• Flying Chesterfield Farm, Kate Chadderton Eventing & Elevation Dressage present...
    Heath Ryan Clinic Series 2014
    at Goodness Ridge Farm, Sunset Hill Farm & Loch Moy Farm
    September 2 - 6, 2014

  • sunSummer is a slow time for eventing, right? WRONG!! Take a look at our calendar. It's full of educational activities and schooling opportunities. Only about six weeks til the start of fall eventing season, so don't let these chances to school and get your horse ready escape.

    July in Area 2 is booming! Between Starter Horse Trials, Dressage, and Combined Tests and Derbies and Clinics the opportunities abound!

    View our full calendar here, and don't forget to add your events, it's free and easy!

  • The Surefire HT June 21-22 is accepting late entries (with $50 fee). Please contact Mary Coldren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) directly to get in!

  • Loch Moy Farm is hosting a dressage schooling show and fix-a-test Apr. 12, then their starter HT on Apr. 13. They will have options for novice and training at the starter HT so you can try some harder options if you are planning to move up! The dressage show will offer all eventing dressage including advanced. http://www.themarylandhorsetrials.com/

  • Morven Park, located in Leesburg, VA, continues its 100-year tradition of equestrian excellence with a 2014 groundbreaking for Phase I of its equestrian center renovation and expansion.

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  • The twenty sixthth annual combined USDF & USEA Adult Education Seminar is scheduled for Monday, June 2 through Saturday, June 8, 2014 at Green Mountain Horse Association, South Woodstock, Vermont. Our clinicians for this year will again include Michael Page, Jane Hamlin, Jim Koford, John Zopatti, Holger Bechtloff, Diane Ritz, Robert Stevenson, and Robert Costello. This team has proved to be so successful and work together so well that I am hard put to see how they can be improved upon! This format of combining the two disciplines during the same week has proved to be quite successful. New friends are made, and a greater appreciation of the different skills required is evident.

  • Come join us for a fun St Patrick’s Day show at Morven Park Equestrian Center. A great opportunity to shake off the cobwebs before your first Dressage show or Event of the year. Green sweaters in place of jackets encouraged approved helmet required for all phases.

  • Thanks to everyone for your patience in the upgrade of the website. The plan was to import the data from the old system into the new; however that just did not work out. The old ads and calendar were built on separate systems (with separate logins if you remember). The new ads and calendar are integrated with the whole site, so the same login to the site will allow you access to your ads and calendar events.

    The downside is that none of the old information is there, so if you have ads or calendar events you will need to add them again. It's a good way to clean house, because things like the cross country schooling were really outdated.

    Please feel free to call if you have questions, or need your login information updated/changed. I can be reached at 434-664-7057.

    • Go to the classifieds now (there is an "New Ad" link to add. You can do it without logging in, but you will be better able to manage your ads if you log in first.)
    • Go to the calendar now  (there is a link at the very bottom to  "Add an Event"   Again, logging in first gives you more options to manage your events, but it is not required.)
  • Hi all!

    The groundhog might have promised us six more weeks of winter, but Area 2 eventers are taking his forecast in stride.  On January 25, nearly 100 eventers braved snow and ice to gather in Leesburg for the Area 2 annual meeting.

  • I just wanted to share these two awards for two of our amazing Area 2 Adult Rider members.  What an honor it is to know people with so much heart!  Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday, we had a great meeting.  Details to follow soon!

    Adult Rider of the Year 2013: Brena Jones and Adult Rider Horse of the Year 2013 Santos, owned and loved by Jenna Calcaterra

    Read more about these awesome members!

    Brena Jones

    Adult Rider of the Year 2013

    Our Area has so many great Adult Riders; I certainly don't feel very exemplary!  But I am proud to represent ARII AR whenever and wherever I can.  Discovering this group was a game-changer for me: 

  • Thank you all for your support! Don't forget that the final bidding will occur at the meeting on Jan. 25. Please do not pay for any items yet! We will let you know if you are the winning bidder after the auction.

  • Please bear with us as we update the USEA site. We moved to a new platform, and wanted to get the meeting and auction items all working.

    Forms and the rest of the pages will be updated as we go. Thank you for your patience in the transition!

  • (Please note that Auction was prematurely closed as it was set at Greenwich Mean Time instead of eastern standard time)

    The Area II Annual Meeting and Year End Awards Luncheon will be taking place on Saturday January 25, 2014, at the Best Western in Leesburg, VA. The price has once again been reduced for both the meeting and the awards luncheon this year in order for the membership to take advantage of both the speakers and the forums to not only increase your equine knowledge but to also participate in the planning and development of Area II!

    The discussion forums include Adult Riders and Young Riders, the Rules Forum to discuss the new rules instituted along with the Council Meeting and Organizer’s Meeting which are open to all of the members of Area II. Our luncheon speakers this year are the very funny and knowledgeable Dom and Jimmie Schramm who will bring their popular Evention video series to life.

    Other speakers include Ann Baumgardner, PhD who will discuss the emotional and mental preparation of competing, a discussion on saddle fitting, and a veterinary presentation on joint disease and new therapies. Other speakers are still in the planning stages and will be announced as they are confirmed. The Awards Luncheon will provide a delicious buffet for all attendees and Awards Winners to celebrate successes and make new friends.

    Tentative Schedule (subject to change without notice):

    Area 2 Meeting Sched 2014

    2 Ways to Register:

    1) Click here to register and pay online. (You may pay with Paypal or a credit card via Paypal - no PP acct needed, just pay as a guest)

    2) Download the form here and mail with your payment:

    Area2RegForm2014.pdf

     

  •       Got jitters?  Want to learn simple exercises to get your mind and body fine tuned for riding?  We've got you covered!  Join the fun when the Area 2 Adult Riders welcome Daniel Stewart to Area 2 for a special two-day mounted and unmounted Sports Psychology and Rider Fitness Symposium. Daniel will be with us for two packed days at Penmerryl Farm in Greenville, VA on Feb 8-9, 2014.  Penmerryl has everything we need for a great weekend of fun and education.  You can stay on site, bring your horse and participate in some of the best clinics and seminars you need to prepare for the upcoming season (lodging and stablign are separate, but lunch and dinner are on us).  Joining Daniel is Sandra Wiseman to help us learn about Quantum Equestrian.  Sandra will teach you simple techniques you can use every day to keep your body's energy aligned along with competition day exercises. Special discounts apply to Adult Rider members and YRAP members.  The jumps are small, but the exercises mentally demanding, so you don't have to worry if your horse is not in steeplechase condition.  Skipping the trip down South, but still want to be ready to be your best in the Spring?  This is the one clinic you cannot afford to miss!  Check out the information and entry forms under our forms page or click here: Adult Rider Forms      

  • Sandy River Equestrian Center in southside VA is hosting a Karen O'Connor Jumping Clinic January 18-19, 2014 This 2-day clinic will include divisions from Prelim-BN and will begin with jumping gymnastics on day 1 and xc on day 2. XC to include water, ditches and banks.

