Hi Everyone! I just wanted to give a quick update before packing up and leaving for Jersey Fresh tomorrow morning at 5 am (gotta love horse shows!). Mr. Indiscretion (aka "Trip") has been working great at home, and I'm looking forward to his CCI** debut this week. The dressage is still our weakest phase, but we've been working diligently with coach Beth Barritt. I'm confident that, brick by brick, Trip will one day be competitive in the first phase; it just might not be at Jersey. He can be a bit of a tricky horse, as he can quickly go from trying his heart out, to thinking that he's tried hard enough and would like to go back to the barn. It's times like these that it's helpful to look back at where he was in his training two years ago, then a year ago, and then 6 months ago, to realize just how far he's come! His jumping has remained awesome ... you couldn't ask for a better horse to head out on cross-country with. Running and jumping is what this horse loves to do. Now I just need to harness some of that enthusiasm for the dressage!
In the past weeks, we've been crossing our t's and dotting our i's. We had a final cross-country school with Stephen Bradley last week, followed by our final gallop on Sunday. Then we ran through the test yesterday. Besides catering to Trip's every need (if I could bubble wrap him, I would!), I've had a busy few weeks riding and teaching. Eventing is in full swing in Area II, and my students have been taking advantage of the many opportunities all around us.
As for Miss Texas: She hasn't been acting herself recently, and after much discussion with the vet, we've decided to start treating her for Lyme disease. We've pulled blood and are waiting for test results. Hopefully, we'll have some answers when I get back from Jersey.
OK, back to packing. I'll be sure to update everyone after Jersey!
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is delighted to announce the renewed partnership with The Jockey Club as a Silver Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Jockey Club will award Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) prizes in all AEC divisions that include a cooler, ribbon, and prize money for every T.I.P. Champion and T.I.P. Reserve Champion. This year’s AEC will be held on August 31- September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
The qualifying competitions for the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships have been taking place across the country all winter and spring, but there is still plenty of time this summer to qualify for the Championships in the fall. With more than a dozen qualifiers still left on the FEH calendar, owners and breeders should take advantage of the available opportunities.
The new USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year, and the 2021 calendar has an impressive total of 47 events hosting an IEL team challenge. With many IEL members aiming to compete in events that only host a team challenge, an organizer needs to be fully prepared for what to expect.
2021 will be the last year the Rebecca Broussard International and National Developing Riders’ Grants will be offered. The committee would like to thank Jerome Broussard and the entire Broussard family for supporting these valuable grants for so many years.
Interviews for this year’s International and National Developing Rider’s Grants will be held at The Event at Rebecca Farm and will be limited to riders entered in both the CCI4*-L and the CCI4*-S. For those riders entered, please sign up for your interview at the show office upon arrival. Interviews will take place Tuesday through Thursday before your dressage tests.