US Equestrian (USEF) has announced today that they will be extending the suspension of all USEF events through May 31, 2020. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to follow suit and all USEA recognized events and educational activities are suspended through May 31, 2020.
The US Equestrian Board of Directors has unanimously elected Tom O’Mara as the organization’s new president with his term beginning in January 2021. The election took place as part of the Mid-Year BOD Meeting on June 22 and 23, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Mara will take office at the 2021 US Equestrian Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for January 12-17, in Austin, Texas.
We are all anxious for equestrian sport to start up again and for our families and friends to return to their normal lives pre-COVID-19 Pandemic. We also understand the financial pain that this is having on so many in our industry. We, too, at USEF are feeling that pain. However, we are not through this yet.
We received official confirmation today from the IOC and Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic both organizations have jointly decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021.
In the last 12 months, Erik Duvander has spent 260 days on the road, attending 26 competitions, and five team events. That is how Duvander opened his day of USEF High Performance sessions today at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Boston, Mass. There were two USEF High Performance Open Sessions with the Pan American Games panel scheduled in between giving Duvander plenty of opportunity to share the year at the USEF.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the list of athletes who have been named to participate in an assessment of their skills prior to the 2020 USEF Eventing 25 Program selection. The USEF Eventing 25 Program offers athletes 25 years of age and under access to coaching and instruction, high intensity training sessions, and continued mentorship to further support the development of the Eventing High Performance Pathway and Program.
The past three months from Aachen have been an intense time of preparing for team events and international competitions. We are not producing the results that we need at Aachen historically, and we are looking closer at how to better prepare our combinations for this event.
As a result of a number of recently reported equine fatalities associated with the use of Medroxyprogesterone (MPA), US Equestrian will reconvene its MPA Panel to further analyze the use of this substance in horses competing at USEF-licensed competitions.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenni Autry as Managing Director of Eventing. Autry (Kennett Square, Pa.), will relocate to Lexington, Ky., and will take over the role formally on August 10, but she will start transitioning into the role on July 15. Autry is well known in the eventing world through her role as managing editor of Eventing Nation.