Aug 31, 2023

The #AEC2023 Daily: Thursday

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
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We get to welcome six divisions of Novice competitors to the mix of the #AEC2023 as they kick off their championship weekend with their dressage tests today. In addition, the first champions of 2023 will be crowned as Intermediate, Modified, and Preliminary riders conclude their competition week with show jumping in the Rolex Arena. Meanwhile, those competing in the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final and the Training divisions will be taking to the field today for almost every eventer’s favorite phase: cross-country.

There will be seven #AEC2023 champions crowned today: one for Intermediate, two in Modified, and four in Preliminary.

  • In the USEA Open Modified Championship, just fractions of a point separate the first and second-placed riders leaving no room for error if they wish to maintain their lead.
  • The same goes for the top three in the USEA Modified Rider Championships, so riders will be hoping to produce double-clear rounds in the Rolex Arena to hold onto their placing.
  • All new leaders rose to the top of the field in each of the four Bates USEA Preliminary Championships after cross-country. As expected in a championship setting, the scores are tight.
  • Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS have held the lead in the USEA Intermediate Championship since dressage and after cross-country Coleman's closest competition is himself! He also sits in second place with Off the Record, but third place pair Caroline Pamukcu and HSH Double Sixteen are also extremely close score-wise, meaning the show jumping showdown could get really interesting tomorrow!

Cross-country for the Advanced Final will get underway at 8:45 a.m. Currently in the lead are Liz Halliday and Ocala Horse Properties and Deborah Palmer's 11-year-old U.S.-bred Swedish Warmblood (Mighty Magic x Qui Luma CBF) Miks Master C. The pair have a four-point lead over Phillip Dutton and Z, the 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca Z x Bellabouche) owned by the Z Partnership. Read more about the first phase of the Advanced Final here.

Today's competition schedule is as follows:


  • Stonelea Ring 1
    • Novice Junior 15 and Under Championship | 8:24 a.m. - 10:48 a.m.
    • Novice Horse Championship | 10:54 a.m. - 5:06 p.m.
  • Claiborne Ring 2
    • Novice Amateur Championship | 8:24 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Claiborne Ring 3
    • Novice Master Amateur Championship | 8:24 a.m. - 3:12 p.m.
  • Walnut Ring 4
    • Novice Junior Championship | 8:24 a.m. - 2:18 p.m.
  • Walnut Ring 5
    • Novice Rider Championship | 8:24 a.m. - 3:18 p.m.


  • $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final | 8:45 a.m. - 10:27 a.m.
  • Training Amateur Championship | 11:24 a.m. - 12:52 p.m.
  • Training Horse Championship | 12:54 p.m. - 1:58 p.m.
  • Training Rider Championship | 2:28 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
  • Training Junior Championship | 4:12 p.m. - 5:04 p.m.

Show Jumping

  • Open Modified Championship | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Modified Rider Championship | 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Bates Preliminary Rider Championship | 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Bates Preliminary Junior/Young Rider Championship | 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Bates Preliminary Amateur Championship | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Bates Preliminary Horse Championship | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Intermediate Championship | 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Looking to up your grooming game? Join Katie Osborne at the USEA Trade Fair Booth at 11:30 a.m. for an educational session presented by the USEA Grooms Program over grooming tips and tricks to keep your horse in top form.

For Novice competitors looking to put an edge on their cross-country round tomorrow, be sure to join five-star rider Allison Springer at the start box at 5:00 p.m. today for a course walk of the Novice track.

Adult and Young rider competitors get a chance to mingle at this evening’s carnival themed Adult & Young Rider party at 6:30 p.m., which also features the USEA IEL and Intercollegiate mixer! This party is presented by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and USEA Adult Rider and USEA Young Rider program members will each receive one ticket to attend.

This is one of the busiest days at this year’s championships, so be sure to extend your gratitude to everyone who makes this event possible. From volunteers, to sponsors, to USEA and EEI staff, and more - your thanks goes a long way as we help make eventing dreams come true in the Bluegrass!

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About the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC)

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 combinations 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 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held Aug. 29—Sept. 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

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Sep 23, 2023 Eventing News

Stellar Show Jumping Round Puts Saville in the CCI4*-S Lead at Plantation Field

As Tropical Storm Ophelia brought soaking rains to the region today, the Plantation Field International continued its four days of competition with CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S show jumping and cross-country for CCI1*-S, CCII2*-S, and CCI3*-S divisions.

Sep 23, 2023

Meet the Newest Area IX Champions

The USEA Area IX Championships took place during two different horse trials this summer, with the Modified Championships as part of the The Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wymoming) in August and the Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice Championships taking place during The Event at Skyline (Mount Pleasant, Utah) in September. In addition, Area IX offered additional championship tests at the Starter and Tadpole levels at Skyline.

Sep 22, 2023 Eventing News

Martin and Luke 140 Take CCI4-S Dressage Lead at Plantation Field International

The CCI4*-S division at the 2023 Plantation Field International Horse Trials kicked off today with 39 horses headed down centerline. Local rider Boyd Martin of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, topped the leaderboard riding Luke 140, owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, and is also tied for third (28.8) with the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B. Martin is also placed 23rd with Contessa, owned by the Turner family.

Sep 22, 2023 Young Event Horse

The Dutta Corporation Returns as Title Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Championships

The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is humbled to announce the return of long-time partner The Dutta Corporation as the “Title Sponsor of the 2023 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships,” which include the East Coast Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland, on Oct. 19-20 and the West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, on Oct. 27-28.

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