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.
Founded in 2019, the MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program was initially created to assist up-and-coming riders under the age of 25 in North America who had not yet competed in a destination event, such as the program’s namesake the MARS Bromont CCI in Lac Brume, Quebec, Canada, or been recognized by the USEF programs intended for emerging athletes.. Spearheaded by the late Steve Blauner and Sue Ockendon, the program sought to give back to the sport by helping the next generation of riders get more experience under their belt with the help of the financial assistance provided by the program, and the two days of included instruction from leading coaches around the world.
Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is excited to kick off a two-year anniversary celebration, happening all throughout the month of October in the form of “SEE Month”. SEE’s goal during October is to raise awareness about our mission of opening doors for equestrians from diverse backgrounds while also fundraising to continue our work and future projects.
And just like that, it is time for the Morven Park International! The prestigious event will take place Thursday, October 6, and run through Sunday, October 10 in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the event’s second year offering the CCI4*-L division, in addition to their CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S divisions. That’s not all! The historic grounds at Morven Park will also host national divisions at the Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels.
Specifics of the "Fun & Education Formula" were provided to all at the Jim Wofford Clinic held on August 20 & 21 at the Horse Park in Woodside, northern California. Eager riders, auditors, and volunteers gathered for a much anticipated two-day clinic with the master bright and early Saturday morning.