Jun 25, 2020

USEA Offering Open Modified Division at 2020 AEC

By USEA
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors previously authorized a full Modified level to be offered at the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The intent was to help create interest in the new level for competitors and AEC qualifying competitions. Since that decision, the organizing team has been working to install a full Modified course at the AEC in 2020. Initially the focus was to create a Modified Rider division, and then to expand the division offerings in future years as more qualifying competitions were made available across the country. However, the USEA has been receiving a substantial number of requests to open up the Modified level at the 2020 AEC.

The USEA Executive Committee met last week and voted to approve the requests, and the 2020 AEC will now offer an Open Modified Championship. This division will now offer opportunities to more horses and riders, and the USEA still plans to offer special awards in the Open Modified division to recognize the top Modified Rider, Junior, and Adult Amateur.

The new qualification criteria for the 2020 Open Modified Championship at the AEC is as follows:

Open to any horse and rider, not necessarily as a combination, who have qualified under the AEC Modified qualification criteria.

Qualifying Results (QR)

  • 1st or 2nd in any USEA recognized Modified Horse Trials
  • OR 3rd in two USEA recognized Modified Horse Trials
  • OR 1st through 5th in any USEA Modified Area Championship

Further to the above QR, horse and rider must have completed a total of three USEA recognized horse trials (H.T.) during the qualifying period. The placing requirements as noted above are included in the total of three competitions. Once the placing QRs have been met, the additional H.T.s required may be at any other level.

The top Modified Junior award will be given to the highest placed rider in the Open Modified division at the 2020 AEC who is between the ages of 14-18 in accordance with the USEF Rules for Eventing EV104.2.

The top Modified Rider award will be given to the highest placed 2020 AEC Modified rider who has not completed competitions at the FEI two-star (2018 one-star), Intermediate, or higher levels in the five years preceding the start of competition.

The top Modified Adult Amateur award will be given to the highest placed 2020 AEC Modified rider who has declared amateur status per the USEF Rules for Eventing EV Appendix 3 1.3 and USEF GR1306.

To view the qualification criteria for all AEC levels, click here. If you missed the announcement regarding the new qualification period, read the article here.

Qualified Riders | Qualified Horses

For any questions, email [email protected].

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds 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 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 25-August 30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

Jul 04, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Show Jumping Time and Faults

In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.

Jul 03, 2020 Eventing News

Bromont CCI and FEI Eventing Nations Cup August Dates Set To Change

Sue Ockendon, organizer of the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup announced today that the event has decided to consider dates further along the calendar. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Bromont to confirm that it would be possible for competitors to travel on August 15-18.

Jul 03, 2020 Association News

USEA Horse of the Month: Zydeco Nights

There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.

Jul 02, 2020 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: July 4-5, 2020

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.

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