Aug 28, 2017

VTO Saddlery Returns as Silver Level Sponsor for the 2017 AEC

By Robby Bowersox - USEA Staff

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back VTO Saddlery as a Silver Level sponsor of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Land Rover and Nutrena. VTO Saddlery was very generous to award prizes for 1st-6th place in each division at the AEC.

“We at VTO are thrilled to renew our sponsorship of the AEC for an eighth year. Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is a world-class facility and it is obvious that the comfort and safety of competitors and horses was paramount in the design and construction of this venue,” stated Paul Arnold, owner of VTO Saddlery.

VTO Saddlery, the popular family-owned tack shop which specializes in eventing and dressage equipment for horse and rider, began their support of the AEC in 2010 by sponsoring the Novice division. In 2011 and 2012, VTO Saddlery expanded their support to the Silver Level, and then became the Presenting Sponsor when the AEC was in Texas. The USEA is pleased to have this long-time sponsor of the AEC back for the second year in North Carolina, this year as a Silver Level sponsor.

“VTO Saddlery and its owners Beth and Paul Arnold have been giving back to eventing for years,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “We are very excited to have them return as Silver Level sponsors for the 2017 AEC. We hope that everyone attending the event stops in to show your appreciation to the Arnolds. Speaking from personal experience, I can vouch for the fact that VTO Saddlery offers quality tack at outlet prices.”

About VTO Saddlery

VTO Saddlery is a family-owned business that has been serving the eventing and dressage community since 2000. VTO's large retail showroom in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a base of operations for their e-commerce sales and for their active mobile sales unit, which serves nearly thirty horse trials and dressage shows in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. VTO is a long-time sponsor of the AEC and is known for their support of volunteers at shows. Find out more at

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The USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena 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. The AEC will be held August 30-September 3, 2017 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

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