Jul 01, 2023

The USEA Welcomes Ecogold as Silver Sponsor of the 2023 AEC

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release

The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is excited to announce that Ecogold is partnering with the USEA to support the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds. Ecogold will be an Official Silver Level sponsor of the event, contributing financial support and 24 Ecogold saddle pads in the form of gift cards to be provided to AEC division Champions. The 2023 AEC will take place from Aug. 29 through Sept. 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Ecogold is thrilled to support the USEA American Eventing Championships and help riders of all levels accomplish their goals,” said Patricia Da Silva, president of Ecogold. “As the home of the hardest-working pad, we hope to see great partnerships achieve success.”

Ecogold was founded over 30 years ago by John Da Silva, a European-trained textile engineer. Da Silva began working in high-tech fabrics in the early 1960’s and is credited for developing the now popular contoured cross-country saddle pad shape, which reduces the surface covered by a pad to allow eventing horses to stay cooler. Now run by John’s daughter, Patricia Da Silva, Ecogold continues to be committed to putting the horse’s welfare first—always—and creates innovative new western and English saddle pad designs with ethical and sustainable measures top of mind. Ecogold pads are made at the company’s factory in Montreal, Canada, and are proudly used by top riders and Olympians like Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, and Doug Payne.

“The USEA would like to thank Ecogold for their support of the 2023 AEC,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We are always excited to work with partners like Ecogold that understand the needs of our equine athletes and strive to make equipment that helps to improve their health and wellbeing in training and competition. I’m sure we will see many Ecogold cross-country pads on course at the AEC!”

To learn more about Ecogold and to shop their expansive line of saddle pads and accessories, visit ecogold.ca.

About Ecogold

From the best non-slip saddle pads to shimmable impact protection, Ecogold saddle pads provide solutions for both horse and rider. All Ecogold pads are ethically handmade in Montreal, Canada, using advanced technology in fit and fabric. Feel safe, secure and proud using products trusted by top riders and Olympians like Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and Doug Payne. Learn more at ecogold.ca.

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.

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