Yesterday I went cross country schooling with my best Thoroughbred, Turkey, and a student at the unimaginably cool farm, Win Green. If you’re from really any part of Virginia, you know the farm, and you know how important it is to have a thoughtfully designed cross country course at your fingertips. The owner of the farm, Leslie Clark, passed away this week, and I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge her contribution to the eventing community at large.
Win Green is by far the best place to school, with tons of questions asked at all different levels, and a resource that has seen hundreds of horses and riders through their careers. Leslie, thank you so much for everything you have given us all, and we’re so glad that your daughter is carrying on the tradition with your farm and continuing to let us all come over and teach our horses and our jockeys how to be better cross country experts.
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The USEA Online Auction is underway! All proceeds go to support the development of a new test system for frangible fences. The USEA hopes that the test system can be approved by the FEI and eventually all course builders will be able to ensure that fences release as they are supposed to. New items have been added! [USEA Online Auction]
Area III Adult Riders got to have fun in a five-day summer camp clinic with Kim Severson recently. Camp included three days of jumping schooling sessions (show jumping and cross-country— riders’ choice!) from Intermediate to Beginner Novice with Kim, who took the time to get to know each rider and horse. She tailored the lessons to meet each rider’s needs, making sure each rider understood and performed properly before moving on. The camp, organized by Area III Adult Rider Coordinator Kim Keeton of Athens, Ga., took place from May 28-June 1 at The Vista Schooling and Event Center in Aiken. [Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp]
Are you ready for the third annual Great Meadow International?! The schedule is packed with fun for everyone, starting with Friday night with autograph signings at the Meadow Market Beer Garden, and a polo exhibition featuring Olympic riders. There will also be over 50 vendors for your shopping pleasure, live music, educational presentations, a tailgating contest, and much more. [GMI 2018]
Huntington Farm in South Strafford, Vermont (Area I) hosts two USEA recognized events each year, a two-day event in July and a one-day event in August, both of which offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary level, in addition to four unrecognized events and a dressage schooling show. Huntington Farm is also a year-round boarding, training, breeding, and sales operation. Nestled on 205 acres just north of South Strafford, Vermont sits Huntington Farm, home of the Huntington Horse Trials for nearly 50 years. [USEA Events A-Z]
The USEF announced this week that Debbie McDonald will succeed Robert Dover as the U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor following the FEI WEG in Tryon this year. Dover has served in the position since 2013 and will retire following the WEG as planned when he renewed his agreement with US Equestrian in 2016. McDonald currently serves as US Equestrian’s Dressage Development Coach and will transition to her role as the U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor on December 1, 2018, pending final contract negotiations. [Debbie McDonald Takes Over US Dressage]