Addition of Two New Certificates to the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program

By Sue Hershey

 

Leslie Law, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, has been a supporter of the Young Event Horse Program since its inception and has brought many young horses through to the top levels of Eventing. Here trainee judges and breeders improve their education at the YEH Symposium In Ocala, Florida.

Leslie Law, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, has been a supporter of the Young Event Horse Program since its inception and has brought many young horses through to the top levels of Eventing. Here trainee judges and breeders improve their education at the YEH Symposium In Ocala, Florida.

Starting in 2017, ICP will offer two new certificates, the ICP Young Event Horse Instructor certificate and the ICP Young Event Horse Professional Trainer certificate.  Young Event Horses are 4- and 5-year olds.  ICP will of course continue to offer its ICP Level I-Novice through Level IV Instructor certificates. 

Individuals who wish to obtain either of these two new certificates will be required to participate in the 3-day ICP YEH Workshop, which will include teaching riders on YEHs each day for those seeking the YEH Instructor certificate and riding YEHs each day for those seeking the YEH Professional Trainer certificate.  Skills necessary to all three event competition phases will be addressed during this ICP YEH Workshop. After attending an ICP YEH Workshop, YEHinstructors and YEH professional trainers may attend an ICP Assessment to be evaluated for ICP certification.  For ICP’s purpose, a “YEH professional trainer” is an individual  who develops the under-saddle abilities and performance of young event horses by riding them him- or herself as a paid occupation.

What is the history of the initiation of these 2 ICP certificates?

At the end of 2015, Young Event Horse Committee co-chairs Tim Holekamp and Marilyn Payne asked the Instructors’ Certification Program Committee, chaired by Phyllis Dawson and Robin Walker, to add  these two new certificates to the ICP program.  At its annual ICP Committee/Faculty co-teaching meeting where the teaching focused upon the riding/training of 4- and 5-year-old horses, the ICP Committee agreed to this request.  As a result, ICP has developed the YEH Workshop curriculum as well as the Teaching Skills Sheets and the Training Skills Sheets for the evaluation at any ICP Assessment of YEH instructors and YEH professional trainers, respectively.  Those individuals seeking the YEH Professional Trainer certificate will ride YEHs at an ICP Assessment.

What does the YEH Committee hope to achieve via ICP’s addition of these two ICP certificates?

The quick answer is to join Nurture to Nature!  Since 2007, the YEH Committee as well as the Future Event Horse Committee, chaired by Susan Graham White and Robin Walker, have sought to focus American event horse breeders on, among other topics, attention to the genotype and the past performance of stallions and mares before selecting whom to breed to produce foals with high potential.  That’s “nature.”  But, as soon as a foal is produced, that animal is handled, communicated with, shaped by the incentives and disincentives provided by humans, as well as by other animals and each horse’s environment.  Once that foal is 2 or 3 or 4, that animal is “broken” to the tack and to a rider’s weight and aids, and his or her lifelong process of education and training, positive and/or negative, has begun.  That’s “nurture.”   A horse’s phenotype is described by the Macmillan Open Dictionary as “the qualities or features of a living thing that are the result of the way that its genes and the environment have affected each other” – i.e., nature plus nurture.

The YEH Committee realized that even the most careful selection of parents does not assure high performance from their offspring.  Equally as important as sound breeding is the utilization of safe, humane, experienced, and insightful on-the-ground and under-saddle training.  Who, specifically, can offer positive, productive assistance to owners and amateur riders as they develop their young event horses?  FEH’s, YEH’s, and ICP’s answer:  instructors and professional trainers whose experience and skills have been confirmed in the eyes of other experienced horsemen and horsewomen who are themselves knowledgeable and experienced in the development of skilled and willing young event horses.  Just as FEH and YEH are able to assist American breeders with the equine parent selection process and the early development of young event horses, so ICP-certified YEH instructors and ICP-certified YEH professional trainers will be able to assist American YEH owners, riders, and anyone else interested in high quality under-saddle development of  their 4- and 5-year-olds, whether those horses are purebreds, crossbreds, or, more specifically, American Thoroughbreds.

 For further information:

About FEH: http://useventing.com/sites/default/files/2016_FEH_Policies_Procedures_Protocols.pdf     

About YEH: http://www.useventing.com/competitions/yeh

 About American Thoroughbreds:  retiredracehorseproject.org

About ICP: http://useventing.com/education/icp  Find information about the two new ICP certificates, soon to be up on the ICP section of the USEA website. In 2017, look at the USEA website’s ICP calendar for dates/sites/hosts of all ICP Workshops, including YEH Workshops:  to find calendar, go to above ICP link and click in upper right on “Upcoming Events.”

