The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs have aligned to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity in Florida this winter, and there’s less than a month left to register! If you have not already signed up, make sure to fill out your Young Eventing Horse Symposium registration here, and/or your ICP Symposium registration here.
Wellington, FL - January 21, 2017 - The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) will welcome back the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase from Friday, February 3, to Saturday, February 4, hosting renowned international eventing athletes in Wellington, FL. General admission to the event is free.
On this podcast, we speak with Leslie Law, Zach Brandt and Lizzie Snow about last week’s USEF Emerging Athletes Eventing 25 Training Sessions. Two of the 2017 emerging athletes Zach and Lizzie share their experiences and highlights throughout the session, and Emerging Athletes Coach Leslie Law outlines his strategy for this group of talented young riders.
“This a pipeline to hopefully the senior team, the goal of the day is to identify people in the program who are going to be athletes on those senior teams.” - Leslie Law
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors has named a short list of host venues for a new CCI4* eventing competition. Following extensive review and analysis of each proposal by the CCI4* Task Force, the Eventing Committee, the International Disciplines Council, and the Board of Directors, it was concluded that, due to changes in location and date related to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, the inaugural CCI4* event will be held in the autumn of 2019. Two venues have been named to the short list for further consideration: Fair Hill and Great Meadow. Both sites currently host FEI-level eventing competitions.
Last month legendary eventer William Fox-Pitt joined a packed audience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the keynote speaker for the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting of Members. He walked the audience through his severe brain injury which he sustained in the autumn of 2015 and described his rehabilitation as he prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games.
“In April you think there is loads of time before August, and when I got my sight back I thought ok we have a shot of going,” Fox-Pitt recalled. “But everyone around me was saying don’t tell him, don’t depress him, there is no way he is going to Rio.”
Listen below to his incredible journey back into health and into the saddle.
Lexington, Ky. – On a night dedicated to the horse, two special athletes were recognized for their excellence in 2016 during the USEF's Horse of the Year Awards Gala. Mighty Nice and Catch Me reached the pinnacle of their sports and were named International and National Horse of the Year, respectively. Voting was open to the public through January and both horses, already fan favorites, were rewarded for their tremendous results throughout 2016 with support from voters.
Lexington, Ky. – To close out a year of milestones, Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) was awarded the Robert P. Strub Trophy as the 2016 USEF Equestrian of the Year at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner.
The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the USEA’s Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs are teaming up to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity in Florida this winter. Historically these educational seminars are hosted separately, but they have joined forces to ease travel requirements for instructor and young horse enthusiasts. Join us in Ocala, Fla. February 20-22, 2017, for three days of learning from a variety of professionals.
Listen in for more information on what’s in store, and click here for registration information.
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce a rebranding, launch of a new fan membership, and additional membership benefits. Effective January 11, 2017, the Federation has become US Equestrian and has adopted a refreshed identity as part of a new overall strategic plan for the organization. This includes a refreshed logo that removes the shield element and better aligns the brand with other successful national governing bodies.