The 2020 USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC) will take place at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) on August 25-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The USEA Adult Team Challenges have been held across the country for over 20 years. At first, the Adult Rider Program held three regional championships – East, West, and Central. In 2014, those three championships morphed into one as the USEA Board of Governors approved a new model to re-energize the Adult Rider Program.
For the seventh year in a row, the ATC team spirit will return to the AEC.
Who can compete at the 2020 ATC?
The Adult Team Championships are for adult riders who are current members of the USEA and must be 22 years of age or older. Riders must currently be enrolled in the USEA Adult Rider Program in their Area and entered in either the Amateur division or Rider division at the AEC. Click here to see the qualifications for Amateur and Rider divisions.
How do you qualify for the 2020 ATC?
Each horse and rider pair must meet AEC qualifications for the level they are competing in. The qualifying period for the 2020 AEC is now March 1, 2019 – August 18, 2020. This was adjusted and approved by the USEA Board of Governors to capture the season that was lost in 2020.
Four divisions are offered at the ATC: Preliminary Team Championship, Training Team Championship, Novice Team Championship, and Beginner Novice Team Championship. Each Area has different criteria for their team members and interested adult riders are encouraged to contact their Area Adult Rider Coordinator for selection procedures. Click here to find a list of Area Adult Rider Coordinators.
How are ATC teams formed?
Teams are specific to each level and each Area can have up to eight teams of four riders at the ATC. Mixed Area teams are allowed and encouraged, and all teams should be coordinated through the Area Adult Rider Coordinator.
The open and closing dates are consistent with the AEC. Entries opened on Tuesday, July 14 and will close on Tuesday, August 11. Competitors may enter via Xentry. Any and all paperwork must be submitted electronically, including updated waivers and Coggins. All payments must be made by credit card. Please direct any questions concerning entries or stabling to Anna Robinson at [email protected].
When are the award ceremonies for ATC?
Separate from AEC prizes, the ATC will have their own prizes, prize money, and awards ceremony for the top three teams. The ATC awards ceremonies are built into the schedule after the Rider or Amateur divisions at each level.
The 2020 ATC will offer a range of prizes, and every prize will be in the form of a gift certificate or check. The ATC team competitors will be given a folder with prizes after they finish their victory canter. Team competitors will need to make sure they receive their folders at the award ceremonies as no prizes will be held at the show office.
What safety measures will be in effect during the ATC?
The ATC will be following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan and it is extremely important for everyone to comply with these regulations. Click here for a full breakdown of the safety measures that will take place during the ATC.
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. 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.
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Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.