It’s time to register for the upcoming USEA Educational Symposium! The 2020 USEA Educational Symposium will take place on February 17-20 in Ocala, Florida at Barnstaple South and will focus on three USEA programs - the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), the Young Event Horse Program (YEH), and the Future Event Horse Program (FEH). Flying in from Europe, one of Germany’s best event riders, Andreas Dibowski, will be the featured clinician.
Don’t miss out on this ultimate educational experience and register today!
The ICP symposium will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18. Top German eventer Andreas Dibowski will be the featured clinician for both days and everyone is welcome to attend this educational opportunity.
Interested in being a demo rider for the 2020 ICP Symposium? Click here for the 2020 ICP Symposium Demo Rider Registration Form. Please send demo rider registration forms to Lauren Gash at [email protected].
The YEH Symposium will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19. Much like the ICP symposium, the YEH symposium will have the featured clinician Andrea Dibowski. The YEH symposium will also have YEH Committee Chair Marilyn Payne as a clinician.
Interested in being a demo rider for the 2020 YEH Symposium? Click here for the 2020 YEH/FEH Symposium Demo Horse Registration Form. Please send demo rider forms to Claire Kelley at [email protected].
The FEH Symposium will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. The featured clinicians will be the FEH Committee Chairs - Susan Graham White and Robin Walker.
Interested in signing up a horse to be a demo horse for the 2020 FEH Symposium? Click here for the 2020 FEH Symposium Demo Horse Registration Form. Please send demo horse forms to Claire Kelley at [email protected].
Both YEH and FEH will also be providing judge education for judges to maintain their judging status. The FEH judge education will be led by FEH Committee Co-Chairs Susan Graham White and Robin Walker. The YEH judge education will be led by YEH Committee Chair Marilyn Payne.
**Registration fees will be waived for the judges who are required to attend to maintain their licenses.
The USEA has booked a hotel block at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ocala, Florida. Click here to receive the discounted rate or call (352) 237-8000. Make sure to book a room before Friday, January 24, 2020 to receive the special USEA discount.
About the USEA Young Event Horse Program
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the four- and five-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.
The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to learn more about the Young Event Horse Program.
About the USEA Future Event Horse Program
The USEA introduced the Future Event Horse Program in 2007 in response to the popularity of the already established USEA Young Event Horse Program. Where the YEH program assesses 4- and 5-year-old prospective event horses based on their performance, the FEH program evaluates yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds for their potential for the sport based on conformation and type. Yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds are presented in-hand while 4-year-olds are presented under saddle at the walk, trot, and canter before being stripped of their tack and evaluated on their conformation. Divisions are separated by year and gender. At the Championships, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds are also required to demonstrate their potential over fences in an additional free-jump division. Click here to learn more about the Future Event Horse Program.
About the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program
Instructors are essential to the training of riders and horses for safe and educated participation in the sport of eventing. The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) was initiated in 2002 to educate all levels of eventing instructor with essential training principles upon which those instructors can continue to build throughout their teaching careers. ICP offers educational workshops and assessments by which both regular instructors, Level I through Level IV, Young Event Horse (YEH) instructors, and Young Event Horse professional horse trainers can become ICP certified. Additional information about ICP’s goals, benefits, workshops, and assessments as well as names and contact information for current ICP-certified instructors, YEH instructors, and YEH professional horse trainers are available is available on the USEA website. Click here to learn more about the Instructors’ Certification Program.
The USEA would like to thank EquiAppraisal for sponsoring the Instructors’ Certification Program.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.