The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featured a panel including Dr. Mark Hart, Phillip Dutton, Erik Duvander, Lynn Symansky, Sam Watson, William Coleman, and Will Connell reviewing the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) that took place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in North Carolina.
Dr. Hart, who served as Chief Medical Officer for the WEG, and Will Connell, USEF’s Director of Sports Programs, reflected on the games overall and the different challenges that the games presented, everything from the short time that TIEC had to prepare to the impending threat of Hurricane Florence in the week leading up to the games.
Dutton, Symansky, Coleman, Watson, and Duvander all offered their own thoughts on the games overall before opening the panel up to questions, covering topics ranging from how to improve in the future, the difference between riding as an individual or on a team, the cross-country course, and more.
For more thoughts from the panel, click here.
The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place each December and brings together a large group of dedicated USEA members and supporters to discuss, learn, and enjoy being surrounded by other eventing enthusiasts. The USEA organizes multiple seminars in addition to committee meetings, open forums, and tons of fun! The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 12-15, 2019. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
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.