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September 29, 2018

The Worth The Trust Scholarship is important to me so that I can continue to follow my lifelong dream of becoming a good horseperson. Owning, training, and eventing has been my dream since I was a child. At that time, I saved every Christmas and birthday gift and all my babysitting money to take riding lessons at a local eventing barn in central New Jersey. I worked for lessons and tried to pick up any ride I could. I had a long hiatus from riding through college, graduate school, and my early career. Thirteen years ago, I was finally in a place in my life where I could include horses, so I launched in.

September 28, 2018

The United States Eventing Association's (USEA) Eventing Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to honor the accomplishments, contributions, and dedication of members of the eventing community who have truly made a difference to the sport. Induction into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame is U.S. eventing's highest honor and recipients include past Association presidents, volunteers, riders, founding fathers, course designers, officials, organizers, horses, horse owners, breeders, and coaches.

September 27, 2018

The Equine Medical Research Fund was created in 2014 to provide consistent funding for equine medical research. A $1.00 starter fee was added to each USEA recognized event entry beginning in 2014, and at year’s end those dollars were distributed through the Morris Animal Foundation, which assists the USEA with selecting studies to fund, monitoring the funds, and reporting on progress. Morris has decades of experience in reviewing grant applications from universities and research institutions and has a team of veterinarians who spend thousands of volunteer hours assessing which studies are most likely to impact horse welfare. Ultimately, a committee from the USEA comprised of riders and veterinarians will determine which studies the USEA dollars will target. 

September 27, 2018

The Kent School Horse Trials in Kent, Connecticut (Area I) are held twice a year in the spring and the fall as a one-day event offering Introductory through Preliminary/Training level. 

Kent School was founded in 1906 by Reverend Frederick Herbert Sill, an Episcopal monk and graduate of Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary. Reverend Sill imagined a school where students focused on self-reliance and stewardship and appreciated the educational value of service and respect of one’s self and of others.

September 26, 2018

The USEA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 USEA Appreciation Awards. This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years. 

While it is a simple matter of tabulating points earned in a competition to arrive at horse and rider awards, it is a very different proposition when it comes to the non-rider awards; these awards require nominations from our members. The Appreciation Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the awards listed below. 

Appreciation Awards Categories

September 26, 2018

“Volunteers are the backbone of our sport because if we had to pay every person that’s needed to run an event, the entry fee would be up to $2,000 a horse.” Christina Gray explained. “It’s astronomical the number of volunteers that are needed to do this sport but it’s what makes the sport so great.” A show secretary extraordinaire and a newly minted FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) volunteer, Gray has been on both sides of the volunteer curtain.

September 25, 2018

When The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, October 18-21 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, it will offer something for everyone.

In addition to hosting the U.S. Equestrian CCI3* and CCI2* Fall Eventing Championships, FHI hosts the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships. And as always, will feature special events and attractions that make the visit memorable for everyone!

September 25, 2018

Last winter, the organizers of the Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club Horse Trials made the decision last winter to offer a Modified division at our event in August. We run a small event and knew entries would be limited but felt that the quality of what we offer, combined with the novelty of being the first to do so in Area I, made it an attractive prospect. Plus, a few members had asked us to do it! We're very proud of our courses, designed by Jeff Kibbie, and he did not disappoint. The Modified tracks he put together for cross-country and show jumping were true to their purpose, very much a stepping stone between Training and Preliminary. 

September 24, 2018

Three Olympians and one Paralympian have been elected to join the FEI Athletes’ Committee, voted in by their peers through an online vote.

Jumping athlete Cian O’Connor (IRL), dressage rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP), and eventing athlete William Fox-Pitt (GBR) join German paralympian Angelika Trabert on the Athletes’ Committee, together with newly crowned FEI World Equestrian Games™ vaulting champion Kristina Boe (GER), endurance athlete Taker Taher (KSA), and reining athlete Francesca Sternberg (GBR).

Voting for the driving athlete representative has resulted in a tie between Marieke Harm (GER) and Jambor Vilmos (HUN). As a result, a second round of voting will be held online October 1st-10th. The driving athlete representative will be announced on October 12th.

September 24, 2018

Hello, my name is Emily Worth and today I am writing to tell you about my experience with the long format three-day event. I live in Selma, North Carolina, and am 15 years old. Three years ago, in 2015, I competed in an assisted Beginner Novice division, and while I was there I got to see the long format being run. It looked like a lot of fun and seemed like an amazing opportunity. For the next two years, it became one of my long-term goals to compete in one. I was having trouble with my horse at our level, so unfortunately, that dream got pushed back for a little while. However, I wasn’t giving up, just postponing.

September 23, 2018

The rainfall at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 14 2-year-olds, 12 yearlings, and their handlers who came to compete at the second and final day of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships. Judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray judged a total of 50 young horses aging from yearlings to 4-year-olds over the course of the two-day competition.


Jaguar My and handler Alyssa Peterson. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

September 23, 2018

In a dramatic cross-country finale, Buck Davidson cemented himself a double CIC3* winner at Plantation Field International Horse Trials, leaping from 14th straight to the top with Maya Simmons’ Archie Rocks. Davidson won this even last year with Sherrie Martin and Carl and Cassie Segal's Copper Beach. "Now I just have to win three times in a row, right?" he joked.

A hometown rider, Davidson buckled down against rain and mud to add 8.4 time penalties — the second quickest trip of the day — with the 10-year-old Thoroughbred (Le Monde x Unbridled Diva, by Unbridled Jet) to finish on a score of 46.1. 

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