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.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with Nunn Finer for 2021. Nunn Finer is coming back as the official Title Sponsor of the USEA Leaderboard. Year-end leaderboard winners will be awarded during the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, taking place on December 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and this new program has welcomed 83 teams. Recently, the IEL teams participated in an IEL social media video contest by submitting creative videos that represent a day in the life of an IEL team member.
It is the eventing programs like Lee Ann Zobbe’s program in Area VIII that help keep the sport alive. In addition to teaching students how to ride, Zobbe the manager and coach at Come Again Farm, also teaches her students how to volunteer. Whether her students are 11 years old or 70 years old, volunteering is an integral part of her program located in Sheridan, Indiana.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the addition of two new 2021 dates for the Adequan®/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge (YTC):