Convention

2024 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

Seattle, Washington | December 11-15, 2024


Welcome to the “home of Sleepless in Seattle, the Frasier Crane show, and the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee!"

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention takes place each December and brings together a large group of dedicated USEA members and supporters to discuss, learn, and enjoy being surrounded by eventing enthusiasts. The USEA organizes multiple seminars in addition to committee meetings, open forums, and tons of fun. The 2024 event’s focus is all about you, the competitors, and the people who keep us forging ahead through unparalleled obstacles. Come out to see the future of the sport of three-day eventing and become a part of the various seminars to educate yourself on all the latest information about the sport!

Questions or suggestions about Convention? Contact Jennifer or call 703-779-0440 ext. 3003.

Hotel

The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101
(206) 728-1000

The Westin Seattle - Downtown Seattle's most dynamic hotel with a skyline view, the Westin Seattle offers guests spacious rooms and suites, signature Heavenly® amenities, and stunning floor-to-ceiling Seattle Skyline views. Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Nordstrom, and Seattle Convention Center are within steps of the hotel, offering opportunities for adventure. The Westin Seattle is in the center of the action. Discover Seattle and awaken your spirit of adventure!

Trip advisor has rated this hotel a 4-star property (very good).

Reservations

Reservations can be made starting in March 2024.

Fun Facts about Seattle

  • Seattle was named after a Native American chief. Originally named “New York,” the city was later renamed to honor Chief Seattle.
  • The Space Needle is Seattle’s most iconic landmark. Constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle stands at 605 feet tall.
  • Seattle is also known as the “Emerald City.”
  • The first Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971.
  • Mount Rainier, an active volcano, stands at 14,410 feet tall.
  • Seattle experiences more rainfall second to New York.
  • Seattle is home to numerous tech giants, including Microsoft and Amazon.
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is the tallest ferris wheel on the West Coast.
  • Seattle’s football team, the Seattle Seahawks, won their first Super Bowl in 2014.
  • The Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the United State.
  • If you like to ski, Snoqualmie is a short 52 miles away or Crystal mountain near Mt. Rainer is about an hour away.
  • The Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases the works of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
  • Seattle has a reputation for being environmentally conscious.
  • The Seattle Mariners are the first major league baseball team to have a father and son play together.

Getting to Seattle, WA
The nearest airport to Seattle, Washington is the Seattle-Tacoma International airport (SEA)- 22 mins from hotel.

BY AIR: Both domestic and international airlines serve Seattle - Tacoma Airport. Some of the most familiar include American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Delta Connection, United Airlines, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, and British Airways.

Seattle Airport is approximately 22 miles from downtown Seattle and the Westin Seattle Hotel.

BY TRAIN: Five train routes service Seattle’s King Street Station, just south of downtown. Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter train spans from Everett, north of Seattle, to Lakewood, south of Tacoma. Amtrak has three routes: Coast Starlight travels between Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles; Amtrak Cascades travels between Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Salem, and Eugene; and the Empire Builder travels between Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle. Rocky Mountaineer offers a high-end travel option between Seattle, Vancouver, BC, and the Canadian Rockies.

TAXIS, LIMOS, TOWN CARS, AND RIDE SHARING
At SEA Airport, taxis and ride-sharing companies are available on the third floor of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $40-$55. To arrange for a limo, town car or taxi ride, use any of the travelers’ information boards in baggage claim or visit the ground transportation information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. Contact our concierge team at the Seattle Visitor Center for referrals for specific transportation companies based on your personal travel needs.

In downtown Seattle, Lyft, Uber, and metered taxis offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps.

SEATTLE CENTER MONORAIL
The iconic Seattle Center Monorail travels between Westlake Center in downtown and the Seattle Center at the base of Queen Anne hill. Regular operating hours are between 7:30am and 11pm on Monday-Friday, and from 8:30am to 11pm on Saturday & Sunday. Trains depart every 10 minutes, and the trip takes only 2 minutes each way. One-way fare for adults is $3.00. Schedules, information, and FAQs are on the Seattle Center Monorail website.

Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 7:30am-9:00pm
Sat-Sun, 8:30am-9:00pm

Fare: $3.00 (one way; ORCA cards accepted)

LINK LIGHT RAIL

Sound Transit’s Link light rail makes trips from Angle Lake Station to the Northgate through downtown Seattle with 16 stops along the way, including downtown Seattle and SEA Airport. Trains arrive every 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take about 40 minutes to travel between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Westlake Station in downtown Seattle.

Schedule:
Mon-Sat, 5:00am–1:43am (last northbound train from the airport Westlake Station departs at 11:44pm)
Sun, 6:00am–12:34am (last northbound train from the airport to Westlake Station departs at 11:14pm)

Adult Fare: $2.25–$3.50; - soundtransit.org

RENTAL CARS & CAR SHARING
All car rental companies providing service at SEA Airport are located in the off-site car-rental facility. Dedicated shuttle buses run 24/7 to pick up passengers outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal. If you prefer to enjoy the city using public transit when first arriving, car rentals are available at multiple downtown Seattle locations. Ask our Seattle Visitor Center team for referrals or assistance.

Visitors can rent vehicles by the hour from Zipcar or by the minute from GIG Car Share.

SHUTTLES & COURTESY VEHICLES
Ride-share, door-to-door vans, and airport shuttle services are available to passengers at the Ground Transportation Plaza on the third floor in the SEA Airport parking garage. Premier Airport Shuttle Seattle offers shared and private shuttle service starting from $33 per person to Downtown Seattle hotels and also offers regularly scheduled Seattle cruise ship transfers. Hotel courtesy shuttles pick up and drop off passengers on the 3rd floor of the airport parking garage at Islands 1 & 2.

PARKING
Paid street parking and parking garages, both covered and outdoor, provide visitors with ample options when driving into downtown. Paid street parking is in effect Monday-Saturday and is generally limited to 2, 4, or 10 hour (all-day) increments. Learn more about paid street parking here.

You can find convenient and affordable parking garages at downtownseattle.org/parking or through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app. With SpotHero, search for daily, weekly, or monthly parking facilities and enjoy the convenience of booking a parking spot at your destination ahead of time, ensuring you have a space when you arrive.

PARKING & VALET PARKING
Hotel main entrance & parking garage are located at 1901 Westlake Avenue. Overnight rates include in/out privileges.

  • On-Site Daily Parking: $55
  • Valet Parking: $65
  • Electric Car Charging Station Available

GETTING AROUND TOWN

WALKING:

The hotel is perfectly positioned downtown. Central Seattle—including downtown, Belltown, Seattle Center, South Lake Union, the waterfront, and Pioneer Square—is fairly compact and walkable.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE, WA:

  • Space Needle
  • Seattle Center Monorail
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Museum of Flight
  • Pioneer Square

And so much more!

BEST FOOD IN TOWN
If you want a taste of the Pacific Northwest as recommended by locals themselves, well, you’re in the right place. Click here to access Visit Seattle's article on navigating Seattle's Food and Drink Scene Like a Local.

FOOD AND DRINK TOURS
No doubt about it that Washington is beer country.

For a taste of Seattle, join one of the many food tours, a guided eating excursion:

  • Pike Place Market
  • Chinatown International District

SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
Are you a fashionista, a boutique connoisseur, bargain hunter or a souvenir collector? Then Seattle’s shopping scene is for you!.

Click here to view local offerings.

Additional Information
Questions or suggestions about Convention? Contact Jennifer Hardwick by email at [email protected] or by phone (703) 779-0440, ext. 3003.

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Official Forage of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA

Official Horse Boot of the USEA