The USEA Classic Series offers the long format of three-day eventing at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary level. It’s a fan favorite among adult amateur and junior members who want to experience the thrill of steeplechase but, it can also be beneficial to professionals as well.
A USEA Classic Series Event is the perfect way to cap off a successful season. For a first-time classic-format competitor, the prospect of competing can be daunting. However, with a few pointers and tips, they can be easy to navigate.
Lovers of the USEA Classic Series gathered together at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention for an open forum, hosted by Waredaca’s Event Organizer and Chair of the USEA Classic Three-Day Task Force, Gretchen Butts. Butts opened up the session with a mission in mind: to facilitate an open conversation surrounding the long format and how to preserve it's role as an educational competition and long-term goal for eventers across the country.
Experience the long format of three-day eventing by competing in a USEA Classic Series Event! The USEA is pleased to announce that the 2022 Classic Series calendar is now available. This year there will be 20 Classic Series divisions offered at Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels. While the majority of the Classic Series events take place in the fall, the first one on the 2022 calendar is in Area VIII at the Indiana Eventing Association on June 3-5, 2022.
“The best description I can give of what it was like to compete [Furtive] in the long format is that he made me fearless,” said Beth Perkins. At just 18 years old, the fearless Perkins placed sixth individually at the 1974 Burghley World Championships with Furtive. Since then, Perkins has dedicated her life to the sport of eventing. She’s experienced the highs, the lows, and the changes to the sport. She’s competed at the toughest events in the world and has earned top placings and team medals along the way.
What better way to draw the competition season to a close than with a win in a USEA Classic Series division? Three competitors did just that on the weekend of November 17-18 at the Fresno Horse Park in Fresno, California.
The decision to enter the Training Three-Day at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge was a stepping stone in the career of Florida-native Hilary Irwin’s newest horse. Having competed at the Retired Racehorse Project Mega Makeover the week prior, Irwin decided to make her 12-hour trek from Ocala to Lexington, Kentucky worth it by staying and doing another event with her 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Chili Martini (Chillout x My Golden Olive).
One of two events to host USEA Classic Series divisions on the weekend of October 22-24, the Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event and Horse Trials featured Preliminary, Modified, Training, and Novice divisions of the traditional long-format competition.
The Spokane Sport Horse Seventh Annual Fall Horse Trials in Spokane, Washington took place this past weekend September 30-October 3. In addition to their regular divisions, Spokane hosted Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels of the USEA Classic Series.
With many of the USEA Classic Series Events taking place in the Fall, the USEA recently asked their social media followers if they had any questions on the USEA Classic Series. Find out the answers to some of their questions below.
The Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event is pleased to announce the Preliminary Classic Jackpot. Currently the Jackpot is $2,000, with potential to go higher. The winner of the Waredaca Classic Three-Day at the Preliminary level will be awarded 50% of the Jackpot, second place will be awarded 30%, and third place will be awarded 20%. The top three winners will be awarded a minimum of $1000/$600/$400 respectively.