Day two of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships has arrived! Here's a quick rundown of what you may need to know moving into today's competition, and some helpful links to help you follow along with all of the action throughout the day.
Day 1 Recap: Yesterday's competition schedule included the first horse inspection for all CCI-L divisions and half of the CCI3*-L riders did dressage. The first and only Intercollegiate Championship competitor that rode down centerline for dressage was Cosby Green from the University of Kentucky. Green is here with the University of Kentucky, which has eight separate teams competing. Green rode Copper Beach, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Radolin x Cloverballen), to a dressage score of 28.7 to set the stage for the remainder of her teammates on the University of Kentucky Gatton Team.
Read more about it here.
Click here to view the 2021 Intercollegiate Eventing Championships Program, filled with team rosters, sponsor information, event trivia, and more!
Meet the teams of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships! A total of 105 competitors, 15 schools, and 29 teams are competing here at the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships through May 30 at the Virginia Horse Trials.
CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI1*-L, Intermediate, and Preliminary will all run dressage tomorrow. Intermediate will also show jump tomorrow. View the VHT International and Horse Trials Schedule.
There are a total of 12 intercollegiate riders competing in the FEI classes this week. The group includes:
Cosby Green riding Copper Beach, Team University of Kentucky Gatton
Katie Lichten riding Sapphire Blue B, Team University of Virginia Orange
Lynnea Woody riding Price Eric, Team University of Kentucky Cats
CCI 2*-L B
Sydney Shinn riding Nyconn Cat, Team University of South Carolina Aiken Navy
Lauren Yeagy riding Sound Prospect, Team University of Kentucky Coach Cal
Emily Shilling riding Enchanting Class, Team Virginia Tech Maroon
Paige Cianciulli riding Dark N Handsome, Team Virginia Tech Maroon
Colin Gaffney riding Baymax, Team University of Kentucky Blue
Austin Skeens riding What Gives, Team Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets
Morgyn Johnson riding Peter Parker GS, Team Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets
Julia Luce riding A Proper Gentleman, Team James Madison University Purple
Hannah Warner riding Drombane Dynamite, Team University of Kentucky Blue
The USEA will be providing ribbons in the undergraduate division for the top six teams, and ribbons for the top four teams in the graduate division. Every team member on the Champion and Reserve Champion winning teams in both divisions will also receive trophy plates for keepsake. New this year, the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Committee is providing senior gifts to all departing seniors. This also includes the 2020 seniors who missed out on the championships due to COVID-19 last year, who are also planning to come back and compete this year in the graduate division.
Click here to learn more about the prizes offered this year!
FITS Riding will be providing $100 gift certificates for all members in the top three teams. They are also on-site this week, located close to the covered arena. Be sure to visit their booth and thank them for their support!
About the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was established in 2014 to provide a framework within which eventing teams and individual competitors could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. The USEA offers a discount of $25 on annual USEA memberships for current students of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA. Many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges where collegiate eventers can compete individually as well as on teams with their fellow students. In Intercollegiate Team Challenges, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level to account for differences in level difficulty, and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Click here to learn more about the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
The USEA would like to thank Saratoga Horseworks, Bates Saddles, FITS, World Equestrian Brands,EQuine AMerica Magazine, Revitavet, Kerrits, R&J Equine Unlimited, LLC, and US Equestrian for sponsoring the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
Plenty of event riders have chosen to cross oceans and base themselves thousands of miles away from “home” in pursuit of their career dreams - look at the likes of New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, and now Tim and Jonelle Price, while Andrew Hoy, Clayton Fredericks and of course Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton have set sail from Australian shores. Not many American riders do it, though, probably because the sport is big enough and competitive enough in the U.S. not to make it necessary.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Strides for Equality Equestrians and the United States Eventing Association Foundation are proud to announce the first recipient of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship. The scholarship, which is the first of its kind, provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with upper-level professionals. Helen Casteel of Maryland is the first recipient of the bi-annual scholarship.
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, which marks the day in 1865 when the federal order was read in Galveston, Texas stating that all enslaved people in Texas were free. This federal order was critical because it represented the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederate States. Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed all people enslaved in the Confederacy almost two and a half years earlier, Union enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent, especially in Texas. Slavery would continue in two states that had remained in the Union— Kentucky and Delaware — until the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865.