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  • 01/02/2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    New Year’s resolutions generally fall into general categories: those that help us feel better (eat better/work out more/meet new people), those that make us a better person to others (volunteer more/spend more time with friends/let go of stress) or those that fulfill person goals (travel more/ don’t spend as much time on social media/read more).

    The good news is, life with the horses can help us in almost every aspect of our lives, from being more active (ride more!) to expanding our social circle to reading more. Horse showing and even lessoning or trail riding exposes us to many people we wouldn’t normally get a chance to meet and engage with; reading books and blogs on everything from equine ailments to training and conditioning expands our base of equine knowledge and keeps us constantly learning.

    What were some of your resolutions this year? No matter the area of the country or the discipline, many of the equestrian community’s goals remain the same:

    To not grimace and make my horrible “concentrations face,” as I really am having fun! –Dr. Jill Stowe, Nicholasville, KY, dressage

    Literally to just ride my horse. Simple as that! – Leah Alessandroni, Midway, KY, eventing

    Megan Hephner

    Listen to what my trainer says! – Meghan Hephner, Fort Worth, TX, reining

    Try not to pull on my left rein. – Lexi Pejnovic, Panama City, FL, hunters

    Chelsea Smith

    Schedule horse time every day. All through 2017 I pushed my horses to the back burner so I could work more. I need more horse time. – Chelsea Smith, Paris, KY, eventing

    To have fun with all my students! -- Heather James, Lexington, KY, eventing

    To compete more than just schooling shows – Ashley Jamison, Lexington, KY, eventing

    Remember how far we’ve come instead of worrying about how far I think we have to go – Natalie Nevills, Georgetown, KY, eventing

    Be braver (I have literally no idea how to do this, but it’s my goal!) -- Leslie Potter, Lexington, KY, eventing

    Get back into work after time off due to an injury (him) and busy semester (me); prove the long-ear sceptics wong; keep riding fun and training versatile. – Holly Jeanne, Iowa, Dressage

    Outside rein! – Jenni Gelatt, MA, hunter

    Enjoy the ride and just spending time with the horse. If we improve along the way, that’s just gravy. – Holly Caccamise, CA, eventer

    Get my confidence back up and jump a nice, solid 2’6” course. – Chelsea Magee, Lexington, KY, jumper

    Lauren Pontoppidan

    Do more work without stirrups to improve my leg and improve my automatic release. – Lauren Pontoppidan, New Orleans, LA, hunter

    Sarah Coleman

    Ride more. Worry less. – Sarah Coleman, Lexington, KY, hunter

  • 12/18/2017 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association’s Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Lexington Hilton Downtown.

    MSEDA members, friends and family members were able to dance to local Lexington favorite The Fever, eat a fantastic meal and mingle outside the usual confines of a horse show or event.

    It was a wonderful venue to celebrate all the hard work that went into a terrific 2017 competition year! MSEDA would like to recognize the following winners:

    Volunteer Julep Cups

    Given to recognize the effort of outstanding volunteers.  The cups are awarded to the 12 individuals with the most volunteer hours worked at MSEDA sanctioned shows. We had two ties this year for hours!

    Daphne Mervin

    84 hours (tie)

    Marjorie Hines

    84 hours (tie)

    Bev Henson

    84 hours (tie)

    Mary Ann Andres

    88 hours

    Cheryl Steele

    89 hours

    Megan Carr

    90 hours

    Carol Lee

    105 hours (tie)

    Marian Zeitlin

    105 hours (tie)

    Spencer Millard

    118 hours

    Shelley Ryan

    122 hours

    Vicki Baumgardner

    122.5 hours

    Ron McGinley

    133.5 hours

    Mary Fike

    143.5 hours

    Debbie Hinkle

    155 hours

    Kob Ryen Memorial Trophy Winner: Mandy Weissmann
    Named for Kob Ryen, who brought eventing to the Bluegrass and was a founding member and first President of MSEDA. Voted on at the Annual Meeting by the general membership and awarded to the individual who has done the most to further the purpose of MSEDA during the year.

    FEI Certificate of Achievement: Julie Congleton and Madison Deaton Awarded to any rider who has achieved a minimum score of 57% at the FEI Level at a USEF/USDF recognized competition. 

