Texas Rose Horse Park hosted its first horse trials of the 2021 season this past Saturday and Sunday. It was a welcomed relief to all the Area V competitors and spectators after a grueling February that brought a polar vortex through the region causing cancellations and postponements for several events. The brutal storm shut down much of the region due to subzero temperatures that froze roads, broke water pipes, and even caused the shutdown of the electrical grid, which left many residents without heat and power.
So, it has been a bit of a month for Texans. Now they finally get a chance to get out, dust off the saddle, get that dually hummin’ down the road, and kick back and watch that famous Texas Rose Horse Park sunset.
For many of the riders, it was just an opportunity to knock the rust off after a grueling winter storm, but for others like Lauren Lambert, it was a chance to work on some refinement before heading to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event next month to compete in the CCI4*-S. It was a smooth ride for Lambert and her own 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Fantastique (Toulan x Nikitona) cruising through the dressage portion of the event and demonstrating their fantastique (sorry, could not help myself) skills on the show jumping course.
Brooks Searcy and Chloe Johnson were also seen participating at Texas Rose this weekend. Several weeks ago the two were competing in the first-ever USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) team challenge conducted in Ocala, Fla. The team, Team Garth coached by Rebecca Brown, would go on to win the inaugural event with their other team members Camdyn Rahe and Kenna Jensen.
Although it was a rough start to the season for the folks in Area V everyone is excited to finally get the season underway. They will keep that momentum going with the Holly Hills HT event coming up in several weeks. So, stay cool Texas, or eh, warm, well you know what I mean.
About Texas Rose Horse Park. Texas Rose Horse Park is a family-owned and operated premier event facility located in the beautiful rolling hills of Tyler, Texas. The 1700-acre expanse features a full size lighted indoor arena, six all-weather footing outdoor show arenas including one Grand Prix Jumper Ring, three show barns housing over 350 12x12 stalls, a tent pad to accommodate an additional 350 horses, a Beginner Novice through Advanced level Cross Country Course, a 61-slot RV Park and a concession court.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
“The Clemson Eventing Team does a fantastic job of creating a community of riders,” said collegiate member, Jackson Dillard. In 2021, Dillard competed his two horses, Elmo a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding bred by James Martin, and Layla Q (Loerke x Ayla Q) an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare bred by Suzanne Quarles. With his two horses, he completed six CCI2* events, he moved up to the Intermediate level with Layla Q, and he was on the winning Area II team of the CCI2*-L USEF Youth Team Challenge East Coast Finals at Tryon International – he did this all while attending Clemson University full-time.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event November 10-13 in Mill Spring, N.C.