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January 26, 2017

Why:

If you have been to one of my clinics in the past year, you have probably seen this exercise as it has become a favorite of mine, and I often also have it set up in my arena at home. One of the many reasons why I love this exercise is because not only is it easy for the clinic organizer to set up, but it is an exercise that riders can take home with them and easily set up in their own arenas after the lesson.

While there are only four jumps, there are infinite possibilities within the exercise and you’re able to tackle a variety of issues depending on what the individual horse and rider need to focus on. Additionally, as the skillset of the horse and rider increases, it is easy to increase the difficulty of the exercise.

January 25, 2017

Following the astounding success of Area II’s pilot project, the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) Presented by Sunsprite Warmbloods, is being rolled out on a national stage starting this year. 

January 24, 2017

The thrill of the ‘chase lives on with the continuation of the USEA Classic Series in 2017. This program gives modern day eventers a chance to experience the unforgettable rush of a traditional long format three-day event at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels.

As it stands, USEA is the only national association still providing these long format events. Participating in a Classic Series event gives you access to a weekend’s worth of quality education from experts on the ins and outs of a three-day including the horse inspection, roads and tracks, steeplechase and more.

Ready to aim your season at a USEA Classic Series event? Click here to see if you are qualified.

January 23, 2017

Most eventers recognize a licensed official as their judge, technical delegate or cross-country course designer, but many haven’t considered how these officials found themselves in those roles. The path to becoming licensed is often long, undulating and expensive, and yet these individuals do it to keep the sport alive for years to come. In this series, we explore what exactly it takes to become a licensed official. Next up, Event Organizer and Secretary. Though these jobs require no license, they do require expert preparation, keen attention to detail and the ability to handle anything that comes their way.

January 23, 2017

The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs have aligned to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity in Florida this winter, and there’s less than a month left to register! If you have not already signed up, make sure to fill out your Young Eventing Horse Symposium registration here, and/or your ICP Symposium registration here.

January 23, 2017

Wellington, FL - January 21, 2017 - The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) will welcome back the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase from Friday, February 3, to Saturday, February 4, hosting renowned international eventing athletes in Wellington, FL. General admission to the event is free. 

January 20, 2017
One day Denny and I were talking, I can’t quite remember what started the conversation, but I said I do not think of myself as being that brave. He looked at me like I was nuts, I think he even said, but you went advanced!  My response was that I am brave enough, but I am not crazy brave. I am not the type of person who would hop on anyone’s horse and just go intermediate with it or hop on a horse I was just watching rear and rear. I know some people who are totally confident and would do those things, but I am not one of them.
 
I think bravery means different things to different people. I also think that your level of bravery will differ doing different activities.
January 19, 2017

On this podcast, we speak with Leslie Law, Zach Brandt and Lizzie Snow about last week’s USEF Emerging Athletes Eventing 25 Training Sessions. Two of the 2017 emerging athletes Zach and Lizzie share their experiences and highlights throughout the session, and Emerging Athletes Coach Leslie Law outlines his strategy for this group of talented young riders.

“This a pipeline to hopefully the senior team, the goal of the day is to identify people in the program who are going to be athletes on those senior teams.” - Leslie Law 

January 18, 2017

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors has named a short list of host venues for a new CCI4* eventing competition. Following extensive review and analysis of each proposal by the CCI4* Task Force, the Eventing Committee, the International Disciplines Council, and the Board of Directors, it was concluded that, due to changes in location and date related to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, the inaugural CCI4* event will be held in the autumn of 2019. Two venues have been named to the short list for further consideration: Fair Hill and Great Meadow. Both sites currently host FEI-level eventing competitions.

January 18, 2017

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January 17, 2017

Last month legendary eventer William Fox-Pitt joined a packed audience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the keynote speaker for the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting of Members. He walked the audience through his severe brain injury which he sustained in the autumn of 2015 and described his rehabilitation as he prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“In April you think there is loads of time before August, and when I got my sight back I thought ok we have a shot of going,” Fox-Pitt recalled. “But everyone around me was saying don’t tell him, don’t depress him, there is no way he is going to Rio.”

Listen below to his incredible journey back into health and into the saddle.

January 15, 2017

Lexington, Ky. – On a night dedicated to the horse, two special athletes were recognized for their excellence in 2016 during the USEF's Horse of the Year Awards Gala. Mighty Nice and Catch Me reached the pinnacle of their sports and were named International and National Horse of the Year, respectively. Voting was open to the public through January and both horses, already fan favorites, were rewarded for their tremendous results throughout 2016 with support from voters.

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