May 05, 2020

Shared Dreams (1994-2020)

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
Jan Byyny and Shared Dreams (third from left) at the 2003 Pan American Games. USEA Archives Photo.

Shared Dreams (General Silver x Notable Miss Iron), a 15.3 hand off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding and Jan Byyny's mount for the 2003 Pan American Games held at Fair Hill, has passed away at the age of 26.

Byyny and her husband at the time, Craig Thompson, acquired "Whitey" as a 5-year-old. Thompson began competing Whitey, first at the Preliminary level and then at the Intermediate level in 2000 and 2001. Together they completed the long format one-star at Morven Park and the long format two-star at Radnor Hunt.

In 2002 Byyny took over the ride on Whitey, moving him up to the Advanced level and completing the long format three-star at Fair Hill International in 22nd place that fall.

The following year, Byyny and Whitey attempted their first four-star (now five-star) at Kentucky, finishing in 10th place. Consequently, they were named to the U.S. Team for the Pan American Games that were held at Fair Hill International that fall. Byyny and Whitey earned team gold and individual bronze. In 2004 Byyny and Whitey returned to Kentucky once again to compete in the four-star, this time placing 15th.

Byyny sold Whitey to Kathryn Shipley, who competed successfully with him at the Training and Preliminary level, placing fifth in the CCI* (now CCI2*-L) at Morven Park in 2007.

Maggie Carter competed Whitey at the Preliminary and Intermediate level in 2010 and 2011, placing ninth in the CIC2* (now CCI3*-S) at Fair Hill in 2010. Whitey retired from USEA competition at the end of 2011 and lived out his retirement at Carter's grandparents' farm in Kentucky.

The USEA sends its condolences to all of Shared Dreams' connections.

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Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

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Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

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Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

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2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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