The MARS Bromont Rising U25 scholarship program, administered by the USEA Foundation, is pleased to announce the first recipients of this year’s grant funding for riders aiming to compete in the MARS Bromont CCI (Quebec, Canada) taking place June 7-11, 2023. Each will receive $2,500 toward their travel and competition costs and participate in an extensive educational program during the event.
The brainchild of Bromont organizer Sue Ockendon and the late Steve Blauner, the scholarship program was first offered in 2019 for riders competing at Bromont and at the time Ocala, and was expanded to include Galway Downs in 2022.
Highlighting this year’s program is the return of three-time German Olympic team member Bettina Hoy as a guest coach for 2023. Hoy will be coaching athletes on dressage days as well as providing course walks for cross-country and show jumping.
The recipients are:
Lea Adams-Blackmore (Summit Point, West Virginia) with Frostbite
Elle Choate (Clemson, South Carolina) with Paddrick
Maya Clarkson (Santa Cruz, California) with Maks Mojo C
Jack Curtis (Chester County, Pennsylvania) with Luska Candy Clover
Sam Curtis (Chester County, Pennsylvania) with Blyths Centurion FE
Samantha Homeyer (Markham, Virginia) with Final Notice
Cassandra Leblanc (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) with Riffel
Caitlin O’Roark (Centerville, Virginia) with What The Devil
Nadia Sabot (Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada) with Neverquitdreaming
Sara Schulman (Purcellville, Virginia) with Cooley Chromatic
Program director, Olympian and FEI 5* eventing judge Peter Gray also acts as a clinician at each event, including his “centreline sessions” on how to make the most of your warm-up and exactly what the judges are looking for movement by movement.
Upon releasing the names Gray commented: “I was thrilled to receive so many top tier applications from athletes around North America; this emerging group of talent is the future of our sport! There is such a fantastic international atmosphere at Bromont and with world class coaching from Bettina Hoy, it should be a memorable weekend! Thank you to Dr. Mark Hart and Carol Kozlowski for joining me on the review committee to select funding recipients.”
A second round of funding continues for those looking to compete at Galway Downs (Temecula, California) in November. Applications are open through Sept. 1, 2023.
Canadian and U.S. U25 riders competing at any level of FEI competition offered are eligible to apply.
For more information on the MARS Bromont Rising program visit www.bromontcci.com
With the holiday spirit in full swing and the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the 2024 eventing season. From paperwork to packing, there’s quite a bit to do before you’re ready to get out there and enjoy the season with your horse. Check out these tips from the team at STRIDER, and get your 2024 season kicked off in the most organized way possible.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the Eventing Pathway Program Lists for 2024, including the Elite, Pre-Elite, Development, and Emerging Programs. In addition to these Eventing Pathway Program updates, several opportunities will be available in 2024 for both Program and non-Program athletes.
The United States Eventing Associations’ (USEA) Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) is pleased to announce the dates and location of the upcoming 2024 ECP Symposium. The annual ECP Symposium, which is held in the southeast to accommodate the migration of eventers for the winter season, will be hosted at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida, on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2024. This three-day immersive educational experience is recommended for anyone who is interested in learning more about eventing coaching, including current coaches, riders, parents, owners or avid supporters. Click here to download the registration form today!
The USEA is incredibly proud to allow the thrill of the 'chase to live on for those who want to experience the unforgettable rush of the classic long format three-day event through our USEA Classic Series events. Long-format events from the Beginner Novice to Preliminary levels are still a reality with the USEA Classic Series and include roads and tracks, steeplechase, and cross-country on "endurance day," as well as horse inspections. In addition, educational activities are offered at the USEA Classic Series Events to help prepare competitors, especially those who are contesting their first-ever long format event.