On the last episode of the USEA Podcast, we heard from USEA CEO Rob Burk about the USEA Educational Activities Program as well as Wendy Wergeles, organizer of The Event Derby in California, and Penny Morse, organizer of the Southeastern Schooling Show Championships at Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia.
The USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) educates the next generation of officials, providing them with the skills they need to support the sport as licensed officials, including judges, technical delegates, and course designers. Competitions can’t occur without quality officials to ensure the safe running of events and that all safety rules and precautions are followed to the letter.
According to organizer Penny Morse, the inaugural Southeastern Schooling Show Championship at Georgia’s Bouckaert Farm started with a thought that became an idea that grew into an event.
“It was one of those fleeting moment ideas, that usually leaves just as fast, and five minutes later you cannot remember what it was you were thinking,” said Morse, Harmony Grove Farm, Villa Rica, Ga. “This time it evolved into the ‘I have a dream’ mode. It just kept nagging at me — The Southeast Schooling Show Championships.”
The USEA Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO) is responsible for educating the next generation of officials and encouraging members of the eventing community to get involved as licensed officials, including judges, technical delegates, and course designers. The safe running of competitions relies on quality officials as they guarantee that all safety rules and precautions are adhered to.