EVENTING 2016-2026: USEA to Hold Sport Summit at the Annual Meeting and Convention


The sport of Eventing has undergone dramatic changes in the last 10-15 years. The loss of the Classic long format has changed the type of horses required to excel, FEI rules and increased qualification criteria has seen a proliferation of CICs, which in turn impacts national horse trials at all levels. Rules to improve safety of both horse and rider have increased participation costs for riders.

Atlanta (2008-2016)


The USEA is very sad to share that Atlanta, an 8-year-old Argentinian Sport Horse, was humanely euthanized on course this morning at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter II Horse Trials in Ocala, Fla. Ridden by owner, Juan Larrazabal, Atlanta suffered a fractured leg on the Intermediate cross-country course.

The Progression of Horse and Rider with David O'Connor: Flatwork


Each year the Instructor’s Certification Program (ICP) brings in phenomenal instructors to host two symposia, one on each coast of the country. This year’s symposia features U.S. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor who took instructors through “The Progression of Horse and Rider.” Laura Powell recaps her experiences in a three-part series of the West Coast Symposium, hosted by Galway Downs.

Young Horse Championships Return with Exciting New Additions in 2016


The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2016 Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships on both the east and west coast.

The FEH West Coast Championships will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Twin Rivers (Paso Robles, Calif.), followed by the East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.) on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Charles Owen Receives Funding to Explore Safer Helmet Materials

Funding has been awarded to world-leading, US-based helmet designer and manufacturer, Roy Burek of Charles Owen Inc. to develop a novel material created by researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering and Cambridge University Engineering Department. This funding has been made by a partnership of the National Football League (NFL), Under Armour, GE, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support...

Grid Pro Quo with Karen O'Connor

My signature clinic exercise was adopted some 30 years ago from show jumping legend Anne Kursinski. It seems really simple at first glance, with just two jumps — a vertical to an oxer set quite low for the level — but it is deceptively hard once you add in all of the different variations that we will discuss later. For me, this is a great exercise that becomes a segue to establishing consistent course riding. The rider becomes acutely aware of the direction, speed, balance, and rhythm before, during and after the jump. With the rider’s increased awareness, she begins to have an influence on the basic components.

ETB Equine Construction To Build 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championship Cross-Country Courses


Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction in Scottsville, Virginia, has signed a contract to build the cross-country course for the 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC, set to take place from Thursday, September 1, through Sunday, September 4, 2016.


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