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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May 15, 2022 Competitions

Boyd Martin and Fedarman B Master the CCI 4*-L Division at Tryon Spring International Three-Day Event

Boyd Martin claimed the win aboard Fedarman B on a final score of 29.0 in the CCI4*-L division to claim the CCI4*-L USET Foundation National Championship, adding nothing to their dressage score after two double-clear jumping rounds. In reserve, and the highest-ranked international rider, Colleen Loach and Vermont, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) owned by Peter Barry, also completed their weekend without adding any points, ending on a score of 29.3. Clinching third place honors via double-clear stadium round for a total of 31.0 points was Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor 48 x Mytens XX) owned by Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown.

May 15, 2022 USEA Foundation

Ever So Sweet Scholarship Recipient Sierra Lesny Looks Back on a Successful Season

In 2021, Strides for Equality Equestrian (SEE) and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) established the Ever So Sweet Scholarship which provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with five-star eventing Sara Kozumplik Murphy for one season (winter or summer). The scholarship funds cover full board and training costs for one horse, several lessons per week, housing, a stipend for living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions. During the duration of their working student opportunity, participants learn to manage, care for, and compete horses in an immersive program and will have the opportunity to work as part of the team in all aspects of running a large, competitive barn, in addition to making critical professional connections that would otherwise be unattainable.

May 14, 2022 Association News

Equine Fatality at the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.

Reddick, FL - The organizing committee of the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. is sad to report that No Limits, Oops a 16-year-old gelding ridden by Aline Briot in the Training Rider division experienced a fall at fence 17 on the cross-country course. The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and was euthanized onsite. Aline Briot was uninjured in the fall.

May 14, 2022 Education

Eventing Fact: You Will Sometimes Fall Off

This story first appeared in the May 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.

In all horse sport, there’s a risk that you might hit the deck. But if you’re an event rider, that is pretty much guaranteed.

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