Nov 27, 2022

Exciting Lineup of Speakers Scheduled for 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Savannah, GA

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff
The silver-medal winning 2022 FEI Eventing World Championship team: (L to R) team photo with Chef d'Equipe Bobby Costello, Lauren Nicholson, Vermiculus, Sally Robertson, Ariel Grald, Leamore Master Plan, Meredith Ferraris, Will Coleman, Off the Record, Hailey Burlock, Tamie Smith, Alyssa Dobrotin, Mai Baum, Boyd Martin, Tsetserleg TSF, and Steph Simpson. Photos by Leslie Potter, Taylor Pence/US Equestrian.

If you are on the fence about attending the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention this December 7-11 in Savannah, GA, the schedule of thought-provoking and insightful educational sessions planned for the event is sure to convince you to register today! The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention commences on Wednesday, December 7 with a full day Show Jumping Building Seminar hosted by Marc Donovan and Chris Barnard and closes on Sunday, December 11 with the USEA Board of Governors’ Meeting. Several highlights of the weekend include the USEA Year End Awards Luncheon on Friday, the 8th edition of the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday evening, and the USEA Annual Meeting of Members Luncheon and Keynote Speaker Presentation on Saturday afternoon, led by Sue Dyson. To learn more about the various sessions and their hosts, click here.

The Show Jumping Building Seminar, hosted by Marc Donovan and Chris Barnard, will kick off the week of excitement in Savannah on Wednesday, December 7. Registration for the seminar will be $75 and can be purchased with your convention registration. The day will begin with a classroom session at the Hyatt Regency Savannah hotel in the morning, and then proceed to the hands-on building seminar at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Equestrian Center in the afternoon. Transportation to the SCAD Equestrian Center will be provided for seminar attendees. The USEA strongly encourages advanced registration so that appropriate transportation can be secured.

Another exciting session members will not want to miss is the FEI World Championship Riders Recap hosted on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. directly following the annual meeting of members luncheon. Team USA athletes Ariel Grald, Will Coleman, Boyd Martin, Lauren Nicholson and Tamie Smith, along with Chef d'Equipe Bobby Costello, will recap their incredible silver medal-winning performance at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy in September. The grooms of the silver-medal winning World Championship horses will also get their moment in the spotlight at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when they take the stage with Lou Leslie and Amy Winnen to discuss the secret to traveling with elite event horses!

View the list of educational seminars hosted at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention below and start planning for which you would like to attend! For the full schedule of events, click here.

  • Wednesday, December 7
    • Show Jumping Building Seminar hosted by Marc Donovan and Chris Barnard
  • Thursday, December 8
    • Decoding Eventers: Why Should WE Care about the Horse Genome hosted by Samantha Brooks and Madelyn Smith, M.S.
    • Intercollegiate Open Forum hosted by Leslie Threlkeld
  • Friday, December 9
    • Proper Warm Up and Cool Down for the Busy Rider hosted by Tony Sandoval
    • Preceptor Training hosted by Cindy Deporter, Tim Murray and Wayne Quarles
    • Problem Solving | Reason, Response, Recommendation and Resolutions for Officials hosted by Cindy Deporter, Tim Murray, Wayne Quarles and Gretchen Butts
    • Volunteer Incentive Program Open Forum hosted by Gail Mackie
    • Show Jumping Footing Seminar hosted by Marc Donovan, Austin Woods and Dr. Kimberly Keeton
    • Incident Management hosted by Rob Burk, Cindy Deporter, Tim Murray, Sarah Broussard, Rusty Lowe and Dr. Kimberly Keeton
    • How Tech Can Support the Best Eventers of the Future, Presented by RideIQ, hosted by Kyle Carter, Jessa Lux and McKinsey Lux
    • Classic Three-Day Open Forum hosted by Gretchen Butts
    • USEF High Performance Athletes Open Forum
    • Constructing a Wellness Program for the Aging Performance Horse, Presented by Adequan, hosted by Dr. Cindy Hatfield, BSc, DVM, Cert. Anes
    • Calendar Planning/Organizers Open Forum hosted by Sharyn Antico
    • Practical Application of Equine Research Findings to Your Horse’s Health, Presented by Grayson Jockey Club, hosted by Dr. Chris Kawcak, DVM
    • Dressage Q&A hosted by Marilyn Payne, Gretchen Butts and Wayne Quarles
    • Membership Development Open Forum hosted by John Marshall and Liz Hoskinson
    • Course Designers & Builders Open Forum hosted by Morgan Roswell
    • Eventing Affiliates Open Forum hosted by Janet Gunn
    • Young Event Horse Open Forum
    • ShowConnect – A Community Focused Event Management System hosted by Robert Winter
    • Development and Uses of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram: A Performance Checklist
    • Event Riders and Officials Town Hall moderated by Kevin Baumgardner
  • Saturday, December 10
    • Safety Committee Open Forum hosted by Jonathan Holling, Sarah Broussard, Dr. Jennifer Miller and Max Corcoran
    • Age is Just a Number! Hosted by Tony Sandoval
    • Eventing Coaches Program Open Forum hosted by Phyllis Dawson, Robin Walker, Mary D’Arcy, Jennifer Rousseau, Karen O’Connor and David O’Connor
    • USEF Eventing Sport Committee Open Forum
    • Rider Biomechanics, Presented by Bates Saddles, hosted by Hannah Diebold
    • American Horse Trials Foundation (ATHF) hosted by Sharyn Antico, Cathy Wieschhoff and Gail Fox
    • Making Strides for Equality and Growing the Sport hosted by Dr. Anastasia Curwood and Heather Gillett
    • Feeding for Health and Performance, Presented by Nutrena Feeds, hosted by Dr. Marty Adams
    • Rule Change Open Forum hosted by Malcom Hook
    • Nutrition Tips for Pasture Pet, Performance Horse and Everything in Between hosted by Dr. Amy Burk
    • The Secret of Traveling with Elite Event Horses, Presented by Amateur and Adult Rider Open Forum featuring the WEG Grooms, hosted by Lou Leslie and Amy Winnen
    • ELOC Rule Interpretation hosted by Cindy Deporter and Malcom Hook
    • Young Riders Open Forum hosted by John Bourgoin and Rebecca Brown
  • Sunday, December 11
    • Strength Training for the Busy Rider – Less is More! Hosted by Tony Sandoval
    • USEA Board of Governors’ Meeting hosted by the new USEA President, Lou Leslie

To learn more about the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention schedule, please click here. Hotel reservation and transportation information, local must-do tourist activities and options for dining in Savannah, GA are available at If you have any other questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Hardwick by email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 779-0440, ext. 3003.

The USEA would like to thank the support of the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention sponsors: Adequan, Bates Saddles, Mountain Horse, Nutrena Feeds, Parker Equine Insurance, Standlee Premium Products, SmartPak, Kerrits, Capital Square, Nunn Finer, RevitaVet, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, World Equestrian Brands, Rebecca Farm, Gallops Saddlery and more.

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 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia on December 7-11, 2022. This year will be special as the USEA honors new inductees into the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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