American Eventing Championships Cancelled Due To COVID 19
On August 5 the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) made the decision to cancel the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships, citing the health and safety concerns of holding a national competition during the Covid-19 pandemic.
USEA CEO Rob Burk said cancelling the event was devastating, but with riders coming from 41 states the geographic pull of the event and the implications of that could not be ignored.
“The immense amount of uncertainty caused by recent cancellations of similar-sized events at the Kentucky Horse Park weighed heavily on the USEA leadership,” Burk said.
He said organisers were unable to guarantee that regional governments or other authorities would not cancel the event if it had gone ahead.
“By canceling before the closing date for entries we are hopeful that riders can reroute to their local events which desperately need their support and are working incredibly hard to hold safe events. Over the next month, the USEA Board of Governors will look into the qualifications for the 2021 AEC to see what can be done for those that worked so hard to qualify in 2020.”
USEA President Max Corcoran said the loss of the championships will be a financial hit for both the USEA and EEI, “but in the end, it is the right decision ethically for the staff, volunteers, officials, and competitors”.