Eventers from all over the country will be converging upon Fort Worth, Texas this week for the 2014 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. The convention always welcomes riders of all levels, and it’s a great opportunity for learning, discussion, and rubbing elbows with some of the in the business.
EN will be in Fort Worth reporting on all of the action (and after-parties?), and here are five things we definitely don’t want to miss out on:
1. Show Jumping Workshop with Richard Jeffrey
Richard Jeffrey will be offering a full days’ worth of educational opportunity on Wednesday, December 3. Beginning with a classroom session in the morning and ending with a hands-on workshop in the afternoon, there will be plenty of knowledge to absorb for both riders, coaches, and course designers alike.
2. USEF Active Athletes Open Forum
Always a forum for engaged discussion and informative updates, the USEF Active Athletes Open Forum is an open meeting available to all who wish to attend. This year’s forum will be held on Thursday, December 4 and discussion topics often include updates on the High Performance Program and upcoming new initiatives geared towards furthering the sport on the international stage.
3. Rider Fitness Bootcamp with Daniel Stewart
If you missed our report on Coach Stewart’s sport psychology seminar from last year’s convention, you’ll want to catch up before you go. Daniel is well known for both his sense of humor and his valuable tips on fitness and psychology. His bootcamp will be held on Friday, December 5.
4. Rule Change Open Forum
With the new proposed rule changes coming down the pipe, the USEA is welcoming all feedback in the form of an Open Forum at this year’s convention. Many opinions, either for or against the rule change proposal, have been voiced since the announcement, and those in attendance at the convention will have the opportunity to discuss the change constructively in an open forum format. The forum will be held on Saturday, December 6.
5. USEA Year-End Awards
Who doesn’t love an awards ceremony? Horses and riders will be recognized at the ceremony for their achievements throughout the year. We think any excuse to dress up, participate in cocktail hour, and dance the night away is fair game. Throw in some wonderful people and their four-legged partners who are being recognized? Sounds like the perfect way to wrap up a great weekend to us. You can catch the awards on the evening of Saturday, December 6.