The FEI published a clarification of the rules governing bits on July 31, 2017. An illustrated list of permissible bits for FEI dressage can be viewed here. Janis Linnan, Steward General for Eventing with US Equestrian, explains that, in an effort to bring the USEF bit rules into compliance with what is currently permitted by the FEI, these new rules will hopefully be approved for USEF competition in January and go into effect during the 2018 calendar year. Current USEF bit rules can be viewed here.
Kim Severson then comes on the show to discuss the summer she has spent in Europe and her win in the SsangYoung Blenheim Palace International CCI3* with Cooley Cross Border, the 2012 Young Event Horse 5-year-old East Coast Champion.
In this round-up from the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Land Rover and Nutrena, hear first how Coti Hausman overcame incredible odds after spending a week in the ICU in May to not only attend the 2017 AEC, but win the Preliminary Rider division. Then hear from the event’s organizer, Robert Kellerhouse, about the incredible amount of work that went into making the 2017 AEC happen. Finally, Matt Brown, winner of the 2017 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final, comes on the show to talk about BCF Belicoso’s return from an injury to compete at the 2017 AEC and their performance at the event.
The winners of the CH-J* and CICOY2* at the 2017 North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, Tosca Holmes-Smith and William Zuschlag, come on the show to talk about their experience in the young rider program, what it was like to compete at NAJYRC, and what advice they would give to other young riders.
FEI 4* Eventing Judge and USEF “S” Dressage Judge Marilyn Payne joins us this week to provide some tips and tricks on how to get the very best out of your dressage test. Then listen as Julie Congleton, judge of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award at Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials, breaks down the different judging elements and what she was looking to see from the Training level cross-country riders at Cobblestone.
Dr. Catherine Kohn, chair of the USEA Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group, shares the progress the group has made as well as ways that riders can reduce the risk of equine fatality during competition. Dr. Stephanie Davis then comes on the program to provide some tips to help your horse beat the summer heat and dispels some myths about the best ways to cool down your horse.
The FEI General Assembly last year approved major changes to the Olympic format for eventing, including limiting nations to a three-member team with no drop score. Tune in to hear from the current chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, Giuseppe della Chiesa, on these changes and their intended effects on Olympic participation in eventing from countries around the world. Then, listen to David O’Connor, who has begun his campaign to be elected as the next FEI Eventing Committee Chair, as he discusses his global vision for the sport of eventing and how the sport might continue to grow around the world.
This year, the 2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Adult Championships will take place at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. This week, listen in as Sarah Broussard, organizer of The Event at Rebecca Farm, and National Young Rider Coordinator Diane Snow talk about all the exciting changes taking place to bring these two events together and what both the young riders at NAJYRC and competitors at The Event at Rebecca Farm have to look forward to!
Five venues in the U.S. put in a bid to be the host of the next CCI4* competition – the second in the U.S. and only the seventh in the world. In January the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors has named a short list of host venues for a new CCI4* eventing competition beginning in the autumn of 2019. Two venues have been named to the short list for further consideration:Fair Hill and Great Meadow. Listen in to representatives from Fair Hill and Great Meadow as they share information about their respective venues as we anxiously await the decision.
Get pumped for the 2017 American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena with our AEC Preview Podcast! We check in with Event Director, Robert Kellerhouse and 2016 Champions, Ryan Wood and Doug Payne.
We catch up with Richard Jeffery who is the USEF Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor about the new program for reviewing the show jumping courses at every FEI competition in the U.S. Course Designers will be asked to submit their courses as posted to Jeffery with all technical details (distance, time allowed, etc.) within five days of the competition. Each course will be posted on the USEF Website with Jeffery's analysis along with a course evaluation completed by the Course Designer prior to the event. Also on the Podcast is course designer, Chris Barnard with his feedback on the program.