Dec 14, 2018

US Equestrian Looks to the Future of U.S. Eventing with Reinvented Pathway Program

By USEF - Press Release

US Equestrian has announced that changes are on the horizon for U.S. eventing as they roll out the first phase of a restructured and reinvented U.S. Eventing Pathway Program in 2019. As presented and discussed at length at the 2018 United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Annual Meeting in December, and with U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance Erik Duvander at the helm, the program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. Duvander will work closely with Leslie Law, USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete and Development Potential Coach, Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, and her team, along with the Selectors and Eventing team staff.

“With a more clearly defined Pathway for our athletes in place, Leslie [Law] and I can now begin to work closely together to meet the goals of the program and focus on the key drivers for its success,” says Duvander. “These key drivers include the selection of athletes onto the training list. These selected athletes must be committed, and focus everyday on the work at home, in their training programs, as well as in the team training environment, to become their best. Combinations who can deliver performances to support a team-podium finish are the goal. Through the Pathway Program, the door is always open for these athletes, and we must be prudent and target our resources where it will make the most difference. We will continuously review our progress and measure it against world-leading performances. 2019 is just the beginning of the process for us.”

Notable changes to the Eventing Pathway Program include:

  • A redefinition of the levels of the program from Elite, Development with Tier 1 and Tier 2, and Emerging Athlete to the now defined Elite, Development Pre-Elite, Development Potential, and Emerging Athlete. The criterion for these levels can be found here.
  • The addition of a Performance Advisory Team (PAT), has been established to advise Duvander on program and training list selection and funding allocation under the guidance of the Eventing Sport Committee (ESC). This group will also aid in his strategic decisions. The appointment of the PAT means that selection to the Programs will now be separate from the selection for U.S. Eventing teams.
  • The team of five eventing Selectors will select Championship and FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ teams. This list is being finalized and will be published as part of the USEF’s Pan American Games eventing selection procedures.
  • The ESC will appoint an Ad Hoc Group to approve recommendations from the Selectors (teams) and the PAT (program selection).
  • Introduction of unofficial “team competitions” at existing competitions in order for U.S. eventing athletes to gain additional experience in a team environment.
  • All funding provided to athletes will be linked to discussed and agreed upon targets.
  • Discussions will be ongoing to align grants to specific points in the Program.
  • The High Performance Working Group has been disbanded and the duties have been divided between the Performance Director and his advisors and the ESC or an Ad Hoc Group of the ESC.
  • Morris will continue to manage the programs in her role as Managing Director of Eventing.

“The process of reviewing the eventing programs started early in 2018, and many people have given a considerable amount of time and expertise to this project over the last several months,” said USEF Director of Sport Will Connell. “The revised structure should lead to a more nimble program that allows Erik [Duvander] and Leslie [Law] to ensure we move towards sustainable success in eventing. LA 2028 [Olympic Games] is less than 10 years away, so our development and emerging programs must focus on a podium finish at our home Olympic Games.”

In addition, collaboration and ongoing discussion with USEA for the future of the Emerging Athlete program will look to provide more opportunity for up-and-coming athletes at a regional level, supplementing the existing USEA Area Young Rider programs and creating a stepping stone to the national level. This will evolve throughout 2019 and a joint program will be implemented in 2020. Law will be largely involved in these discussions with USEA and Duvander, as he will expand his coaching roles into the Development Potential levels in the future.

In a recent letter to U.S. eventers, Duvander summed up the need for a well-though-out and purposeful pathway program. “Our purpose in High Performance is to support our elite riders in their pursuit of excellence and to develop the next generation team riders to achieve sustainable success at championships; to have a pathway in place, and run programs where riders are given the opportunity to develop, be tested, and prove themselves.” Read more of Duvander’s letter here.

Read more news about the Eventing Pathway Program from USEA and Eventing Nation. Watch Duvander’s keynote presentation at USEA’s Annual Meeting here.

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May 08, 2021 Competitions

Smith Swaps Horses, but Maintains Standings at Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-L

While her two horses swapped places for first and second after cross-country, Tamra Smith maintained both the lead and second place with two clear rounds and minimal time faults at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Presented by BW Furlong and Associates and Zoetis. The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare En Vogue (Earl x Laurena) is just a little more experienced than her barn mate Danito, also owned by Ruth Bley, so she was also a little quicker around the big, challenging course that twisted and turned through the Horse Park of New Jersey. En Vogue leads on a 27.1 and Danito is second with 31.9, with Boyd Martin maintaining third place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate.

May 07, 2021 Competitions

Tamra Smith Tops CCI4*-L Leaderboard After Dressage at Jersey Fresh; Boyd Martin Leads CCI4*-S

California rider Tamra Smith holds the lead and second position in the CCI4*-L at the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Smith scored 23.9 today with Danito, Ruth Bley’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik), to take the lead from her other mount, the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) En Vogue, also owned by Bley, who was the overnight leader after scoring 24.3 yesterday. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. holds third place with Luke 140, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, on a score of 25.6.

May 07, 2021 Eventing News

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2021 Cancelled Due To Continued Covid-19 Uncertainty

It is with immense sadness that we announce the cancellation of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2021 which was due to be held later this year from September 2-5, 2021.

Despite the continued easing of lockdown measures, the nationwide vaccination program, and the hope within the Government Roadmap for unlocking the country, there have been and remain too many variables and uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic to deliver this much-loved international event.

May 07, 2021 Young Riders

USEA Young Rider Program: Age Increase to 25

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the increase in age for eligibility in the USEA Young Rider program to USEA members aged 25 and under, effective immediately.

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