    Auditors are welcome! Overnight accommodations are available on grounds.

    Lunch will be available on Saturday as well a dinner with Karen Saturday night!

    Clinic fee is $400, stabling fee in $25/night and will include bedding and turnout.

    Further information is available at http://www.sandyriverequestrian.com/documents/KAREN-OCONNOR-CLINIC-JAN-2014.pdf

  • The 2013 recipient of USEA Area 2 - TB Award- For all the TB owners/eventers!  We have again a very generous USEA Area 2 contributor, Judith Lamb, she again sponsored this special TB award (donating a silver plate and beautiful cooler).  If you signed up for the 2013 USEA Area 2 Year End Awards Program with your TB you were automatically eligible for this Special Award. We can not thank Judith enough for the very generous sponsorship!!!

    Tayler Stewart & Fugitive

    Congratulations!

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  • 2013 YEAR END AWARDS PROGRAM - BEGINNER NOVICE FEATURED RIDERS & HORSES

     
    DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE 2013 YEAR END AWARDS PROGRAM?  WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED? SEND ME YOUR BRIEF WRITE-UP INFO AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ALONG WITH A PHOTOGRAPH IN JPG FORMAT.  BE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHTS TO POST THE SUBMITTED PHOTO FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND PROVIDE ME WITH THEIR NAME FOR PROPER CREDIT DUE.

    Beginner Novice – Junior/YR

     

    Carsan Rucci & Paint My Memories

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    Lynn Symansky and Donner “aka the Flying Deer” are spreading their wings and heading to the Pau CCI**** in France in October. Lynn brought Donner, a 10-year-old OTTB, up through the ranks since he was a five-year-old and the pair have had some amazing opportunities and successes along the way. The pair were the 2010 American Eventing Intermediate Champions in 2010, members of the gold medal Pan American Team, and this spring they won The Fork CIC*** and finished fifth at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

  • We are hosting a Level 3/4 ICP workshop and are still have openings. We are looking for both Candidate Instructors, and Prelim and above level riders. The dates are August 13-15th in Poolesville MD.

    For volunteer riders, there is a day dedicated to each phase, and there will be extensive Prelim and above XC lessons on Thursday. There is free overnight stabling for volunteer riders and no fees for use of the xc course on Thursday (it's all covered by a sponsor!)

    Workshop contact info:  http://www.useventing.com/node/6419

  • Starter Horse Trials are a great way to learn about or move up in the sport of Eventing. The courses for this show will be modified from the recognized Horse Trial that runs in the spring and fall to make them more inviting for the beginner rider or horse or to help with the transition between levels.

  • Join the USEA Area 2 Year End Awards program! Go ahead and have some extra fun in 2013!  Remember this program differs slightly from the National program.  Please tell a friend to join as well, the more applicants to better the prizes!  It’s a good idea to read the rules and review eligibility, how points are calculated, fees, and deadlines. The 2013 Forms and Rules are now available on USEA Area II website under Points and Awards Program - FORMS.   The Points system follows USEA points, so if you participate USEA Area II Junior/YR or Amateur division, you will be awarded upgraded points in accordance to USEA rules, check out the rules!  There are a few additional exemptions to the in Area II three to one in area rule for 2013.

    Third Year: For all you TB owners/eventers!  We have again a very generous USEA Area II contributor, Judith Lamb, she is again sponsoring a special TB award (donating a silver plate and beautiful cooler).  If you sign up for the 2013 USEA Area II Year End Awards Program with your TB you are automatically eligible for this Special Award.  A separate points tally will apply for TB's the "smurfs" are equally eligible at all levels (Beginner Novice through Advanced). We will be assigning separate points system from YEA for this Special TB Award - placings 1-6 and assigning points 6-1. We can not thank Judith enough for the very generous sponsorship!


    For a mere $20 registration fee you can be part of the fun! (unless you register late than it’s a little more, late fees apply post July 1st)

    Forms and information can be found on USEA Area 2 website home page (rightside there is a “button” that will link you to the forms and detailed information)

  • It's time to get ready for our official Summer Adult Rider Camp with Carol KozlowskiOur camp will run August 10-11, 2013 at Kelly's Ford Equestrian Center in beautiful  Remington, VA.  Our adult riders wanted a special camp with great value and on a weekend and we will deliver for you!  Members of the Area 2 Adult Riders will get a $75 discount and pay just $225 for this fabulous clinic.  Non-Members are welcome to apply after June 1st for a fee of $300.  Not a member yet or haven't renewed your membership?  It's easy and worthwhile to join in the fun.  Download the membership form from our forms page icon 2013 Adult Rider Membership Form, contact Sue Heytler, our membership coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or go to your USEA member dashboard and sign up online.  We will have more great opportunities for adult riders this year throught the area.  Please see the attached information sheet and entry form for full details on the camp and make plans to attend now!  icon Area 2 Adult Rider Eventing Camp August 2013  icon AR2 Summer Camp Entry



  • Twilight Eventing - May 15 & May 29, 2013

    About Twilight Eventing

    • Have ALL your gear required for the three phases and your horse.
    • After your warm up, proceed to your Dressage arena ready to start at your appointed time. Late arrivals will not be honored. Dressage is run and scored under the same rules as for USEA events.
    • Put on your horse's SJ boots, warm up over a few jumps in the warm up area and proceed to the SJ arena.
    • SJ is run and scored under the same rules as for USEA events.
    • Change your horse's boots, put on your vest and proceed to the start of the cross-country course.

    You will start this shortened course of 1000m to 1400m and 12 to 15 jump efforts again under nearly* the same rules and scoring as USEA events.

  • Selectors have just been approved by the council.

