Fifty horses move forward in the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) after the final horse inspection this morning. Both the CCIJ2*-L and the CCIY3*-S divisions completed Ian Stark’s cross-country courses yesterday, with 52 horses galloping through the finish flags.
Out of those 52 horses that completed NAYC cross-country, one did not present at this morning’s final horse inspection. Megan Loughnane had to make the tough decision to withdraw her 10-year-old Holsteiner, Linford, who was sitting in individual fourth place after cross-country, and also held an important score for their Area I/II gold medal positioned team. This will now shake up the team standings as the team sitting in first, will now go behind the two other teams in the CCIY3*-S.
The NAYC ground jury of Mark Weissbecker and Peter Gray sent three horses to the hold box this morning in the CCIJ2*-L: Beechcraft, Fritz Patrick, and Eli. Madison Chisholm (Area II) withdrew her 10-year-old Thoroughbred Beechcraft (Sarava x JustTellTheStory) after meeting with the veterinarians in the hold box.
Olivia Miller (Area VII) represented her 12-year-old Oldenburg Fritz Patrick (Regazzoni x Pandora) and was then accepted upon a second jog. The same thing went for Mikayla Hoffman (CAN) and Eli, as they were accepted upon reinspection.
The CCIJ2*-L will tackle Chris Barnard’s show jumping course at 9:45 a.m. and the CCIY3*-S will jump at 12:15 p.m.
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Lisa Pragg is a busy woman, but between her normal day job and competing her own 19-year-old Thoroughbred Impeccable she still prioritizes time to volunteer - both at horse trials and as a volunteer firefighter. Pragg understands the importance that volunteers play in the eventing community and makes sure to give whatever time she can back as a fair gesture.
Attention USEA members! Registration for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is now open! The convention will be held in person on December 7-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce the selected Young Rider athletes for the Emerging Athletes 21 Program (EA21) national camp, now that the EA21 regional clinics have concluded. Twelve riders were accepted into each of the five regional EA21 clinics, taught by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) instructors, and now riders have been selected from the regional clinics to participate in the inaugural EA21 national camp this winter.
Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.