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.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.