The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the future locations for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship for the next four years.
The USEA requested expressions of interest from venues that would like to bid to be the future host site(s) of the USEA Intercollegiate Championship for its next multi-year rotation. The USEA Intercollegiate Committee along with the USEA Board of Governors selected the joint bid from Chattahoochee Hills’ organizer Hugh Lochore and the Virginia Horse Trials’ organizer Andy Bowles for a four-year rotation between the two sites. This will enable the Championship to move to a southern location in Area III, and then move back up to a more northern location in Area II again.
The Intercollegiate Championship will move to Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga. in 2019 and 2020. The Championship will be held one weekend earlier while at the southern location, to run in accordance with the existing Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials date. Then for 2021-2022, the Championship will move back up to the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Va., running across Memorial Day weekend again both times.
“The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship competitor numbers have grown each and every year since its establishment,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We feel privileged to be able to continue to grow this program at two beautiful facilities with proven organizing teams led by Hugh Lochore [Chattahoochee Hills] and Andy Bowles [Virginia Horse Trials]. We are seeing growing numbers of colleges and universities establish eventing clubs and teams across the country especially in the South, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, and Southwest. The rotation from Georgia to Virginia should enable even more student athletes the opportunity to compete.”
Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) organizer Andy Bowles held the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship in 2016 across Memorial Day weekend. 2018 is their third and final year hosting the Championship on the same weekend in its first cycle, before moving into its next cycle, which includes VHT in the final two years of the negotiated four-year contract.
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 and many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges throughout the year, 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 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
The USEA would also like to thank VHT organizer Andy Bowles for hosting the Championship the last three years, with help from USEA Intercollegiate Committee Chair Leslie Threlkeld. The USEA looks forward to working with each of them and additionally Hugh Lochore in the coming years.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is humbled to announce the return of long-time partner The Dutta Corporation as the “Title Sponsor of the 2023 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships,” which include the East Coast Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland, on Oct. 19-20 and the West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, on Oct. 27-28.
When Team SmartPak Rider Silva Martin saddles up, it’s always with a helmet. Silva’s riding career has taken her from Germany all across the world before she settled in the United States in 2007—well before helmets were popular in dressage. When the traditional top hat ruled the dressage ring, riders often schooled in baseball caps or nothing at all.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington, served as the beautiful backdrop for this year’s USEA Area VII Championships. In total, there were 11 championship divisions offered from the Beginner Novice level through Intermediate, in addition to the event’s regular horse trial divisions. USEA President Lou Leslie was onsite to lend a helping hand and help issue awards during the prize-giving ceremonies. Meet the 11 new USEA Area VII Champions below!
The USEA is sad to report that Mr. Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra) passed away on September 17 at Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Stonehall Farm in Virginia where he has enjoyed his retirement since 2019. The Irish Sport Horse gelding made quite the mark on the sport of eventing in the U.S., completing more than 50 FEI events over the course of his career with five different riders and finishing in the top 10 at 30 of those competitions. Mr. Medicott attended two Olympic Games and one World Equestrian Games for two different countries over the course of his career. “Cave,” as he was known around the barn, was 24 years old at the time of his death.