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Over the month long winter break University of South Carolina (USC) at Aiken Eventing Team members dispersed to spend time with family and friends from home. From South America to New York, riders spent time reconnecting with family and recharging, both mentally and physically. Our equine partners enjoyed the warm South Carolina weather as they got their own month long vacation just to be horses again. The break was well-received after ending the last semester on a high note by winning the Intercollegiate Team Challenge at Poplar Place Farm in November.
Eventing groom Max Corcoran reviews a selection of alternate equine therapies; their pros and cons, and rider/trainer Tik Maynard continues his series on equine behavior and learning.
Retired Racehorse Project announced today the results of a four-week effort to recruit experienced horse trainers for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover. The event requires each trainer to acquire a Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work after October 1, 2014 and had no second career training before this year. Trainers will ship to the Kentucky Horse Park on the last weekend of October to compete in ten equestrian disciplines for $100,000 in prize money and the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
What follows are some statistics about who entered.
Don't let winter weather get you down. Use the off season as an opportunity to fine tune your riding! In this winter weekly web series, we will revive past Grid Pro Quo articles from our magazine, Eventing USA, to help you brainstorm ways to keep you and your horse in tip-top shape even if you only have access to an indoor arena.
Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA.
Winter can be a hard time to keep your horse looking clean and tidy, especially without access to warm water. Some days, even with warm water, it's just too cold to bathe them at all! In any case, a good rubber curry is your best friend, along with a good set of brushes and a strong hoof pick.
Since its formation in 2012, the University of Georgia (UGA) Eventing Team has experienced overwhelming success. The UGA Eventing Team has won seven of the nine collegiate challenges we have participated in and received more top individual college rider ribbons than any other team. The 2015 USEA Intercollegiate Leaderboards featured numerous UGA Eventers at all levels. With all of these achievements in such little time, the UGA Eventing Team attracts riders from all over the country. Team secretary, Jamie Yale, came to UGA all the way from Pennsylvania for the opportunity to compete on a top-notch Eventing team. “When choosing a college to attend, the opportunity to continue Eventing was extremely important to me.
Ashley Kehoe has ridden through the CCI3* level, and now has taken on a new adventure training with top young horse selector and producer Philipp Kolossa in Germany. This the second installment of a two-part series on the German young even horse program. Click here for part 1.
Tik Maynard begins a series on equine behavior with an extract from his presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting in which he addressed How Horses Learn. Margaret Stocker from Area V features in our profile series on the USEF Under-25 Training List.
One day soon you're going to do everything right, but it'll still go wrong. You'll be well prepared and focused and then it happens. Your 1,2000 lb. horse spooks at a butterfly or it begins to rain as soon as you walk into the show arena. While you can't predict these kind of crazy challenges, you can certainly prepare for them.
Expecting the unexpected is really important because it helps you to maintain the feeling of being in control in an out-of-control situation. Up until now, one common way to accomplish this was by writing and memorizing a possible problem and solution using an if-then phrase like, "If I pull a rail, then I'll focus on the middle stripe of the next jump."