Nov 23, 2020

USEA Podcast #271: Thanksgiving Special

By USEA

It's a Thanksgiving special on the USEA Podcast this week, listeners, and we are giving thanks for another year of eventing, as unorthodox as it may have been. It's been such a strange year with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and now, more than ever it seems, it's important to take stock of the things we have to be thankful for.

Nicole Brown is joined on the show this week by USEA CEO Rob Burk; Christine Turner, owner of the newly minted USEF CCI4*-L National Champion Tsetserleg; Jennie Brannigan, who finished three horses in the top 20 at Tryon last weekend; and Deonte Sewell, a working student of Phillip Dutton's.

  • Turner speaks about the pride and satisfaction she feels watching a horse she's always believed in do so well, especially in a year where things have been so difficult.
  • Brown asks Turner to share a bit about how she was drawn to the sport of eventing, who was a western pleasure rider before she got involved with the sport and didn't even know what eventing was 10 years ago.
  • Brannigan had three horses competing in the CCI4*-L at the Tryon International Three-Day Event last weekend: Stella Artois was seventh, FE Lifestyle was 16th, and Twilightslastgleam was 20th. She talks a little about each horse's progress and what she sees in the future for them.
  • Sewell tells the story of how he first became interested in horses as a kid and the journey that brought him to the eventing world and ultimately to a position with Phillip Dutton.
  • Brown turns the conversation to the topic of "things that we are thankful for," and each of our guests on the show takes a turn sharing some of the things they have been grateful for this year.
  • One thing that Brown mentioned being thankful for this year was the incredible support of the eventing community for the Frangible Technology Fund launched this spring, which to date has raised nearly $400,000 to help construct new frangible fences at events all over the country. If you are interested in donating to this important cause and helping us reach our goal of $500,000 raised by the end of the year, please visit the USEA Foundation website.

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Oct 06, 2022 Young Event Horse

YEH Graduates Entered to Compete at the Second Edition of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

While a total of 95 4- and 5-year-old horses will be vying for top-finishes in The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships next weekend, a select group of YEH graduates are entered in the CCI5*-L division at the second annual MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory. The USEA YEH program has run successfully for over 15 years, and many graduates of the program have gone onto compete at the pinnacle of the sport, the FEI 5-Star level of eventing, including the four horses entered in the 2022 Maryland 5 Star.

Oct 05, 2022 USEA Foundation

MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program Expands to Offer First-Ever West Coast Location at Galway Downs

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.

Oct 05, 2022 USEA Foundation

Strides For Equality Equestrians Announces ‘SEE Month’ Fundraising Drive in October

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.

Oct 05, 2022 Competitions

Fast Facts: 2022 Morven Park International

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.

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