Dec 07, 2020

USEA Podcast #272: USEA Convention Preview

By USEA

The 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is upon us, listeners! Being held virtually this year, the USEA Convention will run Tuesday, December 8 through Friday, December 11, culminating in the USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Keynote Address on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. This week's show features host Nicole Brown speaking with USEA CEO Rob Burk and Diarm Byrne of EquiRatings about the upcoming week.

  • Burk leads off with an explanation of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, for those who might not have attended one in person in years past. Hosting the Convention virtually this year gives the USEA the chance to broadcast a taste of what the in-person event is like to a larger audience. Byrne chimes in with his observations of the Convention, which he and Sam Watson have attended for several years.
  • Brown and Burk preview a few of the virtual sessions that will be open and available for viewers, including the Rules Open Forum (Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET), the USEF High Performance session (Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET), and Engineering Success - From Personal Milestones to Team Gold Medals with EquiRatings (Friday, December 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET). For a look at the full schedule for the week, including open sessions and closed meetings, click here.
  • On Saturday, attention will turn to the USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Keynote Address, held virtually via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Annual Meeting of Members is a time for the eventing community to gather to review the successes of the past year and vote on important business of the Association. Following the Annual Meeting of Members is the keynote address, which this year will feature two female eventing powerhouses: 2020 USEA Rider of the Year Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and British five-star eventer Piggy March. Learn more about our keynote speakers here.
  • The USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Keynote Address will be free to join with the only requirement being that you must be a registered 2021 USEA member (at any level) to participate. Membership must be renewed by Wednesday, December 9 to receive information on how to register for the Annual Meeting. Click here for more information on registering for Annual Meeting.

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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.

May 12, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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