Feb 06, 2019

Announcing the Schedule for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Seven clinicians, six levels, five components to a five-star horse, four days long, three USEA programs, two weeks until it starts, and one Frenchman – don’t miss out on the biggest educational event of the year: the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium on February 18-21 at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. With the symposium right around the corner, the USEA is pleased to announce the tentative schedule for the four days.

The week will start with the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium covering two full days. On Monday, February 18, Maxime Livio will cover dressage with a focus on training and movements. On Tuesday, February 19, Livio will teach show jumping and cross-country with a focus on riding related lines.

On Wednesday, February 20, the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Symposium, ‘From Five Years to Five Stars: Identifying the Star Quality’ will take place with Livio focusing on key components of what a five-star horse looks like in its 5-year-old year. The five-star components include conformation, movement, behavior, evidence of rideability, and evidence of trainability.

The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Symposium will take place on the final day, Thursday February 21. The main focus of the FEH Symposium will be a hands-on assessment of young eventing prospects with a string of highly respected professionals including Robin Walker, Peter Gray, Holly Simensen, and Matthias Hollberg.

USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Tentative Schedule for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium:

Monday, February 18, 2019 – ICP Symposium - Dressage

8:00AM – Registration

9:00AM – Preliminary/Training level

10:00AM – Preliminary level

11:00AM – Intermediate level

*Lunch Break

1:00PM – Intermediate level

2:00PM – Intermediate level

3:00PM – Advanced level

4:00PM – Advanced level (show jumping)

*Dressage lessons will have two riders per hour with the last 15 minutes devoted to Q&A.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – ICP Symposium - Show Jumping & Cross-Country

8:00AM – Registration

9:00AM – 10:15AM – Training level show jumping

10:15AM – 11:30AM – Preliminary level show jumping

11:30AM – 12:45PM – Intermediate level show jumping

1:00PM – 12:15PM – Training level cross-country

2:15PM – 3:30PM – Preliminary level cross-country

3:30PM – 4:45PM – Intermediate level cross-country

*Show Jumping and cross-country lessons will be small groups (4-5 riders) and approximately 75 minutes with the last 15 minutes devoted to Q&A.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – YEH Symposium - From Five Years to Five Stars: Identifying the Star Quality

7:30 AM – Registration

8:00 AM – Introductions

8:15 AM – Christian Schacht PowerPoint presentation

9:00 AM – Review of the YEH scoresheet with Marilyn Payne, including changes in 2019

9:30 AM – Maxime Livio identifies the star qualities in 5-year-olds, using video examples

11:30 AM – Sponsored lunch by EquiAppraisal, LLC. *Lunch in the classroom, and then head outside to the dressage arena

12:30 PM – Dressage with 4-year-olds

1:30 PM – Jumping with 5-year-olds, group 1 (show jumping and then cross-country/gallop)

3:00 PM – Jumping with 5-year-olds, group 2 (show jumping and then cross-country/gallop)

4:30 PM – Wrap Up Q&A

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - FEH Symposium

8:00 AM – Registration

8:30 AM – Introductions

8:45 AM – Judging yearlings through 3-year-olds on conformation in the arena

10:30 AM – BREAK

12:30 PM – Sponsored Lunch by EquiAppraisal, LLC. (opportunity for 1-on-1 judging practice with Holly Simenson for apprentice judges)

1:30 PM – Demo judging 4-year-olds under saddle with Robin Walker and Peter Gray

2:00 PM – Introduction of Matthias Hollberg and explanation of judging canter and jump technique

2:15 PM – Young horse free jumping in the jump chute with Matthias Hollberg, Robin Walker, and Peter Gray

5:00 PM – Q&A and conclusions

USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

Click here to register for the ICP Symposium. Click here to register for the YEH and/or FEH Symposium.

There is no charge for demo horses this year, but each rider must register for the symposium. Click on the links above to fill out a registration form. For stabling of demo horses, please contact Kacy Tipton-Fashik at Grand Oaks Resort directly by email at [email protected] or by phone at (352) 750-5500.

For more information on clinicians, accommodations, and registration, please read Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium or Meet the Clinicians of the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium. Keep up to date with symposium details by following the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium Facebook event page.

The USEA would like to thank Educational Symposium sponsor EquiAppraisal for their support of the Educational Symposium. Alison Gay from EquiAppraisal will be sponsoring lunches for the FEH/YEH attendees, as well as supporting the Educational Symposium as a whole.

The USEA would also like to thank ICP Symposium sponsor Stable Secretary for their support of the ICP program and the Educational Symposium. Stable Secretary offers 50 percent off their Stable Secretary subscription to all USEA ICP instructors in their first subscription year and 25 percent off their second year of subscription.

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At the end of 2018 the United States Eventing Association (USEA) launched a new website and with this update came a new process for the USEA’s online competition calendar. This change was not a result of the new website, but because of the USEA Omnibus no longer being offered in a printed version.

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