The first horse inspection at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day kicked off the 2019 edition of the event. The CCI2*-L riders presented their horses first for the ground jury of Peter Gray (CAN) and Nikki Herbert (GBR). Natasha Erschen’s Chai Tea Latte was sent to the hold, but passed upon reinspection so all 71 who presented will go forward to dressage.
In the CCI3*-L, the ground jury of Christian Landolt (SUI), Helen Brettell (GBR), and Gretchen Butts (USA) sent two horses to the hold box – Emily Beshear’s Deal With It who was accepted upon reinspection and Joe Meyer’s Gortglas Crazy Love who was represented and unfortunately was not accepted. The CCI3*-L will have 28 start dressage after last minute scratches.
The final division to present was the CCI4*-L and all 32 were accepted after their first passes down the jog lane.
Two dressage rings will run tomorrow with the CCI4*-S and CCI2*-L first up at 8:00 a.m. with the CCI3*-L starting at 12:20 p.m. The CCI4*-L has their turn in dressage on Friday beginning at 10:20 a.m.
Every year the eventing community comes together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of its members at the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. Led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Wofford, the awards ceremony is one of the most anticipated events of Convention and gives eventers the opportunity to celebrate their successes with their family and friends.
Over the previous decade, the number of upper level event horses that remain at the highest levels of the sport for extended periods of time has anecdotally been dwindling. Also, it is rare to see horses return to represent the U.S. on international teams. This discussion features statistics provided by the USEA and EquiRatings to strengthen our understanding of this issue and perspectives from coaches, trainers, riders, grooms, and veterinary professionals on the possible reasons and solutions.
For 60 years the members of the USEA have been coming together to discuss the business of the Association and make important decisions to keep the sport of eventing thriving in America. The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention has turned into four days full of meetings and more, but the Annual Meeting remains the backbone.
The focus of this presentation is mindfulness practice, how it ties into the core principles of mindset, fitness, nutrition, and community, and how these topics foster optimal performance in and out of the saddle. As equestrians, we invest a lot of time and energy making sure that our horses are in their best shape to compete and in doing so we often sweep our own needs to the side.