Feb 04, 2019

USEA Horse of the Month: Eluca

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff

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 Eluca:

  • Barn Name: Luca
  • Favorite Treat: All treats but specifically mandarin oranges.
  • Introvert or Extrovert personality: Extrovert.
  • Favorite phase in eventing: Cross-country.
  • Extracurricular Activities (outside of eventing): Fox hunting, low adult jumpers, and trail riding.
  • Stats: 11 USEA starts with 6 top-two finishes and 4 wins.
  • Future Goals: Hoping to win Beginner Novice at the 2019 USEA AEC in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • What his mom says about him: “He has beautiful gaits lots of chrome and willingness to try most things I ask of him - making him easy to love and spoil! My trainers, Darrell and Melissa Vaughn at Vaughn Equestrian, imported him from Belgium in 2015 as an adult friendly dressage prospect. They encouraged me to buy him and with their tremendous help we have become consistently successful at several things. He also fox hunts, does low adult jumpers, and loves trail rides. Next, we will try hunter derbies. He is the quintessential Aiken horse!”
Photo courtesy of Deirdre Stoker Vailancourt.

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!

Feb 23, 2019 Education

What to Expect in the Equine Emergency Room

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.

Feb 22, 2019 Competitions

Changes to the USEA Online Calendar Listings

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.

Feb 22, 2019 Eventing News

USEF Announces Selection Procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games

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.

Feb 22, 2019 Classic Series

PODCAST: The Thrill of the 'Chase

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.

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