    Dressage Show of the Year: MSEDA Dressage at the Park
    This award is given to the Dressage Show that was best run, and most desirable to attend in 2017.

    Outstanding Horse Trial or Event: Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge
    This award is given to the Horse Trial or Event that was best run, and most desirable to attend in 2017.

    DRESSAGE YEAR-END AWARDS

    Dressage High Point Junior Rider: Blake Park
    This award is awarded to the rider under 18 who has amassed the greatest number of points competing in dressage during the competition year.

    Dressage High Point Young Rider: Madison Deaton
    This award is awarded to the rider 18-21 who has amassed the highest number of points in dressage during the competition year.

    Dressage High Point Senior Rider: Joan Gariboldi
    This award is awarded to the rider between 22-49 who has amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year.

    Dressage High Point Master Rider: Susan Harris  
    This award is awarded to the rider 50 and over who has amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year.

    Dressage High Point Adult Amateur Rider(s): Tracy Scott and Amelia Jean Foster
    This award is awarded to the amateur rider over 21 who has submitted a copy of his/her USEF amateur card to the Points Chair and amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year.

    The Spy Games Memorial Trophy:  Dressage High Point Award: Joan Gariboldi and Bravo
    This award goes to the horse AND rider who have amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year.  The perpetual trophy was donated in 2009 by Julie Moses in memory of her horse "Spy Games" whose strength, kindness and perseverance touched all who knew him. 

    The Tundra Memorial Trophy:  Dressage High Point Mare:  Joan Gariboldi and Cantata
    This award is awarded in memory of Susan Posner’s mare Tundra. Awarded to the activated mare who has amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year. 

    Dressage Company's Musical Kur Award: Alison Otter and Sing a Song LC
    This award is given to the activated horse and rider who have amassed the greatest number of points in dressage during the competition year.

    YEAR END AWARDS: EVENTING

    The Craig Bryant Memorial Trophy - Eventing High Point Junior Rider: Gracie Elliott
    Named for the son of Don and Martha Bryant, organizers of the Mumford Horse Trials, and awarded to the rider under the age of 18 who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.

    Eventing High Point Young Rider: Anne Czerwonka
    This award is given to the rider between 18-21 who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.

    The Bennett Trophy - Eventing High Point Senior Rider: Megan Moore Named for the son of Joy Bennett, Joy has long been associated with the Covered Bridge Pony Club in Louisville.  This trophy is awarded to the rider between 22 and 49 who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.

    The Helmut Graetz Trophy - Eventing High Point Master Rider: Anna Kjellstrom
    Named for Helmut Graetz, long-time MSEDA member, coach and volunteer. This trophy is awarded to the rider age 50 and over who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.

    Midnight Sam Memorial Trophy - Eventing High Point Award: Mooney McGuire
    Named in memory of Irene Roechel's horse, Midnight Sam, this trophy is awarded to the activated horse who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.  Irene was a founding member of MSEDA.

    The Pony Club Award: Winner: Madison Deaton, H-B HM, C-2 Traditional, C-3 Dressage member of Covered Bridge Pony Club in the Midsouth Region
    Given to the MSEDA member in good standing who accumulates the highest number of points and is also a member of a recognized Pony Club. 

    The Tessie’s Brite Star Trophy and Eventing High Point Adult Amateur Award: Kelly Rover
    This award is given to the rider over age 21 who has amassed the greatest number of points competing in eventing during the competition year.

    The Philosopher Trophy - Eventing High Point Mare: Carlie McClearin
    Named in memory of Bryn Wilborn's eventing mare, Philosopher, this trophy is awarded to the activated mare who has amassed the highest number of points in eventing during the competition year.

    The Grasshopper Trophy - High Point MSEDA Off the Track Thoroughbred: Promisethemoon
    Named in honor of Megan Moore’s Off the Track Thoroughbred, The Grasshopper, this trophy is awarded to the high point Thoroughbred in the Eventing Division.  The horse must be tattooed or have a TIP number and be nominated for eligibility.

    Hall of Distinction Awards: Julie Congleton with Utopia; Madison Deaton with Rasputin in Dressage; Megan Lynn with The Natural E in Eventing
    Awarded to any MSEDA member in good standing who has completed an FEI competition. 

