Less Than A Month To Go - USEA’s Annual Meeting and Convention

The time has flown by and we’re now less a month away from the USEA’s Annual Meeting and Convention presented by Nutrena!  The Convention will take place December 10 – 14 at the Astor Crown Plaza in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This is sure to be one of our most exciting Conventions yet, so plan your trip now and join us ‘Down in the Bayou’ for a fun-filled and educational eventing experience.Online Registration – Discounted Rates Expire Monday, November 24! 

Don’t let the special discounted rate pass you by!  Register online for the Convention today! Log on to the USEA Online Services site and click the Annual Convention Registration link under the Meetings Tab.

USEA Year-End Awards Luncheon

When you register for the Convention, make sure to reserve tickets for the USEA Year-End Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Maui Jim Sunglasses, which takes place Saturday, December 13 at 12:00 PM.  This exciting must-see event sells out each year, and is sure to do the same this year.  The celebratory luncheon will recognize 2008’s best and brightest and is one of the most anticipated events at the Convention.  Host Jim Wofford will help us honor the success of horses and riders from all levels of competitions, and the efforts of the sport's most dedicated volunteers.  Order your tickets today!

Educational Seminars 

When you’re not cheering on the nation’s best, there are a variety of seminars throughout the weekend that cover a long list of eventing-related topics. This year’s fun and educational seminars include the following

•Impressing the Press 

Presenters:  Pam Forrester, Three Star Productions and Videographer; and Joel Silver, Silver Productions

•Insurance 101  

Speaker:  Amy J. Daum of Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, the Official Equine Insurance Provider of the USEA

•The Training Level Three Day: It’s More Than Just A Horse Trial 

Panelists: Robert Costello and Emily Daily

•Back and Neck and Pelvis Problems in the Event Horse, Diagnosis and Treatment

Speaker: Dr. Kent Allen, DVM

•Organizers/Secretaries: Managing Your Events using USEA’s Sport Management System 

Presented by: Jason Caldwell - USEA Manager, Information Systems, Scott Weber - Co-Creator, StartBox Online Scoring and Ron Smith - Co-Creator, StartBox Online Scoring

•Saving The Land Where You Compete And Train: Land Conservation Strategies Eventers Can Use 

Presenters:  John Strassburger, Board Member, and Deb Balliet, CEO of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource 

•Building a Safer Cross-Country Fence 

Presenters: Dan Starck, Eric Bull and David O’Connor 


•Training Solutions from Top Event Riders 

Panelists: Phillip Dutton, Becky Holder, Gina Miles, Karen O’Connor, Amy Tryon, and Lucinda Green

•The Media Called… Now What? 

Presenters:  Pam Forrester, Three Star Productions andVideographer; and Joel Silver, Silver Productions

•Designing Courses for the Young Event Horse 

Panelists: Richard Jeffery, Leslie Law and Marilyn Payne

•Speeding the Healing Process, the use of Regenerative Therapy in the Event Horse 

Speaker: Dr. Kent Allen, DVM

•The Making of an Official: Roles, Responsibilities & Education 

Panelist: Loris Henry, Doug Payne, and Wayne Quarles 

•The Olympics, the Grooms Point of View 

Speaker: Max Corcoran, groom for Karen O’Connor

•Pilates: Think Of It as Dressage Conditioning For People 

Speaker: Robby Johnson

•Sports Psychology- the Untapped Well 

Speaker: Abigail Lufkin 

•“Safe Cross-country Riding Techniques—Discussion and Video” 

Speaker: Peter Gray

•Absolute and Relative Speeds Measured on Cross Country During Eventing Competitions 

Presenter: John Staples 

•Dressage Judging for Dummies 

Speakers: The Chums of Talisman Farm: Anya Britvan, Antonia Drummond, Christina Poe, Kaylyn Schaber, Ned Thomas and Dressage Judges: Janis Linnan and Sally O'Connor

•Are you ‘staying on course’ with Your Health Care Coverage? 

Speaker: Allina Strickland, Health Insurance Specialist

•Digestive Health: Affect on Performance 

Panelists: Lyndsey White and Cathy Wieschhoff

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•Looking at the Rider as an Athlete and a Heads Up Approach to Falling 

Presenter: Danny Warrington