After three days of committee meetings and open forums, the USEA Board of Governors reconvened to discuss action items from a multitude of committees. With the adjournment of the meeting, the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was officially concluded.
USEA President Max Corcoran opened the meeting by saying, “I feel like it was a really productive few days, the committee members got to meet, the awards dinner was fantastic, and I thought Dr. Mark Revenaugh’s keynote was fantastic. I am pretty excited to carry on this momentum and try to stay focused and keep going on all of these fantastic plans and thoughts.”
USEA Director of Membership and Meeting Planner Jennifer Hardwick reported that 225 members attended the convention in Albuquerque this year. In 2022 the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will be in Savannah, Georgia from December 7-11 so mark your calendar!
First up on the action items was from John Bourgoin speaking on behalf of the Young Riders Committee and Emerging Athletes Task Force. Bourgoin shared that David O’Connor presented a proposal to the Young Rider Coordinators and Emerging Athletes Task Force about the structure of the new Emerging Athletes Program. While a rough draft is still being formed it would emphasize education and horsemanship and the Young Rider Coordinators had a positive reaction to it. Bourgoin also reported that the bids are still open for the 2022 Young Rider Eventing Championships and the USEF is working with a few venue options. The Young Rider Committee would also like to update the Young Rider Code of Conduct which hasn’t been revised since 2008 and a motion was made and passed to do so.
Lou Leslie reported on behalf of the Adult Riders Committee that Adult Team Challenges will be held in every Area in 2022 with the Adult Team Championships occurring at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) at Rebecca Farm. In a change from past years, the ATC Teams will be required to be set by closing day.
In her new role as Vice President of Competitions, Sharyn Antico presented 14 calendar modifications on behalf of the Calendar, Competitions, and Rules Committee (CCRC). The Board of Governors supported the recommendations of the CCRC and approved the following calendar modifications:
The Board did not approve the following requests:
The Organizers Committee also asked the Board to endorse a policy of no USEF Presidential Modifications to any licenses within 150 days of the event (excluding extenuating circumstances such as weather or disease).
Morgan Rowsell spoke on behalf of the Course Designers/Builders Committee and explained that much of their meeting was spent discussing the staking of jumps as three jumps flipped over in competition this year. The Committee will be updating the Cross-Country Course Design Guidelines to include information about staking.
VP of Active Athletes Lauren Nicholson shared about the ERaofNA’s plans to work in stages to develop the grooms/horsemanship program. The first step will be to host workshops every two weeks in Ocala, Aiken, and Southern California this winter and will also offer a virtual option. Topics will include grooming, horsemanship, and also life skills (business, insurance, etc.)
USEA Staff member Claire Kelley updated that the Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will be held at Chattahoochee Hills in 2022 and asked for the Board to support a motion to extend the eligibility of 2021 seniors for an additional year as some were unable to participate due to COVID-19. The Board passed the motion and seniors who graduated in 2021 will be allowed to participate in the graduate division of the 2022 Intercollegiate Championships.
A motion was made to form an IT Advisory Task Force to assist the USEA’s IT department with the variety of projects it is working on.
Dr. Jennifer Miller, the Chair of the Equine Safety and Welfare Subcommittee, asked for a motion to support the subcommittee conducting an epidemiological study of horse falls using Equiratings data. The motion passed.
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Committee asked for several motions to be passed relating to YEH competitions. The following were all supported by the Board:
A motion was made and passed to form an AEC Task Force to look into changing the qualifications for the 2023 AEC.
The final motion was to allow the Classic Series Task Force to offer a yearly high point prize for all divisions of Classic Three-Day Events.
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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 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 9-12, 2021. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
The USEA would like to thank the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Sponsors: Adequan, Bates Saddles, Gallops Saddlery, Mountain Horse USA, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Parker Equine Insurance, RevitaVet, Rebecca Farm, SmartPak Equine, Standlee Premium Western Forage, D.G. Stackhouse & Ellis Saddles, Sunsprite Warmbloods, World Equestrian Brands, Area X, and Saratoga Horseworks.
At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.
Karma is developing into one of the fastest and most-reliable cross-country horses in the West. The 9-year-old bay Oldenburg mare and James Alliston won their third-straight blue ribbon together at either the four-star or Advanced level in the CCI4*-S at the Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California, with the only double-clear cross-country round on Saturday.
Most couples share a kiss and part ways at 8:00 a.m. as they head off to their own work days, but eventing power couple James and Helen Alliston do it all together. We gave our USEA members the opportunity to submit their questions for this West Coast-based couple, and USEA Podcast host Nicole Brown gets them to share all on many topics: eventing in the U.S. versus the U.K., who is the most competitive of the two, dealing with warmer temperatures, why James likes to drive illegally slow, and so much more!
The Plantation Field International CCI4*-S concluded today with the cross-country phase, and the final standings were nearly a matter of “last one standing.” As Tropical Storm Ophelia brought a torrential downpour to the area, a number of riders decided to opt out: of 39 competitors, only six completed, and 17 withdrew before the start of cross-country.