The USEA Adult Rider Championships (ATC) are included in the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, for the first time this year. Adult Riders from more than half of the ten Areas came together at the Texas Rose Horse Park to compete in a fun and friendly team environment.
Adult Rider Committee Chair, Cindy DePorter, and her team the All Terrain Chicks went all out for their trip; they wear custom polos and have beautiful grooming bags monogrammed with the team rider’s initials and “ATC 2014” hang on their stalls. Deb Poloson, Adult Riders Committee Member for Area V, made sure every Adult Rider received a goodie bag.
“We are decked out!” DePorter said. “Adult Riders, you know, we love stuff.”
Carrie Poloson, who was the overnight leader after cross-country in the Training ATC division, competed in the AEC last year, but knew the ATC would be too fun to pass up.
“It’s not carefree because it is still a competition, but the group camaraderie makes it," Poloson said. "You get ready together, you see each other into the start box and the dressage ring. Cindy rode right after me all weekend. She came into the dressage ring as I was leaving and gave each other a high-five. It’s been a lot of fun and no mind games or stress.”
Some of the teams are “scramble” teams with riders from multiple Areas on the same team. The All Terrain Chicks are made up of riders from Area II, Area III, and Area V. While the ATC divisions are separate from the AEC, competitors in the AEC Senior Amateur divisions from Beginner Novice through Preliminary level are also members of ATC teams.
Without a doubt, the Adult Riders, whether they are competing for the ATC or AEC, are making the most of their experience here. They laugh and support one another continuously and enjoyed food and adult beverages at a popular social last night in front of the VTO Saddlery vendor booth.
DePorter and Poloson both jumped double-clear around show jumping this morning. Keep an eye on the live scores for more team results, and visit, the Adult Rider webpage for more information on the Adult Rider Program.
Watch the video below for a hilarious account of Carrie and Cindy's cross-country rides on Friday.
At the second-to-last of 40 efforts, "I thought, 'This is actually happening,'" said Amber Levine of a faultless finish with Cellar Farm's Cinzano today to stay on their 31.5 lead going into show jumping tomorrow morning in the Twin Rivers Spring International CCI4*-L. The Jeffs Hot Tub Waves complex at 19 a/b was the awkward exception to a Hugh Lochore-designed course that otherwise "rode great" for the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) in his long-delayed debut at the level. An entirely new portion of the course around the racetrack featured a series of bright-white painted obstacles, but nothing distracted Cinzano's "tunnel vision for those flags." Levine expects a similar game attitude tomorrow and has a rail to spare.
Black stallion antics after the CCI4*-L jog inspection yesterday were not a preview of Cinzano's dressage test today. "When you are riding and working him, he's all into what you are doing," says Amber Levine, who owns the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) through her Cellar Farm. A 31.5 dressage test puts them atop a field of four, three of which, including Cinzano, are first-timers in the division in Paso Robles, California.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The Chattahoochee Hills H.T. is hosting one of three CCI4*-S divisions this weekend across the country and with 34 entries they have the largest turnout as riders prepare for their spring CCI4*-L and CCI5*-L goals. The facility in Fairburn, Georgia is running seven events in 2021, but their April event is the only one offering a CCI4*-S.