The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. The 2023 AEC will take place August 29-September 3, 2023 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
In partnership with Adequan, the USEA will host the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the USEA American Eventing Championships, sending the Adequan Champion home with a whopping $30,000 personalized check. The other $30,000 will be distributed as purse money through at least eighth place.
The USEA has opened up the AEC Advanced qualifications to provide more opportunities nationwide to qualify to compete in the final. Instead of qualifying for the final at 11 designated Gold Cup events, riders will now have over 30 opportunities to qualify at Advanced level and CCI events.
USEA Young Event Horse - USEA Young Event Horse Program is best described as an equine talent search. The Program gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their 4- and 5-year-old horses under saddle while encouraging them to produce top-level event horses for the future. Young Event Horse classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner.
USEA New Event Horse - The USEA New Event Horse Program is designed to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for horse and rider. Adapted from the Young Event Horse Program, the NEH classes are intended to assess a horse’s capability for eventing and to provide a stepping stone to recognized eventing.
In February 2023, the USEA announced a new pathway for the Future Event Horse (FEH) program. The Young Horse Show Series (YHS) will now take over running the FEH program under the YHS umbrella. To participate in the FEH classes in the YHS program, or to view their calendar, visit younghorseshow.com. The USEA will be sponsoring the three regional championships as well as the YHS national championship.
The USEA Classic Series keeps the spirit of the classic long format three-day events alive for Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels. Competitors have the opportunity to experience the thrill of endurance day, including roads and tracks, steeplechase, the vet box, and cross-country, as well as participate in formal veterinary inspections and educational activities with experts on the ins and outs of competing in a long format three-day event.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program provides a framework on which eventing teams and individual competitions can flourish at universities and colleges across the country. Any accredited college or university may register as an affiliate organization of the USEA and any individual who is a current undergraduate student at a university or college that is an affiliate of the USEA is eligible to be a collegiate member. The Intercollegiate Eventing Program offers Intercollegiate Challenges throughout the year and culminates in the annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.
In August 2020, the USEA Board of Governors approved the creation of the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) as an official program of the USEA. The mission of IEL is to bring together junior riders who are in the 7-12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. A group of junior members in the 7th-12th grade who share a common bond (same barn, same school, same Pony Club, etc.) register with the USEA as an interscholastic team.
Area Championships - The USEA is divided into 10 Areas and each one hosts an annual championship with its own set of qualifications, levels, and prizes. Area Championships are a great stepping stone to the national championships at the USEA American Eventing Championships.