The USEA’s Board of Governors met this week and voted to approve the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas as the site for the 2013 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Bit of Britain. The 500 acre facility is conveniently located in the heart of Area V in the beautiful rolling hills of East Texas and features extensive amenities. This will be the fourth site to host the championships, which began in 2004 at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, North Carolina and moved to Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois in 2007. For the last two years the championships have been at Carl Bouckaert’s Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia and the USEA is looking forward to our third event there in September.
For the first time ever the AEC will be located nearly equidistant from both the West and East Coasts. Texas Rose is 20 hours from Middleburg, Virginia and 23 hours from Temecula, California. Riders heading from the Lexington, Kentucky area will have a 13 hour drive while Ocala, Florida residents will travel 15 hours. The USEA is hoping to see more horses and riders then ever have the chance to compete at the National Championships.
An AEC Site Section Task Force made up of past presidents, Kevin Baumgardner, Mike Huber, Kyra Stuart, and current president Brian Sabo along with past Executive Committee member Malcolm Hook, spent the last year reviewing possible future venues for the Championships. The location of Texas Rose was a big factor in that selection process and the desire of the USEA to help grow the sport in the central regions.
“The USEA has had a wonderful experience working with Carl Bouckaert and his staff the last few years at Chattahoochee Hills,” said Jo Whitehouse, USEA CEO. “Carl has really helped create that “Festival of Eventing” experience that we so much want the championships to offer. We will be sad to leave the facility after this year, but excited about the move to the Texas Rose Horse Park. Our aim is to give every competitor in the country a chance to experience the American Eventing Championships and the location of Texas Rose will certainly help us achieve that goal.”
About the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships
The Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Bit of Britain are the only National Championships for the sport of Eventing. Amateurs, juniors, and professionals can compete at Beginner Novice through Advanced to test their mettle against the best in the country, and vie for over $100,000 in prizes, $75,000 in cash, and the chance to be named the best in the nation at their respective levels. Find out more about the AEC on the USEA Website's AEC Page.
About the Texas Rose Horse Park
Texas Rose Horse Park plays host to equestrian activities of many kinds. The facility has 350 12x12 permanent stalls and room for 350 more. With three outdoor arenas with all-weather footing and two warm-up arenas, plus a large indoor arena, there is space for everyone to ride. The Capt. Mark Phillips designed cross-country course (pictured right) features some of the best sandy footing in the country. Other amenities include RV hook-ups, an on-site saloon, and a fully stocked fishing pond. Watch a video about Texas Rose.
Competition Director Sought
The USEA is actively seeking a competition director for the 2013 American Eventing Championships. If you are interested in the position please email your resume along with your vision for the event to Jo Whitehouse.
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