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.