    The following selectors will be responsible for choosing the 2013 One and Two Star Teams for NAJYRC:

    1. Will Coleman
    2. Max Corcoran
    3. Holly Hudspeth
    4. Allison Springer
    5. Erin Sylvester

    Selectors will be present at Southern Pines 2 this weekend. Please make a point to introduce yourself to them and inform them on your weekend. I also reccommend you make an attempt to watch potential teammates if you have the time. Young Rider times will be available at the Young Rider tent so you can cheer on your potential teammates!

    Thanks and Good Luck!

  • As we all know, the journey to the NAJYRC is long, expensive, but so very rewarding and unforgettable. Each Young Rider set on the path for qualification should be aware that fundraising is a huge part of the Young Rider program. The more money our program raises throughout the year, the less financial burden each individual has on themselves. Each day we work towards this goal by setting up various fundraisers at events, and reaching out to find sponsorships and support. Our goal is to lift the financial burden off of every Young Rider, but we cannot do this alone. We want Young Riders to be responsible for their program by volunteering and fundraising to make their program better.


  • IMGAMack_3Frederick Pony Clubber Mackenzie Taylor and her precious partner, a rescue pony named Ink Spot (Inky),  have been actively competing in Mounted Games competitions for several years, both in the US and overseas.  With the help of sponsors and lots of fundraising (it takes upwards of 10k to send a horse overseas), Mackenzie and Inky were able to travel to Wales where the pair won the 2012 International Mounted Games Association World Championship!

    Now in 2013, TaylorMade Stables, in Damascus, Md, are gearing up for their 2nd Annual Spring Jumper Shows in efforts to raise funds for Mackenzie to return to Wales to defend their Gold Medal. Come join in the fun and support on Sunday, April 7th (March 15 date is canceled, sorry for an inconvenience).  Go to http://www.taylormadestables.com/events.htm for more info and the prize list.

  • Hello Adult Riders!

    We have some wonderful opportunities on tap for you this year.  If you are new to the Adult Rider program, welcome and if you are returning, we are glad to have you back!

    First I want to say we will continue to support the Training and Novice 3-Day at Waredaca in the Fall.  More details on that as the time gets closer.

    We are planning a special Adult Rider camp August 10th and 11th at Kelly'Ford Equestrian Center in Remington, VA.  The wonderful Carol Kozlowski will be our clinician for two days of flat, stadium and XC work.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this event.  In order to make this more affordable than past clinics and camps the fee for two days (includes facility fee) is $275 per horse and rider combination.  If you are a paid member of the Area 2 Adult Riders, you will get $75 off the cost of your entry!  Membership in the adult riders is only $25, so this is one way to get something back for your fee and membership.  Stabling, camping, and cabin rentals are available at an additional cost.  Full details and an entry form will be posted here soon as well as emailed to the adult riders email list.  Levels available will be Baby Beginner Novice thru Prelim.  We are planning a weekend of education, fun, camaraderie, and a Saturday night cookout.  I think this clinic will fill fast once we open it, so don't delay in getting your entries in!

    The USEA Chronicle of the Horse Eastern Adult Team Challenge (ATC's) will be held at Windridge Farm Horse Trials in Moorsboro, NC, October 4-6 2013.  This is a recognized Horse Trial currently part of Area III.  You can find out more about Windridge on their website at: http://www.windridgeservices.com.  It promises to be a great time with competitors from Areas 2, 3 and 8 all committing so far.  Plan to attend one of the most fun events for adult riders of the year.

    Keep smiling, riding and stay warm.  See you all soon!

    Donna B

  • Join 2013 USEA AREA II Year End Awards!

    The 2013 Registration is now open so go ahead and join and have some extra fun in 2013!  Remember this program differs slightly from the National program.  Please tell a friend to join as well, the more applicants to better the prizes!  It’s a good idea to read the rules and review eligibility, how points are calculated, fees, and deadlines. The 2013 Forms and Rules are now available on USEA Area II website under Points and Awards Program - FORMS.   The Points system follows USEA points, so if you participate USEA Area II Junior/YR or Amateur division, you will be awarded upgraded points in accordance to USEA rules, check out the rules!  There are a few additional exemptions to the in Area II three to one in area rule for 2013.

    Third Year: For all you TB owners/eventers!  We have again a very generous USEA Area II contributor, Judith Lamb, she is again sponsoring a special TB award (donating a silver plate and beautiful cooler).  If you sign up for the 2013 USEA Area II Year End Awards Program with your TB you are automatically eligible for this Special Award.  A separate points tally will apply for TB's the "smurfs" are equally eligible at all levels (Beginner Novice through Advanced). We will be assigning separate points system from YEA for this Special TB Award - placings 1-6 and assigning points 6-1. We can not thank Judith enough for the very generous sponsorship!


    For a mere $20 registration fee you can be part of the fun! (unless you register late than it’s a little more)

    PLEASE VOLUNTEER

    If you are registering for the 2013 USEA Area II Year End Awards Program, please don’t forget, the program has a “Volunteer Incentive” component.  Our sport can only exist with everybody getting involved so please volunteer, this can be by volunteering as a fence judging, scoring, scribing, set up, take down, stuffing packets, or really just about anything directly relating to eventing.  The total hour requirement can be completed in any variety of ways.  For example, volunteering for one day at an event, or two half days at different events. So when you plan your 2013 competition calendar, schedule to do some volunteering of at least 8 hours during the current calendar year, preferably at an Area II recognized event.  All you have to do is contact an organizer to find out how you can help.  They are waiting for your call!  Please don’t make us chase you for a volunteer confirmation, volunteering can be just as rewarding as competing!

    TRACKING POINTS

    It is the rider’s responsibility to check this website during the season and verify that the points shown are accurate.  All of the points tracking are done manually, and mistakes can be made, so please contact me with any possible discrepancies.

    2013 – SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    The USEA Area II Year End Awards Program has always been a self funded program, in 2010 we introduced a new feature based on some member inquiries.  We would like to invite you, if you are feeling generous, please consider sponsoring the 2013 USEA Area II Year End Awards Program.  Any questions, feel free to contact Helen Hayn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  2013 Sponsorships offered:

    • A Division Ribbon Sponsorship $150
    • A Division Prizes $175
    • A Championship Prize $100
    • A Perpetual (*) Trophy $350

    (*) Perpetual Trophy Plate includes a wooden base to hold the engraved horse & rider names with year winning.  Family, Farm or Company logo will be engraved to remember this generous gift for many years to come.  Also includes a keeper trophy for the champion for that year and four consecutive years. Please see the Sponsorship Form on the website.

