In 2014, the United States Eventing Association (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. Collegiate athletic programs have been the training grounds for Olympians, amateur athletes and professional athletes for generations. Enabling students to train in the Olympic sport of eventing is a natural addition.
Any individual who is a current undergraduate student at a university or college that is an affiliate of the USEA is eligible to receive a $25 discount on their annual USEA membership.
USEA University Affiliate
Any accredited college or university may register as an Affiliate Organization of the USEA. Once the institution is an Affiliate Organization, all current undergraduate students of that school will be eligible for a discounted USEA membership. Moreover, as an affiliate of the USEA the University/College will be able to access all of the benefits offered to USEA affiliates.
Intercollegiate Team Challenges
Intercollegiate Team Challenges are quickly becoming popular additions to recognized horse trials in the United States. Teams competing in events identified as Intercollegiate Team Challenges are able to self-identify to the competition organizer, and will compete in the regular horse trial competition as individuals. Combining their individual scores, their team scores will be tabulated and matched against other teams. Successful Team Challenges have occurred at events such as the Virginia Horse Trials (Area II - Virginia), Twin Rivers Ranch (Area VI - California), Chattahoochee Hills (Area III - Georgia), ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Area II) and FENCE (Area III - North Carolina).
The 2019 Intercollegiate Championship will take place May 18-19 2019 at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia. The USEA encourages all schools to send as many competitors as possible. The event offers Beginner Novice – Intermediate levels. There are no qualifications necessary for this championship but schools represented must be registered Affiliates of the USEA. Students must be enrolled as undergraduate students. They may compete in the USEA Intercollegiate Championship up to 6 months after graduating, allowing December graduates to compete in the May Championship. Check back to this page as more information becomes available.
New to 2019, the addition of a 'graduate' division will be added to the 2019 Intercollegiate Championship which will allow graduate students to compete in the Championship.