Rolling Reports from the 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting

The 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting is well underway in West Palm Beach, Florida, where it will continue through Saturday. Here’s a rolling recap of the proceedings — be sure to check back for more updates:

Saturday, January 11

Darry Lou, 2019 International Horse of the Year. Photo by Andrea Evans courtesy of US Equestrian.

Darry Lou and El Primero Win 2019 Horse of the Year Titles: US Equestrian is pleased to share that Darry Lou, Abigail Wexner’s 2008 Dutch Warmblood stallion, has been voted the 2019 International Horse of the Year and El Primero, Bryan Baldwin and Meralex Farm’s 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding, has been voted the 2019 National Horse of the Year …. READ MORE.

Friday, January 10

Beezie Madden, 2019 International Equestrian of the Year. Photo by Taylor Pence courtesy of US Equestrian.

Beezie Madden and Nick Haness Named 2019 Equestrians of the Year at Pegasus Awards Presented by Adequan®: US Equestrian is pleased to share that Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been voted the 2019 International Equestrian of the Year and Nick Haness (Temecula, Calif.) has been voted the 2019 National Equestrian of the Year. Madden and Haness were presented with the Robert P. Strub Trophy at the Pegasus Awards presented by Adequan® during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting. International Equestrian of the Year Beezie Madden, 2019 International Equestrian of the … READ MORE.

US Equestrian President Murray Kessler speaks at the General Session. Photo courtesy of US Equestrian.

President Murray Kessler Outlines Key Areas of Success and Introduces Goals for the Future at 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting: In 2017, US Equestrian’s President Murray Kessler launched the now widely-referenced Strategic Plan, intended to revitalize and re-establish membership, support, and success within US Equestrian and the many services it provides. During Thursday afternoon’s General Session, Kessler spoke to an engaged group of members, affiliates, and staff about the continued commitment to the strategic goals of the organization and the many positive changes identified since the plan’s … READ MORE.

Thursday, January 9

Equestrian Community’s Impact on Global, Environmental, and Social Issues presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN. Photo courtesy of US Equestrian.

Panel: Equestrian Community’s Impact on Global, Environmental, and Social Issues presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN: Notable panelists, led by host Jim Wolf and moderator Bridgett McIntosh, spoke with expertise on a range of global, environmental, and social issues facing the world today, while connecting their unique affiliation to the equestrian community and the larger impact those involved with the industry can have on societal change. The fundamental challenges we face as a global society have continued to escalate with the ever-changing development of our planet, creating further need to educate and … READ MORE.

US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney speaks during the General Session. Photo courtesy of Taylor Pence/US Equestrian.

US Equestrian CEO Moroney and Senior Team Discuss Priorities for 2020 in General Session: US Equestrian Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney led the second portion of the General Session with the theme of Focus on the Future. Moroney, along with Kelly Bolton , Director of Human Resources; Sarah Hamilton , communications consultant and Managing Director of Kivvit; Will Connell , Director of Sport; Terri Dolan , Director of National Breeds & Non-FEI Disciplines Sport; and Vicki Lowell , Chief Marketing & Content Officer, elaborated on what members and fans should watch for in … READ MORE.

Wednesday, December 8

Vicki Lowell (far right) led a panel discussion with (far left to right) Andrea Evans, Taryn Young, Rich Cronin, and Bob Hughes. Photo courtesy of
US Equestrian.

Panel: Media Broadcast & Beyond presented by Carr-Hughes Productions: A talented group of media experts made up the panel discussing the changing media landscape and how equestrian sport fits into the picture. Vicki Lowell , US Equestrian’s Chief Marketing and Content Officer, moderated the discussion between Rich Cronin , a media consultant for Ride TV; Andrea Evans, US Equestrian’s Director of Digital and Social Media Strategy; Bob Hughes , Carr-Hughes Productions’ Executive Producer; and Taryn Young , founder of @warmbloodsandwine … READ MORE.

Justin Provost (far right) leads a discussion with (far left to right) Nathan Rolfe, Eric Willemenot, and Shelly Campf. Photos courtesy of Andrea Evans/US Equestrian.

Panel: The Future of Equestrian: Leveraging Data & Technology: For this engaging conversation about data and technology in the equestrian world— available on demand at USEF Network — US Equestrian’s Chief Information Officer Justin Provost joined Nathan Rolfe , co-founder of the new Center for Equine Performance; Shelley Campf , owner of the OZ Incorporated training center in Oregon and co-owner of Team NW Equestrian Sports; and Eric Willemenot , founder of Move ’N See and inventor of the Pixio robotic video camera … READ MORE.

The Safe Sport – What’s New to Know Panel. Photo courtesy of US Equestrian.

Panel: Safe Sport – What’s New to Know: Since its inception in 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport has received over 4,600 reports of alleged abuse in sport and the center continues to work diligently to provide resources and resolution for survivors of abuse across the 52 sports embodied by the Olympic movement and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. There is a rough estimate that more than 18+ million people are involved in sports that fall under U.S. Center for SafeSport’s jurisdictional umbrella and that … READ MORE.

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