    Join the fun!

    So go ahead and send in your 2012 USEA Area II Year End Points registration form soon to get in on the program!  Plan now for the 2013 Awards Banquet to come claim your prizes!  In the meantime should you have any questions regarding the Year End Awards or Sponsorships, please feel free to contact me.

    Nick Olijslager
    USEA Area II Points co-Chairperson

  • kellysford(All In One!) with USEF Licensed “R” Judge and Clinician, Nicky Vogel

    Saturday March 23rd, 2013

    OUR FORMAT…

    At 8:30 am, in the heated indoor arena, Nicky Vogel will judge the 2010 Beginner Novice Test A as well as the  2011 U.S.E.F. Training Level Test 3 with two demonstration riders. She will score and comment live on each movement as they are ridden over a P.A. system. Afterward she will speak on the ideals of the “Judges’ perspective” with a short question and answer session for the auditors. The dressage portion of the eventing “Combined Test” will commence at 10:00 am, followed by regular dressage tests through Training Level. The show jumping portion of the combined test will start in the outdoor show arena at 12:00 noon.


  • kellysfordSaturday, March 16, 2013
    9am – 5pm @ Heated Indoor Arena
    Join us afterwards at Pelham’s Pub located in the lower level of the Inn at Kelly’s Ford from 5:30-10 pm! Food, Beverages, & Live Entertainment!

    • Find some unique and one of a kind horse treasures!
    • Bring the whole family and get to know your local horse community.
    • There will also be some equestrian demonstrations, as well as speakers on other horse topics.
    • Breakfast & Lunch & Refreshments available to help keep you warm.

    Vendor space is also available.

  • BIDDING is now over.

    After the annual meeting today in Leesburg, the auction items were all outbid, except for one, with the "in-person" bids. We will email the winner directly.

    Thank you for participating. We hope you will consider attending the meeting next year. It was a big success.

    Sincerely,
    Area 2 Annual Meeting Auction

  • The 2013 Area II Annual Meeting and Year End Awards Luncheon will be taking place on Sunday January 13, 2013 at Carradoc Hall at the Holiday Inn Leesburg, VA. The price has been drastically reduced by half for both the meeting and the awards luncheon this year in order for the membership to take advantage of both the speakers and the forums to not only increase your equine knowledge but to also participate in the planning and development of Area II! The discussion forums include the Adult Riders and Young Riders, the Rules Forum to discuss the new rules (including the One Fall and Out Rule! and licensing of riders put forth by FEI), and also the Council Meeting and Organizer’s Meeting which are open to all of the members of Area II. The speakers are still in the planning stages and will be announced as they are confirmed. Last year we successfully added a keynote speaker to the Awards Luncheon and will continue that this year as well! We hope to have an upper level rider discuss David’s approach for US eventing. It represents a major change and he is working not just on the upper level riders, but even our youngest riders, Young Event horses, and beeeding. 

    The speaker schedule is below:

  • The committee that selected Sinead Halpin as the Area 2 NAJYRC coach felt that we should have coaches for YRAP and recommended Lynn Symansky and Skyeler Icke-Voss. The Area 2 Council approved a new YRAP pilot program with Lynn and Skyler as the YRAP coaches based on a program they submitted to the Council. They have planned a full year of training with a goal of team competitions at the Waredaca Nov/Train 3-Day. This program will be self-funded the first year, financed by combined tests run at Morningside Training Farm and supplemented by participation fees at clinics/camps. At the USEA annual meeting, the NAJYRC coordinators saw this as well structured, and a great feeder program for future NAJYRC riders. David O’Connor also praised this pilot program as it fits in well with the new Advancing Riders program he is helping to develop. Go to the YRAP area on the Area 2 webpage to read about this exciting new program. They are having their first YRAP clinic Jan 5-6.
  • Save the Date!!! January 13:

    The Area II Annual Meeting and Year End Awards Luncheon will be taking place on Sunday January 13, 2013 at Carradoc Hall at the Holiday Inn Leesburg, VA. The price has been drastically reduced for both the meeting and the awards luncheon this year in order for the membership to take advantage of both the speakers and the forums to not only increase your equine knowledge but to also participate in the planning and development of Area II!  You will receive additional emails with more details about the meeting. The discussion forums include the Adult Riders and Young Riders – including YRAP,  the Rules Forum to discuss the new rules (including the One Fall and Out Rule! and licensing of riders put forth by FEI), and also the Council Meeting and Organizer’s Meeting which are open to all of the members of Area II. There are other speakers and will be announced as they are confirmed – stay tuned. Last year we successfully added a keynote speaker to the Awards Luncheon and will continue that this year as well! We hope to have an upper level rider discuss David’s approach for US eventing. It represents a major change and he has plans not just that effect the upper level riders, but even our youngest riders, Young Event horses, and breeding programs. Also we will again be having our silent auction which includes entries in our area horse trial. This year we will have the auction online as well as at the meeting.

    Contact Julie Augustine for more information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • To the Members of Area 2,

    As the year comes to a close I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays. I have both a number of announcements and would also like to pass on to you my observations from the USEA Annual meeting in Colorado Spring.

    Area 2 Annual Meeting  |  USEA Annual Meeting  | The Area 2 Pilot YRAP Coaching program  |  Adult Rider Report  |  NAJYRC Report  |  Clinics


  • smurf2ABOUT THE SMURFIE AWARDS

    Sponsored by VTO Saddlery and the Area II Adult Riders Organized and presented by Yvonne Lucas

    Calling adult (lower-level) riders “Smurfs” originated with Captain Mark Phillips some years ago. His comments caused quite an uproar among the adult riders, who make up the great majority of USEA members. DC McBroom made sure Mark was reminded of his comments at every opportunity by leaving a Smurf doll where he would be sure to encounter it. Since then many adult riders have adopted the Smurf title as their own.

    I wanted to sponsor an award for adult riders that wasn’t based on performance in competitions. The various Smurf dolls available gave me some ideas for award categories, and in 2006 the first Smurfie Awards were presented. 

    The recipients are nominated and selected by the members of the Area II Adult Riders. Except for the “Hug your Smurf” category, nominees must be current, paid members of the Ar2ARs. (I will check and let nominators know if their nominated person isn’t a member.) Nominees may not have won in the nominated category before. 

