Jan 28, 2024

Get Ready to Rumble at an Intercollegiate Team Challenge in 2024

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
Kathryn Kraft sports the icon UGA spikes after a successful cross-country round at the 2023 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship. USEA/Shelby Allen photo

The spring semester has officially begun at many colleges and universities across the U.S., which means it is time to kick off the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program’s competition season! As collegiate athletes start making plans for the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship, which will be hosted alongside the inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League Championship at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, many will be venturing to their local horse trials to brush off the dust and prepare for this epic capstone event.

As the popularity of the program has grown, the number of event organizers that offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges at their venues has increased as well. This year, nearly 40 events have signed on to host team challenges, offering a fantastic opportunity for Intercollegiate members and their teammates to compete together throughout the year.

Since 2014, the Intercollegiate Eventing Program has provided a framework on which eventing teams and individual competitors can continue to pursue their aspirations within the sport while attending colleges and universities across the country. Collegiate athletic programs have been the training grounds for Olympians, professional athletes, and amateur athletes for generations. Enabling students to train in the Olympic sport of eventing is a natural addition.

View the list of Intercollegiate Team Challenges below, and start planning your competition season! Keep in mind that the calendar is a preliminary, tentative list of events hosting Intercollegiate Team Challenges, and it is subject to change. New challenges can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to invite them to apply to host an Intercollegiate Team Challenge. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2024 Intercollegiate Team Challenge Calendar:

EVENT

DATE

Sporting Days Farm January H.T. 1 (Area III)

January 6, 2024

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. (Area III)

January 20-21, 2024

Sporting Days Farm February H.T. (Area III)

February 3-4, 2024

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. (Area VI)

February 29–March 3, 2024

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. II (Area III)

March 3, 2024

Southern Pines H.T. (Area II)

March 9-10, 2024

March Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Area III)

March 22-24, 2024

Stable View Spring 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III)

April 5-7, 2024

Spring Bay H.T. (Area VIII)

April 13-14, 2024

FENCE H.T. (Area III)

April 13-14, 2024

Poplar Place April H.T. (Area III)

April 13-14, 2024

Ocala International Festival of Eventing (Area III)

April 18-21, 2024

Sporting Days Farm April H.T. III (Area III)

April 22, 2024

Meadowcreek Park – The Spring Social Event (Area V)

April 20-21, 2024

USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at Stable View (Area III)

May 4-5, 2024

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Area III)

May 11-12, 2024

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T (Area II)

May 18-19, 2024

IEA H.T. (Area VIII)

May 31 – June 2, 2024

Poplar Place June H.T. (Area III)

June 1-2, 2024

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Area II)

June 1-2, 2024

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I (Area VIII)

June 8-9, 2024

Stable View Summer H.T. (Area III)

June 21-23, 2024

Larkin Hill H.T. (Area I)

June 30, 2024

Course Brook Farm Summer H.T. (Area I)

July 20, 2024

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II (Area VIII)

August 2-4, 2024

Hoosier Horse Trials (Area VIII)

August 2-4, 2024

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Area II)

August 10-11, 2024

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Area I)

August 25, 2024

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Area VIII)

September 13-15, 2024

Marlborough H.T. (Area II)

September 14, 2024

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Area III)

September 27-29, 2024

Jump Start H.T. (Area VIII)

September 27-29, 2024

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Area I)

September 29, 2024

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Area V)

October 12, 2024

Poplar Place Farm October H.T. (Area III)

October 12-13, 2024

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event (Area VIII)

October 16-20, 2024

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” Trials (Area III)

October 19-20, 2024

Virginia Horse Center Eventing Fall (Area II)

November 8-10, 2024

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Area III)

November 9, 2024

Are you interested in hosting an Intercollegiate Team Challenge? Learn more about hosting a team challenge in the Organizers Guide linked here, and contact USEA Staff Liaison Kaleigh Collett at [email protected] to sign up.

Don’t see an Intercollegiate Team Challenge near you? Contact your local USEA Horse Trial organizers to express interest and ask if they are willing to host an Intercollegiate Team Challenge at their event.

Intercollegiate team rosters are due to the USEA Senior Director of Membership Service, Jennifer Hardwick, at [email protected] by Feb. 15, 2024. Please list all members of your intercollegiate team on this roster to ensure they receive the Collegiate Member discount. Only members listed on an Intercollegiate roster that is submitted by Feb. 15 will be eligible for the discounted rate.

The countdown to the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship is on, and we can’t wait to see everyone at Stable View!

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 at universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA. Many events across the country offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges where collegiate eventers can compete individually or 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. The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship is a capstone event for the program, which is held annually in the spring. The 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship will be held at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5. Click here to learn more about the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.

The USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, Horse & Country, Kerrits, U.S. Equestrian, WeRideTogether, and World Equestrian Brands for sponsoring the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program.

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Fence-By-Fence: The 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country Course Preview

If all goes according to plan in the first part of the extended weekend, we will see 36 horses galloping across Derek di Grazia's CCI5*-L cross-country course at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (DK3DE). We partnered up with the team at CrossCountry App to bring you a preview of both the five-star and CCI4*-s tracks this year.

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Lights, cameras, action! The first formal horse inspection (which some might informally refer to as "the jog") at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (K3DE) takes place this afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. While this part of the event is a fan-favorite historically based on the impeccable turnout of the horses and the stylish and forward fashion choices of the riders (we are looking at you Boyd Martin in hopes that you bring back the American flag suit circa 2022), it serves a very important purpose: ensuring that each horse is fit, sound, and ready to compete at the five-star level.

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There are so many things to love about the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event and the opportunity to peruse the booths of so many amazing vendors is definitely one of them! Don’t forget to stop by the USEA booth, located just behind the Rolex Stadium next to the large Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event booth, to stock up on all of your favorite USEA apparel.

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