It's another beautiful morning in Kalispell, Montana as the second day of competition at the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) at Rebecca Farm gets underway. All across the grounds, horse and rider pairs are preparing for their rounds today. The Novice and Training Championship divisions, eight in total, will make their debut in the dressage ring today while the Bates USEA Preliminary divisions, Modified, Intermediate, and $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final gear up for tackling Ian Stark's cross-country tracks.
The Championship dressage schedule is as follows:
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | USEA Novice Junior Championship
8:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. | USEA Novice Rider Championship
12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | USEA Novice Amateur Championship
4:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. | USEA Novice Horse Championship
8:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. | USEA Training Amateur Championship
10:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | USEA Training Rider Championship
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | USEA Training Junior Championship
4:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. | USEA Training Horse Championship
Cross-country this morning kicks off with the Bates USEA Preliminary Championship divisions at 8:30 a.m. Helen Alliston will be the lucky first rider out of the startbox aboard Flinterro Z. Upon conclusion of the Preliminary divisions, the Festival Preliminary class will run, followed by the USEA Intermediate Championship at 11:35 a.m. The $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final will start at 12:50 p.m. with James Alliston as the first out of the box with one of his three mounts in the division, RevitaVet Calaro.
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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 at 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. In fact, the 2021 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and now stands as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 4 at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
The USEA would like to thank Presenting Sponsor: Nutrena Feeds; Advanced Final Title Sponsor: Adequan; Platinum Level Sponsor: Bates Saddles Gold Level Sponsors: Parker Equine Insurance, Smartpak, Capital Square, Standlee; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Mountain Horse, The Jockey Club, Kerrits; Bronze Level Sponsors: Athletux, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dubarry of Ireland, FITS Riding, Equilume, Devoucoux, Fifth Third Bank, Gallops Saddlery, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, Clark Nissan; Contributing Level Sponsors: CrossCountry App, WeRideTogether, Haygain, First Interstate Bank, Schellinger Construction, Glacier Bank, Animal Health Solutions Inc., Discover Kalispell; Prize Level Sponsors: Vet Blue, Practical Horseman, Hound & Hare, Strides of Equality Equestrians, Horse & Country TV, Bemer Independent Distributors, Freelance Design, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Flexible Fit Equestrian USA, and more!
Each year every member of the USEA receives a nomination ballot to submit nominees to the Board of Governors and during the Annual Meeting of Members, all members are invited to vote for those individuals nominated to serve. All members receive a proxy to vote for their chosen representatives for those unable to attend the Annual Meeting of Members. The only restriction for Board membership is that they must be USEA members. There are 10 positions representing each Area of the country and 11 at-large positions with no other restrictions.
Effective Dec. 1, 2023, USEF rule EV145.8 will require, whenever possible, new cross-country obstacles (for which frangible devices are appropriate) to be constructed with FEI approved frangible technology for the Training level and above (previously it was Modified and above).
The Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials hosted the final USEA Classic Series Event of the year this past weekend in Fresno, California. The event offered three traditional long-format divisions at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels. Meet the final USEA Classic Series champions of 2024 below.
Joan Harper didn’t get her chance to shine in the saddle until she was in her 50s. A lifelong horse lover, Harper trail rode and played around at a few 4-H horse shows in her younger years, but after her daughter was introduced to Pony Club, Harper started soaking up everything she could about the sport, eventually becoming a prominent face in the North Carolina eventing community as a top-tier volunteer and course decorator.