The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
“We are continuing to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic and are committed to hosting a safe and healthy competition for all AEC competitors,” said EEI Executive Director, Lee Carter. “Along with Mary Fike and the team at the USEA, we will be implementing the appropriate safety measures as recommended by the USEF, CDC, state, and local authorities. At the same time, we are focused on making the 2020 AEC a memorable experience for all our human and equine athletes.”
Just seven pairs managed to put in double clear rounds on Chris Barnard’s CCI4*-S show jumping course today. While the time didn’t prove difficult to make for most, Barnard’s course shook up the leaderboard with some of the top contenders taking down multiple rails.
All 26 horses that completed Michael Etherington-Smith's CCI4*-S cross-country course yesterday presented at the final horse inspection this morning. The ground jury consisting of Robert Stevenson (USA) and Judy Hancock (GBR) accepted all but one horse.
Twenty-eight horses set out on Michael Etherington-Smith’s CCI4*-S cross-country course today, and time was the biggest factor of the day. Only two of the pairs had jumping faults, but every single pair incurred time penalties, with the fastest ride of the day moving up 17 places to take the lead.
“This sport is a journey. You’re always working on making your horses a little better, and that’s all you can do,” said Sharon White who completed dressage in a tie for first place at the Red Hills International Horse Trials today.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
This year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was a special week as the United States Eventing Association (USEA), formerly known as the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA), celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was several days of celebration and education and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal partners of the USEA. Thanks to their generous support, the Convention was a ‘wicked’ good time in the great city of Boston, Massachusetts.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are being held over the next two weeks. First, the West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California today on Thursday, September 19.
The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds has broken all the records, now standing as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park garnered over 1,000 entries, with over 900 starters and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal sponsors.
“It’s been a long ride for me, and a long ride for her,” Jennie Brannigan said after she clinched the win in the CCI4*-L at Rebecca Farm with the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Stella Artois. Brannigan suffered injury from a fall this spring, which threw a wrench in her competition schedule, so she wasn’t sure if a CCI4*-L competition was in the cards for her this summer.