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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...

Riding in Qatar with the Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Team

by Leslie Potter | Mar 15, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

Doha, Qatar – The Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Team has earned unprecedented levels of success over the past few years, including reaching the top of the FEI Para Dressage World Team Ranking and bringing home the country’s first-ever Paralympic team medal in equestrian at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The para dressage program looks to continue its successful streak heading toward the FEI World Championships in August, and a few U.S. athletes had the opportunity to kick off the 2022...

Achieving a Work/Riding Balance

by | Feb 22, 2022, 9:33 AM EST

"Transitioning into my current role and getting to work remotely honestly made me enjoy work again," said Helen Voss, shown with Cantina. Photo: Audrey Jezek Photography If you struggle to balance your work life with time at the barn, Helen Voss understands. As the sales and marketing manager and national accounts coordinator for Horseshoe Greetings , she keeps a busy daily schedule. But she’s serious about her riding, too, and like many working amateur equestrians she has had to do some...

How it Works: USEF Competition Licensing

by Leslie Potter | Feb 15, 2022, 2:00 PM EST

When Derek Braun decided to launch the first edition of what would becoming the Split Rock Jumping Tour, he was looking to fill a particular niche. A lifelong show jumping competitor and a professional in the industry, Braun had been to horse shows around the country and the world and knew the need he wanted his shows to meet. But building a new event from scratch is no small feat, and today Braun says that working with USEF on the licensing process for that first show in 2015 was instrumental...

10 Things We Learned from the 2022 Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic Week

by Leslie Potter | Jan 25, 2022, 1:00 PM EST

Sabine Schut-Kery instructing Bianca Schmidt. ©Taylor Pence Photography Each winter, some of the country’s top up-and-coming dressage riders are invited to learn from the pros at the Robert Dover USEF Horsemastership Clinic Week. The 2022 clinic began with an introductory lecture on dressage theory from Dover himself and continued with instruction from clinicians George Williams, Sabine Schut-Kery, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Ali Brock, and Adrienne Lyle. Watch Robert Dover's dressage...