  • 12/18/2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    MSEDA offers multiple grants to its members to apply toward continuing their equestrian education. Winners for 2017 included:

    • The Christine Brown Grant: Shelley Ryan
    • Educational grant: Courtney Calnan and Samantha Kline

    MSEDA will feature each of these winners in upcoming e-news. 

    By Sarah E. Coleman


    Featured Grant Winner: Samantha Kline, $500 MSEDA Educational Grant 


    Samantha Kline is a MSEDA member who competes her two off-the-track Thoroughbreds, Praetorian (“Prae”) and Venture World (“V”) in MSEDA-sanctioned events. V is preparing to go Training Level this season and Prae has shown Training in the past, but is looking to make a switch to the hunter ring.

    Sam plans to use the grant to “help with Dressage lesson costs with V,” she explains. “It’s not always easy to stay on a regular lesson schedule due to budgeting, so I’m excited to get a nice push to get us to the next level.”

    Sam rides with Dani Ritter, and says that V is moving along very well for only having a year back in work from what was thought to be a career ending-diagnosis of stringhalt. “We’re working on being consistent in the bridle and on the bit, also moving off of the leg so we can put out a solid Training-level ride,” she says.

    On using the generous MSEDA grant money to reach her goals, Sam explains: “My entire life, I have grown up breaking babies or riding young horses that I never owned. When they got to a certain point, they would move along and I would have to start all over. While Prae has told me that Dressage isn’t his thing, … V has shown the potential to go much higher. Being able to have a nice stretch of consistent lessons with my trainer will really help us get to the next level and on our way to earning our Bronze Medal,” she says. “It’s only a 20-some-year goal in the making, give or take when I figured out I really liked Dressage!”  

  • 12/14/2017 8:06 AM | Anonymous
    For Immediate Release
    Contact:
    Mary Fike
    MSEDA Organizer
    hmf@iglou.com
    859 621 2479

    December 10, 2017 – Lexington, KY – The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) hosted eventing great David O’Connor as part of their year-end awards banquet and educational forum on December 2 and 3, 2017. An international rider and coach, O’Connor’s overarching theme through both the classroom and demonstration settings was that all training, whether dressage, showjumping or cross-country, should be done with the horse’s perspective in mind.

    Beginning at the Lexington Hilton Downtown, O’Connor offered insight into the sport of eventing and its evolution, as well as explaining his thoughts on where the discipline is now and where it is poised to go. Saturday’s afternoon session walked attendees through the general theory behind how he develops horses and riders, and the basic skills he feels are essential for eventing success.

    Photo by Smith Equine Media, LLC

    Lexington-based MSEDA member Kristen Brennan attended the educational sessions on Saturday and was thankful to hear O’Connor emphasize the importance of the “lower level” rider in eventing. “I really appreciate that,” she explained. “At the end of the day, the working amateurs and juniors, and parents of juniors, who are riding at Prelim and below are who are supporting the majority of our events. Just because you don’t have Olympic aspirations doesn’t mean you aren’t important to the sport.”

    Sunday brought seminar attendees to the beautiful Valley View Farm in Midway, Ky. Riders in Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary rode under David’s watchful eye as he kept the audience engaged and learning throughout the day.

    Chelsea Smith of Paris, Ky., appreciated that David focused on the greener horses and how to get them going properly in the Beginner Novice group. “The Training group had more-experienced riders and he focused more on the horses, which was neat. So often clinic focus solely on the rider, so it was great to focus on the horse and discuss what makes a horse better-suited for the job,” she explained.


    Photo by Smith Equine Media, LLC

    Chelsea’s favorite takeaways from Sunday included that “O’Connor stated several times that riders need to work more in forward seat—even in dressage. With each group, he commented on rider position and he wanted to be sure that the rider’s shoulders are parallel to the horse’s shoulders and that the rider’s hips are parallel to the horse’s hips--it’s the rider’s job is to become part of the horse’s motion.”

    MSEDA is thankful for the ongoing support of O’Connor, who focuses on bettering both horse and rider athletes through safe, systematic training.

    Learn more about MSEDA, how to become a member, upcoming shows and events and more at mseda.org

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    The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association promotes and preserves the sports of eventing and dressage in the Mid-South area by providing leadership and education to its members and to the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, host and sanction fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider, and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the FEI level. Mseda.org

  • 12/01/2017 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    By Kristen M Brennan, PhD, Alltech Inc.

