May 23, 2019

USEA Announces Partnership with The Jockey Club

By Rebecca Lertora - USEA Staff

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America. As a Silver Level Sponsor of the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), The Jockey Club will award Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) prizes for all AEC divisions to include coolers, ribbons, and prize money for Champion and Reserve Champion Thoroughbred winners. This year’s AEC will be held August 27-September 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

“T.I.P. is extremely pleased to sponsor the American Eventing Championships, especially since they are being held at the Kentucky Horse Park, which is the location of the T.I.P. championships and a great venue to showcase the athleticism and versatility of Thoroughbreds,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “Event riders have always been supportive of off-track Thoroughbreds, and they exemplify T.I.P.’s goal to repurpose racehorses into second careers."

Since its formation in 1894, The Jockey Club has pursued its mission as an organization dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. The T.I.P. program was developed to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding. It offers sponsorship for Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions, high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award. Click here to learn more about The Jockey Club and here to learn more about The Thoroughbred Incentive Program.

The Jockey Club has been supporting the USEA for many years with T.I.P. Awards at the AEC, as well as other series and championships including the Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) programs.

“As a Thoroughbred fan myself, I am excited to partner with The Jockey Club for the AEC,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “The influence of the Thoroughbred is so important to our sport that experts often refer to how much ‘blood’, in other words, Thoroughbred genetics, an event horse has when assessing their potential. Pairing with The Jockey Club for our national championships is a perfect match for U.S. Eventing.”

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) 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 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships will be held August 27-September 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

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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