AEC Qualifications

2014 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships Qualifications

GENERAL 
 
1.1 The USEA American Eventing Championship will be held at Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas and will be confined to qualified riders with qualified horses.
 
1.2 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, must be qualified for the level  in accordance with Appendix 3 of the 2014 USEF Rules for Eventing and achieve the Qualifying Result(s) at the level to be entered.
 
1.3 Horses and riders must be members/registered (including BN) with the USEA at the time of gaining qualifications and during the USEA American Eventing Championship competition.
 
1.4 The qualification period for Beginner Novice thru Intermediate shall be July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 (USEF Presidential Modification granted).
 
1.5 A qualifying result is only valid with no jumping penalties in the cross-country phase.
 
2. ENTRIES
 
Please note the following important points:
 
(a) It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has entered the correct division.
 
(b) Explanation of the use of the words “Completed versus Competed.” It is the determination of the USEA that a rider and/or horse must have “completed,” that is obtained a final numerical score, at a particular level in competition in order to be considered as having “competed” at that level. For purposes of the AEC if a rider in a JR, YR, or AM division has, in the 24 months prior to the start of the AEC, completed a competition two levels above the championship level he or she has entered, then that rider will be in violation of the rules of the AEC. While the USEA will make every attempt to check the qualifications of horse and rider prior to the closing date, the final responsibility lies with the competitor. If during the AEC a competitor is found to have entered a division for which he or she is ineligible, then the competitor will be required to compete “Hors Concours”. If such ineligibility is discovered after the competition then the result will be declared null and void.
 
(c) The Championship Horse divisions are intended to include horses that might be in their first year of competition at the next level and still be eligible for the level entered, i.e. horses entered in the Training Horse (CH) may have completed some Preliminary competitions during the qualifying period.
 
(d) Key to abbreviations: Junior (JR), Young Riders (YR), Amateur (AM), Horse (H). Championship (CH), Beginner Novice (BN), Novice (N), Training (T), Preliminary (P), Intermediate (I), Advanced (A). (For Amateur definition see USEF Rules for Eventing rule reference in 2.6 below.  For JR and YR definitions, see USEF Rules for Eventing rules EV104.2 and EV104.3)
 
2.1 Opening date is August 12th.  Closing date is September 9th, post entries will be accepted.
 
2.2 A list of qualified horses and riders, along with the level they are qualified for, will be maintained on the USEA website.
 
2.3 Riders must list all qualifying results achieved during the qualifying period on their entry form for the level they enter in the USEA American Eventing Championship.
 
2.4 Incomplete entries may be refused at the discretion of the organizer.
 
2.5 IMPORTANT - For all “Rider” divisions (JR) (YR) (AM): Riders may enter the USEA American Eventing Championship only one level below the highest level completed during the previous 24 months, i.e. if the highest level completed is the Preliminary level, the rider may only enter the championship at the Preliminary or Training levels, if qualified. (This provision shall not apply to designated "Horse" divisions in which riders at any level of experience may enter, provided that the horse is qualified.)
 
2.6  For all "Amateur" (AM) divisions – Riders must be eligible for Amateur status (in accordance with EV Appendix 4.4.4 of the USEF Rules for Eventing) and have declared their amateur status to the USEA or USEF for the 2013 and/or 2014 competition season.  This amateur status must be declared at the time membership with the USEA is renewed or for new members, when membership is received. Declaration of amateur status is not retroactive.   
 
2.7 For all "Horse" (H) divisions - Horses may be entered for the USEA American Eventing Championship only one level below the highest level completed during the qualifying period, i.e. if the highest level the horse has completed competitions is the Preliminary level, the horse may only be entered in a "Horse" division at the Preliminary and Training levels, if qualified. (This provision shall not apply to any division other than designated "Horse" divisions.)
 
BEGINNER NOVICE
 
3. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNER NOVICE LEVEL. This level will include a total of three divisions to be offered in the categories of AM (CH), JR (CH), and Horse (CH).
 
3.1 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 will qualify to compete in this division when they have met the following criteria:
Two 1st through 5th placings in any USEA recognized Beginner Novice Horse Trials. 
OR: 1st through 5th placing in any USEA Beginner Novice Area Championship
 
Riders in the JR or AM divisions may not have completed competitions (obtained a final numerical score) at the Training level or higher during the 24 months prior to the start of the competition. 
 
For the Horse (CH) division, horses may have completed competitions at the Novice level, but may not have completed competitions at the Training level or higher at any time.
 
NOVICE
 
4. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP NOVICE LEVEL.  This level will include a total of three divisions to be offered in the categories of AM (CH), JR (CH), and Horse (CH).
 
