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The Young and Future Event Horse article series is being provided through a partnership between Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC., and the USEA.
The Professional Riders Organization (PRO) Awards honor extraordinary individuals who have positively impacted the sport of eventing through their dedicated service and support of horses, riders, and events. The 2016 PRO Awards took place during the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and celebrated three exceptional friends of eventing.
Seema Sonnad Above and Beyond Event Personnel Award
When the average person thinks of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town right off of route 15, they might think of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and Gettysburg College. However, if you’re an eventer, you might think of the location as Area II and home of the newly formed Gettysburg Eventing Team.
Team member Ella Groner. Photo courtesy of the Gettysburg Eventing Team.
That's a wrap on another fantastic USEA Annual Meeting and Convention! This year over 300 members joined us at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 7-11 for a long weekend of discussion, education and fun! If you were unable to make it to Florida, keep reading to catch up on everything you missed:
Richard Jeffery Gives Early Convention Goers the Skinny on Show Jumping Course Design
The demo rider tests out the show jumping course. USEA/Shelby Allen Photo.
Far Hills, NJ - The Board of Directors of the Mars Essex Horse Trials, Inc. (Essex) is pleased to announce that, as competition re-commences at this iconic area Event next year, proceeds will directly benefit Greater Newark LifeCamp – providing an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths, per day, for six weeks during the months of July and August.
The University of Kentucky (UK) study is focused on understanding the horse/fence contact and interaction during rotational falls as a means to provide insight into rotational fall prevention and requirements to guide the sport’s course and safety device designers. The team at UK would like to thank the donors to date. Their contributions have enabled our work to progress quickly toward accomplishing this year’s goals. We are very appreciative of the support and keep the donors in mind as we work.
The USEA Board of Governors concluded the 2016 Convention with their final meeting on Sunday morning. Carol Kozlowksi opened her first meeting as the USEA President, sharing that she believed the weekend was an astounding success.
Dr. Suzanne Smith joined the Board of Governors to give an update on the Collapsible Fence Study. Because the highest risk of injury is associated with a rotational fall, the purpose of the study is to find the missing pieces involved in horse/fence interaction during these scenarios. The first step in the research process was to collect data. Very little data exists currently because proportionate to the number of safe rounds, rotational falls are rare.
Saturday's schedule at the USEA Convention was packed with forums, seminars, recaps and the USEA tried to sit on as many meetings as possible to report on the highlights.
Florida H.T. Association: Focusing On Grass Roots Eventing with Carol Ogden
United States Eventing Association (USEA) members were rewarded for their hard work this year during the 2016 Awards Ceremony. MC’d by the legendary Jimmy Wofford, the year-end awards presentation is one of the most anticipated events of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention as Eventers cheer on themselves and their friends for all of their accomplishments throughout the year.
While the highlight of this year’s USEA Annual Meeting of Members was William Fox-Pitt’s moving keynote speech about coming back from his accident and the horses that shaped his career, the meeting is always the cornerstone of the USEA Convention. The Annual Meeting gives the Board of Governors the opportunity to report on the past year to the USEA as a whole and conduct important Association business.
Once a quorum was established by USEA Secretary, Tink Eichell, the meeting was called to order and Diane Pitts gave her last report as President of the USEA as she handed the reins over to Carol Kozlowski, who was voted in as the new USEA President later in the meeting.
Each year the USEA hosts an Annual Meeting and Convention to bring lovers of the sport together for a long weekend of celebration, education and most importantly, discussion. There is an open forum for nearly every topic relating to eventing where issues can be raised and ideas can be shared. Here are a few of the talking points from some of those very important forums:
Organizers Open Forum
The Organizers Open Forum offers organizers from around the country a chance to collaborate with their fellow organizers and discuss issues and ideas of the day. Some topics included in this year’s open forum were:
Equestrian Canada’s Chair of the Eventing High Performance Advisory Group and National Safety Officer Dr. Rob Stevenson joined the discussion on equestrian safety at the USEA Convention this afternoon with a seminar on The Eventing Risk Management Continuum.
As a cardiologist and a past Olympic event rider, Dr. Stevenson looks at the issue of safety in eventing from a scientific point of view. He first introduced the idea of risk in everyday life. Commonplace activities carry a certain amount of risk, which we’ve deemed as acceptable risk, like driving a car and flying on an airplane.