Save the Date For the 2018 USEA Educational Symposium in Ocala

Authored by Kate Lokey

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The Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH)and Young Event Horse (YEH) Programs are teaming up once again to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity this winter in Ocala, Florida. Taking place February 19-22, 2018, there will be different educational activities each day. The Instructors' Certification Program and the Young Event Horse Program primarily address the ridden development of young event horses along with building a proper judging system and the Future Event Horse Program addresses the breeding, conformation, and in-hand development of the young event horses along with a judges' workshop as well.

The ICP Symposium will take place Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20 at Longwood Farm South. These two days will include principles and practices of under-saddle flat and jumping training for 4-/5-year-olds and 6-/7-year-olds, led by two presenters who are current trainers, competitors, and instructors: Leslie Law, an Olympic Gold Medalist for Great Britain now living in Florida, and Kai-Steffen Meier, a top German rider and Bundeschampionat Champion now living in Belgium.

The Training and Education of the Young Eventing Horse Symposium will take place Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. Both dates will host morning classroom sessions at the Clubhouse at the Ocala Jockey Club, with live horse sessions and riding demonstrations taking place both afternoons at nearby farms. Wednesday, February 21 will primarily be focused on the Young Event Horse (YEH) program (4- and 5-year-olds), featuring the same legendary clinicians as the ICP Symposium, Leslie Law and Kai-Steffen Meier. Thursday, February 22 will primarily be focused on the Future Event Horse (FEH) program for yearlings through 4-year-olds, and will be led by world-renowned Irish horseman, Chris Ryan. Ryan was one of the judges of the 2017 Future Event Horse Championships on both coasts and will offer special insight to the program from a judge's perspective as well as from a competitor's perspective.

For more information on the ICP Symposium taking place Monday and Tuesday, February 19-20, 2018, contact Nancy Knight at Nancy@Useventing.com or (703) 669-9997. To register for the ICP Symposiumclick here.

Contact Kate Lokey for more information about the FEH and YEH symposium at KLokey@Useventing.com or (703) 779-9897. To register for the FEH/YEH Symposiumclick here.

A hotel room block has been set up for Symposium attendees at the Courtyard by Marriott Ocala. Please email KLokey@useventing.com for more information.

The USEA would like to thank FEH and YEH Sponsors whose support makes these programs possible: Retired Racehorse ProjectStandlee HayMerck Animal HealthSmartPak, and Professional’s Choice.

Help Us Meet Our $25,000 Challenge – Only $10,000 Left To Go!

#Giving Tuesday is a Global Day of Giving and is recognized as the day when the world community turns its mind to donating to the charity closest to their hearts and minds.

By supporting the USEA Foundation Roger Haller Fund for the Education of Eventing Officials  you can help us “Double Our Impact” and meet the challenge set this year by our wonderful but anonymous donor who has set Excellence in Eventing Education as a top priority. We need to raise just $10,000 more to reach our goal.

Thanks to everyone who supported this fund in 2016, the USEA Foundation was able to award two grants to two Eventing Officials who made the very best use of every grant dollar to reach their goals. Every rider in the sport will be the beneficiary of their expertise in years to come and for that, we thank you our donors and our friends.

At the USEA Annual Convention in December, two additional grants will be awarded to course designers to enable them to increase their knowledge and proficiency and ensure that the U.S. has the highest caliber of designers well into the future. Again, this was all made possible by you, our donors.

So, on the day when the world turns its thoughts to giving please consider making a donation in support of the Roger Haller Fund for the Education of Eventing Officials and telling our anonymous challenger that you join with them in your commitment to Excellence in Eventing Education.

Visit https://useafoundation.org/donate/ and make a secure tax-deductible donation now!

A deep and sincere thank you to all.

Criteria Developed for the Wilton Fair Grant

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The Wilton Fair Grant Committee (members:  Brian Sabo, chair; Becky Holder; David Lenaburg; Kevin Baumgardner; David O’Connor) has now determined the criteria and the process to be used when selecting the recipients for the Wilton Fair Grant(s). The Committee intends to be as flexible as possible to ensure the very best candidate(s) are selected for this remarkable grant, and that no one is overlooked. It is essential that the Committee fulfill the wishes of the donors,  Mr. David Lenaburg and his wife Cheryl who want the grant(s) to ensure the successful development of the USA's top young talent preparing them to take their places on future international teams.

Mr. Lenaburg supported a young David O'Connor and was instrumental in helping him reach his goal of representing the U.S. on the international Eventing scene, and look how that turned out! David won numerous team medals and an Olympic Individual Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics. Now Mr. and Mrs. Lenaburg want to help a new generation of riders reach the height of their potential.

