Jan 27, 2020

Get Qualified for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are the pinnacle of the season for many eventers – a goal that they strive towards year round, hoping for the chance to test their mettle against the best riders in the country.

This August, eventers from all over the country will flock to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2020 AEC, August 25-30, 2020. Riders of all levels from Beginner Novice all the way through advanced will have the opportunity to gallop across the rolling bluegrass hills that host the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event each April.

Read on below for important qualification updates and click here to view the complete list of qualifications.

Qualifying Period

The qualifying period for the 2020 AEC is May 27, 2019 – August 18, 2020. The lists of qualified riders and qualified horses can be found on the AEC Competitor Information page of the USEA website.

Eligibility Period

As of last year and in accordance with the USEF Rules for Eventing Appendix 3 – Participation in Horse Trials, section 1.5, the eligibility period for Rider and Junior divisions at the AEC has been changed from 24 months to five years preceding the date of the competition. Rider and Junior division competitors may not have completed two levels or more above the level they intend to compete within the previous five years.

Similarly, Horse divisions are now restricted in accordance with USEF Rules for Eventing Appendix 3 – Participation in Horse Trials, section 1.6. A horse may not have completed two or more levels above the level they intend to compete at any time during their career. Previously, this restriction was only applied during the qualifying period.

There are no restrictions placed on Amateur divisions based on time period or level competed, but competitors must have declared amateur status in accordance with USEF Rules for Eventing Appendix 3 – Participation in Horse Trials, section 1.3.

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Modified Rider Championship

This year, the USEA will offer a Modified Rider Championship.

Rider may not have completed competitions at the two-star (2018 one-star), Intermediate, or higher levels in the five years preceding the start of the competition.
Horse may have completed any level.

Qualifying Results

  • 1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Modified Horse Trials
  • OR 3rd in two USEA recognized Modified Horse Trials
  • OR 1st through 5th in any USEA Modified Area Championship

Further to the above QR, horse and rider must have completed a total of three USEA recognized horse trials during the qualifying period. The placing requirements as noted above are included in the total of three competitions. Once the placing QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at the national Preliminary level.

Preliminary Horse Championship

The qualification requirements for the Preliminary Horse Championship have been updated in accordance with the other Horse Championships offered at the AEC.

Horse may not have completed at the FEI three-star (2018 two-star), Advanced, or higher levels.
Rider may have completed any level.

Qualifying Results

  • 1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials (or) Preliminary Three-Day competition
  • OR 3rd in two USEA recognized Preliminary Horse Trials (or) Preliminary Three-Day competition
  • OR 1st through 5th in any USEA Preliminary Area Championship
  • OR 1st to 5th in any CCI2*-S
  • OR 1st to 6th in any CCI2*-L

Further to the above QR, horse and rider must have completed a total of three USEA recognized horse trials during the qualifying period. The placing requirements as noted above are included in the total of three competitions. Once the placing QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at the national Intermediate or FEI two-star level.

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The complete list of qualification requirements for all levels and divisions can be found here. Get out there and get qualified – the USEA looks forward to seeing you at the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds!

If you have questions about the USEA American Eventing Championships, please contact Kate Lokey, Director of Programs & Marketing, at [email protected] or (703) 779-9897.

Any questions regarding AEC qualifications should be directed to Sharon Gallagher, Senior Director of Competitions, at [email protected] or (703) 669-9995.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport for 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. The 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 25-August 30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

Jan 19, 2022 Eventing News

Dates and Location Announced for 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship

US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event November 10-13 in Mill Spring, N.C.

Jan 19, 2022 Leaderboard

My Valentine Steals Hearts as the 2021 Pony of the Year

Sidnee Milner and My Valentine did not become partners out of sheer coincidence. The pony and rider combination that took home the 2021 SmartPak USEA Pony of the Year award were a product of the thoughtfulness and generosity of family friend and trainer Tawn Edwards. Milner was, at the time, a young and inexperienced child rider looking for a partner to teach her the ropes of eventing; My Valentine was a well-seasoned eventing pony who knew the job of advancing young riders well and was looking for her next partner. Over their three-year relationship, the duo have accumulated various ribbons and accolades together with 2021 being the most impressive of their seasons thus far.

Jan 18, 2022 Education

Postponed: Join the USEF Eventing 2023 Calendar Webinar

Updated January 18, 2022: The 2023 Eventing Calendar webinar, originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST, has been postponed and will be rescheduled with an additional commmunication in the coming weeks.

Jan 18, 2022 Education

Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart: Growth Goals

If you’re like most people there’s a good chance you made a New Year's resolution this month, and if you’re like most there’s a really good chance you’re going to have a hard time hanging onto it past the beginning of February!

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Horse Clothing of the USEA

The Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA