AEC Competitor Information

AEC Competitor Information

Can I Compete at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds?

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.

For more information, please check the AEC Qualifications or call the office at (703) 779-0440 at extension 3008 - Hannah Seagle.

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.

How do I enter?

Registration will be available online using the USEA's Online 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

August 27 - September 1, 2024 • Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky

Directions | From Downtown Lexington: Take Newtown Pike (922) northbound approximately 9 miles to Iron Works Pike (1973). At the four-way stop, turn left and travel westbound. The campground entrance will be on the right in 1.6 miles, and the park's main entrance will be on the right in 2 miles, just past the campground entrance. From Louisville, KY: Travel eastbound on Interstate 64 for approximately 70 miles to Interstate 75. Take Exit 75 northbound towards Cincinnati (merging traffic will join I-75 traffic in the left-hand lane and will have approximately .5 miles to move to the right-hand lane to get off at Exit 120). At the top of the exit ramp, turn right and travel eastbound on Iron Works Pike (1973). The park's main entrance will be on the left in .5 miles and the park's campground entrance will be on the left in .9 miles. From Cincinnati, OH: Travel southbound on Interstate 75 towards Lexington for approximately 71 miles to exit 120. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left and travel eastbound on Iron Works Pike (1973). The park's main entrance will be on the left in .7 miles and the park's campground entrance will be on the left in 1.1 miles. From Bluegrass Airport: Travel southeast .3 miles on Terminal Drive toward Air Freight Drive. Turn left on Man o' War Blvd. and travel northbound for .3 miles. Turn right on US-60/Versailles Road and travel eastbound for 1.5 miles. Take the ramp on to KY-4 N/New Circle Road and travel 4.1 miles north/eastbound. Take exit 8 for US-25/Georgetown Road and turn left onto Georgetown Road and travel northbound towards Georgetown for 5.5 miles. At the stop light, turn right onto Iron Works Pike (1973). The park's main entrance will be on the left in 1.2 miles and the park's campground entrance will be on the left in 1.6 miles.

Qualifying Period: May 22, 2023 – August 13, 2024

Starter Level Qualifying Period: December 1, 2023 - August 13, 2024

Accommodations:

Embassy Suites by Hilton

  • 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
  • 5.7 miles from KHP
  • $159 per night plus tax
  • Amenities - complimentary breakfast, evening reception, pet friendly
  • Book Here - Reservations must be received via the booking link prior to August 6, 2024

EverHome Suites (NEW)

  • 757 Newtown Springs Dr, Lexington, KY 40511
  • 6 miles from KHP
  • $79 per night plus tax
  • Amenities - all rooms include washer and dryer, fridge, and 2 burner stove, pet friendly
  • Book Here

La Quinta Inn (Newly Remodeled)

  • 1920 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY 40511
  • 4.7 miles from KHP
  • $75 per night plus tax
  • Amenities - complimentary breakfast, pet friendly
  • Reservations can be made by calling 888-312-2399 and referencing "2024 American Eventing Championships"
    • Reservations must be received prior to August 5, 2024

Hilton Garden Inn

  • 110 Grandstand Dr, Georgetown, KY 40324
  • 7.6 miles from KHP
  • $134 per night plus tax
  • Amenities - pet friendly
  • Reservations can be made by calling 502-863-0099 and referencing the "2024 USEA American Eventing Championships"
    • Reservations must be received prior to August 5, 2024

Marriott Griffin Gate

  • 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
  • 5.7 miles from KHP
  • $144 per night plus tax with a $10 Daily Resort Fee
  • Amenities - golf course, spa, multiple restaurants on-site
  • Reservations can be made by calling 859-231-5100 and referencing the "2024 American Eventing Championships"
    • Reservations must be received prior to July 30, 2024

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

  • 2100 Hackney Pl, Lexington, KY 40511
  • 4.7 miles from KHP
  • $119 per night plus tax
  • Amenities - complimentary breakfast
  • Book Here - Reservations must be received prior to July 27, 2024

RV Camping - RV Hook ups are available through the Kentucky Horse Park Campground at 859-259-4257, select option 2. RV sites cannot be booked through event secretary or organizers.

Golf Cart Rentals: Advanced Reservation is REQUIRED! Please contact Dever Golf Car Rentals at https://deverrentals.com/ or by calling 859-233-9702.

VIP Hospitality: Daily VIP Hospitality in ringside tent will include breakfast and lunch and a cash bar. Single Day tickets and full week passes will be available. Hospitality open from Tuesday, Aug 27 - Sunday, Sept 1. The daily hospitality menus will be listed under each daily ticket. Pricing and purchase link coming soon!

Parties:

  • Wednesday, 8/28 - Welcome Reception – one ticket per horse is included. Additional tickets are TBD. Includes 2 drink vouchers.
  • Thursday, 8/29- Adult and Young Rider Party in the VIP tent at approximately 6:30 pm. For program members, one ticket for Adult Rider or Young Rider party included with entry.
  • Friday, 8/30 – Competitor Party – one ticket per horse is included. Additional tickets are TBD. Includes 2 drink vouchers.
    • If ordering both the Welcome Reception and the Competitor Party, package pricing will be available
    • To purchase tickets for VIP and parties: TBD

Official Photographer: Erin Gilmore Photography

Prizes and Livestream Information: TBD

Stay tuned for more information as the 2024 AEC approaches!

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