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Olympian Shane Rose jumped out of the barriers and got a head start on the opposition riding Elizabeth and Felicity Wischer’s CP Qualified, as a cool change blew away the heat of the last few days at the Adelaide International 3 Day Event, second leg of FEI Classics™ 2015/2016.
Early to go, Rose and the horse by Quiet Capitol out of a Corofino mare, produced the winning test, and sitting on 42.10 penalties they lead their nearest rival by a seven penalty margin.
They were in this position two years ago with the horse, then a green four-star contender, however with two more years of competition under their belts, Rose will be heading to the Cross Country phase with a little more than his usual can-do confidence.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) recently announced that it was considering the idea of a new Beginner Novice – Assistance Allowed division. That idea was brought forward at the August meeting of the USEA Board of Governors and has generated a significant amount of input from the membership. That wasn’t the only idea for a new division put forward for consideration by the Board, meet DX Eventing.
The USEA Board of Governors has been examining issues surrounding the size and shape of the Areas, what kind of program membership options may be possible and how national policies may impact local practices. Membership feedback is crucial to determining what kinds of changes should be made, if any. Please join us to discuss the ideas being considered and to share your thoughts. The discussion will be led by Katherine Cooper, who chaired a recent Task Force on Area Alignment issues and Mark Hart, chair of the Membership Committee.
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, Cross Country Design and much more. Participants are welcome to attended as many meetings as they like. From planning the Eventing calendar to information on the development of sport horse medicine, these meetings are forums for USEA members to learn, ask questions, and provide their input.
Valerie Vizcarrondo from Area II shares the story of her partnership this fall with Alexandra Peterson’s Willie Wiggins, which resulted in a win in the Waradeca H.T. Preliminary Division and finishing Reserve Champion in the Preliminary Championship at Virginia HT. Judge and trainer Debbie Adams from Area II continues the series with advice on buying the event horse.
We did it.
171 Thoroughbreds showed up and showcased their talent and trainability in ten different disciplines after less than ten months of training since racing. 179 others participated in the training process. Almost all of the 350 are on their path to secure futures in second careers.
1500 people showed up. 1000 bought tickets and another 500 came for free. 200 evaluation forms say that people had a blast and want to do it again. 59 sponsors and 96 volunteers want us to do it again.
Roy Burek is the grandson of the founder of the renowned helmet and safety vest brand, Charles Owen. He is very involved in the development of safety equipment standards around the world and is involved in the leading edge research for the development of safer helmets. He has been recognized for his contribution by ASTM and the British Horse Society. He is currently a member of the Safety Advisory board to the British Horse Society.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. has been approved to hold the U.S. leg of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series. The prestigious CICO3* competition has been approved to run July 8-10, 2016. This will be the first time an FEI Nations Cup Eventing competition will be hosted by the U.S.
Great Meadow Foundation owns and operates the picturesque venue, which annually hosts the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races. Eventing competition was added to the Great Meadow calendar in 2014 when it hosted the World Equestrian Games Preparation Event for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. Its inaugural CIC3* was held in June 2015 as part of the Pan American Games Preparation Event.
Amanda Baker’s 12-year-old Eventer, Southern Storm, is not your normal Event horse. “Hershey’s” breeding makes him stand out because he is a Chincoteague Pony. Chincoteague horses have lived wild on Assateague Island, which stretches across both Maryland and Virginia, for hundreds of years. These ponies are famous for their annual swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague island. The swim has become a huge spectator event followed by an auction of some of the ponies and festival style entertainment. The adoption process known as “Pony Penning.” The penning is used to control the herd size, so these wild horses can continue to stay relatively untouched in their current environment.
Nadeem Noon, 1961 – 2015
The USEA is saddened to hear of the passing of Nadeem Noon who died on November 12, 2015 at the age of 54. Nadeem suffered from a rare and serious disease called Amyloidosis, a condition which severely affected his heart, lungs and other vital organs. Nadeem was moved to hospice care on Tuesday, November 10th in an effort to make him as comfortable as possible. Nadeem is survived by his wife Sherry and his son Nadir.
Last weekend college students from across the southeast went head-to-head for another intercollegiate challenge title. This challenge was hosted by Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Ga. November 7-8th. The scholastic eventers toughed it out through ‘hell and high water’, literally, as rainfall in the days before and throughout the weekend was unrelenting. This was Poplar Place Farm’s first time hosting a team challenge because of the cancellation of the Chattahoochee Hills October H.T., the usual collegiate challenge host venue.
College teams pose for a group photo. Bethany Beres Photo.
Olympic formats take centre stage at FEI General Assembly
Olympic formats were the focus of this afternoon’s session at the FEI General Assembly in San Juan (PUR), with FEI President Ingmar De Vos leading discussions with National Federations on proposed radical changes to Olympic competition formats.
“Olympic Agenda 2020 is a driving force in this process, but even prior to that we already knew that changes needed to be made to our formats and the presentation of our sport”, the FEI President said in his opening address.