On the last episode of the USEA Podcast, Maxime Livio and Marilyn Payne talked about the Instructors' Certification Program (ICP) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Symposia, part of the USEA Educational Symposium that took place in February at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. This week, Robin Walker, Peter Gray, and Christian Schacht join us on the show to discuss the Future Event Horse (FEH) Symposium.
First, Robin Walker speaks about the future of the FEH Program, in particular the need for more and quality judges to support the number of FEH competitions that are now taking place across the country.
Peter Gray joins us then to talk about what he looks for as a judge, both in-hand and over fences, remarking that the quality of the horses he sees come through the FEH Program has improved steadily every year.
Finally, Christian Schacht comes on the show to discuss different aspects of conformation and how they will affect the horse as an athlete, from the hoof to the topline and everything in between.
US Equestrian has announced the nomination of the following athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Eventing Team, as well as the Reserves for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Three direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
A combination that can be found on almost every cross-country course starting at the Novice level is the coffin combination. As the levels go up, so does the difficulty of the coffin question. The distances become shorter, coffins become bigger, and the terrain becomes steeper - even the name itself sounds intimidating.
The dressage test is the first of the three phases in eventing. Intended to demonstrate "the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse," the dressage test contains a prescribed list of movements to be carried out in front of a judge, or judges, and which is then given a penalty score that horse and rider carry through to the end of the competition.
On Sunday, June 16, Molly Sullivan and Kate Swain were named the two winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award for Area IX at Golden Spike Horse Trials.