“The good old days” have made a comeback through The United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) revitalization of the long format three-day event in the USEA Classic Series. Roads and tracks, steeplechase, vet boxes, formal horse inspections, and three phases taking place over three days are all adrenaline-pumping elements of USEA Classic Series events. Blending the past with the present, the USEA offers this throwback format of eventing for competitors from the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.
While the USEF Rules for Eventing only includes information for the Training and Preliminary three-day events, The USEA Classic Series Task Force has put together a Classic Series Guidelines for organizers and competitors to use as a resource, including specifics for Beginner Novice through Preliminary Classic Series events. This includes guidelines and regulations for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels, a specification chart, helpful hints for competitors riding the roads and tracks, and checklists and time tables for organizers to follow.
The USEA Classic Series continues to gain popularity and is offered at many events spanning from coast to coast. If you are interested in galloping over brush jumps, experiencing the excitement of vet boxes, or simply want an excuse to dress up and present your pretty pony at the formal horse inspection, the USEA encourages you to review the guidelines and sign up for your next Classic Series three-day event.
About the USEA Classic Series
The USEA Classic Series keeps the spirit of the classic long-format three-day events alive for Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels. Competitors have the opportunity to experience the rush of endurance day, including roads and tracks, steeplechase, the vet box, and cross-country, as well as participate in formal veterinary inspections and educational activities with experts on the ins and outs of competing in a long-format three-day event.
Riders who compete in a USEA Classic Series event during the year will have the chance to win a variety of prizes at the events and will also be entered into a drawing held at the USEA Year End Award Ceremony for a year’s supply of SmartPak supplements and a custom fitted Stackhouse and Ellis saddle. Click here to learn more about the USEA Classic Series.
World-class equestrian competition is back with full spectator attendance and opportunities for giving back
After a one-year hiatus for spectators due to Covid-19, The Event at Rebecca Farm will be running at full strength for competitors and spectators, July 21-25. The Event draws more than 600 riders and 8,000 spectators each year to the picturesque Flathead Valley in northwest Montana.
Max Corcoran, President of the USEA & 5* event groom, joins host Nicole Brown. Talking all things from preparations & time management tips to specific top-level grooming insights. Max shares her wealth of experience with us, highlighting that knowing your horse is the most important factor when considering all elements of equine management.
“My whole journey has been a series of interconnected circles,” says Gina Miles.
The central compass point of those circles has been the Olympics. The Games are what set the Californian on her path, and where she reached her pinnacle - the individual silver medal in Hong Kong in 2008.
Gina, now 47, was 10 when the Olympics came to Los Angeles in 1984.
Plenty of event riders have chosen to cross oceans and base themselves thousands of miles away from “home” in pursuit of their career dreams - look at the likes of New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, and now Tim and Jonelle Price, while Andrew Hoy, Clayton Fredericks and of course Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton have set sail from Australian shores. Not many American riders do it, though, probably because the sport is big enough and competitive enough in the U.S. not to make it necessary.