Oct 03, 2022

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention: Dr. Sue Dyson

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff
2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sue Dyson, at work. Photo courtesy of Dr. Sue Dyson

Have you ever wondered why your horse isn’t performing at their best? Get ready to learn about the many facets that can contribute to lameness and poor performance in sport horses from equine orthopedics expert, Dr. Sue Dyson! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dyson will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA this December 7-11.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, Dr. Dyson spent 37 years running a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance in Great Britain at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. Dr. Dyson’s key interests are in maximizing the opportunity for horses to fulfill their athletic potential, taking a holistic approach to the horse, rider and tack combination, and improving approaches to diagnosis and management.

Dr. Dyson is co-editor, with Mike Ross, of Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse and co-author of Clinical Radiology of the Horse and Equine Scintigraphy. She has published more than 370 papers in peer reviewed journals concerning lameness and diagnostic imaging and has lectured worldwide. She is also a former President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is currently the scientific advisor to the Saddle Research Trust and Moorcroft Rehabilitation Centre.

Dr. Dyson will address attendees of the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. in Regency Ballroom A-F at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel. After her presentation, USEA members will have the opportunity to ask her questions about the presentation, her expertise in the diagnosis of lameness and poor performance, and more. We encourage our members to come to the session prepared with questions and ready to learn!

Not only is Dr. Dyson a professional veterinarian with a wealth of experience working with sport horses from a clinical perspective, but she is a rider too. She has produced horses from novice to top national levels in both eventing and show jumping throughout her life and holds the Instructor and Stable Manager Certificates from the British Horse Society (BHSI).

On Friday prior to her keynote address, Dr. Dyson will be hosting another seminar regarding an exciting project she has been working on in conjunction with Kathryn Lauritsen of Padma Video. The 24 Behaviours of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness is an educational and emotive 35-minute documentary about the use of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (Performance Checklist). The film follows Dr. Dyson and Dr. Jim Myers of Gold Coast Equine, as they examine and diagnose show jumper Lauren McMahon’s beloved mare Galina, who was not obviously lame, yet seemed increasingly unhappy under saddle. The story educates horse lovers on how “bad” horse behavior can actually be early indicators of pain.

To learn more about the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention schedule, please click here. More information on convention registration will be available soon. Hotel reservation and transportation information, local must-do tourist activities and options for dining in Savannah, GA are available at useventing.com/membership/convention. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Hardwick by email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 779-0440, ext. 3003.

The USEA would like to thank the support of the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention sponsors: Adequan, Bates Saddles, Mountain Horse, Nutrena Feeds, Parker Equine Insurance, Standlee Premium Products, SmartPak, Kerrits, Capital Square, Nunn Finer, RevitaVet, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, World Equestrian Brands, Rebecca Farm, Gallops Saddlery and more.

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 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia on December 7-11, 2022. This year will be special as the USEA honors new inductees into the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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