Jul 15, 2019

5 Months Until the Birthday in Boston! Countdown to the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
Photo courtesy of the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) turns 60 years old this year, and the birthday party is scheduled for December 11-15 in Boston, Massachusetts at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. This monumental celebration will take place in the heart of downtown Boston at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Formerly known as the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA), the USEA first came to life after a meeting during the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, Illinois. From that first meeting to this meeting in five months, the USEA is proud to celebrate 60 years of U.S. eventing.

What was once a small 20-person organization has evolved into an organization with thousands of members from across the country of all levels and ages. Every year these members come together during the annual meeting, and every year the meeting brings something new. Last year, the USEA inducted six new members to the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, members will travel to Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., to celebrate the USEA’s 60-year milestone.

Not only does the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention feature the 60th anniversary celebration this year, but it will also offer a variety of lectures, presentations, and a movie room that will play three-day eventing inspired films. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend as many presentations as they’d like. Each year the convention follows a new theme, and the 2019 theme will be centered around horse care. The theme was decided based around one common interest among all eventers - that interest being the love for a horse.

The first USCTA (now USEA) meeting in Chicago at the 1959 Pan American Games. Stewart Treviranus Photo, courtesy of his family

For the past 60 years, legends have engraved their name in U.S. eventing history. Those who have made the seemingly impossible, possible, like Jack LeGoff, the team coach responsible for what’s referred to as ‘the golden age of U.S. eventing.’ Torrance Watkins who was the first winner of Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Advanced level riding the fan-favorite, the pinto mare Poltroon. Bruce Davidson Sr., one of the world’s most prolific eventers and the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in 1974. Stephen Bradley, who was the last American to win the Burghley Three-Day Event in 1993. David O’Connor, who took home the individual gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The reign of Kim Severson and Winsome Adante, the ever-inspiring 14.1 hand pony named Theodore O’Connor, and the masterclass cross-country round from Phillip Dutton to bring home individual bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. These highlights of sheer greatness have brought joy, inspiration, and a unified passion for the sport. To relive the highlights, the USEA would like to invite everyone to its 60th year anniversary on Dec. 11-15, 2019.

Registration for the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will open October 1, 2019 and members may register through their Online Services account.

Hotel Registration is already open at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Click here to reserve your room and receive the special USEA rate.

For more information about the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, click here or contact [email protected].

About the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

The USEA Annual Meeting & 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 other eventing enthusiasts. The USEA organizes multiple seminars in addition to committee meetings, open forums, and tons of fun! The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 11-15, 2019. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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