Equestrian Events, Inc. is organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Western Hemisphere’s highest-level eventing competition

Victor, NY—If the Stuart Horse Trials wanted to top its successful 25th anniversary last July, then today’s news certainly fits the bill.

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is partnering with Stuart Horse Trials to organize the Stuart event in Victor, NY, starting in July 2015.

Both EEI and Stuart Horse Trials agree that this partnership is an ideal match. “I don’t think you could find a better match between two organizations from the standpoint of goals, values and complementary skill sets,” said Lee Carter, Executive Director of EEI. “Stuart Horse Trials has a 25- year history; EEI has organized the Kentucky Three-Day Event for 36 years. Both of us understand the value of moving forward while maintaining the essence of a much-loved event.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said an effusive Heidi Vahue, Stuart event organizer for the last three years and former competitor. “This is just a wonderful next step for us. EEI has so much to offer, and we’re honored that they’ve chosen Stuart as their first foray into organizing an eventing competition beyond Rolex.” Stuart Founder Kyra Stuart wholeheartedly agreed. “I commend the EEI board and staff for their vision and desire to share their knowledge and expertise and not just rest on their well-deserved laurels from the Kentucky Three-Day Event.”

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Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Celebrates 25Th Anniversary

Victor, NY—The Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary from July 11-13 with a more compact schedule and new spectator activities to commemorate this milestone and acknowledge the event’s Scottish “Stuart” moniker.

For the first time ever, approximately 25 world-class Scottish Highland Games athletes— the Buffalo Heavies Kilted Throwers Club—will be appearing. Both equestrian eventing and Scottish Highland Games are rooted in ancient preparation for war, the former to test the horse’s readiness, and the latter to choose the strongest warriors from each clan.

On Sunday, July 13, these Highland Games athletes will compete publicly in seven different throwing and tossing events. A Highland Games mini-version for kids (complete with kid- sized kilts and safe, kid-sized throwing objects) takes place from 9 am-noon on Sunday for Wegmans Kids Day, as well as a meet-and-greet with ”Mickey,” the 2,050-pound Belgian draft horse; face painting; and pony rides.

At the heart of the Cosequin Stuart Trials are the competitive phases of eventing –the triathlon of equestrian sports—taking place over three days, when the physical and mental strength and endurance of both rider and horse are tested in the diverse disciplines of dressage, cross country, and show jumping. More than 250 riders and their horses are expected to compete this year at Stuart, attracting approximately 15,000 spectators who can get up-close-and- personal to all the action. This year’s divisions range from Beginner Novice through CIC2* (star ratings for the sport of eventing from the French Concours International Combiné).

The 2014 event schedule is as follows. Events are weather-dependent, so spectators are advised to check the website before heading out:

  • Friday, July 11: 8 am - conclusion; Dressage for all levels
  • Saturday, July 12: 8 am - conclusion; Cross Country for all levels and Show Jumping for upper level divisions (CIC1* and CIC2*)
  • Sunday, July 13: 8 am - conclusion; Show Jumping for Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions; Scottish Highland Games competition (9 am - 5 pm); and Wegmans Kids Day including Highland Games for Kids (9 am - noon)

A parade of adoptable dogs from Lollypop Farm takes place daily from 10 am – noon, and a variety of food and equestrian-themed vendors will be open throughout the Trials.

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Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Announces 2012 Charity Recipients

As the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, the “triathlon of equestrian sports” plans for its 24th annual four-day event this summer (July 11-14, 2013), it also recognizes the volunteer support it receives by giving back through charitable donations. Stuart has donated more than $8,500 from its 2012 event to seven different charities. These include:

  • Western New York Region United States Pony Club
  • Genesee Valley Region National Ski Patrol
  • National Fragile X Foundation
  • Victor/Farmington Volunteer Ambulance
  • East Bloomfield Ambulance
  • Victor YMCA (Invest in Youth Campaign)
  • Mercy Flight

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Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Approved as FEI Targeted CN

The Intermediate and Preliminary Divisions offered at Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials have been approved by the FEI to be conducted as 2013 FEI Targeted CNs. Qualifying Results achieved at these levels will be considered to be equivalent to MERs at the comparable FEI CIC level (P=CIC1*) for the purposes of moving up to the next level for 2013 only. It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that results achieved at Targeted CNs MAY NOT BE USED to qualify for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and WILL NOT count towards FEI Rider Categorization.

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that 19 USEF eventing competitions have been approved by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as Targeted CNs. The approval of FEI Targeted CNs comes in response to concerns voiced by National Federations to the FEI regarding Eventing Rules that went into effect January 1, 2013. Among the new rules implemented was the deletion of CNs, often referred as National Horse Trials, in the Matrix of Qualification in order to move up the levels of FEI Competition.

Results achieved at FEI Targeted CNs will be considered equivalent to that of a CIC of the same level, this will only be effective in the 2013 competition year.

However, it is important to note that qualifying results at FEI Targeted CNs may only be used for the purpose of qualifying for a higher level in 2013 but will not count towards rider categorization by the FEI. Additionally, qualifying results achieved at FEI Targeted CNs may not be used to qualify for the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North.

The list of FEI Targeted CNs in the U.S. can be found here.

For questions regarding FEI Targeted CNs please contact by e-mail at or by phone at (859) 225-6923.

FEI Approves New Frangible Pins

The MIM Safe New Era Clip and Pin have become the first cross-country jump safety fixings to pass the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)'s new approvals scheme for frangible devices in the discipline of eventing.

The landmark certifications mean the MIM Clip (FEI101SWE) and Pin (FEI102SWE) are currently the only devices permitted for use on frangible cross-country obstacles at FEI competitions worldwide, under the new FEI eventing rule (546.2.4.) which came into force on January 1, 2013.