Katharina Huenermann drove nearly 2,300 miles while making the trek from Atlanta, Georgia to Kalispell, Montana for the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds with her beloved 6-year-old Welsh Arabian gelding Targaryen TWF (Winterlake Tristan x CNF Marteenna) in tow. With a second-place finish in the USEA Beginner Novice Rider division, Huenermann left the arena aboard “Teddy” with a memory of a lifetime. It was the perfect conclusion to a special partnership as Huenermann handed off the reins to Teddy’s new owner, Bozeman, Montana resident Jodie Knox, not without shedding a few tears and wrapping her dear friend in a warm embrace. While adding another decorative finish to the young gelding’s resume, Huernermann also celebrated yet another successful equine adventure with her mother Dagmar Weisser-Berner, who flew in from Germany to show her continued support for her daughter’s involvement in this sport.
The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds have completed, and many dreams were made this past week and weekend. The AEC at Rebecca Farm garnered nearly 500 entries across AEC and festival divisions, and none of it would have been possible without the partnership of Rebecca Farm and Montana Equestrian Events. Thanks to their generous support, the USEA was able to provide AEC competitors with around $100,000 in prize money, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and in-kind donations. Whether an AEC competitor placed 5th or won their division, they walked away with prize money and a plethora of prizes donated by the wonderful sponsors.
For Immediate Release: The USEA Beginner Novice Championship took an early and fiery start to the day with ponies, horses and riders ready to leave their best round in the show jump arena, signaling the final phase on the final day of the American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The smokey skies gave way to a cloudless, picturesque backdrop as the sun shone bright on new winners through each level of this division.
For Immediate Release: The USEA Novice Championship divisions came to a tidy and tight-knees show jumping finale today at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. All riders and their mounts brought their season’s best riding and piloting to the arena for this final phase.
For Immediate Release: The morning sun played all the right angles on each horse and rider combination on Saturday morning as the final phase of the USEA Training Championships at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds began at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Show jumping rounds offered fair questions and opportunities to maintain a leading score or bump up to a winning position, and ultimately improved partnerships in the saddle.
Rebecca Farm and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) would like to recognize all the riders who have participated this week at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC). But a special thanks goes to our Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training level riders who have made such a massive effort and a financial commitment to be here this week. These riders make up the core of the USEA membership, and it can safely be said that the organization and the sport would not be the success they are today without their support.
For Immediate Release: The Beginner Novice competitors at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds took to the rolling hills of Rebecca Farm today to tackle Ian Stark’s cross-country course on Saturday. As the final level to leave the start box this week, the competitors had the benefit of watching several divisions negotiate the Montana terrain before they headed out on course. It clearly worked in their favor, as a majority of the competitors finished the phase with double-clear scores. All four dressage leaders have maintained their positions as we progress to the final day of AEC competition.
After the crowning of the first champions yesterday, competitors in the USEA Training and Novice Championship divisions are eager to follow in their fellow eventers' footsteps and etch their name in the history books by earning the coveted title of Champion at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. Today marks the final phase of competition for those competitors, while those contesting the USEA Beginner Novice Championship divisions will make their way out onto the cross-country course here at Rebecca Farm.
For Immediate Release: Novice competitors left it all out on the field today as they conquered a challenging but fair championship cross-country course. The Ian Stark-designed course offered interesting questions for novice riders who may or may not have found them familiar but these leaders tackled each obstacle with the right answers to cohesively maintain their overnight lead.
For Immediate Release: Crowds gathered ringside on Friday afternoon for the pinnacle event of the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds: the final phase of the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final. Friendly wagers were made amongst spectators: would an Alliston (who claimed each of the top three spots on the leaderboard) take home the win and if so– which one? Husband and wife duo James and Helen Alliston, based out of San Ramon, California, made the trek to Rebecca Farm for the second time this summer with one goal in mind: to win. For Helen, the hope was to win and schedule a much-needed vacation, but James had his sights set on investing in a new horse to add to their very successful string. With three Alliston-owned horses at the top of the leaderboard (and one more who sat in fifth following cross-country), the odds were in the Alliston’s favor.
After waiting with bated breath to kick off their own competition, competitors in the USEA Beginner Novice Championship divisions of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds finally made their way down the centerline on Friday. The four divisions took to the dressage rings at Rebecca Farm in hopes of securing a solid score heading into the weekend.