2022 FHANA Annual General Meeting

2022 FHANA Annual General Meeting


February 24-26, 2022

Location: Mashantucket, CT


Host Hotel Information:  Cut off date Feb. 3, 2022
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Boulevard, P.O. Box 3777,
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3777

Hotel Booking Information: Click Here


Other Area Hotel Options:

Two Trees Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Preston Casino Area

AmericInn by Wyndham

Bellissimo Grande Hotel


Airports:  The closest airport to Foxwoods Resort Casino is T.F. Green (PVD) in Warwick, RI. The second closest airport would be Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL). Warwick is just under an hour’s drive from Foxwoods; Bradley is just over an hour’s drive.  Boston International Airport (BOS) is just over 1 hour 30 minutes.


Can’t make it to the 2022 FHANA AGM?  Not to worry, we have you covered.  Each session will be presented virtual for you to watch from the comfort of your own home.  By registering below and paying the $ fee, you will be sent a link to watch each presentation.

Schedule of Events (tentative and subject to change):

Thursday Feb. 24, 2022

4:00pm-8:00pm FHANA AGM Registration

6:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception

Friday Feb. 25, 2022

7:30am-8:30am Continue Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30am-8:50am Welcome-Dr. Rosanne Palermo, President

9:00am-9:50am Dressage Speaker

9:00-9:30am Break Out Session-Breeding Committee

10:00am-10:50am Driving Speaker

10:00-10:30am Break Out Session-Sports Committee

11:00am-11:50am Sports Medicine Speaker

11:00-11:30am Break Out Session-Education Committee

12:00pm-1pm Lunch provided with registration/Transportation to offsite facility

1:00pm-5:00pm Offsite activities:

5:30pm Chapter Show and Dinner sponsored and hosted by NEFHC “Friesian Spectacular”

Saturday Feb. 26, 2022

7:00am-8:15am FMC Chapter Meeting

8:30am-9:20am KFPS Presentation & update

9:30am-10:40am Dressage Speaker

9:30-10:00am Break Out Session-Marketing Committee

10:50pm-12:00pm Driving Speaker

10:50-11:30am Break Out Session-Inspection Committee

12:00pm-1:00PM Lunch provided with registration

1:15pm-2:00pm Round Table Discussion-Speakers

2:15PM-4:15PM FHANA Annual General Meeting

6:00pm- FHANA Awards Banquet and Auction


Speakers and Biographies:

Dr. José M. García-López, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery

Director of Equine Sports Medicine

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

José obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a 1-year Equine Internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (Ringoes, New Jersey, USA) followed by a 3-year Large Animal Surgical Residency with special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001.  Following his residency José obtained a Lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for 2 years.  In 2002, he returned to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor.   While at Tufts, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete.  In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America (AO VET NA), of which he is currently the Chair of Education.  He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging.  He regularly lectures and provides consultations at the national and international level.

Liz Austin

Liz Austin is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. With the KWPN stallion, Olivier, bred by her mother, Madeleine Austin, Liz was long listed for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and was the reserve rider for the 2011 World Cup. Liz has been a fan of Friesians since childhood and had the distinct honor of bringing along the Jasper son, Thys of Seagail Friesians, to the highest levels of dressage. In addition to Thys, Liz has had a number of Friesians in her barn including the Grand Prix gelding Youke of High Meadow Farm, with whom she did a six-horse quadrille demonstration in 2017 under the lights at the Global Dressage Festival for the half-time show (note she didn’t choose one of her Warmbloods for this electric and demanding endeavor!) What Liz loves most about the Friesian horse is their incredibly generous character, kind, sensible temperament and tremendous aptitude for the top levels in dressage.


Sterling Graburn

Born February 20th, 1963, Sterling Graburn has been involved with horses all of his life. His mother, Sally Eastman Graburn, was a well established trainer continuing a family tradition that began with his great grandfather. He was brought up in southeastern Pennsylvania, an area steeped in equestrian tradition. He spent his early childhood competing in combined training, in part as a member of the Radnor Hunt Pony Club, adding combined driving in his teens. He owes his strong dressage foundation to his mother who was always a dressage trainer first and emphasized that dressage is training on the continuum.

Beginning his driving career in 1978, Sterling participated in his first international event in 1984 as navigator for the four-in-hand of Emil-Bernhard Jung, a member of the American team, at the World Four-in-Hand Championships in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. In 1993, he again was navigator, this time for numerous times National Pair Champion Lawrence Poulin, at Gladstone, New Jersey, for the World Pairs Championship. Sterling was groom/navigator for Wendy Ying, DVM at the 2005 World Pony Championships at Catton Hall, England.

In 2006, Sterling competed as an individual at the World Singles Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, where he was fourth on the marathon and the highest overall placed American driver with Alexander Hewitt’s Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quincey. Sterling has thrice won the FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse championship. In 2008 he won the USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse National Championship with CS Dante of Earl, a Sport Cob co-owned with Dr. Wendy Ying. Dante also won USEF Combined Driving Single Reserve Horse of the Year for 2008.

Continuing the success earned with Quincey, in 2012 and 2016 Sterling competed Ulano (KWPN) and Ulano’s half brother, Mannkato at the World Singles Championships. After winning another US National Championship title with Ulano in 2012, the combination continued on to the World Singles Championships in Portugal where they were the highest-placed US competitors. In 2016 in Austria, Sterling and Mannkato were the highest placed US competitors.

Sterling continues to train and compete in both Pleasure and Combined Driving, with singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns and four-in-hands. Since 2010, he has been located in the vicinity of Lexington, Kentucky.



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