Lexington, KY – The Board of Directors during this year’s United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting approved new helmet rules for riders in both eventing and dressage – just two weeks after dozens of stakeholders in equestrian sport met with the goal of improving rider safety across disciplines.
”If the technology is available to reduce head injuries, the time to use it is now,” said USEF President David O’Connor. “I am very proud of our organization for taking this very important step. It is a huge direction of change.”
Briefly, the first rule change requires anyone on a horse to wear a ASTM/SEI-approved helmet at all times while mounted on competition grounds at U.S. nationally rated eventing competitions. The rule change is effective immediately.
David & Karen O’Connor join Chris and Max to explain the philosophy behind David’s bid to become the next US team coach & Chef d’Equipe and what that would mean to both of them. Laura Kraut and Samantha Lendl join Karen as they explain a new PRO Derby Cross event taking place in March. All that and more on this week’s show so tune in right here…
Eventing Radio Episode 116 by Bit of Britain – Show Notes and Links:
FEI Group IX Deputy Chair Loses Battle against Cancer
Lausanne (SUI), 25 January 2011 – Elizabeth “Liz” Day of South Africa, Deputy Chair of Geographical Group IX, international judge in Dressage, Eventing and Para Dressage, and member of the management committee of the South African National Equestrian Federation (SANEF), passed away just before Christmas after losing her courageous battle against cancer. Her many friends will miss her energy, passion, wise advice, tolerant attitude and sense of humour.
Liz was British born but spent most of her adult life in South Africa. An accountant by profession, she connected with horses at an early age and Dressage became her passion. As a rider, she won the KZN Medium Championships on a Basuto/Thoroughbred pony and recalled this as one of her greatest triumphs.
Buena Vista, VA (January 14, 2010) – Eventers competing at the 2011 USEA American Eventing Championships will have a chance to win amazing prizes thanks to a Gold Level Sponsorship from World Equestrian Brands, LLC. Located in Buena Vista, Virginia, World Equestrian Brands is a distributor of Amerigo saddles and strap goods, Amerigo Vega saddles, Vespucci, E. A. Mattes and Equilibrium products.
“World Equestrian Brands is thrilled to be a sponsor of the 2011 American Eventing Championships,” said Robin Moore, owner of World Equestrian Brands, LLC. “We have many clients who are eventers and they all work so hard and are extremely dedicated to their horses and the sport. We look forward to setting up at the AECs and awarding some great prizes.”
During the AEC, World Equestrian Brands will be providing an assortment of prizes including Amerigo Saddles, a Mattes pad, a Vespucci bridle, and Equilibrium boots. “We are really excited because World Equestrian Brands will also be awarding a prize to the Rider of the Year,” Moore said, adding that World Equestrian Brands will also be a sponsor of the USEA Leaderboard.
Robert Costello makes his debut as co-host and Phillip Dutton returns to tell us how he and Robert have joined forces to bid for the most important role in US eventing for the national squad. Take a listen right here…
Eventing Radio Episode 114 by Bit of Britain – Show Notes and Links:
Gladstone, NJ – January 13, 2011 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2011 Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy will be talented eventing rider Tiana Coudray. Each year this award is presented to a Young Rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2011 Coudray had a banner year, winning the Jersey Fresh CCI*** and the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CIC***, as well as leading the U.S. efforts at the Boekelo CCI*** in Holland.
“When the USET Foundation told me that I was the winner of this year’s award I went and looked it up,” commented Coudray. “I was pretty honored to look at the other names on the list throughout the years and think of what those people have gone on to do later in their careers.”
Over the years, Coudray has consistently shown her talent as a young rider. She won Team Gold at the North American Young Riders Championships in both 2004 and 2008, and took home the Individual Silver Medal in 2004. She has won the United States Eventing Association Young Rider of the Year Award an amazing three times in 2005, 2007, and 2009.
The 2010 USEA Groom of the Year recipient, Elizabeth Crowder, tell us how she earned her stripes. We hear tributes to Rebecca Broussard from Karen O’Connor and Jo Whitehouse. Plus the news of this week and more with co-host Kerry Millikin, all right here…
Eventing Radio Episode 113 – Show Notes and Links:
With every eye on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, 2010 was the Year of the Horse in the United States as the world arrived on our doorstep in Lexington, KY, for 16 days of competition, demonstration and fun. It took years of planning and didn’t kick off until the end of the ninth month of the year.
Here is how 2010 unfolded before, during and after the Equestrian Event that stopped the American Equestrian community in its tracks. Anyone who makes a life with horses knows it’s not only about the few days a year when the world is watching – it is about every day of every year.
January: 2010 began with honoring the champions from the previous year at the 2010 USEF Annual Meeting. Dressage superstar Steffen Peters repeated as Equestrian of the Year. It was a monumental task to get him from a horse show in California to Louisville, but it was all worth it when he was there, in person, to accept his Dressage award. The night before, his beloved horse, Ravel, was honored as the Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year after storming through 2009 winning on both sides of this country (including the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final) and sweeping the CHIO Aachen in Germany – a first for an American combination. Owner Akiko Yamazaki was on hand to collect the award honoring America’s champion of 2009. Find the details here: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/newsdisplay/viewPR.aspx?id=5264&star=true and http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/newsdisplay/viewPR.aspx?id=5265&star=true. There would be even bigger plans for this pair in 2010.
Lausanne (SUI), 4 January 2011 – Rebecca Broussard, one of the most loyal supporters of Eventing in the United States, passed away at her home in Montana on 24 December 2010 after losing her battle against cancer.
Born in Jeanerette, Louisiana on February 17, 1942, Becky Broussard was one of the best known “behind-the-scenes” names in US Eventing, owning top horses for Phillip Dutton, Karen O’Connor, Cathy Wieschoff, Amy Tryon and Ralph Hill, among others. She was also the founder of The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, which began in 2002 and now includes an FEI World Cup qualifier. The Event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, attracts riders from across the US.
Becky had long talked about her love of helping riders in the West compete on the world stage and her vision also included plans to bring riders from Europe to Montana in the future. She provided financial support for US riders to travel to Strzegom (POL) for the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup final and, last summer, helped organise a historic flight of 18 horses from the East Coast, including many Olympians, to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm.