Jan 23, 2023

Announcing the 2023 Intercollegiate Eventing Program Team Challenge Calendar

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff
Auburn University at the 2022 Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. USEA/ Meagan DeLisle photo.

Dust off your favorite college t-shirt and get ready to cheer on your school, as the 2023 Intercollegiate Team Challenge season is officially underway! This year, the Intercollegiate Team Challenge calendar features 26 participating events across six USEA Areas. More information regarding the 2023 Intercollegiate Championships will be forthcoming.

Since 2014, the Intercollegiate Eventing Program has provided a framework on which eventing teams and individual competitors can continue to pursue their aspirations within the sport while attending universities and colleges across the country. Collegiate athletic programs have been the training grounds for Olympians, amateur athletes, and professional athletes for generations. Enabling students to train in the Olympic sport of eventing is a natural addition.

View the list of Intercollegiate Team Challenges below and start planning your competition season! Keep in mind that the calendar is a preliminary, tentative list of events hosting Intercollegiate Team Challenges, and it is subject to change. New challenges can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to invite them to apply to host an Intercollegiate Team Challenge. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2023 Intercollegiate Team Challenge Calendar:

EVENTDATES
Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Area III)January 21-22, 2023
Sporting Days Farm February H.T. (Area III)February 4-5, 2023
Sporting Days Farm March H.T. (Area III)March 5, 2023
Southern Pines H.T (Area II)March 11-12, 2023
March Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Area III)March 24-26, 2023
Stable View Aiken April H.T. (Area III)April 7-9, 2023
Spring Bay H.T. (Area VIII)April 15-16, 2023
FENCE H.T. (Area III)April 15-16, 2023
Poplar Place April H.T. (Area III)April 15-16, 2023
Ocala International Festival of Eventing (Area III)April 21-23, 2023
Sporting Days Farm April H.T. (Area III)April 22, 2023
Meadowcreek Park - The Spring Social Event (Area V)April 22-23, 2023
Stable View May H.T. (Area III)May 6-7, 2023
Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Area III)May 13-14, 2023
Poplar Place June H.T. (Area III)June 3-4, 2023
MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Area II)June 3-4, 2023
Cobblestone Farms H.T. I (Area VIII)June 10-11, 2023
Cobblestone Farms H.T. II (Area VIII)August 4-6, 2023
Town Hill H.T. (Area I)August 27, 2023
Stableview Oktoberfest H.T. (Area III)September 29-October 1, 2023
Jump Start H.T. (Area VIII) - Pending USEF ApprovalSeptember 29-October 1, 2023
Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Area V)October 14, 2023
Poplar Place Farm October H.T. (Area III)October 14-15, 2023
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club "Morris the Horse" Trials (Area III)October 21-22, 2023
Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Area III) -Pending USEF ApprovalNovember 11-12, 2023

Are you interested in hosting an Intercollegiate Team Challenge? Learn more about hosting a team challenge in the Organizers Guide here, and contact staff liaison Kaleigh Collett at [email protected] to sign up.

Don’t see an Intercollegiate Team Challenge near you? Please contact your local USEA organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host an Intercollegiate Team Challenge at their event.

Intercollegiate team rosters are due to the USEA Senior Director of Membership Service, Jennifer Hardwick, at [email protected] by February 15, 2023. Please list all members of your intercollegiate team on this roster.

About the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was established in 2014 to provide a framework within which eventing teams and individual competitors could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. The USEA offers a discount of $25 on annual USEA memberships for current students of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA. Many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges where collegiate eventers can compete individually as well as on teams with their fellow students. In Intercollegiate Team Challenges, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level to account for differences in level difficulty, and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Click here to learn more about the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.

The USEA would like to thank this year's USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships Sponsors: Bates Saddles, FITS, Horse & Country, Kerrits, U.S. Equestrian, and World Equestrian Brands.

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