Last week I got a large envelope from USEA. My first thought was that it would be something with them asking me for money as that seems to be what most of my USEA mail is. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was actually a Certificate of Horse & Rider Achievement. I didn’t even know that the USEA had awards like that and initially thought it didn’t mean that much.
After talking with Amanda a bit and doing some self reflection I realize that a lot of people would be elated to have received the same piece of paper. Maybe it is “just a piece of paper” to some but for me it signifies that my sweet baby horse and I completed 3 rated beginner novice horse trials. When I think back to our first HT in KY at MayDaze it really solidifies what an accomplishment that was for us. We didn’t win, we weren’t overly successful, but we went and did. Best of all we had a blast doing it! I really appreciate that the USEA takes the time to provide recognition of the accomplishments that riders at the lower levels of our sport reach.
The USDF medal system is more widely known or discussed from what I can tell but what a lot of people don’t realize is that USEA also has a medal program. You can read more about it here but it is essentially get x number of scores below a certain threshold at your specified level at 2-3 different venues. After that you can apply for the bronze, silver, or gold medal depending on what you qualified for.
Amanda and Henry already have a boat load of medals! If Annie and I could get our dressage under control I think we would have a chance at earning some more awards too. I am hopeful that I will be able to buckle down and iron out our flat work this winter to create a more relaxed and fluid image so that we can come out with a bang for the 2017 season!
Do any of you guys like to try to participate or earn scores/ placings through the year for specific awards? 🙂