USEA Board of Governors member Morley Thompson is on the ground in Lima, Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games and will be sharing his thoughts from the spectator's seat!
What a thrill today to hear our national anthem twice and to see American flags hoisted three times!
Our team turned in four double clear rounds (there were only eight all day) showing style and class. Tamie Smith had the spectators around me talking about her smooth, steady seat and hands. Doug Payne showed his jumper experience having a round that was 3 seconds faster than anyone else all day. Boyd Martin and Lynn Symansky both showed themselves to be the seasoned international stars that they are.
Reflecting on yesterday: I heard that when FEI officials arrived at the venue they made the crew modify almost every jump on the course, toning down the difficulty. Imagine what the fallout would have been from the original course!
It was a thrill to be here for this triumphant experience with all of our team, both human and equine, demonstrating their great skill. It's exactly 12 months until the Tokyo Olympics and Chef d'Equipe Erik Duvander and all our riders now have a great opportunity but also an intense period ahead of them. Go USA!
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).