On the final day of competition for the Preliminary Rider division at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds, Sallie Johnson and her Irish Sport Horse gelding, Fernhill DiCaprio (Finnanloon Flight x Finnan Scarlet) were named the reserve champion combination after an intense three-day event period in which the pair managed to come in only 0.3 points behind the winner. In March of 2021, Johnson was making an impossible decision – whether or not it was in his best interest to put the gelding to sleep.
The final competitors of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds geared up for the last day. Taking place in the Kentucky Horse Park’s iconic Rolex Stadium, riders from all six Beginner Novice divisions put their best foot forward in the show jumping phase. Endless prizes were handed out, the champions were decorated with tri-color ribbons, the Adult Team Champions were named, and several special awards were distributed throughout the day.
Saturday saw another group of champions being crowned at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. Six divisions of Novice horses and riders went down the ramp and entered the Rolex Arena for their final phase – find out who emerged victorious after show jumping.
It was a full day of Beginner Novice cross-country as 286 horses and riders in six divisions left the start box on the Derek di Grazia-designed course to take on their second phase of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Beginner Novice horses followed the hoofprints of the five-star horses as they galloped through the Head of the Lake and took on the complexes that make the Kentucky Horse Park courses unlike any others.
Boyd Martin came to the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds looking to defend his 2019 $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final title and while he succeeded at the goal it wasn’t with the same mount. However, Martin’s victory lands him in the history books as the first rider to win the AEC Advanced class two times on two different horses.
The four divisions of Training had their turn to take on Bobby Murphy’s show jumping course in the Rolex Stadium to conclude their competition at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. Three of the overnight leaders jumped clear to take home the champion titles while one winner moved up from second to claim the top spot.
Novice competitors donned their safety vests and sported their favorite colors as the sun rose over the cross-country track Friday morning. With the first of six divisions kicking off at 8:00am, the famous head of the lake saw rider after rider through later in the afternoon. While there was some shuffling of placings, the overnight leaders from dressage in each division held onto the coveted top spot upon the conclusion of their cross-country tests.
Beginner Novice competition at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds got underway Friday morning with six divisions taking over the numerous dressage rings set up across the Kentucky Horse Park. Competitors of all ages from across the country put their best foot forward for the judges, with one Beginner Novice competitor receiving a score of 18.5 which is officially the lowest score of the 2021 AEC.
The inaugural Vetoquinol USEA Modified Championship at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds decorated its first champions Friday morning with professional Julie Wolfert leading the pack aboard Namibia.
Vetoquinol USEA Modified and Training riders took to the iconic Kentucky Horse Park turf today as all divisions lined up to contest Derek di Grazia’s course following yesterday’s dressage phase. The inaugural Vetoquinol USEA Modified division was first out of the box this morning to tackle the brand new cross-country course designed by Derek di Grazia. Training pairs in the Horse, Junior, Rider, and Amateur divisions were put to a test against an optimum time of 5 minutes and 31 seconds over a total of 24 efforts which included some iconic Kentucky Horse Park obstacles.
All divisions of the Novice made their debut in the Kentucky Horse Park’s dressage arenas today as horses and riders of all ages and sizes put forward their best moves to hopefully take the lead. The Novice level is tied with Beginner Novice as the largest level at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds and with the divisions jam-packed with talented pairs, the competition was fierce in the first place.