There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28. Not only did they win their division, but they also finished with the lowest score out of any competitor in June, which makes Zydeco Nights the USEA Horse of the Month!
Zydeco Nights (Cour de Lion X Bays Nite Shadow) is a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Craig McCallum and ridden by Erin Walker. Walker just recently acquired the ride on Zydeco Nights but they are already off to a strong start. They have completed five events and have finished in the top five every time, even taking home the win three times.
Learn more about the chestnut mare who has a miniature pony as a stablemate!
About Zydeco Nights:
“German Horse Muffins, peppermints, and carrots.”
“She is definitely a dressage queen! She also loves the jumping phases as well. She is a super confident horse that gives me confidence in return.”
“She is positive she is the queen of the barn. She definitely has her people [that] she loves and it takes a while for her to accept people into her circle.”
“She loves to have her face and ears scratched and if you just hang out with her in her stall or grazing at shows. She has a mini pony that she likes to hang out with in turnout.”
“She does not like other horses to get too much in her space in warm-up or in the barn. We usually give her the corner stalls in the barn and leave and empty stall next to her if possible.”
“She is a very smart, amazing mare that I am very lucky to have the ride on. She gives me a lot of confidence and is an absolute pleasure to be around.”
Miss any of the previous 2020 horses of the month? Find out about the USEA January Horse of the Month, USEA February Horse of the Month, USEA March Horse of the Month, USEA April Horse of the Month, USEA May Horse of the Month, and USEA June Horse of the Month.
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 performance and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The July Horse of the Month was determined by who finished with the lowest score out of any event that took place during June 2020.
Founded in 2019, the MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program was initially created to assist up-and-coming riders under the age of 25 in North America who had not yet competed in a destination event, such as the program’s namesake the MARS Bromont CCI in Lac Brume, Quebec, Canada, or been recognized by the USEF programs intended for emerging athletes.. Spearheaded by the late Steve Blauner and Sue Ockendon, the program sought to give back to the sport by helping the next generation of riders get more experience under their belt with the help of the financial assistance provided by the program, and the two days of included instruction from leading coaches around the world.
Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is excited to kick off a two-year anniversary celebration, happening all throughout the month of October in the form of “SEE Month”. SEE’s goal during October is to raise awareness about our mission of opening doors for equestrians from diverse backgrounds while also fundraising to continue our work and future projects.
And just like that, it is time for the Morven Park International! The prestigious event will take place Thursday, October 6, and run through Sunday, October 10 in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the event’s second year offering the CCI4*-L division, in addition to their CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S divisions. That’s not all! The historic grounds at Morven Park will also host national divisions at the Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels.
Specifics of the "Fun & Education Formula" were provided to all at the Jim Wofford Clinic held on August 20 & 21 at the Horse Park in Woodside, northern California. Eager riders, auditors, and volunteers gathered for a much anticipated two-day clinic with the master bright and early Saturday morning.