Fernhill By Night is no stranger to the top spot on the leaderboard after the dressage phase of an event and today’s CIC3* at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event fit right in with his tradition. A night of storms and a brisk morning (for Florida) made for some tense horses and only two managed to break into the twenties, but “Blackie” kept it together to earn a 27.2 with Liz Halliday-Sharp.
Due to snowfall in the Northern Virginia area, the USEA Office will be closed today, Thursday, November 15, 2018. Thank you for your patience.
The Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Trials runs once yearly at the end of May in Gales Ferry, Connecticut (Area I), offering Starter through Training/Novice level horse trials with combined tests at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training level. Mystic Valley Hunt Club is a year-round boarding and training facility that hosts dressage and hunter/jumper shows, horse trials, and summer camps.
My father was from a farm in West Texas and my mother was from New Jersey before the Navy deposited our family in Southeast Connecticut. My father wanted land and my mother wanted horses, so we advertised for a farm within six miles of downtown Mystic of 50 acres or more.
The third annual Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event officially got underway this afternoon with the first horse inspection. The CCI*, CCI2*, and CCI3* all presented to their respective ground juries at the Reddick, Fla. event. Stephanie Goodman did not present OBOS Quality Time and Alex Banks’ withdrew Continuous before the horse inspection. The rest of the one-star field passed.
In the CCI2*, A Sportsfield Diamond, owned by the Champagne Syndicate and ridden by Katie Ruppel was sent to the hold box and she withdrew from there. Forty horses will start in the division.
All 12 entries in the inaugural CCI3* were accepted by Jo Young, (CAN), Janet Surr (GBR), Peter Gray (CAN).
It’s amazing what can happen when you expect nothing and just let things come to you.
At the end of last November, I suddenly had a thumb-sized mass appear on the side of my right leg. It was right in the middle of the scar from my melanoma surgery I had in 2014. Melanoma was back after being dormant for three years. Surgery was quickly performed in December to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes. I’m now a Stage 3C cancer patient.
Hinze's "shark bite" where the melanoma was removed. Photo courtesy of Nick Hinze.
With the deadliest wildfire in California's history raging and nearly 210,000 acres burned and ablaze from fires across the state, the state's citizens and equine community are facing one of equestrians’ worst fears. Many people have been forced to flee their homes, farms, and ranches, with little or no warning, turning horses and livestock loose to fend for themselves and hope for their survival.
Banding together as a community, emergency rescues and fellow equestrians have opened up their barns for shelter and veterinary care for the lost and injured animals. With high winds continuing to sweep over the state, and the fires far from contained, the costs to care for these horses will be ongoing in the coming weeks.
The third annual Ocala Jockey Club (OJC) Three-Day Event kicks off today in Reddick, Florida with the first horse inspection. For the first year the event will offer a CCI3* division – only one of five events in North America to offer the level. In addition OJC will host a CIC3*, CCI2*, and CCI*. The USEA will be on site bringing you all of the coverage, but here are some facts to get you started!
The Ocala Jockey Club (OJC) is pleased to announce that, as part of the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event taking place November 15-18, one of the special events will be a Celebration of Women in Peak Performance Equestrian Sports Luncheon, held Friday, November 16 at the OJC Clubhouse. The featured speakers will be Gemma Tattersall, member of the British Eventing Team that won team gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), and Lynn Symansky, the second-highest placed U.S. rider at the WEG, competing on off-the-track Thoroughbred Donner. The luncheon will be moderated by Jen Roytz, Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project. Admission is included in VIP packages and for riders and officials at the event.
The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the USEA’s 7th Eventing Hall of Fame is fast approaching with just three weeks to go until the excitement kicks off in “The Big Easy!” This year, the USEA Convention will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 6-9, and will feature presentations by experts in their respective fields, from safety officers and committee members to veterinarians and high performance riders.
'Quality, quality, and more quality' could be heard from spectators at the 2018 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships. Year after year the YEH Championships bring out some of the country’s best 4- and 5-year-old horses. Familiar names like Tamra Smith, Tim Bourke, Dominic Schramm, Matthew Flynn, Doug Payne, Andrea Baxter, and Waylon Roberts continue to top the championship leaderboards with their horses. So, what is it about their rides or horses that earn them top scores? Waylon Roberts, who finished fourth on UNanimous and fifth on Café Noir at this year’s championships, shares his secrets to success with the YEH program.
Colors of deep red, bright orange, and vibrant green made a picturesque backdrop for the first Beginner Novice Three-Day Event at the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. On October 12 – 14, Carolyn Mackintosh opened her farm for riders to compete in the fall MDHT with a new USEA Classic Series Beginner Novice Three-Day (BN3D) Event. Ella Lucas and Truthful Saint took home blue, Mary Perry on Cozmos took home red, and Neva Giannini on Stilwell Can Do rounded out the top three for the first ever BN3D at Loch Moy Farm.
The “Featured Clinician” article series is provided through a partnership between Event Clinics and the USEA.
Event Clinics recently conducted an interview with renowned trainer, eventer, and three-day event coach Jim Wofford to learn more about his favorite parts of conducting clinics. Wofford is highly regarded not only for his coaching skills but also for the unique brand of humor that he brings to teaching.