Can I Compete at the AEC?
Sure, as long as you're qualified! Check out the list of Qualified Riders and list of Qualified Horses. Both horse AND rider must be qualified for the AEC in order to compete and must still be eligible for the level of competition at which you qualified.
Are You an Amateur?
As a service to our amateur members, the USEA IT department has developed a system to recognize amateurs who should be qualified for the Championships, but did not receive qualifying placements at events. Because many events hold "Open" divisions where the professionals and amateurs are joined together in one division, the amateurs may have a harder time trying to get the first or second placings they'll need to qualify them for the Championships. Sure, we have many outstanding amateurs who are very competitive in the Open divisions, but our hope is that our amateurs will receive an opportunity to qualify for the designated amateur divisions at the Championships, even when only open divisions are offered at qualifying events. Read more about this upgrade of placing/points.
Registration is available online using the USEA's Online Express Entry system, Xentry. The USEA created Xentry as a service to members, where one can easily enter any USEA recognized event from a central and secure website. Learn more about using Xentry. Note: Entry is not considered complete until the USEA receives payment.
About the Event
Event: August 30 - September 3, 2017
Qualifying Period: May 30, 2016 - August 21, 2017
Tryon International Equestrian Center
4066 Pea Ridge Road
Mill Spring, NC 28756
Learn about the beautiful new facilities at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Neg. Coggins within 12 months, Health Certificate within 10 days and proof of vaccination in compliance of the USEF rules are required for all horses. Both will be checked at the gate upon arrival before entrance to the property.
USEF/USEA Recognized Division:A-Ch, I-Ch, PAm-Ch, PH-Ch, PJr/Yr-Ch, P-ATC
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:TAm-Ch, TH-Ch, TJr-Ch, T-ATC, NAm-Ch, NH-Ch, NJr-Ch, N-ATC, BNAm-Ch, BNH-Ch, * BNJr-Ch, BN-ATC
* The BNJr-Ch may be divided into two divisions (Junior, and 14 & Under) depending on the number of entries. If this occurs the age of the competitor will be determined by the calendar year. For example a rider who will have their 15th birthday in 2016 is considered to be 15 at the time of entry regardless of thier month of birth, and will thus be entered in the Junior section.
Golf Cart Rentals
Golf Cart Rentals will be availble at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC for the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships for 2016! Advanced Reservation is REQUIRED! Please call 828-863-1015 or email [email protected].
A 3-day minimum is required to reserve online for this event.
Reserve on or before Sunday, August 23rd to ensure you have a cart!
Minimum quantities will be available for walk-up.
Once again the USEA and the Tryon International Equestrian Center will be offering significant prize money and prizes thanks to our loyal sponsors.
Live scoring will be back on the USEA site again this year - so as soon as the judges know the scores, you'll know the scores! This way even if you can't attend the AEC, you can still keep up with your friends and family and find out how they're ranked in the competition.
Shannon Brinkman will be the official competition photographer for AEC. Shannon and her team will photograph ALL divisions. She has show specials available, click here. She will have a booth Saturday and Sunday to preview some photos. Photo orders will not be processed until September 22 due to Shannon's busy, and amazing, schedule lately (Which has included the Olympics!). If you do not order a Show Special and want to see your gallery first before ordering -- Please purchase one $25 Open A Gallery coupon per horse. Please click here for details.
No professional photography, intended for commercial sale, will be allowed on grounds during the competition. Credentialed media will be allowed to photograph on grounds during the competition with appropriate identification supplied by the USEA.