The Committee has established the following criteria for the Wilton Fair Grants:

  • Eligible riders will have competed at the CCI2* level.
  • The USEF Emerging Athletes Working Group will recommend a list of riders who have been talent-spotted during the previous two years. The Committee will then make the final grant decisions.  The Committee will give significant weight to, but shall not be limited to consideration of, the recommendations made by the Emerging Athletes Working Group.
  •  A grant will be awarded to riders 29-and-under who have displayed exceptional talent, ability and dedication at the CCI2* level and above.
  •  Riders who have previously participated at the North American Junior/Young Riders' Championships and/or who have been named to the USEF Emerging Athletes Eventing 25 list in prior years will be looked upon favorably. If a rider in the 25-29 age range has not participated in either of these two programs but has been identified as a worthy candidate, then the Committee may include that rider's name for consideration.
  • A second grant may also be awarded to a Young Rider who displayed exceptional talent, ability and dedication at the current year's North American Young Riders CICOY2*.
  • Once the list of eligible riders has been reviewed, the Committee will contact the candidates to arrange interviews. Riders will be expected to outline their short-term and long-term goals, their plans for achieving those goals, and how they believe the grant would help in that endeavor.

It should be noted that participation in the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships will have an increasingly strong influence on the Wilton Fair Grant Program going forward. Riders who have represented their Areas at the championships will gain the attention of the Committee because of the experience they have gained riding on a championship team and the commitment they have made to the Young Riders Program. For our Juniors and Young Riders who have serious ambitions to ride on an international team in the future, it would be wise to make the NAJYRC an essential part of your planning. 

2017 USEA Course Designer's Educational Grant

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2017 Grant for Course Designers

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Click HERE to Apply

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The USEA has established a Course Designers’ Educational Grant/Mentoring program to fund the education and development of U.S. course designers.  The program is open to those who have competed at the CCI2* level in recent years and who have completed the Course Design Module at a USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials Seminar. Funds of up to $6,000 will be awarded in 2017.

Recipients will be trained by internationally acclaimed three- and four-star course designers.  Mike Etherington-Smith, Derek di Grazia, Mark Phillips and Ian Stark have all agreed to participate as mentors.

Requirements For Obtaining a USEF Course Designers’ License

•  Applicants must be current members of the USEA and the USEF.

•  Applicants must be enrolled in the USEA’s Training Program for Eventing Officials and comply with all USEF registration requirements for Licensed Officials.

•  The USEF may update its requirements for licensing from time-to-time so please visit the USEF Licensed Officials web page for the latest information. HERE

USEA Course Designers’ Grant Requirements

•  Only USEA members with a firm commitment to a career in cross-country course design need apply.

•  Applicants must have already completed the Course Design Module of the USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials.

•  The successful candidate will follow a course of study that will include up to four days spent with the Mentor. As all the Mentor course designers are designing here in the U.S. it may be possible to arrange mid-week appointments so as not to conflict with a rider’s competition schedule.

•  During this time the candidate will focus on course design and construction to include pre-event construction and real-time competition instruction.

•  Applicants must have successfully competed, at the CCI2* level and above.

•  Applicant is required to design his or her own course of study. This is your opportunity to design your own course curriculum so be as creative and detailed as you wish. For instance, what would you like to be included in this special one-on-one course of education and training?  How many days would you like to spend with your mentor?  Of those days how many would be during the design phase, the setup phase and at the actual event for which the course is being designed?  How many different    courses and at what level would you like to walk together?  Would you like to be able to spend time with a course builder to    better understand course construction?  In fact, anything you feel you should know to give you the best start in this new career.”

•  An independent panel (The Panel) will review all applications and select the recipients.

•  If possible, candidate should spend some time with more than one course designer.

•  The Mentor and/or the USEF Course Advisor with whom they have trained will recommend the candidate for licensing.

•  Successful candidates will be required to give back to the sport by designing two lower level courses in their locale for    expenses only.

 What is the Duration of the Grant?

If the successful candidate meets all the requirements leading to licensing and exhibits the necessary commitment to become a course designer the Grant may be awarded for a second year. 

•  In Year 1, all education will take place in the U.S.

•  Year 2 may include one overseas study trip.

What Expenses Will the Primary Grant for New Designers Cover?

•  The cost of transport to work with the Mentor will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts.

•  The cost of housing while training with the Mentor will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts.

•  Up to four days of fees for the Mentor Course Designer.

