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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May 19, 2022 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: May 21-22

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

May 19, 2022 Sponsor

FITS Returns to Sponsor Intercollegiate, AEC, ATC, and Classic Series for 2022

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.

May 19, 2022 Future Event Horse

Area IV to Host Their First YEH/FEH/NEH Qualifier at Woodloch Stable in Hugo, MN

The USEA offers many programs to help the development of upcoming event horses such as the Future Event Horse (FEH) program which focuses on yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds, the Young Event Horse (YEH) program which serves as an eventing talent search for 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds under saddle, and the New Event Horse program which is an adaption of the YEH program that was designed to serve as an introduction of the sport of eventing for horse and rider that provides a stepping stone to recognized eventing. For the first time ever, USEA Area IV will be hosting a competition that features all three of these programs at Woodloch Stable in Hugo, Minnesota on July 9, 2022.

May 18, 2022 Intercollegiate

Meet the Teams of the 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

It’s time to meet the teams of the 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships! A total of 92 competitors, 12 schools, and 23 teams will be competing at the 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 21-22 at Chattahoochee Hills H.T. in Fairburn, Georgia.

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