Sep 28, 2020

USEA Podcast #267: Eventing Across the Pond

By USEA

Have you ever wondered what eventing is like across the pond? Wonder no more! On this episode of the USEA Podcast, Nicole Brown is joined by U.S. eventers Andrew McConnon and Lexi Scovil to talk about the similarities and the differences between eventing in the States and eventing in the U.K. McConnon worked for eventing legend William Fox-Pitt in 2016 and 2017 while Scovil is a current working student for Fox-Pitt.

  • McConnon gives our listeners a recap of his experience as a member of Team Erik at the Adequan USEF Futures Team Challenge competition that took place last week. McConnon was a member of the winning team alongside Daniel Clasing, Meg Pellegrini, and Caitlin Silliman.
  • Scovil was recently at the Burnham Market Horse Trials with Fox-Pitt and team, and she shares some details about her weekend. She said the experience was a bit surreal – competing in a CCI4*-L without any spectators present or any of the typical competitor parties taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Brown has McConnon and Scovil lead off the U.S. vs. U.K. eventing comparison by sharing their first impressions of eventing overseas. For McConnon, one of the things he was expecting that he didn’t experience much of was rain!
  • McConnon observed that one of the differences he experienced was the sheer number of quality competitors in the U.K. Not only do you get to ride next to – and against – the best, but you also get to watch a great number of quality riders. Scovil agreed, and said she found she really had to do her homework and step up her game when she arrived in the U.K. to continue to be competitive.
  • Scovil was a bit surprised to find that so many upper level events would, for example, run dressage on grass arenas versus how so many upper level events are run on engineered footing or at purpose-built competition facilities in the States. She finds that there are a lot of upper level events in the U.K. that have somewhat of a “backyard feel” in that they are not held at permanent facilities.
  • Pop quiz! In the United States, there were 38,692 horses that started cross-country in 2019. How many starters were there for that same period in the U.K.?
  • Scovil pointed out that, because the season is shorter in the U.K., upper level horses will sometime run a higher frequency than U.S. horses, depending on the rider’s program. This is part of why the U.K. tends to see more starters per day at an event than U.S. events.
  • McConnon’s favorite part about U.K. eventing that he’d love to see more of in the States is one-day eventing where all three phases are completed in a single day. Horses are able to get out in their paddocks at night and owners are able to experience the full scope of the event in a single day. However, in some cases, weather and travel distance in the U.S. do make it more difficult to orchestrate one-day events.
  • One of the other major differences is the mass migration of eventers from northern regions of the country to southern states during the winter.
  • For both McConnon and Scovil, one of the things they love most about U.K. eventing are the spectacular venues with gorgeous backdrops that they have experienced in their time across the pond.
  • For Brown, the American English word that never fails to make her chuckle is “Porta Potty.” You’ll have to listen in to find out which European English words threw McConnon and Scovil for a loop!
  • McConnon and Scovil share some insider knowledge about what it’s like to be a part of Team Fox-Pitt Eventing. To hear from the man himself, check out this recent episode of the Eventing Podcast.
  • To close out the show, Brown asks McConnon and Scovil (who is headed back to the States after the end of the 2020 season) if either of them have plans to come back to the U.K. in the future.

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Aug 03, 2021 AEC

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Up For Grabs at the 2021 AEC

The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) is less than one month away! The AEC will take place August 31 – September 5 at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park and will also include the Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels. Teaming up with Adequan, the USEA will also host the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, which will conclude September 3 under the lights that Friday evening.

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Piedmont Equine is Partnering with the 2021MARSGMI to Provide Prize Money to U25 Riders

Five Rings Eventing, LLC is pleased to announce a partnership with Piedmont Equine to provide prize money for U25 riders in this year’s event.

Aug 02, 2021 Competitions

Julia Krajewski Becomes First Female Individual Olympic Eventing Champion

Eventing has its first female Olympic champion after Julia Krajewski won individual gold for Germany at Tokyo 2020.

The 32-year-old, for so long in the shadow of her title-winning team-mates Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke, punched in two perfect rounds of showjumping, adding just 0.4 of a time-fault in both the cross-country and the second round of jumping to her dressage score of 25.2.

Aug 02, 2021 Competitions

Great Britain Wins Olympic Team Gold for First Time in 49 Years

The British team has won Olympic eventing gold for the first time since 1972. They topped the dressage, increased their lead considerably after cross-country, and, despite both individual leader Oliver Townend and third-placed Laura Collett both having a show jump rail down, they finished 13.9 penalties ahead of the Australians, who took silver.

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