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Throwback Thursday posts are presented by the USEA Foundation. Today we bring back a blog from Suzanne Adams, who highlights the backbone of our sport: volunteers. To hear more of what she has to say, visit her blog: Confessions of an AA Event Rider and Convicted Overthinker.
Dear Horse Trial Participant,
This week on the Podcast, Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor and USEF Managing Director of Eventing Joanie Morris join us to talk about the process of Olympic team selection including who picks the team and what factors are most influential. The 2016 Olympic Eventing Team was selected last week and consists of Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery.
Tickets go on sale today for the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). The event features 500 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses performing in ten equestrian disciplines who have each received less than a year’s training in a second career. Top professional and amateur trainers from throughout North America compete for $100,000 in prize money and crowd support to be crowned “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred”. The action takes place October 27-30, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The University of South Carolina (USCA) has decided to grab the reins and add another Eventing Club in the Southeast region at their main campus in Columbia, Sc. Riders at USC acknowledged the importance of riding programs for future and current students. The creation of this new program was designed to help students to both continue learning in the classroom and in the ring. USC eventers are eager to continually grow into community where students are able to foster relationships on the basis of their love for horses and the sport of eventing.
An essential part to a young event horse’s career is beginning to go out on hacks or trail rides on their own. Hacking out is a great way to get a young horse fit and confident. Courtney Cooper, head trainer and owner of C Square Farm, is a big advocate of hacking young horses for the mental and physical benefit. Before thinking about taking this next step with your horse, Cooper explains that they must be going well in the ring and understand how to walk, trot, and canter properly and know how to go forward, how to stop and how to turn. If you can check those boxes, it may be time to introduce your horse to hacking.
Far Hills, NJ: The Board of Directors of the Essex Horse Trials, Inc. (Essex) is pleased to announce that, following a 19-year hiatus, one of New Jersey's most recognizable equestrian competitions will return to the U.S. Eventing Association and U.S. Equestrian Federation calendar on June 24, 2017. In addition, the Board has affirmed that Mars, Inc., will resume its past association with Essex as lead sponsor of the event.
The Essex homecoming is part of a long-range strategic plan, organized and supported by members of the local community whose goal is the revitalization and growth of high-level equestrian events and competitions in Somerset County and the surrounding region.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grants for The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*, July 21-24, 2016, in Kalispell, Mont.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grants:
Hannah Sue Burnett (Reddick, Fla.) and Cooley Dream LLC's Cooley Dream, a 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Amber Levine (Rohnert Park, Calif.) and her own Carry On, a 2007 KWPN gelding
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and her own and Sherrie Martin's Effervescent, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Escape the early winter and join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention December 7-11! Hosted by the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Convention unites a large group of eventing enthusiasts for a long weekend of discussion, education and celebration. The USEA organizes countless open forums, seminars and committee meetings as well, so it is a great opportunity to be directly involved with the planning and coordination of issues that are most important to you.
Thanks to our oceanfront hotel, Convention will kick off with our annual Board of Governor’s reception directly on the beach. Put your toes in the sand and get ready to enjoy a great week!
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors (BOD) has chosen Bill Moroney to serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO oversees the USEF staff and all day-to-day operations, reports to the President, and keeps the Board of Directors and Officers fully informed of the conditions and operations of the Federation and all material concerns. The BOD made this decision during its Mid-Year Meeting held on June 21 at the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. Moroney has been serving as Interim CEO since the USEF Annual Meeting in January 2016.
This week we continue to preview this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Alec Lochore joins us first. He was the Manager of Equestrian Events at the 2012 London Olympics, and will be the Technical Delegate for the 2016 Games. Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport Programs, also joins us to give us the details on planning and executing successful transport of the teams for this major competition.
Nicolas Hinze, who developed the CourseWalk App and the new Area II Volunteer Incentive Program website has just created a new app to display eventing results. This app was developed in response to a request by David O'Connor, who wanted to have U.S. scores presented in similar way as in Europe. Some of the new features that mirror the European scoring system include: displaying country flags, allowing user sorting and greater details on dressage scores.
Gladstone, N.J. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors (BOD) elected Murray S. Kessler as its next President at the Mid-Year BOD Meeting in Gladstone, N.J. on Tuesday. The President ultimately presides over the volunteer leadership structure of the USEF. Since 1917, only 13 individuals have served in the presidential role. Kessler will officially take office at the USEF Annual Meeting in January 2017. In the interim, he will work with current President, Chrystine Tauber, and the USEF staff on the implementation of a new strategic plan, also approved by the BOD Tuesday, and ensuring a smooth leadership transition.