Dec 06, 2018

Preview the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Live Stream

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
The Annual Meeting of Members at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Long Beach, California. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the 7th USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame will commence this afternoon with the first educational sessions, open forums, and Board of Governors meeting of the weekend at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, kicking off four days of seminars, presentations, and gatherings of eventers from across the country. For the second year in a row, the USEA will live stream content from the Annual Meeting & Convention so members that can't make it to "The Big Easy" can still take part in all the action!

Two separate feeds from the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention are available. The "Open Stream" feed provides live stream content that is free and available for all to watch, while the "Member Stream" feed is available for viewing free to USEA members who have joined or renewed their membership for the 2019 competition season. You can click here to access both the Open and Member Streams as well as the complete live streaming schedule.

With more than 40 sessions to choose from between the two streams, there truly is something for everyone at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. Take a look through the session previews below and start planning your weekend! Remember, you can use the USEA Convention App to favorite sessions and have notifications pushed to your phone to remind you when and where to go. Click here for more information and to download the app!

Safety Concepts for Every Ride: Simulations for Reducing Cross-Country Rotational Falls
Speakers: Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith and Shannon Wood
When: Thursday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. CST
Where: Maurepas | Open Stream

For more than two decades, the sport of eventing worldwide has focused policy, research, and design innovation to increase understanding and reduce the occurrence and consequence of rider injury. Statistics since 2001 show a two-thirds reduction of serious rider injury correlated to rotational falls, but everyone’s goal is further reduction to the minimum possible. This presentation summarizes the results of the University of Kentucky (UK) research project that developed simulations revealing new insights into rotational falls and how they can be prevented.

Competition Level vs. Required Skills, Parts 1 and 2
Speaker: Dan Michaels
When: Thursday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. CST and Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. CST
Where: Thursday - Napoleon C2 | Open Stream, Sunday - Maurepas | Member Stream

Ask any two USEA members to discuss competitors' and horses' skills required at each level of competition and you will likely receive two widely disparate answers. The lack of agreement often leads to passionate arguments, unprepared competitors at competitions, and horses meeting course questions with confusion. Dan Michaels will lead two sessions where members are invited to provide their feedback and help develop a playbook with a matrix of competition level versus competitor skills.

Problem Solving: Reason, Response, Recommendation, & Resolutions for Officials
Speakers: Gretchen Butts, Cindy Deporter, John Michael Durr, Loris Henry, Tim Murray, and Marilyn Payne
When: Friday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon D2/3 | Open Stream

Officials have to deal with many types of situations on the field of play and during a competition. As we all know, there are many types of personalities that are involved in events as there are in all walks of life. This seminar is designed to provide officials with strategies in dealing with these types of personalities. Our customers in eventing are varied from the parents that know little to nothing about horses or the sport, to the confirmed rider that makes their living riding, competing, and coaching, to the harried organizer who is dealing with anything from a water break, to ice on the pond, to 10 inches of rain the night before. This session will be interactive with real-life scenarios.

Tai Chi for Riders
Speaker: Matt Brown
When: Friday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon A3 | Member Stream

Improve your balance, timing, and strength with four-star eventer Matt Brown as he explains how tai chi can help you stay with your horse over those big drops, sit that extended trot, and control your horse without tension. The strength gained through this type of martial arts training can often be very useful to riders due to the increased flexibility, body awareness and posture that goes along with the training. Come have fun working out your convention kinks and improve your riding while not in the saddle.

Step-by-Step: How to Become an Official
Speakers: John Michael Durr, Loris Henry, Wayne Quarles, Sally Ike, Alina Brazzil, Marilyn Payne, and Tim Murray
When: Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon D2/3 | Open Stream

So you want to be a licensed official? What does it mean? What are the expectations? What are the requirements? What type of education and continuing education is required? Once you become a licensed official, what does that mean? What does a technical delegate do? What does a judge do? What does a course designer do? This session will help answer all of these questions and more!

The Science of Conditioning & Recovery
Speaker: Max Corcoran
When: Friday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon A3 | Member Stream

Max Corcoran is a self-professed “geek” when it comes to the science behind conditioning and recovery of athletes. In this seminar Max will bring together the science of human conditioning and recovery to draw parallels with equine. She will infuse the talk with her expertise as an Olympic groom and first-hand experience to provide an interesting and interactive discussion.

