Tag: AEC2023

Sep 17, 2023

With a Little Help From Friends, Hopper and Rescue Horse Scooby Make The Trek From Washington to the AEC

After visiting the Kentucky Horse Park 11 years ago to watch the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, it never even crossed Tracey Hopper’s mind that she would ride across the famed bluegrass. But after graduating from physician’s assistant school seven years ago and taking up eventing seriously with her rescue horse Scooby, the chance to go to the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds was one she couldn’t pass up.

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Sep 16, 2023 AEC

Addie Borton's AEC Adventure with Conway Lad

Preparing the Fast Facts for the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds always displays the true diversity of the sport of eventing. Riders from all backgrounds and ages riding horses that were wrangled up in the Wild West or born into the arms of the riders who still have them to this day come together to compete in the sport they love. One fun fact the USEA staff always enjoys looking at is the age range between competitors. This year the oldest competitor was 75 years young and the lone youngest competitor was 9 years of age. That young rider is Addison Borton.

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Sep 13, 2023

Through the Lens: 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds returned to the Kentucky Horse Park for the second time from Aug. 29-Sept. 3, and it was a week to remember. Twenty-four champions were crowned, but there were so many more amazing moments in between. Here are some of our favorites.

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Sep 11, 2023 AEC

USEA Podcast #343: The #AEC2023 Review Show

Whew - what a week at the #AEC2023! Out of the 850 competitors, 24 new national champions rose to the top and USEA Podcast Host Nicole Brown caught up with two of them: Liz Halliday who won the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final and Stephanie Letarte, the 2023 USEA Training Amateur Championship.

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Sep 10, 2023 Volunteers

Volunteerism Brings Eventing Lovers Together at the 2023 AEC

With 850 competitors on the roster, putting on this year’s USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds was no easy task. And like all other horse trials in the U.S., the AEC still relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to bring its efforts to fruition. Over 750 volunteer shifts were filled over the course of the 7-day-long competition by an outstanding 300-plus volunteers. Those volunteers hailed from all over the country, with 30% of the final volunteer number driving in from out of state. Eventing enthusiasts flew in from each coast to help make this event a special one for the qualified competitors this year. While on grounds, the USEA caught up with a handful of these spectacular individuals to get the down low on why they opted to volunteer at this year’s national championships.

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Sep 09, 2023 AEC

The Amato Family Shares A Special Week at the AEC

While they’d both been to the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds in the past, Andy Amato and his wife Tonya Cummins Amato hoped to one day share the special experience with their 12-year-old daughter Addison Amato. With all horses and humans healthy and with the AEC being held in Lexington, Kentucky, 2023 was their year.

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Sep 04, 2023 AEC

Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships!

The 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds has been a roaring success, standing as the third largest eventing competition in North American history, behind the 2021 and 2019 AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park. None of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal sponsors.

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Sep 03, 2023 AEC

Show Jumping Shakes Things Up for Beginner Novice AEC Competitors

After a week of competition, the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds drew to a close on Sunday evening at the conclusion of the six Beginner Novice Championship divisions.

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Sep 03, 2023 AEC

The #AEC2023 Daily: Sunday

The schedule might be lighter today, but the competition will still be fierce as competitors in our six final divisions step forth in hopes of being crowned champion. We absolutely love Beginner Novice championship day and cannot wait to watch eventing dreams unfold right before our very eyes. We encourage all other competitors to take a moment to head down to the Rolex Stadium to cheer these final six divisions on as they cross the finish timers!

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Sep 02, 2023 AEC

Polished Plans Pan Out for Beginner Novice on Cross-Country at the AEC

Beginner Novice riders left the start box today and are still sporting high levels of enthusiasm despite the relentless nature of competition, and all that needs to be done in-between phases, as the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds heads into its final day. The big atmosphere inspired mighty plans, all of which went swimmingly for our first-place leaders who are still hanging onto their overnight dressage scores after going through the notable head of the lake.

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Sep 02, 2023 AEC

Six Novice Champions Crowned On Saturday at the AEC

The competition and the temperature heated up on Saturday as six Novice divisions came to a conclusion at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds.

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