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Equestrian Eventing Team

Columbus State University is excited to announce the start of a Club Sport Equestrian Eventing Team through the United States Eventing Association (USEA). CSU will begin this effort with the 2014-2015 school year featuring the great talent currently available with plans to expand the number of riders by Fall Semester 2015.

The University has partnered with Poplar Place Farms, which will provide the home training and competition facility. Poplar Place is one of the premier eventing venues in the country. In addition, Werner Geven will serve as the Team Coach. He is a highly respected instructor and competitor throughout the world of Equestrian Eventing.

For information about this exciting new opportunity offered by Columbus State University, contact Dr. Chip Reese at 706-507-8845 or

What is Eventing?

According to the USEA website, Eventing is an "equestrian triathlon." It involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage, endurance (or cross-country), and show jumping. Over the centuries it has developed from the test of the ideal military charger. Eventing has now evolved into an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.

Visit the USEA for more information

Home Facility

Poplar Place Farm, owned and operated by Donna and Gary Stegman, is located on 188 rolling acres in Hamilton, Georgia, just north of Columbus, and is about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Poplar Place offers full board, training board, training, instruction, horses for sale and a show facility. They primarily specialize in English riding (eventing, dressage & jumping). However, the facility is available to all equestrian disciplines. In 1997, the farm opened a 20-stall main barn, which is used primarily for horses in training. The main barn features three hot-and-cold wash stalls, a heated-and-cooled tack room and rubber-paved aisles. All stalls are 14' x14', rubber matted, and have a fly-spray system and automatic waters. Poplar Place Farm also offers a custom-feeding program, including administration of supplements as directed.

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Meet the Coach

Werner Geven, originally from the Netherlands, has been based out of Poplar Place Farm, in Hamilton, Georgia, since 2000. Werner has earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals from the United States Dressage Federation. He competed for the Dutch Eventing Team in the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Werner earned his Riding Instructor Certification from the British Horse Society. He also participated  in the 2014 Rolex in Kentucky with his competition horses, Vilas County (owned by Carden Burdette) and Vandiver (owned by Debbie Crowley).

Learn more about Coach Werner Geven

Get Involved

Anyone interested in joining or supporting the Club Sport Equestrian Eventing Team should complete and submit the following Membership Form:


Anyone interested in providing financial support for the Equestrian Eventing Team may make a donation to the Columbus State University Foundation using the following link:

Please check the box stating "Would you like to give to a program not listed above" and list the Equestrian/Eventing TeamGiving to Equestrian Foundation


The Club Sport Equestrian Eventing Team invites riders of all skill levels to participate!