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Helpful Hints: Checking Your Points

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 1, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

Have you been receiving emails from US Equestrian asking you to check your points? This is a new feature that we have implemented, giving our members an easier way to keep up with any bad points they may have earned at USEF Competitions! For every competition, points are split into two categories: “good” and “bad.” Bad points don’t count towards Horse of the Year awards or qualifications for championships or shows. A horse can accumulate bad points for a number of...

“It Takes Two”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 27, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

International eventing athlete Will Faudree made his Kentucky Three-Day Event debut in 2003 with Antigua and has ridden there numerous times since then, most recently in 2017 on Pfun. Last year’s event was a remarkable comeback for Faudree, who was returning to four-star competition after sustaining a broken neck two years earlier. Will Faudree on Pfun after completing their show jumping round at the 2017 Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo: Taylor Pence In addition to riding at Kentucky,...

Sunday’s US Equestrian Sponsor Activities at LRK3DE

by Dana Rossmeier and Ivy Johnson | Apr 26, 2018, 5:42 PM EST

Instagram-famous Patrick the Miniature Horse (RedBayStock.com) Make sure to check out the many US Equestrian sponsor booths while at the LRK3DE. On Sunday, visit the Land Rover “Ultimate Stable” and meet U.S. Olympian Phillip Dutton as well as Instagram-famous Patrick the Miniature Horse. Patrick will also be available for a meet-and-greet on Sunday at the Absorbine booth. US Equestrian Sponsor Booths Absorbine Sponsor Village: Booth 19 Patrick the Miniature Horse –11 a.m....

What You Need to Know About the Changes to FEI Eventing Dressage Scoring

by Ashley Swift | Apr 25, 2018, 6:00 PM EST

Every year, fans of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event are in for at least one new experience, and that’s part of what makes this CCI4* competition’s motto—“The Best Weekend All Year”—ring true: between the thrills of competition, special events, and changes in the sport, the event and the sport are ever-evolving. Photo by RedBayStock.com This year, one important change involves scoring: the dressage phase is kicking off the competition with revamped...

What is a Dressage Test Ride? Why Does it Matter?

by Ashley Swift | Apr 25, 2018, 6:00 PM EST

The first day of competition at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, with the dressage phase at Rolex Stadium. Before the dressage tests can get underway, an essential step in preparing the Ground Jury for two days of dressage judging is the dressage test ride, sponsored this year by Hylofit. Photo by RedBayStock.com The dressage test ride is an FEI standard for all CCI events. The horse-and-rider combination that performs the test...

Five Things to Know About the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (LRK3DE), which also hosts the Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship, kicks off this week. This iconic American sporting event, which takes place April 26-29, annually draws top international horses and riders to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., for world-class eventing competition. We’ll be streaming all three phases—dressage, cross-country, and show jumping—live on USEF Network , so be sure to check out the...

Collegiate Equestrian Programs See Growth During Spring Championship Season

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

There’s plenty of good news about intercollegiate equestrian programs, with new teams getting involved and national championship season now underway. The SCAD equestrian team’s (left to right) Hannah Hlopak, assistant coach Abbie Gibson (standing), Sarah Gordon, Adam Edgar, head coach Ashley Henry (standing), and Madelyn Keck celebrate the team’s fourth ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship. Photo credit: Giana Terranova Photography In California, UC Davis...

“The People’s Pony”: Honoring Theodore O’Connor at LRK3DE

by Ashley Swift | Apr 24, 2018, 12:32 PM EST

Famed eventer Theodore O’Connor might have been small of stature, but the 14.1-hand Thoroughbred/ Arabian / Shetland -cross eventing pony certainly had an outsized impact. Bred by Wynn Norman and owned by the Theodore O’Connor Syndicate, “Teddy” was an unexpected star who set the eventing world on fire with multi-time Olympic, Pan American, and World Equestrian Games veteran, Karen O’Connor. She began riding him in 2005 after young rider Christan Trainor competed...

Treating Cellulitis

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 10, 2018, 3:00 AM EST

Cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the soft connective tissues under the skin, causes sudden, extreme swelling in the affected area—often in a leg. Given the condition’s seemingly fast onset and dramatic appearance, horses and ponies with cellulitis—especially if they are lame or unwilling to move—can sometimes look like they have a severe injury, such as a bowed tendon or a fracture. So, before taking any action, call your veterinarian for a diagnosis, advises Dr....

In US Equestrian Magazine: Preparing for Disaster

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 27, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires—these natural disasters are some of horse owners’ worst nightmares, and we’ve seen them play out to devastating effect in recent years. Horsemen are powerless to control the weather, of course, but having a good disaster-preparedness plan can help horse owners and managers respond faster and more effectively if such a disaster does occur. Having a good emergency plan and readying supplies in case of disaster can make a crucial...