Aug 30, 2022

Fast Facts: 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff

For the first time in history, the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds will take place at the legendary Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, with the first day of competition getting underway tomorrow, August 31. With nearly 400 entries across 19 divisions, riders from the Beginner Novice level to those competing in this year’s $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final will get to experience the thrill of competing in the only national eventing championship held in the U.S.

The Field

  • There are 398 entries in the Championship divisions with the largest field being the Beginner Novice Amateur Championship with 28 entries.
  • There are 291 riders competing on 328 horses.
  • At the end of the week, 19 new national champions will be crowned.
  • 2021 was the first year that the USEA Open Modified Championship was offered at the AEC and the USEA is excited to offer it again this year. Competitors will be looking to win the Ashley Stout Remembrance Trophy.
  • Nine pairs are entered in the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final. Learn more about the field here.
  • The oldest horse competing this year is Cue to Blue (Sir Charles McCue x Election Eve), a 24-year-old Paint gelding owned by Lori Birdwell and ridden by Peyton Macaloon in the Novice Junior Championship. The youngest horse competing this year is the 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Nashville (Jardonnay VDL x Emalia) owned and ridden by Andrea Nielsen. Nielsen and Nashville will be competing in the Novice Amateur Championship.
  • James Alliston gets the award for the busiest rider with three horses entered in the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final: Nemesis, Paper Jam, and RevitaVet Calaro. Alliston also has two horses in the USEA Intermediate Championship: Monkey and Karma.
  • The Adult Team Championships (ATC) has 23 teams entered across Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary. Some interesting team names this year include ​​Area Shaken Not Spurred, Hot Bay Summer, Area VII It’ll Be Fun They Said, Midwest Mafia, Desert Divas, Game of Pones, and Cornfield Cowgirls.
  • Learn more about some special competitors in the Road to the AEC Series!
  • Live Streaming will be available through two different platforms: Horse & Country TV and RideOn Video. Horse & Country TV will be providing coverage of the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final, USEA Intermediate Championship, and the Bates USEA Preliminary Championships. RideOn Video will be offering coverage across all levels. You can view their entire coverage schedule and how to access the RideOn livestream here.

The Facts

  • The AEC is organized by Rebecca Farm and Montana Equestrian Events, Inc.
  • The technical delegates are Malcolm Hook (Advanced), and Sharyn Antico (Intermediate - Beginner Novice) with Deeda Randle assisting
  • Marilyn Payne is the President of the Ground Jury
  • Loris Henry and Dayna Lynd-Pugh are members of the Ground Jury
  • Amanda Wilgenburg, Carol Kozlowski, Christel Carlson, Andrea Lucianna, and Robyn Fisher are the dressage judges
  • Ian Stark is the cross-country course designer, and Bert Wood is the course builder
  • Marc Donovan is the show jumping course designer

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About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport at 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, Capital Square, Standlee; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Mountain Horse, The Jockey Club, Kerrits; Bronze Level Sponsors: Athletux, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dubarry of Ireland, FITS Riding, Equilume, Devoucoux, Fifth Third Bank, Gallops Saddlery, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, Clark Nissan; Contributing Level Sponsors: CrossCountry App, WeRideTogether, Haygain, First Interstate Bank, Schellinger Construction, Glacier Bank, Animal Health Solutions Inc., Discover Kalispell; Prize Level Sponsors: Vet Blue, Practical Horseman, Hound & Hare, Strides of Equality Equestrians, Horse & Country TV, Bemer Independent Distributors, Freelance Design, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Flexible Fit Equestrian USA, and more! ATC Sponsors: The Chronicle of the Horse, FITS Riding, Nutrena Feeds, SmartPak, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Kerrits, and Horse & Country TV

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Rosie Smith’s rose gold accented helmet matched her perfectly tidy bun of red hair as she took the third spot in the USEA Training Rider Championship at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nurena Feeds. Every little detail came together while aboard her trusted partner of nine years: the 20-year-old Connemara Irish Draught named Seamus (by Corrcullen, RID). But Smith’s first jump, back when she was only 15 years old, wasn’t with an English saddle.

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