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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 we look at an Eventing Judge.
Stable View Farm is an incredible training facility located in Aiken, South Carolina. Over the winter months this facility is home to all kinds of events for riders to enjoy, the pinnacle of which has to be the William Fox-Pitt clinic held over three days in January. Stable View was kind enough to let several members of the UGA Eventing Team volunteer as William’s helpers for the weekend. I jumped at the opportunity to learn from an absolute legend in the eventing world and so I packed my bags and made the trip to spend my weekend in Aiken. What I didn’t know prior to attending the clinic was how entertaining a William Fox-Pitt clinic can be.
With plans fully underway in preparation for the upcoming 15th anniversary presentation of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event – to be held at the Horse Park of New Jersey May 10-14 – Event management has announced that Captain Mark Phillips will assume responsibility for cross-country course design at this year’s competition.
The West Coast season is officially underway with another Galway Downs Winter Horse Trials in the books. We caught up with a few of the winners from last weekend on this podcast. Megan Traynham took home the blue ribbon in the Open Intermediate division adding no jump penalties but 3.6 time in the cross-country and 2 time penalties in the show jumping. She did this with her own Lord Lombardi a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Lordship. Sarah Braun picked up the win the Open Preliminary (33.4) with Korin Potenza’s Crowning Event, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Event of the Year x Homecoming Crown). Jory McKaig also ended her weekend in first place aboard her own Demanding Day (High Demand x Soul of Kindness), a 10-year-old Thoroughbred.
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 and programs 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 March feature. Email your tips to info@Althetux.com
Lexington, KY - February 7, 2017 - Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, has chosen local Kentucky Horse Park based Central Kentucky Riding for Hope as the official charity of the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award, which aims to recognize safe and effective cross-country riding at the Training level, will kick off the 2017 season in February at the Pine Top Advanced H.T. Junior and adult amateur Training level riders entered will be vying for a chance to receive a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag. Year-end high-point winners will receive a Charles Owen helmet.
The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that 578 trainers have been accepted to compete for their share of $100,000 in prize money at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 5-8. The trainers approved to compete this year, 65 of whom expect to bring two horses, include some of the most highly respected in their disciplines.
Trainers were approved based on evidence of ability to effectively introduce an off-track Thoroughbred with no experience outside racing to one or two of the ten Thoroughbred Makeover disciplines, demonstrating that horse’s talent and trainability. Skills and experience were evaluated based on applications that included competition highlights, references, and video links.
The Horse of the Year title is often considered the most prestigious given out annually by the United States Eventing Association. Awarded to the horse who earns the most points during a single competition year, it honors the true star of the sport. A USEA (formally USCTA) Horse of the Year has been named since 1963 when Duck Soup, ridden by J. Gibson Semmes, was the inaugural winner of The Chronicle of the Horse Trophy presented by Alexander Mackay-Smith.
The eventing community descended on Wellington, Fla. this weekend for the annual Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. Boyd Martin pulled of a hat trick winning for a third consecutive year, this time with Welcome Shadow. This event provides an avenue for the dressage and jumper riders and enthusiasts to get a taste of eventing, and the $100,000 purse made it extra exciting. Watch below for the highlights, courtesy of Land Rover.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has released the dressage test for the new Modified level which will make its debut at events around the country in 2017. The test is designed to be a stepping stone between the Training and Preliminary levels. Suited for a small arena (20m x 40m), it echoes many movements performed at Training level, while also introducing a few of the more complex movements required for Preliminary.
The jumping phases proved to be especially influential today at the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. Poles in the show jumping and time penalties on the cross-county lead to a major leaderboard shakeup, but it was ultimately Boyd Martin who finished as the winner with Craig and Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow followed by Buck Davidson and Petite Flower in second and Doug Payne in third with Vandiver.