The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted last night to mirror the dates decided by US Equestrian (USEF) for suspending recognizing competitions and educational activities. The USEA will extend its suspension of recognizing events under its direct jurisdiction through May 3, 2020. The suspension extends also to USEA recognized educational activities, Young Event Horse, Future Event Horse, and New Event Horse competitions.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a historic and unprecedented impact on all aspects of lives around the world and the U.S. eventing community is no different. The USEA is closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC as well as federal, state, and local guidelines and will continue to communicate with our members throughout this trying time.
The USEA strongly recommends competitors NOT attend events before May 3 and that organizers NOT offer any type of competitions or activities at this time. Competitions that choose to run before May 3 will do so without USEA recognition or liability insurance coverage. Competitors attending those events will not be able to earn year-end or leaderboard points, USEA Classic Series qualifications, or USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) qualifications.
As the May 3 deadline approaches the USEA Board of Governors will reconvene to reassess the situation. A formal process is being put into place to reschedule competitions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All competitions will be notified when the process commences, however, if any competition would like to reschedule the organizer needs to notify Katlynn Sacco at the USEF of their intentions along with dates and levels and copy their Area Chair. The USEA appreciates the patience of organizers while the process is formalized. The USEA will refund organizers' registration fees to all organizers that were already paid to the USEA for events that were scheduled to take place between March 16 and May 3. USEA starter fees are to be refunded to entered competitors by competition organizers.
The USEA is also committed to giving competitors an adequate amount of notice to safely prepare horses for when eventing resumes.
COVID-19 Updates from USEA
A case of EHV-1 (neurological) has been reported in Ocala, Florida, similar in nature, but unrelated to the neurological strain of EHV-1 impacting Valencia (ESP) and other European countries. The horse was not shipped from Europe and was not on show grounds at the onset of symptoms. USEF is working closely with the Florida Department of Agriculture and state authorities who are completing contact tracing and identifying the potential source of the virus exposure.
Five-star eventer Kim Severson taught a show jumping clinic in January at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on the importance of forward riding for successful jumping. In this exercise, which Severson progressively adds additional pieces to, riders are instructed to focus on the quality of their canter.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.