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    SOOOO, Who thought what was the best/worst part of the Big Meeting?
    All of the seminars I attended were interesting and worthwhile, I wish each one could have been longer....I had the feeling that discussions would just get going when it would be time to clear the room for the next meeting.
    Congratulations to all the honor winners. I hope you long-distance travelers got home safely and found the meeting worth the trip. Many thanks to all of our friends in Area 1 who pulled off the biggest meeting in history, and thanks to all who came! Reports, please!
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    #2
    SOOOO, Who thought what was the best/worst part of the Big Meeting?
    All of the seminars I attended were interesting and worthwhile, I wish each one could have been longer....I had the feeling that discussions would just get going when it would be time to clear the room for the next meeting.
    Congratulations to all the honor winners. I hope you long-distance travelers got home safely and found the meeting worth the trip. Many thanks to all of our friends in Area 1 who pulled off the biggest meeting in history, and thanks to all who came! Reports, please!

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    • #3


      I had a Wonderful time at the National Meeting!! getting to see Everyone was Great!! People talked all weekend!! Even in the lines for the Ladies Room!!

      Folks from all over the Country!! Had dinner with people from Washington State and California!!

      Sometimes, the meetings I wanted to attend were planned at the same time as another meeting I wanted to attend!

      The GP and I divided and Conquered!!

      Instead of a Thursday, how about starting on a Wednesday??

      Munchies every morning would be nice too! But more expensive!

      Big writing pads for everyone would be nice, although we brought our own.


      Congrats to Area I for a Great Job!!

      BarbaraG
      GWV/ home at last

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      • #4
        We just got home a few hours ago and fortunately got out of Boston this a.m. before the snow. Still, the security group at Logan was way behind and we almost missed our flight. Otherwise it was smooth sailing, though it was snowing in Cincinnati.

        The meeting was great. After participating two years, I would like to recommend the "cluster track" type of format wherein the conference topics are arranged by appeal groups (adult amateur, USET riders, organizers, etc.) and possibly presented in a color-coded format. A person could still go to any meeting, but it might provide some continuity and avoid duplicate scheduling (such as GWV alluded to).

        It was fantastic to be in Boston and we did get a few moments to shop and take it the holiday season in the neat Back Bay area.

        I always love meeting new folks and seeing familiar faces and of course I've now met way too many to attempt to name but suffice it to say I had a fantastic time meeting PGM and hanging out with him on Thursday night. Pol was great as was, as always Mary in Area 1 and her lovely family. Great New Englanders!

        Good job USEA! Love to everyone I saw at the meeting. Flutie, email me sister. Wish I could've spent more time with you too!

        Also, must say I was stoked to meet Hilary in person as we've been email buddies for years and years (I sent her a wedding gift years ago and just met her for the first time this weekend!).

        Working with Dale in Area 1 was great too. It's always fun to collaborate.

        And guess what else? On our flight from Boston to Cinci the flight attendant noticed our USEA bag and had all sorts of questions. Turns out she rides and her daughters Pony Club but she didn't know much about the USEA. So I gave her the pitch and the website and we had a lengthy chat about riding, etc. Maybe they'll cross over and become members.

        Heather, luvyameanit!

        Kristin, you're the best!

        Beth Lendrum and oskaar - if you got anymore fabulous I'd implode!

        Janet, your ability to see the big picture by dissecting the details amazes and inspires me! May you always have that talent. Your horses must really be amazing!

        Can't wait for next year! San Francisco will be a great venue.

        Robby

        So I'm a sistah, buy things with cash
        It doesn't mean that all my credit's bad


        http://community.webshots.com/user/rbjohnsonii
        When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.

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        • #5
          I am just glad I finally got to go to one of the national meetings!

          There were a lot of really interesting workshops, but unfortunately I missed a few because they were so early. I wasn't staying at the hotel which made it a little harder to get there in the morning, but that is just a selfish complaint.

          I really liked the eventing retrospective slide show. I thought they did a great job of putting it together and Denny was hilarious.

