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Lexington, Ky. – On Tuesday, July 25, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors unanimously approved recommended guidelines for the USEF horse welfare and safety penalties. These guidelines are not mandatory but rather meant to advise the USEF Hearing Committee in the types and ranges of penalties to render in horse welfare and safety cases.
At their meeting this past January, the Board of Directors requested a review and evaluation of the penalties issued in welfare-related cases. The resulting analysis determined that previously imposed penalties in horse welfare and safety violations were no longer sufficient in today’s cases.
Mallory Hogan and her 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, Clarissa Purisima aka "Clarissa," traveled to Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. to represent Area VI in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. The pair earned individual bronze and team gold medals. Mallory has been sharing her journey to compete in NAJYRC, click here to learn more about her and Clarissa and click here to read about her experience at Area VI Young Rider Camp.
Vero Beach, Fla. – The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA) is now accepting applications for the for the newly created part-time position of Executive Director. This individual will have overall operational and administrative responsibility for ERAofNA membership programs, sponsorship development, communications, marketing and public relations, financial management, and governance coordination.
The Executive Director will work closely with ERAofNA’s President, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors to execute the organization’s mission of assimilating and leveraging the collective voice of North America’s riders, equine professionals, and owners in pursuit of enhancing and growing the sport of eventing in North America.
Camelot Equestrian Park in Butte Valley, California (Area VI) hosts one USEA recognized event in June that offers Intro through Preliminary, in addition to two unrecognized events that offer Intro through Training. The Park also hosts hunter/jumper and dressage shows, trail trials, pony club, vaulting, gymkhana, and more. Learn more about Camelot Equestrian Park on their website.
Lexington, Ky. – On Tuesday, July 25, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors voted to approve the phase I recommendations of the USEF Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (MPA) Panel on the continued investigation, research, and analysis of the use of MPA, commonly referred to as Depo-Provera®, in competition horses.
Fifteen riders across the Novice and Training Three-Day divisions at the Western Underground, Inc. Coconino Summer II Horse Trials & T/N3D Event experienced the thrill of the ‘chase through the woods at the Coconino County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff, Arizona (Area X) and participated in a series of educational activities to increase their knowledge of the long format.
In the Novice Three-Day, Kirsten Woznicki and her own 8-year-old Westphalian/Thoroughbred gelding Plateaux (Pablo x Sweetheart) scored a 29.4 in dressage and never looked back, putting in four double-clean phases on endurance day and going double-clean in show jumping to lead the division from start to finish on their dressage score.
The following individuals received their USEF Eventing Officials License or were promoted by the USEF Licensed Officials Committee (LOC). The USEA is delighted to see new officials joining the eventing community and we encourage Organizers to reach out to these officials for their future events.
Debbie Adams; Medford, NJ; "S"
Helen Brettell; Philomont, PA; "S"
Beatrice Di Grazia; Carmel Valley, CA; "R"
Robyn Fisher; Moorpark, CA; "R"
Michelle Henry; Los Angeles, CA; "R"
Elizabeth Coviello Moore; New Hill, NC; “r”
Debbie Rodriguez; Williamsburg, VA; "R"
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are coming soon for both the East and West coasts, but there is still time to get your young horse qualified! With two full months of competition left for both the YEH and the FEH divisions before the Championships, be sure to make it to your local events and get your qualifying score.
Young Event Horse Championships
On Monday, July 23, 2017, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors approved the recommendation to allocate the designation of an additional United States eventing CCI4* competition in 2019 to Fair Hill International. In January 2017, the Board of Directors narrowed the list of five applicants to two and following that decision spent several months researching, meeting with Organizing Committees and conducting additional site visits.
Ingrid Klimke with Horseware Hale Bob OLD, Michael Jung with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW, Sandra Auffarth with Opgun Louvo – the German dream team – along with new team member Josefa Sommer and her own-bred and own-trained Hamilton, claimed victory in the FEI Nations Cup™ competition in the CICO3* at Aachen this past weekend. The newcomers fulfilled all expectations in their first team appearance for Germany at the Aachen Soers. “It is incredible to be here with these three heroes!”, was Sommer's concise and eloquent summary on the podium at the press conference. Sommer and Hamilton jumping clear on cross-country, picking up a few time faults.
As barefoot horses become more active in warmer months, it is important to consider the impact of different terrains on a horse’s hooves. With the summer season here, horses are out on the trail more, and it’s crucial to be cautious of their soles and hooves in order to maintain good overall hoof health. To do this, there are a couple of options.
The Benefits of Boots for Barefoot Horses
Eventers are known for helping each other out and when Erin Sylvester decided to head west to compete in The Event at Rebecca Farm, she texted Tamra Smith and asked if she would be willing to give her some support throughout the week. Smith readily agreed and both the student and the teacher were rewarded with leading three-star victory gallops today. Smith topped the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* with Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal while Sylvester jumped a beautiful clear show jump round to win the third annual CCI3* with Frank Macentee’s Paddy the Caddy – both with impressive leads.