With over 250 events to fit into 52 weekends, organizing the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and United States Equestrian (USEF) Recognized Event Calendar is like completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Creating a balance of caring for longstanding events and welcoming new ones into the fold is the goal of the USEA and USEF as they create the calendar each year. With only so many competitors in the U.S. – especially at the upper levels – every event is working from the same pool and every competition and/or level added to the calendar has an effect on one that is already established.
Unlike many other equestrian sports, the eventing calendar doesn’t follow a national mileage rule, but rather gives each Area the chance to set their own calendar. The eventing calendar is also unique in that it needs to create a progression to CCI or USEA Classic Series events, so other events further down the calendar must be taken in consideration. Eventers also don’t compete every weekend so the weeks before and after often have an impact on the schedule as well.
In addition, the USEF Eventing Calendar Working Group, a committee made up of organizers, competitors and officials, is charged with maintaining a strategic approach for long-term calendar planning and looking at the potential needs of the sport. With these factors in mind, the USEA and USEF has tried to create a process that gives a voice and is fair to all involved.
All requests for changes to dates, addition of levels on existing dates, or additional events to the current competition calendar must go through the USEF Eventing Calendar Approval Process. The calendar process works two years out so all of these dates are for setting the 2019 season. Here’s how the process works:
While technically the eventing calendar should be set at this stage, there is a late deadline of July 15 that gives events one more chance to make changes although this deadline has a fee attached.
When all is said and done the calendar has gone through the hands of the organizer, the USEA Areas, USEA Competition Calendar and Rules Committee, USEA Board of Governors, USEF Eventing Sport Committee, USEF Eventing Calendar Working Group, USEF International Disciplines Council, USEF Board of Directors – well over 100 individuals elected and appointed involved in the process. Want your voice heard? Attend your Area Annual Meeting or the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention or email your Area Council.
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