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The 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is right around the corner! This year’s Convention will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. December 7-11 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa. Convention is a celebration of the sport, where eventing enthusiasts from across the country gather to discuss, learn and have a great time with other eventers!
This year boasts countless educational seminars and forums where you can be directly involved with the movers, shakers and innovators of the sport. Here’s a preview of just what you might see:
New 2017 CCI4* Dressage Tests
I've never met an eventer without an opinion. We are all obsessed with our horses and our sport and will freely provide our thoughts on eventing-related topics to anyone who will listen. But, too few of us direct this enthusiasm to the sport's most crucial feedback mechanisms - the event and officials evaluations.
On this podcast, we get some more information on the 2016 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 5-year-old Champions of both coasts. Woodford Reserve, An Irish Sport Horse (Tinarana’s Inspector x Laharn’s Laughton) owned by rider Erin Kellerhouse, took top honors on the west coast, while Foreign Quality, a Dutch Warmblood owned by Marley Stone Bourke and ridden by Tim Bourke, bested the rest on the east coast.
It always helps to see a warm and friendly face when heading to warm up for that all-important test or jump round. In this new series, the United States Evening Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux, to feature those around us who help make these events happen, the volunteers. Without them horse shows could not succeed and these volunteers go above and beyond to make sure every rider feels comfortable and confident. Do you know a volunteer who should be nominated as Volunteer of the Month? We are looking for our December feature. Email your tips to [email protected]
Lexington, KY - October 18, 2016 -Ticket sales for the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event open on November 1, 2016, at 9 a.m. Eastern U.S. time. Known as the "Best Weekend All Year," the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 27-30.
"Historically tickets sell out quickly and we expect the same of the 2017 event," said Stewart Perry, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. "Each year is bigger and better so anyone who wants to come watch the world's best horses and riders should make sure to buy their tickets as soon as they go on sale!"
Fans of the Thoroughbred horse flocked to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., by the thousands over the weekend for the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, a $100,000 competition in which trainers take less than a year to transform a racehorse into master of up to two equestrian disciplines. The event is organized by Retired Racehorse Project and is presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce that we will welcome one of the most accomplished riders in modern eventing history, William Fox-Pitt, to be the keynote speaker of the 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention! Mark December 7-11 on your calendar for a chance to hear from this riding legend in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Visit the Convention Page to start planning your trip today.
Lexington, Va., - Over 500 horses across 30 divisions competed at the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials this weekend at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. The event offered Beginner Novice - Intermediate national levels, and CCI*, CIC2* and CCI2* international divisions as well as the Area II Championships and an Adult Team Challenge.
For many competitors, finishing a traditional long format event is major bucket list item. Waredaca Farm and the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event make that dream possible by offering Novice, Training and Preliminary USEA Classic Series divisions between their two competitions. Participating in a USEA Classic Series event keeps the tradition and history of the sport alive, and gives competitors an opportunity to experience the original layout of eventing. After months of conditioning, riders from up and down the East Coast came together at these events to give a traditional long format event their best effort.
Penn Valley, CA - October 20, 2016 – “Right now, less than 25 cents per horse is being spent annually on equine medical research funding in the United States, and that’s a shame when you consider how much our horses mean to us,” said Michael Van Noy, DVM.
“I challenge equine organizations in all disciplines and breeds to add a $1 equine medical research donation to every test, class, course or start in your competitions. You will make a difference and your members will support you.”
Lexington, VA, October 27, 2016 - The Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials began yesterday at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va when the CCI* and CCI2* competitors presented their horses to the ground jury during the First Horse Inspection. The event this week is hosting three FEI divisions, an Adult Team Challenge, Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials, and is also the site of the 2016 Area II Championships for the second consecutive year. With close to 550 horses on the grounds, it is one of the largest events in Area II.
Each fall the Hilltoppers Pony Club hosts a fundraising schooling show to benefit the 36-year-old club. Held annually at Ashland Farm, a horse haven on 400 acres in Walnut Grove, Ga., the show offers a laid back atmosphere where competitors of all levels can enjoy low key competition, camaraderie and fun.