The “Featured Clinician” article series is provided through a partnership between Event Clinics and the USEA.
Event Clinics recently interviewed Kelley Williams, head trainer at A Bit Better Farm (ABBF) in Brookeville, Maryland, to discuss her favorite aspects of teaching clinics and lessons. As a successful event rider and instructor, Williams has competed through the Advanced level and trained students through the CCI* level. Her winter jump clinic series is consistently popular with riders of all levels in Area II!
Last weekend, 25 prospective “r” judges, technical delegates, and course designers gathered at Lara Anderson and Daniel Brown’s Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, South Carolina for the B & C Jumping/Course Designing Training Program. This training program is a requirement for prospective “r” Eventing Judges, “r” Eventing TDs, and “r” Eventing CDs to obtain their licensure, as well as for certified cross-country course designers, who must attend every three years to maintain their certification.
Morven Park is thrilled to host over 250 riders for its annual Spring Horse Trials. The weekend features an equestrian discipline known as “eventing,” in which each horse and rider combination must compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Competition begins on Saturday, March 31 and continues through Sunday, April 1 and is free for spectators.
“We are excited to be hosting the Morven Park Spring Horse Trials in our brand new outdoor riding arenas this year,” said Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s Executive Director. “We are thankful for the equestrian community’s continued support of the arena project and the International Equestrian Center and wish our competitors a great ride over the weekend.”
Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, South Carolina (Area III) hosts eight horse trials throughout the year from January to November, offering Starter through Advanced/Intermediate levels. They also host dressage test-of-choice schooling shows on the day before each of their USEA recognized horse trials, host schooling horse trials and combined tests throughout the year, and is open for cross-country schooling year-round. During the winter, Full Gallop Farm rents out stalls to riders who come south for the winter to train.
The USEA is pleased to announce that Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California will be hosting a Young Event Horse (YEH) seminar to instruct judges, competitors, owners, breeders, and anyone else involved or interested in the program in the new judging and scoring system that was introduced at the beginning of 2018.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) in partnership with Eventing Training Online, the “Official Online Educational Partner of the USEA,” is proud to provide exclusive educational video content featuring coaching and tips from top instructors from around the world. USEA members also benefit from discounted subscriptions to Eventing Training Online, where they will have access to a complete video library of educational content suitable for beginner riders to professional trainers. Simply enter the code USEAMEMBER at checkout to receive 50% off your Eventing Training Online membership!
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) and EQSportsNet have announced a new partnership to expand the access of eventing fans to livestreaming of competitions in 2018.
The new partnership will enable anyone with an interest in the sport of eventing to watch competition live or on demand for half the cost of a normal EQSportsNet subscription. Simply subscribe online at www.eqsports.net and enter the code EQUSEA2018 during registration. With the discount, registered viewers will be able to watch live and on demand coverage for as little as $5 a month.
Madeline Backus, the inaugural recipient of the Wilton Fair Grant, has arrived in England and will spend the 2018 season working with Irish international rider Austin O’Connor at Attington Stud in Thame, Oxfordshire. Madeline traveled with her horses, P.S. Arianna and P.S. On Top of the World, and all arrived safely. Madeline will be sharing her experiences with us over the coming months and has sent us her first report from across the pond.
In this series, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux to critique your off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) eventing prospects. Professional riders and trainers will share their insights into each OTTB's pedigree, racing history, and conformation. Would you like to have your off-the-track Thoroughbred featured in the next edition of OTTB Critique presented by Athletux? We are looking for our next horse! Email your tips to [email protected].
The Middleburg Horse Trials is excited to announce that it will change venues to run at the historic and beautiful Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains for 2018. The Middleburg Horse Trials is organized by Middleburg Orange County Pony Club (MOCPC) as a fundraiser for its club.
Volunteering is a great way to be involved in horse sports, whether you are an active competitor who wants to give back or you are a horse enthusiast who just wants to be involved. Every competitor in eventing must ride a dressage test, and every dressage judge at a horse trials or three-day event is required to have a scribe to write down their comments and scores during each ride so that they can focus on the horse and rider in front of them. That means that there is a great need for volunteers who are capable of scribing. This can be a great way to give back to the sport and get to know what happens in the judge’s booth - but there is a little more to scribing than being able to quickly write things down.
The leaderboard may have shuffled around a bit as rails dropped all across Chris Barnard’s show jumping course this afternoon in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division, but no one could touch Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly and L. Skey Levely’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Kelecyn Cognac (Fusaichi Pegasus x Dreamland) who led the division from start to finish.