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November 22, 2016

The FEI General Assembly has today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed format changes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, which will now go to the IOC Executive Board for final approval in 2017.

Under the new proposals, the number of athletes in national teams will be reduced to three, and the drop score, which previously allowed for a team’s worst score to be discarded, will be removed. The use of a reserve combination for teams will remain in place, but will be even more important and will be a key element in ensuring horse welfare.

A total of 11 of National Federations, out of 107 represented, voted against the proposal – Albania, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland.

November 21, 2016

Olympic formats were the key topic at the FEI General Assembly session in the Japanese capital this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote on the proposals that will be submitted to the IOC on the formats for the three Olympic equestrian disciplines at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The format for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo were also up for discussion.

Close to 300 delegates, representing 76 of the FEI’s 134 National Federations, engaged in the final debate to conclude a two-year consultation process about proposed changes to the three disciplines designed to increase universality, one of the key requirements under Olympic Agenda 2020. A further 31 National Federations will be voting by proxy, increasing the number of votes to 107.

November 18, 2016

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to introduce a new feature to our members, the USEA Event Companion App. Have you ever been on the way to an event and realize you need the address? Or gotten in the warm up only to forget your dressage test? This app is designed to make your life easier and make all necessary competition information available at your fingertips. This will be publically available in the coming weeks for both iOS and Android devices, so stay tuned!

November 18, 2016

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont., as the proposed location for the 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) to host the discipline of eventing, pending approval from the FEI. The event will be held July 20-23, 2017.

This follows last week’s announcement that HITS-on-the-Hudson is the proposed location for the 2017 NAJYRC disciplines of dressage, jumping and para-dressage, which is also still pending approval from the FEI.  

November 18, 2016

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is coming, and we hope to see you there! Join us in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. December 7-11 for a long weekend discussing, learning about and celebrating eventing! 

This special weekend is for everyone to enjoy – professionals, amateurs, judges, officials and organizers alike. There are countless lectures and presentations about the future of the sport, horse care, riding, training, veterinary medicine, equestrian psychology, horse inspections and much more. Participants are welcome to attended as many meetings as they like.

November 17, 2016

Our staff would like to wish a happy and healthy holiday season to the members, sponsors, and associates of the USEA. We are grateful for your membership and support.  

The USEA office will be closed on the following days:

November 23 - office closing at 2:00 p.m. EST 

November 24, Thanksgiving – office closed
November 25, Thanksgiving Observance - office closed

December 23 Christmas Observance – office closed
December 26 Christmas Observance – office closed

New Year’s Day – office closed

While staff will be limited on other days during the holiday season, we are always happy to hear from our members. Happy Holidays!

November 16, 2016

This summer, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) began using the mobile fundraising software MobileCause. Because a large portion of USEA members are constantly on the go, MobileCause allows the USEA to communicate instantly and directly with members through text message.

The USEA Foundation is currently utilizing MobileCause to raise funds for the Collapsible Fence Study. Subscribed members should have received a message this week that looked like this:

November 16, 2016

This article was made through partnership with Athletux.

Galway Downs International was a family affair for Linda and Terry Paine, who operate a sport horse breeding program at their own KingsWay Farm in Temecula, Calif. Three full siblings, all products of The Paine’s breeding program, were entered to compete: Gin & Juice, Happy Hour and Five O’Clock Somwehere. Each of these horses are by the Thoroughbred Stallion Audio and out of Qtrapastree, who is also a Thoroughbred. Galway Downs was the perfect setting for the reunion as the horses were bred and raised just across the street at the Paine’s KingsWay Farm.

November 15, 2016

You didn't come this far, to only come this far! 

You're going to ride amazing this week. All you have to do is remember the myriad of amazing lessons taught to you by your trainers, teachers, and coaches! Sadly, as pressure goes up your memory - and overall brain power - has a nasty habit of just going away! Continue your fight against the dreaded effects of show-jitters and pressure this month by building a location association.


November 10, 2016

Tips and Tricks of the Trade is an article series that gives you the industry secrets from the best grooms in the country, and it is brought to you by Athletux.

My name is Laura Holland, I am the head groom for Dani Sussman, the rider and owner of Aspire Eventing located in Colorado. Living in Colorado, the cold weather is inevitable. As the head groom, my job is to keep horses and rider looking and feeling their best at all times, which includes when the temperatures are low. Here are some tips for showing in not so ideal conditions.

November 10, 2016

Galway Downs International is a popular year-end destination for West Coast riders. It not only offers international CCI divisions, but also gives eventers a chance to tackle a traditional long format event with their USEA Classic Series divisions. These are increasingly popular at the Temecula, Calif. Venue, with entries warranting two Training Three-Day divisions.

Megan Noelle Wilson and her own Classic’s Mojah (Chambertin x Sevillano) led the Training Three-Day A division from start to finish. The 7-year-old Oldenburg was originally slated for a career in dressage, and carried theses skills into the first phase of competition, scoring a 26 on the flat. “He was in training with Stephan Peters, but didn’t quite cut it as a dressage horse,” Wilson explained.

November 10, 2016

The USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP) is an excellent place to locate a trainer.  For more information visit and locate a certified trainer in your area.  Stay tuned as well for future articles on the new Young Horse Professional Trainer Certification being offered through the ICP.



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