The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) is only three months away! The 2022 AEC will take place from August 30 to September 4 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. This year’s AEC will have up to 23 divisions and will offer all levels from Beginner Novice through the Advanced level, including the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final. The 2022 AEC will also host the 2022 USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels. From entries and qualifications to prizes and sponsors, learn more about what to expect at the upcoming 2022 AEC!
Mark a reminder in the calendar as AEC entries will open on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and it is strongly recommended to enter on opening day. Entries will close on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
Are you qualified? The 2022 AEC qualification period is May 24, 2021, through August 22, 2022. Visit the list of Qualified Riders and Qualified Horses. Please note that both horse and rider must be qualified at the level they wish to compete at the AEC. Please visit the AEC qualification page for more information.
In addition to the Championship classes, the 2022 AEC at Rebecca Farm will also host non-championship ‘festival’ classes for Beginner Novice through Preliminary level, allowing horses or riders who did not qualify for the championship divisions to compete at the AEC as well.
The official AEC photographer will be Shannon Brinkman Photography. Fans can also tune in to watch their favorite riders as the AEC will be live-streamed by the official videographer, RideOn Video with commentary provided by Athletux.
Thanks to the generous sponsors, this year’s AEC will offer thousands of dollars in prize money and a wide variety of prizes. The USEA couldn’t host the AEC without the support of many sponsors including the presenting sponsor, Nutrena Feeds who has made the AEC possible for many years.
Adequan® is returning as the title sponsor for the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final where the winner will take home a $30,000 personalized check! The USEA would also like to acknowledge the Platinum Level Sponsor, Bates Saddles; the Gold Level Sponsors including Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee, and Capital Square; and the Silver Level Sponsors including Kerrits and Mountain Horse.
The AEC will be held at the beautiful Rebecca Farm, making it the first time ever the AEC has been held in Area VII. Rebecca Farm is a 640-acre farm located in northwest Montana that has been home to The Event at Rebecca Farm since 2002. The property has been developed into a world-class eventing venue, known for its exceptional footing and impressive cross-country courses. Kalispell is located in the heart of Montana’s Flathead Valley, with the neighboring communities of Whitefish and Bigfork. Not to mention, “the Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is just a half-hour away from Kalispell.
More information and a tentative schedule will be available soon. Follow along with AEC updates by joining the AEC Facebook page. For general questions about the AEC, contact Kate Lokey. For questions regarding AEC qualifications, contact Sharon Gallagher.
This year’s AEC will be an unforgettable experience and we are excited to see you there!
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds 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 2022 AEC also includes the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final and the 2022 USEA Adult Team Championships.
On May 1, 2022, Max Corcoran was appointed as the Eventing Elite Program and Team Facilitator. In her role, Corcoran will support the areas of communication, logistics, and management of the teams for the Eventing Programs to deliver sustained success at World and Olympic Games level. As the Facilitator, she will work closely with the interim Chef d’Equipe/Team Manager, Bobby Costello, and eventing staff to build solid lines of communication with athletes, grooms, owners, coaches, veterinarians, and all stakeholders linked to the athletes and develop the structures around the Elite Program and senior U.S. Eventing Team.
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Preparing for your first horse trial and not sure what is expected of you at each level? Over the course of the next few Rule Refreshers, we will be diving into each level and the performance expectations of each phase. Want to better prepare yourself or your students for their first competition or a move-up? The USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is a free resource to all USEA members that outlines clear and consistent guidelines for riders and trainers to refer to when navigating their way through the competition levels.