On this week’s program, get to know the winners of the 2017 Young Event Horse (YEH) Championship divisions! First up, Tamie Smith tells us more about Bonner Carpenter’s Summerbridge Parc, winner of the YEH West Coast 5-Year-Old Championship. Plus, Smith provides some tips for success when working with young horses. Then, Marc Grandia shares Pam Duffy’s Sunsprite’s Watusi’s story. Grandia piloted Watusi to the win in the YEH West Coast 4-Year-Old Championship. Finally, Kristen Bond introduces her own Bea Ready, the YEH East Coast 4-Year-Old Champion.
Kim Severson won the YEH East Coast 5-Year-Old Champion aboard her own Exclusively Cooley but was unable to join us on the program because of her travel schedule.
Marta Petrenko introduces us to Lady Elegance, the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Grand Champion. Then we hear from Ronald Zabala-Goetschel, owner and handler of Wise Master Rubelk, the USEA FEH East Coast Grand Champion. Get to know these two FEH Champions and what’s in store for their very bright futures.
To close out this week’s program, Senior Director of Membership Services Jennifer Hardwick comes on the show to give us more details about what attendees can expect at this year’s USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California, December 6-10, 2017.
Get to know Erik Duvander, the new USEF Performance Director for Eventing, and learn more about what the job entails and his vision for the program. Then, hear from Selena O’Hanlon fresh from her win at the 2017 Fair Hill International CCI3* with John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High. O’Hanlon is the first Canadian to win the Fair Hill CCI3* in the event’s history. Plus, get some tips from O’Hanlon on how to keep your horse happy in his work!
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is underway and we have the winners of the first qualifying events of the series on the show this week! Hear from Sabrina Glaser, who won the Aspen Farms Advanced with Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt and Colleen Rutledge, who won the Richland Park CIC3* with her own Covert Rights.
Winners of qualifiers in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series are eligible to enter the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced division, which will be hosted at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
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.