We did it! Eventers have reached the $500,000 goal for the Frangible Technology Fund. Jon Holling challenged riders around the country to reach this point, and even amid a global pandemic, eventers made it work — and forced him to get a delightful #FrangibleNow tattoo. This money has benefited 116 USEA recognized events to create 151 frangible tables, 53 oxers, and 34 gate/wall fences already out on course.
This impressive milestone could not have been reached without incredible efforts from the USEA Foundation, the USEA, the Manton Foundation and US Equestrian, but the work doesn’t stop here. We can build more safe tables, oxers and gates with your generosity. Click here to donate.
USEA year-end leaderboards are about to look a lot different. Now instead of purely adding up leaderboard points, only the top six best scores earned by horse or rider during the current competition year will count toward these overall awards. Those scores also must be Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) as well. Lastly, only the top 25% of any division will receive leaderboard point values. This is a lot to bite off, but the main takeaway is the USEA’s value of quality over quantity. [Quality Over Quantity: The New USEA Leaderboard Point System]
You won’t earn any style points for riding a beautiful cross country round, but form follows function. There’s a reason for equitation, and Beezie Madden expects you to get it right. [Jumping Clinic: Beezie Madden critiques an eventer’s position]
In working for Phillip Dutton, Deonte Sewell is not just getting a taste, but a full on all you can eat buffet of eventing. Aside from watching a master a work, Deonte has also had a chance to try his hand at horse sales and the many intricacies that come along with it. [Lessons From My First Sales Horse]
The Tokyo Olympics will be special for many nations, but especially so for Ireland, who for the first time ever has fielded eventing, dressage and show jumping teams. Heike Holstein is hoping she’ll join the dressage camp. It would mark her fourth Olympic Games and come after a 13-year break from major competition. [Olympian Heike Holstein on why delay to Tokyo has worked in her favour]
A select group of riders had the opportunity of a lifetime to clinic with USDF Silver Medalist Mette Larsen, upper level eventer Sinead Halpin Maynard, and Sport & Performance Psychologist: Dr. Jenny Susser. The group call themselves C-6 Equestrian, teach with six core competencies at the forefront: confidence, connection, communication, commitment, culture, and community. [C-6 Equestrian: Changing Equestrian Culture One Horsewoman at a Time]
WeatherBeeta has stepped up as a new major sponsor for The Urban Equestrian Academy, an organization aimed to improve social and racial diversity through the UK’s equestrian industry. [New sponsorship deal for The Urban Equestrian Academy, plus the latest partnership news]
Sad news for all of us Clydesdale fans. [Budweiser is skipping the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly four decades]
Tuesday Video: Snow day for Piggy March and her crew.
— Piggy March (@PiggyMarch) January 25, 2021