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.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarship may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Surefire Farm Horse Trials scheduled for September 25-27, 2020 in Purcellville, Virginia has been canceled.
When introducing a horse to a new concept, it is important to make the entire learning process enjoyable. Make sure to always praise your horse so they continuously understand that they are supposed to be enjoying this time. In eventing, the skinnies have gotten so small that the sooner the horses begin to lock on and enjoy it, the better.
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