Hallie Coon and Lansdowne at American Eventing Championships in 2017Credit : USEF (Twitter)
Wednesday 20 March - 16h22 | Ian Clayton and USEF files
Up-and-coming elite U.S. eventers will be getting a taste of high-level action at this week’s Carolina International Horse Trial with the first stage of the North American Futures Team Challenge.
The program, a training opportunity integrated into existing competitions [Carolina and Bromont, Quebec], aims to replicate the experience of competing in a Team environment in an actual competition setting.As the USEF/USET Foundation further describes, the objective of the Futures Team Challenge is, "to prepare future senior team athletes by providing our Emerging and Development Potential athletes with two days of team training and experience in an unofficial team competition environment at North American competitions; to provide education and experience of working within a Team structure and compete as a Team at a competition.""Selection to the team under this Challenge," it adds, "does not represent selection to a recognized US Team." As part of the Challenge, selected young riders take part in a two-day educational program, including: expectations of being a Team rider, general preparation routines and how to operate at a Team event. Dressage test ride reviews and show jumping practice are also included. Two Teams of four combinations will compete in unofficial simulated team competitions at the Carolina International (CCI3*-S or CCI4*-S) and Bromont International (CCI3*-L), the latter event scheduled for June.The pairs taking part in this week’s competition were announced by US Equestrian earlier this month and are pictured below. More information on the program is here.
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