Congratulations to Eluca, the February 2019 USEA Horse of the Month! Owned by Deirdre Stoker Vailancourt, Eluca is a 10-year-old KWPN gelding sired by Negro and out of Fabiola. On January 12, Eluca and Vailancourt finished with the lowest score of the first competition weekend of 2019. Finishing on their dressage score of a 23.6 in the Beginner Novice Rider division at the Stable View Aiken Opener Horse Trials made them one of the first winners of 2019!
About the USEA Horse of the Month
New in 2019, the USEA is recognizing an event horse each month on the USEA website and social media. The USEA Horse of the Month is determined based on statistics and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The February Horse of the Month was selected based on the lowest score at the first event of 2019. Eluca, the 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Deirdre Stoker Valiancourt, finished on a score of 23.6 in the Beginner Novice Rider division at Stable View Aiken Opener Horse Trials, earning him the title of USEA Horse of the Month in February 2019!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if one owns a horse, that horse will eventually injure himself. Sometimes it’s just a mild scratch – easily treated in the barn. But sometimes the ailment is more serious, and then it’s time to call the vet. And what about the true emergencies, the ones that even the vet can’t treat on the farm? That’s when it’s time for a trip to the equine hospital.
At the end of 2018 the United States Eventing Association (USEA) launched a new website and with this update came a new process for the USEA’s online competition calendar. This change was not a result of the new website, but because of the USEA Omnibus no longer being offered in a printed version.
US Equestrian (USEF) has released the selection procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games taking place August 1-4, 2019 in Lima, Peru. The United States did not secure the necessary Olympic qualifying placing at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, so the 2019 Pan American Games are the U.S.’s next chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This week on the USEA Podcast, USEA Classic Series Task Force member Mary Fike comes on the show to talk about the USEA Classic Series and the work the Task Force has done over the last year. Marcia Kulak returns to the show to talk about fitness programs for long format events.