For Immediate Release: Rebecca Farm and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) would like to recognize all the riders who have participated this week at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC). A special thanks goes out to our Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training level riders who have made such a massive effort and a financial commitment to be here this week. These riders make up the core of the USEA membership, and it can safely be said that the organization and the sport would not be the success they are today without their support.
The AEC was developed in 2004 to provide members at all levels with an opportunity to showcase their skills in a competitive setting. More importantly, the championships allow riders at all levels to get together and support each other in a spirit of camaraderie. For the lower-level riders, the AEC is their Olympics. They spend all year taking lessons, riding in clinics to improve their skills, and traveling great distances to qualify for these annual championships. The upper-level riders at the AEC take the time out of their schedules to walk cross-country courses and provide coaching for the less experienced riders. This proves the sport of eventing has the power to bring riders and horses of all ages and abilities together to celebrate our sport.
“I have heard some questions about why the AEC doesn't feature the higher levels on the weekend. A major reason why the Beginner Novice through Training level championships are held over the weekend and not mid-week is because this is the time for our members at those levels to shine. This is their championship and the culmination of months of hard work they have put into getting here,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “They deserve to have their time in the limelight because they are the heart of our membership and are vital to the USEA’s continued success.”
Rebecca Farm has been committed to providing all riders with an experience they will remember for years. Brand new cross-country courses at the Beginner Novice and Modified levels were designed and built specifically for the AEC. No expense was spared to ensure the horses and riders would have a safe yet challenging test making the competition a true championship at every level.
Organizer Sarah Broussard put together a top-notch team of volunteers and staff to ensure the championships were a success. “My father, Jerome Broussard, was determined that riders would have the experience to remember and that both riders and horses would leave on Sunday better for competing at Rebecca Farm,” she said. “It has been the greatest pleasure to have welcomed all the horses and riders, but especially to see so many new faces thanks to the addition of Beginner Novice. The sheer joy on the faces of those riders, both young children and those of, well shall we say more mature years, as they come across the finish line makes all the hard work worthwhile. I hope everyone leaves here knowing how much we appreciated them putting in such an effort to be here with us at their championships in Montana and know that we will welcome them back at any time.”
The AEC will wrap up tomorrow with the final day of showjumping for the USEA Beginner Novice Championships.
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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, Capital Square, Standlee; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Mountain Horse, The Jockey Club, Kerrits; Bronze Level Sponsors: Athletux, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dubarry of Ireland, FITS Riding, Equilume, Devoucoux, Fifth Third Bank, Gallops Saddlery, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, Clark Nissan; Contributing Level Sponsors: CrossCountry App, WeRideTogether, Haygain, First Interstate Bank, Schellinger Construction, Glacier Bank, Animal Health Solutions Inc., Discover Kalispell; Prize Level Sponsors: Vet Blue, Practical Horseman, Hound & Hare, Strides of Equality Equestrians, Horse & Country TV, Bemer Independent Distributors, Freelance Design, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Flexible Fit Equestrian USA, and more! ATC Sponsors: The Chronicle of the Horse, FITS Riding, Nutrena Feeds, SmartPak, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Kerrits, and Horse & Country TV
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