Many adult amateur eventers are familiar with The Chronicle of the Horse/USEA Adult Team Challenge, which has been offered for over 20 years to foster team competition and camaraderie across the country.
Historically, Adult Amateurs had only three regional Adult Team Challenges in which to compete with fellow adults in a team situation. The Adult Team Challenges changed locations each year, but the Adult Rider Committee felt that only offering a Western, Central, and Eastern competition excluded the Areas that didn’t happen to host the competition that year, causing inconsistent participation from Area to Area.
At the 2013 USEA Board of Governors meeting, a new model was approved in response to the geographic problems that the Challenges faced. This year, each Area can send up to eight teams to the Adult Team Championship, which will be held alongside the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, at the Texas Rose Horse Park. To get qualified, each Area has created their own qualifications or qualifying events, so there are numerous Adult Team Challenges throughout the country before the finale at the Adult Team Championship, September 24-28.
“I see this as a positive thing,” Adult Riders' Committee co-chairman Cindy Deporter told The Chronicle of the Horse in this 2013 article. “People have an opportunity on an Area level and then an opportunity to take it to the ATCs. To me the ATCs are a showcase for this group. This is our place to go and shine, our place to meet a lot of new people, have a lot of fun, be competitive, and get some recognition for what we do as adults.”
The ATC teams will be in separate divisions at the AEC with ribbons and awards for the placed individuals and teams. This is an opportunity for adult amateur eventers to compete on a fun team within the national setting of the AEC.
At the end of 2018 the United States Eventing Association (USEA) launched a new website and with this update came a new process for the USEA’s online competition calendar. This change was not a result of the new website, but because of the USEA Omnibus no longer being offered in a printed version.
US Equestrian (USEF) has released the selection procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games taking place August 1-4, 2019 in Lima, Peru. The United States did not secure the necessary Olympic qualifying placing at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, so the 2019 Pan American Games are the U.S.’s next chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This week on the USEA Podcast, USEA Classic Series Task Force member Mary Fike comes on the show to talk about the USEA Classic Series and the work the Task Force has done over the last year. Marcia Kulak returns to the show to talk about fitness programs for long format events.
The final day of the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium gave judges and auditors the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) program. Demo horses were brought in for a full day of every aspect of the FEH Championships from yearlings to 4-year-olds.