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Ingmar De Vos (BEL) was today elected as President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) by an overwhelming majority in the first round of voting, earning 98 votes out of a possible 131.
De Vos, 51, Secretary General of the FEI since May 2011, was elected to take charge of the world governing body of equestrian sport during this morning’s session of the FEI General Assembly in Baku (AZE).
We are excited to announce the USEA 12 Days of Giveaways Facebook contest! We've got Weatherbeeta blankets, RideAlert bracelets and memberships, EventingTrainingOnline.com subscriptions, leather halters and leads, a Mountain Horse jacket, and Omega Alpha prize packs that are yours for the taking.
Jo Whitehouse, CEO, reviews this year's Annual Meeting & Convention, which was held in Area V at Dallas Fort Worth from December 3-7th, and Doug Payne has our Training Tip of the Week.
The USEA would like to thank the members and convention attendees for making the 2014 Convention in Ft. Worth a special one. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in the nation's capital for a Hall of Fame Ceremony and another great convention!
It was an honor to have William Micklem (IRL) judge both the east and west coast USEA Young Event Horse Championships. William is an international coach, Fellow of the British Horse Society, and author of the DK Complete Horse Riding Manual. He is responsible for finding Olympic medalists Custom Made, Biko and Giltedge for Karen and David O'Connor, and bred Karen O'Connor's Olympic horse Mandiba and Zara Phillips' High Kingdom. He gave us his thoughts on the Young Event Horse Championships and offers a bit of advice:
At the 2014 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, we bid farewell to two departing board members; Jonathan Holling and Mike Winter had both fulfilled their 6-year term on the USEA Board of Governors. But, after a fond sendoff, the membership welcomed two new board members: Morley Thompson, Jr. and Harold “Tink” Eichell. Additionally, Leslie Law will take over the VP of Active Athletes position from Holling.
The USEA Annual Awards Dinner is always a much-anticipated event as Master of Ceremonies Jim Wofford presents well-deserving USEA members with their year-end awards in style.
On Saturday at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, the educational lectures, shopping, and meetings continued. USEA members convened for lunch to bid farewell to departing Board Members Jonathan Holling and Mike Winter, to honor individuals who have served the USEA and eventing for many years, and to listen to Leslie Law's keynote speech, which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd. The British Olympic gold medalist said that he believes the U.S.
The Plains, Virginia – Planning for the Great Meadow International CIC3* on June 19-21, 2015 is well underway. Olympic course designer, Michael Etherington-Smith was at Great Meadow this past weekend designing the three star course. Based on his visit, next year's course will run on the existing and storied steeplechase track with a loop onto the new Fleming Farm property that was purchased recently in anticipation of this event.
Lexington, Kentucky - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the Eventing 25 Program participants for the 2015 season. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized and announced upon the hiring of the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach at the end of December.
The following 14 riders have been selected for the Eventing 25 Program for the 2015 season:
*Alexa Ahearn (Newcastle, Wash.)
Helen Bouscaren (San Ramon, Calif.)
Zachary Brandt (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.)
The Event College at Gold Chip Stables was a true hands-on experience as participants were handed power tools and shovels to work alongside the top course builders in the country. Participants walked away with a tool box full of important knowledge and Mike Huber’s fabulous Texas facility got three new jumps – not bad for a day's work!
Sport Horse Conformation with Dr. Dan Marks
Dr. Dan Marks attracted a large crowd for his Sport Horse Conformation lecture, which he supported with a myriad of photos displaying the conformation of many horses for different disciplines. Dr. Marks proved an engaging and entertaining speaker, and the lecture ran over its allotted time since the crowd was so interested in capturing some of his wealth of knowledge. Here are a few tidbits of wisdom from his lecture: