First up on the show this week is Fylicia Barr, winner of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L with her longtime partner Galloway Sunrise. Barr tells the story of how she found “Sunny” in an ad on Craigslist and paid $500 to bring her home as an unbroken, nearly feral 2-year-old. It wasn’t easy to bring her up the levels, but last weekend she and Barr took home their first four-star win. Barr also talks about her riding background, how she got started in eventing, and her budding training and coaching business.
Next, past USEA President Denny Emerson comes on the show to talk about the time he spent at the helm of the USEA, the milestones he oversaw, and some of his personal memories of his time in office. Emerson served as USEA President from 1982-1984 and from 1991-1992.
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.