On February 3, 2020, the 250th episode of the Official USEA Podcast debuted with a new style and new hosts – Nicole Brown and Diarm Byrne of EquiRatings join USEA President Max Corcoran and USEA CEO Rob Burk. Since the relaunch on February 3, five episodes have aired with each episode having thousands of downloads. Missed an episode? Take time to catch up on the episodes #250 – #254.
#250: Did you know that current USEA President Corcoran's great grandfather was the President of the United States? Did you also know that Byrne, EquiRatings Managing Director, has never ridden a horse? Meet the four self-proclaimed nerds who are the hosts of the newly refreshed Official USEA Podcast in episode #250.
Air date: February 3, 2020.
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast #250: The One Where We All Meet
#251: Thirty minutes before he had to do a dressage test at the Rocking Horse H.T., Buck Davidson spoke with Nicole Brown on episode #251. On this episode listeners find out that Buck Davidson is one of the busiest event riders in the world. Out of the most international runs in the last five years, Davidson is ranked fifth as he has had 213 international runs in the last five years.
“I take pride with having the horses last for a long time,” said Davidson. “Keeping them for a long time is what helps me get that number.” Learn what Davidson does to keep his competitive event horses sound and healthy in episode #251.
Air date: February 17, 2020
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast #251: Buck, Wellington, and All Things USEA.
#252: “There is one horse that I am unbelievably excited about,” said Brown in episode #252. Learn about the 9-year-old mare who has caught the attention of many eventers, including the podcast’s host. Another horse has caught the eye of Corcoran. “That is a horse to keep an eye on. It is a lovely horse. It’s fast, and does all three phases very well,” said Corcoran in episode #252.
“I wanted to do right by him,” said Frankie Thieriot Stutes in episode #252. “He’s starting to feel like himself again. It’s been an emotional roller coaster.” Learn about the journey of Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin from this past year in episode #252.
Air date: March 2, 2020
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast #252: Marching in on the Season.
Rob Burk Speaks to Nicole Brown: Burk spoke with Brown following the tragic loss of Katharine Morel and Kerry On.
Air date: March 5, 2020
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast: Rob Burk Speaks to Nicole Brown.
#253: In an unexpected episode, Brown speaks with Burk and USEF Managing Director Jenni Autry to discuss COVID-19 and U.S. Eventing. Learn about the decisions made by the USEA, USEF, and FEI regarding competitions, and how the three organizations have worked together to help keep everyone in the sport safe.
“At the end of the day, we are all so lucky to be involved in this sport and have the horses,” said Burk in episode #253.
Air date: March 16, 2020
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast #253: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and U.S. Eventing
#254: “There are two different disciplines in sports psychology,” said the world-renowned sports psychologist Daniel Stewart in episode #254.
So, which sports psychology discipline is the most important? Listen to the episode as Stewart explains how good athletes can become great athletes and the most common roadblock when it comes to defining success.
Air date: March 30, 2020
Click here to listen to USEA Podcast #254: Sports Psychology Special with Daniel Stewart
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).
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.