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We are two months away from our yearly gathering of USEA members. The 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place December 7-11, 2016 at the Diplomat Spa and Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Skip the early winter chill and join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale for a long weekend of disucssion, learning and celebrating the sport we all love.
After the first day of competition at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships, the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers 2016 grant recipient, Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol), sits 14th in the 7-year-old CCI2* division.
Judith McSwain’s “Rory” earned these funds to travel to Le Lion d’Angers after being the highest-placed 2014 Young Event Horse (YEH) graduate who qualified for this Championship as a 7-year-old. The grant, backed by Dr. Tim and Cheryl Holekamp and Christine Turner, aims to encourage U.S.-based breeding and training of young horses.
Back by popular demand, the Richard Jeffery Show Jumping seminar will once again be offered at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
This clinic will focus on the art of show jumping course design, and will consist of two portions: a classroom session in the morning from 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an afternoon session building and watching horses ride through courses, which will be hosted by East Wind Farms.
Tik Maynard is slated to take two horses to the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover at the end of October with plans to enter horses in the eventing and freestyle categories. In preparation, he has taught his off-the-track Thoroughbreds how to jump, and he shares his strategy with us.
Do you have a special connection with someone being recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting and Convention, and you want to find a way to honor them? Purchasing an advertisement to be included in the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention Program is a great way to show your appreciation to your fellow eventer or family member for their amazing achievements this year.
The convention program will be distributed to all attendees and many will keep it as a souvenir. Convention goers often also get their programs autographed by some of the famous eventers they will get to rub elbows with.
When I was asked to write a blog for the USEA sharing my experience as an owner in Le Lion d’Angers, the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championship, my first thought was: How could I possibly translate into words what it feels like to have your horse go abroad and represent the USA against the best 7-year-olds in the world? The answer came to me while on the back of a horse, equitrekking in the hills of Spain along the Catalonia Coast, through vineyards, Olive groves, 300-year-old old villages and foothills of the Pyrenees with a view of the Mediterranean. There, I found the courage to share the story of my road to Le Lion because, you see, the reason I was in Spain, was because of Fleeceworks Royal (a.k.a.
The USEA Foundation introduced The Amy Tryon Young Riders’ Grant in 2015. Amy Tryon was an icon in our sport and through her determination and grit, made her way from Northwestern Washington to two Olympic Games. She was a dedicated, hardworking, and talented rider who started in Pony Club, participated in USEA’s Young Riders’ program, and eventually won an Olympic medal. Amy overcame financial constraints, geographical distance, full-time employment, and many other roadblocks to accomplishing what most people only dream about.
Stephen "Steve" Cushing McBroom, 1952-2016
"The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee.Stephen "Steve" Cushing McBroom, born to be a horse trainer on September 5, 1952, completed his education on October 11, 2016 at his home in Floyd, Va. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Diane Craun McBroom; his daughter, Emily June McBroom Stilley; and his son, Michael Ross Agee McBroom. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jackson Tate McBroom Sr. and Helen June McBroom of Roanoke, Va.Stephen had many brothers, sisters, sons and daughters; of whom some were by birth, some by informal adoption, and others by years of mutual love, enduring friendship, and professional relationships.
Each fall the most talented young horses in the world head to Le Lion d’Angers to compete in the FEI World Eventing Breeding Championships where there is a CCI1* championship for 6-year-olds and a CCI2* competition for 7-year-olds. The competition is fierce, and is typically an accurate predictor of which horses have what it takes to make it to the top levels of the sport, such as back-to-back Rolex Kentucky winner fischerRocana FST, who won the 6-year-old championship in 2011.
After nine months of training 302 Thoroughbred horses that retired recently from 62 different racetracks across North America are on their way to Lexington, Kentucky. Their destination is the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America on October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Each horse has a trainer that has invested up to ten months preparing for this event. They all hope to win a share of the $100,000 purse, but also to demonstrate within their riding disciplines that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are the most trainable equine athletes on the planet.
This week on the podcast, we take some time to learn more about the 2016 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Champions. The leopard colored Knabstrupper, See Spot Fly, earned the West Coast Championship title. Leslie Asbe’s gelding is by Colorado Skrodstrup and out of a TB mare, Djinn Chaser. On the East Coast, Beall Spring Shamrock came home with 3-year-old and overall victory.
To the delight of the French crowd, Maxime Livio (FRA) scored his first CCI4* victory by Jumping clear on Qalao Des Mers at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, the first leg of the FEI Classics™ 2016/17, to finish on his Dressage score of 45.3.
Michael Jung (GER), the 2016 and 2012 individual Olympic gold medallist, held the lead after Cross Country on FischerRocana FST, his 2015 and 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winner. But Jung lowered two fences on the 11-year-old mare, moving down to third place, and handed the win to Livio.
Maxime Livo, 29, has a superb CCI4* record so far from just three attempts – he finished second on his debut at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in 2014, and took the runner-up spot with the Selle Français 12-year-old Qalao Des Mers at Luhmühlen in June this year.