United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC),
presented by Nutrena, are now 100 days away, and will return to the Tryon International
Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina on Labor Day weekend
for its second and final year before moving to the Colorado Horse Park in 2018.
For 13 years, the AEC has offered qualified USEA members of all ages and
levels the chance to compete in the only national championship of its kind in
the United States. Each year, hundreds of juniors, adult amateurs and
professionals travel from across the nation to participate in this prestigious
competition, vying for the chance to win a piece of the prize money, an unrivaled
number of prizes and to be named the best in the nation at their respective
In 2016, the AEC recorded 665 starters, which stands as the largest
event in the history of the United States in terms of competitors. The 2017
edition is set to break all the records as it offers Championship divisions
from Beginner Novice through Advanced, Adult Team Championship (ATC) divisions
and the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final.
Ryan Wood galloping to an Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion Title at the 2016 AEC. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Entries for the 2017 AEC open on July
18 and close on August 15. To view the Omnibus listing for the
here. Horses and riders must be registered USEA members across all levels
(BN-A) 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.
The TIEC facility has been undergoing a series of development planning
and construction after being named the host site of the 2018 FEI World
Equestrian™ Games, which will be run from September 11-23, 2018.
Aerial view of the Tryon International Equestrian Center's arenas and derby field. TIEC Photo.
The USEA and TIEC are working together to make the second year of the
AEC at Tryon even better than the first. There have been multiple facility
upgrades, including more restaurants, better parking and traffic patterns, and
of course, developments on the cross-country tracks. The USEA also plans to
arrange the event schedule so that there is constant activity occurring in the
George H. Morris main stadium during all days of competition, enriching the
experience for sponsors, spectators, owners and competitors alike.
Attendees will enjoy unmatched amenities across the rapidly growing
elite facility. Spanning 1,600 acres, TIEC provides a world-class equestrian
competition setting, offering permanent stabling for up to 1,200 horses and 12
all-weather, all-purpose riding arenas. The facility also offers
state-of-the-art lodging on grounds with their one bedroom cabins,
three-to-five-bedroom log cabins and housing rentals spread throughout
expansive property. Nine on-site restaurants provide a variety of dining
options, while an 18-hole golf-course and clay shooting range are also operated
by resort management and only minutes away from the main facility.
Spectators can enjoy fabulous amenities at the facility. TIEC Photo.
Last year, AEC competitors were able to try the new cross-country
footing technologies developed at the facility, and TIEC and the USEA are
confident it will be even better this year, as the roots have had more time to
grow and ensure more stable footing.
TIEC has worked with Mirimichi Green and Equestrian Services
International (ESI) to incorporate the most advanced nanotechnology on the
market, produce a root zone and footing surface on the expansive 12-acre derby
field located at the facility, as well as other portions of the cross-country
track designed by Captain Mark Phillips. The turf grass seed and sod, produced
by TiffTuff Turf, which is used in conjunction with the Mirimichi Green
products and ESI footing, has now had more time to stabilize, which should
result in safer, more suitable cross-country rides this year.
The glades at the 2016 AEC. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
The plan is to extend some of the upper level cross-country courses at
AEC onto the White Oak property across the river, where competitors will get to
experience every rider’s fantasy of galloping across a pristine golf course.
The property is the former site of an 18-hole golf course, and sits on over a
decade-long root grown turf, with natural terrain that has been groomed and
maintained to international standards.
The tracks across all levels have been enhanced, and the derby field
will be designed with a flow for more galloping room with less fences encumbering
the area. More levels will gallop down into the glades this year, which will
also help open up the courses for most divisions. Riders across all levels will
also find more natural, permanent fixtures on course. Many banks, ditches,
coffins and trakehners have been built so that horses and riders can enjoy a
natural feeling while galloping across country, no matter the level.
Lauren Kieffer competing a young horse at the 2016 AEC. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
The 2017 Championships are expected to be the largest and most
prestigious AEC to date with the new enhancements to the elite facility. We are
looking forward to cheering you and your horses on at the Tryon International
Equestrian Center on Labor Day weekend, and invite you all to come join us for
this exciting landmark event. We hope to see you there!
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.
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