Inaugural Intercollegiate Championship to be Hosted at Virginia Horse Trials in 2016

By the United States Equestrian Association (USEA)

Since the inception of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Program in 2014, 31 colleges and universities have affiliated with the USEA to show their support and involvement. Many of these schools have competed in Collegiate Team Challenges at various Events including Virginia Horse Trials, Chattahoochee Hills, Twin Rivers, ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials, University of New Hampshire Horse Trial, Poplar Place Farm and FENCE. There has not been an overall Intercollegiate Championship, until now! The USEA is pleased to announce that the Virginia Horse Trials will host the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship in 2016.

The Championship will take place May 26-29, 2016 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Beginner Novice through Advanced/Intermediate levels will be offered as well as CCI1* and CIC2* divisions. All affiliated schools are encouraged to attend and compete for the title of Intercollegiate Champion.

VAHT Photo by Brant Gamma Photo. 

“The Virginia Horse Trials have hosted challenges that include colleges and universities for a number of years.  First under the leadership of Brian and Penny Ross, and now under Andy Bowles,” stated USEA CEO Rob Burk.  “As the birthplace of Intercollegiate Eventing Team Competition it only seemed fitting to award the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship to this top class facility and Event.”

Each team in the Championship will consist of three or four members. Only three individual scores will count toward the collective team score, so teams of four will have one a “drop” score. Schools may send multiple teams, and each team may consist of riders competing at different levels. To account for differences in level difficulty, a coefficient system has been put in place. Each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level as follows:

Beginner Novice: 1.1

Novice: 1

Training: 0.9

Preliminary: 0.85 and

Intermediate: 0.75.

The team with the lowest collective score wins. Top teams will be recognized and presented with prizes in a collegiate awards ceremony at the end of the competition.

11707461_914037515299344_8922708849810340623_nThe beautiful cross-country course at the Virginia Horse Center. Photo by Courtney Bryant for Brant Gamma Photos.

“I am very honored to have been chosen as the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship, as part of our ongoing commitment to team competitions we will be adding a dedicated member of staff during the Event, to assist in the smooth running from entries to results and the overall experience of the teams,” said Virginia Horse Trials Organizer Andy Bowles.

Although this Championship Event will determine which college or university team will be named the 2016 Intercollegiate Champions, collegiate individuals will still be recognized for year-end points accumulated throughout the season. Standings can be found on the USEA collegiate leaderboards for each level.

Come out in May and show your school spirit as you compete for the Championship title!

About the USEA Intercollegiate Program

In 2014, the USEA Board of Governors approved the creation of the Intercollegiate Eventing Program as an official program of the USEA. Originally proposed with input from the Intercollegiate Eventing League, the program was established to provide a framework on which Eventing teams and individual competition could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. Click here to see if your school is an University Affiliate.

Don’t forget if you have not yet renewed your membership with the USEA – Collegiate members get a $25 discount! Log onto your Online Services Account to renew, and a $25 refund will be issued after the USEA has received proof of enrollment.

About the Virginia Horse Trials

The Virginia Horse Trials has been a premier Eventing destination for over 25 years. Situated on 600 acres, the Virginia Horse Center is a first-class venue. Brian and Penny Ross founded the Virginia Horse Trials in 1989, and organized the Event through its 25th Anniversary in 2014. Andy Bowles took over the organization of the Virginia Horse Trials in 2015 and looks forward to maintaining it as a destination for east coast eventers in the years to come.

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If you have questions about the USEA Intercollegiate Program, e-mail Programs Manager Kate Lokey.