The Waredaca Eventing Education Foundation (WEEF) is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Jimmy Wofford Legacy Fund Scholarship. Congratulations to Ateasha Baltodano of Bordentown, New Jersey, and to junior rider Vivian Aubel of Linthicum, Maryland!
Baltodano’s love for horses started at age 9 through 4H programs with her Quarter Horse in tow. Years later, she returned to horses as her children began to explore riding, and horses are once again a family affair. Baltodano has rediscovered a love for competing, eventing, and the vibrant and supportive community around it riding her 5-year-old Standardbred mare Hold My Tiara (Andover Hall x Muscle My Way) at the Beginner Novice level.
Aubel will be starting at Randolph Macon College in the fall and compete on their eventing team with her 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding KeyWest (Parading x Tropical Way). "Reef" came off the track three years ago, and has partnered with Aubel for two years as they both learn eventing and deepen their connection to the sport and its community. Aubel is especially looking forward to growing and making new connections in the upcoming expert clinics as she and Reef progress at the Novice level.
Baltodano and Aubel both share an impressive dedication to eventing, personal growth in the face of challenges and obstacles, focus on progressing their own competitiveness, and deep commitment to the sport through volunteerism and working with other riders. WEEF looks forward to everything they will accomplish in the months and years to come.
This inaugural Wofford Legacy Fund year has been heartening to all involved. There were numerous applications from across the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, and the South of the United States. Every applicant shared compelling goals and dedication to our sport—and WEEF encourages each and every one to continue working toward their eventing goals.
The Waredaca Eventing Education Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) charity to support eventing education at Waredaca Farm in Laytonsville, Maryland. The Foundation’s first project has been creation of The Jimmy Wofford Legacy Fund to promote eventing education, honor Jimmy, and keep alive the spirit of the Three-Day long format. Jimmy was a strong supporter of the long format in general, and our Waredaca Classic Three Day in particular, and a regular presence at our monthly Expert Days.
WEEF welcomes your support in helping continue the dedication to eventing education that Jimmy brought to us all. Information about how to support amateur eventers and other efforts that will expand and energize eventing education is available here.
Registration for the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is now open! Join the USEA in St. Louis, Missouri, this Dec. 7-10 for a weekend of mingling with fellow enthusiastic eventers to partake in discussions about the future of the sport. This year’s event will include a keynote address by Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist and author, a celebration of champions at the Annual Awards Dinner, and more! The city of St. Louis also has so many opportunities to sight-see and explore.
The second and final day of competition at the 2023 USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships was all about precision as the 6-year-old CCI2*-S Championship competitors tackled both jumping phases and the 7-year-old CCI3*-S Championship pairs conquered Mogie Bearden-Muller’s cross-country track at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina.
Equine Network is thrilled to have the support of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) for the third annual Horse Week event brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim.
It was a busy day at Stable View Oktoberfest in Aiken, South Carolina as all FEI divisions and a few national divisions kicked off their competition weekend, including the 2023 USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships. Both the 6-year-olds and 7-year-olds got their chance to shine down the centerline at the start of the day, with the 7-year-olds also giving their best effort across Michael Vallaincourt’s show jumping track later this afternoon.