This week on the USEA Podcast, Marilyn Payne and Maxime Livio come on the show to discuss the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Program Symposia that took place last month at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida.
First, Payne joins us to talk about what took place during the YEH Symposium. This year, much of the focus for the judges in attendance was on the slight change to the jumping scoring system taking place in 2019. Now, each fence will be judges on a 0-5 point scale versus the 0-3 point scale in place last year. She also discussed the evolution of the Young Event Horse Program over the last 10 years and how the scoring system has been refined over time. She stressed that the YEH committee is always open to feedback and aims to keep constant communication with the members of the YEH community.
Next, Maxime shares his general impressions of the Educational Symposium as a whole, which he had not attended in the past. He discusses specific examples from his two days of teaching during the ICP Symposium – dressage on day one and show jumping on day two.
To check out coverage from the USEA Educational Symposium, click here.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.
The first USEA Pony of the Year award was presented in 2007 to the legendary Theodore O’Connor (Witty Boy x Chelsea’s Melody), a Thoroughbred/Anglo-Arab gelding ridden by Karen O’Connor and owned by the Theodore O’Connor Syndicate. Now, a trophy bearing his name is presented each year to the Pony of the Year.