USEA News

October 16, 2017

So you are interested in competing in a USEA Classic Three-Day at the Preliminary, Training, Novice or Beginner Novice level? Great! It is a fun and educational event to set as a goal.

There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration including the time of year the competition will be held, the type of horse you own, the level of the competition and how many times you will be competing before the competition. All this should be factored in as you move toward getting yourself and your horse fit enough to compete at a long format three-day.

October 16, 2017

Tickets for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) are now on sale to the public.

Read the full press release from Tryon here.

Tickets are available online at www.tryon2018.com.

Tickets for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 include the following options: a standard Day Pass, Individual Event Pass, All Session Discipline Pass, All Session Day Pass – Weekdays Only, All Games Pass – Week One, All Games Pass – Week Two, and an All Games Pass.

October 16, 2017

In the wake of the devastation brought upon Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Lauren Billys has started a fundraiser to aid the hundreds of horses on the island who are in dire need of assistance. 

“When Puerto Rico was hit with back-to-back hurricanes, the island’s power, water and necessities to live became nonexistent. As the island works through this time, there are so many places in need,” Lauren said. 

“I am Puerto Rican and have been competing under this flag for seven years. Most immediately, our friends in Puerto Rico have reached out to receive basic needs for horses that are also struggling through this time.”

October 16, 2017

The written rules governing competitior dress for all three phases of eventing cover riders' dress and equipment from head to toe. We're breaking it down here for you, starting with protective equipment, spurs, and whips. Text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules For Eventing, with emphasis added by the USEA. Stay tuned for the Attire Edition, which will lay out everything you need to know about dress for all three phases.

EV114 Dress

1. PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR.

October 15, 2017

Foxwood High has only jumped one clear show jumping round this year, but Selena O’Hanlon has been focusing on that phase with John and Judy Rumble’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rio Bronco W x Evita 2) to make the clean rounds happen. Her hard work paid off in spades today as show jumping clinched her the win in the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*.

O’Hanlon started the competition in the lead with Foxwood High, but they added 1.6 time penalties on the cross-country course to their 39.4 to drop from first to second. When the leaders Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights dropped three rails in the final phase, O’Hanlon was able to regain control of the CCI3* by adding just three time penalties on the show jumping.

October 15, 2017

Susprite Syrius cantered into the show jumping arena with two rails in hand, but he didn’t need them and jumped a flawless round to earn the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2* title. The 9-year-old Trakehner gelding (Titulus x Slytely Cinnamon) owned by Sunsprite Warmbloods first partnered with Tamra Smith as a 5-year-old and she has brought him up the levels.

“I’m thrilled,” said Smith following her win. “He was perfect in every phase and I couldn’t have asked him to be any better. He show jumping like a million bucks.”


Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

October 15, 2017

The second veterinary inspection at the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Horse Trials is complete and 26 horses will be moving forward to show jumping in the CCI3* and 53 horses in the CCI2*. All horses passed the inspection in the CCI2*. In the CCI3* Muggle, the Phoenix Syndicate’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding ridden by Nilson Moreira da Silva was held and not accepted upon reinspection. Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley, ridden by Tamra Smith, was held, but passed upon reinspection. Clayton Fredericks withdrew Kingfisher Farm’s FE Ophelia before the jog.

October 14, 2017

Time was definitely the deciding factor on Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*. In what is often referred to as a three-and-a-half star, there were only four pairs who crossed the finish line under the 10-minute time allowed. The class serves at the USEF National Championship and di Grazia laid out a true championship test for the three-star competitors, but they came prepared and 28 of the 36 pairs finished with only seven different fences causing any problems.

When overnight leader, Selena O’Hanlon crossed the finish line four seconds too slow, it opened the door for second-placed Colleen Rutledge to move up into the lead with her homebred gelding, Covert Rights.

October 13, 2017

Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High are winners of the first phase of competition in The Dutta. Corp/USEF CCI** National Eventing Championship. Owned by John and Judy Rumble, the 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse earned a personal best score of 39.4.

"Foxwood High felt a little bit fitter in the ring today which was great because he put it to good use. Being that much older he's started to become more rideable in the ring, so I was pleased that he didn't let it get the better of us," O'Hanlon said. "In general the horse has just been leading up to this and I'm super excited to break into the thirties."

October 13, 2017

For the ninth year the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships were held at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Horse Trials in Elkton, Md. This year saw 55 of the best 4- and 5-year-olds in the country compete for a chance to be named the champion among their peers. For the second day of competition, horses and riders competed in a jumping test designed by Trish Gilbert in front of judges Judy Bradwell and Mark Weissbecker. The course began with six show jumps followed by a series of cross-country obstacles including jumping in and out of water and ended with a demonstration of the horse’s gallop.

October 13, 2017

The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Duvander as the new Performance Director for Eventing, effective October 16, 2017. Duvander joins US Equestrian with over 30 years of strategic planning and program development at the high-performance level.

October 13, 2017

Earlier today, Jennie Brannigan released the following statement regarding Twilightslastgleam's withdrawal from the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d'Angers:

"I am super bummed that Tim, Nina, and I have decided not to run Twilightslastgleam at Mondial Du Lion. We had some concerns about him having a potential injury brewing and decided that his future is bright, he is young, and to give him a break and bring him out 100% next spring. We are so grateful to the United States Eventing Association (USEA), Timothy Holekamp, and Chris Turner for the opportunity. I am also grateful to my vet Mary Griffin for looking out for the horses so diligently.

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