The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is one of the most exciting events of the year thanks in great part to sponsor involvement. With the help of this year's amazing roster of sponsors, the AEC is proud to offer over $100,000 in prize money and numerous prizes to be awarded through sixth place across each of the 23 divisions! Many of this year’s AEC sponsors will be on-site at the Kentucky Horse Park throughout the duration of the 2021 Championships and will offer great goodies and some special offers for those in attendance this year.
As a proud sponsor of the USEA, American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), provides FDA-approved products for your sport horse. Curious as to how Adequan might help your horse? The Title Sponsor of the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final is situated in booth #1 and their team of representatives will be happy to answer any questions you might have! For those who can’t join us in person at the AEC, please visit adequan.com to learn more.
High-performance horses need high-performance support and that is what Vetoquinol strives to offer. Vetoquinol has more than 88 years of experience in all areas related to horse health and well-being. Vetoquinol is unique in its unrelenting strive for innovation, quality, and improved nutritional solutions for the horse that only an International Veterinary Pharmaceutical company can provide. They will be offering a discount on all Vetoquinol products to anyone who attends the AEC. Stop by their booth #16 at the corner of Nina Bonnie and Jay Trump Drive to obtain details. They will also be giving away a prize pack of their equine products, to enter you must take a photo with a Vetoquinol sign or product and tag us at BarnChats on Instagram or at Barn Chats By Vetoquinol on Facebook.
Vetoquinol Account Manager Courtney Calnan shared, “Vetoquinol is thrilled to be back as a Platinum level sponsor for the AEC. As a competitor myself, I know how important it is to support competitions that highlight all levels of our sport."
Eventer fan-favorite Dubarry will be on-site again this year during the AEC! Snag some new gear or a new pair of boots and sneak a peek at some of the newest Dubarry collections at booth #17. “We are excited to be previewing some of our new perennial active, sports, and teamwear collection at the AEC,” commented Danny Hulse, Dubarry General Manager. “The focus for this collection is on performance fabrics with enhanced breathability, movement & quick-drying properties. This sports apparel collection has been designed leaving primary positioning open for team and sponsorship branding. The Dubarry Aquatech collection is also available at dubarry.com.”
Stop by booth #6 to check out Equilume’s state-of-the-art equine light therapy products and enter to win an Equilume Cashel light therapy mask for your horse (retails for $700!). Phil Bruce will be on-site to perform product demonstrations, answer any questions you might have about Equilume light therapy, and help you enter the giveaway. “Equilume is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships,” Equilume CEO, Ronan Cox said. “Equilume Lighting products positively influence health, performance, and well-being, all of which are important for successful eventing horses. We are looking forward to a great week and wish all competitors the best of luck!”
Don’t forget to stop by the joint booth shared by The Jockey Club (TJC) and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)! In addition to lots of giveaways (including some really awesome boot towels!), you can shop merchandise from both organizations and check out all of the eligible Thoroughbreds competing at the AEC! “The Jockey Club is excited to be a part of this landmark event and to recognize the top Thoroughbreds in each division at the 2021 AEC,” shared Kristin Werner, TJC’s Senior Counsel and Coordinator of the T.I.P. Program. “We look forward to welcoming participants at our booth to learn more about the Thoroughbred Incentive Program and Retired Racehorse Project. Go Thoroughbreds!”
Jen Roytz, executive director of the RRP added, "The RRP is thrilled to support the AEC once again this year and to cheer on and promote all of the Thoroughbreds – especially the Thoroughbred Makeover grads – that are competing. We’ll have OTTB merchandise on hand and will also be offering a discounted subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine for AEC attendees. Just stop by our booth #4 near the Grill on the Hill and talk with one of our representatives to get the special pricing on your subscription.”
There are plenty more exciting shops for you to visit while on the grounds at the Kentucky Horse Park such as FITS Riding, GLC Direct, FarmVet, 70 Degrees Black Petticoat, and many more!
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. With over 1,000 entries the 2021 AEC is set to be the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors! The USEA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Presenting Sponsor: Nutrena Feeds; Advanced Final Title Sponsor: Adequan; Platinum Level Sponsor: Bates Saddles, Vetoquinol Gold Level Sponsors: Parker Equine Insurance, ShowConnect, Smartpak, Standlee Hay; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Park Equine Hospital, Mountain Horse, The Jockey Club; Saratoga Horseworks; Bronze Level Sponsors: 70 Degrees, Athletux, Black Petticoat, The Chronicle of the Horse, Devoucoux, Dubarry of Ireland, Equilume, FITS Riding, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, LandSafe Equestrian, Parks Tax & Consulting, Retired Racehorse Project, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis Contributing Level Sponsors: Big Ass Fans, CrossCountry App, FarmVet, GLC Direct, Haygain, John Deere, L.V. Harkness, Santa Cruz Animal Health; Prize Level Sponsors: American Saddlebred Horse Association, Astrid’s Oil, Bluegrass Animal Products, Dressage TestPro, EQuine AMerica Magazine, Flexible Fit Equestrian, Achieve Equine/FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, Great British Equinery, Horse & Country, Hound & Hare, I Love My Horse, Mare Modern Goods, Romitelli Riding Boots, Strides for Equality Equestrians, Tack of the Town, VetBlue, The Equine Network, and Horse&Country
The Area VII Championships were one of three Area Championships to run over the weekend of September 18-19. The Aspen Farms Horse Trials of Yelm, Washington was host to the over 150 combinations who qualified for the Area VII year-end Championships presented by Tin Men Supply. With ten Championship divisions running over the course of the weekend, the team of staff and volunteers putting on the event were quite busy ensuring that the Championship atmosphere was top-notch!
The 2021 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships will take place at three different regional competitions. The first of the three to kick off the FEH Championship season is the FEH East Coast Championships which will start on Saturday, September 25, and run through Sunday, September 26 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. The 2021 USEA FEH Central and West Coast Championships will take place in October.
What a week in Aachen! Nicole is joined by Erik Duvander and Jenni Autry to relive a brilliant week for U.S. riders in Aachen in this special bonus episode.
When Daniel Stickney met his future wife Kathy in college, he had zero involvement in the horse world. Kathy had ridden as a teen and after marrying in graduate school, the couple was invited on a trail ride by an acquaintance who owned a boarding and lesson barn. That trail ride sparked Kathy’s fire for riding again and she began working at the barn to help offset costs of lessons and boarding for her first horse, Kismet. Suddenly Daniel found himself in the saddle as well. The two have been riding together for over 30 years now.