Tropical Storm Alberto arrived in Aiken about the same time the 20 participants in the USEA Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp did. But did the wind and the rain—heavy at times— deter this group? “Heck no. We’re eventers!” was the rallying cry.
Olympian Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Va., was the instructor, and it’s not every day riders get a chance to learn from someone of her stature. Plus, trying to find your line in blinding rain and splashing through puddles in the jumping arena was good practice.
Eventing is a challenging sport for both the body and the mind, and the three different phases of competition test the rider’s intelligence, bravery, and skill. No matter what level a rider competes at, they may experience obstacles such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, or the inability to focus or to perform under pressure, and often riders are unaware of the bad habits that stand in the way of their path to success. Speaking with a qualified sports counselor can help that rider develop tools that will help them create more productive attitudes and behaviors, improving them as a rider. The Worth the Trust Sports Psychology Scholarships have been created to provide eventers with this opportunity.