On Friday March 27, The USEA announced the extension of the suspension of recognition for competitions and activities under its direct jurisdiction held in the U.S. until May 3, 2020. This decision coincided with the announcement by U.S. Equestrian that all USEF-owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended until May 3, 2020.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an extraordinary impact on all aspects of lives around the world, the USEA Board of Governors will meet again before the suspension period is lifted to consider the term of the suspension. The USEA has also fielded calls regarding the status of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC).
At this time, the AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020. “The USEA Board of Governors will be reviewing the qualification standards during the suspension of competition to ensure that the qualifications are achievable given the suspension,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “At the same time, the Board of Governors will ensure the highest standards of competition and safety are considered and met.” The USEA and the Board of Governors are closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC as well as federal, state, and local guidelines, and will maintain communication to the membership with any decisions that arise.
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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. The 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 25-August 30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
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This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).