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USEF Talent Search

June 17, 2014

Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search Gets An Overhaul

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced a new structure for the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search classes for the 2014-2015 season, which begins in September of this year.

The new program creates three tiers for Talent Search classes, which increase in difficulty.

October 23, 2009

Metell Masters The USEF Talent Search Finals—East

He and his fellow finalists raise the equitation bar.

Matt Metell, the runner-up in the 2008 Platinum Performance/U.S. Equestrian Federation Talent Search Finals—East, was hoping he wouldn’t have to settle for second again as he led through three phases of the 2009 edition.

“My goal was to get to the top four and ride as best I could,” said the 19-year-old Falmouth, Mass., rider, who turned in stellar trip after stellar trip on a new equine equitation star, Pioneer, in Gladstone, N.J., Oct. 3-4.

October 14, 2009

USEF Talent Search Finals

Last Thursday, I hurried through my usual barn chores before loading Calvin into the trailer and departing for Gladstone, N.J., where the USEF Talent Search Finals take place. 

He settled in nicely, which eased my nerves about the hardest final of the season. Each of the three phases (flat, gymnastics and show jumping) is much more demanding than a normal equitation class, and I was having last-minute, somewhat irrational, fears about being underprepared. 

October 9, 2009

Equitation Riders Don't Polish Just Their Boots

They work on fine-tuning every skill in the fall before the equitation finals begin.

The leaves are turning, the weather is cooling, and stirrups are coming off saddles. That’s right, it’s fall equitation finals time, and riders across the country are putting in extra lesson hours and saddle time to prepare for their assault on the big classes.

But how does one prepare a junior rider for that time-honored cauldron of stress and excitement that is equitation finals season?

October 9, 2009

Confidence Propels Boris To Blue At USEF Talent Search Finals—West

The 16-year-old makes a name for himself in Los Angeles with an impressive victory.

If you’d have told Theodore Boris six months ago that he’d be leading the victory gallop at the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Medal Finals—West this fall, he never would have believed you.

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