and Josselynn Burkey, and step-daughters and step-granddaughters Alyss, Camilla, Sophia, and Kiera Zwak.
The USEA sends sincere condolences to Dan's family, friends, and connections.
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The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the addition of the Modified Rider division beginning at the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds. The USEA AEC will move back to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky August 29–September 3, 2023.
Are you interested in competing in the sport of eventing but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Do you have a horse that is looking for a new career? Consider participating in a USEA New Event Horse (NEH) competition in 2023! The USEA NEH Program was created to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for both horse and rider, and the 2023 NEH Calendar is now available here.
Will Coleman had a huge 2022 with his string of horses, including a team silver medal at the FEI World Eventing Championship in Italy on Off The Record and top four-star placings with Chin Tonic HS, but it was Dondante whose consistency paid off to earn the Standlee Premium Western Forage USEA Horse of the Year title.