The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds would not take place without the support of the USEA’s generous group of incredible sponsors.
This year, the AEC is offering over $125,000 in prize money split between the divisions with $60,000 allotted to the top finishers in the Adequan USEA Advanced Final division. In addition to the cash prizes awarded to the top finishers in each of the 23 divisions, numerous prizes will be awarded through sixth place, all courtesy of the USEA AEC sponsors. The top three teams in the USEA Adult Team Championships will also receive cash and prizes. Several of the AEC sponsors are on site at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend featuring some special deals for shoppers to take advantage of.
Adequan, the Title Sponsor of the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, is on site this weekend to answer any questions you may have about their product and how it can help your horse perform his best, “whether your horse is a top athlete or a treasured companion.” Don’t forget to grab a free Adequan bucket!
Presenting Sponsor Nutrena is ready to help you pick the feed that’s right for your horse. Visit their booth in the Vendor Village and enter their raffle!
Bates Saddles, the Official Saddle of the USEA and Platinum Level Sponsor of the AEC, has brought along their brand-new Bates Victrix jump saddle this week. Anyone on site competing this weekend can take a test ride in a Bates saddle with a Bates saddle specialist and a representative from Farm House Tack, Bronze Level Sponsor and Bates’s on-site retailer.
“We are so pleased to be here as the official saddle sponsor of the USEA,” said Hannah Diebold, a representative for Bates Saddles. “It is incredible to join such a wonderful group of people at the USEA American Eventing Championships and we cannot wait for the great new things to come this year.”
While you’re at Farm House Tack checking out their selection on Bates saddles, take a look at the other items Farm House is featuring this week including FITS breeches, the Ariat fall line including their new Trifecta breeches, and Ogilvy saddle pads.
Terry Welsch, representative of Prize Level Sponsor I Love My Horse, explained the new MIPS technology in the Charles Owen helmets they are selling this weekend. Charles Owen is a Gold Level Sponsor of the AEC. “They’ve done a study of what happens when you fall, and they realized that your skin takes some of the concussion away. So, what they’ve done is created a membrane inside the helmet that moves similar to your skin. The MIPS technology spreads the concussion away from your brain.” Charles Owen helmets equipped with this new MIPS technology are on sale this weekend in a variety of styles, including the popular Charles Owen skull cap, which is available for preorder in a selection of colors.
Arnall’s Naturals believes in addressing the whole health of the horse from the inside out. The company got its start in the Outback of Australia more than 40 years ago with lifelong horseman, John Arnall. Nearly three years ago, Arnall made the decision to take his product to market and Arnall’s Naturals was born. With four different health & wellness products for horses and an additional line for canines, Arnall’s Naturals has something for the all the four-legged friend in your life. At the event, take 15 percent off any of Arnall’s Natural’s products!
“We have clothing from your barn life to your town life,” said Lauren Dunlap, owner of Bronze Level Sponsor Black Petticoat. “I have a real job to afford to compete my horses so I have clothing that will take you to both.” Almost everything at Black Petticoat is on sale this week. Plus, competitors should check their packets for a 25% off a single item discount coupon!
Bronze Level Sponsor Dubarry has brought along their classic Galway boot in a variety of colors, including the newly released navy blue. They also have a selection of poncho in a variety of tweed patterns, Goretex jackets and vests, winter boots, and classic boat shoes.
Shannon Brinkman Photography and Xpress Foto, the official photographers, and RNS Video Media, the official videographer, are all offering show specials this weekend.
Plus, don’t forget to stop by the USEA booth for all your USEA AEC swag!
These are just some of the wonderful vendors and sponsors that are on the ground at the Kentucky Horse Park to support competitors in the AEC this week. The Vendor Village will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, so be sure to go out and support the companies who support your event! Vendors are located both by the Rolex Stadium and by the Stabling Office.
A huge thank you to all the sponsors who support the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds!
Advanced Final Title Sponsor
Platinum Level Sponsors
Gold Level Sponsors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
Arnall’s Naturals | State Line Tack | Black Petticoat | Devoucoux | Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation | Horseware Ireland | LandSafe | SmartPak | Dubarry | The Chronicle of the Horse | Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles | Auburn Laboratories | FITS Riding | Ovation | Lanier Sand and Soil | Event Cooling Solutions | Farm House Tack
Contributing Level Sponsors
Prize Level Sponsors
GumBits | Ride Heels Down | C4 Belts | I Love My Horse | Mare Modern Goods | Bluegrass Vibershield | Bluegrass Animal Products | Caracol | Active Interest Media | Astrid’s Oil | Baekgaard | On The Bit Horse Supplies | Luxe EQ | EQ AM Magazine | Jetti Spa | Great British Equinery | Foxden Equine | The Scoring Chix | Pure Form Equine
Competitor’s Party Sponsors
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport for 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. This year, the AEC will be held August 27 – September 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.