The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) is less than one month away! The AEC will take place August 31 – September 4 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, and will also include the Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels. Continuing the partnership with Adequan, the USEA will also host the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, which will conclude Friday, September 2.
In partnership with all the generous AEC sponsors, the USEA is offering around 100,000 in prize money and lots of great prizes across all AEC divisions. The USEA will be providing prize folders through fifth place in all AEC divisions, containing all prizes in the form of gift certificates. Some of the gift certificates may be redeemed on-site at the sponsor vendor booths in the AEC Trade Fair.
Presenting Sponsor Nutrena Feeds is back this year, supporting the event financially as well as sending prize winners home with multiple bags of feed for their horses. Nutrena also remains as “The Official Feed of the USEA.” Adequan, “The Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA” remains as the Title Sponsor of the Advanced Final, and they are offering prize money for 25 places, guaranteeing at least your entry fee back from ninth to 25th place. The Champion of the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final will walk home with a whopping $30,000 check, and the Reserve Champion will take $10,000 home.
Bates Saddles are strongly supporting the AEC with a whopping $25,000 in prizes covering the winners through fifth place in every division, including certificates for saddle pads, stirrup leathers, grooming bags, competition bags, stall bags, and a couple of saddles. Bates Saddles return as the Title Sponsor of the Preliminary divisions, as well as “The Official Saddle of the USEA.”
SmartPak Equine, “The Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA,” will return as a Gold Sponsor at the AEC. SmartPak will be providing a $50 gift certificate to all AEC Champions and Reserve Champions and $25 gift certificates for all third-place winners. They will also be generously providing gift certificates for the top three teams in the USEA Adult Team Championships. Standlee, “The Official Forage of the USEA” and Parker Equine Insurance, “The Official Equine Insurance of the USEA” will also be supporting the AEC as Gold Sponsors, generously helping fund the prize purses. Standlee Hay will also be giving away certificates for product for some prize winners. Capital Square is a new partner for the USEA this year, stepping up as “The Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA” and will join the AEC as a Gold Sponsor as well.
Silver Sponsors Mountain Horse, Auburn Laboratories, and The Jockey Club all return this year, and additionally, Kerrits, “The Official Competition and Training Apparel of the USEA.” Kerrits will be providing gift certificates for first through fifth in all AEC divisions, as well as the top three teams in the ATC divisions. “The Official Outerwear of the USEA,” Mountain Horse is gifting $500 certificates to every AEC division Champion, and Auburn Laboratories are providing certificates for 12 oz. bottles of APF for first, second and third place in every AEC division. The Jockey Club will provide Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) awards to the T.I.P. Champion and Reserve in each AEC class, including show coolers, ribbons, and additional prize money.
This year’s Bronze Level Sponsors are The Chronicle of the Horse, Athletux, Devoucoux, FITS Riding, Dubarry of Ireland, D.G. Stackhouse and Ellis, Gallops Saddlery, Fifth Third Bank, and Equilume. The Chronicle of the Horse is awarding Champions with one-year print magazine subscriptions, as well as subscriptions and show coolers for the Adult Team Championship winning team members. FITS Riding is also supporting both the AEC and ATC, with $100 gift certificates for winners in each. Devoucoux and CWD are giving prize certificates to some prize winners, and Equilume returns this year, gifting Cashel Light Masks to the Champions of the Advanced, Preliminary Amateur, Preliminary Jr/YR, and Training Amateur divisions. D.G. Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles are gifting custom belts to division winners this year, and Dubarry of Ireland is also supporting the Intermediate division with a new pair of Dubarry boots for the Champion and Reserve Champion. Gallops Saddlery will be providing gift certificates to AEC prize winners as well.
Contributing Level Sponsor CrossCountry App will be providing gift certificates to AEC prize winners, and will be providing course walks on their app for all AEC levels. Haygain will once again be giving a very special award of a Haygain steamer system for the Champion of the Training Amateur division. WeRideTogether is a new partner for the USEA this year, stepping up as an educational partner of the organization, and supporting the AEC as a Contributing level sponsor. Prize winners will be able to pick up a pair of WeRideTogether socks at the USEA merchandise booth in the USEA Trade Fair. Other sponsors supporting the AEC at the Contributing level are First Interstate Bank, Glacier Bank, and Schellinger Construction.
Lastly, the following Prize Level Sponsors will also be providing gift certificates at the AEC: Practical Horseman, Freelance Design, Horse&Country TV, Flexible Fit Equestrian, Hound & Hare, and Vet Blue. Strides For Equality Equestrians will also be on-site promoting allyship and giving prize winners in the AEC and ATC their SEE stickers. Achieve Equine are also providing FLAIR nasal strips to some prize winners, and Bemer is also supporting the AEC this year.
Entries are currently open for the AEC and will close Tuesday, August 16, so be sure to get your entries in as soon as possible, as there will be a capacity of about 650 horses. The current AEC entry status may be found here, and the tentative AEC schedule may be found here. The omnibus listing for the AEC, ATC, and Advanced Final with further information may be found here.
Are you qualified to compete at the 2022 AEC? Check the list of qualified riders here. Check the list of qualified horses here. For questions about your qualifications, email [email protected].
For more information on the Adult Team Championships (ATC), click here. For more information on the parties and entertainment, read our announcements here.
Rebecca Farm and the USEA will be hosting a welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday, August 31, where one ticket per horse will be included with Championship and Festival entries. On Thursday, September 1, the USEA Adult Rider and Young Rider program parties will be hosted by USEA Area VII and supported by many Area programs. The prestigious AEC competitors’ party will take place on Friday, September 2, and one ticket per horse will be included with Championship and Festival entries. Additional tickets may be purchased on-site, and hospitality packages may be purchased in advance by visiting www.rebeccafarm.org/usea-aec/ or by contacting Marcia at 406-321-1377.
The USEA looks forward to seeing everyone in Kentucky! Stay tuned to the USEA website for more event updates and details, and be sure to click “attending” on the AEC event Facebook page.
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
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 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. In fact, the 2021 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and now stands as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 4 at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. 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 Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee, Capital Square, Silver level sponsors Auburn Laboratories, Mountain Horse, Kerrits and The Jockey Club. The USEA would like to thank all other sponsors supporting the 2022 AEC as well.
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