The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is disappointed to announce that due to COVID-19, the 2020 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 16-17 at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials are canceled.
"I am so very sorry for the students, especially the seniors, who have been looking forward to the Championships. They have worked incredibly hard all year to train and fundraise, but in the interest of a level playing field, I believe this is the right decision. I urge our students now to remember the spirit of the intercollegiate program and show their utmost camaraderie and friendship during this difficult time for our sport, our community, and our world. We will come back from this better than ever,” said the USEA Intercollegiate Committee Chair Leslie Threlkeld.
The USEA recently announced that it will extend the suspension of recognizing events and educational activities through May 3, 2020. While the 2020 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships fall just outside of the current suspension, the decision was made that it would be in the best interest for everyone involved to cancel this year’s USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships in May due to COVID-19. Many factors went into this decision including the closure of schools across the country until the end of the school year, which significantly affects participation. Also, the USEA Board of Governors recommended the cancellation be in line with NCAA standards of canceling sporting events due to COVID-19.
**Please note that the event itself is still on the USEA competition calendar, so Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials is planning to host an intercollegiate team challenge during their May event.
More information will be coming soon regarding a future championship. Please continue to check the USEA website for updates.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was established in 2014 to provide a framework within which eventing teams and individual competitors could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. The USEA offers a discount of $25 on annual USEA memberships for current students of universities and colleges registered as Affiliates with the USEA. Many events across the country now offer Intercollegiate Team Challenges where collegiate eventers can compete individually as well as on teams with their fellow students. In Intercollegiate Team Challenges, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level to account for differences in level difficulty and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Click here to learn more about the Intercollegiate Eventing Program.
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