Day four of the USEA Virtual Convention is here with more interactive live webinars and on demand educational content for your enojyment.
The Convention Daily will be released every morning and will serve as your handy-dandy guide to that day's Convention schedule and other important information. Keep it locked on the USEA website and social media to stay in the loop!
We have two live webinars scheduled for you today. First up at 12:00 p.m. EST is Engineering Success - From Personal Milestones to Team Gold Medals. Diarm Byrne and Sam Watson of EquiRatings will be discussing setting goals and targets and ways to measure progress to meet them. Examples will include riders at any level and also show how the same targets are used to guide Olympic success. The process is the same at any level - set a goal and then measure progress to that goal. Click here to access the Equiratings Zoom Webinar.
This afternoon, tune in at 4:30 p.m. EST for Volunteer Committee Meeting. This meeting will be led by Volunteer Committee Chair Bonnie Kibbie. The mission of this committee is to promote and support eventing volunteers, to develop and maintain a national volunteer database, and to provide comprehensive educational resources and networking opportunities for volunteers, organizers, and area chairs. Click here to access the Volunteer Committee Zoom Webinar.
Can't watch the sessions today? Both will be available on demand later today on the USEA website.
Closed committee meetings will also take place for the Area Chairs (11:00 a.m. EST), the ELOC Committee (2:00 p.m. EST), and the Area Treasurers (3:00 p.m EST). The full convention schedule can be viewed here.
On Demand Content
For today's on demand content, we have two videos lined up for you. In the first, FEI Course Designer Tremaine Cooper explains the uses and designs of frangible technology. Learn the differences in frangible devices, how course designers incorporate these devices into courses, and overall course design. This educational video examines several jumps that were used on course at Morven Park. Tremaine Cooper designs courses all over the country including the cross-country courses held at Morven Park, Millbrook, Poplar Place, and Aspen Farms. He is also a member of multiple committees including the USEA Safety and Equine Welfare Committee, the USEA Course Advisor Committee, the USEA Eventing Course Designers/Builders Committee, and the USEA Eventing Licensed Officials Committee.
Today's second video will feature a helmet cam from five-star eventer Doug Payne. Join Payne as he rides the Tryon International CCI4*-L with Vandiver (Windfall II x Visions of Grandeur) a 16-year-old Trakehner gelding owned and bred by Debi Crowley. Vandiver (also known as "Quinn") only added 0.4 cross-country time penalties to his dressage score to finish fourth with a final score of 29.20. Payne piloted three different horses around the Tryon International CCI4*-L cross-country track (Quantum Leap, Starr Witness, and Vandiver) and Vandiver was Payne’s third horse to go around the course. Listen in on his overall thoughts of the course, how he felt riding Vandiver, the differences in each horse, and his fitness and preparation leading up to the CCI4*-L.
Virtual Annual Meeting
The 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Keynote Address will be held virtually this year on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The event is free to attend, but you must be a current 2021 USEA Member. If you have not yet joined or renewed for 2021, please do so ASAP. Invitations to register for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting were sent out yesterday, Thursday, December 10. Anyone who joins or renews between yesterday and Saturday at 12:00 p.m. will receive an invitation on Saturday, December 12 at approximately 1:00 p.m. EST. More information about registering for the Annual Meeting is available here.
Following the Annual Meeting of Members, we have an exciting keynote address featuring the 2020 World Equestrian Brands USEA Rider of the Year Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and British five-star eventer Piggy March. Moderated by Nicole Brown of the EquiRatings Eventing Podcast and USEA Official Podcast, Halliday-Sharp and March will speak about their respective successes and what it has taken to reach them. Start preparing your questions now and learn more about our keynote speakers here.
In addition to attending the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting, members should participate by exercising their right to vote! If you are attending the Annual Meeting, voting will be done ahead of the meeting through an online ballot system and votes will be tabulated just before the Annual Meeting. Members should enter their USEA member login to access the online ballot and all ballots should be submitted by today, Friday, December 11. Click here to submit your online ballot.
You should only vote using the online ballot if you will be in attendance at the Annual Meeting. If you will not be attending the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to vote by proxy. Log in to Online Services and select the "Member Proxy Form" link from the Membership section and follow the instructions to submit your proxy electronically.
You will need to have the Zoom app installed on your computer in order to participate in any of our interactive live sessions and the Annual Meeting. The app will begin downloading automatically when you click to join your first Zoom Webinar, or you can click here to download the app in advance.
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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! Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
The USEA would like to thank the USEA Corporate Partners and Annual Meeting Sponsors for making this year's virtual meeting possible: Nutrena Feeds, Standlee Hay, SmartPak Equine, Mountain Horse, Bates Saddles, Parker Equine Insurance, Adequan, and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamra Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.