On this week’s episode of the USEA Podcast, we hear from Olympian Mary King on how best to care for your equine athlete during the winter months, whether he is taking a complete break or remaining in light work. She provides advice for different ways you can keep your horse “ticking over” without doing too much work in the ring.
In our continuing series of past USEA Presidents in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Association, we speak with past USEA President Brian Sabo, who served from 2011 to 2013. He discusses the focuses of his presidency, including growth at the grassroots levels, the progression of the Instructors’ Certification Program, and the continued health of the USEA American Eventing Championships.
Over the previous decade, the number of upper level event horses that remain at the highest levels of the sport for extended periods of time has anecdotally been dwindling. Also, it is rare to see horses return to represent the U.S. on international teams. This discussion features statistics provided by the USEA and EquiRatings to strengthen our understanding of this issue and perspectives from coaches, trainers, riders, grooms, and veterinary professionals on the possible reasons and solutions.
For 60 years the members of the USEA have been coming together to discuss the business of the Association and make important decisions to keep the sport of eventing thriving in America. The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention has turned into four days full of meetings and more, but the Annual Meeting remains the backbone.
The focus of this presentation is mindfulness practice, how it ties into the core principles of mindset, fitness, nutrition, and community, and how these topics foster optimal performance in and out of the saddle. As equestrians, we invest a lot of time and energy making sure that our horses are in their best shape to compete and in doing so we often sweep our own needs to the side.
Each year at the USEA Convention, the Rule Change Open Forum looks to the future to discuss changes to the USEF Rules for Eventing for the upcoming competition season. Convention attendees have the opportunity to hear which changes are coming down the pipeline and have their questions answered.