    Whether it is human or equine, nutrition can be confusing. Many horse owners never really think about nutrition past “my horse gets a scoop” and if their horse is fat or thin. But you do not have to have a PhD to understand the basics of nutrition. In this series, I aim to demystify equine nutrition for horse owners.


    Dr. Kristen Brennan and Marcus


    The Equine Gastrointestinal Tract

    Before we can cover how to understand nutrition to properly feed your horse, we need to review the digestive (gastrointestinal) tract anatomy of the horse. The digestive anatomy of horse dictates how we should feed them and why their ideal diets are so different from our own. Horses are true herbivores, meaning they consume plant fibers to meet their daily energy requirements.  They are what are considered a hind gut fermenter, meaning they have the capability in their lower gastrointestinal tract to break down tough fibers found in plants to get the nutrients they need.

    Digestion begins in the horse’s mouth. Horses chew, or masticate, and feed is mixed with saliva forming soft boluses. Saliva acts as a buffer for the acidic environment of the stomach and contains small amounts of enzymes that aid in the breakdown of feed. From the mouth, feed travels down the esophagus into the stomach. Because horses lack a two-way valve between the stomach and the esophagus, they have little reflux ability making their digestive tract a one-way street at this point. As horses had evolved to graze continuously eating small amounts throughout the day, the total volume of the stomach is small (about 10% of the total digestive tract) and feed only remains in it for a short period of time. While in the stomach, feed mixes with acid and pepsin, an enzyme that breaks down proteins into smaller pieces, to start the digestion process.

    From the stomach, feed passes to the small intestine where most of the nutrients in the feed are digested and absorbed.  Through the help of digestive enzymes, proteins are broken down into amino acids, fats are broken down into smaller lipid molecules, and sugars and starches are broken down to glucose. After breakdown occurs, these products (along with most minerals and vitamins) are absorbed through the intestinal wall into the blood stream to be used by the cells of the body.

    The remaining digesta moves to the cecum. The cecum serves as a large fermentation chamber, allowing the horse to breakdown plant fibers with the help of bacteria and other microbes that populate the cecum. The microbes take plant fibers and synthesize nutrients such as vitamins and fatty acids which are then absorbed through the cecal wall. After the cecum, feed continues microbial digestion in the large colon. Here water, fatty acid products from the microbial digestion, and some minerals are absorbed.  The remaining digesta, containing what can’t be digested or absorbed by the horse, passes to the small colon and rectum where water is absorbed and fecal matter is formed.

    What is a Nutrient?

    The next question you may ask is what is a nutrient? Simply defined, a nutrient is a component in food or feed that is necessary to support life. We can break nutrients down into two major classifications: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are those that are required in higher levels in the diet and for horses, these include water, protein, and energy sources (carbohydrates and fats). Micronutrients are those that are required in small, or even trace, amounts such as vitamins and minerals.

    In the next part of this series, we will cover what each of these nutrients are, why they are necessary and what feedstuffs are sources for each.

  • 11/29/2017 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    It’s finally here! The MSEDA Annual Meeting and Banquet has arrived! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet for the banquet or the demonstration this weekend, fear not! There’s still time.

    By Sarah E. Coleman

    A Kickoff to a Fun-filled Weekend

    This educational and fun-filled weekend will begin with the MSEDA business meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Lexington Hilton Downtown; this meeting is open to all MSEDA members. Next up is real talk on the state of eventing by legendary international event rider David O’Connor. After lunch, David will return and speak on the systematic training of the event horse and rider. His insight and knowledge on the sport of eventing is beyond measure; we hope you make it out to listen to this icon in person!

    Rounding out the evening will be a fantastic dinner, silent auction and awards banquet, with music provided by local (fantastic!) band The Fever. After watching and awesome photo slide show and recognizing those of you who work and play so very hard, we expect everyone to strap on their dancing shoes and really let loose!