              

 

YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS AT WORK TO IMPROVE EVENTING SAFETY

USEA Collapsible Fence Study Year One Update

Authored By: Shelby Allen - USEA Staff

 

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

As year one of the USEA Collapsible Fence Study comes to an end, Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith addressed the USEA Board of Governors at the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention on the progress of the University of Kentucky (UK) research at this halfway point.

Dr. Smith leads a small, but mighty team at the University of Kentucky which consists of Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate student Gregorio Robles Vega, ME undergraduate senior Lange Ledbetter and Shannon Wood, an equestrian and engineering physics student at Murray State University.

This study builds on understanding gained during Dr. Smith’s work studying frangible devices in 2009-2011. The previous research of Dr. Smith and her team at UK resulted in new understanding of available devices and development of new concepts. Now thanks to the many donors, including Ms. Jacqueline Mars whose generous donation kicked off the fundraising efforts, who have pledged their support, Dr. Smith and her incredible team continue to pursue improved safety in eventing.

 

Dr. Smith addressing the USEA Board of Governors. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo. 

The overarching goal of this study is to fill in the missing pieces that make up the picture of a rotational fall. “What is happening at the point of contact between the horse and the fence is a big unknown,” Dr. Smith commented. “That’s what really has to be understood better in order to have recommendations and requirements enabling new designs of frangible fences.”

In order to properly study the what, why and how of rotational falls, Dr. Smith and her team dedicated year one to collecting and analyzing the data that is currently available. This includes examining all the factors that can influence a rotational fall. This led the team into their first hurdle, a lack of data on the subject because of the rarity of rotational falls. Dr. Smith explained that in 2015, 1 in 536 starters at an FEI event had a rotational fall. “That translates to 1 in 16,080 jump approaches if I assume 30 jumps per start. There really is very little information that is available. The challenge for us is that we have to work very hard to find the information that is available and relevant for us to use,” she said.

Their first step at putting together the pieces of a rotational fall included a better understanding the size and shape (mass and inertia) of horse and rider, and how each of those affect the outcome of a fall. “How forward motion turns into rotational motion is because of the size and shape of what is overturning. We can’t control that, but we need to know it better, so we looked in the literature,” Dr. Smith explained. She continued that there are only four existing papers that reference relevant equine mass, and of those only seven horses were examined. This doesn’t give enough insight on horse mass and inertia – and none on rider mass and inertia - so the team spearheaded a citizen survey to get more of this information from owners and riders of event horses.

The team will use these measurements of horses for computer modeling and simulation in year two of this study. Their current model considers the horse inertia as three segments: head, neck and trunk (which includes everything else). These are combined with rider mass and size in their simulation. “We will pull the data together to get a more complete understanding of the statistical distributions of horse and rider size and shape for use in the computer models,” Dr. Smith stated.  “The trunk segment is the most important influence in this rotational fall, but the neck, head and rider aren’t insignificant.” So far the team has received 74 responses, but are still welcoming more surveys, especially from Advanced level horses. Click here to access that survey.

 

Measurements for the citizen survey. 

The second key variable the team considered is contact forces. Currently there is no data available measuring contact force during a rotational fall, but analysis of data from a British Eventing (BE) fence study in 2008 and 2009 gave Dr. Smith and her team great foundation information for their current study. The BE data measured non-rotational-fall contact with cross-country fences.

The results highlighted the precarious job of frangible devices. “For 38 percent of the jump approaches, the horses made contact with the fence,” Dr. Smith reported. “Any of these [safety] devices have to work in that environment, where they are going to get hit over and over again, and then they still have to work the way they are supposed to when it’s needed.”

The angle of impact was measured each time a horse made contact with a fence. The majority of the front leg contact angles were overall centered around 45 degrees above horizontal as one might expect. However, when we separated the data further as was done for the first time this year, we see different data patterns in different situations. For example, the contact angles are larger for the back rail of an oxer fence. The results also show negative angles are recorded when the impact was measured as the horse is coming up in the front. While both are situations with angles that can initiate a rotational fall, different devices are likely to be more effective in one or the other.

Dr. Smith noted that the data from this study is consistent with the common theories that have led to the development of current safety device and rules in eventing, and it gives the team information to get a better picture of the physics of a rotational fall.

This year the team also analyzed a few existing videos of rotational falls that had the right perspective for analysis. This allowed them to record the duration and rate of the angular rotation. They will also measure the relative angles for each segment of the horse and rider: trunk, neck, head and rider. These video analyses will also be used to validate simulations created in year two of the study.  

