Whilst the September event at Twin Rivers Ranch provided the West Coast with the first ‘post lockdown’ FEI competition, there was a group of riders busily preparing their Young Event Horses for the penultimate event on a strangely altered 2020 calendar.
The prominent California venue owned by the ever-supportive Baxter family will host The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships and USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championships October 23-24. This will be the first stand-alone Championships combining the best Young and Future Event Horses seen on the West Coast, a huge nod to the program itself and those that support it.
Thanks to the likes of Ironwood Ranch, owned by the Salinger Family (Lompoc, California), Twin Rivers (Paso Robles, California), Woodside Horse Park (Woodside, California), and the Spokane Horse Trials (Spokane, Washington), owners and riders of Young and Future Event Horses on the West Coast are able to qualify for the much anticipated Championships.
This past weekend, David Koss and Fendi, (Fahrenheit x Haupstutbuch Dora), an Oldenburg mare owned by Tessa Robinson, came out on top of the YEH 4-year-olds on an impressive score of 87.9, currently placing them second in the nation based on qualifying scores. Widely respected amateur rider Julie Anne Boyer piloted Truly Enchanted (Eddington x Chetak), a Thoroughbred mare owned by the rider, to the top spot in the YEH 5-year-old class on a score of 88.8. Boyer is no stranger to producing young Thoroughbreds: High Decorum contested the YEH 5-year-olds in 2014 and went on to compete at the four-star level. Now her sights are firmly set on this year's 5-year-old Championship. “I think she’s pretty special. She is very smart but definitely an alpha mare!” says Boyer of the chestnut Thoroughbred ‘Charlotte.’
Expectations are high as riders prepare for the stand-alone event, something event organizer Connie Baxter feels the program needs to showcase the best young horses on the West Coast for the U.S. “We need to highlight the Young Horses, not have them get lost within a big horse show,” says Baxter. With this in mind, the Championships are the headline act on a weekend dedicated to the program.
Following the YEH and FEH, Twin Rivers will then welcome riders to the Halloween-themed one-day event on October 25. A long-standing, highly entertaining unrecognized event on the Area VI calendar, this event offers riders the opportunity to dress up in their best Halloween costumes while honing their skills before heading to the Galway Downs CCI at the end of the month.
As if that’s not enough for the year, Area VI riders can now add one more horse trials to their 2020 calendar, as Twin Rivers rounds out the year with a recognized horse trials on November 13- 15 offering Introductory to Intermediate.
The USEA would like to feature your IEL team! The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and currently has 82 registered teams from every USEA area and 46 events hosting an interscholastic team challenge.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2021. They are returning as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Classic Series, and a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS Riding will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything, it was an amazing experience.” Twenty-five years ago, Kerry Millikin and her off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Out and About (who was only 8 years old at the time) won the individual Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, making her one of five females to have earned an individual Olympic medal for the U.S.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.