Sep 29, 2020

USEA Announces Virtual Adult Team Challenge

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
The Go Getters were the 2019 Adult Team Championships Beginner Novice winners. KTB Creative Group Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce a virtual Adult Team Challenge to take place this fall. Following the cancellation of the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds, including the Adult Team Championships (ATC), the Adult Rider Coordinators came together to develop an opportunity for their peers.

The USEA will support a virtual team challenge in which scores will be tallied virtually from any USEA events at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels, taking place August 1, 2020 through November 22, 2020. This virtual challenge will be open to all 2020 USEA AEC qualified riders who were eligible to ride on their Area’s ATC Team (in the Rider division and/or Amateur division). Scores will be tallied from events that each team designates, and while the riders must have been qualified to compete on a team at the 2020 ATC, the virtual challenge scores may be tallied from any Rider, Amateur, or Open division.

Each Area’s Adult Rider Coordinator will be responsible for creating and submitting their Area Teams to the Adult Rider Co-Chairs. This will follow the same process for the ATC at the AEC, and all teams must meet the ATC rules as outlined for the AEC.

ATC team qualified riders are urged to contact their Area Adult Rider Coordinator to sign up for a team. There is no limit to the number of teams, but all teams must be submitted by October 12. The USEA will provide prizes to the winning teams after the virtual challenge is complete.

Amy Winnen and Galatea HU competed in the Adult Team Championships at the USEA American Eventing Championships in 2019. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

2020 USEA ATC Virtual Challenge

Dates – August 1, 2020 through November 22, 2020

Events – Any USEA recognized event that takes place between the challenge dates

Levels – BN, N, T, M, P

Rider Eligibility – Riders must be currently enrolled in the USEA Adult Rider Program in their Area and must be 22 years of age or older. Riders must have been qualified to compete on an ATC team at the 2020 AEC in the Rider and/or Amateur division.

Horse Eligibility – Team horses must have been qualified to compete at the 2020 AEC at the respective level with the rider on the team.

Team Requirements

  • Area Adult Rider Coordinators are responsible for creating and submitting Area teams
  • All teams need to meet the ATC rules as outlined for the AEC. More information here.
  • Four riders of the same level per team
  • No limit to the number of teams per Area
  • Teams due by October 12 from Area Coordinators to Donna Bottner

Scoring

  • Each team member designates the event for which they want their score to count.
    • Event name the score is coming from needs to be submitted with the team names to Donna Bottner.
  • Team members may compete in a USEA event in any Area - it does not have to be in their designated Area (for example, an Area I team member may compete in an Area II event, etc.)
  • The rider must be qualified to compete at the 2020 AEC on an ATC team (Rider/Amateur), but scores may come from Open divisions within the time frame.
  • Scores from designated events must be from the same AEC qualified level, although they may be from the Rider, Amateur, or Open division.
  • For more information, please reach out to your Area Adult Rider Coordinator or [email protected].

The USEA would like to thank Bates Saddles, SmartPak, Nutrena, and The Chronicle of the Horse for supporting the 2020 USEA ATC Virtual Challenge. Click here to learn more about the Adult Team Championships.

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