May 25, 2020

USEA Podcast #258: Getting Back to Business

By USEA

We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.

  • While the calendar has been massively disrupted - 82 events in total have been either canceled or postponed - 23 of those events have been rescheduled and another five events have been added to the calendar. Click here for a full list of those events.
  • There are many new protocols in place that will help protect everyone involved when competition resumes. In addition to adhering to CDC, WHO, state, and local guidelines, events will have to comply with the requirements and recommendations laid out by the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan. Take a look at the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan for details pertaining to both competition organizers and competitors.
  • Last week, the USEF and USEA hosted a joint webinar addressing the return to competition, which you can watch on demand here.
  • For access to the USEA's library of COVID-19 resources, click here.
  • David O'Connor also chimes in to share what's been happening on the international eventing scene. FEI events will be using the World Health Organization's Risk Management Tool to assess risk prior to moving forward.
  • With respect to the Tokyo Olympics which have been rescheduled for 2021, all riders who are currently qualified will remain qualified as long as they achieve an MER at a CCI4*-S. Additionally, riders who have not yet qualified will now have until June of 2021 to obtain their qualifications.

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Aug 01, 2021

FEI Statement on Equine Fatality at Sea Forest Cross-Country Course

The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.

Aug 01, 2021 News

From the Magazine - Travers Schick: A Day In The Life

In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .

Jul 31, 2021 Competitions

Tokyo Cross-Country Catapults Great Britain to Top Heading into Final Show Jumping Phase

The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.

Jul 30, 2021 Series + Championships

Jung Blazes to the Top With Dressage Phases Concluding in Tokyo

The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.

Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.

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