USEA News

February 23, 2017

The Windy Acres Trophy has been awarded 56 times to the USEA/USCTA Rider of the Year but only to 16 different people in the history of the Association.  The Trophy is synonymous with repeat winners and the base is filled with the same names inscribed multiple times. Bruce Davidson is the record holder for most wins – having earned the Rider of the Year title a whopping 14 times. However, Phillip Dutton isn’t too far behind with 13 titles to his name, and as an active rider he could still surpass the record. J. Michael Plumb has his name down 10 times in the history book as Rider of the Year.

February 22, 2017

The USEA turned the microphone over to Chris Burton once again for the third day of the  Young Horse and Instructors’ Certification Program Symposium. The final – and soggiest – day focused on the Young Event Horse (4- and 5-year-olds) and Burton’s theories for starting them, training them and bringing them up the levels.

“I am a little bit worried you are going to be hearing the same stuff coming out of my mouth,” said Burton at the beginning of his presentation. “I am sorry if I am boring you to death, but then I thought that is what I do every day so you can hear it all again. That is the strongest point I can talk to you about training young horses. Consistency, continuity and making sure that you are very regulated in your training.”

February 22, 2017

KALISPELL, Mont. (Feb. 21, 2017) – It is estimated that one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. One Montana-based organization, Halt Cancer at X, is determined to change that statistic.

February 21, 2017

Two poles on the ground, a cross rail to an oxer, an angled line – Chris Burton used seemingly innocuous exercises to teach the demo riders how to ride cross-country during day two of the USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. Throughout the day, Burton was full of insight into his training and teaching methods and shared numerous snippets of advice to the instructors in attendance.

With so much knowledge shared over the long day it would be impossible to report on all, but a selection of Burton’s advice, quips and instruction is below.

On finding the right distance

February 21, 2017

Whether or not you've ever competed in a long-format competition the committee asks that you take five tiny minutes to complete this 5-question survey. Your answers will help determine how to offer the most exciting and educational experience at a long-format competition at all levels and identify specific needs to encourage organizers to host long-format events at the Preliminary level (there is only one at the country right now).

February 20, 2017

Winter is the best time for education and today’s USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Symposium attendees definitely got a healthy dose of knowledge. Headlined by the legendary Chris Ryan, the morning classroom session took place at the Ocala Jockey Club in Ocala, Fla.

Ryan, who found and produced Olympic silver medalist, McKinlaigh as well as numerous other top eventers, sees hundreds of young horses each year as one of the foundation selectors of the Goresbridge “Go For Gold Elite Event Horse Sale” held every November in Ireland. Ryan has developed a keen eye for young stock and shared his experience with the judges, breeders and young horse enthusiasts in attendance.

February 20, 2017

World experts in equestrian sport and risk management met last weekend at Tattersalls (IRL) for the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) Eventing Risk Management summit, taking a 360 look at minimizing risk in the sport. Olympic gold medalist and Chair of the FEI Risk Management Steering Group David O’Connor (USA), who chaired the summit (10-12 February), described the outcome of the three-day meetings as “great strides forward”.

February 17, 2017

Planning to compete at the 2017 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) this summer? Area Declarations are due March 1!

An athlete’s Area is determined by their legal address as recorded in the USEF database.  For 2017, all athletes must complete an Area Declaration.  If an athlete is currently residing in a different Area than what is listed by his/her address, due to relocating for university, working student position, etc., and they wish to compete for that Area, they must indicate this on the Area Declaration.

February 17, 2017

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), aimed at educating the trainers of young event horses and Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.

RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover and USEA’s new Young Event Horse Professional Trainer Certification both seek to improve and evaluate the skills of trainers. The largest sport in RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover is eventing, and the most heavily represented breed in the Young Event Horse program is the Thoroughbred.

February 17, 2017

The University of Florida (UF) Gators and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights went head-to-head last weekend in the first intercollegiate eventing challenge of the year, hosted by the Equiventures team at the Ocala Winter II Horse Trials presented by Brian Cox Farm Team.

It was the scramble team of two UCF and one UF rider who were ultimately the winners. Rachel Morgan (UCF), Victoria Markert (UCF) and Jordan Vann (UF) earned a cumulative score of 164.7 to put them solidly in front. Morgan and her own Kryptonite IV, a 21-year-old Trakehner mare (Macht x Podzies Paycheck), were named the second highest individual collegiate pair after picking up only one pole in the show jumping for a 10th place finish in the Training Rider division (42.20).

February 17, 2017

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will conduct a public workshop on the use of Medroxyprogesterone acetate, often referred to as Depo-Provera®, on competition horses.  The public workshop will take place on March 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel in Orlando, Fla.  Additional information will be available on USEF Network
 

February 16, 2017

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce their continued corporate sponsor partnership with Standlee Hay Company, Inc., the “Official Forage of the USEA.”  Standlee will remain a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships as well as a Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Gold Cup Series, Future Event Horse Series and Young Event Horse Series.

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