October 2017 - US Eventing Convention Comes West
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:57
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Horse health, rider safety, veterinary medicine and a Boyd Martin keynote speech highlight the annual meeting in Long Beach Dec. 6-10.

The United States Eventing Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention comes to Long Beach Dec. 6-10 for a long weekend discussing, learning about and celebrating eventing. This is a special weekend that everyone can enjoy, and there are countless lectures and presentations on the future of the sport, horse health, rider safety, veterinary medicine and much more. Registered attendees are welcome to attend as many meetings and presentations as they like and there is high anticipation for the Saturday keynote speaker, Boyd Martin.

The top-placing U.S. rider at both the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France riding Shamwari 4, and the 2010 WEG in Lexington, riding Neville Bardos; and a member of the 2016 and 2012 US Olympic Teams, Boyd Martin is one of the leading event riders of today. His horse Trading Aces also competed at the 2014 WEG with Phillip Dutton in the irons.

Boyd also has a remarkable personal story. After overcoming great adversity including a devastating barn fire and the deaths of his father and father-in-law in 2011, Boyd and Neville made an amazing comeback to finish 7th at Burghley, the toughest event in the world. Boyd finished 2011ranked 8th on the HSBC World Rankings, Neville Bardos was named the 2011 International Horse of the Year by the USEF, and The Chronicle of the Horse named Boyd its 2011 Overall Rider of the Year. He was again Rider of the Year for 2014. He’s a fan favorite as a rider and an engaging speaker.

Event organizers are the focus of this year’s Convention. Without them, the sport would not have all the well-run events it has across the United States, and organizers are typically the first people to arrive and the last to leave the events to make sure that all the small details of an event are running smoothly.

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is a great opportunity to meet the influential members of the sport of eventing and get a first-hand look at the newest developments of the sport.


The USEA Board of Governors’ Reception is presented by USEA and Area VI Cocktails are presented by Devoucoux on Thursday, Dec. 7. The welcome reception will be hosted at the Aquarium of the Pacific and shuttle transportation will be departing from the Westin Long Beach hotel at 6:30 p.m. The welcome reception is open to all. Everyone is invited to enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, drinks and the many exhibits of the Aquarium of the Pacific and the colorful reefs. Meet members of the USEA Board of Governors and catch up with friends before heading out to enjoy local flavor of Long Beach.

The USEA Year-End Awards Dinner is set for Saturday, Dec. 9 and will once again feature eventing legend Jim Wofford as the Master of Ceremonies.

The USEA Annual Meeting of Members is an important part of the weekend with fond farewells to the Board of Governors members who have completed their terms, welcome of new Board of Governors members and discussions of important association business. Boyd Martin’s keynote speech will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9.

A trade fair throughout the convention will spotlight several of the USEA Corporate sponsors and Annual Meeting sponsors.

Press release provided by the USEA. The convention takes place at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach and registration is available through the USEA’s website, www.useventing.com.