Ever wonder what the pros see when they're out walking cross-country? In the Ride Between the Flags series, riders walk us through their approach to tackling different cross-country questions. International rider and trainer Deborah Rosen talks us through fence 12AB of the Galway Downs Novice cross-country course.
The Galway Downs International Event is taking place this weekend in Temecula, California, hosting international CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-L divisions, a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day division, and Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials. California-based rider and trainer Deborah Rosen explained how to ride fence 12AB of the Novice cross-country course, a log to a downbank.
“I really love this combination,” Rosen began, “because, ridden slightly differently, it’s a great question for a young horse the way it’s designed, but it can also be ridden with a bit more sophistication if you’re looking to move your horse up to Training level.”
“I like that the 'A' log is impressive so horses are not going to be invited to run over the top of it, which you would not want to have with the bank on the landing side,” she continued. “The next thing I like to see is that there is enough distance from the log to the bank for you to organize your balance and your focus, especially if you’re on a young horse.”
Riders have a long approach to the log at 12A, so Rosen said it’s important to make sure you have your canter in order for the jump. “I’m going to compress my canter to just a notch above show jumping for this, and I’m going to do it with enough time so that my horse can look and process, even if he doesn’t really understand what’s coming up. He can look and process that there are a couple of things going on and he can start to have a plan.”
“I believe the log will impress him just enough that I can press him to the log a little bit, which is another reason why I think this is a good question,” she went on. “If we can press at the log, then they’re going to land and we’re going to balance them and then we can press again at the downbank.”
Riders will land from the log at 12A and canter four strides to the downbank at 12B. Or, Rosen said, they might choose to trot to allow the horse more time to process the downbank. “There’s enough time as we land to, even on a young horse, invite them to come back to trot, which I might want to do – let him come back to trot, see the bank, and step off the bank.”
There is a Beginner Novice fence in the field of vision on the landing from the bank, and Rosen asserted the importance of using your eyes to guide your horse in the right direction. “I’m going to want to really use my eye control as we’re stepping off the bank so my horse knows we’re going to the left. Then I want to make sure that I canter away, not speedily, but so they don’t get sort of stuck in the landing at the base and land flatfooted. I’m going to close my leg and ride away from the bank in a smooth and confident way.”
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.
To accompany the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, USEA Educational Partner STRIDER has prepared Digital Resources to Maximize Education & Access for the Eventing Community. In keeping with the USEA’s mission to expand the sport of eventing, this webinar outlines ways in which digital tools can be leveraged to increase access and education across equestrian opportunities. As part of STRIDER’s popular Professional Development Webinar Series, this presentation aims to provide a quick overview of best practices and digital tools used across the equestrian industry to boost growth.
Every horse who participated this year in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program has a story—a background that involves a breeder who labored over bloodlines, veterinary care, initial training, and so much more. This year’s highest-placing U.S.-bred horse in the 5-year-old division at the Dutta Corp./USEA Young Event Horse Championships, Arden Augustus, is no exception. His breeder and owner, Anita Antenucci of Arden Farms in Upperville, Virginia, started her program nine years ago and said that the Warmblood gelding was a more emotionally driven breeding for her than others due to his connections with Antenucci’s long-time friend Sharon White.