With just over a month left, it is time to start preparing for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on May 26-28, 2023. Entries for the Intercollegiate Championship are open now through Tuesday, May 9.
The schedule for this year’s championship is jam-packed with excitement! Festivities will begin on Friday with all levels, Beginner Novice through Intermediate, completing dressage, and then teams will be invited to participate in the opening ceremony. On Saturday, all levels will run cross-country on the White Oak Course, which was used for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. After cross-country, the Collegiate teams will be treated to a Competitor Party and recognition during the “Saturday Night Lights” $78,000 CSI 2* 1.45m Grand Prix in Tryon Stadium. Finally, the competition will close on Sunday with show jumping for all levels and the championship awards ceremony.
All Collegiate teams are welcome and encouraged to enter to compete at the 2023 Championship. There are no qualifications necessary to enter, but schools represented must be registered Affiliates of the USEA and each team member must hold a USEA Collegiate Membership and be listed on their school’s team roster. Each student will be required to submit their horse trial entry to TIEC, and each school must provide their tentative team rosters to Leslie Threlkeld via email at [email protected] no later than the close of entries on Tuesday, May 9. Definite team rosters must be provided to Leslie by 12 p.m. EST on Monday, May 22. To view the event omnibus listing, click here.
All teams must have three or four members, so if schools are unable to fill one or more teams, they should note if they would like the additional members to be included in a scramble team or listed as alternates for another one of the school’s teams. For more information, Intercollegiate athletes are encouraged to review the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Handbook.
When submitting entries, athletes should request to be stabled in “College Town” to ensure that team horses are included in the Collegiate stabling. TIEC will be generously providing one complimentary tack stall for each team of four based on the roster submissions. Changes will not be made to stabling assignments once they are posted, so competitors should make sure to submit their requests upon entry! Stalls are $225 per unit and allow competitors access from Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29. There is no initial bedding provided with each stall, but additional shavings may be purchased through TIEC.
Intercollegiate teams will be competing for top honors in the 2023 Championship. The USEA will award team ribbons through eighth place and prize bags, generously donated by the Intercollegiate sponsors, to the top three teams. Once again, the USEA will celebrate all graduating seniors in attendance at the Championship during the opening ceremony by awarding commemorative plaques.
TIEC offers an expansive selection of on-site accommodations, which can be viewed here. All reservations, including the on-site cabins and RV-camper hookups, should be made through the Tryon Resort Lodging office, which can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (828) 863-1015. Additional off-site lodging opportunities can be found here, including discounted room rates at the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn in Forest City, NC. Golf cart rentals will also be available in the lodging office, or teams may bring their own golf cart.
For any additional information or questions regarding the 2023 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship, please contact Kaleigh Collett via email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 669-9994.
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, WeRideTogether and World Equestrian Brands.
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