The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in consultation with the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Government of Japan, have announced that fans and spectators from overseas will not be allowed to attend the Games this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued restrictions on international travel. While the decision is disappointing for our athletes, their supporters, and our staff, it is not entirely unexpected given the different stages of the pandemic occurring around the world.
Competition broadcasts for the equestrian disciplines in the United States will be available on NBC and their affiliated network platforms, including NBC Sports Network, The Olympic Channel, and new streaming service Peacock, with a full broadcast schedule to be released in the coming weeks.
“Our first priority in Tokyo is to maximize performance on the Field of Play; integral to that is ensuring the welfare of our equine and human delegation. However, we also want to make sure we connect with those back in the U.S. whose support is so valuable. Those traveling to Tokyo will need to escape from the pressure cauldron that is an Olympic and Paralympic Games and often that involves being able to connect with family and friends,” said Will Connell, Director of Sport for US Equestrian. “The time difference between Tokyo and the U.S. presents challenges, but our staff are true champions when it comes to capturing and promoting our athletes maximizing their performance and developing new, innovative ways of connecting everyone together.”
Equestrian events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 24, 2021, and continue through August 7, 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will begin on August 26, 2021, and continue through August 30, 2021. Comprehensive coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be available on the US Equestrian website and social media platforms, as well as on USEF Network.
View the full Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee statement here.
The Area III Championships kicked off the 2022 USEA Area Championship season June 24-26 at the Stable View Summer H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina. Offering 12 different championship divisions from Intermediate to Beginner Novice, the championships were highly contested as riders from all across Area III put in a gallant effort in hopes of being deemed division champion. The USEA caught up with many of the individual champions to look back on their performances in Aiken that helped them bring home the top prize.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are just two months away. The AEC moves to the mountains this year, taking place at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana across a long Labor Day weekend.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.