    It’s important to recognize the people and entities that have made this fun-filled weekend possible. They include:

    • Awards Program Sponsor: Kentucky Performance Products
    • Drinks and Dancing Sponsor: Excel Equine
    • Gold Medal Sponsor: Original Depler
    • Silver Medal Sponsor: Indian Hill Equestrian Club
    •  Bronze Medal Sponsor: Holmestead Stables and Dr. Bryan Fraley
    Additional Sponsors:
    • Kevin Donahoe Horseshoeing
    • Lebanon Equine Clinic
    • Foxwood Equine Sports Medicine
    • Northrop Equine Veterinary Care
    • Dr. Nancy Adams
    • Stacey Monroe Horse Massage
    • Bannon Woods Equine Hospital
    • Robert Spencer Equine Podiatry Services

    Sunday Funday

    The education and fun continue on Sunday, as MSEDA members are welcomed to the beautiful Valley View Farm in Midway, Ky., for a demonstration of riders and horses with David O’Connor. With sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., David will cover required skill sets at all levels of competition. 

    Come Play

    This entire weekend is dedicated to celebrating YOU, the MSEDA members who make all of this not only possible, but deeply fulfilling. This weekend we celebrate not only your accomplishments and goals as riders, but your deep knowledge of and respect for our disciplines, the horses, and each other. Here’s to a wonderful weekend!

    Click here for more information.

  • 11/13/2017 6:25 AM | Anonymous

    Winters can be long and ugly, especially if you have limited riding space (no ring) or limited time—and no lights. It’s also quite easy to get disenchanted when you take a look at the long-term weather forecast and see that you MAY get to ride once this week and then …. Well, the weather doesn’t really go that far into the future to know when you can ride again.

    By Sarah E. Coleman



    If your horse is spending more time in his stall this time of year (or even if he lives out and his riding hours are limited), it can be worthwhile to offer him some things to do to while the weather outside is frightful. Recent studies have shown that enriching your horse’s environment can lead to many positives, among them the reduction in stereotypies like cribbing and weaving, but also allowing them an outlet for their energy.

    These studies have also shown that horses who have enriched stall environments also are less fearful of new objects and people and the same horses express less defensive behavior. 


    Suggestions for Enrichment

    Items used to enrich your horse’s environment need not be huge expenditures in money or in time creating them. Some options include:

    Stall use:

    • A shatterproof mirror
    • Lick-It
    • Music on low

    For stall or paddock use:

    • Jolly Balls
    • Apples placed in water buckets (will also encourage drinking)
    • Large, plastic cones
    • Soccer balls
    • Feed pans
    • Clean, empty milk jugs with rocks in them, tied to fence or stall (be aware that these can shatter in very cold temperatures)
    • Slow feed hay nets (used appropriately)
    • Toys the horses roll to get the treats inside

    For paddock use only:

    • Large sections of culvert (some horses LOVE to drag these around)
    • Plastic barrels
    • Tires
  • 11/02/2017 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Eventer Alison Wilaby made big waves this year at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, where she won the Dressage division and placed second in the Eventing Division on Chapter Two, a 2012 gelding by More Than Ready. “Deuce” was bred in Kentucky by My Meadowview LLC and last raced at Turfway Park; he had 15 lifetime starts with $71,952 in earnings before partnering with Ali to take the Makeover by storm. 

    By Sarah E. Coleman


    Alison Wilaby Chapter Two

    A Kentucky Transplant

    Not a Bluegrass native, Ali hails from Colorado, where she began riding at age six at a local hunter/jumper barn. At 13, she wanted to get outside of the ring a bit and began exploring cross-country, and then dressage—and an avid eventer was born!

    Having competed up to the FEI CCI** level, Alison has taken multiple horses through Preliminary and beyond.  She has a passion for correct flatwork and dressage; she earned her USDF Bronze medal after consistent rides at Third Level. Recently, Ali launched her own Keystone Combined Training out of Goose Creek Stables, which focuses on training young horses and a quality sales program. She also teaches jumping, dressage and unmounted lessons, and can assist buyers and sellers in the sales process.

    A Passionate Thoroughbred Advocate

    Ali has a deep history with Thoroughbreds, having been passionate about the breed almost since she began riding. It’s no surprise then that her interest was piqued by the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, which focuses on off-track Thoroughbreds in successful second careers.

    Ali had been taking horses from the track and retraining them into eventing mounts a few at a time before the Makeover launched, so she was on board immediately when she learned that there was a competition specifically for what she was passionate about: giving retired racehorses successful second careers. 

