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January 30, 2018

Hollywood, the 16.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding by Mighty Adversary and out of Reckless Knight, passed away on January 30, 2018 at the age of 26.

January 30, 2018

When Col. Allen D. Smith passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 64, Area V wanted to figure out a way to honor his legacy and decided to start an award for the Adult Amateur of the Year. Smith was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but after being commissioned into the Army Corps of Engineers he attended Texas A&M University and earned his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. After marrying his wife, Christine, in 1966 Smith was introduced to horses and began a lifelong tradition of competing in eventing and fox hunting. Smith was the Chair of Area V from 1991 to 1993 and in 1996 was elected to the USEA Board of Governors and was in the middle of his second term when he passed away.

January 29, 2018

Every year as January 1st approaches, people sit down and reflect on the past 12 months and resolve to be better in the months to come. New Year’s Resolutions are a tradition that dates back to the Ancient Babylonians some 4,000 years ago, and while their resolutions were probably less about watching reality TV and cutting gluten, the fact is that people from all over the world for thousands have years have used the calendar switching over as an opportunity for growth. Equestrians love a good opportunity for growth, and horse people of all stripes use this opportunity to set goals for the coming year, evaluate the progress they’ve made, and decide what steps they can take to be even better in the years to come.

January 27, 2018

Don't let the winter weather get you down when you can use being stuck in the arena as an opportunity to fine tune your riding! In this series, we are reviving past Grid Pro Quo articles from Eventing USA to help you use the off-season to your advantage and keep you and your horse in tip-top shape for when it's time to get back out there. Click here to check out other past Grid Pro Quo exercises to spice up your arena this winter! 

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These are two of my favorite exercises for improving rider position and posture. I learned these both from my longtime coach Buck Davidson and utilize them often in the clinics that I teach throughout the year.

January 26, 2018

Listen in to this week's USEA Podcast to hear from Amanda Beale Clement, Sophie Click, and Jacob Fletcher, all members of the USEF Eventing 25 Program List who attended the winter training sessions in Ocala, Florida, January 8-11. 

First up is Amanda Beale Clement, who attended the training sessions with Canny Calypso, an 8-year-old Westphalian/Trakehner gelding. Normally based at her mother Susie Beale's Cairn O'Mount Stables South in Aiken during the winter, Amanda is currently in Tampa, Florida for some intensive dressage training with her grandfather, Jeremey Beale. Amanda discusses what she was looking to get out of the sessions, her training philosophy, how she’s developed as a rider, the season ahead, and her long-term goals for the future.

January 25, 2018

The Fresno Country Horse Park (FCHP) in Fresno, California (Area VI) hosts four USEA recognized events and one USEA recognized combined test each year, offering Introductory through Advanced levels as well as CIC* and CIC2* divisions. FCHP also hosts competitions for the USEA Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse Programs and the USEA Classic Series. In addition to events, FCHP provides a venue for clinicians, driving events, and dressage shows throughout the year.

January 24, 2018

The 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention may have come and gone, but thanks to our friends at Ride On Video you will have the chance to relive the action as we share videos of the different sessions! 

 
January 23, 2018

While 2018 season is getting underway in the southern states, many competitors are getting ready to leave the start box for the first time this year while others are still planning out their goals for the season. Part of the goal-planning process is making sure you achieve the necessary qualifications to achieve those goals, so we’re taking a look at Appendix 3 in this rule refresher. Appendix 3, Participation in Horse Trials, defines the requirements for different divisions and the qualifications necessary for each level.

Text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules for Eventing, with emphasis added by the USEA. 

January 22, 2018

It may be the start of the new year, but for many college students January marks the halfway point in their academic year and for collegiate eventers it’s just a few short months until the third annual USEA Intercollegiate Championship will take place at the Virginia Horse Trials, May 24-27, 2018.

January 20, 2018

US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce Old Salem Farm as the host site for the 2018 Dressage Adequan® FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC), as well as the 2018 and 2019 Jumping Adequan® FEI North American Junior Children and Young Rider Championships (NAJChYRC) presented by Gotham North pending FEI approval. Rebecca Farm will host eventing, the NAJC and CICOY in 2018 and 2019, pending FEI approval.

January 20, 2018

Don't let the winter weather get you down when you can use being stuck in the arena as an opportunity to fine tune your riding! In this series, we are reviving past Grid Pro Quo articles from Eventing USA to help you use the off-season to your advantage and keep you and your horse in tip-top shape for when it's time to get back out there. Click here to check out other past Grid Pro Quo exercises to spice up your arena this winter! 

Why:

January 19, 2018

Every few years the USEF releases new dressage tests for eventing and 2018 marked the year in the cycle for new tests. FEI 4* Eventing Judge, Marilyn Payne, led the committee charged with designing the 2018 tests, shares some of the insight of why certain movements were incorporated into the new tests. All the new dressage tests can be viewed here

Each level of competition has two test options: A and B. All A tests track left and all B tests track right.

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