Entries open today for the 2017 United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena. The AEC will return to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina for the second year in a row over Labor Day weekend on August 30-September 3. Last year’s AEC drew a record 665 starters, and this year’s competition is expected to surpass that number. The AEC offers championship divisions from Beginner Novice through Advanced, Adult Team Championships (ATC) and the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final.
Horses and riders must be registered members of the USEA at the time of gaining qualifications. Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, must be qualified for the level in accordance with Appendix 3 of the USEF Rules for Eventing and achieve the qualifying result(s) at the level to be entered. The qualification period for Beginner Novice through Intermediate is May 30, 2016 – August 21, 2017. For more information, please check the Qualification Criteria Summary or call the office at 703-779-0440 at extension 3005 - Sharon Gallagher.
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Over $100,000 in total prize money is up for grabs at this year’s AEC in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in products that will be awarded to first through sixth place in each division including: saddles, bridles, helmets, body protectors, boots, blankets, saddle pads, horse feed, supplements, magazines, therapeutic products, saddle pads, stall plaques, gift certificates and much more – all provided by our generous sponsors.
Competitors, grooms, volunteers, spectators, and all others in attendance at the AEC will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the incredible facilities at TIEC. There will be a welcome reception for competitors, Friday night Gladiator Polo, Saturday night Advanced show jumping under the lights, a variety of performers, a Venetian carousel, the Cleghorn Pool and Golf Course, the Cleghorn Gun Club, and a Racewood Eventing and Jumping horse simulator on-site. Click here to plan your trip to the AEC!
USEA/Shelby Allen Photo.
Want to ensure that you have the best seats in the house to see the country’s top riders compete for national championship titles? Sign up to volunteer! Volunteers will receive complimentary meals, a ticket to the welcome reception on Thursday evening and goodie bags including Tryon and USEA swag as well as various assorted other items from sponsors.