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.
After a one-year gap, eventers from all over are ready to gather together and engage in four days of seminars, presentations, and gatherings at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. This year’s convention begins Thursday morning at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel and continues through the weekend.
Over 40 horses competed in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 5-year-old East and West Coast Championships in 2015. The YEH East Coast Championships were held during the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland, while the YEH West Coast Championships took place at Galway Downs in Temecula, California. Following 2015’s YEH finale, many of the graduating class of the 2015 USEA Young Event Horse Championships have gone on to make their mark on the upper levels of eventing.
Nicole Brown is joined by a panel of experts including top FEI veterinarian Dr. Emily Sandler-Burtness, five-star eventer Will Faudree, and professional eventer and horsemanship expert Tik Maynard to answer all of your biggest questions.
I’d like to start my Holiday Pressure Proof Tip with an excerpt from my new book Bolder Braver Brighter.
"Imagine leaning against a tree while your horse grazes happily beside you. You feel the warm sunshine and breeze on your cheek, hear the chirping of nearby birds, and smell the fragrance of the grass and wildflowers. Your horse nickers quietly and all you can think about is how lucky you are to have this horse and this sport and this life… right here, right now.