The USEF Show Jumping Course Advisor Program was introduced in 2004 to raise the standard of show jumping course design in the United States. In cooperation with the USEA, the program initially focused on show jumping courses for FEI and Advanced level competition, but expanded in recent years to reviews of courses for Preliminary and Intermediate horse trials. The goal of the program is to ensure the standard of the courses throughout the country and to deliver courses that provided the same level of technicality. The program has been effective in improving the consistency of show jumping courses through the review and critique of courses from a majority of designers.
In 2017, the Eventing Committee approved an expansion of the program. Course Designers for all FEI Eventing competitions in the United States are now asked to submit their courses as posted with all technical details (distance, time allowed, etc.) within five days of the competition for review by Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Richard Jeffery. Each course is posted on the USEF website with Jeffery’s analysis along with a course evaluation completed by the Course Designer prior to the event. This allows Course Designers to review other courses and consider Jeffery’s input when designing their own courses. The ultimate goal is to establish and maintain an equal standard of jumping for events across the country.
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).