Susan Lynn Canole, wife of Ray and mother to William and Emily, left us too soon. Susan was an active member of the dressage and eventing community and spent time volunteering for multiple organizations. Her passion for horses and her desire to help the community found the perfect outlet when the Richland Park Horse Trials organizers accepted her offer to help with PR. She barraged local media for coverage and arranged many in-person interviews with international and local competitors. She loved highlighting and educating the West Michigan community on the sport that was dear to her heart. It was her goal to increase spectators, which she undoubtedly did.
Susan enjoyed visiting with spectators around the grounds. Often you would hear commentary that they had never been to a horse trial and they were awed by the talent they saw! She would always flash her beautiful smile, knowing that it was the culmination of her job well done.
She also looked forward to the “best weekend all year” in Lexington each spring. She was able to attend the Land Rover (Rolex) Three-Day Event multiple times and was always making friends along the way. Fortunately, in 2019 she brought her daughter Emily for the big event, a very special memory for both of them.
Susan showed an incredible amount of strength and resolve over the last two years. Her “spectacular steed” Mack and the friends she made through the horse community were very important to her and held a very special place in her heart. Susan would love you all to hug your horse, hug a friend, share a glass of wine, and be grateful for every moment big or little in your lives. Rest well our sweet friend.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).