Two years ago, the U.S. Eventing Association announced the selection of the Kentucky Horse Park as the 2019 and 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships host site. The partnership was contracted between the USEA and Equestrian Events, Inc. and Mary Fike, with the option to add a third year should the partnership mutually agree to it.
The USEA announced that the third year has now been confirmed, and the USEA American Eventing Championships will remain in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2021, from Aug. 24-29.
“The membership spoke, and we listened. Pulling in over 1,000 entries at the 2019 AEC and hearing feedback from competitors that it was one of the best AEC competitions to date, we had to work toward keeping it in Lexington for that third year,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “The synergy between the organizing group of EEI and Mary Fike with the USEA has been a great fit, and we look forward to continuing this partnership through 2021.”
After the completion of the 2019 AEC, the USEA sent out a request for expressions of interest to host the championships for a one-year rotation after the Lexington, Kentucky, contract completed, ideally located in the western United States. Several western venues presented attractive proposals, but the USEA Board of Governors voted to select Rebecca Farm as the 2022 nominee. The USEA will begin contract negotiations with the organizing group at Rebecca Farm, located in Kalispell, Montana.
“We could not be more excited to have a venue like Rebecca Farm added to the AEC rotation. The Broussard family has been putting on a world-class, top-notch event for 18 years, and we are honored to begin negotiations to have them host the AEC in 2022,” stated Burk.
The Event at Rebecca Farm will still carry on with its annual competition in July, hosting horse trials, Classic Series, and FEI level competition, and the AEC date will be an addition, running Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2022. The farm boasts 640 acres with world-class cross-country courses covering more than four miles and some of the best footing thanks to the team’s impressive irrigation efforts. The property is located in the vast valley north of Kalispell, with ample views of Montana’s Rocky Mountains and nearby Glacier National Park.