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, 2019 Competitions

Fast Facts: 2019 Fair Hill International

The last ever CCI4*-L at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event is set to begin this afternoon in Elkton, Md. with the first horse inspection. After 31 years of hosting a CCI4*-L (previously CCI3*), Fair Hill says farewell to the level and hello to the CCI5*. In 2020 Fair Hill will host the Maryland Five-Star and will also run the CCI3*-L. So who will be the final CCI4*-L winner?

Oct 15, 2019 Eventing News

Carolina Horse Park to Host Anniversary Challenge

The Carolina Horse Park Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Anniversary Challenge, an online fundraising challenge. The Challenge focuses on the wonderful community who support the Park and make it what it is. CHP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian and recreational purposes.

Oct 15, 2019 Research Studies

Equine Medical Research Funding Receives USEA Board of Governors Approval

At the USEA Board of Governors meeting in August, the Equine Medical Research Committee recommended the funding of four studies using the $39,581 collected in 2018 and the Board approved their recommendation.

Oct 15, 2019 Association News

Blue Ribbon Award and Medal Certificate Error

The USEA has discovered that there was a printing error with the Blue Ribbon Award and Medal certificates and we are working to correct the mistake. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected] Thank you for your patience!

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