“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” is a Cajun expression that can be heard on the streets of New Orleans, meaning, “Let the good times roll!” A good time is a guarantee at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention with an action-packed schedule starting December 5-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
Celebrating the seventh USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame with the induction of six new members, New Orleans will attract a wide variety of eventing enthusiasts from legends like Karen O’Connor to eventing volunteers like the 2018 USEA Volunteer of the Year.
To start planning a trip to “The Big Easy,” book a hotel room at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel as spots are going fast! The discounted room rate expires on November 13, 2018.
Registration is now open for the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention through USEA Online Services or you can click here to fill out a convention registration application form. Convention registration is available to USEA members for $225 and Collegiate and Junior members may register for $145. After November 14, rates will increase to $250 for USEA members and $170 for Collegiate and Junior members.
Take a shuttle to and from the airport, tour New Orleans on a double-decker bus with a hop-on and hop-off city tour, or explore the wild bayous of southern Louisiana on a swamp tour, all at a discounted rate by using the promo code ‘USEA’ at bigeasy.com.
On Thursday, December 6, the USEA Convention Trade Fair will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The USEA Board of Governors Meeting will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. followed by the USEA Board of Governors Welcome Reception from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Check out the popular USEA Intercollegiate Program with the Intercollegiate Open Forum.
On Friday, December 7, learn Tai Chi from Matt Brown in the morning and discover who’s the “Rider of the Year” or “Horse of the Year” with USEA Year End Awards Luncheon Presentation from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Several additional activities including the Eventing Calendar Workshop and Membership Development Open Forum will fill the schedule on Friday.
On Saturday, December 8, start the day with Daniel Stewart and his rider fitness bootcamp or attend the Rule Change Open Forum. Erik Duvander, the keynote speaker, will discuss his insights as U.S. Eventing High Performance Director at the member luncheon from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The U.S. World Equestrian Games team wrap-up will happen shortly after from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Stick around for the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Inductee Presentation with the induction of six new members.
On Sunday, December 9, the final day of the 2018 USEA Convention, there will be multiple educational seminars, the USEA Board of Governors Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the last opportunity to shop the Trade Fair which will be open until 12:00 p.m.
The Trade Fair will be open from Thursday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The theme at this year’s Convention is “All About Officials” with an educational track designed for current or future eventing officials.
USEA members may purchase tickets for special events throughout the weekend. Tickets for the USEA Year End Awards Presentation and Luncheon on Friday December 7 can be purchased for $65 each. One ticket is included per registration for the Annual Meeting of Members with Keynote Speaker Erik Duvander on Saturday, December 8; additional tickets are $63 each. A highlight of this year’s Convention is the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame Gala and Dinner, also on Saturday, December 8, for which tickets can be purchased for $100 each.
Do you have a friend or family member who is being recognized for their achievements in eventing this year's Convention? Why not commemorate their accomplishments with an ad in the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention Digital Program? The USEA is currently accepting submission for the program. Click here for details.
Stay tuned for updates and a full schedule of the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention!
About the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention
The USEA Annual Meeting and 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 eventing enthusiasts. The 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. on December 5-9, 2018. Rooms are filling fast, so make sure to book today! Click here for booking or use the reservation line (888) 627-7033.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).