The 2020 USEA Virtual Convention is in full swing as we enter our second day of interactive live webinars and on demand educational content.
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!
Coming to you live today at 3:00 p.m. EST is the USEF High Performance session. USEF Managing Director of Eventing Jenni Autry and USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander will discuss this past year and their future goals as they look forward to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Click here to access the USEF High Performance Zoom Webinar. Can't watch today at 3:00 p.m.? The USEF High Performance session will be available on demand later today on the USEA website.
Closed committee meetings will also take place for the ELOC Committee (3:00 p.m. EST) and the Competitions, Calendar, & Rules Committee (6:00 p.m. EST). The full Convention schedule can be viewed here.
On Demand Content
For today's on demand content, we have two videos and an article lined up for you. The first video is from the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Dr. Anthony Blikslager, Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences & Professor of Equine Surgery and Gastroenterology, and Dr. Amanda Ziegler, Research Assistant Professor in The Comparative Gastroenterology Lab, both from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, discuss colic and describe research in treating it.
Today's second video will feature an informative talk from our partners at Nutrena Feeds. In this presentation, Equine Nutritionist Abby Keegan walks through the function of the equine digestive system, explains the different ways horses handle (or don't handle!) stress, discusses some of the different problems that can arise from stress in the horse's digestive system, and things we can do to help support our horses.
Finally, we have an article from our partners at SmarkPak Equine about the nutritional challenges your horse faces in the winter and ways you can support him with a healthy diet.
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. Invitations to register for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting will be sent out on Thursday, December 10, so please join or renew your membership by today, Wednesday, December 9 to receive the registration invitation. 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 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.
There were a few last-minute dramas at the first horse inspection for the Tokyo Olympics which took place in the main equestrian park at Baji Koen Equestrian Centre at 9:30 a.m. JST today.
It’s the most hotly anticipated few hours of the eventing year - the cross-country from Tokyo 2020. What will Derek di Grazia’s track have in store for the Olympic riders?
We’re nearly there! Olympic mania has taken over the world, and we’re in the final countdown to the Olympic eventing competition in Tokyo, which starts with the first horse inspection on Thursday. Our USA riders are raring to go, but let’s remind ourselves of the history that precedes them. Just how well has the US team done in past Olympics?
After Germany’s Michael Jung won the second of his two consecutive Individual Olympic Equestrian Eventing titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he was asked what he had next in his sights. “Tokyo 2020, of course, and the Europeans and maybe the world title along the way!" he replied.