Last night, the USEA Board of Governors chose not to extend the suspension of competitions past May 31, 2020. Not all events will be able to be held as they must follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local guidelines, but those who are able to run will have to adhere to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan which can be found in the USEF COVID-19 toolkit.
With events beginning again the first weekend of June many competitors will be anxious to head straight back out to a competition. However, after nearly three months away from events – and many more for most of the country whose season hadn’t yet started – it is important to make sure you and your horse are prepared for a safe return.
For many riders in the country, the stay at home orders kept them away from their horses, lessons, and training. As tempting as it is to enter the first horse trial held in your area – making sure you and your horse are fit and ready should be at the forefront of your mind. Here’s a checklist for all eventers to reference as they return to competition.
The USEA allowed educational activities to resume after May 13, 2020, and these are a great way to prepare for a full event. View the list of USEA educational activities here.
View the full USEA Calendar of Events with the latest changes here.
The USEA is very sad to hear the news of the passing of From, the 28-year-old Russian Thoroughbred gelding (Mif x Floema), owned by Charlotte Harris and ridden by Stephen Bradley.
In less than a year the USEA Foundation, USEA, and a group of passionate stakeholders have managed to raise $500,000 to build frangible fences thanks to donations from USEA members and eventing enthusiasts around the country. This money has gone directly to 116 different USEA recognized events with 151 frangible tables, 53 oxers, and 34 gate/wall fences already out on course – all built with grants distributed by the USEA Foundation.
John R. Pingree a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Mass. passed away Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021, at the age of 87. He was the husband of Dianne (Tuzik) Pingree. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Sumner A. and Mary (Weld) Pingree. John grew up on Flying Horse Farm, his parents' farm. He graduated from Brooks School before joining the Air Force, where he served from 1952-1956.
The USEA has launched a new system for tabulating points for the year-end leaderboards which will begin with the 2021 competition season. Previously, leaderboard points were awarded based on placing and further determined by the number of starters in a division, often giving the focus to the quantity of rides a competitor could complete in a given competition season.