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Celebrate Gold in Four Months at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
Photo courtesy of the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

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.

The gold medal-winning team at the 2019 Pan American Games. Erin Gilmore Photo.

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!”

Current USEA President Carol Kozlowski (left) and President-Elect Max Corcoran (right). Chris Stafford Photo.

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.

For more information about the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, click here or contact [email protected].

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 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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