The Long Format Club (LFC) was formed in the spring of 2009 to gather the grass roots supporters of the classic, or long, format equestrian three-day event into one place where we can combine our voices and dollars into a meaningful contribution to keep long format eventing alive. By pooling our resources and serving as a conduit between classic format supporters and event organizers, the Long Format Club takes donations and distributes them to organizers who run classic three-day events at the Training or Preliminary levels to help defray the costs of hosting these events.
We help organizers meet expenses such as footing preparation for steeplechase/roads and tracks phases, additional officials, clinicians, construction of steeplechase fences, and awards. Organizers send us their "wish lists", and grants are awarded by the LFC Board of Directors based on the stated needs of the organizer, the importance of the requested funds to the Classic format, and the present availability of funds.
In addition to offering monetary grants to Classic organizers, the LFC works to promote all the events on the USEA Classic Eventing Series calendar. Through public outreach and education, we direct attention to and generate interest in Classic Eventing!
How To Support The LFC
100% of your general donations go straight to the organizers of Classic events!
LFC operating costs are covered through specific donations and merchandise sales.
What Is The USEA Classic Three-Day Event Series?
Whether you call it a classic, full, or long format event, it is a thrill like no other! The United States is the only country in the world that still offers and sanctions classic format competitions which incorporate roads and tracks, steeplechase, and cross-country into four phases on speed and endurance day.
The USEA Training Classic Three-Day Event (T3DE) Series is sponsored by Smartpak Equine, recognized by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and endorsed by the United Stated Equestrian Federation (USEF). It appeals to adult amateurs and young riders who want to experience the unforgettable rush of a full format three-day event at the Training level, as well as professionals preparing their horses to move up to the Preliminary level. These events combine a competition with educational components.
In early 2009, the organizers of the remaining Preliminary level full format three-day events offered anywhere in the world banded together to form the USEA Preliminary Classic Three-Day Event (P3DE) Series, committing to making a gradual change over to a new National version of the classic three-day event. The classic format Preliminary 3-Day Event (P3DE) series is also sponsored by Smartpak Equine and is recognized by both the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and the United Stated Equestrian Federation (USEF).
In July, 2009 the USEA announced that the Preliminary level Classic Events would team up with the Training level Three-Day Events to form the USEA Classic Three-Day Event Series!
To learn more about Classic Eventing, go to our Education page!