Mar 01, 2021

USEA Podcast #278: Team Talk #4

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We've got another Team Talk update for you listeners this week! Nicole Brown is joined once again by USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander and USEF Managing Director for Eventing Jenni Autry to talk about the U.S. eventing team's path forward to Tokyo.

  • The first training camp of the year for members of the USEF High Performance Training Lists took place in Ocala last month with Duvander and show jumping coach Peter Wylde. Prior to that in January, Duvander and Autry made visits to individual riders to formulate training plans aiming for the Kentucky Three-Day Event, Tokyo, and the World Equestrian Games in 2022. The training session gave riders the chance to ride side-by-side with each other in a training setting and also allowed the team veterinarians and farrier to look at the horses before the start of the competition season.
  • Peter Wylde is new to coaching the U.S. team this year as the show jumping coach and Duvander said that he is excited to have Wylde on board.
  • Talk turns then to the Kentucky Three-Day Event, which it was announced earlier this month would not be running the CCI5*-L and then reversed the decision after a massive fundraising effort took place to help fund the event. Autry speaks about how important the Kentucky CCI5*-L is, not just from a big picture perspective, but also as a selection trial for Tokyo later this summer.
  • Duvander chimes in to comment on how lucky the U.S. is to be able to run events currently, under the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, and that the quality of events in the lead-up to Kentucky is second-to-none. Riders are able to pick and choose what is going to be best for them and their horses.
  • Autry shares that Badminton Horse Trials and the Jersey Fresh International Horse Trials are also selection trials for Tokyo in addition to Kentucky, but that the majority of riders will be at Kentucky. USEF Network will be streaming the event for free, so even though spectators are not going to be allowed, people will be able to follow along from home.
  • Autry gives an update on the logistics being put in place to get horses and riders to Tokyo amid all the international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including expectations for athletes and anyone else in attendance at the games. While this Olympic Games will be unlike any that's come before it, Autry reiterated the belief that eventers are a hearty, resilient bunch who will adapt in whichever ways are necessary to be successful.
  • Looking past Kentucky and towards Tokyo, Brown asks Duvander to talk about the final time schedule. The selectors will designate horses to be examined by the team veterinarian after Kentucky and Jersey, and then the team will be announced no later than June 1.
  • If you've missed any of the previous Team Talk episodes, check them out here, here, and here.

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Feb 02, 2023 Eventing News

In Memoriam: James C. Wofford

The USEA is heartbroken to hear about the loss of James “Jimmy” C. Wofford. A lifelong lover and supporter of the sport, Wofford has had an astounding influence on where eventing is today and has tirelessly supported the goals of the United States Eventing Association. He served as president of the American Horse Show Association (now U.S. Equestrian (USEF)), was the first vice-president of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET), and served as secretary of the USCTA (now USEA). He served two terms as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, including two years as vice chairman. In addition, he has served on numerous committees during his career.

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USEA's Tip Tuesday: Cross-Country Positions with Karen O'Connor

For seasoned and novice riders alike, it is always good to revisit the basics. Serving as the foundation for any eventer, the positions used on the cross-country course differ from those in the dressage or show jumping ring. The USEA tuned into five-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games rider, two Pan-American Games rider, and USEA ECP certified coach Karen O'Connor as she walked coaches and students at the USEA ECP Symposium through the basic positions for effective cross-country riding.

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