The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is delighted to announce the renewed partnership with The Jockey Club as a Silver Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The Jockey Club will award Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) prizes in all AEC divisions that include a cooler, ribbon, and prize money for every T.I.P. Champion and T.I.P. Reserve Champion. This year’s AEC will be held on August 31- September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Jockey Club will also join as a Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) and USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH). As a Contributing Level Sponsor, The Jockey Club will award a cooler, ribbon, and prize money to the overall T.I.P. Champion at each YEH and FEH Championships.
“Off-track Thoroughbreds are a great fit for eventing, given how athletic and versatile they are, and many event riders are excellent ambassadors for Thoroughbreds,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “T.I.P. is proud to sponsor the American Eventing Championships, YEH Championships and FEH Championships and we look forward to crowning Thoroughbred eventing champions in 2021.”
Founded in 1894, The Jockey Club is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in North America. Since its formation, The Jockey Club has pursued its mission as an organization dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Over the years, The Jockey Club has earned widespread recognition as an industry leader for its active involvement in vital industry issues as well as its proficiency as a technology solutions and information provider. The Jockey Club’s T.I.P. program was developed to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding. It offers sponsorship for Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions, high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award.
“The natural athleticism of a Thoroughbred makes them exceptional sport horses for a variety of equestrian disciplines, and The Jockey Club does a superior job at recognizing this quality,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “The Jockey Club has supported U.S. Eventing for many years with T.I.P. awards, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support of the AEC as well as the YEH and FEH programs.”
**In order to receive a T.I.P. award at the AEC or YEH and FEH Championships, the Thoroughbred must have a T.I.P. number. Click here to apply for a T.I.P. number.
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. In fact, the 2019 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and took place with 925 starters, now standing as 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.
Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.
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