As November 30 marks the end of the eventing season, December sees many eventers taking a break from the busy competition schedule that stretches year-round in the United States. In fact, the weekends of December 19-20, December 26-27, and January 2-3 are the only weekends of the 2021 season (which starts on December 1, 2020) that do not have any horse trials scheduled anywhere in the country.
If you are one of the eventers who calls Area III home, either full-time or just during the winter season, you have the chance to get a jump start on the 2021 competition season with one of the three events offered in December this year! Sporting Days and Full Gallop in Aiken, South Carolina and Rocking Horse in Altoona, Florida each have an event taking place during the first two weeks of December that are part of the 2021 competition season.
To enter one of these events (Sporting Days and Rocking Horse open next Tuesday, October 20, and Full Gallop opens the following Tuesday, October 27) simply complete your entry through Xentry or fill out and send in an entry form. The 2021 entry form will be available starting on October 20.
In a bittersweet moment, USEA President Max Corcoran called to order her last USEA Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on Thursday, December 8th at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. The BOG will meet one final time during this week’s gathering on Sunday, December 11 led by incoming USEA President Lou Leslie
Show jumping: there is so much more to it than just setting out a set number of jumps in a ring. Professional course designers Marc Donovan and Chris Barnard broke down the fine details that come with show jumping course design during the Show Jumping Building Seminar which kicked off the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Wednesday, December 7th in Savannah, Georgia. With an in-classroom session discussing rules, regulations, theory, and more, followed by a practical hands-on course building session held at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center where participants were able to put all of the morning’s education to work, this year’s Show Jumping Course Building Seminar was full of useful information for both eventing lovers and course design hopefuls alike.
During the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, there will be two meetings of the USEA Board of Governors (BOG), one on Thursday, December 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and one on Sunday, December 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The USEA is run by a BOG of around twenty individuals. These individuals discuss and vote on important matters related to the organization and its members. BOG members come from all over our ten USEA areas and come from various backgrounds from grooms, to professional riders, to amateurs, to course designers, and much more. Each BOG member serves a three-year term.
USEA members from near and far are getting ready to converge on the historic city of Savannah, Georgia this week for the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention! With four full days jam-packed with educational seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings, the convention is sure to excite all members of the eventing community that will be in attendance. The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel this year, and we have all of the information you need to know to make the most of your experience!