On March 13 and 14, Danny Warrington and Jonathan Holling will host a special LandSafe Clinic at Holling’s farm in Ocala, Florida. This LandSafe Clinic is sponsored by a grant from the United States Eventing Association and is focused not only on educating riders on the importance of fall safety, but also educating parents.
“There was a fall recently that was very close to both Johnathan and I,” said Warrington. “We got together in a short amount of time to put this together.”
Warrington explained that they’re not just concerned with educating riders on fall safety and defensive riding, they also want parents to understand how valuable this training can be. “We’re trying to reach the parents and get them to understand the importance of this,” he said.
“It’s not just learning how to fall, it’s a defensive riding issue,” said Warrington. “Emergency dismounts are something we practice and go over and talk about during our clinics. It’s not just rotational falls. It’s not just tuck and roll. It’s a full on 8-hour seminar.”
“Safety in the sport of eventing is a multi-layered system, and the LandSafe program is an integral part of rider safety,” said Holling. “If you compete in cross-country competition, then statistically you are at some point going to fall. With all the effort we put into riding it’s time we put some effort into what to do when things go inevitably wrong. It’s the responsible thing to do for yourself, your horse, and our sport.”
Thanks to the support of the USEA, the price for this clinic has been reduced to $225. The clinic is scheduled for Tuesday March 13 and Wednesday March 14 so as to not conflict with any events. Register on the LandSafe website by clicking here.
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Conditioning makes the horse fit and increases his endurance performance with less wear and tear on feet and legs. The idea is to work his heart and lungs in short intervals, let him recover a bit, then work him again. The following schedule for Training level horse provides an introduction for the horse and rider at the lower levels to the principle of interval training.
Within their first few years of being born, young horses have the opportunity to get a taste of U.S. Eventing through the USEA’s young horse programs. The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds under saddle to become successful upper level event horses while the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) evaluates the potential of 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
If your farm has the space to set up a cross-country schooling course, it can be to your advantage to have cross-country jumps available for schooling purposes. Safety should be the number one priority when designing and building cross-country jumps, and an expert should be consulted whenever possible.
By this time I am sure that you have received the news that the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) has been canceled. I sincerely apologize for the difficulty this has caused everyone involved. I want to commend the USEA Board of Governors for making an extremely hard decision.