May 10, 2022

Nora Huynh-Watkins Named Third Ever So Sweet Scholarship Recipient

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Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is delighted to announce that Leonora Huynh-Watkins of Oregon has been selected as the Summer 2022 recipient of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship. The education and network that Huynh-Watkins will develop over two months at Sara Kozumplik's Overlook Farm will be influential as she navigates her way in the horse industry. Huynh-Watkins is the third recipient of the scholarship which covers expenses for full board and training costs for Huynh-Watkins' horse, several lessons per week, housing, a stipend to cover living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions.

Huynh-Watkins is a 25-year-old self-professed lifelong 'horse-girl' who is looking forward to expanding her knowledge both in and out of the saddle. Her current horse is a 9-year- old OTTB that she is competing at Novice and hopes to continue up the levels as they are ready. Huynh-Watkins would also like to be more involved with expanding grassroots level events in the Pacific Northwest to increase competition opportunities. She was on her Intercollegiate Eventing Team that encouraged those with interest in horses, but who didn't have access to a horse of their own to come out and gain experience. This may turn into an exciting model for SEE to explore!

SEE with the help of Sara Kozumplik & Edy Rameika is thrilled to offer the Ever So Sweet scholarship, a life-changing opportunity to deserving individuals in the horse world. Our Professional Pathways program is helping realize the goal of increasing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within horse sports. We are so appreciative of the USEA & the USEA Foundation for their continued support.

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You can follow along for updates on the SEE website at https://www.stridesforequality.org/

For more information please contact Erin Tomson, Ph.D., Strides for Equality Equestrians at 509.332.9486 / [email protected]

May 26, 2022 Education

Rule Refresher: What Will Be Expected of Me at the Beginner Novice or Novice Level?

Preparing for your first horse trial and not sure what is expected of you at each level? Over the course of the next few Rule Refreshers, we will be diving into each level and the performance expectations of each phase. Want to better prepare yourself or your students for their first competition or a move-up? The USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is a free resource to all USEA members that outlines clear and consistent guidelines for riders and trainers to refer to when navigating their way through the competition levels. You can access this guide by logging into your online services account.

May 25, 2022 Profile

Now On Course: Handing Over The Reins

I’m not one for the spotlight. As the voice of the Association, you don’t need to know my personal views, political, eventing, or otherwise. So despite my byline appearing on thousands of articles on the USEA website and magazine, this is probably only the second time I’m writing about myself (the first was about my love for lessons, and reading it now makes me laugh as I am still 100% addicted). But as I am now just a USEA member I thought I would share a bit of my journey to add to our member spotlight series, Now on Course.

May 24, 2022 Education

Tips for Successful Haul-In Schooling

You’ve likely spent some time scouring the USEA Calendar to line up your 2022 competition schedule. Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to plan some cross-country schooling outings to make sure you and your horse are as ready as possible. If you own or manage a facility that welcomes guests for haul-in schooling, you’ve likely noticed horses and their humans showing up in droves to get their practice in. A successful off-site schooling day has many, many moving parts. From paperwork and payment to safety, these best practices for hosts and guests will help everything go as smoothly as possible.

May 23, 2022 Eventing News

US Equestrian Announces Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S

US Equestrian is pleased to announce the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S at CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, from July 1-2, 2022. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Bobby Costello.

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