Today is the first day that all three phases will take place at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Intermediate and Bates Preliminary divisions will be the first of the week to show jump in the famous Rolex Stadium. Intermediate will take to the ring from 8:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and Preliminary will follow beginning at 11:45 a.m. and finishing at 5:10 p.m.
Training and the Equistro Modified/Training will be taking their turn over Derek di Grazia’s cross-country track today stating at 8:00 a.m. with the Modified/Training division and followed by the four Training divisions beginning at 9:16 a.m. Cross-country will conclude at 4:46 p.m.
The six Novice divisions – Junior Novice, Junior Novice 15 and Under, Novice Rider, Novice Horse, Novice Amateur, and Novice Master Amateur – dance in the sandbox today starting at 7:42 a.m. and wrapping up at 6:00 p.m.
The $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final also begins today with the dressage portion of competition. The first rider goes down centerline at 10:24 a.m. and the final rider enters the arena at 2:42 p.m. Check out all of the riders on the Advanced Roster.
Following along from home? Here’s what you need to know:
Advanced dressage and Intermediate and Preliminary show jumping will be livestreamed on the USEA website. Click here to access the livestream and click here for more information on the livestream schedule.
Follow the live scores here.
Ride times are available here.
The USEA will be posting updates throughout the day on Instagram. Follow @useventing to keep up with the action on our story.
On-site at the AEC? Don’t miss out on the USEA Event College presented by LandSafe!
All sessions take place at the LandSafe booth in the vendor village. For more details about the USEA Event College schedule for the week, click here.
There are also Beginner Novice, Novice, and Advanced cross-country course walks taking place today with USEA ICP certified instructors. Meet at the respective start boxes for the course walks.
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. This year, the AEC will be held August 27 – September 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
The USEA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the AEC: Presenting Sponsor: Nutrena; Advanced Final Title Sponsor: Adequan; Platinum Level Sponsors: Bates Saddles, Equistro; Gold Level Sponsors: Charles Owen, Standlee Hay, Parker Equine Insurance; Silver Level Sponsors: Mountain Horse; The Jockey Club, Park Equine; 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; Competitor’s Party Sponsors:Jacqueline Mars, Kat and Roberto Cuca, United States Hunter Jumper Association, and United States Dressage Federation.
About the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final
The $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final will take place at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 27 – September 1, 2019. Thanks to Adequan’s amazing support, the Adequan USEA Advanced Final will bring together the country’s top rides to vie for $60,000 in prize money and the title of Adequan Champion. To qualify for the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the AEC in 2019, competitors will need to complete a minimum of two events without cross-country jump penalties at any USEA recognized Advanced horse trials, CCI4*-S (2018 CIC3*), CCI4*-L (2018 CCI3*), CCI5*-L (2018 CCI4*), or the FEI World Equestrian Games. The qualifying period for the 2019 AEC is May 29, 2018 through August 19, 2019. Click here to learn more about the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final.
The USEA would like to thank Adequan for sponsoring the 2019 $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final.
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This story first appeared in the August 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.
I have had many young horses in my time, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s rarely the perfect, easy baby that becomes the next superstar. In fact, I’ve always considered it a positive to have the well-behaved youngster throw a little bit of attitude my way, as I believe that it takes fight to become a great event horse.