    Smurfie categories and descriptions are listed below. A list of past winners by year and by category is also below. Nominations will generally run through November, and voting will take place in December. Winners are announced at the Area II Annual Meeting, usually in January.

    Winners receive ribbons, a plush Smurf doll and little goodies, and some wonderful items kindly donated by VTO Saddlery.

    Nominations are closed for 2012. Stay tuned for results!

  • Mt Airy, MD  |   Sunday, December 2nd at 9am 

    Please join us at TaylorMade Stables for our December Jumper Show. This is an opportunity to compete in a friendly atmosphere with the emphasis on enjoyment and schooling for both horse and rider. Attire is casual but an approved hard hat is a must. All trainers welcome. Each class is set by a approximate time so you know when to arrive!! AND there will be two courses per class height. So come and jump as many rounds as you like!

  • Would you like to be featured? Send me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your short rider & horse bio as well as a jpg photograph (but you need to confirm permission from a professional photographer that photo's are ok to post, plus we need to give them credit where credit is due!) Here are a few of the competitors! 

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    Would you like to be featured? Send me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your short rider & horse bio as well as a jpg photograph (but you need to confirm permission from a professional photographer that photo's are ok to post, plus we need to give them credit where credit is due!)  Here are a few of the competitors!

  • Would you like to be featured? Send me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your short rider & horse bio as well as a jpg photograph (but you need to confirm permission from a professional photographer that photo's are ok to post, plus we need to give them credit where credit is due!) Here are a few of the competitors!

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    Would you like to be featured? Send me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your short rider & horse bio as well as a jpg photograph (but you need to confirm permission from a professional photographer that photo's are ok to post, plus we need to give them credit where credit is due!)  Here are a few of the competitors!

  • TB Award!!!! For all the TB owners/eventers!  We have again a very generous USEA Area II contributor, Judith Lamb, she is sponsoring a 2nd annual Special TB award (donating a silver plate and beautiful cooler).  If you signed up for the 2012 USEA Area II Year End Awards Program with your TB you are automatically eligible for this Special Award.  A separate points tally will apply for TB's the "smurfs" are equally eligible at all levels (Beginner Novice through Advanced). We assigned separate points system from YEA for this Special TB Award - placings 1-6 and assigning points 6-1. We can not thank Judith enough for the very generous sponsorship! The 2012 Special TB award goes to Season O'Reason with her jockey Sara Vitkus finishing with an accumulation of 50 points. Last year's "race" was a very close one, this year the leader was a "furlongs" ahead of the runner up :) The runner up was Armani IV & Andi Lawrence with a total of 38 points.  Congrats to ALL the TB's and the jockey's!

  • (updated 3/1/13)

    To all prospective Area II Young Riders:

    You will need to complete with an NQR at least 2 of these selection trials in order to be considered for the 2013 NAJYRC


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    Haven't visited our farm before? Been a while since your last visit?

    As one of the biggest competition and sales barn in MD, we are home to Australian elite eventer, Kate Chadderton, and Canadian WEG medalist, Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch.

    Experience the Eurofelt footing with your OWN horse in a lesson with Stephanie! This is an unbelievable opportunity. To give you a chance to try the footing FREE, book in a half price lesson with her!

  • Area II is pleased to announce that the NAYRC Area II Silent Auction is now open and closes the Monday after the VHT (Nov 5). You can bid by going to http://www.usea2.net/auction or in person at the VHT look for the Young Riders table near the covered arena. Items will be on display at the VHT. We have same great items including lessons from four of our top international riders, a stay at the Fork (with clay shooting), 2 brand new bridles and 2 standing martingales from Prestige Saddlery, a photo package from Brant Gamma, an advertisement design from Mythic Landing, and a ROMFH Sinead polo shirt. We will be adding additional items so check back. Remember that this is a great cause help support our NAYRC riders. A few notes:

  • The 2012 Eventing Season is coming to an end shortly, some hotly contested divisions!  Hope everyone is having some fun! DO NOT FORGET, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, SEND IN YOUR VOLUNTEER CONFIRMATION HOURS. ( Volunteer Confirmation Forms (available on the Area II website) must be received by the Points co-Chair, Nick Olijslager, no later than Saturday, November 30, 2012.   Points earned where no volunteer hours have been confirmed will not be considered for Year End Awards.)
  • Cross-country Schooling Day – November 17, 2012
    Schooling Horse Trials & Show – November 18, 2012 

    Opening Date: October 2nd…….……………..Closing Date: November 5th

    DIVISIONS:LEVEL 

    DRESSAGE

    CROSS-COUNTRY

    SHOW JUMPING

    Preliminary

    2010 USEA Prelim Test B

    15 – 22 Fences, Approx. 2500 meters

    11 – 13 Jumps; Max. 600 m

    Training

    2010 USA Training Test B

    15 – 22 Fences, Approx. 2200 meters

    10 – 12 Jumps; Max. 600 m

    Novice

    2010 USEA Novice Test B

    14 – 20 Fences, Approx. 2000 meters

    9 – 11 Jumps; Max. 600 m

    Beg. Novice

    2010 USEA Novice Test B

    14 – 18 Fences, Approx. 1800 meters

    9 – 11 Jumps; Max. 600 m

  • sp_ac2012Horses unite, create and nourish friendships! Come spend six fun filled days with us at Southern Pines Adult Camp. A great learning experience for you and your horse.

    Southern Pines is home to past Olympians, Pan Am Games competitors, FEI level riders and of course horse enthusiasts! It is a wonderful community that enables horses and riders of all levels to access the necessary education to ensure fun and proper training.

    Southern Pines Adult Camp has been a tradition for 15 years. Our camp is  held during a wonderful time in early spring, when you can enjoy North Carolina's mild weather and great atmosphere.  There are lots of historical areas to visit, shopping and The Carolina Horse Park is only 30 minutes away!

  • CVACTA and Oakdale Farm present ALLISON SPRINGER

    OCTOBER 13 & 14 at OAKDALE FARM
    5719 CARTERSVILLE RD., POWHATAN, VA 23139

    Allison and her horse Arthur were 2nd at the 2012 Rolex (1st after dressage), shortlisted for the London Olympics, and 6th at 2012 Burghley (2nd after dressage). Allison is a classically trained rider, emphasizing the basics of riding and safety. Go to allisonspringer.com for more information on Allison.

