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!
It’s back to school for the USEA Collegiate Members! Last week several eventing teams described what it was like going back to school amidst COVID-19, and this week eventing teams participated in the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Video Contest. The videos submitted represent a day in the life of a USEA Collegiate Member. The most creative video would win its own social media post on the USEA social media accounts.
My road to success is a bit different and quite a bit longer than most. Hi, my name is Jennarose Ortmeyer. I am 24 years old and my eventing journey started three years ago in the summer of 2017. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, I moved to North Carolina in June of 2017 seeking to further my career. I was a professional in the hunter/jumper world then and I hadn’t the faintest idea of how drastically my life was about to change.
How competitive have your Training results been? What’s a good dressage score? What scores could earn you a top finish? We’ve been taking a look at each USEA level and as we continue this series, EquiRatings offers some stats and graphs to help evaluate your Training game.
The CCI4*-S had an exciting shake-up of the top placings to finish out the International divisions at the Twin Rivers Fall International. It was Tamie Smith and Passepartout, an 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Pasco x Preschel) owned by Tamie's daughter Kaylawna Smith-Cook, who came out on top with the fastest cross-country time of the group. Ruth Bley’s 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Danito (Dancier x Wie Musik) took second. Erin Kellerhouse and her own Woodford Reserve rounded out the top three.