The 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) are just around the corner! This year, the AEC will make history as it celebrates its 15th year while moving to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. This will be the third and final year of the three-year AEC term with the Bellissimo family managed properties of the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and the Colorado Horse Park (CHP).
So, how does one ensure themselves a front row seat to all the action? By signing up as a volunteer! This year, volunteers will receive complementary meals by the elite on-site caterers and goodie bags including Colorado Horse Park and USEA AEC swag! The generous AEC sponsors will also be providing various items for volunteers.
The USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), presented by Sunsprite Warmbloods, provides a volunteer management portal, which is also available as an app that can be downloaded on an iOS or Android device. Volunteers will be able to record their hours at the AEC through the eventing volunteers website or application, for the chance to be recognized on the USEA national volunteer (VIP) leaderboard!
Being a volunteer means front row access to be up close and personal with some of the top athletes in the sport of eventing. Volunteers may meet their favorite upper level riders, find a new young rider to cheer on, or meet other volunteers who may become their new best friend. Volunteers have the capability to bring the entire eventing community together!
As has been said countless times before, volunteers are truly the backbone of eventing. It would be impossible to keep events running smoothly without USEA volunteers!
No previous experience with eventing is required. Horse lovers of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome. There’s a job for everyone, even for those competing at the AEC, and the USEA encourages everyone to take some time and give back to the sport, so sign up to volunteer at the AEC today! Volunteers are needed beginning on Saturday, August 25 to help setup for the AEC and throughout the entirety of the competition. For any questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Vivien VanBuren at [email protected].
Learn more about the Colorado Horse Park facility and the surrounding area in the 90 Days to AEC article.
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. This year, the USEA American Eventing Championships will be held August 29-September 2, 2018 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
About the Volunteer Incentive Program
In efforts to recognize the dedication, commitment, and hard work that volunteers put into eventing, USEA formed the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) in 2015. In 2017, an online management portal was designed for volunteers, organizers, and coordinators at EventingVolunteers.com (available as an app for iOS and Android.) Volunteer incentives include national and area recognition, year-end awards with ribbons, cash prizes, trophies, a top ten USEA Volunteer leaderboard, and a Volunteer of the Year award which is given to the volunteer who accumulates the most volunteer hours over the USEA competition year. Click here to learn more about the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program.
The USEA would like to thank Sunsprite Warmbloods for sponsoring the Volunteer Incentive Program.
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.
The USEA would like to feature your IEL team! The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and currently has 82 registered teams from every USEA area and 46 events hosting an interscholastic team challenge.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2021. They are returning as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Classic Series, and a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS Riding will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.
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