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

(Listed alphabetically.)

Madeline Backus, Colorado

Andrea Baxter, California

Kirsten Buffamoyer, South Carolina

Anna Collier, Washington

Hallie Coon, Massachusetts

Ashlynn Dorsey, California

Ellen Doughty-Hume, Texas

Molly Kinnamon, Pennsylvania

Emilee Libby, California

Jennifer McFall, California

Hillary Moses, Pennsylvania

Emily Pestl-Dimmett, Washington

Alyssa Phillips, Texas

Bunnie Sexton, California

Maya Simmons, North Carolina

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.

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

 

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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.