We are joined this week on the USEA Podcast by Gretchen Butts, Chair of the USEA Classic Series Task Force, to talk about the USEA Classic Series and how the program continues to grow.
First, Butts talks about the history of the program, how it has developed over time, and the value it adds for competitors. Butts also speaks about the different educational aspects of the Classic Series competitions and the educational materials that are available for competitors. The newest educational resource available for both riders and organizers is the USEA Classic Series Handbook which includes information on qualifications, a specification chart, helpful hints for competitors riding the roads and tracks, and checklists and time tables for organizers. Finally, Butts offers up some helpful tips for riders who are considering competing in a USEA Classic Series long format event for the first time.
We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.