Since the formation of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) in 1959, U.S. eventing has earned over 67 medals at international championships. The victories from the Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympic Games have brought joy, inspiration, and a unified passion for the sport. On December 12-15, 2019 the USEA will celebrate 60 years of victories at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Boston, Massachusetts at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
The year of 1959 was a monumental year for U.S. eventing where medals were earned, the USEA was formed, and a foundation for the sport was built. The U.S. eventing team brought home three medals from the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, Illinois – team silver, individual gold, and individual silver. The U.S. eventing team was made up of William Haggard, Michael Page, J.Michael Plumb, and Walter Staley Jr. Page riding Grasshopper earned individual gold and Plumb riding Markham earned individual silver.
Sixty years later and the U.S. Eventing team brought home the same amount medals from the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The team of Lynn Symansky, Tamra Smith, Doug Payne, and Boyd Martin secured team gold. Martin on Tsetserleg earned individual gold and Symansky on RF Cool Play earned individual silver.
They say history repeats itself, and in 1964 the U.S. eventing team earned team silver at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Fifty-six years later, Tokyo will be home to another Olympic Games in 2020. The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will not only discuss the past and present but will also look forward to the future as the U.S. Eventing Team gears up for another Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Each year the convention follows a new theme, and the 2019 theme is centered around one common interest among all eventers - horse care. A theme that Max Corcoran, the USEA president-elect knows quite well. During the week of the convention, the current USEA president, Carol Kozlowski, will wrap up her three-year presidential term and hand over the reins to Max Corcoran.
“Over the years, many of our members have supported the USEA by attending the Annual Meeting & Convention, where great discussions take place and important decisions are made that impact our sport,” said Jennifer Hardwick, USEA Senior Director of Member Services and Event/Meeting Planner. “If you’ve never attended [Convention], you should join us this year in Boston! This year we celebrate 60 years of eventing in America. See where we started, how we got here, and where we’re going! You should try your best to come out and support this amazing sport we love so much! Your presence is important and every voice makes an impact on the decisions that may involve you. Let’s celebrate the evolution of this sport!”
Registration for the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will open October 1, 2019 and members may register through Online Services account.
Hotel Registration is already open at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Click here to reserve your room and receive the special USEA rate.
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.
Following the popularity of Rules Open Forum held virtually during the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in December, the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee decided to host another Rules Webinar to share information about the extraordinary rule changes going into effect on April 1, 2021 and the rule change proposals being put forward to the USEF by March 1, 2021 for approval for the 2022 competition season.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Chris Ryan’s initial assessment of this 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding is that he’s a “good quality sort. Brown is a great color – a strong color in ‘nature.’ One of the first questions I ask myself when evaluating a horse is if he has refinement. We know the breed type here is Thoroughbred but I still ask the question."
The USEA Event Companion App was launched in late 2016 for iOS and Android devices to provide USEA members with easy, at-your-fingertips access to the USEA calendar of events, dressage tests, rules, news, and more. The app, now in its fifth year, has rolled out a new feature for users - push notifications are here!