Dec 05, 2018

Fast Facts: 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Photo courtesy of Sheraton website.

Eventers from all over the country will be converging on the city of New Orleans for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, taking place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel beginning tomorrow, December 6, and continuing through the weekend. Attendees at this year’s Convention will enjoy four days of seminars, presentations, and gatherings with other eventing enthusiasts, including the Year End Awards Ceremony, the Annual Meeting of Members featuring keynote speaker Erik Duvander, and the 7th USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame Gala. The focus of this year’s Convention is on officials, who ensure a safe and fair field of play for all eventers.

  • A total of 68 riders, trainers, owners, and experts in their respective fields will be speaking, presenting, or moderating at this year’s Convention.
  • The Convention will feature three distinct “tracks” for attendees to follow, each with their own unique content: Events, Eventers, and USEA. Click on any one of the links for more information about the sessions.
  • For the most up-to-date information about the Convention schedule, make sure to download the USEA Convention App. You can use the app to create a personalized schedule, learn more about speakers, and more! Click to download the Meeting Application for Events app for Apple iOS or Google Android, search for USEA in the app, and click on 2018 Convention.
  • Between the three tracks there are 42 different sessions over four days that attendees can choose from. That’s a lot of learning!
  • For the second year in a row, the USEA will be providing a live stream of select content from the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in partnership with RNS Video Media. Click here for additional information about how to access the live stream and to check out the streaming schedule.
  • Want the full scoop on all the details of this year’s Convention? Read the online program for everything you need to know!
  • The Board of Governors will welcome everyone to the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention with a reception in the Armstrong room of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.
  • Presided over by eventing legend Jim Wofford, the Year End Awards Ceremony will celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our members during lunch on Friday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m.
  • This year’s keynote speaker is US Equestrians Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander. Duvander will deliver his speech during the USEA Annual Meeting of Members at lunch at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8.
  • During the 7th USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday evening, we will induct six new members into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame: Karen O’Connor, Captain Mark Phillips, Marty Simensen, Howard Simpson, and Tim and Nina Gardner. Cocktail service begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
  • This year’s trade fair will open Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 a.m. and run through Sunday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. The trade fair will spotlight several of the USEA’s Corporate and Convention sponsors.
  • Stop by to grab a bite to eat before your morning meetings in the Napoleon Canal, Thursday through Sunday from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the continental breakfast sponsored by Rebecca Farm and in part by the Equestrian Athlete Camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Coffee, tea, fresh fruit, pastries, and other delicious treats will be available.
  • There’s more to do in “The Big Easy” than attending the USEA Convention! Don’t miss out on all that New Orleans has to offer. Click here to learn more.
  • Didn’t register for Convention ahead of time? Not to worry! You can register in person at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel starting tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.

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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 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 6-9, 2018. Visit the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention page to stay up to date on news, announcements, and details.

The USEA would like to thank Adequan, Devoucoux, Nutrena, Charles Owen, Standlee Hay, Merck Animal Health, SmartPak, Mountain Horse, Parker Equine Insurance, Rebecca Farm, Auburn Laboratories, Stackhouse & Ellis Saddles, Nunn Finer, World Equestrian Brands, Gallops Saddlery, Revitavet, CWD, H.E. Tex Sutton Forwarding Company, Trio Safety CPR + AED Solutions, Equestrian Athlete Camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Hylofit for sponsoring the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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