This year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was a special week as the United States Eventing Association (USEA), formerly known as the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA), celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was several days of celebration and education and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal partners of the USEA. Thanks to their generous support, the Convention was a ‘wicked’ good time in the great city of Boston, Massachusetts.
The USEA would first like to thank its Corporate Level sponsors and partners, 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,” Bates “The Official Saddle of the USEA,” Nutrena “The Official Feed of the USEA,” Standlee Premium Western Forage “The Official Forage of the USEA, Charles Owen “The Official Helmet of the USEA,” SmartPak “The Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA,” Parker Equine Insurance “The Official Equine Insurance of the USEA, and Mountain Horse “The Official Outerwear of the USEA.”
In addition to the Corporate Level partners, many sponsors came together to support the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and helped unite the monumental celebration of the 60th anniversary.
Nunn Finer returned as the Overall Leaderboard Sponsor, supporting and recognizing USEA members at all levels throughout the year. For the individual leaderboards, World Equestrian Brands sponsored the Rider of the Year, Bates Saddles sponsored 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 Pony of the Year, and Sunsprite Warmbloods once again sponsored the Volunteer of the Year. Thank you to all of these leaderboard sponsors who make these year-end awards possible!
Rebecca Farm continued their support of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention by graciously providing the continental breakfast for USEA members each morning. Their loyalty to the sport and communities around the United States have impacted countless individuals. Another event venue, the Tryon International Equestrian Center, extended their support of the Convention this year by providing drink tickets to members at the USEA Board of Governors reception. The venue has been a quickly rising historic landmark in the eventing world, hosting the USEA American Eventing Championships as well as the FEI World Equestrian Games in the span of just a few years.
Auburn Laboratories also returned to the Convention this year as a sponsor, confirming their long-term partnership and loyalty to the USEA and its devoted members. Gallops Saddlery was another friend of the USEA who showed up to support the sport, the organization, and its members once again for the 60th anniversary.
Lastly, Hylofit offered a 10 percent discount to all Hylofit USEA Classic Series competitors in 2019 and extended their support to the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention by rewarding Hylofit heart rate monitor systems to the year-end high scorers of Classic Series events, who were recognized at the annual awards ceremony on Saturday night.
The USEA cannot thank all of these sponsors and partners enough for their continued dedication to the sport of eventing in the United States. Their loyalty is what continues to push the sport forward, and the USEA and membership had a fabulous week in Boston. Thanks for celebrating 60 years of U.S. eventing!
To learn more about partnering with the USEA, contact Kate Lokey at [email protected].
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 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 10-13, 2020. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
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