Mar 10, 2023

USEA Announces Erin Gilmore Photography as Official Photographer for 2023 AEC

The combined teams of Erin Gilmore Photography (left) and Tina Fitch Photography (right) are joining together to provide the Official Photography services at the 2023 AEC. Photos courtesy of Erin Gilmore and Tina Fitch.

The USEA is thrilled to announce that Erin Gilmore Photography will be the Official Photographer of the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.

Joining forces under one umbrella, Erin Gilmore Photography has partnered with Tina Fitch Photography to bring the best of the East and the West together to cover all three phases of each special ride at the 2023 AEC.

East and West Together

Prior to establishing Erin Gilmore Photography, a successful business covering sport horse events in the three-day eventing hub of Area II and beyond, Gilmore covered international equestrian sport around the world, with career highlights that range from multiple Olympic Games to working with international equestrian brands and clients.

Tina Fitch Photography of California covers Area VI’s largest three-day eventing competitions. With work published nationwide, Fitch has built a strong following of riders that look for her images at competitions up and down the West Coast. Along with her talented group of photographers, she is always chasing the light and working to uncover unique perspectives during all aspects of competition.

As active equestrians themselves, Gilmore and Fitch know firsthand the mighty feeling of accomplishment in trotting down the centerline at your first championship and the excitement of galloping through the finish flags. They are thrilled to lead a dedicated, experienced team working seamlessly to put final, edited image galleries into the hands of riders more quickly, fueling the excitement and reach of the unforgettable moments of the 2023 AEC.

Private Photographer Clause

In an effort to better regulate and maintain horse and rider safety during competition, and out of respect for the partnership with the 2023 AEC Official Photographer, the USEA will be implementing new freelance photography protocols during the 2023 AEC. No private photographers will be allowed onsite during the 2023 AEC. Any private photographers found to be promoting private photography services or soliciting clients prior to or during the event will be asked to leave the competition immediately. Only credentialed media outlets will be granted photography passes for the 2023 AEC.

With the understanding that family members will want to capture memories of their loved ones during the AEC, personal camera usage is allowed. For safety purposes, those taking photos for personal use are not allowed inside any of the arenas, including during prize giving ceremonies. We ask that those with personal-use cameras please respect credentialed media and photographers by being aware of their positioning and to please avoid areas that may be in the way of the area that the photographer is shooting. If at any time personal-use photography becomes a safety hazard or comes into conflict with that of a credentialed media person, personal photographers may be asked to relocate.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC)

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds, is the pinnacle of the sport at 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 combinations 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. In fact, the 2021 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and now stands as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds, will be held Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

The USEA would like to thank Presenting Sponsor: Nutrena Feeds; Advanced Final Title Sponsor: Adequan; Platinum Level Sponsor: Bates Saddles Gold Level Sponsors: Parker Equine Insurance, Smartpak, Capital Square, Standlee; Silver Level Sponsors: Auburn Labs, Mountain Horse, The Jockey Club, Kerrits; and more!

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Historic Results and Determination Propel Smith to 2022 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year Title

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Mar 29, 2023 Competitions

Fast Facts: The Event at TerraNova

TerraNova Equestrian Center in Myakka City, Florida, held its first CCI4*-S competition in the fall of 2021 and is now gearing up for the location’s third-ever FEI event and inaugural spring event this weekend during The Event at TerraNova which takes place March 30-April 2.

Mar 29, 2023 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: March 30-April 2

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.

Mar 29, 2023 Grants

Learning about Young Event Horses: Setting Goals

Many riders across all levels have found that working with young horses has provided them with the most valuable experiences in eventing. The opportunities for young event horses have never been more exciting. The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast and West Coast Championships continue to grow in profile as the culmination of a calendar of qualifying events is expanding to more areas of the country. More American riders and their young horses are aiming for the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion D’Angers, France, particularly thanks to programs like the Holekamp/Turner YEH Lion d’Angers Grant. That’s become one of the most attended sporting events in the entire country. It’s given young event horses from the United States a chance to represent the growth of the American eventing community’s dedication to properly developing talent in the sport.

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