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In-Gate Tips with Tom Carlson

by Kathleen Landwehr | Aug 2, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

In-gates at horse shows are busy locations, which is especially at Pony Finals with hundreds of kids, ponies, trainers, grooms, family members, and friends. Tom "Tom Tom" Carlson, an ‘R’ hunter course designer and in-gate worker from Hernando, Fla., is a familiar face at the in-gate at Pony Finals and other horse shows along the East Coast. He offered a few tips to keep in mind at the in-gate and what it’s like to be a course designer. Tom "Tom Tom" Carlson (left) recommends...

American Regent Animal Health: Supporting Athletes from the Fetlocks Up

by US Equestrian Communications | Jul 26, 2022, 5:58 AM EST

With the World Championships right around the corner in August, the United States’ elite para dressage riders gathered recently for the Adequan ® U.S. Para Dressage Symposium in Mill Spring, N.C. The symposium followed the Perrigo Tryon Summer Dressage CPEDI3* and was just one of many events that American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan ® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), sponsors in support of equestrian and equine athletes. We took the opportunity to talk to two...

Reflections from Sally Ike on Serving as a Licensed Official

by Sally Ike | Jun 28, 2022, 1:00 PM EST

I remember the first time I served as a licensed official. It was the early ‘90s, and I was the Technical Delegate. I was confident because eventing had been “my" sport since the mid-60s, so I had a lot of experience riding and competing. But when the first horse started, all I could think of was, “Oh no, this is WAY different!” It was in that moment that I realized that, when I rode, my only responsibility was me, and now my responsibility was every rider, every horse....

Nations Cups and European Outings: How Jumping and Eventing Athletes Move Up the Development Pathway

by Leslie Potter | Jun 27, 2022, 4:00 PM EST

For athletes with aspirations to compete at the elite level, there is a long path from competing at the national level to representing the U.S. at international championships. The USEF development pathways for each FEI discipline help bring promising athletes along each step of the way, ensuring the best chance at success. Rebecca Conway and Con Coleur competing in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Madrid CSIO3*. ©Equus Media LC In spring of 2022, developing teams in eventing and jumping both...

USEF Amateur Task Force Completes Work on Amateur Status Rule Updates

by Leslie Potter | Jun 21, 2022, 12:00 PM EST

Since its creation in early 2021, the USEF Amateur Task Force has worked to clarify and update the rules surrounding amateur and professional status for adult competitors at licensed events. US Equestrian is pleased to announce that the Task Force has completed its assignment. ©Leslie Potter/US Equestrian The Amateur Task Force consists of representatives from across US Equestrian-affiliated breeds and disciplines, and through focus groups, member surveys, and comments received through the...

Bryanna Tanase Uses Her Platform as Ms. Wheelchair Florida to Promote Para Dressage

by Kathleen Landwehr | May 31, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Bryanna Tanase of Trinity, Fla., made the transition from therapeutic riding to para dressage in 2019. Now she’s a Grade I para dressage rider has high aspirations for her riding career. She won the Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2022 title and is using her platform to spread the word about equine-assisted therapy and para dressage. Tanase shared insights on her journey as an equestrian, what people should know about therapeutic riding and para dressage, and what it takes to be a para equestrian...

Five Reasons to Watch the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

by Kathleen Landwehr | May 24, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the U.S. It is a historic event in Devon, Pa., that draws equestrians from across the country and local fans alike to enjoy all that it has to offer. Here are five reasons to follow the excitement of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair from May 26-June 5. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair's history dates back to 1896. (Taylor Pence/US Equestrian) 1. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair...

A Mother’s Day Story: Mom and Daughter Bond Over Paso Finos

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | May 3, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Equestrians can develop impactful relationships with the people they encounter in the horse industry. The shared passion of horses is something special, and that is especially true among family members. Barbara and Billieanna Miranda are a mother-daughter duo from Summerfield, Fla., who both love horses, in particular Paso Fino horses. Billieanna and Barbara Miranda at a horse show (Courtesy of Barbara Miranda) Mom Barbara first got her taste for horses when her parents took her for pony rides...

LRK3DE Offers Something for Everyone

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 26, 2022, 2:00 PM EST

The LRK3DE is one of only seven CCI5*-L events in the world (Leslie Potter/US Equestrian) The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ is set to begin this week at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The event touts itself as being the #BestWeekendAllYear and for good reason. It hosts one of only seven CCI5*-L events in the world and gives all attendees, from competitor to spectator, a world-class experience. In addition to the overall CCI5*-L competition,...

How It Works: Competition Evaluation and Compliance

by Leslie Potter | Apr 19, 2022, 2:00 PM EST

The USEF Compliance Department works to ensure that competition facilities, such as stabling and arena footing, are safe and up to standard. ©Taylor Pence/US Equestrian US Equestrian licensed competitions are required to maintain a level of quality and service for participants in order to maintain their affiliation. When an aspect of a competition’s facilities or related services isn’t up to standard, the path to resolution goes through the dedicated staff within US...