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2015 Annual Meeting and Convention: The Highlights You Won't Want to Miss

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This special weekend is for everyone to enjoy – professionals, amateurs, judges, officials and organizers alike. There are countless lectures and presentations about the future of the sport, horse care, riding, training, veterinary medicine, Equestrian Psychology, Cross Country Design and much more. Participants are welcome to attended as many meetings as they like. From planning the Eventing calendar to information on the development of sport horse medicine, these meetings are forums for USEA members to learn, ask questions, and provide their input.

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, featuring the 2015 USEA Eventing Hall of Fame, is coming and we would like to see you there. We will be honoring our Hall of Fame inductees and sharing in the joy of excitement of the USEA National Awards Luncheon. There’s also great food, drinks, awards, Olympians, shopping…what else could you ask for? Kick off your muck boots – we’re giving you the perfect excuse to dress up!

From Toronto to Rio

Saturday Dec. 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

You wont want to miss this open meeting lead by USA chef d'equipe David O'Connor. David will speak on the U.S. team's incredible acomplishments at the Pan American Games in Toronto this summer, and how he plans to continue our success going forward to the Olympics next summer in Rio. 

Coutless Educational Seminars 

All Weekend

Catch up on this year’s speakers:

Daniel Stewart: Equestrian Sport Psychology/Equestrian Fitness Bootcamp

Tik Maynard: How Horses Learn to Event

Cat Hill/Emma Ford: Professional Grooming Tips

Allyn Man: Adequan: Not All Joint Products are Created Equal

Max Corcoran: Understanding Alternative Therapies

Jacob Fletcher: Turf Grass Management

Janis Linnan: What to expect at your first CCI/CIC* 

Dr. Pat Bona: Myofascial & Postural Imbalances

Anne Crowell, Cathleen Frederickson and Annette Gavin: The Science of Balanced Riding

Roy Burek: Recent Innovations in Eqestrian Safety 

Julie Lawther: How to Draw a Horse's Head 

USEA Board of Governors’ Welcome Reception  (Live Auction)

Thurs, Dec. 3, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

In the true Eventing spirit, let the good times roll with good food and great company. The Board of Governors will be hosting a welcome reception for all convention attendees on Thursday evening. Everyone is welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the cash bar. Don’t forget about the USEA live auction - Come prepare to bid and walk away with some amazing prizes. Meet members of the USEA Board of Governors and catch up with friends. Make plans to enjoy the amazing museums, Art Galleries and of course the night life in Washington, D.C. is like none other– All this is within walking distance of the hotel or a short cab ride.

USEA Year-End Awards Luncheon

Friday, Dec. 4, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

MC’ed by the legendary Jim Wofford, enjoy cocktails and join us for Lunch and cheer on your friends and fellow riders (or maybe even yourself!) for their achievements this year. Awards are presented to first place winners at all levels. You must purchase lunch tickets to attend this function. See Annual Meeting Registration form for ticket info at or email Jennifer for more information.

Eventing 2016-2026 Summit: Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, Dec. 5,  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The sport of Eventing has undergone dramatic changes in the last 10-15 years, and we want to explore how the sport is changing and answer some serious questions facing our future. We are looking for input from ALL of our members. The USEA Board of Governors will be there to hear what you have to say and to hear your ideas about the best ways to advance this sport in the next decade. If you can be there in person we will be delighted to see you. If not, then please send in your questions and comments to [email protected]. Every single one will be read and shared with the USEA Board of Governors and will be incorporated into the Saturday morning discussion. We have blocked off the whole morning for this event. Click here to read more on topics that will be discussed at the Summit. 

Rule Change Open Forum

Saturday, Dec. 5, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

As our sport continues to change and evolve, so must the rules. Do you see a need for a new rule? Or do you know of a rule that is outdated? Eventers of all levels are invited to participate in this forum. Be present in the future of your sport and attend to discuss pending changes.

Proposals to be discussed this year include:

  • Beginner Novice - Assistance Allowed (BNAA): Come discuss the proposal of this new test division, which would encourage positive riding and make the lower levels more welcoming. 
  • Modified Level: The addition of a supplementary level that would bridge the gap between the Training and Preliminary Levels.
  • Opening Dates: Proposal to change the wording of EV106.3 OPENING DATE to make all events open the Tuesday prior to the date that falls six weeks before the first day of the competition rather than mandating eight weeks for CCNs.
  • Helmet and Body Protector Standards: Currently the USEF Rules for Eventing does not state a standard required for helmets, however it does recommend one for body protectors. With the new ASTM/SEI Standard released for helmets, the USEA BOG has recommended parallel wording for both pieces of protective equipment.

For a more detailed description of these proposals, as well as other topics discussed at the USEA Board of Governors Summer Meeting, Click here. 

USEA Annual Meeting of Members

Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Kick the USEA Annual Meeting of Members off with a complimentary luncheon to registered attendees. This is an important part of the weekend to welcome new Board members, bid farewell to those leaving, and discuss the current business and future of the USEA and Eventing in the US.

USEA Eventing Hall of Fame

Saturday, Dec. 5, Cocktails 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.; Dinner and Presentations 6:30 p.m. - Midnight

Induction into the United States Eventing Association Hall of Fame is the highest honor awarded within the sport of Eventing in the U.S. Those inducted into the USEA Hall of Fame have truly made a difference in the sport. Inductees have included past Association presidents, volunteers, riders, founding fathers, course designers, officials, organizers, horses, horse owners and coaches. The USEA is very proud to announce the names of this year’s inductees into the 2015 Eventing Hall of Fame.

Trade Fair

This year’s trade fair will spotlight several of our annual meeting sponsors, including Auburn Labs,  Charles Owen, Equestrian Events, Inc., Eventing,  Mountain Horse/English Riding Supply, Nutrena,  Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Products, Inc.,

Convention Vendors:  Jumps 4 Joy, Kentucky Equine Research,  Posture Prep, Resvantage Equine; Southern California Equestrtian Sports, Inc., and much more. 

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Rebecca Farm

Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat before your morning meetings from Friday to Sunday. Coffee, tea, fresh fruits, pastries and other delicious treats will be available in the Trade Fair area.

Registration Information

Online registration opened October 1! Log onto your Online Services Account to register. If you have any issues with registration, please contact Jennifer. Register by Friday, November 13th to take advantage of reduced rates.  Additionally, if you book your rooms at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Resort, by November13th you will receive the USEA discounted room rate. For more hotel information or to find out more about the local attractions, please visit the Convention page.  


This is your sport, whether you dream of making it around your first Beginner Novice, or have tackled Rolex Kentucky. Come and celebrate the sport, and play an important role in the future of Eventing by providing your input and supporting our wonderful speakers and sponsors! 


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