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.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.