My name is Carla VanEffen. I am 45 years old, wife and mother of two, and I am applying for the Worth The Trust Adult Amateur Scholarship. The definition of trust is “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” This describes the relationship I have with my 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Remastered or “Remy,” my equine partner for the last two years. This paper will detail the four reasons that I think Remy and I are excellent candidates for this scholarship.
Bikram yoga, CrossFit, Zumba, Tae Kwon Do, personal trainers, half marathons, and more; rider fitness is crucial in the sport of three-day eventing. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to announce the upcoming web series that will spotlight exercise routines from top international riders.
Whether it’s riding one or 12 horses a day, Novice level or the four-star level, staying fit out of the saddle can greatly improve performance in the saddle. Leading up to a big show, emphasis is placed on horse fitness but some tend to forget about the pilot who is guiding the thousand-pound animal.
Tropical Storm Alberto arrived in Aiken about the same time the 20 participants in the USEA Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp did. But did the wind and the rain—heavy at times— deter this group? “Heck no. We’re eventers!” was the rallying cry.
Olympian Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Va., was the instructor, and it’s not every day riders get a chance to learn from someone of her stature. Plus, trying to find your line in blinding rain and splashing through puddles in the jumping arena was good practice.
Eventing is a challenging sport for both the body and the mind, and the three different phases of competition test the rider’s intelligence, bravery, and skill. No matter what level a rider competes at, they may experience obstacles such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, or the inability to focus or to perform under pressure, and often riders are unaware of the bad habits that stand in the way of their path to success. Speaking with a qualified sports counselor can help that rider develop tools that will help them create more productive attitudes and behaviors, improving them as a rider. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships have been created to provide eventers with this opportunity.