    Stadium will run on Saturday and XC on Sunday. You can sign up for either or both days. Cost is $60 for members/ride, and $95 for non-members/ride. A discounted $30 membership is being offered for the remainder of the year. If there are not enough entries to fill both days, we will do one day on Sunday.

    A potluck will be held Saturday night at Oakdale with Allison for participants. Main course and drinks provided, bring a dish.

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  • Cindy is coordinating the ATC team applications for area 2. She wanted to remind everyone that the ATC’s are at VHT in November and people should, at Penny Ross’s request, if possible get their entries to Cindy by no later than October 5 so she can batch them all together and send them to Penny altogether. They should put the name of their team on the entry so she can match them up. If they do not have a team let Cindy or Donna Bottner know and they will get them on a team.

    Cindy Deporter , 3759 Hwy 15 , Oxford, NC.  27565

  • Cindy Deporter has asked me to remind area 2 members about the need for volunteers for the T3D/N3D that the Adult Riders sponsor at Waredaca especially for XC on Friday. Also Stephen Bradley is  providing educational sessions all week and his sessions are open to all Area II folks. Cindy will be getting a final schedule out soon.

    Sign up on the Waredaca website, indicating you want to volunteer for N/T 3 Day.

  • The area 2 championships at Morven received 180+ entries which takes precedent over regular entries. This response to the championships is unprecedented. However, that meant that over 100 riders did not get in to the regular HT. ESDCTA wanted to remind riders that they still have room that same weekend.
  • (this was mostly drafted by Duncan MacRae who headed the selection committee)

    2012 marked the end of the YR team of Gwen Dean and Audrey Wiggins as out YR Coordinators and David and Lauren O’Brien as our YR Coaches. They did a great job over two (three year) terms and we are grateful to them for all the work they did to bring teams to the NAJYRC over the last six years.  

    Area II is pleased to welcome Pam Medlin and Meg Kepferle as our new YR Coordinators .  Meg and Pam volunteered for this important and difficult job and we are confident that they will do a great job but we still needed to select a Team Coach.  

  • Thank you all for participating in the auction. We apologize for any confusion in logging in. If you set up a username 3 years ago, chances are you don't remember the login! (or if you are like me if you did it 3 weeks ago you might forget). And the system was making people confirm their emails, which I turned off and manually confirmed everyone. But anyway...

    Next we had the crazy email deluge, which is automatically done by the software. I will contact the developer about that for next time.

    Then DC said the USEA paypal account is on the fritz for whatever reason. She is checking into that.

    We appreciate all your patience. Remember it's all for a good cause!!  As soon as the paypal issue is resolved we will let you know so you can pay correctly. Of course our 3 day payment window will be extended because of this.

    If you want to mail a check you can do that instead. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for payment arrangements.

    Thanks again and sorry for the snafus.

    Cheryl

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  • CLINIC WEEK 10/15 - 10/20 - Cross Country (Competition Course), SJ and/or dressage

    Sign up with the instructor. Pay instructor fee and $60 to Loch Moy Farm.

    (Dates and instructors and information below is subject to change, stay tuned for updates)

    MONDAY, 10/15 - Sharon White  |  TUESDAY, 10/16 -  Katie Wherley   Mogie Bearden-Muller
    WEDNESDAY, 10/17  Natalie Hollis & Suz Cornue   Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch |   THURSDAY, 10/18   Yvonne Lucas 
    FRIDAY, 10/19  Kate Chadderton  |
    SATURDAY, 10/20   Kerry Blackmer

  • Every year at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention an Awards Ceremony is held. This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who have excelled in Eventing througout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize those very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and in a riding capacity during their golden years. While it is a simple matter of tabulating points earned in a competition to arrive at horse and rider awards, it is a very  different proposition when it comes to the nonrider awards; these awards require nominations from our members.

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    Entries Close August 21!!!

    Thinking about moving up a level? This event is intended as a confidence-building, move-up course--all new from the summer.

    Can't Compete - but Want to Come?  VOLUNTEER!

    The Maryland Horse Trials  •  1235 Park Mills Road  •  Adamstown, MD 21710  •  301-514-0111

    Visit website for more info and volunteer signup  www.themarylandhorsetrials.com * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2012 Calendar of Events

  • The Olympics in London, 'tis the season for bringing home medals!!! And bring some home we did this year at the 2012 NAJYRC! We experienced such a great week of competition and team work this year in Kentucky and a great time was had by all.

    We held our training camp the week before at Kincora farm home of the team coaches David and Lauren O'Brien. All of kids had a great time and were such a pleasure to be with! The horses appeared fit and ready for competition. Our final gallop was held on the steeplechase track at the Carolina Horse Park.  The Carolina Horse Park has been such a strong supporter of our team, and has allowed us to gallop there for the last 6 years. A big thank you to the staff at the park for providing us with such a wonderfully safe place to prepare our team horses!! On Monday the 16th we all shipped out to Kentucky and arrived safe and sound to the wonderful chaos of NAJYRC arrival. The horses worked well the day before jogs and all looked to be going our way. As always the First Horse Inspection proved stressful and humbling as Erin Nolan's horse Balmoral Avenue was held and then unfortunately not accepted upon representing.

    Dressage proved to be a stiff competition as we expected in both the CCI* and CCI**.

  • Seneca Valley Home PageJoin us at one of these “for fun” events:

    Saturday, Sept. 22 – open schooling on Seneca’s cross-country competition course

    Sunday, Sept. 23 – Starter Horse Trial and pick your own dressage tests, co-sponsored by Bascule Farm

    Sunday, Sept. 30 – Derby-Cross,co-sponsored by The Potomac Hunt
    Bittersweet Field, 14401-B Partnership Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837

  • The Youth Team Competition is open to any rider 21 and under.  Get your friends together and form a team because there are some great prizes!  The Adult Team competition is for Area II Adult Riders who compete for some beautiful team and individual ribbons.  Just let the secretary know on your entries.

    Along with Loudoun Hunt Pony Club and Seneca Valley Pony Club, DRPC is sponsoring a new Trifecta competition offering significant prizes to the top-scoring Junior and Senior riders competing at all three fall events.

    Horse/rider combinations can compete at any level at any event.

    Individual tests at all levels and in all phases will once again be offered, along with a new friendly and fun Starter division.  Details can be found at www.drpc.ponyclub.org.

    The August 25-26 Horse Trials will also debut some new fences, and an extended new track through the woods.  The cross country course will be extensively aerated.

