The United States Eventing Association is proud to welcome back Fun In The Saddle, “FITS,” as Silver sponsors of the USEA American Eventing Championships and Elite sponsors of the SmartPak Equine/USEA Training Three-Day Series.
Competitors at this year’s USEA American Eventing Championships at the pristine Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia on September 9-12 will be excited to vie for the chance to receive thousands of dollars of cash prizes as well as quality awards such as a pair of the FITS A605 Extended Leg patch breeches, which will be given to the champions and reserve champions of each of the 14 divisions. 2010 marks the first of three years at the AEC’s new Southern home, and the USEA is anticipating this year’s event to be one of the best competitions to date with hundreds of riders battling for national honors.
Likewise, winners of each of the SmartPak Equine/USEA Training Three-Day events across the nation will be awarded a pair of the FITS breeches as well. The T3DE series has proven to be one of the most popular series that the USEA has undertaken, as riders all across the U.S. compete in these historical classic-format events.
FITS is an Oregon based company dedicated to the art and science of riding apparel. Known for its PerforMAX™ leather technology, FITS riding wear is the first and only choice for thousands of equestrian athletes.
FITS offers a several styles of distinctive breeches, tech shirts, and stock ties, in a wide variety of colors and styles to suit nearly anyone’s fancy.
The unique and comfortable design of FITS breeches makes them one of the top choices for eventers. The segmented leather panels on the seat allow for maximum range of motion without restriction. This enables riders to spread their seat bones for a deeper, more secure position in the saddle. Soft, supple deerskin with tiny perforations creates more surface resistance against the saddle, giving much better grip than flat or imitation leather or suede. The holes also increase stretch capacity and freedom of motion, and allow for significantly better leather breathability than any breech on the market today.
"We created the new FITS Jumpline styles to embrace the age old traditions that go with knee patch breeches and ratcatcher shirts while at the same time marrying that tradition with the latest in performance, technology and style," said Sheryl Rudolph, owner of FITS.
Be sure to check out some of the new breeches in the spring collection. “In addition to our popular line of FITS PerforMAX full seat breeches, we have also created the Beka Knee Patch breeches, which are sure to be a hit with eventers. Performance features of these breeches include a seamless gusseted crotch for comfort, body sculpt engineering for a flattering and slimming fit, FITS powermesh "ab" panel for core support and control, and lower leg area for a ventilated and sleek feel under boots or half chaps,” added Rudolph.
Also, this year’s shirt collection is top-quality and comes in a variety of colors. “The Silk Touch Show Shirt features feather weight fabric that possesses unparalleled stretch, feminine design lines that enhance your contours, and venting in the underarm for comfort. You won't even be able to feel you have it on. Really!” said Rudolph.
FITS is also proud to sponsor such esteemed event riders such as Kim Severson, Amy Tryon, Hawley Bennett, and Corinne Ashton.
“I was introduced to FITS full seat breeches about two years ago and really enjoyed wearing them from the start,” said Kim Severson, an Olympic silver medalist and three-time Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winner. “FITS were the first full seat breeches that didn't give me any rubs or chafing. They have great grip on the saddle; plus they are more comfortable and let me move more freely than any other full seat breech I have ever worn.”
Since the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was founded in 2014, it has grown in popularity and participation each year. The USEA is excited to have 23 intercollegiate team challenges on the calendar in 2021 in addition to the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on May 27-30.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Linda Moore Trophy was introduced in 1979 and awarded to the leading Young Rider in the country. After a strong showing during the 2020 season, 16-year-old Benjamin Noonan of Ballwin, Missouri was named the 2020 RevitaVet Young Rider of the Year.
The USEA is sorry to announce that there will be no USEA Educational Symposium held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The USEA Educational Symposium is hosted annually each February as a week of learning for participants and auditors.