Jul 30, 2018

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting: Erik Duvander

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
Shannon Brinkman Photo.

Hot off the presses, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce the confirmation of Erik Duvander as the keynote speaker for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, December 5-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year’s annual meeting will be a memorable year as Duvander has been a significant highlight for the United States since he stepped into office as the new U.S. Performance Director for Eventing. Another feature of the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting is the Hall of Fame ceremony which will induct six eventing legends: Capt. Mark Phillips, Karen O’Connor, Nina and Tim Gardner, Marty Simensen, Howard Simpson, and Kerry Millikin’s Thoroughbred, Out and About. Click here to meet the 2018 USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame inductees.

Since Erik Duvander has come on as the new U.S. Performance Director for Eventing in October of 2017, spirits have been high, team mentality is up, and it can be felt in the air that United States Eventing has a chance to become the best in the world.


Duvander with Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus after their dressage test at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Duvander has over 30 years of High Performance experience and a long list of accomplishments as a rider and coach. Duvander competed and represented Sweden at the World Championships and Olympic level before transitioning into a coaching role. He has coached teams and individual athletes to World Championship and Olympic medals from Japan, Sweden, and New Zealand.

“It is a great privilege and responsibility to be chosen as the U.S. Eventing Performance Director, a role that I believe holds the highest regard within our sport,” said Duvander in a US Equestrian press release.

Duvander has earned a high level of respect among riders, owners, organizers, vets, event officials, and everyone involved in U.S. Eventing. Duvander brings hope, promise, and optimism to the face of U.S. Eventing in a crucial time with the 2018 World Equestrian Games right around the corner.

Start planning the trip to New Orleans as this year will be one for the record books.

About the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention

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 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. on December 5-9, 2018. Rooms are filling fast, so make sure to book today! Click here for booking or use the reservation line (888) 627-7033.

Click here to learn more about the dates and location and visit the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention page to stay up to date on news, announcements, and details.

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