          The main thing that sticks out in my mind that could have been different was the Hall of Fame inductions. Wow, it took a loooong time! I enjoyed hearing stories from the past, but I think there should have been some time limit for the speakers. I was looking forward to the party after, but I think everyone had been in that room so long that they just left after the inductions.

          I look forward to going again because it is loads of fun to see so many eventers out of the barn! It was like one, long competitors party without the show jumping the next morning (thank goodness!)

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          • #6
            p.s. I loved meeting Bensmom and Mellsmom too! Mellsmom, I got your call for help and it was right on the cusp of assisting John with his raffle. I'm so sorry I failed you on hair/makeup but I don't think you needed any help!

            Robby

            So I'm a sistah, buy things with cash
            It doesn't mean that all my credit's bad


            http://community.webshots.com/user/rbjohnsonii
            When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.

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            • #7
              Didn't anyone take pictures of people in their fancy duds on Saturday night??? Inquiring minds want to know....
              \"So? We\'re Red Sox fans, psychosis is expected.\"

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                #8
                Hey, does anybody know who was in charge of the raffle? Rumor has it that I won 2 prizes!! I would love to gather them up. I have never won a raffle in my life!

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                • #9
                  This was the first meeting I've been to and I had a wonderful time. Low point was trying to find something to at least alleviate my cold symptoms without making me dizzy - (so if I appeared to be wandering in a daze at any point I was overdosed on sudafed).

                  There were too many hight points - meeting Robby (FINALLY!), talking with Karen O'Connor in the aquarium (I admit to being rather star-struck much of the time, but she was the only one I actually had a conversation with) and I love the retrospective - I remember that ENORMOUS Slide/drop thing at Vershire! I can't believe we jumped all that stuff back then. People today would have heart attacks.

                  Had I known that 1987 was considered old, I had photos of Doornhof and Merry Meadow events - but I'm not as exciting to see as the big guys!

                  I am going to have to rag on my coach about her horse's flying long mane in one of those old photos. Styles have changed!

                  I did think the Hall of Fame was long (some people are better speakers than others.. . ) so I was too tired to dance, but I enjoyed it anyway.

                  I had lunch with Bensmom and Mellsmom - it was really nice to meet them (and yes, we talked about feet!)

                  I saw BarbaraG & her Warren, too. Too many people to talk to and not enough time.

                  I hope you all got home safely - it's still snowing here and we've got not quite a foot of snow.

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                  • #10
                    RJ-

                    I will forgive you, BUT I had so wanted to complete my Hoochie Momma look Saturday night. I did actually see you from far away assisting with prizes so I knew that you didn't blow me off!!! In fact I am sure that if Bensmom and I hadn't made that wild dash out to the Dover store in Wellesly, I'd have had time. And yes, we managed to set an all time record for speed shopping. In fact, I may just do that from now on... although for Bensmom, she can still do a lot of damage in 42 minutes.
                    We did not get pictures of us dressed up despite Bensmom's camera.
                    I will sadly admit that the fashion police were firmly planted at our table. We were in the back and could see everyone on the way to and from the bar. I will pass on one gem they managed to share "the difference between Hoochie Mamma and Rental is a bra".
                    YOu may all rest at ease that there is still a whole lot of partying going on in the eventing ranks. Sadly I had to leave at 11:30 before the end of the hall of fame inductions to pack for my 6:30 am departure and I missed the dancing...did anyone remain upright that long?

                    "I've got a holiday, a paid holiday, I've got a holiday in my head"

                    Don't like my riding? Call 1-800- phh- fftt
                    Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

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                    • #11
                      I'm so sad that I couldn't attend any of the parties. How was the Aquarium bash? I've heard that the Hall of Fame Gala lived up to it's name.

