Well, technically Lesley Grant-Law, Leslie’s multi-talented wife, is writing Leslie’s blog of his preparation for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with Beatrice and Guy Rey-Herme’s Fleeceworks Mystere du Val. But what a great read this is – kudos to Lesley and Leslie for juggling their incredibly busy schedules (and carefully juggling their two-month old son Liam!) and sharing this special journey with the eventing community. After Leslie and “Bean’s” incredible season last year, culminating with USEA Horse of the Year honors, they have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents at America’s four-star this spring. The Laws are two of the hardest working, friendliest, and talented people in our sport… I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I do!
(Left: Leslie & “Bean” on their way to winning the 2009 Advanced class at the AEC.)
Lesley: “When Leslie was asked to be a featured rider for Rolex this year he was honoured and of course readily accepted. In readily accepting he was naturally readily volunteering me to do the writing as, for the many great things Leslie does, writing ain’t one of them! I spent many a year in college writing for various professors and publications so I’ve just dusted off my pen and am pleased to chronicle Leslie and ‘Bean’s’ journey to Rolex success.”
(By the way, Lesley’s no slouch in the education department…she holds an honors degree in International Relations and Philosophy and a Masters degree in Human Rights from York University.)
Read the rest of Part 1 of this inspirational series on the Rolex Kentucky website.
(Right: Author Lesley Grant-Law enjoying the Young Event Horse program with one of their rising stars.)
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.
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.
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.
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.