This article, reprinted from In Stride in the December Issue of Eventing USA (formerly USCTA News), is a good read as the winter approaches, which is typically a time full of hacking and flatwork for many riders. Mary Ann Judkins goes back to basics in this article, detailing how to warm up and stretch your horse in preparation for more demanding work. Take a look.
Temecula, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014—British Olympic medalist Ian Stark has been then the course designer at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event since 2007, and riders have always given rave reviews to the challenges he creates.
In 2013 Stark made some major changes to the Galway Downs course’s track, especially for the CCI3*, to better incorporate the limited terrain features available on the Temecula Valley property. Those changes added a dimension to the cross-country course that it hadn’t had before.
Doug Payne from Area II, who has recently moved to a new training barn in North Carolina, offers some helpful advice on starting your own business.
The 2014 USEA Adult Team Championship took place in coordination with the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships this year. Adult riders from all walks of life around the country came together to compete in a fun, friendly team environment. ATC sponsor The Chronicle of the Horse published a feature article about the winning teams in the October 13 issue of the magazine. Click to read!
Temecula, Calif., Oct. 27, 2014—Whether you love a good scare, a good meal, or a good tune, you’ll find something to love at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event—in addition to plenty of great horses.
The highlight of the weekend’s festivities is the equine competition, as top human and equine athletes from around the country compete for $30,000 in prize money. But there’s much more than just horses to see and do at Galway Downs.
Leesburg, Va. - The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is the making final preparations for the 2014 Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships on both the east and west coast.
The FEH West Coast Championship will be held on October 30, 2014 at Galway Downs (Temecula, Calif.), while the East Coast Championship will take place at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.) on November 2, 2014.
Vero Beach, Florida - The Professional Riders Organization is pleased to announce that Eventing Nation has come on board as a joint partner on PRO TV with a planned broadcast at Galway Downs International CCI3*, November 2, 2014.
Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) Schedule:
Dressage Session A Training Program
B & C Jumping Training Program
Dressage Session B Training Program
Cross-Country Course Design Training Program
Temecula, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014— Buck Davidson, winner of the CCI3* at the 2013 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, will journey from his base in Pennsylvania to defend his Galway Downs title, on Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
In 2013, Davidson, of Riegelsville, Pa., rode Petite Flower to victory. This time he’ll try to make it two in a row on Copper Beech, the horse with whom he won the Jersey Fresh CCI3* in May.
USEA Editors Leslie Threlkeld and Caroline Culbertson met with professional saddle fitter Patty Merli to discuss some basics of saddle fitting that can be evaluated at home before calling a pro.
“Riding is all about feel - so is saddle fitting," said Merli. "Does the horse feel free? Do you feel balanced? Is your position effective? Can you put your aids on without feeling like you have to change your position? Does your leg stay under you over a fence? That would basically move them into the next part of a fitting - to the ring.”
We've got some top-notch speakers coming to this year's USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas from December 3-7. To whet your appetite, we are previewing some of those speakers over the next several weeks.
Planning for and Handling Horses During Emergencies with Eldon Reyer
Do you have a special connection with someone being recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting and Convention and you want to find a way to honor them? Purchasing an advertisement to be included in the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention Program is a great way to show your appreciation to your fellow eventer or family member for their amazing achievements this year.