https://www.lexmark.com/en_us/...The 2021 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 nearly 1,200 entries, with just under 1,000 starters and none of it would have been possible without the outstanding organization from Equestrian Events, Inc. and Mary Fike, and also thanks to the support of the many loyal sponsors. Thanks to their generous support, the USEA was able to provide AEC competitors with over $100,000 in prize money, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and in-kind donations. Whether an AEC competitor placed 6th 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.
The USEA would also like to thank Adequan, who has been a long-time partner serving as the Title Sponsor of the Advanced division. The USEA and Adequan were able to offer the elite $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the AEC this year, sending the winner home with a whopping $30,000 personalized check. Adequan is the “Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA.”
Bates Saddles, the “Official Saddle of the USEA” has built an exciting partnership and stands as Platinum level sponsor of the AEC, as well as Title sponsor of the Preliminary divisions. Bates supports the USEA with $17,000 worth of prizes for winners through sixth place in every division.
Vetoquinol returned after forging a partnership with the AEC in 2019, and returned as a Platinum sponsor this year, and the title sponsor of the Modified division. They provided $40,000 in prizes, gifting a tub of Equistro Flexadin to the top 10 in every AEC division, as well as the top teams in the Adult Team Championships (ATC).
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
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, Lexmark and Horse&Country
For more information about the AEC please visit useventing.com/aec and save the date for the AEC at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana August 30 – September 4, 2022.
Interested in tapping into the audience of three-day eventing? Consider partnering with the United States Eventing Association (USEA) in 2022! The USEA is a non-profit 501 C (3), which serves as the national association for the Olympic equestrian sport of three-day eventing.
Whether you are a rider preparing for a move-up or a trainer looking to ensure your training program is well-rounded, the soon-to-be released USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is the go-to guide to assist you in navigating key decisions. Lucky enough, attendees of the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first people outside of the those involved in its creation to access this passion project that the ICP Committee has put two years of research and hard work into developing.
In 2021 Cynthia Smith recorded 536 hours and 59 minutes of volunteer time, setting the standard with the most amount of volunteer hours recorded in a single year since the creation of the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program in 2016. The record-breaking number of volunteer time earned Smith the 2021 USEA Volunteer of the Year title.
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.