As they go forward with the simulations, the team will utilize a Monte Carlo approach, which is a type of simulation which explores a wide range of scenarios without necessarily having all the information for each individual simulation. This will give Dr. Smith and her team information on hundreds of different incidents and outcomes of fence contacts. This type simulation method was used by NASA before the first moon landing to explore the widest range of risks associated with overturning of a lunar landing. In the simulation for this study, a representative population, based from the completed citizen surveys, along with video analysis results and contact force data, will provide inputs for these simulations. The team is slated to begin these simulations in 2017.

Overall, Dr. Smith noted the study is on track with planned efforts with the goal of understanding, “how fast, how far and in what directions frangible and deformable fences need to react in order to help mitigate the rare bad situations that initiate rotational falls.” Analysis and conclusions from the study are not expected to be available until after Dr. Smith and her team conclude the study next year. She and the team appreciate all of the past and future contributions to the study: financial, video, advisory and survey inputs.

The team is still encouraging submissions of the citizen survey, especially from Advanced level horses. You can complete the survey by clicking here.

This study would not be possible without the immense fundraising efforts of the USEA Foundation. If you wish to promote safety in eventing by supporting the USEA Collapsible Fence Study, click here to donate online.

 

USEA FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE 2016 REBECCA BROUSSARD GRANTS AT THE USEA ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION

Jennie Brannigan was Awarded the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant.

Mackenna Shea Receives the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Grant.

Jennie Brannigan was overjoyed to receive the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider's Grant and a check for $30,000 from the Broussard family at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this weekend. The grant is in memory of Jerome's Broussard's late wife Rebecca who had a long-held dream to help talented riders achieve their goal of one day representing the USA on an international Team. L-R: Jerome Broussard, Sarah Broussard, Jennie Brannigan and Rebecca Broussard.

Jennie Brannigan was overjoyed to receive the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider's Grant and a check for $30,000 from the Broussard family at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention this weekend. The grant is in memory of Jerome's Broussard's late wife Rebecca who had a long-held dream to help talented riders achieve their goal of one day representing the USA on an international Team. L-R: Jerome Broussard, Sarah Broussard, Jennie Brannigan and Rebecca Broussard.

Sarah and Rebecca Broussard present Mackenna Shea with a check for $10,000 as the recipient of the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider's Grant. Jerome Broussard (left) has generously made the grants available in memory of his late wife Rebecca, who passed away in 2010. 

Sarah and Rebecca Broussard present Mackenna Shea with a check for $10,000 as the recipient of the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider's Grant. Jerome Broussard (left) has generously made the grants available in memory of his late wife Rebecca, who passed away in 2010. 

Click here for full details of all USEA Foundation grants

The 2016 Essex Horse Trials Grant was awarded to Hallie Coon of Dover, New Hampshire.

The 2016 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant was awarded to Mia Farley of San Clemente, California

The 2016 Amy Tryon Young Rider's Grant was awarded to Madison Temkin of Sebastopol, California.

The 2016 Roger Haller Scholarships for the Education of Eventing Officials were awarded to Valerie Vizcarrando of Harwood, Maryland and John Williams of Mendon, New York.

The 2016 Young Adult Amateur Worth The Trust Scholarship was awarded to Taylor Rieck, Woodville, Wisconsin

The 2016 Adult Amateur Worth The Trust Scholarship was awarded to Allison Murphy, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction to be Held at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention

The USEA is pleased to share the lineup of incredible items that will be be up for auction during the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. You won’t want to miss any of these very generous donations, from entries to apparel to destination vacations! Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Roger Haller Educational Fund, which was created earlier this year to expand educational programs for judges, technical delegates, course designers, instructors and volunteers.

The Silent Auction will be available in the Trade Fair at the USEA Convention from Thursday, December 7 – Saturday, December 10. If you are unable to attend, don’t forget to ask your friends to place bids in your name! For full descriptions of these items, please click here. Don't forget to check back! This list is still growing. 

THANKFUL APPRECIATION FOR OUR FRIENDS

The USEA Foundation would like to express its thankfulness at this time for all friends of Eventing. Your loyal support for the USEA, the Foundation and our efforts to educate our members and improve safety for both horse and rider is so very much appreciated. 

Your response to our 2016 Annual Giving Campaign has, and continues to be, unmatched. Your passion and dedication to the sport you love are evident in the way you are actively involved whether as a rider, trainer, owner, organizer, official, volunteer, parent and yes, as a generous donor. 

