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In 2008, a sweet-faced gelding had his 41st career start at Suffolk Downs. After three years on the track and over $40,000 in earnings, this cheeky Thoroughbred seemed to already have a lifetime’s worth of experiences. No one expected that only a few years later he would ascend to the upper levels of another sport entirely.
Silver Flash (Fabulous Frolic x Enough Approval), known around the barn as “Brighton,” made this successful career switch thanks to a little bit of love and a lot of hard work from his current owner, Abby Hamblin. This formidable pair have been learning and climbing the levels of eventing together for the last six years.
The USEA Foundation and the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider’s Committee are pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the 2016 travel grants. As part of the USEA Foundation’s renewed Rebecca Broussard Grant Program, these riders not only receive assistance with travel, they are eligible to interview and apply for the two International Grants which total in excess of $30,000. All those listed (and any FEI competitor at the RF Event) can take part in the interview process at The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 21-24. The two year-end grants will be presented at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in December this year.
We are just about two months away from the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC)! Meet us at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C. August 31- September 4 for a celebration of the sport.
The USEA welcomes all qualified horses and riders to this year’s AEC to rival for the chance at over $100,000 in prize money. As we attempt to gauge entries, some scheduling changes have been made to the recently published omnibus listing.
Please familiarize yourself with the most updated schedule of competition for the 2016 Nutrena USEA AEC:
Tues 8/30: All Cross-Country Courses open-3:00 pm
You have good intentions in life, but sometime life has a crazy way of getting in the way of your good intentions! When things like school, work and a ridiculously short 24-hour day come in between you and your good intentions, its time for the how-come trick.
Think of something you've been meaning to do for a while, but haven't yet gotten around to. It can be anything from cleaning your barn car (really - when was the last time you saw the floor mats?) to speaking to your trainer about something that's been worrying you. Then ask yourself, "How come I haven't done it yet?" Be honest with your answer because your answer will actually create your plan to finally achieve it.
The USEA is saddened to learn that Avery Klunick lost her upper level partner, In It To Win It, last night during a colic surgery.
Klunick and “Winston,” a 16-year-old New Zealand Sport Horse (By Chinese Gold) have grown their partnership together since Klunick got the ride in 2008 from Julia Briskin, who piloted the gelding through Intermediate.
Throwback Thursday posts are presented by the USEA Foundation. Today we bring back a blog from Suzanne Adams, who highlights the backbone of our sport: volunteers. To hear more of what she has to say, visit her blog: Confessions of an AA Event Rider and Convicted Overthinker.
Dear Horse Trial Participant,
This week on the Podcast, Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor and USEF Managing Director of Eventing Joanie Morris join us to talk about the process of Olympic team selection including who picks the team and what factors are most influential. The 2016 Olympic Eventing Team was selected last week and consists of Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery.
Tickets go on sale today for the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). The event features 500 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses performing in ten equestrian disciplines who have each received less than a year’s training in a second career. Top professional and amateur trainers from throughout North America compete for $100,000 in prize money and crowd support to be crowned “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred”. The action takes place October 27-30, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The University of South Carolina (USCA) has decided to grab the reins and add another Eventing Club in the Southeast region at their main campus in Columbia, Sc. Riders at USC acknowledged the importance of riding programs for future and current students. The creation of this new program was designed to help students to both continue learning in the classroom and in the ring. USC eventers are eager to continually grow into community where students are able to foster relationships on the basis of their love for horses and the sport of eventing.
An essential part to a young event horse’s career is beginning to go out on hacks or trail rides on their own. Hacking out is a great way to get a young horse fit and confident. Courtney Cooper, head trainer and owner of C Square Farm, is a big advocate of hacking young horses for the mental and physical benefit. Before thinking about taking this next step with your horse, Cooper explains that they must be going well in the ring and understand how to walk, trot, and canter properly and know how to go forward, how to stop and how to turn. If you can check those boxes, it may be time to introduce your horse to hacking.
Far Hills, NJ: The Board of Directors of the Essex Horse Trials, Inc. (Essex) is pleased to announce that, following a 19-year hiatus, one of New Jersey's most recognizable equestrian competitions will return to the U.S. Eventing Association and U.S. Equestrian Federation calendar on June 24, 2017. In addition, the Board has affirmed that Mars, Inc., will resume its past association with Essex as lead sponsor of the event.
The Essex homecoming is part of a long-range strategic plan, organized and supported by members of the local community whose goal is the revitalization and growth of high-level equestrian events and competitions in Somerset County and the surrounding region.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grants for The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*, July 21-24, 2016, in Kalispell, Mont.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grants:
Hannah Sue Burnett (Reddick, Fla.) and Cooley Dream LLC's Cooley Dream, a 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Amber Levine (Rohnert Park, Calif.) and her own Carry On, a 2007 KWPN gelding
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and her own and Sherrie Martin's Effervescent, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding