I know this seems insane, but in my twenty years of competing in three-day eventing, I’ve never competed or even witnessed the American Eventing Championships. I know so many people who make it the main event of their calendar year, but somehow even when I qualified, I just never went. Now, watching all the action in Kentucky, I’m pretty jealous and maybe I’ll attend somewhere in the next twenty years.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website]
Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website]
Major International Events:
News From Around the Globe:
Stable View has instituted a new volunteer rewards system, Very Important Volunteers, in which you can earn points whenever you sign up and help out. We love our eventing volunteers! Click here to learn more.
Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is proud to partner with the USEA this week for the 2021 American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feed. Be on the lookout for SEE stickers and this awesome jump adorned with the SEE banner! To learn more about and donate to Strides for Equality Equestrians’ efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in equestrian sports, click here.
We’re celebrating #AEC2021 all week long with a new contest from our friends at Kentucky Performance Products! We thought it appropriate to share our love of the horse and of the sport in the form of a nomination contest — so, we ask you EN, who at AEC has inspired you this year? Nominate them, and you could win too! [Enter to WIN!]
Want to take a look at what the AEC competitors will be tackling on cross country this week?Check out a preview of each level’s track here.
While you’re at it, check out some Fast Facts curated by the USEA for this week’s American Eventing Championships — and there are a lot of them!
Corvett won all of us over at Kentucky this year with his unique jumping style. Originally brought in to Phillip Dutton’s barn as a sales project, “Barry” was just too quirky for most people to ride, so working student Emily Hamel got him for a good price. Emily was able to be flexible enough to accommodate his flamboyant jumping style, and together they reached the 5* level together this spring. [Behind the Stall Door: Corvett]
Rosie Napravnik currently sits in the sixth place position after the dressage and cross-country phases in the Preliminary Rider division at the AEC. The 2021 event is both her and her horse, Sanimo’s, first eventing championship ever. However, she is no stranger to standing in the winner’s circle aboard a Thoroughbred. At only 33 years old, Napravnik is one of the most decorated Thoroughbred horse racing jockeys of her time having achieved the status of highest-ranked woman jockey in North America by 2014 and had lifetime earnings of $71,396,717. [Napravnik Competes at Her First Eventing Championships]