The USEF Jumping Course Advisor program was introduced in 2004 to raise the standard of eventing jumping course design in the United States. Initially, the program focused on Jumping courses for FEI and Advanced level competitions. The goal of the program was to ensure the standard of the courses throughout the country, and to deliver courses which provided the same technicality level they would expect to find at the Championship level.
Since its inception, the program has expanded to include review of courses for Preliminary and Intermediate Horse Trials. The program has been effective in improving the consistency of Eventing Jumping courses through the review and critique of courses from a majority of designers at the Preliminary level and above. After 12 years (and at Richard’s recommendation), the Eventing Committee approved a next phase for this program.
In 2017, Richard reviewed Jumping courses for all FEI Eventing Competitions in the US following the Event. Course Designers were asked to submit their courses as posted to Richard with all technical details (distance, time allowed, etc.) within 5 days of the competition. Each course was posted on the USEF Website with Richard’s analysis along with a Course Evaluation completed by the Course Designer prior to the event. This allowed Course Designers to review other courses and consider Richard’s input when designing their own courses. The ultimate goal was to establish and maintain an equal standard of jumping for events across the country. In the inaugural year, anyone interested in course design was able utilize this educational resource.