Countdown to the 2013 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships in Tyler, Texas

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Tyler Texas businesses Osky Blue and REMAX Legacy prepare for the upcoming Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championship.

Lindale, Texas (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

There is excitement in the air as Tyler prepares to host the 2013 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery (AEC). The Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX will welcome more than 500 horses along with hundreds of riders, grooms, parents and spectators to participate in the 10th annual AEC, September 26 – 29. Riders will be competing for over $90,000 in prize money and the honor of being named the best in the country in the Olympic sport of eventing.

“This is such an exciting event, according to Kerissa Payne, local resident and RE/MAX® Legacy REALTOR®, who also happens to work with Texas Rose Horse Park. "The opportunity that this event brings to the Lindale/Tyler area is thrilling. It’s exciting as a resident of the area to showcase our wonderful city and this remarkable venue,” said Payne.

With two weeks remaining to enter the competition, almost 400 entries – from 35 different states – have already been received. To date, over 110 riders from Texas plus many from as far away as Maine and Washington state have entered this prestigious national championships. Both horses and riders must qualify to compete. The AEC is a destination event that offers an opportunity for riders – whether amateurs or professionals, adults or juniors – to compete at every level of the sport of eventing, from Beginner Novice to Advanced.

The cross-country course will feature 48 brand-new jumping obstacles along with new galloping tracks that take advantage of the rolling terrain. The highly-anticipated course is designed by Captain Mark Phillips, course designer for a multitude of international events including the British National Championships of Eventing, and built by Bert Wood, a well-known course builder from Temecula, CA.

In addition to hundreds of junior and amateur riders, some of the biggest names in eventing will be present, including Jon Holling, Kristi Nunnick, Rick Wallace, and Laine Ashker, plus international Olympians Leslie Law (GBR), Clayton Fredericks (AUS), Kyle Carter (CAN) and Hawley Bennett (CAN). Current U.S. Eventing Team coach, David O’Connor, is also expected to be on hand. Texas’s own 20-year old Avery Klunick will also take a shot at the top prize of the event in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship with her horse In It To Win It.

The event will feature five days competition as well as a trade fair with unique equestrian-themed shops, a great selection of local food vendors, a dog show, and more. Admission is free on all days with parking available for $5/car. Patron’s passes, which provide access to the VIP tent which overlooks the main ring and offers catered breakfast and lunch, are available for $75 per day and include parking.

Celebrate the sport of eventing at the American Eventing Championships,September 26 – 29, at the Texas Rose Horse Park, conveniently located one mile from Interstate 20 (Exit 548) in beautiful Tyler, Texas.

About Eventing

Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. It is an Olympic discipline comprised of three phases, which tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other equestrian sport. Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse's and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena. Individual horse and rider combinations accumulate penalty points in each phase and those with the fewest points at the end of all three phases will take home top honors. Eventing has evolved from its start as a military contest to an exciting sport that involves all levels of enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.