Effective immediately significant changes have been made to the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. In an effort to expand access to qualification opportunities in more areas of the country, to encourage more entries at upper level U.S. events, and to expand entries at the 2019 AEC $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the USEA and the Gold Cup Steering Committee have agreed to make the AEC Advanced qualifications similar to the AEC Intermediate qualifications.
To qualify for the $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship at the AEC in 2019, competitors will need to complete a minimum of two events without cross-country jump penalties at any USEA Advanced recognized horse trials, a CCI3*, or a CIC3*.
Instead of only qualifying for the final at 11 designated qualifiers, riders will now have over 30 opportunities to qualify for the Advanced Championship. Advanced horse trials like Morven Park in Virginia, Twin Rivers in California, Pine Top in Georgia, Aspen Farms in Washington, Jersey Fresh in New Jersey, Stable View in South Carolina, and Rocking Horse in Florida will also be included as qualifiers for the $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship.
Tamra Smith with Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final first placed Mai Baum, third placed Fleeceworks Royal, and the Next Level Eventing team. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
"In response to member requests we are excited to open up the qualifications for the $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship to areas of the country where our members were previously underserved,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “Additionally, several of the upper level competitions not previously labeled as qualifiers have requested inclusion in recent years. We are happy to expand the program to include them. Thanks to all of the amazing U.S. organizers and event host sites there are now more upper level competitions operating in the country. This expansion helps to recognize that fact.”
For 2019 the $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship will continue to offer an array of prizes in addition to the prize money. The qualifying period for the 2019 AEC is from May 29, 2018 through August 20, 2019.
Don’t miss the opportunity to qualify for the AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, taking place August 27 – September 1, 2019.
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) 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. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is the setting for all the action today in Elkton, Md. Here is what you need to know to follow along:
With 70 percent of the scores coming from the second day of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, the 4- and 5-year-olds had a big moment in front of them to impress the judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike. The horses were judged over a set of show jumps (15 percent) then moved directly into the cross-country portion (30 percent) before finally showing off their gallop and earning an overall score for their jumping (15 percent) and general impression (10 percent).
At the end of a busy day wrapping up the dressage phase of The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day (FHI), two new riders took over the top of the leaderboards. Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville Z moved into first in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship with their 28.6, while Alexa Gartenberg and Louis M claimed the pinnacle position in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship on a 25.9.
On this week's episode of the USEA Podcast, prepare to "winterize" your horse with tips from both a rider's perspective and a veterinarian's perspective. First, five-star eventer Emily Beshear shares her tips for helping your horse adjust to the cooler temperatures. Then, her husband Dr. Jeff Beshear provides tips from a vet's point of view on how best to care for your horse as the season changes.