Steeplechase was the name of the game for winners Auburn Excell Brady and Nancy Read. The thrill, the adrenaline rush, jumping brush at top speed, and the excitement of taking part in eventing history: what’s not to love? Both Excell Brady and Read put steeplechase at the top of their list when asked their favorite part of competing in a classic event. Steeplechase is considered phase B of endurance day in the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series. Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Calif. started off the 2018 Classic Series season with a Training Three-Day and Novice Three-Day on April 26-29.
The United States Eventing Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships. The Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
This month we’re going to begin a seven-part series on a subject you’re sure to have experienced and one that, at some point in your life, has held you back from achieving your best. This month we're going to begin talking about limiting beliefs - the idea that sometimes our beliefs can unintentionally limit our ability to succeed without even knowing it.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is very pleased to announce the new inductees that will join the 40 other members of the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame in 2018. This year, we will honor six inductees whose accomplishments and contributions have truly made a difference in the sport of eventing. The inductees will be formally inducted during the Hall of Fame Gala at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana this December.
Jonelle Price became the first female winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in over a decade when she sealed victory in today’s final show jumping phase with an immaculate show jumping clear on Classic Moet.
The New Zealander and Trisha Rickard’s feisty little black mare have been the epitome of cool all week and they won the title in the traditional way, climbing up the leaderboard from 22nd after dressage with two faultless, fast jumping performances.
After hugs and photos (lots of photos!) we parted ways at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. We had just won the 2017 USEA Intercollegiate Championships! Busy summers lay ahead for all of us – college internships, a study abroad in Spain, first days of professional careers, home state competitions, a Bromont entry and even an AEC registration. Our riders worked hard and competed plenty over the next three months. Then come mid-August, we loaded up our horses and traveled back to Clemson, South Carolina where all 37 members enjoy the unique camaraderie of studying and riding together.
Many had predicted that this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials would not be a dressage competition, and so it proved, with New Zealand’s Jonelle Price and Classic Moet soaring from 22nd place after the first phase into the lead with a thrilling exhibition of fast cross-country riding.
Price has been described as the fastest female event rider on the planet and it seems that the arrival of her baby son, Otis, last summer has done nothing to put the brakes on. She finished just one second over the optimum despite a heart-stopping moment in the Lake (fence 9abc) when the mare got too close to the brush in the water and twisted in the air. However, Price soon recovered her aplomb.
The 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is in the history books and we have a whole year to wait until the #BestWeekendAllYear rolls around again. For so many riders, galloping across the bluegrass of the Kentucky Horse Park is the pinnacle of their dreams. Gallop along with the riders as they realize those dreams through the lens of the USEA.
The queen herself, FischerRocana FST, ready for the first horse inspection. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.
Oliver Townend fist-pumped the air as he exited the arena at the end of two nail-biting days of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. When his score flashed up on the board a minute later it became clear why. His mark of 20.8 (79%) not only left him at the top of the leaderboard, but it was the best score posted at Badminton for 18 years.
Townend's ride, Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop, and Val Ryan's 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Ballaghmor Class, produced a punchy, expressive test with no major mistakes. It was a step up from his performance at last year’s Burghley, which he went on to win.
This year’s only four-star first timer Sara Gumbiner comes on the show this week to share her experience at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. She and Polaris, her own and Vanessa Crumpley’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, finished the weekend in 27th place on a score of 76.6. Gumbiner talks about the atmosphere of the event, how she managed her nerves, the story of how she and “Larry” came to be partnered together, and what they learned together over the course of the weekend.
Rosalind Canter, the penultimate rider into the arena at the end of the first day of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, put in a polished, personal best performance to leap into the lead with her partner of six years, Allstar B.
The combination, who finished fifth here last year, scored 23.9 – more than 76%. They earned several 9s, including for Canter's riding.
The FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) are fast approaching! The Area Young Rider programs are in full fundraising mode as they prepare for the trip to Kalispell, Montana, where this year’s FEI North American Youth Championships are being held in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 18-23, 2018. The trip to Rebecca Farm is quite an undertaking and each of the Area Young Rider programs has come up with their own unique way of raising funds to help cover the cost of travel for riders, horses, and grooms as they make the trek to represent their Areas at the Championships.