The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) for 2021. The RRP will join as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds on August 31- September 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In return, the USEA will join the RRP as a Black Type Sponsor for the 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover on October 12-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
“For many Thoroughbreds transitioning away from the racetrack, eventing is a natural fit, as it plays to their athleticism and competitive nature. The Retired Racehorse Project is proud to partner with and support the [USEA] American Eventing Championships once again to spotlight the former racehorses who have made a successful transition to eventing. Congratulations to this year’s competitors and their horses – Thoroughbreds and otherwise – on their accomplishment in making it to this milestone event,” said RRP’s Executive Director, Jen Roytz.
Founded in 2010, the RRP exists to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers, and organizations that transition them. Since its 2010 founding, the RRP has inspired thousands to choose an off-the-track Thoroughbred. Thanks to 160,000+ Facebook followers, 3,000,000+ website hits annually, constant press coverage, and sellout crowds at horse expos, the popularity and value of off-the-track Thoroughbreds are on the rise.
The RRP's educational programming along with its cornerstone event, the Thoroughbred Makeover, have made a significant impact on the Thoroughbred aftercare industry by jump-starting demand for retiring racehorses and serving as a complement to other aftercare organizations and initiatives.
“We are proud to partner with the RRP for another year, “said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We look forward to seeing all the Thoroughbreds that will be competing at the 2021 AEC. We are also looking forward to the 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover, which is the RRP’s signature event that showcases the many talents of off-the-the track Thoroughbreds. As a lifelong fan of the Thoroughbred breed, I am incredibly thankful for all of the work of RRP.” For more information on the RRP, please visit their website.
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.
Whether you are a rider preparing for a move-up or a trainer looking to ensure your training program is well-rounded, the soon-to-be released USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is the go-to guide to assist you in navigating key decisions. Lucky enough, attendees of the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first people outside of the those involved in its creation to access this passion project that the ICP Committee has put two years of research and hard work into developing.
In 2021 Cynthia Smith recorded 536 hours and 59 minutes of volunteer time, setting the standard with the most amount of volunteer hours recorded in a single year since the creation of the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program in 2016. The record-breaking number of volunteer time earned Smith the 2021 USEA Volunteer of the Year title.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.