Aug 17, 2018

Report from the USEA Board of Governors August Meeting

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff

With 56 items on the agenda for the annual August meeting of the Board of Governors it was a packed two days full of discussion and decision making. The USEA Board of Governors is made of 21 elected members representing all 10 USEA Areas as well as all sectors of eventers from organizers to owners, amateur riders to professionals, veterinarians to volunteers. Led by the President, Carol Kozlowski, the Board represents the USEA membership as a whole.

Rob Burk, USEA CEO, gave a report on the Association showing trends as well as a headquarters status update. USEA membership is up almost 1,000 members (approximately 13,000 annual members) in the last decade and the new autorenewal system is helping to retain members. Horse registration is also at a high with over 4,400 new horses registered in 2017. Even with these positives, 2018 is proving a tough year with event cancellations.

A large portion of the first day was dedicated to discussing the USEA budget as the Association is forecasted to have a $70,000 deficit in 2018. The main culprit for the deficit is starters being down 7.5% compared to last year due to 25 events being cancelled because of either weather or as a permanent decision from the organizers. If an event cancels because of weather the competition has the option keep the entry fee, but the USEA doesn’t receive the $21 starter fee unless the competitor actually trots down centerline.

While USEA membership is up, the members aren’t competing as frequently as was anticipated given the growth in starters in recent years. The USEA staff has been working diligently to reduce operating costs, but some significant changes will have to be made to balance the 2019 budget.

The Board did approve the use of the $44,858 which was raised in 2017 as part of the Equine Medical Research Fund program. The USEA will be fully funding a study at the University of Tennessee about equine asthma and will be teaming up with the Morris Animal Foundation to fund studies at the University of Minnesota (diet and insulin in horses at risk for laminitis), North Carolina State University (improving stem cell treatment), and another study at North Carolina State University related to joint infections. The USEA continues to lead the way as the only equestrian sports organization to contribute to equine medical research annually.

One staple on the agenda of each meeting is the approval of late calendar requests. The Board approved the following:

  • Adding a CIC1* to Great Meadow International (August 23-25, 2019)
  • Adding a CCI2*, CCI1*, CIC2*, and CIC1* to River Glen (June 8-9, 2019)
  • Spokane Horse Trials will reschedule from May 18-19, 2019 to May 11-12, 2019
  • Cobblestone Horse Trials will reschedule from June 14-16 to June 29-30
  • Honey Run Horse Trials will reschedule from June 22-23 to June 15-16

Several rule changes were discussed and the board decided to support the following proposals which will now go on to the Eventing Sport Committee and USEF for further discussion

  • Rules who can ride a horse will take effect at 3:00 p.m. the day before a horse begins to compete, rather than at 3:00 p.m. the day before a competition begins
  • At the Beginner Novice and Novice levels a double of two strides may only include an oxer at the “a” portion.

The Board did not support a proposal to allow for horses entered in recognized competitions to be schooled on competition grounds by riders other than those registered to compete those horses.

Recognizing strong differences in opinion as well as a large portion of the members with no preference, the Board took no position on a proposal to allow mules to compete at recognized competitions. The rule proposal has already been submitted to the USEF by a private sponsor for further discussion and a final decision.

The Board voted on the location of the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. It will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico from December 10-13. They also discussed and approved a new licensing requirement template for officials in order to make the process more streamlined.

On the second day of the meeting, policies were discussed in regards to background checks and SafeSport Policies. The USEA is working with the USEF as well as lawyers to put a concrete policy in place in order to make USEA recognized events and registered educational activities safe for all participants.

A presentation was also given about the USEA’s Event Management System (EMS) which is in the design phase. The EMS will incorporate a lot of innovative features that will create a seamless process from entry to notifications to results for both the competitor and organizer. The EMS is still in its early days, but much was discussed about price structure as well as the important benefits to USEA members.

Stay tuned in the following weeks for several important decisions that will be announced!

Jul 19, 2019 Competitions

"When you're not winning, you're learning," Erik Duvander Recaps Day One at the 2019 Aachen CCIO4*-S

With the home crowd cheering them on, German riders owned the top placings after the dressage phase of the CCIO4*-S at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany. The second-to-last horse and rider to enter the Deutsche Bank Stadium, Ingrid Klimke and the 2004 Oldenburg gelding SAP Hale Bob OLD (Helikon XX x Noble Champion) laid down a 20.7 to top the field in a super competitive dressage phase, closely followed by Michael Klimke and fischerChipmunk FRH with 21.5.

Jul 19, 2019 SJ Course Designers

Free Richard Jeffery Show Jumping Clinics to be Hosted at the 2019 USEA AEC

Show Jumping Course Designer Richard Jeffery will be conducting two free show jumping clinics at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jul 19, 2019 Education

Featured Clinician: Emma Ford

Meticulous attention to detail, curiosity, and a passion for the horses has propelled Emma Ford to three Olympic Games, four World Championships, and countless international events. Working alongside Phillip Dutton as Head Groom for well over a decade, Emma Ford has quite an impressive list of diligently cared for, happy, and superbly turned-out horses.

Jul 19, 2019 Association News

USEA in Partnership with Ovation for 2019 AEC and ATC

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to continue their partnership with Ovation for the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) and Adult Team Championships (ATC). As a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) Ovation will award show backpacks to all AEC and ATC champions.

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Outerwear of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Riding Helmet of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA