This year the USEA will host an Annual Meeting & Convention unlike any other. The 2020 USEA Annual Meeting will be held virtually and participants can attend the meeting from the comfort of their own home. The 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was originally set to take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico but, due to COVID-19, the in-person meeting was postponed and replaced by a unique virtual experience.
The centerpiece of the USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Convention will be the Annual Meeting of Members and the Keynote Address taking place on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be free to join with the only requirement being that you must be a registered 2021 USEA member (at any level) to participate.
Much like the week of convention, the USEA will also offer exclusive educational content and interactive webinars on the USEA website in the days leading up to the annual meeting. This content will be open to the public. USEA members will also be able to participate in open committee meetings and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the workings of the Association.
The educational and informative sessions offered at convention typically require a registration fee, but this year it will be entirely free of charge. Make sure to mark the calendars as you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity.
Interested in finding out who will be the keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting? Stay tuned!
Details on the year-end awards ceremony will be decided by the USEA Board of Governors and announced soon.
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! Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.