“The gallop, the jump, and the blood” are three components Phyllis Dawson looks for when she intends to breed an upper level event horse. Dawson has a long list of eventing achievements and one of them includes the success of her breeding program out of her own farm, Windchase. Dawson and her late stallion, Brandenburg’s Windstar, produced numerous top level event horses including Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady), Arthur (Brandenburg’s Windstar x Kelly), Polar Storm (Brandenburg’s Windstar x Ashley W), and Windchase Phoenix Star (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady). This article shares Dawson’s insider tips and is the second feature to go Behind the Breeder’s Brand.
The third annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Virginia kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning with riders competing at nearly every level offered this weekend, from Beginner Novice all the way up through Intermediate and the CCI*/CIC2*. This year, a record 23 teams and 18 schools will compete in the Championship, more than double the number of rider and team entries from the inaugural year in 2016. The first year of the Championship it was the University of Georgia Red team who was crowned champion. Last year it was the Clemson Tigers that took home the blue ribbon.
Holly Hill Equestrian Center in Benton, Louisiana (Area V) hosts two horse trials, one in April and one in October, offering Starter through Advanced/Intermediate levels. Holly Hill is also a boarding, training, and breeding farm year-round that hosts clinics and unrecognized events.
“We’re here, we’re hungry, and I would watch out for the Dawgs!” University of Georgia said. “Being a NCAA D3 school, Eventing is the only team sport [at Transylvania] that competes against the ‘big’ schools,” stated Transylvania University. Auburn University shared that, “Our team has been looking forward to the Championship all year.” Friendly competitive atmosphere, lifelong friendships, and lucky charms; it’s time for the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia on May 24-27, 2018.
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May 19, 2018 - The Woodside Preliminary Challenge is set to highlight the Event at Woodside, held May 25-28, 2018 for a 10th consecutive year. This highly-anticipated event, presented by Equine Insurance of California, CWD, Devoucoux, Professionals’ Choice, CARMA, and CANTER, invites the best Preliminary level horses and riders to go head to head for their chance at $15,000 in prize money.
Hosted at the beautiful Horse Park at Woodside, the Preliminary Challenge is the only event of its kind, offering a world class competitive environment tailored for horses and riders who have not competed above the Preliminary level.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) are now 100 days away! The AEC will make history as it celebrates its 15th year while moving to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado in 2018. This will be the third and final year of the three-year AEC term with the Bellissimo family managed properties of the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and the Colorado Horse Park (CHP).
The 2016 AEC at TIEC boasted a record 665 starters, which stood as the largest event in the history of the United States at the time. Then in 2017, the AEC at TIEC reached new heights, accommodating 753 starters, yet again setting the record for the largest eventing competition in United States history.
“Extremely proud and honored to have been a part of it all!” are the feelings Phyllis Dawson felt when she watched her homebred, Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady) and Sara Gumbiner cross the finish flags at their first four-star event, the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The Texas A&M Eventing Team is fired up to bring the spirit of Aggieland to the Third Annual Intercollegiate Championship. Founded in 2016, the team is a young addition to A&M; however, the team has grown significantly in the past two years with 33 active members. Last year, the team was ecstatic about winning the 2017 Spirit Award and having one of their two teams finish fifth.
The weekend started out with bright sunshine and ended with a downpour, but even that couldn't dampen the spirits of the riders at the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. The 139 starters enjoyed four full days of exciting competition at the Horse Park of New Jersey, which this year debuted revamped footing in the grand prix arena and 10 new cross-country three-star fences thanks to the generosity of B.W. Furlong & Associates. Did you miss any of the USEA's coverage from the weekend? Click here to catch up, and then revisit the weekend through our lens.
Dear USEF Members,
As you know, safe sport has been a topic of national conversation recently and we take this issue very seriously. USEF has been proactive for several years under the leadership of our General Counsel Sonja Keating to develop and implement safe sport programs and today we wanted to share with you additional steps we are taking to ensure our children and young athletes are safe while practicing and competing in the sport they love.
Expanding Mandatory Requirements for Safe Sport Training
The Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. is gearing up for the annual spring CCI/CIC and Horse Trials and USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship May 24-27. Around 450 horses from Beginner Novice through the CIC2* level will descend upon the Virginia Horse Center next week.
"The facility looks great, the courses are in top shape and we are looking forward to everyone arriving and enjoying a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains," VHT Organizer Andy Bowles said.