The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) for 2020. The RRP will join as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds on August 25-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In return, the USEA will join the RRP as a Black Type Sponsor for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover on October 7-10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
“The RRP is proud to partner with the USEA to support Thoroughbreds transitioning to competitive careers after racing. The athleticism and versatility of the Thoroughbred makes them well-suited for eventing and we’ve seen many horses rise to the upper levels of the sport after concluding their careers on the track. Eventing is one of the most popular disciplines offered at the Thoroughbred Makeover each year, and its multi-discipline aspect lends itself well to putting a solid foundation of training on a Thoroughbred after racing. We’re excited to work with the eventing community to introduce more equestrians to this unique challenge,” said Jen Roytz, RRP’s Executive Director.
Founded in 2010, the RRP works to facilitate the placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine.
“It’s always very special to partner with an organization like the RRP that share similar values as the USEA. The RRP puts horse welfare at the utmost importance and we are proud to have them as a partner,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk.
For more information on the RRP, please visit their website.
About the United States Eventing Association
The USEA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. By assisting and educating competitors, event organizers, and officials; maintaining responsible safety standards; and registering qualified competitions and clinics, the USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Just as importantly, the USEA provides a means for all riders, regardless of age or ability, to experience the thrill of eventing. To learn more, visit www.useventing.com.
While Great Britain has a strong lead in the team competition at Tokyo 2020 after the second session of dressage, the USA has climbed up two places to ninth courtesy of Phillip Dutton’s score of 30.5 on Z.
The world number one Oliver Townend has put Great Britain in gold medal position after the first of three sessions of dressage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Second into the arena, Townend delivered an extremely accurate performance and did not waste a mark on the flea-bitten grey 14-year-old Ballaghmor Class to score 23.6 - the fifth-best mark by a British rider at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings.
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And they're off! Eventing kicks off today in Tokyo (Thursday, July 29 – 7:30 p.m. ET), with the first of three Olympic dressage sessions. Competitors from 29 nations will go head to head, vying for a spot on the coveted Olympic podium.