The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) and the Retired Racehorse Project are united in support of the organizations two major championships approaching in the coming months. The Retired Racehorse Project joins the USEA as an “Official Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2023 American Eventing Championships,” which will be hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, this Aug. 29 through Sept. 3. In return, the USEA will be supporting the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, which takes place this October 11-14 in Lexington, as a “Starting Gate Sponsor.”
The Retired Racehorse Project, also know as the “RRP,” exists to facilitate the placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses into second careers by increasing the demand for them in equestrian sports. The RRP also serves the farms, trainers and organizations that help to facilitate this transition. With a market-based approach to aftercare, the RRP empowers those involved with Thoroughbred ex-racehorses through education, service, and inspiration. Since it’s inaugural event in 2013, the RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover has served as a place to showcase the trainability and talent of off-track Thoroughbreds. The competition is intended to inspire good trainers to become involved in transitioning these horses into second careers, and it offers ten competitive disciplines, including eventing, dressage and show jumping.
“The USEA is proud to partner with the Retired Racehorse Project to join forces on two incredible events that support the longevity of our organizations and sports,” said USEA CEO, Rob Burk. “Thoroughbred blood is critical for fostering speed and stamina in eventing horses, and the breed has always been heavily represented in our sport. I encourage you to look at the entries in all the AEC divisions, and I bet you’ll find at least one Thoroughbred in each one!”
To learn more about the Retired Racehorse Projects initiatives and to plan your trip to the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover, visit therrp.org.
About the United States Eventing Association
The USEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers, and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing. To learn more, visit www.useventing.com.
As Tropical Storm Ophelia brought soaking rains to the region today, the Plantation Field International continued its four days of competition with CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S show jumping and cross-country for CCI1*-S, CCII2*-S, and CCI3*-S divisions.
The USEA Area IX Championships took place during two different horse trials this summer, with the Modified Championships as part of the The Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wymoming) in August and the Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice Championships taking place during The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, Utah) in September. In addition, Area IX offered additional championship tests at the Starter and Tadpole levels at Skyline.
The CCI4*-S division at the 2023 Plantation Field International Horse Trials kicked off today with 39 horses headed down centerline. Local rider Boyd Martin of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, topped the leaderboard riding Luke 140, owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, and is also tied for third (28.8) with the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B. Martin is also placed 23rd with Contessa, owned by the Turner family.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is humbled to announce the return of long-time partner The Dutta Corporation as the “Title Sponsor of the 2023 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships,” which include the East Coast Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland, on Oct. 19-20 and the West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, on Oct. 27-28.