When the United States Eventing Association (USEA) was formed in 1959 (then the United States Combined Training Association) the by-laws required the members to come together every December to conduct the business of the Association. What was then just an annual meeting has turned into four days of meetings and fun during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, however, the Annual Meeting of Members is still the centerpiece of the weekend.
USEA President Max Corcoran opened the meeting and invited Secretary Sharon Anthony to the podium to establish a quorum and approve the minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting.
Corcoran then took the microphone back over to deliver her president’s report.
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do – and who tougher than eventers,” said Corcoran. “It’s so good to see you all here in person. And I know that there are many that are watching that wish they could be here, but soon enough we will all be together again.”
Corcoran touched on the highlights of the year including the Maryland 5 Star, Young Event Horse Championships, AEC, ICP, Emerging Athletes, Safety Committee, and more. She also gave a mention to the organizers and the difficulty they face.
“Venues are precious – once we lose a venue, we rarely get it back. Many areas in this country – there are many, many miles and weeks between events – when you lose one, it creates a ripple effect. Thank you to all that own and operate the venues. So, then we need to have a think, is there a correlation between the loss of venues and the increase of fees that we see at each event. What can we do to help with costs both for the venue and the consumer?”
Following her report, Corcoran introduced Vice President of Administration and Finance Eric Markell who gave the report of the treasurer.
“In 2020 COVID-19 delivered to us many setbacks, but as we began 2021 we were cautious and we continued our programs of education and safety,” said Markell. Such uncertainty in the shadow of 2020 caused us serious concerns and our ability to sustain the organization with the prospect of so much loss revenues. Fortunately, we received two government loans to tide us over and they have both been forgiven. U.S. taxpayers have become an equity investor in the USEA!”
The audited 2020 financials can be viewed here.
USEA CEO Rob Burk then asked the members to ratify the actions of the Board. “You have just heard the reports of the president, secretary, and treasurer. Pursuant to our status as a nonprofit organization and in accordance with our bylaws, we ask at this meeting each year for the membership to ratify the routine actions of the Board of Governors. May I have a motion from the floor to so ratify?” The motion passed and the actions were ratified.
Burk presented an update of the year and appreciation to the staff. Some highlights of his presentation included:
Corcoran took the podium back over to present the 2021 USEA Governors’ Cups. “The USEA Governors’ Cups are among the highest honors given by the USEA Board of Governors. Presented annually to in recognition of volunteers whose services have contributed significantly to the sport these are meant to highlight the best among us,” said Corcoran.
The 2021 Governors’ Cup Recipients are:
The Manton Foundation for their generosity in providing a matching grant for the USEA Frangible Technology Fund.
Sara Kozumplik, Lynn Symansky, and Dorothy Crowell for leading the grassroots efforts to save the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event from cancellation. “Their tireless efforts to generate donations ultimately led to hundreds of thousands of dollars committed to the event, and even more security for the event in the future. All three of these women also work tirelessly in support of the sport in numerous areas including in young rider development, diversity, equity, and inclusion and as leaders of our sport,” said Corcoran
Diane Pitts, past USEA President, current Chair of the USEA Foundation, and USEF Board Member.
Laura Borghesani, a manager and trainer and Carefree Farms, equine therapist, young horse trainer, and tireless volunteer for Area X.
Debra Dealcuaz, a stalwart supporter of USEA Area V, the USEA, and countless other roles within the sport including as a licensed official, and a rider.
Dealcuaz remained on stage to be honored as an outgoing USEA Foundation Trustee.
Corcoran also thanked outgoing Area Chairs: Stephanie Reimers (Area V), Asia Vedder (Area VI), and Kristi Radosevich (Area IX).
As chair of the USEA Nominating Committee, Cathy Wieschhoff was invited to the podium to give the 2022 nominating report and introduce the nominees for the USEA Board of Governors:
Corcoran called for further nominations and none were made. Sharon Anthony made a motion to elect the slate as a whole and Wieschhoff seconded it. The vote was held and the slate was elected.
The nominees for the USEA Foundation were then announced:
The Board of Governors took a brief recess and upon returning Wieschhoff reported that “The Board of Governors also unanimously elected the USEA officers for 2022 as well as the trustees of the USEA Foundation.”
The 2022 USEA Officers will be:
“I would like to ask all of the following Board members to step forward to be honored for their service,” continued Corcoran. “Each of these members is stepping away from the Board in 2022. Denise Dailey-Thomas, Eric Markell, and Jonathan Elliott. I am well aware of the hours of conference calls, countless hours reading and studying, as well as your overall dedication to supporting our sport and this Association. Thank you all so much for your service. I would also like to recognize the following outgoing Board members who are unable to join us in person today Darrin Mollet, Dawn Scott, Cynthia Bayles, and Mary Coldren. I know they are watching this remotely and I sincerely thank you all for your service.”
Following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, Corcoran introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Mark Revenaugh. The video of his full keynote address will be available to watch on the USEA website.
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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 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 9-12, 2021. 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, Gallops Saddlery, Mountain Horse USA, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Parker Equine Insurance, RevitaVet, Rebecca Farm, SmartPak Equine, Standlee Premium Western Forage, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis Saddles, Sunsprite Warmbloods, World Equestrian Brands, Area X, and Saratoga Horseworks.
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THANK YOU to everyone who has already entered the USEF/USEA Recognized CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 9 in Berryville, VA. We will continue to take late entries through Friday, March 24 using USEA’s Xentry system. If you still want to come compete, please enter! The late fee has been waived through Friday, March 24.
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The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is thrilled to announce that Sidelines Magazine will not only be returning as a “Media Partner of U.S. Eventing,” but they will also be supporting the Association as a “Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 Program” and a “Prize Level Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships.” Sidelines Magazine will give the USEA additional promotion and exposure through their printed and digital media products, while also providing prizes for participants at the AEC and EA21 clinics.