No sport is complete without its fans! From local events to international competition, all events welcome spectators. To find which events you’d like to visit, check out the USEA Omnibus, which is a complete calendar listing of all competitions in the country.
A few things to keep in mind when you visit an event:
- Local events are free to the public, but larger events may require spectator tickets for entrance or seats.
- When you arrive, head to the show office to pick up a program and a course map so you can follow along with each rider.
- Most events allow dogs, but all must be kept leashed and under a watchful eye.
- When exploring the cross-country course, stay aware of any incoming horses.
- Outside assistance is not allowed for the competitors while they are in the ring or on course so cheer them on, but don't offer any advice.
- Most events have food for purchase, but also feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy the day.
How to Read the Scoreboard:
Remember in eventing the lowest score wins!
W: Withdrew (occurs between phases)
R: Retired (occurs during a phase)
E: Eliminated (for multiple disobediences)
TE: Technically Eliminated (missing a jump, inappropriate saddlery/dress, etc)
RF: Rider Fall
MR: Mandatory Retirement (Horse fall)
X: Didn't pass veterinary inspection
DR: Dangerous Riding (25 penalties or elimination)
If you watched an event and want to get more involved, join the USEA as a supporting member! At a discounted membership cost you will receive all the latest news about the sport through online USEA media as well as Eventing USA, the only eventing-specific publication in the country.
If you’d like to play an even bigger role, consider owning an event horse. If you aren’t interested in taking a turn around the biggest cross-country courses in the world, but still want to have a chance at standing in the winner’s circle, becoming a horse owner might be the right decision for you.
Whether you own outright or are part of a syndicate, horse ownership can take you on an incredible journey, and who knows, your horse might represent the United States one day! The USEA strongly suggests that all owners have a detailed contract with their riders to outline all responsibilities and costs to protect all parties involved.