Jul 13, 2022

What You Should Know For The 2022 USEA Adult Team Championships at the AEC

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
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The 2022 USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC) will take place at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) on August 31 - September 4 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. 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 inspire members of the Adult Rider Program. This year, the ATC team spirit will return to the AEC!

Who can compete at the 2021 ATC?

The Adult Team Championships are open to current USEA members who are a part of their Area’s Adult Rider Program, and they must be 22 years of age or older. Riders must enter either the Amateur division or Rider division at the AEC to be eligible for an ATC team. Click here to see the qualifications for the AEC Amateur and Rider divisions.

The ATC requires that the rider must be a current member of their Adult Rider program for their Area by July 1, 2022. The USEA is also requiring ATC riders to submit their letter of intent by August 1 if they plan to ride in the ATC.

Four divisions are offered at the ATC: the Preliminary Team Championship, Training Team Championship, Novice Team Championship, and Beginner Novice Team Championship. Please note that Modified level is not included in the USEA Adult Team Championships this year.

How do you qualify for the 2022 ATC?

Each horse and rider pair must meet AEC qualifications for the level they are competing in. The qualifying period for the 2022 AEC is May 24, 2021 – August 22, 2022. The qualified rider list is available here. The qualified horse list is available here. When registering, riders should double-check the AEC qualification criteria to make sure that they are entering the correct division.

Each Area has different criteria for its team members, and interested adult riders are encouraged to review those details here, or contact their Area Adult Rider Coordinator for more information. 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 may have up to eight teams of four riders, with a maximum of 35 riders per Area 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 open on Tuesday, July 19, and will close on Tuesday, August 16. Competitors may enter via Xentry.

When are the award ceremonies for ATC?

In addition to AEC division prizes, the ATC will have their own prizes, prize money, and awards ceremony for the top three teams at each level. The ATC awards ceremonies are built into the schedule after the Rider or Amateur divisions at each level, whichever one is last for the level. Please note that team competitors must attend their awards ceremonies to receive cash and prizes from the USEA ATC sponsors.

Will there be any Adult Rider parties during the AEC?

This year, the USEA Adult Rider party will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 1 and will be hosted by Area VII with support from other Area Adult Rider programs. The Rebecca Farm organizing team is offering one ticket included with every Adult Rider program member’s entry for this party, with a beer and wine cash bar.

The USEA looks forward to seeing everyone in Montana! Stay tuned to the USEA website for more event updates and details, and be sure to click ‘attending’ on the AEC Facebook event page.

For more questions about the ATC, please contact your Area Adult Rider Coordinator.

About the USEA Adult Team Championships

The USEA Adult Team Challenges have been generously sponsored by The Chronicle of the Horse for more than 20 years. The Challenges have given adult riders a chance to compete in a friendly team competition. For many years, the Challenges were held annually in different locations (Eastern, Central, and Western) around the United States, but in an effort to energize the program, the membership of the USEA voted to change the overall model of the program. Starting in 2014, every Area was encouraged to hold Adult Team Challenges to offer adult riders the opportunity to compete in team competitions leading up to the USEA Adult Team Championships held at the USEA American Eventing Championships. As a result, Adult Team Challenges were no longer isolated to the three challenges around the country. Instead, there may be as many as 10 opportunities to compete in a Challenge, with a final occurring at the Adult Team Championship at the AEC!

The USEA would like to thank the ATC sponsors, Chronicle of the Horse, FITS, FLAIR, Kerrits and SmartPak.

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport at 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. In fact, the 2021 AEC garnered over 1,000 entries and now stands as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 4 at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

The USEA would like to thank presenting sponsor Nutrena Feeds, Advanced Final Title sponsor, Adequan, Platinum level sponsor Bates Saddles, Gold level sponsors Parker Equine Insurance, SmartPak, Standlee, Capital Square, Silver level sponsors Auburn Laboratories, Mountain Horse, Kerrits and The Jockey Club. The USEA would like to thank all other sponsors supporting the 2022 AEC as well.

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