Participate in National-Caliber Collegiate Competition from the Safety of your Home Barn
The Athletic Equestrian League will host a virtual competition for collegiate riders in early October 2020, utilizing its unique objective scoring system to provide equestrians in both English and western disciplines the opportunity to showcase their skills. To participate, athletes must be part or full time students, and can partner with riders at schools in their geographic area to form one team. USEF “r” judge Patte Zumbrun of Glen Arm, Maryland, will officiate.
“With so many collegiate equestrian teams’ shows seasons placed on hold due to COVID-19, AEL is able to offer virtual competition due to our unique format,” says Sally Batton, founder and president of the Athletic Equestrian League. “Whether schools have students on campus, some at home, or all at home, teams can participate through our video competition.”
AEL competition includes three phases: flat, fences and practicum for English riders, and horsemanship, patterns and practicum for western. Each riding phase counts for 40% of the final score, and the practicum counts for 20%. Riders are scored objectively against a set standard, making virtual judging fair and accessible, and all performance requirements are shared in advance. After the competition, riders receive their scoresheet, which includes written comments from the judge.
“If scoring is subjective, you don’t know how you did,” says Batton. “This format gives a set of scores that coaches and riders can understand.”
Registration for the virtual collegiate competition is due by October 9, 2020, with video submissions accepted between October 10 and October 16. Videos must be filmed in one take, so rider performance is as similar to a regular horse show as possible. The practicum phase is administered at the athlete’s home barn with a signed affidavit that the work is that of the competitor alone. Attire is ‘athletic’, with teammates wearing matching team shirts rather than traditional show clothes. Awards will be presented virtually on October 23.
Collegiate athletes only need to ride in one competition during the 2020-2021 season to qualify for the 2021 AEL Virtual National Collegiate Championships, to be held in late April.
For more information about AEL Collegiate please visit: https://www.athleticequestrian.com/team-resources
About the Athletic Equestrian League (www.athleticequestrian.com)
The Athletic Equestrian League is an organization of equestrian athletes who compete in practical horsemanship. Individual competition is offered in both English and Western disciplines and includes a Minis development division for 1st-3rd grades and competition for 4th-12th graders, collegiate riders and adults. Team competition is offered in both English and Western for athletes in 4th-12th grade and at the collegiate level.
Athletic Equestrian League
Sally Batton, founder and president
Cell 603-359-0008 / email@example.com