Benefits for the Successful Candidates

•  Exclusive access to the top course designers in the world.

•  Up to four days of one-on-one mentoring from the chosen course designer.

•  Ongoing support throughout the course of study by email or phone to answer questions.

•  The opportunity to enjoy a second career as a course designer.

•  The satisfaction that will come from being an active contributor to the future success of the sport.

Click HERE to Apply

USEA Statement: The Time is Now for Frangible Fence Technology

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The time has come to take a stronger stance on the usage of frangible technology in the sport of eventing. We as the leaders of the sport have the moral obligation to say that the time for use of all currently available safety technology is now. With that in mind, the USEA Cross-Country Safety Sub-Committee strongly recommends that the FEI mandates rather than strongly recommends that all open rail fences, gates, oxers and oxer corners must be built using reverse frangible technology. The time is now.

Support the USEA's Frangible Technology Research.  Donate Here

Read about the USEA's Frangible (Collapsible) Fence Technology Study

Announcing Important Changes to Two USEA Foundation Grants

Essex Horse Trials Grant and Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant Now Require "Request for Consideration" Applications

Mia Farley, 2016 Recipient of the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant

Mia Farley, 2016 Recipient of the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant

Hallie Coon, 2016 Recipient of the Essex Horse Trials Grant

Hallie Coon, 2016 Recipient of the Essex Horse Trials Grant

 

The Essex Horse Trials Grant and the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant will now require eligible riders interested in being considered for these grants to submit a Request for Consideration (RFC) form. The deadline for submission is September 1 of each year.

Click here for Essex Horse Trials Grant Request for Consideration Forms
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lick here for Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant Request for Consideration Forms

The Essex Horse Trials Grant is available to a Developing Rider aged 25-and-under who is competing successfully at the CIC3*, CCI3* and 4* levels and who is working towards representing the U.S. in international team competition. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Rider ranks to the Senior Rider ranks. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant is for riders 14-18 years of age who are competing successfully at the preliminary and FEI 1* level and who are working towards representing his or her Area at the NAJYRC CIC2* team competition in the following year. The grant is intended to assist the recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Junior Rider ranks to the Young Rider CIC2* level. The grant may be used for expenses related to equestrian education, coaching, training, and competing.

 

Timeline for Grants

September 1    Request for Consideration forms MUST be submitted. Riders should indicate their competition plans for the rest of the season and any other information that would be helpful to the Selection Committee when making their final decision. Riders who do not submit a Request for Consideration by September 1 will not be considered for the grant.

November     Successful recipient is selected.

December 9    Grant awarded at the USEA Annual Awards Banquet

 

Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant - Request for Consideration form here

 Essex Horse Trials Grant - Request for Consideration form here

Details of all USEA Foundation Grants available here. 

2017 Rebecca Broussard Travel Grants Announced

2016 Recipient of the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Riders Grant - Jennie Brannigan

2016 Recipient of the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Riders Grant - Jennie Brannigan

USEA Foundation Proudly Announces the Recipients of the 2017 Rebecca Broussard Travel Grants

The Event at Rebecca Farm is just a few short weeks away and once again the USEA Foundation’s Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider’s Committee has been hard at work assessing applications from riders from all over the United States who are eligible to receive the 2017 Rebecca Broussard Developing Riders Travel Grants. These grants will assist riders with travel to Kalispell, Montana to compete in the CIC3* division to be held July 19-23. Prior to the start of the event recipients of the travel grants will participate in interviews that will further assist the committee when making the final decision in November on which riders will receive the International Developing Rider Grant ($30,000) and the National Developing Rider Grant (minimum of $10,0000). The two year-end grants will be presented at the USEA Meeting and Convention in December this year.

All those listed (and any level FEI competitor at The Event at Rebecca Farm) are invited to take part in the interview process at the event and are asked to let the Rebecca Farm Secretary know if they would like to be placed on the schedule.

The grants are made available by Jerome Broussard and his family in memory of his wife Rebecca whose greatest wish was to help riders attain their dream of competing on a U.S. Eventing Team at the Olympic, World and Pan American Games.

Congratulations to all the riders who have worked so hard to prepare for the competition at The Event at Rebecca Farm. Travel safely.

