Jan 24, 2024

2024 Interscholastic Eventing League Team Challenge Calendar is Overflowing with Opportunity!

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
USEA/Lindsay Berreth photo

With the inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Championship quickly approaching this spring, IEL Team Challenges held at venues across six different USEA Areas are the best way for members to prepare for this exciting event! There are a total of 38 events in Areas I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII that plan to host an IEL Team Challenge in 2024. Grab your fellow barn mates, classmates, Pony Club members, or friends in grades 5th—12th and create an IEL Affiliate today to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! To register a new IEL Affiliate, click here.

The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) was created as an official program of the USEA in August 2020 with the mission to unite junior riders who are in the 5th—12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. The IEL Team Challenges, which IEL members can compete in with teams of three or four participants, were the first introduction to team competition for these junior members, and now in 2024, the IEL will have a program championship at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5 as well.

The Championship will be hosted alongside the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship, allowing a unique opportunity for middle and high school aged members to meet and mingle with college athletes and their coaches to learn more about programs that they may be interested in attending in the future.

View the list of IEL Team Challenges below, and start planning your competition season! Keep in mind that the calendar is a preliminary, tentative list of events hosting IEL Team Challenges, and it is subject to change. New challenges can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to invite them to apply to host an IEL Team Challenge. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2024 IEL Team Challenges Calendar:

EVENT

DATE

Sporting Days Farm January H.T. 1 (Area III)

January 6, 2024

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Area III)

January 20-21, 2024

Sporting Days Farm February H.T. I (Area III)

February 3-4, 2024

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. II (Area III)

March 3, 2024

Stable View Spring 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III)

April 5-7, 2024

Spring Bay H.T. (Area VIII)

April 13-14, 2024

FENCE H.T. (Area III)

April 13-14, 2024

Poplar Place April H.T. (Area III)

April 13-14, 2024

Sporting Days Farm April H.T. III (Area III)

April 20, 2024

Meadowcreek Park – The Spring Social Event (Area V)

April 20-21, 2024

Inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League Championship at Stable View Aiken (Area III)

May 4-5, 2024

Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II)

May 4-5, 2024

Plantation Field H.T. (Area II)

May 11, 2024

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Area II)

May 18-19, 2024

IEA H.T. (Area VIII)

May 31 – June 2, 2024

Poplar Place June H.T. (Area III)

June 1-2, 2024

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Area II)

June 1-2, 2024

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Area IV)

June 8-9, 2024

Stable View Summer H.T. (Area III)

June 21-23, 2024

Larkin Hill H.T. (Area I)

June 30, 2024

Full Moon Farms Aloha H.T. (Area II)

June 30, 2024

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Area II)

July 12-14, 2024

Course Brook Farm Summer H.T. (Area I)

July 20, 2024

Hoosier Horse Trials (Area VIII)

August 2-4, 2024

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Area II)

August 10-11, 2024

Waredaca Farm H.T. (Area II)

August 16-18, 2024

Town Hill H.T. (Area I)

August 25, 2024

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 13-15, 2024

Heritage Park H.T. (Area IV)

September 21-22, 2024

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III)

September 27-29, 2024

Jump Start H.T (Area VIII)

September 27-29, 2024

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Area I)

September 29, 2024

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Area II)

October 4-6, 2024

Poplar Place Farm October H.T. (Area III)

October 12-13, 2024

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event (Area VIII)

October 16-20, 2024

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” Trials (Area III)

October 19-20, 2024

Waredaca Classic Three-Day & H.T. (Area II)

October 25-27, 2024

Virginia Horse Center Eventing Fall (Area II)

November 8-10, 2024

Full Moon Farm’s Fall H.T. (Area II)

November 17, 2024

Are you interested in hosting an IEL Team Challenge? Learn more about hosting a team challenge in the Organizers Guide here, and contact staff liaison Kaleigh Collett at [email protected] to sign up.

Don’t see an IEL Team Challenge near you? Please contact your local USEA Horse Trial organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host an IEL Team Challenge at their event.

Interscholastic team rosters are due to the USEA Senior Director of Membership Service, Jennifer Hardwick, at [email protected] by Feb. 15, 2024. Please list all members of your IEL affiliate on this roster.

The USEA looks forward to seeing you at IEL Team Challenges and the inaugural Interscholastic Eventing League Championship this year!

About the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL)

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 unite junior riders who are in the 5th—12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. A group of junior members in the 5th—12th grade who share a common bond, such as the same barn, school, Pony Club, or other connection, can register with the USEA as an IEL Affiliate. The USEA Board of Governors recently approved an inaugural IEL Championship to kick-off in 2024 at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, which will be held in conjunction with the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 4-5, 2024. Click here to learn more about the Interscholastic Eventing League.

The USEA would like to thank Kerrits and Horse & Country for sponsoring the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League.

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Fence-By-Fence: The 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country Course Preview

If all goes according to plan in the first part of the extended weekend, we will see 36 horses galloping across Derek di Grazia's CCI5*-L cross-country course at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (DK3DE). We partnered up with the team at CrossCountry App to bring you a preview of both the five-star and CCI4*-s tracks this year.

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The 2024 K3DE Daily: First Horse Inspection

Lights, cameras, action! The first formal horse inspection (which some might informally refer to as "the jog") at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (K3DE) takes place this afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. While this part of the event is a fan-favorite historically based on the impeccable turnout of the horses and the stylish and forward fashion choices of the riders (we are looking at you Boyd Martin in hopes that you bring back the American flag suit circa 2022), it serves a very important purpose: ensuring that each horse is fit, sound, and ready to compete at the five-star level.

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Grab Your USEA Gear at the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event!

There are so many things to love about the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event and the opportunity to peruse the booths of so many amazing vendors is definitely one of them! Don’t forget to stop by the USEA booth, located just behind the Rolex Stadium next to the large Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event booth, to stock up on all of your favorite USEA apparel.

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