The Olympic sport of eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is comprised of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping. The first phase – dressage – shows the graceful partnership of horse and rider through a sequence of movements on the flat. The next phase – cross country – challenges bravery, fitness and determination as combinations navigate a series of solid obstacles, technical questions and varied terrain. In the final phase – show jumping – pairs must again prove their precision as they clear a course of fences. Competitors accumulate penalty points in each phase. At the end of the event, the pair with the lowest score wins. Eventing tests horse and rider pairs more completely than any other discipline. 

US Equestrian runs numerous programs for eventing competitors. To learn more about these programs, please use the links in the Programs & Resources section below.

US Equestrian Eventing Department Contact Information

Amber Braun, Managing Director, Eventing
[email protected] | 859-225-6970

Gemma Stobbs, Director, Eventing Elite Program
[email protected] | 859-225-6929

Christina Vaughn, Director, Eventing Development & Emerging Programs
[email protected] | 859-225-6917

Alison Lloyd, Director, Eventing Sport Administration
[email protected] | 859-225-2054

Alexis Efraimson, Sport Programs Assistant
ae[email protected] | 859-225-6990

General inquires: [email protected]

List of roles and responsibilities for the Eventing Department can be found here.

To learn more about Eventing sponsorship opportunities see the Sales Kit above or contact Layson Griffin.

United States Eventing Association - USEF International Discipline Association

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose core mission is to advance the sport of eventing through education of riders, trainers, officials, and organizers, with the health and well-being of the horse of paramount importance. Registering over 250 recognized USEA events throughout the country, the USEA maintains responsible safety standards, and strives to provide riders from Beginner Novice to the five-star level with an exceptional eventing experience. The Association, through the direction of the Board of Governors, continues to work to make the sport of eventing safe, fun, fair and affordable to all who join. For more information, visit

Learn more about what the USEF and USEA do and how we work together.


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