Day three of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships has arrived! Here's a quick rundown of what you may need to know moving into today's competition, and some helpful links to help you follow along with all of the action throughout the day.
Day 2 Recap:
Out of 105 total entries, there were 23 intercollegiate riders that competed today in the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships at Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Va. Taking place over four days of competition, the schedule for today, Friday, May 28, consisted of dressage for the CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI*-L, Intermediate, and Preliminary divisions; cross-country for all Preliminary riders; and show jumping for the riders in Intermediate, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S divisions.
Breaking down the 23 collegiate riders that competed today, there was one in the CCI3*-L (two total), one in the CCI3*-S, three in the CCI2*-L, two in the CCI2*-S, four in the CCI1*-L, five in the Open Intermediate division and seven in the Preliminary Rider division.
There are still 17 intercollegiate teams that have yet to even compete with Modified, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice competitors starting their Championship weekend tomorrow, Saturday, May 29. While it’s still too early to report the team rankings, the University of Virginia, the University of Kentucky, and Virginia Tech are holding top spots in their respective divisions.
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Sporting Spirit at the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships Opening Ceremony
The 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships have officially begun as the first intercollegiate activity took place this evening, Friday, May 28. Thirteen schools lined up for the opening ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in the coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center.
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Meet the teams of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships! A total of 105 competitors, 15 schools, and 29 teams are competing here at the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships through May 30 at the Virginia Horse Trials.
The 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships continue tomorrow, May 29 at the Virginia Horse Center. Tomorrow’s schedule includes dressage for Modified, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions; cross-country for CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI1*-L, Intermediate, Modified, Training, and Beginner Novice; and show jumping for the Preliminary and Novice divisions.
The awards ceremony will be unmounted on Sunday afternoon. The USEA will be providing ribbons in the undergraduate division for the top six teams, and ribbons for the top four teams in the graduate division. Every team member on the Champion and Reserve Champion winning teams in both divisions will also receive trophy plates for keepsake. New this year, the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Committee is providing senior gifts to all departing seniors. This also includes the 2020 seniors who missed out on the championships due to COVID-19 last year, who are also planning to come back and compete this year in the graduate division.
FITS Riding will be providing $100 gift certificates for all members in the top three teams. They are also on-site this week, located close to the covered arena. Be sure to visit their booth and thank them for their support!
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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 of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA. Many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges 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 Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
The USEA would like to thank Saratoga Horseworks, Bates Saddles, FITS, World Equestrian Brands, EQuine AMerica Magazine, Revitavet, Kerrits, R&J Equine Unlimited, LLC, and US Equestrian for sponsoring the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
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