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.
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.
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.
There were surprisingly few shakeups to the top of the leaderboards Friday at the MARS Bromont CCI, but the incredibly close scores leave no margin for error heading into Saturday’s exciting cross-country phase across all five levels.
Tomorrow, the first of five regional clinics for the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 (EA21) Program kicks off in the central region of the country in Benton, Louisiana, at Holly Hill Farm. Throughout the summer, the remaining clinics on the East and West Coast will follow. At each clinic, 12 hand-selected riders will participate in a two-day clinic led by USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) coaches. The purpose of the EA21 program is to create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency. The intention is to provide young athletes with access to an added level of horsemanship and riding skills to further their training and skill development with greater consistency.
After the first day of competition, Canadian Olympian Colleen Loach and her horse FE Golden Eye lead an international field in the CCI4*-L division of the MARS Bromont CCI.