  • July 30-Aug 3 and Aug 6-10

    TaylorMade Stables Summer Camp Program, will feature trail riding and mounted games taught by Kathy Taylor who has a long history of competing and coaching teams on both a national and an international level. (See link for more games information Mounted Games)


  • Morningside Training Farm

    We are thrilled to announce a new schooling show series at Morningside Training Farm, a central location in The Plains, VA.

    MTF is hosting its first schooling show July 29, entries accepted by email through Thursday, July 26. The remaining dates are listed below.

    Dates: Sunday, July 29; Sunday, August 12; Sunday, September 2; Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day); and Sunday, November 4.

    • Levels are intro (cross rails) through Advanced!
    • The dressage is held in their new ring with great footing, and the jumping is in the show jump ring on Pinnacle footing, both world class for the summer heat.
    • Warm-up will be on an aerated and watered portion of their polo field, so flat and soft.
    • All dressage judges are recognized.
    • Parking is on a large polo field, so easy to get in and out.
    • Great ribbons and prizes, including CDCTA low score awards!
    • The entire facility is open to those who compete, so take the time to play in the water complex or school a coffin on xc when your rides are done. Enjoy the property!
    Register on their website to join the mailing list and get coming announcements about jumper and dressage shows.
  • running_startRunning Start Horse Trials  -- NCDCTA Recognized
    3000 Lake Bay Rd. Vass, NC  28394

    Join us for a great Fall starter horse trial! The rolling, sand-based turf will feature inviting courses at the Novice, Beginner Novice, Maiden and Green as Grass levels. Novice and Beginner Novice courses will include water, banks, and ditches. The Maiden course will have an optional 'run-thru' at the water complex. There will be no water crossing for Green as Grass, but the course may include a small bank and ridiculously small ditch.

    Come out and enjoy the Fall Trial as a confidence building warm-up for your fall season, or simply as a way to enable you and your horse to experience the thrill of Cross Country.

    INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM at:  http://www.runningstarthorsetrials.com
    or call:  Suda McNeill: 910-783-9064
  • brickland_logoMark your calendars and plan to join us at Brickland Farm (Virginia) for a summer full of learning and competition opportunities. These activities will help raise funds for "Here's To You" (Quincy) and I to compete at the Blenheim Palace CCI*** in England this September. Two derbies are planned, an eventing camp and a group lesson program for kids starting in August. Whether you're an aspiring beginner rider or someone getting ready to move up the levels, there is a place for you. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

  • Stephen Bradley

    Stephen's August clinic dates are quickly approaching!  All lessons are $110 each (cash, check and credit cards accepted).  Groups are limited to 4 people for 90 minutes at Playland, and 3 people for 75 minutes at ABBF.

    Saturday & Sunday, August 4th & 5th at Playland Farm (Union Bridge, MD)

    • Gymnastics on Saturday. Coursework OR Cross-Country Skills (using terrain and stadium fences) on Sunday.

    Wednesday, August 8th at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD)

    • Cost: $110 for 1 day; $220 for both days (cash, check and credit cards accepted)
  • Whether you and your horse are just starting trot poles or ready to go out at Preliminary, Mary can help! Her years of bringing young horses of all types up through the levels give her a wonderful knowledge base to help you progress. Mary also has years of experience teaching young students too, all ages are welcome! Her positive approach to each horse and rider keep her students smiling!

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    Katie Wherley Clinic on Saturday, June 9th (Bennett’s Creek Farm in Frederick, MD)

    Stay tuned up under Katie's expert guidance!  Top professional Katie Wherley, of Rock Solid Training in Middletown, Maryland, will be coming to Bennett's Creek Farm again in June. Katie, a graduate "A" pony clubber, has trained and competed horses to the Advanced level of eventing, and has significant experience in the jumpers, hunters, and dressage. You can learn more about Katie at www.rocksolid-training.com.

  • The USEA’s Area II is currently accepting applications for the Young Rider Team Coach for 2013. The current team coaches are stepping down after the 2012 season, and Area II would like to open the search up to anyone who is qualified and interested.

    USEA Area Young Riders Coaches must be ICP Certified Level III, however, if an applicant is not certified Area II may consider supporting them in seeking their certification. Qualifications for the position include: substantial coaching experience, excellent interpersonal skills (must be able to communicate with parents and young riders alike during some trying times), and currently competing at the Advanced level. Of course not every candidate may meet all of these conditions and the credentials of each candidate will be weighed.

  • Welcome Adult Riders!

    Join Area II Adult Riders Now!

    Let's make 2012 the best year to get out, get involved, join together, and compete.  We had a mild winter and a lot of folks went South early in the season so I hope everyone is warmed up and ready to go.  Whether you are just schooling, competing unrecognized or recognized, Area 2 has something for everyone.  I hope to see lots of you at the Area Championships this year, to be held at Morven Park on October 6-7, 2012.  And don't forget to start making plans to attend the Cronicle of the Horse USEA Eastern Adult Team Challenge this year at Virginia Horse Trials November 2-4, 2012.

  • The Adult Rider Program is gearing toward a great season.  One of our biggest activities is the Chronicle of the Horse USEA Eastern Adult Team Challenge to be held at Virginia Horse Trials, Nov 2-4, 2012.  This is the premier event for Adult Riders and we are hoping to have a really great turnout.

    The Adult Rider sponsored Training Three-Day is at Waredaca and is also offering a Novice Three-Day for the first time in 2012.  As always all the educational programs such as the horse inspection, what the judge looks for in the dressage test, roads and tracks, steeplechase educational sessions, the cross country and show jumping course walks and all the evening activities of nutritional information, what to expect in the ten minute box and other related three day activities are open to volunteers free of charge.  Please consider joining us this year whether as a rider or volunteer and you won't be disappointed!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

    The adult riders continue to stable together at events by just putting on their entries "stable near area 2 adult riders."  Please be sure to let organizers and secretaries know your willingness and desire to participate in Adult Rider divisions by stating so on your entry form.  We'll continue to work on additional opprtunitities as the year progresses, so check back here often.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or keep an eye here on the website.  Don't forget to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discounts for paid adult rider clinics at Wingreen until May 5th or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the Adult Rider camp at Loch Moy Farm.

  • Join Area  II Adult Riders Now!
  • August 6-8 is right around the corner.  This will be a great opportunity  to work with riders who have been to the Pan American Games, they understand the sport and also have grown  up throin the sport.  The camp is already filling up fast, so please send your intent in soon.  Note the price will go up $50 if your intent is not received by May 31st.