So we are thankful for each and every one of you at this special time. Have a safe, peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Applications for The Amy Tryon Young Riders' Grant Now Being Accepted

If you will be 25 and under in 2017 and are competing at the CIC1* or Classic Preliminary Three-day Event level and above then you are eligible to apply for the Amy Tryon Young Riders' Grant. 

Applications must be sent to your Area Young Riders' Coordinator and must be received by November 5 so don't delay, start working on your application today.

Full details along with an application form can be accessed here.

Young Rider Clara Cargile and White Indian at the 2016 NAYRC.

Young Rider Clara Cargile and White Indian at the 2016 NAYRC.

USEA Announces Roger Haller Scholarships for the Education of Eventing Officials

The USA needs more officials to serve at the highest levels of the sport. Do you want to be an Olympic Judge or Technical Delegate? The Roger Haller Scholarship can help you achieve your aims. Rio Eventing Ground Jury: l-r Sandy Phillips, Andrew Bennie, Marilyn Payne. (Photo courtesy of Helen Christie)

The USA needs more officials to serve at the highest levels of the sport. Do you want to be an Olympic Judge or Technical Delegate? The Roger Haller Scholarship can help you achieve your aims. Rio Eventing Ground Jury: l-r Sandy Phillips, Andrew Bennie, Marilyn Payne. (Photo courtesy of Helen Christie)

The USEA has established two educational scholarships in memory of the late Roger Haller. Designed to provide financial assistance to those licensed officials who are working towards promotion to the “R” license, the “S” license or the FEI licenses. The Roger Haller Scholarship may be used to offset the costs involved in attending the necessary seminars and obtaining the practical experience required to attain promotion to the next level of licensing. The USEA will award scholarships of $5,000 each to two individuals in 2016.

The sport is in urgent need of well trained and committed officials who can serve at the highest international levels of the sport, a need that Roger was aware of and one that concerned him greatly. Increasing the pool of eventing officials was one of the reasons he devoted so much of his time to addressing the shortfall by developing the USEA’s educational programs for officials. We sincerely hope that these annual scholarships bearing Roger Haller’s name will help increase the number of eventing judges and technical delegates qualified to officiate internationally and so ensure the health of the sport for the future.

Eligibility Requirements for the USEA Roger Haller Scholarship
1.    Applicants must be current members in good standing with the USEA & USEF.
2.    Applicants must be current USEF Licensed Officials and at a minimum hold the “r” Status as an Eventing Judge or Technical Delegate. 
3.    Applicants should demonstrate their commitment and plans to upgrade their license to USEF “R”, USEF “S” or FEI 1/2*, FEI 3/4* 
The deadline for applications is October 30th and the two successful applicants will be awarded their scholarships at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

All those who meet the eligibility requirements listed above are invited to complete the scholarship application here.

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USEA Collapsible Fence Study

At the end of last year, the USEA made a plea to our members to help us support a research study into collapsible and deformable fence construction. This was a concerted effort to improve safety in Eventing by working towards eliminating rotational falls. As a result of your astounding generosity, we were able to commission Dr. Suzanne Smith of the University of Kentucky to carry out the USEA Collapsible Fence Study. The study is now well into its first year, and Dr. Smith and her team have given us the following update. The team is also asking for your help with a significant aspect of the research. They need your horses' vital statistics! Please help by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page and completing the survey. Thank you again for your commitment to safety. We can't do it without you.

Update from the Research Team at the University of Kentucky 

by
Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith

The University of Kentucky (UK) study is focused on understanding the horse/fence contact and interaction during rotational falls as a means to provide insight into rotational fall prevention and requirements to guide the sport’s course and safety device designers. The team at UK would like to thank the donors to date. Their contributions have enabled our work to progress quickly toward accomplishing this year’s goals. We are very appreciative of the support and keep the donors in mind as we work.

The team is made up of excellent students who are dedicated to their work and everyone’s goals with this effort. Gregorio Robles-Vega is a talented and dedicated Masters student in UK’s Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department who is developing the rotational fall computer simulations for his thesis. Lange Ledbetter is a senior in ME, with experience in photography, software and data processing which he is using to perform video analysis and on-course fence contact data processing. Christina Heilman, a rider majoring in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, contributed to the Spring 2016 efforts before she graduated in May. Shannon Wood is an eventing rider and Engineering Physics undergraduate at Murray State University in Kentucky who joined the team for the summer, developing our horse size and shape survey among other valuable contributions. 

