Carol Kozlowski presided over her final Board of Governors meeting as USEA President this afternoon at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. After the meeting was called to order, Kozlowski delivered her President’s Report in which she highlighted the accomplishments of the Association as a whole, but also thanked each of the Vice Presidents and Governors for their contributions to the USEA.
“I want to thank each of you here for your willingness to be a part of the very small group that really does do most of the heavy lifting and makes a very genuine and generous effort to nurture our sport into the future,” said Kozlowski. “It’s a tired phrase but I feel apt here. ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.’ Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being willing to speak up, disagree, discuss, and produce a hybrid vigor that represents the best we all bring to the table.”
Rob Burk gave a brief CEO report which he will expand upon on Saturday at the Annual Meeting of Members, and then the Board got down to business. They approved two incoming Area Chairs:
Morley Thompson Jr. gave his Treasurers/Vice President of Admin & Finance report which had a much more positive outlook than 2018. The USEA came in within 99% of budget and revenue and while starters revenue was down a bit, several other areas were up including merchandise sales having a large impact. The 12-month net ordinary income was right on track. A few key indicators that Thompson touched on included:
Most of the committees will meet during the week and report back to the Board on Sunday, but a few action items were brought forward.
Diane Pitts, Chair of the USEA Foundation, gave their report to the Board. Pitts and the Foundation are excited to be focusing on raising money for the Poggio Horsemanship Fund, and over $25,000 has already been raised. The Foundation is looking forward to hearing from the past grant winners at their meeting tomorrow as well as awarding a new group of grants on Saturday night. The Foundation is going to be working on a strategic plan as well as rolling out a Kyra King Stuart Planned Giving Initiative. Tink Eichell gave the Foundation’s financial update which reported that financials are just under $2.8 million and they did 12 percent in asset performance last year.
Jeff Newman and Mary Coldren from the Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill then gave a presentation about next year’s new event. Newman reported that the construction progress is meeting all the deadlines with the arenas completed and all permanent cross-country complexes and paths finished in time for winter. A full presentation about the event will be given tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Jenni Autry, the USEF Managing Director of Eventing, gave a brief introduction of her staff to the Board and said that she is looking forward to continuing to work with the USEA to have strong bonds as we work towards mutual goals.
The USEA Board of Governors will reconvene on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. for the final meeting of the weekend.
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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 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 12-15, 2019. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
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A case of EHV-1 (neurological) has been reported in Ocala, Florida, similar in nature, but unrelated to the neurological strain of EHV-1 impacting Valencia (ESP) and other European countries. The horse was not shipped from Europe and was not on show grounds at the onset of symptoms. USEF is working closely with the Florida Department of Agriculture and state authorities who are completing contact tracing and identifying the potential source of the virus exposure.
Five-star eventer Kim Severson taught a show jumping clinic in January at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on the importance of forward riding for successful jumping. In this exercise, which Severson progressively adds additional pieces to, riders are instructed to focus on the quality of their canter.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.