Fact Sheet Regarding USEA Area Realignment and Area Competitions, Championships, Young Riders, Adult Riders, and Awards Programs
The proposal to change the USEA Area boundaries from those originally defined in the by-laws originated more than three years ago. The USEA Board of Governors, working with Area Affairs, discussed the increasing difficulty of operating Areas that did not accord with state lines and noted that there were ongoing record keeping and administrative difficulties associated with cross-border Areas. Further, the Board noted that other successful national sport horse organizations also used state boundaries to define their regional divisions.
After appropriate notice was distributed in the proxy statement to members in the fall of 2014, the USEA membership voted to change the original by-laws, providing for the drawing of Area borders along state lines. Any further changes to the by-laws must be made pursuant to the same procedures, including notice and a vote by the USEA membership. As a result of these by-law amendments, western Pennsylvania became part of Area II.
Subsequent to the Annual Meeting, certain members in western Pennsylvania raised concerns about the changes. The Board of Governors, working with the Areas involved, has ensured that members in these locations will not see any reduction in their membership benefits or privileges from this change. The Board of Governors will review the concerns of the members in the impacted area and discuss the issue further at its meeting in August. The Board of Governors would like to thank the Area Chairs and Councils from Area VIII and II for working together on this issue.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.
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.