With deep regret the organizing committee of the Spring Gulch Horse Trials has decided it is in the best interest of the horses to cancel this weekend's show held May 21-22, 2011. We have spent countless hours talking with vets and the board members of the Central Colorado Chapter (CCC) regarding the recent cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). We believe it is too soon to know the extent of this disease or how severe this episode is going to be and because of this we are not willing to risk your horse's health. A weekend of fun is not worth your horses' life.
Unfortunately, as stated in the omnibus, CCC will not be able to issue refunds due to this cancellation. We will still need to pay our judges, TD, and course builder Steve Buckman. If there is any money left after paying our expenses we will issue refunds. Please remember that the Spring Gulch Horse Trials is a benefit for CCC and we use this money to improve the cross country course, which in turn benefits all of us who school the cross country jumps.
We will keep in contact with all of you if there is any possibility of rescheduling. Thank you very much for your understanding and for your patience while we have been making this difficult decision.
The final day of the 2022 EA21 Regional Clinics wrapped up on Thursday, August 18 at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The second day of the west-coast-based clinic began with a short lecture from clinician Rebecca Brown who summed up show jumping in two simple quotes: “Show Jumping is dressage with speed bumps,” and “Have an organized stride and maintain it through the lines and turns.” Both were a continuation of the work that was done the day before in the dressage session.
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.
The USEA Emerging Athlete (EA21) Regional Clinics continued farther down the West Coast yesterday to the picturesque town of Paso Robles, California. Nestled in the countryside between rolling hills and vineyards, the beautiful Twin Rivers Ranch played host to this invitational event.
Richard Mark Picken, 53, lost a courageous battle with cancer on August 13, 2022, dying peacefully at home. Born in the UK, he emigrated to Kentucky in 2013 and became an instant fixture on the US Equestrian Federation’s eventing and show jumping circuits. A top coach and trainer, he traveled throughout the USA and overseas with his students to competitions. He enjoyed coaching young riders and training inexperienced horses as much as he thrived under the pressure of an international championship.