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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.
Whitney Weston began her eventing career in the heart of Area II in Pennsylvania where she attended Bryn Mawr College and was a working for some of the top riders in the sport including Susie Beale and Phillip Dutton. After studying abroad and actively competing in Europe, Weston returned home to the United States to work and train with Bruce and Buck Davidson. Currently, Weston resides in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where she teaches, rides and trains horses and riders at her own Southern Pines Riding School while still maintaining an active competition schedule. With her positive approach focused on both horse and rider, Weston is able to confidently take young horses up the levels while still making everything a fun learning experience.
Attention adult amateurs, the USEA is happy to report that the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is all about you! Amateurs are the backbone of our sport. Not only the largest proportion of USEA members, but they are also often times the volunteers, behind-the-scenes supporters and smiling faces who keep U.S. eventing growing and functioning at its best. If you aren’t an adult amateur, you know one. They are balancing working with eventing because of their love for the sport. Amateurs, we salute you!
Stable View Farm, located in Aiken, South Carolina, recently hosted the first Advanced level event of its kind in that region earlier this month. The Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials was a celebration of eventing in Aiken which drew top level competitors from throughout the country with an eye on the generous $60,000 prize purse. In addition, the event held divisions for the Beginner Novice - Preliminary competitors with prize money up to $15,000 for the lower levels as well.
One of the goals of the USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) is to encourage and educate the next generation of officials. In recent years there have been a dwindling pool of judges, TD’s and course designers as those who have been so involved in the sport begin to age out. YOU can be part of the next generation. The sport cannot exist, much less thrive, without a growing base of officials. Get involved and get licensed!
The Eventing Licensed Officials Committee has released the 2017 Training Program for Eventing Officials schedule. We also welcome auditors to all the training programs (not including the final examination) at a fee of $50.00 per day. We hope to see you next year.
2017 Training Program for Eventing Officials Schedule:
The following individuals received their USEF Eventing Officials License or were promoted by the USEF Licensed Officials Committee (LOC). The USEA is delighted to see new officials joining the eventing community!
Valerie Vizcarrondo; Harwood, MD; "R"
Beth Wheeler; Aiken, SC; "r"
Mark Weissbecker; Richmond, VA; 3/4* FEI Eventing Judge
Adri Doyal; Baird, TX; "r"
Jeff Kibbie; Coatesville, PA; "R"
FEI Eventing Steward
Ann Haller; Oxford, GA; Level 1
Linda Paine; Temecula, CA; Level 1
Eventing Technical Delegate
Tim Murray; Hamilton, MA; "R" TD
Andrew Temkin; San Rafael, CA; "S" TD
Tik Maynard is slated to take two horses to the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover at the end of October with plans to enter horses in the eventing and freestyle categories. In preparation, he has taught his off-the-track Thoroughbreds how to jump.
In Part I, Tik explained the basics of teaching a horse to jump, and walked us through the process with his three OTTB's: Johnny Football, Commander and Haxby. But, with horses things don't always go as planned, so Tik gives us the most common reasons a horse might stop, and how to fix them.