The USEA is excited to announce that The Event College at Rolex Kentucky, presented by the Professional Horseman’s Council, will be taking place at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (Lexington, Ky.) next week.
This special event, designed to educate the public on the sport of three-day eventing, will take place Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, during the competition.
Anyone can attend The Event College - and tuition is free! The professors are well-esteemed individuals within the eventing community, such as Sinead Halpin, Karen O’Connor, Leslie Law, Max Corcoran, Cathy Wieschhoff and Rick Wallace.
Each day, the respective professor will meet the “students” at meeting points identified with The Event College flags, and hold a fifteen-minute discussion on whichever phase of the competition is occurring, pointing out what the horses and riders are trying to achieve in the warm up areas versus the competition ring. Questions are encouraged!
Stop by the USEA booth to enroll and receive a schedule with meeting points and times. The tentative schedule is as follows:
Friday: Sinead Halpin will discuss what horse and rider combinations are trying to achieve in the dressage warm up, and how it translates to the show ring. Leslie Law will be leading a cross-country course walk in the morning with invaluable commentary.
Saturday: Rick Wallace and Cathy Wieschhoff will walk the crowd through different cross-country complexes, explaining how the riders will approach them. Max Corcoran will meet students at the vet box in the afternoon to explain the care that the horses will receive after cross-country.
Sunday: Karen O’Connor will meet the students near the show jumping warm up and explain what the riders are trying to achieve as they prepare their horses for a double-clear round.
The USEA would like to thank those who are making this year’s Event College at Rolex Kentucky possible, including the Professional Horseman’s Council, all of our professors, and our docent, Terri Kemp.
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
“We need to back up and look at the gut,” said Dr. Maureen Kelleher before diving into an explanation of the many different oral joint supplements on the market. “Digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary secretion starts to break things down as the horse chews things up and then swallows, and it ends up in the stomach. We’ve got more digestion occurring in the stomach and the small intestine, and absorption starts to occur in the small intestine and continues in the large intestine.”
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.