The team is led by Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, who is combining the Eventing experience she gained through testing safety devices, demonstrations for builders and designers, and participating in the FEI Standard development during the previous study. Dr. Smith’s aerospace expertise in complex dynamics, computer simulations, and field testing have been the focus of much of her career. Her work has included projects for the Hubble Space Telescope, an early unmanned aircraft system, the International Space Station, deploying spacecraft, testing, and Mars airplanes, among others where she applied or developed techniques that will be used to understand and help prevent rotational falls.

To understand and take into account the variability of the many conditions and situations that lead to rotational falls, we will use a Monte Carlo simulation similar to those used in weather forecasting. The computer models developed will enable us to consider thousands of different combinations quickly. Our goal is to understand this complex motion thoroughly, and thus how to best prevent the conversion of forward momentum into a rotational fall for various fences. The model incorporates approach speed and direction, contact force and duration, horse and rider weight and size, among others. Our progress to date has been to bring together the best information available on each aspect of the motion. Unfortunately, one of the key pieces - horse size and shape – has very little information available from previous studies. We decided to ask the eventing community for help with a “citizen science” survey that requests a few measurements of eventing horse size, weight, and rider height/weight. This survey aims to help us understand the sizes and weights of Eventing horses and riders to use realistic information in our study of collapsible and deformable fences to improve safety. We ask that you please safely take the measurements of the horse as pictured in the survey. We suggest a soft measuring tape at least 7’ in length (one that is used to measure jump heights or lines may be handy) and a horse height measuring stick; a second person is helpful, but not required. An owner or rider with more than one horse can submit a separate survey for each. If there are unknown measurements, such as the horse’s scale weight, it is okay to skip it and complete the rest of the survey. Any information provided will be helpful. 

The 10-minute survey can be accessed HERE  

All contributions to support the project or to provide information through the survey are important and appreciated.

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith of the University of Kentucky discusses the details of the USEA Collapsible Fence Study at the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event in April this year.

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith of the University of Kentucky discusses the details of the USEA Collapsible Fence Study at the Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event in April this year.

  

USEA's Marilyn Payne Heads to Rio as Eventing's President of the Ground Jury - Eventing

Marilyn Payne of Califon, New Jersey, who was appointed President of the Ground Jury for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, flew out to Brazil yesterday. Marilyn is one of a small and unique group of esteemed U.S. Officials who over the years have been invited to judge an Olympic Games, not only once, but twice!  Marilyn is a role model for all women in the sport and she is active on Facebook so we can look forward to some good pictures and updates from her trip. 

Marilyn worked very closely with the late Roger Haller to develop the USEA's Training Program for Eventing Officials as well as the Continuing Education Clinics for Officials. These programs have been key in helping judges, technical delegates and course designers advance their careers. Unfortunately, the pool of USEA Eventing Officials at the FEI levels is dwindling as those who age out are not being replaced by the next generation.

This was an issue Roger Haller identified some years ago, and with his passing the need to act is even greater. That is why the USEA established The Roger Haller Education Fund to expand its educational programs for officials, technical delegates, course designers and instructors. Please support this important program now with a donation. 

We thank Marilyn for all she has done to further the education of officials and wish her the best of luck in Rio. We eagerly look forward to hearing about her experiences. And thank you to all for helping the USEA produce the next generation of "Marilyns" and "Rogers".

USEA Foundation Announces 2016 Rebecca Broussard Travel Grant Recipients

The USEA Foundation and the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider’s Committee are pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the 2016 travel grants. As part of the USEA Foundation’s renewed Rebecca Broussard Grant Program, these riders not only receive assistance with travel, they are eligible to interview and apply for the two International Grants which total in excess of $30,000.  All those listed (and any FEI competitor at the RF Event) can take part in the interview process at The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 21-24. The two year-end grants will be presented at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in December this year.

Congratulations and safe travels to all the riders who have worked so hard to prepare for the competition at The Event at Rebecca Farm.

2016 Recipients in alphabetical order:

Andrea Baxter, CA

Kirsten Buffamoyer, SC

Bonner Carpenter, TX

Anna Collier, WA

Courtney Cooper, PA

Ellen Doughty-Hume, TX

Leah Lang-Glusic, IL

Jordan Linstedt, WA

Maddy Mazzola, CA

Jennifer McFall, CA

Ashlynn Meuchel, MT

Heather Morris, CA

Emily Pestl-Dimmit, WA

Kelly Pugh, CA

Bunnie Sexton, CA

Mackenna Shea, CA

For full details of the Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider’s Grant and all grants administered by the USEA Foundation go to http://useafoundation.org/grant-descriptions/