The fifth annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships were a huge success at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Va. this weekend. There was a record number of 105 Intercollegiate entries, which included 29 teams and 15 unique colleges and universities competing for the Championship titles.
This year was the first year where two divisions were offered – not just the undergraduate division, but also the new graduate division. The graduate division was open to current graduate students, as well as the seniors from the graduating 2020 class who missed out on last year’s Championships after the unfortunate cancellation due to COVID-19. This year’s Champions were the University of Kentucky Wildcats Team (Cosby Green, Ivie Cullen Dean, Caroline Dannemiller, and Abbey O’Day) in the undergraduate division and Amelia Bayer from James Madison University, Macy Clark from the University of Kentucky, and Mackenzie Krason from Virginia Tech in the graduate division. The prestigious Spirit Award was then claimed by Auburn University.
This year’s USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships would not have been possible without the support of some great sponsors, who helped make it special for all students in attendance. Bates Saddles, Saratoga Horseworks, Kerrits, RevitaVet, FITS Riding, World Equestrian Brands, EQuine AMerica Magazine, R&J Equine Kinetics, and US Equestrian all offered up incredible prizes for the students in both divisions.
The Intercollegiate sponsors sent the top three teams in the undergraduate division home with large prize bags filled with luggage bags, grooming bags and other goodies from Bates Saddles, certificates from FITS Riding, leather cleaning kits and certificates from World Equestrian Brands, special items from Equine America Magazine, incredible items such as show coats from Kerrits, branded saddle pads from US Equestrian and RevitaVet, and some other miscellaneous items. RevitaVet also gave the winning team a RevitaVet therapy system, and the winning team also received two spots to attend a one-month hydrotherapy sertive at R&J Equine Unlimited in Virginia. The champions in the graduate division also went home with large prize bags with items from all of the sponsors. Lastly, Saratoga Horseworks sent both Champion teams home with beautiful, custom embroidered show coolers.
The USEA would also like to thank The Virginia Horse Trials and Executive Director Andy Bowles for putting on such a wonderful event and giving this opportunity to the students. A special mention also goes to Leslie Threlkeld, USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Committee Chair, who continues to dedicate her time and energy into the program and on-site at the annual championships.
Hannah Warner wears many hats: student at the University of Kentucky, UK Eventing Team President, competitor, and head groom for Alexa Ehlers. Fitting in all of her roles and responsibilities into her day-to-day life can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Warner finds rewarding. The college senior is working towards a business degree through UK's online business program, so Warner is able to get creative with her schedule to pursue all of her academic and eventing related goals.
The Area III Championships kicked off the 2022 USEA Area Championship season June 24-26 at the Stable View Summer H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina. Offering 12 different championship divisions from Intermediate to Beginner Novice, the championships were highly contested as riders from all across Area III put in a gallant effort in hopes of being deemed division champion. The USEA caught up with many of the individual champions to look back on their performances in Aiken that helped them bring home the top prize.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are just two months away. The AEC moves to the mountains this year, taking place at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana across a long Labor Day weekend.