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.
Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named the following athletes to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Great Britain, Thursday, May 24-27. Athletes are considered by application in accordance with the CIO selection procedures. The Nations Cup competition is part of the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials and is the second leg of the 2018 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series. In addition, the event is part of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation Karen Stives Endowment Emerging Athletes Tour. Grant recipients will utilize this competition to prepare for the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, the final competition of the tour, running June 7-10, as well as gain additional team experience.
The 2018 Intercollegiate Eventing Championship will take place next weekend at the Virginia Horse Trials, May 24-27, 2018, and this week on the USEA Podcast we’re previewing the event with some members of the team who make this Championship possible!
Rob Burk starts things off with an overview of the USEA Intercollegiate Program, which was officially established in 2014 and has grown exponentially over the last few years and now encompasses 30 colleges and universities and 300 student-athletes. He also discusses how the intercollegiate program fits into the greater eventing pipeline and other plans for youth programs in the future.
Spanning from coast to coast, north and south; the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series season is in full swing. The Heart of Carolinas at Southern Eighths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is the only event in the country to offer the USEA Classic Series at all four levels: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary. On May 2-6, 2018, Southern Eighths Farm hosted their annual Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials. This was the second event of the Classic Series season; to learn more about the first 2018 Classic Series event, please click here.
The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that will authorize $1 million for design improvement services at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the Cecil County site hosting a newly-designated, international equestrian event.
The venue is slated to become only one of seven sites to host a premier 4-star or 5-star three-day eventing competition.
Great Meadow International in The Plains, Virginia (Area II) hosts the only leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup to take place on North American soil each year in early July.
The property known today as Great Meadow was once a defunct dairy farm on the verge of conversion into a 500-home housing development. In 1982, local business-man and philanthropist Arthur “Nick” Arundel purchased the land and created the Great Meadow Foundation, a non-profit intended to preserve the space for equestrian and community activities.
The following individuals received their USEF Eventing Officials License or were promoted by the USEF Licensed Officials Committee (LOC) at their meeting in April, 2018. The USEA is delighted to see new officials joining the eventing community and we encourage organizers to reach out to these officials for their future events.
Sarah Gonzalez, ‘r’
Amy Nichols, ‘r'
Kimberly Steinbuch, ‘r’
This article orignially appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Eventing USA magazine. If you would like to access your horse's ERQI, log into Online Services and click on "My Related Horses" under the Horses section of the dashboard.
Frangible fences. Inflatable safety vests. Qualifications. Yellow cards. These are all innovations that have been developed to make the sport of eventing safer. The latest resource the USEA has added to its safety toolbox is the EquiRatings Quality Index (ERQI).
Boyd Martin couldn’t be beat today at the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. He led the CCI3* wire to wire aboard Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight), the Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, and moved steadily up the leaderboard in the CIC3* from equal fourth to first to claim the win with Christine Turner’s 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare, Kyra (VDL Ulando H x Wellesley). He completed the hat trick by leading the CCI2* aboard Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Anglo European mare On Cue (Cabri D’elle x On High) from start to finish on their dressage score of 25.7.
The 19 remaining horses in the CCI3* all passed the final horse inspection this morning at the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. In the CIC3*, Sandro’s Star, ridden by Chris Talley, and Get Lucky, ridden by Matt Flynn, were both sent to the hold box by the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Gretchen Butts (USA). Sandro’s Star was passed upon reinspection, but Get Lucky was not accepted.
Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude, leaders in the CIC3*. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.