Aug 08, 2023

Get Exclusive Access at the 2023 USEA AEC by Volunteering

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
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Get a front-row seat to all the action at the Kentucky Horse Park this Aug. 29—Sept. 3 by signing up to volunteer at the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds! Volunteer positions are open to everyone, including competitors, trainers, owners, fans, friends and family that are making the trip to Lexington, Kentucky, later this month. Between the top-level sport and exciting activities throughout the week, the 2023 AEC is a must-attend event!

All AEC volunteers will be rewarded for donating their valuable time to supporting the biggest eventing competition of the year. Every AEC volunteer will receive an exclusive AEC volunteer shirt, AEC hats provided by #WeRideTogether, cookies from Mrs. Pastures, tote bags from Bates Saddles, socks from Kerrits, and an assortment of goodies from other AEC sponsors. Volunteers will also be provided with lunches each day. In addition, AEC volunteers will have the opportunity to be featured on the USEA website. After the AEC has concluded, the USEA will feature one special AEC volunteer in an article published on and USEA social media. The volunteer will be selected at random, but the more days you volunteer, the higher your chances are of getting picked to be featured.

Consider making a vacation around your volunteering! The Kentucky Horse Park is in the heart of horse country, offering tours of historic Thoroughbred breeding farms, racetracks, world-renowned veterinary clinics, and more. In addition, Lexington is an outdoor oasis that has activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as a visit to Red River Gorge in Daniel Boone National Forest to hike or a stroll through The Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. For Adult Riders and eventing parents looking for a break from the non-stop equine action, Lexington is also the city for bourbon lovers with over 15 local distilleries.

Volunteers are needed starting as early as Saturday, Aug. 19, so come early or extend your stay to enjoy all that the local area has to offer. If you only have time to volunteer in the morning or evening, AM and PM slots are available, making it easy and flexible for all AEC competitors to volunteer. Check out the AEC competition schedule here.

Volunteers are needed for the following days at the Kentucky Horse Park:

  • Saturday, August 19 – Cross-County Decorations
  • Sunday, August 20 – Cross-Country Decorations
  • Saturday, August 26 – Cross-Country Decorations
  • Sunday, August 27 – Cross-Country Decorations
  • Monday, August 28 – Check-In
  • Tuesday, August 29 – Dressage
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Dressage and Cross-Country
  • Thursday, August 31 – Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping
  • Friday, September 1 – Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping
  • Saturday, September 2 – Cross-Country and Show Jumping
  • Sunday, September 3 – Show Jumping

Volunteers can sign up here.

Since the AEC utilizes the app, the AEC volunteers on the platform will earn hours counted towards the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), which offers national and area awards.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at the AEC, please contact the AEC Volunteer Coordinators, Lynn Davis at [email protected] or Beverly Henson at [email protected].

Volunteer updates will be continuously posted on the AEC Volunteer page.

AEC Entries are open! Entries will close on Tuesday, August 15. Click here for the AEC calendar listing. Click here for the AEC entry status.

The USEA looks forward to seeing everyone in Kentucky! Stay tuned to the USEA website and the 2023 AEC Facebook event for more event updates and details.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC)

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 combinations 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 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held Aug. 29—Sept. 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. 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: Capital Square, Horse & Country, Parker Equine Insurance, Smartpak, Standlee; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Ecogold, Kerrits, The Jockey Club; Bronze Level Sponsors: 70 Degrees, Athletux, Black Petticoat, The Chronicle of the Horse, Devoucoux, D.G. Stackhouse and Ellis, Dubarry of Ireland, Equestrian Team Apparel, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Horseware Ireland, Majyk Equipe, Retired Racehorse Project, Ride EquiSafe; Contributing Level Sponsor: CrossCountry App, Georgetown – Scott County Tourism, Lexmark, L.V. Harkness, Mountain Horse, Mrs. Pastures Cookies, #WeRideTogether; Prize Level Sponsors: Coach Daniel Stewart, EquiFit, Equilab, Equiluxe Tack, Equine Essentials, Equine Pulse Performance, FarmVet, Achieve Equine/FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, Horses 4 Your Consideration, Hound & Hare, I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique, Jack’s Favorites, Jane Heart Jewelry, Kinetic Equine Services, LeMieux, Levade Kentucky, Mare Modern Goods, OneTouch Fly Spray, Parkmore Supplements, Practical Horseman, Sidelines Magazine, Spy Coast Farm, Strides for Equality Equestrians, and VTO Saddlery.

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