Boost for a $ 160,000 Eventing Project to restart the Fragile Fencing Study

Dan Starck and Adri Doyal have posted a MIM clip. © USEA / Leslie Mintz

US Eventing supporter Jacqueline Mars has asked the US Eventing Association to raise $ 25,000 over the next six weeks to renew their study of fragile (collapsible) fences.

If the USEA hits that mark, Mars will donate $ 25,000 in 2016 to the cause that aims to be brought about by Dr. Suzanne Smith of the University of Kentucky and funded USEA and USEA study on fragile fences for 2009-2010 renewal USEF.

The comprehensive international study will take up to two years and it is estimated that around $ 160,000 will be required to cover the costs.

The study was suspended because of the US economic recession, but Smith continued to work independently with engineers and researchers in the UK and with MIM systems developer Mats Bjorneton. This work has resulted in many new types of fencing now being eligible for the new technology.

The restart of the study is one of the goals of a task force set up by USEA President Diane Pitts. Members have reviewed the design of cross-country courses and the construction of fences to reduce the frequency of horse falls, and eventers and technical experts from Canada and the UK have also volunteered to join the task force.

The US Eventing Association will continue to raise funds throughout 2016 until the full amount is met.

Donate to the fund. Mail donations can be sent to: United States Eventing Association, 525 Old Waterford Rd, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176.

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