OConnor Unanimously Re-elected President of USEF
Selected as New Hunter-Jumper Affiliate Partner
KY At their semi-annual meeting yesterday, The Board of Directors
of the United States Equestrian Federation unanimously re-elected
David OConnor as USEF President. His new term will run from
January 2005 to January 2009. OConnor has served as USEF President
since July, 2003. The USEF was created by the joining of the former
USA Equestrian and the United States Equestrian Team and OConnor
has been instrumental in the transition to the new organization.
He has an extensive list of international and national championships
to his credit in the sport of Eventing, including the individual
gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Board of Directors also voted to designate the United States Hunter
Jumper Association as the partner with which the USEF will strategically
plan a new hunter-jumper affiliate. After presentations from Bill
Moroney, President of the USHJA and Gary Baker, President of the
National Hunter Jumper Association, followed by comprehensive discussion
by the Board members, the vote of 21-2 was in favor of the USHJA.
The strategic plan for the new affiliate will be presented at the
January, 2005 Board of Directors meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
President David OConnor said after the vote, Thats
a historic step. Its the first time the hunter-jumpers from
within can look to control their own field and direct it.
He praised the board for taking a brave decision, a step to
start the conversation going forward.
very excited for the entire hunter-jumper community, said
Bill Moroney. We look forward to having a national affiliate
of our own and a strong voice in our own destiny. Our first goal
is to work with Gary Baker and the NHJA, and all of the hunter-jumper
groups, to create an organization that represents us all, from high
performance to the grassroots.
Board addressed an extensive agenda that also included a presentation
by USEF Chief Executive Officer, John Long, on the Competition Date
Approval Task Force. The task force made recommendations on how
to revise the licensing of dates. The board voted that they should
move forward to the next phase and develop a comprehensive plan
to be voted on at the January, 2005 Board meeting.
Board also voted on a large number of proposed Bylaw Amendments
and extraordinary rule changes which will be posted on the USEF
website, www.usef.org, under the Rules and Bylaws areas by Monday,