The oldest team eventing competition in the United States, the Hagyard MidSouth CCI* and Team Challenge, is run every fall at the Kentucky Horse in Lexington. The competition raises funds that are used for all of the many programs offered by MSEDA.
The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) and the Michigan Combined Training Association conceived of the event and it began in the early 1980's as a friendly competition among teams from regional combined training associations boasting a total of 45 entries. Volunteers organized the event from beginning to end and its popularity soared. Today it has become a destination event and a much relied on fundraiser for the non-profit equine organization.
While participants in the Hagyard MidSouth CCI* face the most demanding courses as they compete in the USEF National One-Star Championship, the hallmark competitions of the show are the team events and the Classic Format competitions. The Team competition is offered at the Preliminary, Training, Novice and Beginner Novice levels and those divisions alone draw more than 400 competitors. Teams of three or four riders compete for the best final overall score – very much like the Olympics. The competition also offers two unique Classic Competitions – the old Three Day Event format. The Preliminary Classic Format is the only one in the country and the Training Level Classic is wildly popular – often oversubscribed.
The show has become a highlight of fall eventing schedules. Riders from all 50 states and ten countries have tested their competitive mettle at the Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge.