A great time was had by all at the USEA Area VIII annual meeting.
Held at the Hilton Garden Inn Beavercreek in Dayton, OH; we were honored to have USEA president Carol Kozlowski as our guest speaker.
Saturday started the with the Area Council meeting. This meeting took every bit of 2 hours to hear reports and discuss issues pertinent to each group and conduct the business of the area.
After that, each group including organizers, young riders and adult riders had their time to meet and convey information to attendees.
Later in the afternoon we were treated to a talk by USEA President Carol Kozlowski. Carol had an informative, educational and interactive discussion and presentation on the state of eventing in the US.
Three dates in eventing that were milestones in its progression Carol defined for us.
1. When women were allowed to compete in the sport in 1964.
2. When the requirement to make weight was abolished in the early 90's.
3. When the long format was discontinued.
Following Carol’s talk, members received a formal “state of the area report” from Wayne Quarles, our new Area Chair. We also heard updates from Lisa Thomas, our Treasurer, Shannon Risner, our Adult Rider Coordinator, (recipients of the Nadeem Noon Scholarships were announced), Cindy Strader and Laura Miller, our Young Rider Coordinators, ( at this time we presented Avery Whisman with his Amy Tryon grant check--pictured below!!! ) and Morley Thompson, who is our USEA BOG rep. Our silent and live auction followed, then was dinner and year end awards.
Sunday morning several members reconvened at 9 am to hear about Carol’s history in eventing including the story of her famous “Erin Go Bragh”. Whom she called, “The little horse that could”.
To wrap up her presentation, Carol asked each attendee to answer two questions.
This was very insightful and informative and kudos to Carol for getting all involved and for listening to the membership.
Thank you again to Shay Rebollo for handling the silent auction, and to all involved in making this a great annual meeting!
Special thank you to Charles Pinnell from Schneider’s Saddlery for their participation in our Silent Auction and his conducting the live action for the helmet and ice machine that generated close to $1,500 for the area.