                      I only managed to attend on Friday and Sunday, but I was impressed by the conviviality of the crowd, the breadth of presentations and the quality of the information being shared. I think that all of the sessions I went to were SRO with the exception of Sport Horse Breeding (which had a larger room that most but was disadvantaged by the bad weather moving in) and the session on The Big Picture which was in a HUGE room, and turned out to be a bit more about the media and sponsorship than the name might have implied. Two quick points out of that one: Why DO so many people watch dog shows on TV, and so few watch horse events? And we need to develop a program to prepare riders for interviews and presentations. It ain't easy to get up there, hold an audience and seem natural, and although we have some folks who are very good at it, we would benefit by having even more comfortable with those situations. This is not a knock on anyone!!! Everyone who stood up and shared their knowledge and reminisces (sp?) gets a hearty round of applause and my appreciation.

                      And three huge cheers for Weezo for putting the whole thing together .
                      They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                      • #12
                        Hard work and fun to be had by all!!! Pol, call the USEA office--they have all the raffle stuff. I am SO disappointed that I didn't get the saddle. But, yay to whomever did. A few of my highlights, including the things I learned:

                        1) Shopping on Newbury with Robby rocks (well, he rocks in general). I had a ton of funny quotes to share, but they were erased by a bottle of Maker's Mark. He bought a delicious pair of Cole Haan's, and I'm very jealous.

                        2) Jack LeGoff telling me that I am both talented AND amazing. Of course, he was referring to my excellent klepto skills and my ability to steal Christmas decorations out of the lobby, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

                        3) There should be time limits on speeches made at Hall of Fame Galas. All in all a very nice ceremony (yes, I cried a few times), despite running a hair long). I was especially touched by the tribute to Bally Cor (what an incredible mare who was truly courageous), and by listening to the stories of the great comraderie shared between Denny, Jimmy, the 3 Mikes (Huber, Page, Plumb), and Tad Coffin under the guidance of LeGoff.

                        4) Denny has a fabulous Irish brogue.

                        5) It IS possible to laugh so hard that you can't breathe and you think you are going to have a hernia (can women even get those?).

                        6) Area I really knows how to throw a classy gig. What a great weekend. The only let down was that I was not able to fit my mattress from the Sheridan in my suitcase. It was so comfy!

                        7) Eventers know how to have a great time, and they really are the most fun people you can find!

                        Hurrah for Boston!

                        Now, he said he needs a Master CD to make copies. Is that like the brand? Aren't they all the same?-- my boss

                        [This message was edited by oskaar on Dec. 15, 2003 at 11:07 AM.]
                        "[I don't like the word] try. To me, it means you plan to fail." --Robby Johnson

                        "All you have to do to succeed is decide to succeed." Jimmy Wofford

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                        • #13
                          oskaar, I miss you and your mommy already!!!!! You are both the best. Please tell Billy Boyd Boyd Boyd to call me when he comes back to the Rock.

                          I also feel like I should say to everyone, in a blanket statement, that if you encountered me and I seemed a little drunk it's probably because I was. I promise I'm not a regular lush.

                          I must also say that I positively love Jennifer Akers, who does so much for our organization, and loved seeing Miss Kyra King Stuart again as well.

                          Robby

                          So I'm a sistah, buy things with cash
                          It doesn't mean that all my credit's bad


                          http://community.webshots.com/user/rbjohnsonii
                          When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.

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                          • #14
                            I loved meeting everyone at the meeting I wish I was able to meet more folks, but I was in a daze also before the booze! Worked late the entire week, closed on the farm that friday, etc.

                            Mary and Pol -- I still owe you both a drink!

                            Robby -- Loved working with you on our presentation, we made a great team. I received a lot of feedback from participants that we were right on the mark --

                            Hillary, So great to see you again!! We need to keep in touch better! You hair was fabulous at the Gala!

                            Called in sick today at work, have to plow and shovel two driveways now! Dale

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                            • #15
                              Dale,

                              Have some special coffee, say hello to The Shannon Diva, and stay warm!

                              Robby

                              So I'm a sistah, buy things with cash
                              It doesn't mean that all my credit's bad


                              http://community.webshots.com/user/rbjohnsonii
                              When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.

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                              • #16
                                I am having it as we speak

                                Will give your regards to Shannon, isn't she great!

                                Did you get my voice mail message on your cell phone? I would love to work with you again in the future on USEA projects, BUT, you lead and I follow, since you know the organization and how it operates.

                                Send me an e-mail, off to pack. I just needed a break and special coffee Dale

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                                • #17
                                  Just one more reminder that you never know who is reading your posts...the COTH BB was mentioned SEVERAL times in different sessions that I attended. Most notably in connection with the Mic Mar bit and the Event Ratings meeting.
                                  I attended the sessions on selecting and event horse. It was quite interesting. Very valid points about ameturs needing to be open mided about what they look at. Everyone seemed to agree that temperament and tractability were key in ammy horses. There was also a lovely comment by Buck Davidson that you should change your mind set when looking to buy. Think of it as an opportunity to sit on a wide variety of horses. :-) Something many ammys don't get to do. Also, all the panelists said that if you get off the hore and your gut doesn't tell you that you will enjoy looking at the horse and riding it every day, keep walking. You should wake up excited about the prospect of riding the horse.
                                  The bitting presentation was also good, but I wanted MORE!!!! I would love to see USEA spend some more of our money funding the research a bit longer. I would love to see them crunch some more numbers and see if there are correlations and statistical significance in some of the findings. Honestly, I think someone could make a career out of this work.
                                  The braiding and grooming demo was cool as well. I would love to see her again in a hands on situation where the participants could spend time actually practising the skills she shows.
                                  Thank goodness I have my notes. I wonder if we should post a notes area since there weren't handout at many of the meetings.

                                  "I've got a holiday, a paid holiday, I've got a holiday in my head"

                                  Don't like my riding? Call 1-800- phh- fftt
                                  Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

                                  http://mellvinshouse.blogspot.com/

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                                  • #18
                                    Just one more reminder that you never know who is reading your posts...the COTH BB was mentioned SEVERAL times in different sessions that I attended. Most notably in connection with the Mic Mar bit and the Event Ratings meeting.
                                    I attended the sessions on selecting and event horse. It was quite interesting. Very valid points about ameturs needing to be open mided about what they look at. Everyone seemed to agree that temperament and tractability were key in ammy horses. There was also a lovely comment by Buck Davidson that you should change your mind set when looking to buy. Think of it as an opportunity to sit on a wide variety of horses. :-) Something many ammys don't get to do. Also, all the panelists said that if you get off the hore and your gut doesn't tell you that you will enjoy looking at the horse and riding it every day, keep walking. You should wake up excited about the prospect of riding the horse.
                                    The bitting presentation was also good, but I wanted MORE!!!! I would love to see USEA spend some more of our money funding the research a bit longer. I would love to see them crunch some more numbers and see if there are correlations and statistical significance in some of the findings. Honestly, I think someone could make a career out of this work.
                                    The braiding and grooming demo was cool as well. I would love to see her again in a hands on situation where the participants could spend time actually practising the skills she shows.
                                    Thank goodness I have my notes. I wonder if we should post a notes area since there weren't handout at many of the meetings.

                                    "I've got a holiday, a paid holiday, I've got a holiday in my head"

                                    Don't like my riding? Call 1-800- phh- fftt
                                    Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

                                    http://mellvinshouse.blogspot.com/

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                                    • #19
                                      Sounds like you all had an awesome time - notwithstanding the inopportune bad weather!! I had so hoped to come this time, but family obligations prevented it.

                                      I would love to know more about the seminars on The Big Picture and Eventing and US Media - those are two I really was keen to attend.

                                      Emily

                                      "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult" - Seneca
                                      "It's not a perfect world....But it's still good to be alive! If you don't know by now, you'll probably never understand the way it feels to wanna live....One Perfect Moment!!"

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                                      • #20
                                        OK, really stupid question here, when is it Area II's turn to host it?

                                        There are only two types of eventers out there: Those who have fallen in the water jump and those that will. -- subk
                                        Founding Member, Bird Nerd Clique; Eventing Yahoo In Training; formerly known as BostonGold
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