The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featuring the 7th USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame has been a fun-filled, productive week, and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal sponsors of the USEA. Thanks to their generous support, the Convention was a roaring success in “The Big Easy” and the USEA was able to provide great food and entertainment, wonderful meetings and seminars, cash and prizes for year end leaderboard winners, and a fabulous ceremony to honor the six new Eventing Hall of Fame inductees.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) would first like to thank its Corporate Level Sponsors, who dedicate their time and resources to the USEA programs, events, and membership year-round, helping the sport of eventing thrive in the United States. Special appreciation to Adequan “The Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA,” Devoucoux “The Official Saddle of the USEA,” Standlee Premium Western Forage “The Official Forage of the USEA,” Nutrena “The Official Feed of the USEA,” Parker Equine Insurance “The Official Equine Insurance of the USEA,” Merck Animal Health “The Official Animal Health Provider of the USEA," Charles Owen “The Official Riding Helmet of the USEA,” SmartPak "The Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA,” and Mountain Horse “The Official Outerwear of the USEA.”
In addition to the Corporate Level Sponsors, many sponsors came together to support the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and helped members and attendees enjoy the week in the city of Mardi Gras.
Nunn Finer stepped up as the new Overall Leaderboard Sponsor for the USEA for 2019 and has offered a five percent discount to all USEA members placing orders on NunnFiner.com and BitofBritain.com. For the individual leaderboards, World Equestrian Brands sponsored the Rider of the Year, Devoucoux sponsored the Lady Rider of the Year and Mare of the Year, RevitaVet sponsored the Young Rider of the Year, D.G. Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles sponsored the Adult Amateur of the Year, SmartPak sponsored the Stallion of the Year, and Sunsprite Warmbloods sponsored the Volunteer of the Year. Thank you to all of these leaderboard sponsors who graciously provided cash and/or prizes to the year end winners!
Rebecca Farm has supported the USEA Convention over the years and graciously provided the continental breakfast each morning for attendees. Their loyalty to the sport and generosity through the years has been sincerely appreciated by the USEA and its members. The continental breakfast was also sponsored in part this year by Daniel Stewart of Equestrian Athlete Camps held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Daniel Stewart also hosted a seminar on Equestrian Fitness and Focus at Convention.
Stop Heart Attack powered by Trio Safety CPR + AED joined the Convention this year as a Contributing Level Sponsor and hosted a successful skill check session for attendees to complete the American Heart Association First Aid CPR and AEC course. Gallops Saddlery also continued their support of the USEA Convention as a Contributing Level Sponsor. They have been very loyal supporters of eventing and the USEA membership.
Lastly, Hylofit recently signed on as the new Title Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series, offering a 10 percent discount for all Hylofit USEA Classic Series competitors and extended support to the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
The USEA cannot thank all of these sponsors enough for their continued dedication to the sport of eventing in the United States. Everyone had a fabulous week, and the USEA looks forward to seeing everyone next December at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Boston, Massachusetts for the USEA’s special 60th Anniversary!
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 2019 Annual Meeting & Convention celebrating the USEA's 60th Anniversary will take place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 11-15, 2019.
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