University of California, Davis (UC Davis) offers many perks for eventers continuing their careers through college or for those who want to try the sport for the first time. With small local shows, nearby cross country courses, and top rated events only a few hours away, there is truly something for everyone. We even have our own derby field and cross-country jumps at the university equestrian center (The EQC as we call it) where most of the team members keep their horses. The EQC has everything an eventer could need, including that derby field, as well as a track, outdoor arenas, hacking space, and a massive indoor. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the UC Davis Veterinary School, the US News & World Report’s #1 ranked veterinary school in the country.
Team members Amanda Blake, Liza Wilkinson and Kenzie Wilkinson. Wendy Blake Photo.
The vet school is home to a top-notch teaching hospital, which has helped numerous team members with their own horses. We all wish nothing ever happened to our equine partners, but we know accidents and emergencies are never totally avoidable, and it has made a huge difference for team members dealing with emergency colics, lameness, or other veterinary issues. Having such a great resource close by helps bring some peace of mind, since we all know how fragile horses can be!
Team Vice President Kendra Mitchell and her own Russian Roulette. Nicole Fava Photo.
As the school year closes (only 5 more weeks!) we look forward to our team shows at Woodland Stallion Station and Woodside Horse Park. If you are going to be at any of these shows, please don’t hesitate to come talk to us! Whether you’re a fellow collegiate eventer at your own school, applying to colleges or thinking about college, team members love to talk about what is that we do, and we are always happy to answer any questions you might have. College is fun, but eventing in college makes it that much better! With such a great support network in the team, balancing school and riding is doable in college.
If you are interested in learning more about the UC Davis Event Team, check out our website at http://www.ucdaviseventing.com/ or like our page on Facebook. We even have an instagram! (@ucdeventing). If you have any questions feel free to message us or send an email to [email protected].
We would also like to thank our sponsors Higby’s Country Feed, Brenda's Tack Warehouse, Kastel, and Revitavet, and our coach, Holly Fox, who make all of this possible for us.
There are so many things to love about the USEA Classic Series: the way the conditioning and preparation strengthens your bond with your horse, the educational opportunities to enhance your skills as a rider, and, of course, your chance to experience the rush of the classic long format three-day event. There are eight Classic Series events taking place across the U.S. in the 2022 season and they are a great goal for many horse and rider pairs to work towards. Featuring the traditional long-format phases of roads and tracks and steeplechase in addition to the three regular phases of a horse trial, a USEA Classic Series event puts partnerships to the ultimate test. For riders who have already ticked off completing a long-format event from their bucket list, looking back on the thrill of steeplechase before heading out on cross-country often comes with fond memories. Check out what these USEA riders had to say about their favorite steeplechase moments!
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