May 18, 2023

Temple Grandin to Give Keynote Address at the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

By Kaleigh Collett - USEA Staff | Press Release
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The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce that world-renowned scientist and animal welfare activist, Dr. Temple Grandin, will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, this Dec. 6-10. Dr. Grandin has shaped her career around the research and understanding of animal behavior and stress through the lens of her own experiences navigating life with autism.

Dr. Grandin currently serves as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, which honored her as a Distinguished Professor in 2022, where she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design.

Throughout her life’s work, Dr. Grandin has pioneered the design of livestock handling facilities with modern methods that improve animal welfare and productivity. Dr. Grandin continues to help more than half of the cattle in North America today through the use of her groundbreaking animal handling technology. Facilities she has designed can be seen in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and more. Dr. Grandin has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.

A prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior, Dr. Grandin has also written more than a dozen books, including Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport, and The Autistic Brain, just to name a few. Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Visual Thinking" have been featured on the New York Times Bestseller list.

She has discussed her work on many television shows, including "20/20," "PrimeTime," "60 Minutes." and "The Today Show" and has been featured in periodicals like People Magazine, Forbes and Time Magazine. Among a countless list of accolades, Dr. Grandin was named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2010, inducted into The Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017, made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018 and named as one of the Top 10 Best College Professors by CEO Magazine in 2020.

Join us in St. Louis on Dec. 6-10, 2023 to enjoy Dr. Grandin’s keynote address! Hotel reservation and transportation information, local must-do tourist activities, and dining options in St. Louis are available at More information on registration for the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will be available in the coming months. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Hardwick by email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 779-0440, ext. 3003.

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 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on December 6-10, 2023. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

The USEA would like to thank the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Sponsors: Adequan, Bates Saddles, Mountain Horse, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Parker Equine Insurance, RevitaVet, Rebecca Farm, SmartPak, Standlee, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis, World Equestrian Brands, Gallops Saddlery, Capital Square, Kerrits, and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Dec 10, 2023 Convention

A Celebration of Eventing Successes at the 2023 USEA Year-End Awards Banquet

United States Eventing Association (USEA) members from all over the country gathered on Friday night for the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. The evening’s ceremony was led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Wolf and recognized riders, horses, and game-changers in the sport of eventing with multiple awards and grants.

Dec 09, 2023 Convention

The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting of Members Recognizes Another Year of Eventing and the Individuals Who Contribute to Our Sport

Hosting the Annual Meeting of Members each December has been a requirement set forth by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) by-laws (then the United States Combined Training Association) since 1959. This year, USEA members are gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, for the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention from Dec. 7 - Dec. 10 for four jam-packed days of educational seminars and open forums full of conversation surrounding our sport. Lunch on Friday, however, served as an opportunity for attendees to gather together for the USEA Meeting of Members once again.

Dec 09, 2023 Eventing News

Great Meadow International Announces It Will Not Run the August Event in 2024

As the 2023 competition year draws to a close and many of the high-performance and other riders are connecting at this year‘s USEA annual convention, the Great Meadow International organizers would like to update you on GMI.

Dec 08, 2023 Convention

If You’re Not Winning, You’re Learning: 2023 Pan Am Games Team Revisits Santiago

United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

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