Earlier this month, five-star eventer and Olympian Boyd Martin taught a show jumping clinic at Wheatland Farm in Purcellville, Virginia where he guided participants through a series of exercises designed to improve rideability. By riding three verticals separated by five strides on alternating bending lines, riders have to be accurate and patient while the horses have to be listening to the rider and quick on their feet. Martin added to the exercise by asking riders to continue to an oxer-to-vertical line on six strides which required riders to ride forward to the question. Then, he reversed the exercise so riders would first jump a vertical-to-oxer line on six strides and then have to collect to approach the bending vertical line.
Martin is one of the world’s leading international event riders and has enjoyed international competitive success at every five-star in the world. Martin has also represented the United States in two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, and one Pan American Games. He has consistently been at the top of the FEI world rankings for over 10 years and has been on every U.S. Championship team since changing his citizenship in 2010.
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).