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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.
The USEA is pleased to share the lineup of incredible items that will be be up for auction during the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. You won’t want to miss any of these very generous donations, from entries to apparel to destination vacations! Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Roger Haller Educational Fund, which was created earlier this year to expand educational programs for judges, technical delegates, course designers, instructors and volunteers.
For the first Board of Governors meeting of the 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention, the reports presented by the Board members were overall of a positive nature. President, Diane Pitts reported that starters, members and competitions numbers are all up and the USEA has focused on some exciting programs this past year with initiatives such as the collapsible fence study, warm-up safety and watch lists.
Dr. Kent Allen, DVM who is the Chairman of the USEF Veterinary and Drug and Medications Committees, shared a presentation with lots of helpful reminders for owners and riders about the USEF’s drugs and meds policies at Convention this afternoon.
• 12 hour rule: No injections allowed to be given to horses within 12 hours prior to a competition. Exceptions could include IV antibiotics, dexamethasone and IV fluids. This rule has been in effect for USEF competitions since December 2013 and is on slate to be instituted by the FEI next year. Effective 12/1/2013. On slate for FEI next year. CCTV (such as the Nest system and other types of cameras) have become more popular and are helping to enforce evidence of this rule.
In David O’Connor’s first presentation since the USEF announcement of his new role as Technical Advisor, he outlined his plan for the upcoming year for the Eventing High Performance Riders.
The earliest participants of the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention joined esteemed show jumping course designer Richard Jeffery on Wednesday for a comprehensive clinic on course design. The group gathered at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a classroom session before heading out to Tiffany Morrissey’s East Wind Farm to get hands on experience.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that David O'Connor will serve as the Eventing Technical Advisor for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. He will also continue to play an important role, alongside the Eventing Managing Director, in the development and implementation of Eventing plans, pathway, program, and systems that will help grow programs for developing and elite athletes. Following the post-Rio Review, the role of the Technical Advisor has been adjusted to focus more on management of the Programs and the athlete's personal programs and goals rather than hands on coaching.
Retired Racehorse Project announced today the opening of trainer applications for the 2017 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover. Approved trainers will acquire recently retired Thoroughbred racehorses and introduce them to second careers. Disciplines offered are barrel racing, competitive trails, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper, and working ranch.
We’re officially one day away from the kick off of the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention! Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla. December 7-11 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa for our yearly gathering of members – education, discussion and fun awaits!
Here are six activities you’ve got to attend while you’re here:
USEA Board of Governors’ Reception
What better way to kick off another great USEA Convention than with your toes in the sand? Everyone is invited to enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks, meet the USEA Board of Governors members, and catch up with friends. It’s about to be a great weekend! Thursday, December 8th, 6:30-8:30 p.m in the South Palm Court.
It always helps to see a warm and friendly face when heading to warm up for that all-important test or jump round. In this new series, the United States Evening Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux, to feature those around us who help make these events happen, the volunteers. Without them horse shows could not succeed and these volunteers go above and beyond to make sure every rider feels comfortable and confident. Do you know a volunteer who should be nominated as Volunteer of the Month? We are looking for our January feature. Email your tips to [email protected]