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Save the Date for the 2019 USEA Educational Symposium at the Grand Oaks Resort!

Participants in the 2018 USEA ICP Symposium look on as Leslie Law instructs a rider on cross-country. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The United States Eventing Asssociation (USEA) Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), Future Event Horse (FEH) Program, and Young Event Horse (YEH) Program are teaming up once again to bring USEA members the ultimate educational opportunity in Florida this winter. Taking place February 18-21, 2019, the USEA Educational Symposium has found a new home at the impressive Grand Oaks Resort in Wiersdale, Florida. 

The Grand Oaks Resort is located just 25 miles south of Ocala and features remarkable equestrian facilities with state-of-the-art arena footing, immaculate cross-country courses, a covered arena, and ample stabling.  

“The Grand Oaks Resort is a unique resort destination with an equine heartbeat,” stated Managing Partner Tom Warriner. “We are one of the few places in Florida that boast terrain, over 12 arenas with state-of-the-art fiber, a sit-down restaurant and coffee shop, where one has the ability to stay in one of our cottages and play. Our partners, including Shelley Page and Clayton Fredericks, have contributed to the management, course design, and schooling venues we hope will guide us as long-term supporters of eventing. We are proud supporters of the USEA and this Educational Symposium.”


Attendees at the 2018 YEH Symposium engaged in a practice judging session. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The ICP Symposium will take place Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19. Monday will be a dressage training day, with focus on training and movements with clinician Maxime Livio. On Tuesday, Livio will teach show jumping and cross-country, focusing on riding related fence lines. Both ICP days will require demo riders at Training level through Advanced level.

The Training and Education of the Young Eventing Horse Symposium will take place Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21. Both dates will host morning classroom sessions inside the Grand Oaks Resort, with live sessions and riding demonstrations taking place outside both afternoons on the grounds. Wednesday will primarily focus on the Young Event Horse program with featured clinician Maxime Livio teaching and riding and Thursday will feature the Future Event Horse program with FEH judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray. FEH and YEH judges will be able to maintain their judging status by attending the FEH and YEH days as judging workshops are available at the symposium.


The 2018 FEH Symposium provided the opportunity for judges to practice evaluating conformation. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

For anyone interested in attending the ICP symposium as a demo rider, please contact Lauren Gash at LGash@useventing.com. For anyone interested in sending their young horse as a demo horse in the FEH and/or YEH symposium, please contact Kate Lokey at KLokey@useventing.com.

To register to attend as a spectator for the ICP symposium on Monday and Tuesday, click here. To register for the FEH/YEH portion of the symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, click here.

The USEA is setting up a room block in The Villages, Florida area, just a 15-minute drive from the Grand Oaks Resort. More information on hotel booking with the USEA room block will be available soon.

For more information on the ICP Symposium taking place Monday and Tuesday, February 18-19, 2019, contact Nancy Knight at Nancy@Useventing.com or (703) 669-9997.

For more information on the Training and Education of the Young Eventing Horse Symposium taking place Wednesday and Thursday, February 20-21, contact Kate Lokey at KLokey@useventing.com or (703) 779-9897.

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