Dec 01, 2022

USEA Announces Event Riders and Officials Town Hall at Convention

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA) and Eventing Licensed Officials Committee (ELOC) will be hosting a very special Town Hall forum at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention next week. This year’s Annual Meeting and Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia across December 7-11, and will also include the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame gala and celebration.

The Event Riders and Officials Town Hall will be moderated by past USEA President, Kevin Baumgardner and will take place Friday, December 9 in the Regency Ballroom A-F from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to be completed in time for the Area III Welcome Reception. This Town Hall will offer the opportunity to discuss key topics to help streamline the lines of communication between riders and officials, and help improve the sport moving forward.

“Communication is key to the success of our sport” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “Ultimately, our riders, officials, organizers, as well as the USEA and USEF all want a fair playing field that is applied equally. Our sport has an excellent track record in that respect, but as eventers we are always pushing ourselves to do better. While the focus of the USEA is on the national grassroots sport, as is the USEA Eventing Licensed Officials Committee, we know that our U.S. officials, competitions, and our riders are leaders in the world. I am genuinely looking forward to our riders and officials tackling some of the issues facing our sport and developing thoughtful solutions for the future which can be included in our strategic planning efforts.”

The ERAofNA and ELOC groups have proposed four topics to be discussed at this year’s Town Hall:

  • Yellow card process and rules
  • Review process for complaints against USEF licensed officials
  • Show jump warm-up etiquette at USEA Horse Trials
  • Improper use of social media against events, officials and riders

The USEA encourages all those in attendance at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention to join the Town Hall for thoughtful discussion. There will be future opportunities to discuss more key topics and issues, and the riders and membership are encouraged to submit topics for discussion to the ERAofNA and ELOC groups for future conversations and problem-solving discussions.

Find the full USEA Annual Meeting and Convention schedule here.

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 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia on December 7-11, 2022. This year will be special as the USEA honors new inductees into the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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