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.
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Perhaps one of the best reasons to be a member of USEA is the opportunity to qualify for and participate in the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. This year there was a record 1,178 entries and a waitlist of over 150. There were 1,009 pinnies handed out and 939 horses started the competition. All combined it made for the largest horse trials in USEA history. Competitions ran in all USEA divisions and additional prizes were given for teams, incentive programs, amateur, and young rider divisions.