Jun 14, 2022

Adult Team Championships (ATC) Riders Must Submit Letter of Intent for AEC

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
ATC competitors at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships. USEA/ Meagan DeLisle photo

** This article was updated on 6/16/22 to reflect a new due date for the letter of intent. The original article stated that the opening date of the AEC (July 19) as the due date, but the letter of intent due date has been extended to August 1, 2022.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to offer the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the upcoming USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC). The Adult Team Championships will be offered once again at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels for members of the USEA Adult Rider Program.

The Adult Team Championships are offered to USEA members who are part of their Area’s Adult Rider program (before July 1) and they must be 22 years of age or older. Riders must enter either the Amateur division or the Rider division at the AEC at their respective level (BN, N, T, P).

New this year, the USEA Adult Rider Coordinators are requesting that all ATC riders submit this letter of intent before August 1, 2022 in order to be considered for an ATC team. Please fill out the form as soon as possible and submit to [email protected] and your Coordinators will automatically receive a copy as well.

In order to compete at the USEA Adult Team Championships at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, August 31-September 4, 2022, please see the national qualification requirements below. Additionally, each area will have its own qualification standards which may be viewed here.

Qualifications for entry into the USEA Adult Team Championships (National Requirements)

  1. The qualifying period for each horse and rider pair is May 24, 2021 – August 22, 2022
  2. Horses and riders must be members/registered with the USEA at the time of achieving qualifications and during the USEA Adult Team Championships.
  3. All riders must be 22 years of age or older (born in or before 2000).
  4. Closing dates will be consistent with the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC).
  5. Each horse and rider pair must meet AEC qualifications for the level they are competing in.
  6. The rider must be a current Adult Rider Member for their Area by July 1, 2022.
  7. Each Area may have up to eight teams, with a maximum of 35 riders at the USEA Adult Team Championships.
  8. All teams should be coordinated through the Area Adult Rider Coordinator(s).
  9. The Adult Team Challenge teams should be composed only of riders competing in the Amateur divisions and/or the Rider specific divisions hosted at the USEA American Eventing Championships. Riders competing in the Horse divisions should not be placed on ATC teams.
  10. Mixed Area teams are allowed and encouraged. All horse and rider pairs without a full team of 3-4 members must be identified by the Area Adult Rider Coordinators as qualified and willing to compete and submitted to the USEA for inclusion on a mixed team.

For questions regarding the ATC and your team, please reach out to your Area Adult Rider Coordinator.

About the USEA Adult Team Championships

The USEA Adult Team Challenges have been generously sponsored by The Chronicle of the Horse for more than 20 years. The Challenges have given adult riders a chance to compete in a friendly team competition. For many years, the Challenges were held annually in different locations (Eastern, Central, and Western) around the United States, but in an effort to re-energize the program, the membership of the USEA voted to change the overall model of the program. Starting in 2014, every Area was encouraged to hold Adult Team Challenges to offer adult riders the opportunity to compete in team competitions leading up to the USEA Adult Team Championships held at the USEA American Eventing Championships. As a result, Adult Team Challenges were no longer isolated to the three challenges around the country. Instead, there may be as many as 10 opportunities to compete in a Challenge, with a final occurring at the Adult Team Championship at the AEC!

The USEA would like to thank the ATC sponsors, Chronicle of the Horse, FITS, Nutrena, Kerrits and SmartPak.

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. In fact, the 2021 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and now stands as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 4 at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

The USEA would like to thank presenting sponsor Nutrena Feeds, Advanced Final Title sponsor, Adequan, Platinum level sponsor Bates Saddles, Gold level sponsors Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee, Capital Square, Silver level sponsors Auburn Laboratories, Mountain Horse, Kerrits and The Jockey Club. The USEA would like to thank all other sponsors supporting the 2022 AEC as well.

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