My name is Cece Jones and I’ve officially qualified for Training level at the AEC. This past year has been a hard one for me and my family. My heart horse, Dragon, was diagnosed with a neurological disorder. We went through everything together. He was definitely not an easy ride. He made you work for the success, but that’s ok. I rehabbed a suspensory tear for a year with hopes after that we would get back into eventing. We had a successful season but deep down towards the end he did not seem like himself. After we found out about his condition I was heartbroken. He tried his heart out for me and I loved him endlessly. All I wanted was for him to be happy and comfortable.
My family and I decided to make a very hard decision, but I knew it was doing right by him. He was a true goofball and I’m so lucky I was able to learn from him, even if it was not always sunshine and rainbows. After I had to say goodbye to my best friend, little did I know what would happen next.
My amazing trainer, Megan Cleary, worked hard every day to find my next partner. As most people know, finding the next horse with enough talent and heart to get me to the top level of eventing is not easy. Our first stop was at Megan Moore’s lovely barn in Kentucky, just minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park. I tried a few of her extremely talented and beautiful eventers. But as Mooney Maguire walked out of his stall, I immediately fell in love. The first trot step I knew he was the one. Everything about him was perfect - his heart, gaits, jump. Not only did he know his job, he wanted to please me. What got me the most was how much he looked like Dragon. They both have the same goofy personality and kind face.
Competition season in Florida started off amazing. I was blessed to get to know him in the warmth instead of cold Ohio! We made a move up to Training at Spring Bay Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park. I went in hoping to just get through my first Training with confidence. Little did I know we would win on our dressage score out of an open division of 30 other riders, qualifying us for the AEC.
I can’t thank my parents, trainers, and friends enough for their endless love and support. I have high hopes for Maguire and I at the 2019 AEC and I can’t wait to continue my path as an aspiring Area VIII Young Rider.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships will be held August 27-September 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
In 2008, the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) had 20 competitions on the YEH calendar, 36 horses who qualified to compete in the championships, and 15 horses who competed in the 2008 USEA YEH Championships held in Wayne, Illinois at Lamplight Equestrian Center.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a virtual Adult Team Challenge to take place this fall. Following the cancellation of the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds, including the Adult Team Championships (ATC), the Adult Rider Coordinators came together to develop an opportunity for their peers.
For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors.
Have you ever wondered what eventing is like across the pond? Wonder no more! On this episode of the USEA Podcast, Nicole Brown is joined by U.S. eventers Andrew McConnon and Lexi Scovil to talk about the similarities and the differences between eventing in the States and eventing in the U.K. McConnon worked for eventing legend William Fox-Pitt in 2016 and 2017 while Scovil is a current working student for Fox-Pitt.