Dec 07, 2017

USEA Selects Kentucky for the 2019 and 2020 American Eventing Championships

By USEA
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Leesburg, Va. – The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the selection of Lexington, Ky. as the host city of the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) for a two-year term beginning in 2019. The 2019 and 2020 events will be managed by Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) and Mary Fike, organizer of the Park Equine Kentucky Classique. The events will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The AEC has just completed a successful two-year term at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. which boasted the largest starter numbers in U.S. eventing history. The 2018 AEC will be hosted at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.

Since the AEC began in 2004 at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C., the site of the event has moved every few years. From 2007-2009 the AEC was held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., followed by Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga. from 2010-2012 and then Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Tx. from 2013-2015. Starting in 2019 the AEC will be coming to the state of Kentucky and Area VIII for the first time in its history.

RedBayStock.com Photo.

“It’s exciting to welcome the AEC to Kentucky,” said EEI Board President Stewart Perry. “Through our partnership with Mary Fike, we are looking forward to having a direct avenue to support all levels of our sport.”

“We think it’s about time the AEC comes to the Horse Capital of the World!” said Fike. “We are confident that the competitors who come to Kentucky will have an experience to remember at the Kentucky Horse Park.”

EEI is a non-profit Kentucky corporation formed in 1975 initially to stage the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. EEI is the organizer of the legendary Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Fike is the organizer of Spring Bay Horse Trials, Park Equine Kentucky Classique Horse Trials, and Hagyard MidSouth Team Challenge, each held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It will be an honor to have the AEC hosted by one of the crown jewel facilities in our sport,” said USEA President, Carol Kozlowski. “I can attest to the thrill of galloping and jumping over some of the best ground and well-designed courses in the country, and I'm eager for our members to have the fantastic experience of competing at the Kentucky Horse Park. Everything that makes a championship really special will be found there, and I'll do everything I can to be competing there myself!”

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

USEA Chief Executive Officer, Rob Burk, also noted that, “I am incredibly thankful to the Tryon Equestrian Partners for their amazing efforts as the hosts of the AEC in 2016 and 2017. We are also excited to work with the same organizing team at the 2018 AEC at the Colorado Horse Park. I know the TIEC ownership, managers and staff will continue to make it a hub of equestrian sports in America. I am also excited to go to bluegrass country for 2019 and beyond. I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of the AEC competitors as they complete the competition in the same stadium ridden in by the greatest riders in the world!”

To keep the AEC accessible to as many qualified riders as possible, the USEA is equally excited to announce that the new AEC location will not impact the costs for competitors. The USEA is making plans to reduce the costs to the competitors starting in 2019. At the same time, the AEC will continue to boast over $100,000 in prize money and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional prizes.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, this event draws together the best competitors from across the country vying for national titles from the Beginner Novice through the Advanced level. To learn more about the AEC click here.

To learn more about Equestrian Events, Inc., please visit their website.

Apr 12, 2021 Competitions

Inaugural McKinlaigh Cup and Twin Rivers CCI4*-L Title Goes to Amber Levine and Cinzano

"Too plain" is not a description that fits today's wire-to-wire winner of the Twin Rivers Spring International's inaugural CCI4*-L. But that's what Amber Levine heard five years ago after importing the now 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) as a sales prospect. So, she kept him. His long-delayed debut at the CCI4*-L level proved the wisdom of that decision.

Apr 12, 2021 Competitions

USEA Podcast #281: Giddy Over Kentucky

This year’s pre-Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event USEA Official Podcast isn’t a traditional preview show, but rather Host Nicole Brown and the team of Max Corcoran, Rob Burk, and Diarm Byrne are discussing their favorite Kentucky memories as everyone gets giddy for the 2021 event!

Apr 11, 2021 Competitions

Cinzano Keeps Twin Rivers CCI4*-L Top Spot Secure

At the second-to-last of 40 efforts, "I thought, 'This is actually happening,'" said Amber Levine of a faultless finish with Cellar Farm's Cinzano today to stay on their 31.5 lead going into show jumping tomorrow morning in the Twin Rivers Spring International CCI4*-L. The Jeffs Hot Tub Waves complex at 19 a/b was the awkward exception to a Hugh Lochore-designed course that otherwise "rode great" for the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) in his long-delayed debut at the level. An entirely new portion of the course around the racetrack featured a series of bright-white painted obstacles, but nothing distracted Cinzano's "tunnel vision for those flags." Levine expects a similar game attitude tomorrow and has a rail to spare.

Apr 10, 2021 Competitions

Cinzano Captures Inaugural Twin Rivers CCI4*-L Dressage Lead

Black stallion antics after the CCI4*-L jog inspection yesterday were not a preview of Cinzano's dressage test today. "When you are riding and working him, he's all into what you are doing," says Amber Levine, who owns the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) through her Cellar Farm. A 31.5 dressage test puts them atop a field of four, three of which, including Cinzano, are first-timers in the division in Paso Robles, California.

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA