“Our country has the biggest attrition rate in eventing than any other country. I believe we don't let our horses rest long enough. We compete too much and don't condition enough.” One of the most familiar faces in eventing, Max Corcoran is the go-to girl for horse welfare.
Corcoran spent over a decade traveling the world as the top groom for the O’Connor Event Team (OCET). However, her role at OCET went far beyond grooming. It included barn manager, program organizer, working student mentor, mental health therapist, the horses’ lucky charm, a shoulder to cry on, a fan cheering at the finish, and the list goes on.
Where the cornfields grow and Indy 500 fans unite, Indiana is home to the third United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series event of 2018. Edinburgh, Ind. is where Mindy Kutzner and Frankie Smorch came out on top in the Training and Novice Three-Days at IEA Horse Trials and Three-Day Event on May 31-June 3.
Attracting more than just NASCAR enthusiasts, Indiana gathers the close-knit community of Midwestern eventers to IEA’s annual classic three-day event and horse trials. The event occurs during the time of year when the sunshine is out, humidity is low, and the average temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Michigan natives Mindy Kutzner and Frankie Smorch traveled south to win their weekend in Indiana.
The Park Equine Kentucky Classique, held August 31 to September 2, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. is a staple on many eventers' calendars. Serving as the host of the Area VIII Championships, hundreds of horses converge in the Bluegrass to vie for top-placings and year-end honors. New this year will be the addition of the USEA Classic Series Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day divisions.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer the classic options in both Beginner Novice and Novice divisions,” said organizer Mary Fike, owner of KY Events, which puts on the Park Equine Kentucky Classique. Fike is also President of the Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association.
Spanning from coast to coast, north and south; the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series season is in full swing. The Heart of Carolinas at Southern Eighths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is the only event in the country to offer the USEA Classic Series at all four levels: Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary. On May 2-6, 2018, Southern Eighths Farm hosted their annual Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials. This was the second event of the Classic Series season; to learn more about the first 2018 Classic Series event, please click here.
Steeplechase was the name of the game for winners Auburn Excell Brady and Nancy Read. The thrill, the adrenaline rush, jumping brush at top speed, and the excitement of taking part in eventing history: what’s not to love? Both Excell Brady and Read put steeplechase at the top of their list when asked their favorite part of competing in a classic event. Steeplechase is considered phase B of endurance day in the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Classic Series. Fresno County Horse Park in Fresno, Calif. started off the 2018 Classic Series season with a Training Three-Day and Novice Three-Day on April 26-29.