Nov 07, 2016

Willow Draw Donates $10,000 of Horse Trial Proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The volunteer crew at Willow Draw presenting their $10,000 check for St. Jude Children's Research Center. Terrie Hatcher Photo.

Saturday, November 5th was the second USEA-recognized charity horse trials at Willow Draw in Weatherford, Texas. Owners and organizers Tre’ and Janet Book donated $10,000 of proceeds to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an internationally famous organization specializing in treating and studying life-threatening childhood cancer and other diseases.

Kiamesha Wilson traveled from Memphis, Tennessee to accept the donation on behalf of St. Jude. It was Wilson’s first look at a horse trials in action. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Wilson. “It is amazing what horses can do! St. Jude is grateful for the support of these horsemen and women and will put the funds to good use to help sick children.”

Kiamesha Wilson alongside Tre' and Janet Brook and Adri Lea Doyal. Terrie Hatcher Photo.

Wilson explained that “Saddle Up for St. Jude!” is a program allowing horse events of any kind to become a St. Jude fund-raising event. Willow Draw’s Volunteer Coordinator, Renee Smith, helped distribute t-shirts and caps to the volunteers and children to celebrate and raise awareness for “Saddle Up for St. Jude!” horse events.

Willow Draw’s lovely course and facilities shown brightly through the overcast but dry one-day horse trials. Competitors shared favorable comments on the footing. Course designer Adri Lea Doyal has said that she likes using creative décor to enhance the traditional course that reached into the hilly area of Willow Draw’s terrain. Course decorator Debra Sue Waters added her own picnic baskets and other touches as well. Deeda Randle came from Wyoming to act as Technical Delegate, with Amanda Miller-Atkins from North Carolina serving as the Ground Jury.

Willow Draw is actively expanding the Preliminary course working toward the debut of the CIC* and CCI* courses at a horse trials fully dedicated to these divisions, help September 29 – October 1, 2017.

Mary Hirsch Photo.

In addition, Willow Draw has two additional USEA fixtures on the 2017 calendar, a one-day horse trial on May 27, 2017, and a two-day horse trial on the weekend following the FEI event, October 7-8, 2017.

Tre’ and Janet Book are committed to using the USEA recognized horse trials at Willow Draw benefit worthy charities. The Books have selected charities using their own review criteria for the charities they benefit, including effective assistance and financial and accountability ratings. Earlier in 2016 the horse trials donated $10,000 to Semper Fi Fund, an organization working with wounded veterans.

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Sep 22, 2023 Young Event Horse

The Dutta Corporation Returns as Title Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Championships

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.

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How a Helmet Saved Silva Martin

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.

Sep 20, 2023 Area Championships

Meet the 11 New Champions from the Area VII Championships at Aspen Farms

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!

Sep 19, 2023 Eventing News

In Memoriam: Mr. Medicott

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.

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