Willow Draw in Weatherford, TX (Area V) is sharing two important announcements:
Preparation for the November 5th horse trials and the 2017 CIC* and CCI* courses are in the hands of course designe rAdri Lea Doyal. Course development includes the addition of new signature obstacles created by Marvin Savage.
Adri Doyal spoke of her philosophy of course design as “conscientious”, producing a course that “takes riders a bit out of their comfort zone, but is still horse-friendly even if a rider makes a mistake”. Adri says she approaches her courses as “apiece of music that builds from an inviting beginning to the challenging high notes and more complex rhythms, then finishes on softer tones."
Organizer Tre’ Book and Adri are in agreement that even though they enjoy adding newer jump materials and designs, they “don’t want a course like an over-sized derby field”. So, evolving aesthetics are being creatively built into a traditional, forward-thinking ride.
Tre’ Book emphasizes that “We are grateful for the trust that Siobhan O’Brien and the Area V council has placed with us during Willow Draw’s first year of USEA recognized horse trials”. Tre’ and Janet Book continue to put the emphasis on a safe, smoothly-run event. Outstanding courses and a great competitor experience is the priority for Willow Draw horse trials.
Although pleased to present their new USEA-recognized events, Tre’ and Janet Book see Willow Draw’s first priority as a schooling and training facility. Many options are being built to move even things such as walls and trakheners to keep the course fresh and useful for Area V riders during the months after the horse trials.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is humbled to announce the return of long-time partner The Dutta Corporation as the “Title Sponsor of the 2023 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships,” which include the East Coast Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland, on Oct. 19-20 and the West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, on Oct. 27-28.
When Team SmartPak Rider Silva Martin saddles up, it’s always with a helmet. Silva’s riding career has taken her from Germany all across the world before she settled in the United States in 2007—well before helmets were popular in dressage. When the traditional top hat ruled the dressage ring, riders often schooled in baseball caps or nothing at all.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington, served as the beautiful backdrop for this year’s USEA Area VII Championships. In total, there were 11 championship divisions offered from the Beginner Novice level through Intermediate, in addition to the event’s regular horse trial divisions. USEA President Lou Leslie was onsite to lend a helping hand and help issue awards during the prize-giving ceremonies. Meet the 11 new USEA Area VII Champions below!
The USEA is sad to report that Mr. Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra) passed away on September 17 at Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Stonehall Farm in Virginia where he has enjoyed his retirement since 2019. The Irish Sport Horse gelding made quite the mark on the sport of eventing in the U.S., completing more than 50 FEI events over the course of his career with five different riders and finishing in the top 10 at 30 of those competitions. Mr. Medicott attended two Olympic Games and one World Equestrian Games for two different countries over the course of his career. “Cave,” as he was known around the barn, was 24 years old at the time of his death.