    Photo by JJ Sillman

    This year was Alison’s first year competing at the Makeover (and the third year for the competition); though she had wanted to compete in 2016, like all things horse-related, sometimes things simply don’t go as planned. Ali was not able to compete Zate in the 2016 Makeover as she didn’t want to wait to start him, then discovered he needed to take it slow (the Makeover allows only a set number of “training rides” before the official start to the competition to allow everyone as level of a playing field as possible); she sold Zate to a young rider this past April.

    But this year, the stars aligned and Ali was able to compete in both Eventing and Dressage with Deuce. And what a Makeover debut she had! “I had the perfect dream-come-true weekend!” Alison explained. “We won the dressage and got second in eventing.”

    Competition and Camaraderie

    The Thoroughbred Makeover is working had to be so much more than a training competition. The team who hosts the show makes a concerted effort to foster a feeling of camaraderie between competitors, whether that means cheering each other on during the competitions or spending time just hanging out together when not riding.

    To this end, one of Alison’s favorite memories is spending time with her friends and fellow competitors in the barns. It was so nice to “just enjoy the company of our horses and enjoy the competition,” she explains.


    One of her favorite parts of the competition itself, Alison says, is that it was a true trainer’s competition: “I enjoyed the subjectivity of it; you were rewarded by smart riding … and it was nice not to be timed. My horse trotted most of cross-country, but I knew that if we cantered, we wouldn’t have the balance we needed for a successful jump. I gave my horse the best ride I could and, though it was conservative, it was rewarded.”

    This confirmed to Alison that she was doing the right thing for her horse. “I wish there were more competitions out there that would promote smart riding!” she says. “The Makeover promotes all the right things; it’s a young horse competition that’s based on the actual training of the horse. The rules state that you have the option to jump higher fences, but that you shouldn’t jump them if you’re not capable of doing them well. If you push your horse beyond its training, you will be penalized.”

    Home Court Advantage   

    So, did living in Lexington give Ali and Deuce a home-court advantage? “I would say it is an advantage to a point,” Ali says. “Deuce had been in those arenas before, which I think gave me as much confidence as him. The only downside of competing in your hometown is you still have work and you still have normal responsibilities surrounding you throughout the competition. Sometimes it’s better to travel to an event because you can focus and get away from daily distractions.”

    Another home-court advantage for Alison this year was where she found Deuce. Alison looks for horses she has a personal connection with; she loves to get horses her friends are involved with, whether on the breeding or training side. “My friend Paul Madden was nice enough to inform me about the horse [Deuce] first,” said Alison. “He called me at 6 a.m. and I just remember him saying ‘Hi! I think I found you a horse!’” I picked him up from Keeneland later that day.

    He Had "The Look"

    Alison has a great eye for horses, as her track record at selling quality eventing mounts proves. So what does she look for? “First, I first take in the overall physical nature of the horse,” she explains. “I like them uphill and they have to have well-set necks. Then I take a look at the feet and legs ... It’s really impossible to know much about the brain of horse until you take it away from the track and spend some time with them. I try to take in the look in their eye, their overall expression and I ask the trainer and handlers what the horse is like.”

    Alison is currently on the hunt for her 2018 Makeover horse. If this year was any indication, the duo will be a force to be reckoned with!

    Interested in learning how you can be a part of the Makeover? Click here.

  • 10/19/2017 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Contact:
    Mary Fike
    MSEDA Organizer
    hmf@iglou.com
    859 621 2479


    Eventing Superstar David O’Connor to Offer Educational Opportunities in the Bluegrass

    October 16, 2017 – Lexington, KY – the MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) will welcome eventing great David O’Connor to the Bluegrass as part of the year-end awards banquet and educational forum on December 2 and 3, 2017.

    Beginning at the Lexington Hilton Downtown, O’Connor will offer insight into the sport of eventing on Saturday, Dec. 2. During the morning session, he will take an overarching view of where the discipline is now and where it is poised to go. Saturday’s afternoon session will cover O’Connor’s training system of both horse and rider.

    O’Connor is uniquely qualified to offer an educational symposium of this caliber; he competed in two Olympic Games, a Pan American Games and a World Equestrian Games before transitioning to the administrative side of international eventing. He has held top coaching roles for both the United States and Canadian eventing teams, and was the President of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) from 2004 to 2012. Additionally, O’Connor was inducted into the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Hall of Fame in 2009. 

