Marilyn Payne, chair of the Test Writing Task Force, presented the 2022 USEF Eventing Dressage Tests at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During her session, Payne discussed reasonings behind certain movements, updates for clarity that were being made (updated tests have since been published and may be reviewed here), and even shared video demonstrations of certain tests to help attendees get a better understanding of what to expect this competition season. Watch Payne's presentations from Convention below:
The mission of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) is to produce and improve the craft and art in the teaching of riding and horse management for the sport of eventing through the application of the highest principles of horsemanship, which ensures the ethical and humane treatment of horses and the safety of both horses and riders and extends to all those associated with the health and well-being of the horses.
Fellow eventer Ashley Johnson took the stage at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention to present the research she conducted for her master's thesis on the influence of performance strategies and baseline resilience levels on the thresholds of flow state that elite eventers experienced during competition.
The 1996 Atlanta Olympics marked a turning point in the equestrian world’s approach to competing in challenging thermal climates, particularly with respect to the Summer Olympics where there is no option to schedule to avoid hot months of the year due to the fixed calendar. The U.S. equestrian community and researchers, supported by the USEF and USEA, played a major role in the FEI’s International collaborative research effort aimed at creating a knowledge base on equine thermoregulation and travel.
The Keynote Speaker at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was none other than renowned equine veterinarian, Dr. Mark Revenaugh DVM. In the 2021 Keynote Address, Dr. Revenaugh took a trip down memory lane to reflect on ten things he has learned over the course of his career. Some of the points were humorous, some reflected on the advancements in medicine, and some featured some hard-hitting underlying messages to live by.
This year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was a special week in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was several days of celebration and education and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal partners of the USEA and the Convention.
After three days of committee meetings and open forums, the USEA Board of Governors reconvened to discuss action items from a multitude of committees. With the adjournment of the meeting, the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was officially concluded.
The complete U.S. Eventing Team for the 2020Tokyo Olympic Games sat before USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees ready to answer questions from U.S. Eventing enthusiasts on Saturday, December 12. Read some of the top quotes from each Team Tokyo member and keep your eyes peeled for the full video, coming soon on useventing.com.
An open forum discussing rule changes which went into effect December 1, 2021 and proposed rule changes for 2022 took place at the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Saturday, December 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was one of the most heavily attended open forums of the convention, and nine proposed rule changes and clarifications which have not yet been approved or presented to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) were brought forward to the attendees for the first time. Moderators Malcolm Hook and Jonathan Elliot outlined all of these proposals and listened to feedback from forum attendees throughout the session and encouraged USEA members to continue to send in their feedback via the rules feedback portal which will go live this Wednesday, December 15 on the USEA Online Services website.
It was a sweet moment for the eventing community as we were able to come together once again after a one-year gap due to COVID-19 to celebrate the many accomplishments of United States Eventing Association (USEA) members and eventing enthusiasts during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. The evening’s ceremony was led by Jim Wofford and Jim Wolf and recognized riders, horses, and game-changers in the sport of eventing with over 80 awards and grants.
Lou Leslie started eventing 30 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. She immersed herself in the sport from day one and became heavily involved, first at the local level as a volunteer and later as a member of the USEA Board of Governors (BOG) and eventually as a USEA Foundation Board of Trustee and Chair. From her first time at a horse trial to today, Leslie never imagined she would be serving as the USEA President Elect and eventual USEA President, but she will be adding the USEA President Elect title to her resume at the start of 2022 following her election in today’s Annual Meeting.