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Ocala, Florida - Multi-Olympian Karen O'Connor has been appointed the new coach of the Mexican Eventing Team and will assume the role immediately. The appointment will involve O'Connor training the team for major events including the Pan American Games in Toronto this summer and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.
Original Post Date: 01/13/2015 - 08:38   |   Last Updated: 2015:01:13 08:38:17

Sue Hershey manages the USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP) and explains how it has developed and how to become involved.Listen to the podcast here. 
Original Post Date: 08/20/2014 - 08:50   |   Last Updated: 2014:08:20 08:50:40

Multi-Olympian Eventer Joins Kenny Rice for Coverage of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.
Original Post Date: 08/06/2014 - 12:17   |   Last Updated: 2014:08:06 15:54:35

Marilyn Little won the Breda CIC2* in The Netherlands this weekend riding Team Tabasco's 13 year old Trakhener gelding RF Tabasco (Heraldik xx - Titania III x Heling) by finishing on their dressage score of 38.8. Recently purchased by Suzanne Lacy, Betsy Smith, Maggi Buterbaugh and Kate Conover from Germany's Ingrid Klimke, RF Tabasco (pictured left - photo by GNS Fotografie) was coming off a third place finish at the Blair Castle CCI2* and has already established a winning partnership with Little.
Original Post Date: 09/11/2013 - 17:06   |   Last Updated: 2013:09:16 11:55:30

U.S. Multi Olympian, Karen O'Connor is still recovering from a serious riding accident that resulted in a broken back which has sidelined her for the spring eventing season. Her team of horses are currently being ridden by Lauren Kieffer and Marilyn Little to keep them fit for competition. The 11 year old Dutch Warmblood mare Veronica owned by Team Rebecca LLC is now ridden by her new regular partner Kieffer and the partnership began the season this weekend with a second place finish in the Ocala Horse Trials Open Preliminary.
Original Post Date: 02/13/2013 - 10:40   |   Last Updated: 2013:02:13 10:42:23

Chris Stafford Radio is on site at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention and we will be posting special podcasts from Colorado Springs. The daily podcasts will feature exclusive interviews with delegates who will share highlights and breaking news from the many meetings and seminars. We wish you could join in all the fun with us in Colorado, but our podcasts and video highlights will be the next best thing.Chris interviewed USEA CEO, Jo Whitehouse, to welcome everyone to Convention
Original Post Date: 12/08/2012 - 00:00   |   Last Updated: 2012:12:08 18:31:50

The U.S. team rallied to qualify two riders for the individual final today in Greenwich Park but would have been less than satisfied with the team seventh place finish at these Olympic Games. It was Germany all the way for gold medals and a gallant Great Britain holding onto the silver medal as New Zealand ousted Sweden to take the bronze, which was some consolation for Double Olympic Champion Mark Todd who dropped out of individual medal contention when Campino lowered the first part of the double in the team event. 
Original Post Date: 07/31/2012 - 15:20   |   Last Updated: 2012:07:31 16:55:07

The U.S. riders had mixed fortunes on the cross country at the Olympic Games with anchorman Phillip Dutton and Jim and Arden Wildasin's Mystery Whisper returning the best result of the team adding just 2.8 time penalties to his overnight score to finish the day on 47.1 in 12th place. The team is currently in 5th place on 155.2 which will mean a long uphill climb to get back in medal contention tomorrow since the Germans held onto the lead and go into the show jumping on 124.70 followed by Great Britain on 130.2 and Sweden with 131.4.  
Original Post Date: 07/30/2012 - 16:30   |   Last Updated: 2012:07:30 16:39:45

The U.S. finished the dressage phase outside the medal positions today in Greenwich Park despite two solid rides by Phillip Dutton and Will Coleman to put the team in seventh place on a score of 138.80 going into the cross country phase.  Will Coleman produced a credible performance in his Olympic debut to finish on 46.3 but was clearly somewhat disappointed with Twizzel.
Original Post Date: 07/29/2012 - 14:19   |   Last Updated: 2012:07:29 16:24:05

The U.S. team established its intentions today in Greenwich Park by finishing in bronze medal position after the first day’s dressage of the London Olympic Games. Boyd Martin and Otis Barbotiere put the first marks on the score board in front of a large crowd when they got things underway in ideal weather conditions for the horses. Boyd, who was asked to be pathfinder by Team Leader Mark Phillips, is currently tied for 13th place on 50.7 at the halfway stage and is clearly enjoying his Olympic experience, “I’m thrilled to be here.
Original Post Date: 07/28/2012 - 15:15   |   Last Updated: 2012:07:28 17:40:42


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