The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the USEA’s 7th Eventing Hall of Fame is fast approaching with just three weeks to go until the excitement kicks off in “The Big Easy!” This year, the USEA Convention will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 6-9, and will feature presentations by experts in their respective fields, from safety officers and committee members to veterinarians and high performance riders.
The Annual Meeting of Members at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will feature a keynote address from USEF Performance Director for Eventing Erik Duvander, who has over 30 years of strategic planning and program development experience at the high performance level.
Duvander transitioned from competitive riding to coaching after representing Sweden at the World Championship and Olympic level. Since then, he has coached teams and individual athletes to World Championship and Olympic medals. He has worked with the Japanese, Swedish, and New Zealand Equestrian Teams, including leading the New Zealand team to a team bronze medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Duvander spoke at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention last December, introducing his plans for the US Equestrian High Performance Program.
“[The address] will go into different areas of learning related to being in my role [as High Performance Director] but also as a father and a husband,” Duvander shared. “It’s built on my core beliefs and values and how that guides me through what I do and where my beliefs come from. I have had quite a varied life, living in many different countries and being part of different cultures and that has also carried through in my learning.”
Each Convention attendee will receive one ticket for the Annual Meeting of Members and Keynote Address. Additional tickets can be purchased for $63.00 each.
The full Convention schedule including sessions for all tracks can be viewed on the USEA Convention App. Click here to download the app for iOS or click here to download for Android. Once you’ve downloaded the Meeting Applications for Events app, search for “USEA Convention” or scan the QR code. You can also view the full schedule right on your desktop by clicking here.
The USEA is offering a special class for members to update or receive their CPR and AED credentials with seminar sponsor Stop Heart Attack powered by Trio Safety CPR + AED. Members will first need to start their training with the online portion and register here.
Registration for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is open and members may register through their Online Services account and selecting “Register for the Annual Convention.” Attendees may also register by using the application form or calling the USEA office at (703) 779-0440. Today is the LAST DAY to register and receive the early bird discounted prices. Registration prices will go up tomorrow!
To reserve your room at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, call (888) 627-7033 or book here to receive the special USEA rate. The discounted rate for USEA members will expire tomorrow so be sure to book your hotel today to lock in the special room rate!
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 will take 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, Bit of Britain, World Equestrian Brands, Gallops Saddlery, Revitavet, CWD, H.E. Tex Sutton Forwarding Company, and Trio Safety CPR + AED Solutions for sponsoring the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.
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.
While Great Britain has a strong lead in the team competition at Tokyo 2020 after the second session of dressage, the USA has climbed up two places to ninth courtesy of Phillip Dutton’s score of 30.5 on Z.
The world number one Oliver Townend has put Great Britain in gold medal position after the first of three sessions of dressage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Second into the arena, Townend delivered an extremely accurate performance and did not waste a mark on the flea-bitten grey 14-year-old Ballaghmor Class to score 23.6 - the fifth-best mark by a British rider at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings.