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USEA Annual Meeting in Reston VA: Are You Going? If Not, Why Not?

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  • USEA Annual Meeting in Reston VA: Are You Going? If Not, Why Not?

    The USEA annal meeting is just a few weeks away. I have some inside knowledge of all the hard work that is going on to prepare for this special 50th anniversary celebration of Eventing in the US. I was wondering.....

    Are you going?

    If so, what is the draw for you?

    If not, why not?

    Thanks for sharing!
    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

  • #2
    be there

    I will be there, should be a great time, going beause it is close!

    Make any mistakes going forward!


    • #3
      how much?

      It sounds like a wonderful program but, I could not find the cost sanywhere,, what is it?
      breeder of Mercury!

      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


      • #4
        I'm going to try to make it for at least a day or 2. It's very close to my house, but getting away from work this time of year is hard - and since my vacation is accrued july to july, I'm trying to save up my PTO to take the horses to Aiken in february

        Hopefully I'll make at least a little bit...and I might be helping out at the trade fair, so I should make at least a small part of the meetings!
        ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~
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        • #5
          I haven't signed up yet, but I'll be there.

          I am CDCTA's rep to USEA, and the overall Affiliate Rep, so that is the basic "why?". But am also going to the Richard Jeffries clinic, and the hall of fame is always interesting.

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


          • #6

            Can't get off work during the week and we have a big server upgrade that weekend

            It's too far to 'drop in' for an hour if I get a break


            • #7
              I will be there at least for the awards lunch .


              • #8
                I will be there. I have the YR coordinators meeting and the Area II council meeting. I am also bringing my daughter with me with hopes of doing some ice skating and xmas shopping. Also, the awards gala should be a lot of fun.
                Gwen Dean
                Erie Hunt & Saddle Club HT Secretary


                • #9
                  Will be there/have to be there/looking forward to it despite alot of meetings!

                  Hey G - when is the Area II Council mtg? I've misplaced the email...


                  • #10
                    maybe. It is way too much time away from work and the horses for me.

                    I might make Friday and part of Saturday.....the seminar on Wednesday would be interesting....but no way can I make that in the middle of the week. December is brutal for work...year end deals start heating up and life gets very busy.
                    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                    • #11
                      I'll be there for Thursday afternoon and Friday. I try to come every year, but am juggling with a bunch of other stuff this year.
                      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GotSpots View Post
                        Will be there/have to be there/looking forward to it despite alot of meetings!

                        Hey G - when is the Area II Council mtg? I've misplaced the email...
                        I believe it is 2-4 on Saturday.
                        Gwen Dean
                        Erie Hunt & Saddle Club HT Secretary


                        • #13
                          Anyone know if there's free food?

                          I'm supposed to be in DC on the 1st, might have to stay for extra meetings or SO's meetings. I'll have to check out the program...


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JER View Post
                            Anyone know if there's free food?

                            I'm supposed to be in DC on the 1st, might have to stay for extra meetings or SO's meetings. I'll have to check out the program...
                            Possibly at the Richard Jeffries clinic.

                            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                            • #15
                              Nope, not me this year. Why...$$$ or lack thereof.


                              • #16
                                Well, there you go, Gwen, love the organizational aspect of this...if I had known the Area II meeting was Sat. I would have been able to do something about getting to that but not now. Oh well. I hope to be at the Jefferies seminar Weds., and Thurs. may attend most of the day. I have volunteered to help at the reception Thurs. pm. Have not heard if I am needed (Colliemom?)

                                But that's as far as my budget is stretching and my vacation days can go. I was disappointed a little in the various seminar subjects (saddle fit - please, is there anything ELSE?)and the scheduling. Nothing really appeals to me and that's a shame, being this is the 50th anniversary. I thought it would have some great seminars.

                                The cost is another pretty big factor. I've gotten a lot out of all of the Area II meetings I've attended and felt the cost was well worth the meals and the comraderie and the education, so I am hopeful I get that same feeling being there two-three days. But not expecting too much.
                                Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                                Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


                                • #17
                                  Of course I'm going! How could I NOT go...it's going to be 30 minutes down the road!!!! That's probably the biggest draw, but the program looks good (and since I LIVE here it won't be like San Francisco when I skipped out on 90% of it to see the sites). I'm excited about the Hall of Fame dinner plus the 50th anniversary. Toughest part of the weekend is going to be balancing taking care of the critters and getting to the seminars that I want to attend.


                                  • #18
                                    I'm going for the whole weekend, planning on taking a bit of time to also go in DC and see some sites with my niece and maybe COOKIEPONY!

                                    I'm going to attend the classic format stuff and the Richard Jeffries seminar for sure, and most likely a few other meetings.


                                    • #19
                                      wanted to go, but.........

                                      Hubby and I had planned to go, but Willie's three surgeries kind of got in the way. Now there just isn't the $$$$ to spend for the convention, but I'm glad I still have my
                                      Willie : Hope everyone that gets to go has a great time!
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                                      • #20

                                        Too busy, free time is at a premium and other things take priority.
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