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!
A relentless rain didn’t put a damper on the first horse inspection at the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Md. The CCI3*-L presented first in front of the ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA) and all 62 horses were accepted to start the competition. C Me Fly ridden by Colleen Rutledge and Jos UFO De Quidam ridden by Heather Jane Morris were both sent to the hold, but were accepted upon reinspection. Lasse 73 ridden by Jennifer Salinger was asked to jog twice, but was accepted after the second pass down the lane.
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Coast Championships will take place this weekend on opposite sides of the country. On Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, the East Coast Championships will take place at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland. Then on Sunday, October 20, the West Coast Championships will run at the Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP) in Fresno, California.
Rutledge Farm is thrilled to welcome back two-time Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton to host his second eventing clinic as a part of the Rutledge Farm Sessions clinic series. Since 2017, Rutledge Farm has been dedicated to bringing premier educational opportunities to Middleburg, Virginia to support the development of the sport at all levels and for multiple disciplines, including eventing, show jumping, dressage, and equitation.
Experience the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships through the judge's eyes! The USEA will be hosting YEH judging seminars during the 2019 USEA YEH Championships. The seminars will be led by the world-renowned judge and co-chair of the YEH Committee Marilyn Payne. All interested parties are welcome to attend.