The USEA and Intercollegiate Committee are pleased to introduce the recently completed USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Handbook. Contained within these pages is everything you need to know about the USEA Intercollegiate Program as well as membership benefits and guides for forming teams and hosting team challenges. Much of this information was already available on the USEA website. Now it has been condensed into one convenient, linkable location.
There is some new information available in the Handbook, including collegiate membership restrictions and guidelines and eligibility requirements for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship.
Currently, any individual who is a current undergraduate student at a university or college that is an Affiliate of the USEA is eligible to receive a $25 discount on their annual USEA membership.
Beginning in 2019, undergraduate students are eligible to maintain a collegiate membership and receive the discount for a total of five school years, which may be nonconsecutive. There is no age restriction on eligibility for current undergraduate students.
The USEA Intercollegiate Championship has run for three years with great success and always increasing participation. To uphold the mission of the program and ensure fairness, the Committee established these guidelines and eligibility requirements for those students interested in participating at the Championship.
These policies will apply to the 2019 USEA Intercollegiate Championship at Chattahoochee Hills, May 17-19, 2019. Please read them carefully!
Based on feedback from students, the Committee has made a slight adjustment to the coefficients used for team scoring at the Intercollegiate Championship. Coefficients are applied to a rider’s score to account for level of difficulty. In the past, Beginner Novice received a coefficient of 1.1 and Novice received a coefficient of 1. Beginning at the 2019 Championship, Beginner Novice scores will receive a coefficient of 1, and Novice will receive a coefficient of .99. The reason for this adjustment is because the majority of Championship competitors compete at the Beginner Novice through Training levels and the feedback received indicated that teams were being ‘penalized’ for every Beginner Novice rider on the team.
The new coefficient system that will be applied at the Championship is as follows:
If Modified is offered at the Championship, a coefficient of 0.95 will apply to Training level and 0.9 will apply to Modified.
Just as a reminder, the 2019 and 2020 Championships will take place in May at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia. The 2021 and 2022 Championships will take place at Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Mark your calendars!
About the USEA Intercollegiate 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 spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).