The first of 10 Charles Owen Technical Merit competitions took place February 21-24 at the Pine Top Horse Trials in Thompson, Georgia. Over the course of the year, the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award will be presented at one event in each of the 10 USEA Areas, rewarding riders for their safe and effective cross-country riding.
The U.S. Team just stepped on the podium at a major competition, maybe an emerging athlete just cleared the last jump of her first CCI4*-S, or a U.S. rider just returned from a successful trip abroad. The riders will be congratulated, the horses will be praised, the owners thanked – but for the last seven years these accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the behind-the-scenes work of Joanie Morris, Managing Director of Eventing for US Equestrian (USEF).
Oh, California! This winter has been unlike any other I remember ever eventing, and the start to the 2019 season has been VERY WET. My usually perfect indoor is half full of wet footing and water, and I feel like everything I own is covered in mud.
The warm-up is where riders spend the most time in the tack during an event. With a mixture of nervous horses, riders, parents, and coaches, the warm-up area can be chaotic. Whether it’s a horse’s first recognized horse trial or at a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competition, the Clasings’ have found a tried-and-true warm-up routine for young horses.
Otter Creek Farm (OCF) in Wheeler, Wisconsin (Area IV) hosts three USEA recognized events each year in May, August, and September offering Starter through Intermediate levels. Otter Creek Farm also hosts the Area IV leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award.
In 2019, GMHA is merging the June Eventing clinic and the Festival of Eventing clinics. The USEA June Eventing Clinic is going to be a great opportunity to ride with four fabulous upper level clinicians – Bobby Costello, Bonnie Mosser, Becca Vick, and John Zopatti – over three days right here at GMHA!
It has been 35 years since a female rider last earned the title of USEA Rider of the Year – a fact that was the topic of discussion for the panel of Karen O’Connor, Nina Gardner, Lynn Symansky, Jonathan Holling, and Sam Watson at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
A life filled with horses, racing motocross, competitive rowing, and volunteering, Vicki Reynolds has stayed on the go. Reynolds was able to clock in 330 volunteer hours and 35 minutes to secure the 2018 USEA Volunteer of the Year title.
We feed our horses for optimal performance, spend countless hours practicing all aspects of the dressage test to get the lowest score possible, we do grids, we do trot, canter, and gallop sets, then place the best quality shoes and boots on our horses to protect their legs. We do all of this, yet when it comes to rider fitness few riders treat themselves like the athletes they are.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) and EQSportsNet will continue their successful partnership through 2019 to provide access to livestreaming of competitions to USEA members and eventing enthusiasts at a discounted rate.