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.
US Equestrian has announced the nomination of the following athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Eventing Team, as well as the Reserves for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Three direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
A combination that can be found on almost every cross-country course starting at the Novice level is the coffin combination. As the levels go up, so does the difficulty of the coffin question. The distances become shorter, coffins become bigger, and the terrain becomes steeper - even the name itself sounds intimidating.
The dressage test is the first of the three phases in eventing. Intended to demonstrate "the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse," the dressage test contains a prescribed list of movements to be carried out in front of a judge, or judges, and which is then given a penalty score that horse and rider carry through to the end of the competition.
On Sunday, June 16, Molly Sullivan and Kate Swain were named the two winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award for Area IX at Golden Spike Horse Trials.