As Fleeceworks Royal cleared the final fence in show jumping today, she made her mark as an American bred and produced horse who held her own in the most elite age-based competition in the world. Judith McSwain’s “Rory” is a Holsteiner mare competing against the best of the best at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships in the 7-year-old CCI2* class.
BOOM . . . Today I start with an ending. They did it and did it RIGHT. Rory and Tamie finished double clear! More of that later. I woke early today after a restless sleep. We are all a bit nervous, the stakes are high. Each of us dressed in our carefully selected red, white and blue clothing combinations. We wanted to make sure there was no doubt who we were rooting for and where we were from. We stepped out the door, walked down the street, wow. The sleepy little town had exploded. The bridge was blocked off. People, young children baby strollers and dogs were everywhere. The event was expecting 45,000 spectators. The excitement started.
Fleeceworks Royal, recipient of the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Grant, made her way around the cross-country course in flying fashion, adding nothing to her dressage score of 51.3.
The FEI Eventing Risk Management Steering Group held its first meeting at FEI headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) this week. Chaired by David O’Connor (USA), the group has been set up to look at ways to minimise risk factors in Eventing, with a focus on coordinating risk management initiatives on a global basis.
The Steering Group brings together an extensive breadth of experience and expertise:
This is my first trip to Europe and it has been full of new experiences. One of my favorite experiences so far is the ability to walk to so many places. You ask Europeans how far something is and the consistent response is 20 minutes. We have learned 20 minutes can range from 10 to 45.
Penn Valley, CA - October 20, 2016 – “Right now, less than 25 cents per horse is being spent annually on equine medical research funding in the United States, and that’s a shame when you consider how much our horses mean to us,” said Michael Van Noy, DVM.
“I challenge equine organizations in all disciplines and breeds to add a $1 equine medical research donation to every test, class, course or start in your competitions. You will make a difference and your members will support you.”
We are two months away from our yearly gathering of USEA members. The 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place December 7-11, 2016 at the Diplomat Spa and Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Skip the early winter chill and join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale for a long weekend of disucssion, learning and celebrating the sport we all love.
After the first day of competition at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships, the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers 2016 grant recipient, Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol), sits 14th in the 7-year-old CCI2* division.
Judith McSwain’s “Rory” earned these funds to travel to Le Lion d’Angers after being the highest-placed 2014 Young Event Horse (YEH) graduate who qualified for this Championship as a 7-year-old. The grant, backed by Dr. Tim and Cheryl Holekamp and Christine Turner, aims to encourage U.S.-based breeding and training of young horses.
Back by popular demand, the Richard Jeffery Show Jumping seminar will once again be offered at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
This clinic will focus on the art of show jumping course design, and will consist of two portions: a classroom session in the morning from 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an afternoon session building and watching horses ride through courses, which will be hosted by East Wind Farms.
Tik Maynard is slated to take two horses to the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover at the end of October with plans to enter horses in the eventing and freestyle categories. In preparation, he has taught his off-the-track Thoroughbreds how to jump, and he shares his strategy with us.
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.
The convention program will be distributed to all attendees and many will keep it as a souvenir. Convention goers often also get their programs autographed by some of the famous eventers they will get to rub elbows with.
When I was asked to write a blog for the USEA sharing my experience as an owner in Le Lion d’Angers, the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championship, my first thought was: How could I possibly translate into words what it feels like to have your horse go abroad and represent the USA against the best 7-year-olds in the world? The answer came to me while on the back of a horse, equitrekking in the hills of Spain along the Catalonia Coast, through vineyards, Olive groves, 300-year-old old villages and foothills of the Pyrenees with a view of the Mediterranean. There, I found the courage to share the story of my road to Le Lion because, you see, the reason I was in Spain, was because of Fleeceworks Royal (a.k.a.