October 5, 2015

The USEA announces the 2016/2017 schedule of Training Programs For Eventing Officials and Continuing Education Clinics. 

“r” Dressage Session A Training Program 
January 25-28, 2016 
Longwood Farm South-Ocala, Florida 

“r” B & C Jumping Training Program 
April 15-17, 2016 
Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials-Ocala, Florida 

“r” Dressage Session B Training Program 
May 16-17, 2016 
Applewood Farm-Califon, New Jersey 

“r” CD Training Program 
June 3-5, 2016 
Waredaca Horse Trials – Laytonsville, Maryland 

October 5, 2015
One month from now the Breeders’ Cup Festival begins in Lexington, Kentucky. The week of festivities begins with the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park where $100,000 in prize money will be distributed to owners of two hundred Thoroughbreds that have recently been trained in in ten different riding sports. The event is sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America and organized by Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). The weekend is a celebration of the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred and includes ten seminars, seventy vendors, a marketplace of horses trained for the event, polo, show jumping, cattle work, dressage, barrel racing, eventing, competitive trail riding, show hunters, field hunters, and a freestyle event. A Sunday afternoon finale presents the top three scorers in each sport leading to the crowning of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
October 5, 2015

Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA. 

October 5, 2015

Video courtesy of Ride On Video. 

October 4, 2015

Lauren Billys and the Purdy Syndicate's Castle Larchfield Purdy held a 4.6-point lead before the cross-country phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, and she used every bit of that lead to eke out her victory over James Alliston on his own Tivoli. Billys added 4.4 time penalties, to win by just .2 penalties.

October 3, 2015

Lauren Billys has only been riding her mount Castle Larchfield Purdy for a little more than a year, but she's made that year a productive one. At last year's Woodside International the pair won the CIC2*, and this year, with a lead going into the decisive cross-country phase, they look ready to take the blue ribbon in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3*.

Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy took the lead in dressage, scoring 53.1 penalties, ahead of James Alliston on Tivoli (53.7) and Mary Burke on Prince William (55.7).

October 2, 2015

Joining the USEA for 2016 is now open online. Renew your membership by logging into Online Services or download a paper application. Current USEA membership is required for all riders competing at the Novice level and above. 

If you want to compete at an Event for the remainder of 2015 and are not currently a member, please call the USEA office at 703-779-0440 (2).

October 2, 2015

Longtime Area V Young Rider coach, Mike Huber received a very special surprise at this year’s Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships. During the competitor’s party on Saturday, a crowd of young riders took to the stage to recognize Huber for his years of unwavering dedication and leadership to Area V. Huber has faithfully served the Young Riders of Area V as their coach at North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) for 18 years. 2015 was Huber’s last year coaching, but he didn’t leave without first leading Area V to a silver medal in the CH-J* championship. After this year’s championship Huber handed the reins to Texas native, Angela Gryzwinski.

October 2, 2015

On a sunny Thursday afternoon the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championship presented by Priefert was held at The Horse Park at Woodside in Northern California. In all 13 yearlings, 2-year olds, and 3-year-olds were presented to judges Faith Fessenden and Samantha Allen. The judging panel had a clear favorite in the group, a 3-year-old half-brother to the well-known Eventer Gin and Juice named Cheers.  The gelding was bred by and is owned by Terry and Linda Paine and was handled in the Championship by Chloe Smyth. 

October 1, 2015

Riders from around the West Coast will make the competition top-class at the Woodside International Horse Trials, Oct. 2-4, at the Horse Park At Woodside. The event will offer three international divisions - the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3*, the CIC2* and the CIC1*.

In the CIC3*, previous Woodside winner James Alliston, of San Ramon, CA, looks like the rider to beat, since he's entered his veterans Tivoli and Parker. Puerto Rico's Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy, fresh from their experience competing at the Pan American Games and the winners of the Woodside CIC2* in 2014, could be his toughest challenger, but several promising newcomers are ready to gallop boldly around the viewer-friendly cross-country course to keep the pressure on.

September 30, 2015


The Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) is Virginia’s premier Eventing and Dressage organization. Ten years ago CDCTA moved to Locust Hill Farm, owned by Mike and Betty Long. The farm is just south of Culpeper, Virginia.  This spring the Long family decided to expand their cattle grazing operations to include portions of the property used by the horse trials. Since we thought of it as unfair to require competitors to soar over both jumps and cows, we began to diligently look for a place to relocate.          

Goodbye Culpeper, say hello to Northern Virginia!


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