US Equestrian is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenni Autry as Managing Director of Eventing. Autry (Kennett Square, Pa.), will relocate to Lexington, Ky., and will take over the role formally on August 10, but she will start transitioning into the role on July 15. Autry is well known in the eventing world through her role as managing editor of Eventing Nation. Autry will cease all journalist responsibilities with immediate effect and will also cease her freelance roles with other organizations and individuals.
“We are very excited to welcome Jenni to the eventing Managing Director role and very conscious of what a huge role she will be taking on,” commented Will Connell, US Equestrian’s Director of Sport. “Jenni will thus need, and receive, a great deal of support as she establishes herself in this role. The process of identifying the Managing Director has included three rounds of interviews that have allowed a wide range of stakeholders to pose questions to applicants. Often wrongly perceived as being solely about the senior eventing team and Elite Program, the Managing Director has to lead in a wide plethora of areas, as well as develop effective working relationships with a large number of stakeholders within and outside the USEF. Jenni’s detailed knowledge of eventing and her success building Eventing Nation will stand her in good stead, but she will now need to look at the sport through very different lenses. As part of the process of helping Jenni establish herself in the role, we will closely examine roles, responsibilities, and management structures across the Programs and the Team. Jenni has all the professional and personal skills necessary to take this role on, and I look forward to working closely with her over the coming months.”
“As I close the door on my journalism career, I am excited to become the USEF Managing Director of Eventing,” Autry said. “Every day will be committed to continuing the work of implementing the Strategic Plan, ensuring the success of the Pathway Program, and creating sustainable success in U.S. Eventing for many years to come. This job reaches far beyond High Performance, and there are big shoes to fill. I am eager to hit the road to speak with key stakeholders who will play a critical role in growing the sport and ultimately getting the U.S. back on the podium.”
US Equestrian would like to take this opportunity to recognize the enormous contribution and commitment to eventing that Joanie Morris has given since taking on the role in 2012. Her dedication to the well-being and success of the horses, athletes, grooms, team staff, and owners has earned her the respect of the eventing community. We wish her good luck and good fortune for the future. Morris will be handing over the reins immediately after the Pan American Games in Lima, where she will be the Eventing Team Leader.
USEA podcast host Nicole Brown chats with Interim Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager of the U.S. Eventing Team Bobby Costello about the Silver Medal Performance put forward by the U.S. Team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships.
There is still time to experience the long format of three-day eventing this year, by competing in a fall USEA Classic Series Event! The USEA Classic Series offers long-format eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels, and there are still a few left on the fall calendar in various Areas.
This story first appeared in the August 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.
I have had many young horses in my time, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s rarely the perfect, easy baby that becomes the next superstar. In fact, I’ve always considered it a positive to have the well-behaved youngster throw a little bit of attitude my way, as I believe that it takes fight to become a great event horse.