The fifth annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships were a huge success at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Va. this weekend. There was a record number of 105 Intercollegiate entries, which included 29 teams and 15 unique colleges and universities competing for the Championship titles.
This year was the first year where two divisions were offered – not just the undergraduate division, but also the new graduate division. The graduate division was open to current graduate students, as well as the seniors from the graduating 2020 class who missed out on last year’s Championships after the unfortunate cancellation due to COVID-19. This year’s Champions were the University of Kentucky Wildcats Team (Cosby Green, Ivie Cullen Dean, Caroline Dannemiller, and Abbey O’Day) in the undergraduate division and Amelia Bayer from James Madison University, Macy Clark from the University of Kentucky, and Mackenzie Krason from Virginia Tech in the graduate division. The prestigious Spirit Award was then claimed by Auburn University.
This year’s USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships would not have been possible without the support of some great sponsors, who helped make it special for all students in attendance. Bates Saddles, Saratoga Horseworks, Kerrits, RevitaVet, FITS Riding, World Equestrian Brands, EQuine AMerica Magazine, R&J Equine Kinetics, and US Equestrian all offered up incredible prizes for the students in both divisions.
The Intercollegiate sponsors sent the top three teams in the undergraduate division home with large prize bags filled with luggage bags, grooming bags and other goodies from Bates Saddles, certificates from FITS Riding, leather cleaning kits and certificates from World Equestrian Brands, special items from Equine America Magazine, incredible items such as show coats from Kerrits, branded saddle pads from US Equestrian and RevitaVet, and some other miscellaneous items. RevitaVet also gave the winning team a RevitaVet therapy system, and the winning team also received two spots to attend a one-month hydrotherapy sertive at R&J Equine Unlimited in Virginia. The champions in the graduate division also went home with large prize bags with items from all of the sponsors. Lastly, Saratoga Horseworks sent both Champion teams home with beautiful, custom embroidered show coolers.
The USEA would also like to thank The Virginia Horse Trials and Executive Director Andy Bowles for putting on such a wonderful event and giving this opportunity to the students. A special mention also goes to Leslie Threlkeld, USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Committee Chair, who continues to dedicate her time and energy into the program and on-site at the annual championships.
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.
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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.