Jun 23, 2020

Tom O’Mara Elected President of US Equestrian for 2021-2025 Term

By USEF - Press Release

The US Equestrian Board of Directors has unanimously elected Tom O’Mara as the organization’s new president with his term beginning in January 2021. The election took place as part of the Mid-Year BOD Meeting on June 22 and 23, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Mara will take office at the 2021 US Equestrian Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for January 12-17, in Austin, Texas.

O’Mara has been a member of the Board of Directors for four years, and has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years. He has been an active part of the hunter/jumper community for many years, where his wife, Liz, daughters Meg, Casey, and Abby, and son T.J., are active competitors. Meg and T.J. are both past winners of the Dover Saddlery®/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final.

With a professional background as a financial services manager and consultant, O’Mara brought his business acumen to his role on the Board of Directors. He took on the task of heading the Drugs and Medications/Lab Review Task Force, which ultimately led to the transfer of the USEF testing lab to the University of Kentucky. O’Mara has also been active in elevating varsity equestrian as an intercollegiate sport.

“I am thrilled that the Board has elected Tom O’Mara as my successor as USEF President,” says the organization’s current president, Murray Kessler. “Tom is passionate about equestrian sport, is deeply experienced on USEF committees and the board, has unique experience with intercollegiate equestrian sports, and understands the importance of each of our 29 breeds and disciplines. He also brings real-world business experience to the position, which I found incredibly important over the past four years. I look forward to Tom building on the great progress made by the organization over the last four years and taking US Equestrian to the next level.“

"Tom has been an invaluable member of the Board of Directors over the past several years,” says US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney. “His experience in the organization and equestrian sport at large paired with his willingness to listen to and learn from all segments of the horse show industry position him well for the role of USEF President. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Tom in his new role.”

“It’s truly an honor to have been nominated for, and now elected, President of the United States Equestrian Federation,” says O’Mara. “I was fortunate to have worked with a great Board of Directors over the last four years led by President Murray Kessler, who I commend for having done so much in a relatively short time. Now, with that building block in hand, I see a lot more to come along the path he has set us on.

“I believe in the joy of horse sports and am focused on bringing the joy to as many people as we can,” O’Mara continues. “US Equestrian members know the imprint that the horse has made in their lives. I really believe there are so many more with similar passion for the horse who we will connect with through a variety of new and expanded initiatives. Many have already reached out to me with suggestions and solutions and I look forward to a continued dialogue with members and affiliates about the future of equestrian sport.”

O’Mara will remain in his current role as Secretary/Treasurer until officially beginning his presidential term in January 2021. Murray Kessler will continue to serve as US Equestrian President through the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Jul 04, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Show Jumping Time and Faults

In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.

Jul 03, 2020 Eventing News

Bromont CCI and FEI Eventing Nations Cup August Dates Set To Change

Sue Ockendon, organizer of the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup announced today that the event has decided to consider dates further along the calendar. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Bromont to confirm that it would be possible for competitors to travel on August 15-18.

Jul 03, 2020 Association News

USEA Horse of the Month: Zydeco Nights

There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.

Jul 02, 2020 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: July 4-5, 2020

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

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