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All but one of the 60 horses presented to the Ground Jury this afternoon at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover will continue to compete after the first horse inspection.
The Kentucky springtime sun shone brightly on this year’s group of four-star hopefuls as riders presented their equine partners to the Ground Jury of President Christina Kligspor (SWE), Nick Burton (GBR) and David Lee (IRL). Big hats, bold colors and stunning suits represented a common theme at today’s inspection as all the riders eagerly await the announcement of the Dubarry of Ireland’s Best Dressed Award.
Curious to learn the tricks of the trade on show turnout at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event? Watch the video above as world renowned groom Max Corcoran tours us through the Rolex barns and gives us insider tips on show turnout before the first veterinary inspection.
About The Event College
Hosted by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and the Professional Horseman’s Council (PHC), The Event College at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is going virtual in 2017! The Event College is a special event designed to educate the general public on the sport of Eventing, and will take place throughout the duration of the competition.
The long-awaited #BestWeekendAllYear is finally here, the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Whether you are enjoying the action in Lexington, or you are following along from home, there is something for everyone! Here’s our helpful guide with all the links and information you’ll need this week. Check back throughout the week as we add more useful links and information.
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All Areas are encouraged to host a town hall meeting once again! Come share your opinions and suggestions on the issues facing our sport. Town hall meetings are be free and open to all with a stake in U.S. Eventing.
This post will be updated to reflect the exact time when it is announced. Light snacks and water will be provided.
The town halls will be structured in such a way that all those present will be given the opportunity to speak in an open and respectful forum. All input will be compiled by the USEA for future consideration and/or implementation.
Topics discussed during the town hall will most likely include:
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce it has partnered with equestrian data science company, EquiRatings, to implement the EquiRatings Quality Index (ERQI) at national level in the U.S.
The partnership follows months of engagement between the parties which began immediately after the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last December. EquiRatings will work with the USEA on developing data analysis and implementing their predictive analysis tool to measure and manage risk – the ERQI.
As the countdown to the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event ticks on, 10 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduates are gearing up to compete in one of the most prestigious events in the world. The YEH program is designed to identify the up-and-coming superstars of the sport. The series offers classes for 4- and 5-year-olds where judges evaluate their suitability for the highest levels of eventing, and now years later we have a successful pool of gradutes who have made it. Meet the alumni:
The Foothills Nature Equestrian Center (FENCE) boasted one of the largest collegiate team challenges to date last weekend at their April FENCE Horse Trials with 12 teams made of 33 students going head-to-head for top honors.
It was University of Kentucky (UK) who ultimately earned the win with their UK White team. Made up of riders Taylor Pence, Rachel Kiczuk, Adrienne Watts and Claire Rowlands, the quartet lead the challenge wire-to-wire finishing on a final team score of 92.43.
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Flowers aren’t the only thing in bloom. With many parts of the country experiencing a mild winter, mosquito populations may be particularly abundant this spring. That means an increased risk of your horse contracting West Nile virus (WNV). Now is the time to think about prevention.
West Nile virus remains the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and humans in the United States. Transmitted by mosquitoes that can infect horses and humans, WNV has been detected in horses in all 48 continental states, as well as most of Canada and Mexico.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to announce their new partnership with Nelson Manufacturing Company. As a Contributing Level Sponsor for this year’s USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), Nelson Manufacturing is generously awarding a watering system as a prize for the 2017 AEC. The AEC will be held August 30- September 3, 2017 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
“We at Nelson Manufacturing are excited to be partnering with the USEA for the American Eventing Championships,” said Tom Dowd of Nelson Manufacturing. “We are proud to be part of this great show and look forward to seeing you in August.”
Following the announcement of the new USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Young Event Horse (YEH) Professional Trainer and Instructor Certificates, the USEA is excited to introduce the first ICP Young Horse Workshop. The workshop will be held June 26-28, 2017 at Steuart Pittman’s Dodon Farm in Davidsonville, Md.
Two-time USEA Lady Rider of the Year, Olympic and Pan-Am Games rider, Lauren Kieffer is taking the USEA along on “bringing up babies” as she shares a year in the life of four of her 6-year-olds in their journey to become top level event horses. Did you miss part 1? Read it here.
Well, I made a mistake with one of the young horses. Eventers in general are very good at admitting when they are wrong (cue eye roll), but if you are going to work with young horses it is a necessity to acknowledge when you have made a mistake so that you can fix it. The mistake I made is one most of us have made before, and will make again, I moved a horse up too soon.