The 2020 USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Convention is next week and the schedule is now available! The centerpiece of this week will be the USEA Annual Meeting & Keynote Address, taking place on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time via a Zoom Webinar. In addition to this year’s Annual Meeting, the USEA will also offer educational content and interactive webinars on the USEA website from Tuesday, December 8 through Friday, December 11.
*All meetings will be held through Zoom unless otherwise noted. This is a tentative schedule and subject to change.
Rules Open Forum | 12:00 p.m. EST
The Rules Open Forum will discuss changes to the USEF Rules for Eventing for the upcoming competition season. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear which changes are coming and why they are in place. This session will be led by Malcolm Hook, a member of the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee.
USEF High Performance | 3:00 p.m. EST
USEF Managing Director of Eventing Jenni Autry and USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander will discuss this past year and their future goals as they look forward to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Equestrian Sport Psychology with Coach Daniel Stewart | 10:00 a.m. EST
Based on Coach Daniel Stewart’s book, Pressure Proof Your Riding, this wonderfully upbeat, motivating, and humorous seminar teaches a series of surprising tools that improve focus, confidence, optimism, and willpower by teaching riders how to control fears, pressure, nerves, show jitters, negative memories, doubt, and more.
5 Strategies to Implement During Your Off-Season Training with Coach Tony Sandoval | 12:00 p.m. EST
This presentation from Coach Tony Sandoval aims to help educate riders on a more holistic approach to improving their performance so they can ride at a high level.
Eventing Licensed Officials Committee Open Forum | 2:00 p.m. EST
The USEA Eventing Licensed Officials Committee (ELOC) invites you to attend their year-end committee open forum. This meeting will be led by ELOC Chair Cindy DePorter and Assistant Chair Tim Murray.
Engineering Success - From Personal Milestones to Team Gold Medals with EquiRatings | 12:00 p.m. EST
Diarm Byrne and Sam Watson of EquiRatings will be discussing setting goals and targets and ways to measure progress to meet them. Examples will include riders at any level and also show how the same targets are used to guide Olympic success. The process is the same at any level - set a goal and then measure progress to that goal.
Volunteer Committee Meeting | 4:30 p.m. EST
The USEA Volunteer Committee invites you to attend their year-end committee meeting. This meeting will be led by Volunteer Committee Chair Bonnie Kibbie. The mission of this committee is to promote and support Eventing volunteers, to develop and maintain a national volunteer database, and to provide comprehensive educational resources and networking opportunities for volunteers, organizers, and area chairs.
USEA Annual Meeting of Members & Keynote Address | 2:00 p.m. EST
Every year, the USEA hosts its Annual Meeting to celebrate the sport and bring together its members. This Annual Meeting will review the past year in eventing and future goals for 2021. In addition, the keynote presentation will have an exciting lineup featuring powerful female event riders.
You must be a current 2021 USEA Member to access the Annual Meeting. Members who have renewed for 2021 will receive an email invitation to the Annual Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, December 10. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2021 and would like to participate in the Annual Meeting, please join or renew your membership by Wednesday, December 9.
The full schedule for the 2020 USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Convention, including both open session and closed meetings, can be viewed here.
The USEA will also offer multiple on-demand educational videos on the USEA website during the week of December 8-12. These videos will include topics covering cross-country riding, horse health, young horse training, and more.
The USEA would like to thank the USEA Corporate Partners and Annual Meeting Sponsors for making this year's virtual meeting possible: Nutrena Feeds, Standlee Hay, SmartPak Equine, Mountain Horse, Bates Saddles, Parker Equine Insurance, Adequan, and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
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! Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
Since the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was founded in 2014, it has grown in popularity and participation each year. The USEA is excited to have 23 intercollegiate team challenges on the calendar in 2021 in addition to the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on May 27-30.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Linda Moore Trophy was introduced in 1979 and awarded to the leading Young Rider in the country. After a strong showing during the 2020 season, 16-year-old Benjamin Noonan of Ballwin, Missouri was named the 2020 RevitaVet Young Rider of the Year.
The USEA is sorry to announce that there will be no USEA Educational Symposium held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The USEA Educational Symposium is hosted annually each February as a week of learning for participants and auditors.