Feb 21, 2023

USEA Adult Riders: Participate in an Adult Team Challenge in 2023!

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff
Team Hot Bay Summer, winners of the 2022 Training Adult Team Championship at the American Eventing Championships Presented by Nutrena Feeds, with USEA CEO, Rob Burk, and Area I Adult Rider Coordinator, Amy Winnen. USEA/ Meagan DeLisle photo.

Are you an Adult Rider interested in competing in the Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds, this Aug. 29–Sept. 3, 2023, at the Kentucky Horse Park? Start building team camaraderie and get valuable competition experience at your Area’s Adult Team Challenges!

For many years, the ATCs were held annually in different locations (Eastern, Central, and Western) around the United States, but in an effort to re-energize the program, the membership of the USEA voted to change the overall model of the program.

Starting in 2014, every Area was encouraged to hold ATCs to offer adult riders the opportunity to compete in team competitions leading up to the USEA Adult Team Championships, the capstone event for the USEA Area Adult Team Challenges. As a result, ATCs were no longer isolated to the three challenges around the country. Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, and new as of 2023, a Modified division, will be offered at the Championships. For a full list of qualifications and procedures for the ATC, click here.

View the list of ATCs below to see what is being offered in your area in 2023! Keep in mind that the calendar is a preliminary, tentative list of events hosting ATCs, and it is subject to change. New challenges can be added regularly, so members are encouraged to reach out to their favorite local events to invite them to apply to host an ATC. Please continue to check here for any updates throughout the year.

2023 Adult Team Challenges Calendar

AreaDateEventAdult Rider ContactContact Phone Number
IJune 3-4, 2023GMHA June H.T.Amy Winnen617-733-9221
Aug. 19-20, 2023Genesee Valley Riding Club H.T. Amy Winnen617-733-9221
IIMarch 11-12, 2023Southern Pines H.T. Donna Bottner301-503-8549
June 17-18, 2023Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I Donna Bottner
July 14-16, 2023The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm Donna Bottner301-503-8549
July 23, 2023Full Moon Farms H.T. Donna Bottner301-503-8549
Oct. 7-8, 2023WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. Donna Bottner301-503-8549
Nov. 12, 2023Full Moon Farms H.T. Donna Bottner301-503-8549
IIIMarch 31-April 2, 2023Chattahoochee Hills H.T. Cindy Phillips770-307-7240
April 15-16, 2023Poplar Place April H.T. Cindy Phillips770-307-7240
June 3-4, 2023Ocala Summer H.T. Cindy Phillips770-307-7240
IVTBDTBDJulie Simmons804-754-5263
VMay 6-7, 2023Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. Alissa McKinney817-271-5878
VIApril 13-16, 2023Twin Rivers Spring International Sharl Talan805-551-4743
VIIJune 30-July 2, 2023Inavale Farm H.T. Maggie Rikard253-569-1287
VIIIOct. 18-22, 2023Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event Shannon Risner513-284-6522
IXTBDTBDBecca Caufield719-313-1927
XJune 30-July 1, 2023Summer Coconino H.T. Deirdre Orcelletto 602-568-4660

Are you interested in hosting an Adult Team Challenge? Learn more about the program here and contact Kate Lokey at [email protected] to inquire.

For more information on the Adult Rider Program and Adult Team Challenges in your area, please contact your Adult Rider Coordinator.

About the USEA Adult Team Championships

The USEA Adult Team Championships, which debuted in 2014, is the capstone event for the USEA Area Adult Team Challenges, providing adults the chance to compete as a team and represent their Area of the country in a friendly and fun environment. Historically, adult riders had three regional Team Challenges in which to compete with fellow adults in a team environment, with the locations changing each year. In 2013, the USEA Adult Rider Coordinators voted to move to support Adult Team Challenges taking place in all 10 Areas across the country, with the finale being the ATC at the USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds. Each Area can send up to eight teams from Beginner Novice through Preliminary level to the ATC. Adult Riders know how to have a good time, and there is no doubt that they bring an increased level of excitement and camaraderie to the AEC! Click here to learn more about the Adult Team Championships.

The USEA would like to thank The Chronicle of the Horse, FITS Riding, Nutrena Feeds, SmartPak, Achieve Equine/FLAIR, Kerrits, and Horse & Country TV for sponsoring the USEA Adult Team Championships.

About the USEA Adult Rider Program

The USEA Adult Rider Program is open to all adults, professional or amateur, ages 22 years and older. The program aims to unite adults across all skill and experience levels in a supportive program that promotes education, communication, recognition, and fun! The goal of the Adult Rider program is to continue to encourage participation in the sport of eventing beyond one’s junior years by providing educational programs, support to Area Adult Rider programs, funding opportunities, and the Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds. Click here to learn more about the Adult Rider Program.

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