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.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.