    On Saturday evening, attendees of the educational forum are invited to stay for the ever-popular MSEDA Year-end Awards Banquet, which will be emceed by O’Connor. Open to all equine enthusiasts, the evening promises to be a good time, with delicious food, a live band and a member video.

    On Sunday, horse-and-rider pairs of all skill levels will clinic in front of O’Connor’s watchful eye at Valley View Farm in Midway, Ky. O’Connor will focus on the skill set required of both horse and rider at the different levels, breaking down the theories into easy-to-understand concepts.

    The entire weekend will be focused bettering athletes, both horses and riders, and celebrating their success in the show ring.



    The registration fee is $60 per person for the two days. For more information, please click here.

    Click here to register online


  • 10/16/2017 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteer opportunities for MSEDA members abound. Each month, we will feature an opportunity for members to obtain volunteer hours and help put on a successful, MSEDA-sanctioned show.

    By Sarah E. Coleman


    Date and Time: Tuesday, October 17 through  Sunday, October 22. 

    Tuesday – In-barn inspections for the CCI* and three-day competitors
    Wednesday - Jogs for the CCI* and three-day competitors (this is always something fun to watch if you are in the Lexington area in the afternoon!) 
    Thursday - Dressage CCI*
    Friday - Dressage three-day and OP competitors, XC CCI*, SJ OP
    Saturday - Second Jog CCI*, XC three-day and OP riders, Dressage for the rest of the HT's, and CCI* show jumping
    Sunday - Second Jog three-day competitors, XC ON and OBN, and SJ for three-day riders and OT

    As you can tell, it takes an absolute village to run this event on schedule! 

    Event History: The oldest team eventing competition in the United States, the MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge will feature multiple divisions recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The showcase division is the Hagyard MidSouth CCI*, which has been designated as the USEF National One-Star Three-Day Event Championships and will run in the traditional long format, which includes both the roads and tracks and steeplechase phases.

     While participants in the Hagyard/Midsouth CCI* face the most demanding courses, the hallmark competitions of the show are the team events, which are offered at the novice, training and preliminary levels. Over 400 riders will compete at the Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge. Most of these riders will be part of a four-member team. Scores of all team members will be combined and prizes awarded to high-scoring teams. Individual awards are also given.

    The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) and the Michigan Combined Training Association conceived of the event began more than 20 years ago as a friendly competition among teams from regional combined training associations. With just a handful of entries, volunteers organized the event from beginning to end. Eventually, MSEDA took full control of the show and it has become a substantial fundraiser.

    The show has become a highlight of fall eventing schedules. Riders from all 50 states and 10 countries have tested their competitive mettle at the MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge; we look forward to welcoming competitors back this October!

    Volunteer opportunities before the event:
    Stall cards will be placed on Monday morning, and with over 500 stalls, we can definitely use an extra hand or two. Dressage rings need to be set by Wednesday, and the jog lanes need to be decorated. 

    Volunteer Opportunities during the event:
    We can use hands everywhere, please please please volunteer! Lynn Davis is our wonderful volunteer coordinator; she can be reached at lynndavis@twc.com. She can put anyone to work, riders (yes, we can work around your ride times), husbands, boyfriends, parents, kids, etc. This is a great way to get the people in your life involved. 

    Volunteer opportunities at the conclusion of the event:
    Cross-country jumps need to be stripped and put away, dressage rings need to be put up and organized, we always love seeing how awesome our event was on different outlets. Thank you notes are always a great add. 

    Who should a potential volunteer contact to either learn more or sign up? 
    Please contact Lynn Davis, lynndavis@twc.com. She is a superstar and needs all the help we can get. We have over 500 riders at this event, and we have lots of moving parts. Please pitch in and do your part. 

    What should volunteers know? 
    It's October in Kentucky. It could very easily be 90 degrees or it can snow, so please dress appropriately: boots, rain clothes, extra layers, etc. We will provide all volunteers with snacks and lunch. 

    Please, please: If you volunteer, please honor your commitment. We are counting on you to be at your assigned post. 

Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MSEDA’s mission is to promote and preserve the sports of Eventing and Dressage in the Mid-South area, by providing leadership and education to its members and the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the FEI level.



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