USEA Year End Awards Lunch
When: Friday, December 7, 12:00 p.m. CST
Where: Napoleon B/C/1/2/3 | Open Stream

Friday’s Year-End Awards Lunch will feature eventing legend Jim Wofford as the Master of Ceremonies. Cheer on your friends, fellow riders, volunteers, and other members of the sport who have achieved recognition for their achievements and success this year.

Speaker: Tik Maynard
When: Friday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. CST
Where: Napoleon D2/3 | Member Stream

He studied the horse, human nature, and how the two can find balance. In that journey, he may have found himself. Tune in for a behind-the-scenes look at the writing and publishing of Tik Maynard's first book, In the Middle are the Horsemen.

Cross-Country Design for the Future
Speakers:James Atkinson, John Michael Durr, Captain Mark Phillips, Morgan Rowsell, Gretchen Butts, and Cathy Wieschhoff
When: Friday, December 7, 4:00 p.m. CST
Where: Napoleon C3 | Open Stream

Join this impressive panel as they discuss the future of cross-country course design, frangible technology, and risk management.

YEH Through the Riders’ Eyes
Speakers: Doug Payne, John Michael Durr, Tamie Smith, Andrea Baxter, Debbie Adams, and Waylon Robert
When: Friday, December 7, 4:00 p.m. CST
Where: Napoleon B3 | Member Stream

Upper-level competitors reflect on the YEH series and championships and how they use it in their programs at home.

Equestrian Fitness and Focus
Speaker: Daniel Stewart of the Equestrian Athlete Camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
When: Saturday, December 8, 8:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon B1 | Member Stream

Join Daniel Stewart to train the 5 inches between your ears and the 5 feet below them! Stewart will start the session with sports psychology and finish with fitness exercises, training the mind and body to help you become a better athlete overall.

How New Safety Technology is Going to Reduce Injuries
Speaker: Roy Burek
When: Saturday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon C1 | Member Stream

With the focus on head injuries on all sports globally, we are seeing a raft of new technologies claiming huge benefits. Which ones are most beneficial to equestrians and should you replace your helmet next year? Find out by tuning in!

Rule Change Open Forum
Moderator: Malcolm Hook
When: Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon B3 | Open Stream

Tune in to learn about the rule changes going into effect for the 2019 season and listen to discussion of the latest rule change proposals.

Annual Meeting of Members Luncheon
When: Saturday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. CST
Where: Armstrong | Member Stream

The USEA Annual Meeting of Members is an important part of the weekend as we bid a fond farewell to the Board of Governors members who have completed their terms, welcome our new Board of Governors members with smiles, and discuss important Association business. Erik Duvander, US Equestrian Eventing High Performance Director, will give the keynote address.

1981: The Last Time a Rider of the Year was Female
Speakers: Karen O'Connor, Jonathan Holling, Nina Gardner, and Lynn Symansky
When: Saturday, December 8, 3:30 p.m. CST
Where: Borgne | Member Stream

In 1981, the USEA/USCTA Rider of the Year Award was won by the late Karen Stives. However, over the past 37 years, the prize has been awarded to only five different riders, all of whom were male. Given the prevalence of female eventers, this panel will tackle a discussion on why the award has alluded female riders for the past several decades. Relevant data will be provided to supplement this challenging discussion.

USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame Gala
When: Saturday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. CST
Where: Armstrong | Member Stream

The USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame honors the accomplishments, contributions, and dedication of members of the eventing community who have truly made a difference to the sport. Induction into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame is U.S. eventing's highest honor. This year the USEA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hall of Fame and inducting six new members. Join us for the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame Gala to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Future of Data Science in Eventing
When: Sunday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. CST
Where: Napoleon B2/3 | Member Stream

This presentation will review the use of data to guide decisions in eventing, with a particular focus on risk management and how the USEA uses the ERQI system. We will also look at how data is being used around the world to improve fan engagement, high performance, and the next steps for EquiRatings with predictive analysis.

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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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