As many Eventers are enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers today, some Area III members are packing up their trailers and headed to Pine Top Farm for their annual Thanksgiving Horse Trial. This Event will be the last USEA recognized show of the year, and it boasts a unique holiday atmosphere.
This show is additionally special to farm managers Glenn and Janet Wilson, as it will wrap up their 25th year of hosting Horse Trials. “Glenn and Janet Wilson organized their first event in February of 1990. It was their vision that built Pine Top Farm to what you see now, hosting their first CIC 3* in February 2016,” explained media contact and co-organizer Virginia Wilson.
Tex Sutton is returning as a sponsor to the 2015 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention by donating their services to the USEA Live Auction. Tex Sutton is donating a single stall one-way trip for a horse aboard any of their scheduled flights across the United States, which is up to a $5,000 value.
“All of us here at Tex Sutton are honored to be associated with the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention once again,” stated Rob Clark, President of H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company, LLC. “We are happy to donate a trip aboard our 'Air Horse One' to help raise needed funds to run such a great equestrian organization.”
Our staff would like to wish a happy and healthy holiday season to the members, sponsors, and associates of the USEA. We are grateful for your membership and support.
The USEA office will be closed on the following days:
Day Before Thanksgiving; Nov. 25 – office open ½ day, closing at 2:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 26 – office closed
Friday after Thanksgiving; Nov. 27 – office closed
Christmas Eve – office closed
Christmas Day – office closed
New Year’s Day – office closed
While staff will be limited on other days during the holiday season, we are always happy to hear from our members. Happy Holidays!
Lou Lesley, Chair, USEA Strategic Planning Committee explains the proposed new division of DX Eventing - a two-phase competition. Debbie Adams from Area II continues the series on Buying and Starting The Young Event Horse.
A new USEA Youth Council has been formed to represent the youth in the sport of Eventing. The USEA Youth Council will be the voice of the upcoming generations of Eventers as they work to increase the participation in the sport.
The current goals of this Council are as follows:
The USEA is honored to announce the new Seema Sonnad Junior Riders’ Grant that has been generously established in her memory by her husband, Henry Glick and her friends. Seema was not only passionate about the sport she loved, but also about ensuring its future health through the education and guidance of younger generations of riders.
The Professional Riders Organization is very pleased to announce that it will honor award recipients at the PRO Award’s Reception at the Omni Hotel in Washington, DC, site of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, on Friday, December 4th at 6:15PM. Sara Kozumplik Murphy, a PRO Advisory Board and Award’s Committee member, will host the reception with her longtime owner Edith Rameika.
Nina and Tim Gardner have been selected as the honorees for the 2015 PRO As You Like It Owner’s Award, which was established by Murphy and Rameika to honor owners who have not only supported a rider’s career but also been a positive influence to the sport of eventing.
“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.”
This is the quote that sparked the creation of the most unique Adult Team Challenge (ATC) theme to date.Team “Then Always Be a Unicorn” was made up of Amanda Chance on Happenstance, Bobby Covington on Halo, Jeanette Bayer on Pandamonium and Sherri Hampton on Rhetabenz. This mythical team took the blue ribbon in the Broadstone Beginner Novice ATC division at the AEC this fall. Nearly as impressive as their win is their theatrical cross-country course walk (gallery right). Team member Amanda Chance shares the story of how this magical team and course walk came to be.
Shane Rose (AUS) created history today by taking first and second places at the Adelaide International 3 Day Event, second leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 series.
Holding on to first place with his Dressage leader, Felicity and Elizabeth Wischer's CP Qualified, and testing the owners’ nerves by using up his fence in hand, he claimed victory for them with a 1.50 penalty lead.
Despite a burst water main on course, nothing could dampen Shane Rose’s performance riding his two four-star horses today. Rose demonstrated his talent by taking first and second place after an entertaining Cross Country. Although somewhat hesitant at the start, CP Qualified got into a good rhythm and jumped superbly to come home with the addition of just 3.2 time penalties, good enough to hold the lead by 5.5 penalties.
Recognizing signs of equine stomach ulcers is familiar to Carolyn Littel, VMD, an equine veterinarian from Fawn Grove, Pa. Whether it’s due to poor performance,1 decreased appetite,1 recurrent colic1 or poor body condition,1 Littel frequently treats horses with ulcers in her area, which is home to many Olympic-caliber performance horses as well as champion race horses.
For a definitive diagnosis, Littel relies on gastroscopy. She said she “regularly scopes competitive horses, and often finds ulcers in those who had previously been treated with unapproved omeprazole products, such as Abprazole™,” also known to customers as “blue pop rocks.”