Jul 10, 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 USEA Convention and Hall of Fame Celebration!

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
The Sheraton New Orleans. Photo courtesy of the Sheraton website.

The 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting and Convention will be one big party in “The Big Easy” and USEA members should mark their calendars now! Taking place December 5-9, 2018 at the Sheraton New Orleans, the USEA will also be celebrating the 7th Eventing Hall of Fame in true Mardi Gras style.

This spring, the USEA announced six inductees who will join the 40 existing icons in the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame this year. The USEA will honor the six inductees at the Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday night, December 8 at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. There will be one horse inducted, Out and About, and the following people: Karen O’Connor, Captain Mark Phillips, Marty Simensen, Howard Simpson, and Tim and Nina Gardner. Each of these members of the eventing community will be celebrated and honored for their accomplishments, contributions, and lifelong dedication to the sport of eventing.


The 2018 USEA's Hall of Fame inductees!

Not only does the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention offer the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame Gala this year, but also the Annual Meeting of Members and countless lectures and presentations on the future of the sport. Participants are welcome and encouraged to attend as many meetings and presentations as they’d like. As each year’s convention follows a new theme, the 2018 theme will be centered on officials, course designers, and course builders, yet another subset of individuals challenging the sport to grow and move forward, while striving for excellence.

“Over the years, our members have supported the USEA by attending the Annual Meeting and Convention, where great discussions take place and important decisions are made that impact our sport,” stated Jennifer Hardwick, USEA Senior Director of Member Services and Event/Meeting Planner. “If you’ve never attended [Convention], you should consider it this year in New Orleans! Everyone’s presence is important and every voice makes an impact on the decisions that may involve you or a friend. This year, we will honor six new Hall of Fame inductees, which will be a memorable occasion in a very fun city. Don’t you want to say you were there?”

Registration for the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention will open October 1, 2018 and members may register through their Online Services account.

Hotel registration is already open, so call (888) 627-7033 or reserve your room at the Sheraton New Orleans here to receive the special USEA rate.

Members will not want to miss this year’s Convention, which includes a special Hall of Fame Gala in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, or the city better known as “the Big Easy,” “the Mardi Gras City,” “N’Awlins,” “the Paris of the South,” “Crescent City,” or simply just “NOLA.” For more information about the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, click here or contact [email protected].

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