Already planning for the 2022 eventing season? The USEA is too! Please remember that organizers are not required to complete their prize lists until 30 days prior to the opening date of the event, so this list is always growing and changing. Want to see what is already set for 2022? Click here to visit the USEA Event Calendar and scroll down below the 2021 listings in each Area to see the current shows set for 2022.
New or Returning Additions
Jumping Branch is returning to the 2022 calendar after a several-year absence from hosting USEA Recognized Events. The facility is under new ownership and will host an event on February 18-20 in Aiken, S.C. (Area III) and offer Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary.
Catalpa Corner in Iowa City, Iowa (Area IV) is adding a new date to run alongside their July and August Events. The Catalpa Corner May Madness H.T. will be on May 7, 2022, and will offer Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Modified levels.
Spring Hollow Equestrian Park had to cancel their 2021 debut events but is scheduled to run in 2022 on June 25-26 and October 15-16 in Hesperus, Colorado (Area IX) and will offer Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary.
Also, an exciting progression for the sport of eventing is that many more events are offering the Modified level in 2022. As of November 5, 2021, over 70 events have a Modified division on their calendar listing.
Area Season Outline
According to the current calendar, here is an outline of what each Area might be able to expect, barring any changes.
Area I saw 22 events run from April to October in the 2021 season and has 26 events on the lineup for 2022 with the first event slated to run being the University of New Hampshire Spring Horse Trials (pending USEF approval) on April 23-24. The season is set to close out with the Kent School Fall H.T. (pending USEF approval) which will run October 9.
Area II kicked off their busy 2021 show season in March and will wrap up in early November with their 62nd event on the calendar. There are 56 events currently set to take place in Area II in 2022 with the first being the Southern Pines H.T. on March 12-13 and the final event being the VHT International & H.T. November 3-6.
Area III had 66 events on the schedule for the 2021 season from December 2020 to November 2021 and as of now, there are 63 events set to go forward in 2022. The first show on the Area III calendar is the Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials IV held on December 4 and the last event of their competition year is set to be the Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. on November 26-27.
Area IV’s 2021 season featured 14 events with the last having just concluded in late October. The addition of a new event at Catalpa Corner has bumped the 2022 lineup up to 15 events with the first being the Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trials on May 7 and the last being the Windermere Run H.T. (pending USEF approval) which will be held October 21-23.
Area V has held 11 events so far in 2021 with the 12th and final event set to take place early this month. The 12-event long 2022 calendar gets underway on March 12-13 at the MeadowCreek Park Spring Social Event (pending USEF approval) and concludes November 5-6 with the Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T.
Area VI kept West Coast eventers busy with 23 shows over the duration of the 2021 show season with the final show of the year taking place mid-November and they aim to grow their 2022 season by one event for a total of 24. Their 2022 season will run nearly all year long with the first event, with the Fresno County Horse Park serving as the host for both the first and last event of the season. The Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test gets things underway January 15-16 while the Fresno County Horse Park H.T. will close out the season November 18-20.
Area VII featured 11 competitions in 2021 and aims to maintain that number with the inclusion of hosting the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds. Area VII riders can aim to kick off their season May 12-15 at the Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. and work their way through the show year to the last event of their season, the Spokane Sport Horse Eighth Annual Fall H.T. (pending USEF approval) September 29-October 2.
Area VIII just concluded its 20-event long 2021 show season at the end of October and has the same number of events on the schedule for the coming year. Riders will begin and end their season in Lexington, Kentucky with the Spring Bay H.T. on April 16-17 and the Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event (pending USEF approval) October 19-23.
Area IX hosted nine events from May to October in 2021 but aims to grow that number to 11 for the 2022 season. Competition kickstarts May 6-8 at The Event at Skyline and comes to a conclusion October 15-16 at the Spring Hollow Equestrian Park (pending USEF approval).
Area X offered five events following a few cancellations in 2021 and so far has five on the calendar for the next year. The SAzEA Spring H.T. will open up the 2022 season March 11-13 and The Event at Isaacks Ranch (pending USEF approval) is set to close out the year October 1-2.
At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.
Karma is developing into one of the fastest and most-reliable cross-country horses in the West. The 9-year-old bay Oldenburg mare and James Alliston won their third-straight blue ribbon together at either the four-star or Advanced level in the CCI4*-S at the Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California, with the only double-clear cross-country round on Saturday.
Most couples share a kiss and part ways at 8:00 a.m. as they head off to their own work days, but eventing power couple James and Helen Alliston do it all together. We gave our USEA members the opportunity to submit their questions for this West Coast-based couple, and USEA Podcast host Nicole Brown gets them to share all on many topics: eventing in the U.S. versus the U.K., who is the most competitive of the two, dealing with warmer temperatures, why James likes to drive illegally slow, and so much more!
The Plantation Field International CCI4*-S concluded today with the cross-country phase, and the final standings were nearly a matter of “last one standing.” As Tropical Storm Ophelia brought a torrential downpour to the area, a number of riders decided to opt out: of 39 competitors, only six completed, and 17 withdrew before the start of cross-country.