I’ve had my horse Beau Tie aka “Beau” for just over four years. When I got him, no one thought a single thing of him. He was a scrawny Thoroughbred that had been sitting in the pasture for months. A year and a half went by and we got nowhere. We had done one show, but Beau was not in competition shape and he wasn’t as healthy as he should be. My trainer at the time told me that he was healthy and just needed muscle. So, we kept going.
Beau and I were preparing for a combined test when we had a bad jump lesson. We were struggling to see distances and make the turn. My trainer told me something that would stay with me forever and give me the motivation I didn’t know I needed. She told me to give up because I was going to embarrass myself at the show. I was heartbroken, and I knew something had to change.
We changed our trainer, vet, farrier, and boarding facility and Beau and I began to thrive. With our new training program, Beau and I dominated during our 2017 show season, winning 12 out of the 18 shows we competed at!
The fall 2017 show season came along and with it the USEA recognized events in my area started up again. For two years I have been dreaming of competing at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), but due to limited income we could not afford the expenses of recognized events. So, I got a job at a local barn, I pet sat and babysat, and did little jobs here and there to save up enough money to compete at three events that fall.
With hard work and determination Beau and I qualified for AEC with two first place finishes! Our 2017 season gave Beau the recognition he deserved. He went from the little Thoroughbred no one batted an eye at to “the horse to beat”!
Sadly, Beau was off this past winter due to several unforeseen health issues. But we didn’t give up! We slowly brought him back in just enough time to compete at the last three USEA recognized horse trials in Area V. Even with a few kinks to work out and having subpar dressage tests, Beau still managed to place in the top six at each show, improving each time.
With each show this spring I became more and more confident that we will be a competitive pair at the AEC. We have one month until our big debut and we still have a lot to work on, but I have no doubt we will do our best! Twelve-year-old me picked a great horse with a heart of gold and I can’t wait to show everyone else that!
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!