The three team horses and one reserve horse representing the United States in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L passed the first horse inspection today in front of the ground jury of Jane Tolley (GBR), Stuart Bishell (NZL), and Dr. Katrin Eichinger-Kniely (AUT). A total of 98 horses will move forward to compete in the dressage phase of competition, which is held over the next two days beginning tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
This FEI Eventing Nations Cup is an Olympic trial event, meaning that it is to be conducted based on the new Olympic format that will go into effect at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In this new format, teams are made up of three horse/rider combinations instead of four, with a fourth reserve rider who may be substituted in during any of the three phases of competition.
However, at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Boekelo, there will be one difference: the reserve team rider will also be allowed to compete in the entirety of the competition for MER and qualification purposes. In the new Olympic format, the reserve team rider only competes if they are substituted in. If the reserve team rider does need to be substituted, they will do so based on the Olympic competition rules. The rules for substitutions are as follows:
If the original team rider is eliminated for any reason other than lameness, a horse fall, dangerous riding, abuse of horse, or disqualification, the original team rider will still continue forward with the competition carrying additional penalties: 100 for not completing dressage, 200 for not completing cross-country, and 100 for not completing show jumping.
More details about the rules governing this FEI Eventing Nations Cup can be found here.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are the pinnacle of the season for many eventers – a goal that they strive towards year round, hoping for the chance to test their mettle against the best riders in the country.
If you’ve been to any of my recent clinics, you are probably familiar with the centerline exercise featured here. It is a staple to my program for several reasons, the main one being that it is suitable for horses and riders of all levels. While the exercise is fairly basic on paper, it is quite effective in teaching the rider about two important concepts: inside leg to outside rein and using your leg before your hand.
The USEA is sad to share that the 2008 Olympic Silver medalist, McKinlaigh, was laid to rest last Saturday, January 18 in Templeton, California at the age of 26.
Since the start of the USEA Classic Series in 2008, Classic Series competitors have had the chance to earn twice the amount of USEA leaderboard points than a recognized horse trial. The reason behind this is because a Classic Series event is considered “a more challenging competition than that of a horse trial."