The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds has broken all the records, now standing as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park garnered over 1,000 entries, with over 900 starters and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal sponsors. Thanks to their generous support, the USEA was able to provide AEC competitors with over $125,000 in prize money, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and in-kind donations. Whether an AEC competitor placed sixth or won their division, they walked away with prize money and a plethora of prizes donated by the wonderful sponsors.
The USEA would like to especially thank AEC Presenting Sponsor, Nutrena Feeds, as they have been a long-time supporter of the AEC at both the Presenting and Title Level in the past, and the USEA cherishes this partnership for all USEA members.
“Since the very first AEC in 2004, Nutrena has partnered with the USEA as one of our corporate sponsors,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “Having partnered with Nutrena for over 14 years, we are proud to call Nutrena the 'Official Feed of the USEA' today. We know that feeding Nutrena brings U.S. eventers peace of mind thanks to their incredibly high standards and their focus on optimum nutrition and peak performance.”
The USEA would also like to thank Adequan, who has been a long-time partner serving as the Title Sponsor of the past Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. New this year, in conjunction with Adequan, the USEA was able to offer the elite $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the AEC, sending the winner home with a $30,000 check. “Our partners from Adequan® approached us asking whether increased investment would help to grow the Advanced Final at the American Eventing Championships and we were reminded once again of what an amazing supporter of the sport Adequan® is,” stated USEA CEO Rob Burk. “For over a decade, Adequan® has stepped up to support our horses and riders. Their investment will propel the $60,000 Adequan® USEA® Advanced Final forward as the most important upper-level horse trial in the world! We are very thankful to be partnered with the company that produces the only product approved by the FDA for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses.”
Bates Saddles, the new Official Saddle of the USEA, has built an exciting start to the new partnership by standing as a Platinum Level Sponsor of the AEC, as well as Title sponsor of the Preliminary divisions. “At the USEA we take very seriously the products and companies that we designate as officially endorsed by our Association,” said Burk. “In our research, Bates Saddles was a natural fit for our members. This company is extremely thorough in their research when developing a saddle that’s comfortable for both horse and rider. For over 85 years, they have created a product with the horse’s welfare as a top priority which is something that all eventers should prioritize. We truly appreciate their support of U.S. eventing and we’re excited to welcome them on as the Official Saddle of the USEA!”
Equistro was a new partner this year, providing tubs of Equistro Myo Power to every AEC winner through 15th place in each division. They also provided product to ATC teams, and “we are very thankful to welcome this new partnership with Equistro,” said Burk. “Equistro products are loved by eventers from all over the world and we are thrilled to have their support for the 2019 AEC.”
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: Ariat, Meanwhile Back on the Farm, L.V. Harkness, Lexmark, GLC Direct, Georgetown Tourism, FarmVet, FLAIR Nasal Strips, Nunn Finer, RevitaVet, Resvantage Equine, CrossCountry App;
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;
For more information about the AEC, please visit useventing.com/aec and save the date for the AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 25-30, 2020!
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