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.
This year, the Area VI Championships took place on a sweltering weekend in Ramona, California at the Copper Meadows Horse Trials. In order to qualify to compete in the Area VI Championships in 2020, riders had to earn two MERs at the level at an event in Area VI during the qualifying period from August 1, 2019 to August 18, 2020.
Wildfires are currently ravaging the West Coast of the United States. According to the state of California, since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 7,900 wildfires that have burned over 3.4 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 25 fatalities and nearly 5,400 structures destroyed. In Washington wildfires have burned over 626,000 acres, 181 homes had been lost, and one death occurred as a result. In Oregon, over 1 million acres were burned, and about 40,000 people were evacuated, with about 500,000 people in evacuation warning areas.
“There are people who want to be right and people who want to get better.” Tamie Smith is one of the latter. A member of the 2019 Pan American Games gold medal-winning team with multiple successes through the five-star level, Smith’s career is propelled by a desire for continued improvement and a commitment to good horsemanship.
Having this historic competition close isn't the right result for the sport, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is working hard to find a solution. The organizer and landowners operate exceptional events on a beautiful piece of land. We are deeply sensitive to the history of the word "plantation" and its connection to slavery; however, this property has no known connections to slavery and was instead named after 'plantings' on the property.