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.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
As the season begins to turn, the temperature begins to drop, turnout time becomes more limited, schedules shift to accommodate the waning daylight and the possibility for a colicky horse increases. While the exact environmental causes of colic are not well understood, a commonly accepted theory is that any abrupt changes to a horse’s environment or schedule can increase the risk of colic.