After a successful eventing career and an individual gold medal at the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships, Connor Husain has taken to the jumper ring. We caught up with him at the USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship to talk about #FEINAYC, his horse ‘Sammie’, his future in the sport and more.
Posted by USEF Network on Sunday, December 2, 2018
At just 25 years old Connor Husain has already found upper-level success in two equestrian disciplines. His gateway drug was eventing; with his partner Piece of Hope, he clinched CCI2* individual gold at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships, followed by a CCI2* win at Fair Hill later that fall.
In this USEF Network video from the USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship, Connor talks about his transition to show jumping, a trajectory that has been equally star-crossed. Connor now competes at the Grand Prix level and has been competing extensively abroad for the past two years. Great riding is great riding, and Connor’s cross-discipline accolades are a testament to his fundamental proficiency in the saddle.
Side soapbox: Packy McGaughan penned a thoughtful “Between Rounds” column in the Nov. 5/12 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse on the subject titled “Is American Eventing Lost in the Wilderness?” In it, he points to how several of the most competitive international riders in our sport — Michael Jung, Maxime Livio, Chris Burton, Marilyn Little, and Jonelle and Tim Price, to name a handful — are competent through the highest levels of dressage and/or show jumping as well and regularly test themselves in Grand Prix competition. “In doing so they learn how to bring to bear a more detailed understanding of those skills on their training of event horses,” he writes. “Without question, these riders are the eventers to beat in the modern sport.” (If you missed Packy’s column, go check it out! It’s well worth a read.)
Now, if only we can talk Connor into transitioning BACK to eventing ….
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