Aug 19, 2019

Official's Journal: Final Exam Preparation

Prospective officials taking their final exam at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Erin Kimmer is on a journey to obtain her USEF “r” Technical Delegate license and is taking us along with her through the Training Program for Eventing Officials. Click here to read her first installment, click here to read about her experience at the B&C Jumping/Course Design Training Program., and click here to read about her apprenticeship.

The final exam for licensed officials is right around the corner! In preparation for the final exam during the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in Lexington, Kentucky, I have been reviewing all information received from our training sessions as well as all of the rules that officials are required to be familiar with.

Eventing has more rules than most equestrian disciplines, so there is a lot of information to cover. We have our own rules for eventing under the USEF but there are also more under the general USEF rules. USEF's eventing rules are more eventing specific than the general USEF rules. The general USEF rules tend to be more general show rules and deal with all of the procedural polices. Some of the most important of the USEF rules for TDs to be aware of are the drugs and medications rules and how they are enforced. We are responsible for the enforcement of a portion of these rules and need to be educated on the most up-to-date versions.

Our earlier training session were such a wealth of information that going back and reviewing everything once more has been very helpful. I know that we will be asked to work through several case studies, so I have been going back through those and reviewing the rules associated with them. I will go back through my personal notes to see what information was maybe mentioned but not printed in our literature that I felt was important enough to take note of.

Jump measurement methods are another topic that I have been told that I will be expected to know and be able to demonstrate during my exam. Going back and reviewing all of the jump measurement specifics and my notes on how certain jumps are measured will be key as well.

I have also had some judging experience at unrecognized shows. Some of these are just local academy shows. I have also been very lucky to be able to TD at the Carolina Horse Park’s War Horse Series Horse Trials in June and again for their August show. Both of these have provided me with the “think on your feet” scenarios that I will have to deal with once I am a real official. I am especially grateful to Marc Donovan for entrusting me to TD at these unrecognized events before getting my license. It has given me so much confidence leading up to the final exam!

I still have a couple of online quizzes to do that the USEA has provided to help prepare us for the exam to complete and a few more rules to review. I am feeling confident and prepared for the exam - wish me luck!

Oct 16, 2021 Competitions

Cooley Master Class Can’t be Caught on Cross-Country at Maryland 5 Star

The forecasted downpours held off until the last horse and rider crossed the finish flags during the CCI5*-L cross-country at the Maryland 5 Star today, confirming the event’s decision to move up the start. The majority of riders had sunny skies and a cool breeze as backdrop to tackle Ian Stark’s five-star course across the sprawling grounds at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. Before cross-country there was much chatter about the testing terrain, but 11 pairs managed to make the time despite the hills. At the end of the day, the top three riders held onto their podium positions going into show jumping tomorrow with overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow) impressing all who watched at each and every question.

Oct 16, 2021 Competitions

The Maryland 5 Star Daily: Cross-Country Day

It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.

Oct 15, 2021 Young Event Horse

Gina Jumps to Champion Title in Dutta Corp. USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships

Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.

Oct 15, 2021 Competitions

A Faer Price to Pay for Martin Right On Cue

No one could catch Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class in the dressage arena today despite the remaining 23 pairs' best effort. Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B x The Swallow) will stand at the top of the leaderboard on a 21.1 heading into the Maryland 5 Star cross-country – the day which is on everyone’s mind.

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