Sep 02, 2021

The #AEC2021 Daily: Thursday

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
USEA/Meagan DeLisle Photo.

With Intermediate and the Bates USEA Preliminary divisions headed to the Rolex Stadium for show jumping it is the first day of all three phases for the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. Yesterday's dressage levels: Training, Vetoquinol USEA Modified, and the $60,000 Adequan Advanced Final all head out on cross-country, while Novice takes their turn in the dressage arenas. Every corner of the Kentucky Horse Park will be brimming with AEC action!

Cross-country kicks off the day with a 7:42 a.m. start and runs through nearly 7:00 p.m. The schedule is:

7:42 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Vetoquinol USEA Modified
9:36 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final
12:34 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. | Training

Check out the courses the pairs will be tackling:

Over in the dressage arenas the action gets underway at 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 2:06 p.m. | Junior Novice 15 and Under
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Junior Novice
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Novice Master Amateur
8:00 a.m. - 3:36 p.m. | Novice Rider
8:00 a.m. - 3:54 p.m. | Novice Amateur
2:12 p.m - 5:12 p.m. | Novice Horse

All horses and riders at every level will perform their respective Test B for their level. Check out Novice Test B.

In show jumping the first horse will head down the ramp to the Rolex Stadium at 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. | Bates USEA Preliminary Rider
10:30 a.m. | Bates USEA Jr./YR Preliminary
12:00 p.m. | Bates USEA Preliminary Amateur
1:45 p.m. | Bates USEA Preliminary Horse
3:45 p.m. | Intermediate

The first 2021 Adult Team Championships (ATC) will be awarded following the Preliminary Amateur division. There are seven teams competing in the Preliminary ATC and the Wild Kat Nellies are in the lead on a 90.3. ATC Scores can be found here.

Following along from home? Here’s what you need to know:

Cross-country will be livestreamed on the USEA website as well as the top five of each show jumping divisioo. 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.

You can also follow along with updates on the USEA Facebook page and USEA Twitter.

On-site at the AEC?

Don’t miss out on the USEA Event College presented by LandSafe:

  • 9:00 a.m. session - Safety with Jonathan Holling
  • 12:00 p.m. session - Rider Fitness with Tony Sandoval
  • 12:30 p.m. - Olympic Q&A session - meet Doug Payne and Boyd Martin, two of the team members from the Tokyo Olympic U.S. Eventing team.

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.

Go on a course walk with a USEA ICP Certified Instructor:

  • Novice | Bill Hoos | 4:00 p.m.
  • Beginner Novice | Laura Backus | 6:00 p.m.

  • Joining in on any of these ICP Course Walks is easy- simply meet up with the group and instructor at the start box at the assigned! Preview the rest of the schedule for the week here.

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    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. With over 1,000 entries the 2021 AEC is set to be the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

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