I had great fortune to attend the USEA’s Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse educational seminar in Ocala, FL. The first day’s session concentrated on conformation and movement, with judging and evaluation of...» Read More!
Hello from Aiken! I flew in to Georgia this afternoon and made it to Stable View Farm just in time to catch the final three rides of the day. Last year’s Fair Hill CCI3* winners...» Read More!
Horse Sport Ireland announced this morning that the FEI has awarded a round of the FEI Nations Cup series to Ballindenisk in Co. Cork, Ireland, on April 11-14 this year. With nine legs in all, the...» Read More!
Celebrating the return of power and sunny weather, all the who’s who of Eventing turned up last night at the biennial Olympic Gala at the Willcox Hotel in downtown Aiken, South Carolina. As only the...» Read More!
Ocala isn’t just an appealing place to be right now due to the balmy weather. It’s also quickly becoming a popular winter base for eventers, and Chris Desino of Ocala Horse Properties said he’s been...» Read More!
I was unable to attend yesterday’s session — thankfully our good friend Thehorsepester did! — but I caught almost all of today’s jump lessons with coach David O’Connor at Meredyth South in Ocala. The day...» Read More!
The first two months of the year always mean training sessions, and 2014 has been jam packed with them all around the country. These are always especially exciting because we get to see the old...» Read More!
Samantha Clark has posted a wonderful article on the Professional Riders Organization blog. Coach David O’Connor spent a few days working with British-based American riders Tiana Coudray (Ringwood Magister), Liz Halliday (Fernhill By Night and...» Read More!
With rough winter weather flogging much of the country, it’s definitely a good year be in the south. Many snowbirds flock to Florida for the ability to ride, train, and compete in the winter, but...» Read More!
Today dawned the second day of USEF High Performance Training Sessions here in Aiken, and true to tradition at this point, it was positively freezing. The unseasonably bitter wind combined with the freshly clipped horses...» Read More!
Today was the first day of USEF High Performance Training Sessions in Aiken, S.C., and everyone was excited to see the upper-level horses after their winter break. For me, it’s really fun to see how...» Read More!
A championship year means higher stakes, especially for the USEF Eventing Selection Committee. And with one year of experience under their belts, the selectors — Chair Bobby Costello; Marcia Kulak; Derek DiGrazia; Deborah Furnas, who...» Read More!
I was fortunate enough to attend a little bit of the Eventing 25 training sessions in Ocala, Fla., this week. Formerly known as the Developing Rider list, the Eventing 25 group is selected from successful...» Read More!
The inaugural Eventing 18/Advancing Athletes training sessions wrapped up earlier this month, with 12 riders studying under Coach David O’Connor’s tutelage in Ocala. The five riders hailing from the West Coast — one from Washington State...» Read More!
While the top hunter/jumper riders have been soaking up the knowledge from George Morris, our eventing stars of the future have spent a few days in Ocala with head coach David O’Connor. The Eventing 18...» Read More!
David O’Connor delivered an emotional keynote address this afternoon at the USEA Annual Meeting, focusing on the concept of “One Sport.” “What’s so valuable about the sport as a whole? When you’re talking about our...» Read More!
David O’Connor’s third and final High Performance session at the USEA Annual Convention focused heavily on theory and being technically correct in riding across all three phases, with a heavy emphasis placed on dressage. He...» Read More!
DOC Quote of the Day: “We’re looking for repeatable performances, not just from individual riders, but as a group.” Today’s High Performance session kicked off with Dr. Mark Revenaugh, the lead vet for Team USA,...» Read More!
Greetings from the 2013 USEA Convention and Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio! I caught an early morning flight and arrived in time to sit in on the first of Coach David O’Connor’s High Performance sessions,...» Read More!
Eventing Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor spoke at length over two days about how he envisions the development of the United States Young Horse Program at the USEF Young Horse Symposium held recently in Lexington, Ky....» Read More!
Reader Victoria Garland and her two friends traveled 23 hours just to witness Galway greatness. “We’re huge Buck fans, so watching him with Petite Flower was a huge deal!” she said. “He’s like Bruce Almighty...» Read More!
Kate and I had a powwow last night before we passed out about how we would define a successful cross-country day at Les Etoiles de Pau. We ultimately decided that five riders making it around...» Read More!
David O’Connor was kind enough to sit down and chat after finishing the final cross-country course walk with Team USA this afternoon at Les Etoiles de Pau. The dressage has been a mixed bag for...» Read More!