2017 Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Travel Grant Recipients:

Madeline Backus, Colorado

Kirsten Buffamoyer, South Carolina

Hallie Coon, Massachusetts

Ellen Doughty-Hume, Texas

Emilee Libby, California

Hillary Moses, Pennsylvania

Alyssa Phillips, Texas

Maya Simmons, North Carolina

 

Andrea Baxter, California

Anna Collier, Washington

Ashlynn Dorsey, California

Molly Kinnamon, Pennsylvania

Jennifer McFall, California

Emily Pestl-Dimmett, Washington

Bunnie Sexton, California

Erin Sylvester, Pennsylvania

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2017 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Travel Grants

Mackenna Shea was the Recipient of the 2016 Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Grant

Mackenna Shea was the Recipient of the 2016 Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Grant

For the past six years over 75 Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grants have been awarded to assist in the development of world-class event riders. From travelling to the Event at Rebecca Farm to training and competing across the country and overseas, the grants have helped offset expenses as riders pursue their eventing dreams of representing the U.S. at international competition.

In 2010, the Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grants were established thanks to the generosity of the Broussard Charitable Foundation. The grants are separated into three types: Travel Grants, National International Rider Grant and Global International Rider Grant. These grants are available to any rider of any age who is successfully competing at the Advanced level and has not already represented the U.S. at any international CCIO3* or CCIO4*.

The Travel Grants will be awarded to multiple riders for the purposes of offsetting travel expenses to compete at the Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3* or CCI3* held on July 19-23, 2017. To apply, please submit a Travel Grant Application to the USEA Foundation by June 20, 2017.

The applications for the $10,000 National International Rider Grant and the $30,000 Global International Rider Grant will be available after the grant interviews at the Event at Rebecca Farm. While the application is not due until November 1, 2017, all potential candidates will be interviewed in person at the Event at Rebecca Farm. In order to be eligible from the $10,000 and $30,000, candidates must be present at the interviews held by the grant committee.

Full Details of the 2017-2018 Rebecca Broussard International Rider Grants

 

 

 

 

 

NEW WORTH THE TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2017

Announcing the Worth the Trust Sports Counseling Scholarships for Adult and Young Adult Amateurs 

Worth The Trust and Karen O'Connor on their way to winning the 1997 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event. Photo Brant Gamma

Worth The Trust and Karen O'Connor on their way to winning the 1997 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event. Photo Brant Gamma

Eventing is a demanding sport both mentally and physically. The three different phases require intelligence, training and competing skills, along with a positive attitude.  At any competition level, an eventer can experience problems such as loss of confidence, fear of injury, inability to focus or to perform efficiently under pressure. Often, an individual is unaware of self-talk or habits that are counterproductive. Discussion with a qualified sports counselor can help that eventer develop the insight and desire to identify and implement more productive attitudes and behaviors.  This process can illuminate and enhance the eventer both as a person and as a rider.  The Worth the Trust Sports Counseling Scholarships have been created to provide event riders with this opportunity.

The Worth The Trust Scholarships for Adult and Young Adult Amateurs are made available through the generosity of Worth The Trust's owner, Joan Goswell, in recognition of her great "little" horse known to all as Trusty.  This 15.3 hands off-the-track thoroughbred took Karen O'Connor to a 5th place at the 1996 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event, securing the spot as the first reserve for the Atlanta Olympic Games later that year. His talent and bravery took Karen to the winner's enclosure at the 1997 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event and more than earned him a place in Eventing history.

Apply for the Worth The Trust Adult Amateur Sports Counseling Scholarship (26 and above) here.

Apply for the Worth The Trust Young Adult Amateur Sports Counseling Scholarship (16-25) here.

Applications due by October 2, 2017.

Three-day Young Event Horse Workshops to be Offered at ICP Workshops

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The Instructor's Certification Program will now offer three-day long Young Event Horse Workshops during the regular Instructor's Certification Program Workshops. Structured along the lines of the Levels III/IV Workshop the format will mirror the proven format of these already successful Workshops: Day 1: Flatwork, Day 2: Jumping, Day 3: Cross-country riding/jumping.  Young horses and their riders will be local to each Workshop site, as is already true of all other Workshops; riders may be amateurs and professionals.  Workshop candidates can be on the ICP Instructor track or the ICP Professional Trainer track and may also participate in both tracks at that Workshop.

YEH Instructors and YEH Professional Trainers will be assessed along with all other ICP candidates at any ICP Assessment.

All those from the ICP faculty present on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Longwood Farm in Ocala, will be engaged in watching/teaching/discussing the riding/training of Young Event Horses, which will allow the ICP faculty at Longwood to be consistent in their approach to teaching new YEH Workshop.

Drafts of the content and schedule of the YEH Workshops, plus drafts of both the YEH Instructor Teaching Skills Sheets and the YEH Professional Trainer Riding Skills Sheets (which assessors will use at Assessments) are currently in production.