Apr 04, 2024

One Month Until to the 2024 Intercollegiate & Interscholastic Eventing Championships

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
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The 2024 USEA Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Eventing Championships are fast approaching, and time is running out for program members to secure their spot at this epic event. For the first time, the Intercollegiate and inaugural IEL Championships will be hosted on the same weekend at the Stable View Local Charities H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, and the organizers are pulling out every stop to make this an unforgettable experience for all involved! The event has a maximum capacity of 400 entries, so don’t wait to add your name to the list of confirmed competitors.

Awards & Prizes

In addition to vying for individual placings in each division, Intercollegiate and Interscholastic team members will be battling for an array of awards and prizes up for grabs in the 2024 Championships. The USEA will award team ribbons through eighth place, as well as silver trophy trays for the Champion and Reserve Champion teams in the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and pennant banners for the top two teams in the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League Championship. In addition, the USEA has donated custom embroidered show coolers for each member of the winning teams.

Exciting prize packages have been secured for the top three teams of each Championship thanks to the USEA’s generous sponsors.

  • Bates Saddles
    • Champions – Bates medium duffle bag, leather saddle bookmark, saddle pad
    • Reserve Champions – Bates medium duffle bag, leather saddle bookmark, saddle pad
    • Third Place – Bates medium duffle bag, leather saddle bookmark
  • Horse & Country
    • Champions - One annual subscriptions to H&C+ for each member of the teams
    • Reserve Champion and Third-Place Teams - H&C Hats
  • Kerrits
    • Champions – Gift card for choice of Kerrits top and pair of breeches
    • Reserve Champions – Gift Card for a pair of Kerrits breeches
    • Third Place – Gift card for Kerrits top of choice
  • Nunn Finer
    • Champions - Nunn Finer Bridles for each member of the winning teams
  • U.S. Equestrian
    • Custom engraved leather lead shanks for all members of top-three teams
  • World Equestrian Brands
    • Intercollegiate - Vespucci double raised halters for the Champions, Equilibrium Allsport Boots for the Reserve Champions, and Amerigo leather care kits for the third-place team members
    • IEL - Vespucci Rubber Reins for the Champions, Equilibrium Flatwork Wraps for the Reserve Champions, and Amerigo leather care kits for the third-place team members
  • USEA
    • Champions – $50 ShopUSEA gift cards and program stickers
    • Reserve Champions - $25 ShopUSEA gift cards and program stickers
    • Third Place – Program sticker

Finally, WeRideTogether is on board to celebrate the top three teams in both championships as well. In addition to the USEA’s support, Stable View has brought on several sponsors to give away even more goodies to the top teams.

  • Equestly
    • Champions - $200 gift cards, saddle pads, hats
    • Reserve Champions - $150 gift cards, saddle pads, hats
    • Third Place - $100 gift cards, saddle pads, hats
    • Fourth Place - $75 gift cards
  • VTO Saddlery
    • Champions - $100 gift cards
    • Reserve Champions - $75 gift cards
    • Third Place - $40 gift cards
    • Fourth Place - $35 gift cards
  • Knuckle Equestrian Gloves
    • One pair of gloves for each member of the top three teams
  • Ecogold
    • Champions - One saddle pad for each member of the teams

The awards and prizes for the competition aren’t the only ones up for grabs at the Championships, as the coveted Spirit Award will now be offered for both the Intercollegiate and IEL programs! As announced in March, the Spirit Award will be judged by five criteria and activities: the Barn Decorating Contest, the Hobby Horse Contest, the Mechanical Bull Contest, the Pavilion Window Decorating Contest, and the Overall Spirit, Sportsmanship, and Camaraderie of each team. New perpetual trophies have been generously donated by Stable View to be presented to the Champion of each program, and they will also award Stable View merch to the top three winners.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 3

  • 3:00 p.m. – Cross-Country course open
  • 4:30 p.m. – Teams gather at Main Arena to prepare for Parade of Teams
  • 5:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony: Parade of Teams and Intercollegiate Senior Awards
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Graze and Gaze Party in the Pavilion Pub

Saturday, May 4

  • 7:30 a.m. – Dressage – All levels (Starter – Advanced)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Show Jumping – Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Modified
  • 9:00 a.m. – Cross-Country- Novice, Beginner Novice, Starter
  • TBD – Training completes one jumping phase depending on entries
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Graze and Gaze Party at the Pavilion Pub, featuring the Mechanical Bull and Hobby Horse Contests

Sunday, May 5

  • 8:30 a.m. – Show Jumping – Novice, Beginner Novice, Starter
  • 9:00 a.m. – Cross-Country – Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Modified
  • TBD - Training completes second jumping phase
  • 30-minutes following the completion of competition – Closing Ceremony and Championships Awards (unmounted)
    • **Attendance at Awards Ceremony is required to receive prizes.

Entries

Entries for the Championships close in less than two weeks on Tuesday, April 16. The USEA anticipates significant interest in participating in the event, so early entry is highly recommended to ensure your spot. All registered colleges, universities, and IEL Clubs are welcome and encouraged to enter to compete at the 2024 Championships. There are no qualifications necessary to enter, but teams represented must be registered affiliates of the USEA. Don’t forget to submit your official rosters to Jennifer Hardwick, USEA Senior Director of Membership Services, at [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure your members are eligible to compete. Only members listed on each college, university, or IEL Club roster will be allowed to participate.

Tentative team rosters for the Championships are due no later than the closing date on April 16, and definite team rosters must be provided by 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 29. For the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship, please submit your team rosters to Leslie Threlkeld, Chair of the Intercollegiate Eventing Committee, at [email protected]. For the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League Championship, please submit your team rosters to Chris Donovan, IEL Task Force member, at [email protected].

Stable View will also host an Alumni Team Challenge for any current Graduate students or college alumni that would like to be a part of the festivities. All college alumni are welcome, not just alumni of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program, and there is no age limit for participation. This challenge is separate from the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. For those interested in participating, please contact Emma Young, Stable View Team Member, at [email protected] to submit your rosters.

Stay in the Know

If you are planning to compete in the 2024 Intercollegiate and IEL Championships, sign up to join the Stable View WhatsApp group for the Championships. Click here or scan the QR code to the right to join the group. The team at Stable View will post regular updates and share news related to the championships in this group chat.

Any questions regarding the Intercollegiate Eventing Program or Interscholastic Eventing League and the upcoming 2024 Championships can be directed to USEA staff liaison, Kaleigh Collett, at [email protected].

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.

About the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL)

In August 2020, the USEA Board of Governors approved the creation of the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) as an official program of the USEA. The mission of IEL is to unite junior riders who are in the 5th—12th grade and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. A group of junior members in the 5th—12th grade who share a common bond, such as the same barn, school, Pony Club, or other connection, can register with the USEA as an IEL Affiliate. The USEA Board of Governors recently approved an inaugural IEL Championship to kick-off in 2024 at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina, which will be held in conjunction with the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 4-5, 2024. Click here to learn more about the Interscholastic Eventing League.

The USEA would like to thank Kerrits and Horse & Country for sponsoring the USEA Interscholastic Eventing League.

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