Area 2 Annual Meeting!

AREA II Annual Meeting, SUNDAY, January 14, 2018
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the National Harbor (its a Marriott)…/wasgn-gaylord-national-resort-an…/  Call 301-965-4000 and ask for the USEA Area II group rate. Make a weekend of it!

  • 7:00-10:00 REGISTRATION - open – (please SIGN and pick up packet in at the table with the AREA II sign (help yourself if no one is at the desk.)
  • 7:00-12:00 Silent Auction - Silent Auction to benefit Area II programs (Auction will be available in a common area until approximately 11:00 am, then the Auction will be moved to the Champagne Brunch room for its final hour.)
  • 7:30-8:15 Organizer’s Meeting
  • 8:00-9:00 Equine Gastrointestinal Health (Dr. Carey Williams
  • 9:00-9:15 Break
  • 8:15-9:30 Area II Council Meeting
  • 9:15-10:00 Saddle Fitting for the Sport Horse (David Stackhouse & Lesley Ellis
  • 10:00-10:45 Adult Rider and YRAP Meetings. Volunteerism w/ Holly Covey
  • 10:45-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-1:00 Champagne Brunch, Awards, and Fair Hill Presentation. Silent auction ends at 12:30.

Online registration is now closed.

Please email if you wanted to come and did not register in time, to see if there is any late availability.

Thank you!


Cross Derby Schooling: Mon Jan 22 @ 8:00AM - 12:00AM
Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD
Winter Gymnastics Clinic with THE FRAME Sport Horses!: Sat Jan 27 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Deerfield Farm, 9009 S Mosby Hwy, Upperville VA 20184
Winter Schooling Day - Carolina Horse Park: Sat Jan 27 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Carolina Horse Park, Raeford, NC
Richard Lamb Clinic: Sat Feb 03 @ 8:00AM - 12:00AM
281 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Nottingham, PA 19362
Winter Schooling Day - Carolina Horse Park: Wed Feb 07 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Carolina Horse Park, Raeford, NC
Winter Dressage Series: Sun Feb 11 @12:00AM
Catlett, VA

Area II's 2017 Young Rider CCI* team fought their way through every phase of the North American Junior-Young Riders Championship three-day event to end up with Silver medals after a nail-biting show jumping finish July 19-23, at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, MT. Area VI (CA-AZ) won, while Canada was third in the international championship held for the first time at the Montana location.

The Area II team consisted of Alexa Gartenberg, riding Patras VR, who finished with a score of 51.5; Ariana Freeman, riding Kristin Carpenter's In A Trance, who ended with a score of 55.7; Mia Braundel, riding Cashmere, who finished with 56.9, and Alexandra Tett riding Hawk's Cay, who finished with 65.0. Our individual rider was Meghan Loughnane on Linford. 

The team was in 6th place of seven teams after dressage, and moved up to fourth after cross-country. Together three of the four riders were double clear on the championship cross-country CCI* course, with only one rider having .8 time fault! All horses passed the jog on show jumping morning, and Area II team members brought their game for a hard-fought climb to a podium position. Mia, Alexandra and Ariana all went double clear; Alexa had just one rail, but still finished as the highest team member in 4th. Meghan as an individual was in 2nd after dressage, became the overnight leader after cross-country with a double clear round, and had 2 rails to finish in sixth individually in the North American championship.

20368736 10104099359188199 3659840411935775726 oIn A Trance and Ariana Freeman, photo by Sofie Harangozo.In A Trance was honored with the FEI Horsemaster Award, given to the best Young Rider horse. At age 19, he was the oldest "member" of the team! Area II was able to send five horses to the championship this year, and they finished 4th, 6th, 13th, 14th, and 20th, with three of those pairs finishing on their dressage scores. Considering the distance all horses shipped (from Young Rider camp in New Jersey to Montana), the team's finish was excellent. (Both other podium teams shipped from much closer distances.)


Many thanks to Area II's Holly Payne Caravella, and Meg Kepferle; the Area II CCI* team was coached  this year by Holly, and Meg Kepferle returned as Chef d'equipe. Holly and Meg also assisted the six Young Rider candidates who attended as grooms for the team, who were afforded the chance to see an international competition from the inside in an effort to create experienced candidates for future teams.

Many thanks to the parents and coaches of the Young Riders, and to those who contributed to the Area II Young Rider team fundraising efforts to get these kids to Montana, and to all supporters of the Young Riders this year.

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