Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships, taking place August 27-September 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
First, Tamra Smith, winner of the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final (known going forward as the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final), shares her reflection on the competition and discusses her plans for the fall season.
USEA AEC co-organizer Mary Fike then comes on the show to share details on what attendees can expect this year at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Finally, Mike Huber joins us on the program to continue our series with past Presidents of the USEA in the lead up to the 60th anniversary celebration at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention this December in Boston. Huber reflects on the time he spent as USEA President, including the construction of a permanent office space in Leesburg, Virginia and the restructuring of the Board of Governors.
A total of ten USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduates are now in the race to Le Lion! The 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France will be held on October 21-24. The 6-year-old Championship is a CCIYH2*-L and the 7-year-old Championship is a CCIYH3*-L.
“Schooling shows are about learning, not about being intimidated,” says Miranda Kettlewell, VP of Dressage for Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA).
For horses and riders, schooling shows are a great way to practice without the added stress and expense of a recognized or sanctioned competition. Venues and clubs can offer schooling shows as a way to open the door to their communities, increase their revenue or membership, and partner with local businesses.
US Equestrian has announced a horse substitution for the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Luke Syndicate's Luke 140, the selected mount for Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.), will be replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, Tsetserleg, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner, and Tommie Turner. Luke 140 sustained a minor injury during his training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team but is expected to make a full recovery.
If we go along with the edict that preparation is everything, then getting the warm-up right for each phase at a competition is crucial and should be treated as though it is as important as what happens inside the arena or on the course. CCI5* rider Jennie Brannigan gives us her top tips for a good warm-up for the jumping phases.