The Go Getters did exactly that in the Beginner Novice Adult Team Championship (ATC) at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Go Getters, from Area III, finished on a cumulative score of 100.0.
Beth Allen and Remastered (Master Huntsman x Panache), her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, were fifth in the Beginner Novice Rider Championship on a 32.4.
“It was a really nice way to meet other adults that compete in our area – people that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet,” said Allen. “It was really fun just to get to know everyone and have them cheering for you. I think that Cindy, our coordinator, did a great job putting it all together.”
“We ended up in a group text and we went out and watched each other’s rides and that was really fun,” continued Allen. “I could hear them cheering for me and for Area III. It was a lot of fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Lori Tucker and her 9-year-old Clydesdale Paisley finished seventh in Beginner Novice Master Amateur Championship on 32.1.
Colleen Cohill and Hotshot, her 9-year-old Warmblood gelding, placed 10th in the Beginner Novice Amateur Championship on a 35.5.
Billy Jackson and his 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Ralph Lauren (Council Member x Across the Creek) scored a 57.3 to finish in 29th place in the Beginner Novice Master Amateur Championship.
Belles on the Bit finished in second place on a score of 101.9. The team from Area III consisted of Ainsley Jacobs/ JJ Spot (33.5), Brenda Hutton/ WYO Dun Maid (33.6), Letha Calvin/ Look Cody Look (34.8), and Lauren Norwood/ Sebastian (44.1).
Third place went to Land Rover Legit on a score of 103.0. The four riders making up the team, all from Area II, are Elizabeth Schooley/ Queen of Spades (33.4), Jennifer Garutti/ Labras Leannon (34.5), Gretchen Creesy/ Tigerlily (35.1), and Julie Wotring/ B.E. Excalibur (40.3).
Find the final Beginner Novice ATC team scores here.
About the USEA Adult Team Championships
The USEA Adult Team Championships, which debuted in 2014, is the capstone event for the USEA Area Adult Team Challenges, providing adults the chance to compete as a team and represent their Area of the country in a friendly and fun environment. Historically, adult riders had three regional Team Challenges in which to compete with fellow adults in a team environment, with the locations changing each year. In 2013, the USEA Adult Rider Coordinators voted to move to support Adult Team Challenges taking place in all 10 Areas across the country, with the finale being the ATC at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds. Each Area can send up to eight teams from Beginner Novice through Preliminary level to the ATC. Adult Riders know how to have a good time, and there is no doubt that they bring an increased level of excitement and camaraderie to the AEC! Click here to learn more about the Adult Team Championships.
On this episode of the Equiratings Eventing Podcast, show host Nicole Brown talks to Pan American Games gold medalist and U.S. team stalwart Boyd Martin about his career to date, highs and lows, and coming back from injury.
On Monday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, USEF will host a member webinar providing updates on the impacts of the case of EHV-1 (neurological) reported in Ocala, Florida. This case is similar in nature, but unrelated to the neurological strain of EHV-1 impacting Valencia (ESP) and other European countries.
As competitors rise through the levels, they often see the costs associated with competition rise and, unfortunately for most organizers, this can’t be avoided. With fewer competitors requiring more jumps, officials, footing management, etc., the expenses for running higher levels – especially FEI – are greater than lower levels.
Our sport is going to present you with many amazing opportunities, and some equally amazing challenges. While you’re sure to enjoy the opportunities, it sometimes takes a little more effort to enjoy the challenges. Contrary to the common misconception (from non-equestrians) that our sport is easy, it’s actually one of the hardest and most demanding sports of all!