The 2017 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship is underway at the Virginia Horse Trials! More than 80 students from 17 colleges and universities traveled from all over the East Coast and from as far West as Texas to compete at the second annual Intercollegiate Championship.
The Intercollegiate Program became official at the USEA in 2014, but it has grown exponentially since then. There are more schools registered as a USEA University Affiliate than there are NCAA Equestrian Teams, and participation at the Championship doubled over the inaugural year in 2016, with 21 total teams vying for the Champion title this weekend.
“It is impossible not to be inspired by how quickly Intercollegiate Eventing is growing,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “Eventing is in good hands with these future leaders of the sport. When the USEA Board of Governors established the Intercollegiate Eventing Program we had high hopes for its success. I don’t think anyone thought it would be this successful so quickly!
“Congratulations to the Virginia Horse Trials for serving as excellent hosts, and congratulations to the horses and riders for working so hard to get here.”
School spirit abounds at VHT and I have to admit, the enthusiasm of the students, parents, coaches and friends is 100% infectious. We’re looking forward to an exciting week!
School spirit in excess! #IntercollegiateChampionships
Posted by Virginia Horse Trials on Friday, May 26, 2017
Our team had a great first day of competition. Lydia and Charm kicked off the day on a high note scoring a PERSONAL BEST…
At the Collegiate Banquet the girls are having fun!
YJs are here and ready to roll at the USEA Collegiate Eventing Champs! 22 teams from 17 colleges. And of course, our biggest fan, Gracie, made the trip!
Thank you so much to Lauren Kieffer Eventing for providing our team with a course walk! Looking forward to dominating the cross country course this weekend! #TerpTakeover
Enjoying our time at @virginiahorsetrials ❤️ 🐘🐴@the_a_team2.0 started us off today in the preliminary rider division with a 34.6 in dressage & double clear stadium round! Way to kick butt! Tomorrow’s an action packed day starting at 9:36am with @kmh__eventing going down center line! We will keep you updated. ROLL TIDE ROLL 👍🏼🅰️ #Dreamteam #ridetideride #alabamaeventing #intercollegiatechampionships #usea #eventing #crimsontide #roadto1
WAHOOWA! Our teams have arrived at Virginia Horse Trials!! Our CIC* competitor, Kate Knowles, has finished dressage on an impressive 55.6 for her first one star. Our CIC** rider, Alex Reed, finished dressage and showjumping to put her in ninth place in a competitive division at her first two star. Also pictured is Annie Page and her mount, who have finished dressage and showjumping in the Preliminary Rider division. Best of luck to our riders and mounts with the rest of your rides!! #gohoos #virginiaeventinganddressageteam #intercollegiateeventing