4.1 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 will qualify to compete in this division when they have placed:
Qualifying Result(s)
1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Novice Horse Trials. 
OR: 3rd in two USEA recognized Novice Horse Trials 
OR: 1st through 5th in any USEA Novice Area Championship
 
In addition to the above QR: The horse and rider must have, not necessarily as a combination, completed (obtained a final numerical score) a total of three USEA recognized Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Any of these three required completions can include the competition(s) used as Qualifying Results.  Example:  Winning or placing second at a USEA recognized Novice Horse Trials during the qualifying period (without cross-country jump penalties) would count as a Qualifying Result.  In addition, the horse and rider (not necessarily as a combination) would need to have completed (obtained a final numerical score) two other USEA recognized Novice Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Once the QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at the T level.
 
Restrictions
Riders in the JR or AM divisions may not have completed competitions (obtained a final numerical score) at the Preliminary level or above during the 24 months prior to the start of the competition. For the Horse (CH) division, horses may not have completed competitions at the Preliminary level or higher at any time.
 
TRAINING
 
5. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP TRAINING LEVEL.  This level will include a total of three divisions to be offered in the categories of AM (CH), JR (CH), and Horse (CH).
 
5.1 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 will qualify to compete in this division when they have placed:
Qualifying Result(s)
1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Training Horse Trials. 
OR: 3rd in two USEA recognized Training Horse Trials 
OR: 1st through 5th in any USEA Training Area Championship
 
In addition to the above QR: The horse and rider must have, not necessarily as a combination, completed (obtained a final numerical score) a total of three USEA recognized Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Any of these three required completions can include the competition(s) used as Qualifying Results.  Example:  Winning or placing second at a USEA recognized Training Horse Trials during the qualifying period (without cross-country jump penalties) would count as a Qualifying Result.  In addition, the horse and rider (not necessarily as a combination) would need to have completed (obtained a final numerical score) two other USEA recognized Training Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Once the QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at the P level.
 
Restrictions
Riders in the JR or AM divisions may not have completed competitions (obtained a final numerical score) at the Intermediate level or above during the 24 months prior to the start of the competition. For the Horse (CH) division, horses may not have completed competitions at the Intermediate level at any time.
 
PRELIMINARY
 
6. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMINARY LEVEL.  This level will include a total of three divisions to be offered in the categories of AM (CH), JR/YR (CH), and Horse (CH). Please note: the qualifications for rider and horse divisions are different from BN, N and T.
 
Preliminary AM (CH) and JR/YR (CH)
 
6.1 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014  will qualify to compete in the Amateur and JR/YR Championship divisions when they have placed:
 
Qualifying Result(s)
1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials. 
OR: 3rd in two USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials 
OR: 1st through 5th in any USEA Preliminary Area Championship 
OR: 1st to 5th in any CIC* 
OR: 1st to 6th in any CCI*
 
In addition to the above QR: The horse and rider must have, not necessarily as a combination, completed (obtained a final numerical score) a total of three USEA recognized Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Any of these three required completions can include the competition(s) used as Qualifying Results.  Example:  Winning or placing second at a USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials during the qualifying period (without cross-country jump penalties) would count as a Qualifying Result.  In addition, the horse and rider (not necessarily as a combination) would need to have completed (obtained a final numerical score) two other USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials, without cross-country jump penalties, during the qualifying period.  Once the QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at the Intermediate level.
 
Restrictions
Riders may not have completed competitions (obtained a final numerical score) at the Advanced level during the 24 months prior to the start of the competition.
 
Preliminary Horse (CH)
6.2 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 will qualify to compete in the Preliminary Horse Championship when they have completed competitions, without cross-country jump penalties, a minimum of two, in any combination of the following:
USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials (including Area Championships) 
CIC* 
CCI*
 
Restrictions
For the Horse (CH) division, horses may not have completed competitions at the Advanced level at any time.
 
INTERMEDIATE
 
7. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.  This level will include one single division to be classified as Open (CH).
 
7.1 Horses and riders, not necessarily as a combination, during the period from July 8, 2013 to September 16, 2014 will qualify to compete in this division when they have completed competitions, without cross-country jump penalties, a minimum of two, in any combination of the following:
USEA recognized Intermediate Horse Trials (including Area Championships) 
CIC** 
CCI**
 
ADVANCED
 
8. AMERICAN EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP ADVANCED LEVEL.  This level will be designated the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Championships.
A Rider must have completed a designated Gold Cup division on the Adequan USEA Gold Cup schedule with no more than 20 cross-country jump penalties within the competition year.  NEW FOR 2014:  The Horse and Rider combination do not need to have qualified as a pair to compete at the American Eventing Championships.
 

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