Jan 18, 2021

USEA Podcast #275: The 2021 Preview Show

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The gang's all here! Nicole Brown is joined this week by USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Diarm Byrne of EquiRatings to take a look at some of the upcoming highlights for 2021 and make some predictions about exciting things we might see this year.

  • New in 2021 is the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL), which already has over 65 registered teams and nearly 20 team challenges on the calendar for the coming year. If you are a Junior Member of the USEA in 7th through 12th grade interested in competing in the IEL this year, check out more details about the program on the USEA website!
  • Not eligible for the IEL but still want to set a fun goal for 2021? Why not aim for the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)? Taking place August 31-September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the 2021 USEA AEC provides an opportunity for the top riders in the country at each level to compete against each other for the national championship titles. Those who were qualified to compete in the 2020 AEC will be able to qualify for the 2021 AEC with a single MER within the time period of April 23, 2021 - August 23, 2021. Those that still need to qualify for the 2021 AEC should check out the qualification guidelines here.
  • Byrne chimes in to speak about how the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has not disappeared with the start of the new year. While an exciting year lies ahead, EquiRatings is focusing on remaining flexible and not setting big, concrete goals. EquiRatings will still continue to bring exciting new challenges to Eventing Manager as well as fun event preview and review episodes to the Eventing Podcast.
  • Burk shares that we are just $12,000 away from activating the final matching donation to the Frangible Technology Fund that will put fundraising at over $500,000 for this important safety initiative.
  • #TeamTalk episodes will be back in 2021 as we're on the road to Tokyo with USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander and USEF Managing Director for Eventing Jenni Autry. If you have questions you'd like to have asked on an upcoming #TeamTalk episode, email them to [email protected].
  • To close out this week's episode, the team takes turns making predictions about what they think might be in store for 2021. Byrne leads off with a prediction for who will emerge as the winner in the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, followed by Brown with her prediction for who will be the highest-placed U.S. combination at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo (and a bonus prediction about the podium at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in the fall!) Burk makes a safety-related prediction, and Corcoran closes out with a prediction about the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds. You'll have to listen in to hear their predictions!
  • What are your predictions for 2021? Email your predictions to [email protected] for the chance to be mentioned on our next episode of the USEA Podcast!

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May 13, 2021 Sponsor

FITS Returns to Sponsor AEC, ATC, Intercollegiate, and Classic Series

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2021. They are returning as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Classic Series, and a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS Riding will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.

May 13, 2021 Classic Series

Memories from the Vet Box with Kerry Millikin

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything, it was an amazing experience.” Twenty-five years ago, Kerry Millikin and her off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Out and About (who was only 8 years old at the time) won the individual Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, making her one of five females to have earned an individual Olympic medal for the U.S.

May 12, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

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