    Lynn Symansky and Cathy Fredrickson have been working on the lesson plans for our camp between traveling to the CCIs and CICs.  Everyone will get at least two lessons a day include private dressage sessions and jumping in small groups.   We also have many lectures and hands on horsemanship activities planned.  Two of the instructors (Sinead Haplin and Doug Payne) are currently on the list for the Games, if they go to London, we  will have Jennie Brannigan and Hannah Burnett fill in.  Others are in the wings, should the camp size grow significantly.

  • FINAL RESULTS FOR  USEA Area 2 2012 Eventing Season have been posted. CONGRATS TO EVERYONE! PLEASE VERIFY YOUR POINTS!

  • We had great time at the Fork this weekend. Many of the YRs were riding more than one horse, which made taking advantage of any of the free YR Advancement activities difficult for some. On Friday, three riders took advantage of shadow scribing in dressage. This is becoming very popular as the YRs learn what is important in riding their test, or what their judge prefers to see, while also getting to practice scribing. 

    Friday night we set show jumping with Sally Ike, and once again those who did got around with a double clear. A few parents, signifcant others, and grooms, came up to Show Jumping on Saturday when they had time and assisted with jump crew to reset the courses from Intermediate, to Preliminary, to Training.  Who ever the volunteer gate keeper was for Intermediate was FANTASTIC. 

  • We had a great time at the Fork last weekend. Many of the YRs were riding more than one horse, which made taking advantage of any of the free YR Advancement activities difficult. On Friday, three riders took advantage  of shadow scribing in dressage.

    This is becoming very popular as the YRs  learn what is important in riding their test, or what their judge prefers  to see, while also getting to practice scribing.Friday night we set show jumping with Sally Ike, and once again those who did got around with a double clear. A few parents, signifcant others, and grooms came up to Show Jumping on Saturday when they had time assisted with jump crew to reset the courses  from Intermediate, to Preliminary, to Training.

    One of the goals of the YRAP is to build relationships and promote teamwork amongst this generation.

    • APRIL – AUGUST, 2012   IN BERRYVILLE, VA
    • DATES: Wednesdays  4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29
    • LEVELS: 12” (x-rails), 18”, 2’, 2’3, 2’6”, 2’9”, 3’, 3’3”, 3’6”
    • TIME: 4 PM until dusk.
    • COST: $10 per round. Non-competing horses pay a $10 facility fee.
    • LOCATION: Red Moon Farm, 2001 Senseny Rd., Berryville, VA 22611
  • The DRHT, May 5-6, will be offering starter divisions for those seeking a fun and safe introduction to Eventing for horse and/or rider.  Jumps will be 2', and will feature a newly designed starter cross country course.  The Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions will also have new cross country tracks this spring.  The HT will continue to offer individual Tests of Choice in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country, at all levels.  

    And new this year, ALL the courses will be open for schooling from Monday, May 7 through Sunday, May 13.  The schooling fee is $50 per horse/rider.
    See the DRPC website or Frying Pan Park website for more information.

  • South Woodstock, VT- March 13, 2012:  The Green Mountain Horse Association announces it is accepting applications for its premier eventing clinic for young riders age 9-17 at the South Woodstock, VT location to be held June 24 to July 3, 2012. 

    All participants have two mounted and two unmounted lessons daily, and are responsible for the care of their horse or pony that they bring to the JHC clinic with the help of our experienced staff.  Small group lessons in dressage, cross-country, stadium and the use of the brand new X-C course will be a highlight. Unmounted instruction focuses on building knowledge and experience in horse care and stable management with daily classes, demonstrations and practice sessions.

    Suzi and Jim Gornall are the lead clinicians overseeing for the sixth year the instruction of all students. They are both "A" Pony Club graduates and have competed through the Advanced level of eventing.  Suzi continues to compete and coach while Jim is an USEF "R" technical delegate and course designer.

  • gmhaEvent riders tired of competing in stifling August temperatures on rock-hard ground might consider putting GMHA’s Festival of Eventing on their summer calendar. Plans for the inaugural three-competition Festival, to be held in South Woodstock, Vermont August 6-12 (opening date June 26), call for a Novice/Training long-format three-day Tuesday through Thursday, a Beginner Novice/Novice one-day horse trial on Friday, capped off by a two-day Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trial over the weekend.

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    We are extremely pleased to announce a series of monthly jumping clinics with Jim Wofford at Wayward Springs Farm.

    Jim is a highly accomplished United States Olympic and World Championship Eventing Team member with numerous team and individual medals as well as winning the US National Championships five times on five different horses.  Since 1978, Jim has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship and Pan American Eventing team.  He has received accolades as a U.S. Developing Rider Coach and as the Canadian Eventing Team Coach.  We are very excited that Jim has agreed to teach locally at Wayward Springs Farm. 

    Dates for upcoming clinics are: Wednesday, March 21; Wednesday, April 18; Wednesday, May 16; Wednesday, June 13

  • T3DN3DFenceSponsorship2012Support the Waredaca CLASSIC TRAINING & NOVICE 3 DAY Events as a Fence Sponsor! Fence Sponsorships come in two affordable and cost effective options. The sponsorship includes a beautifully crafted custom plaque which is placed on a fence during every competition and then permanently hung in our observation room at the indoor arena.

    Fence sponsors will also be acknowledged in the event programs.

    This is the perfect way to honor a past horse, celebrate a current one, or recognize a friend or family member. If you own your own business, what better way to gain a little extra exposure? Competitors, spectators and volunteers all spend time on the cross country and stadium courses. Your sponsorship plaque will be seen by hundreds of people. Additionally, the recognition in the event programs provide added print exposure.

    Download sponsorship form.

  • Get ready for the spring season with Mythic Landing Enterprises!  We're continuing our popular clinic series with three dates this month.  Keep reading to learn more about each clinic opportunity with instructors Katie Wherley, Stephen Bradley, and Susan Graham White.

  • Area 2 is pleased to announce that this year’s Area 2 Championships for all levels will be held at Morven Park on Oct 6-7, 2012. Morven is under new management and they are extremely excited to be hosting the Championships this year and want to make it something special for all levels. We encourage all that qualify to attend. All Championship levels will be run over 2 days, with special SJ courses and the cross country courses that will have some differences from the regular levels. All Championship divisions will run SJ last in Reverse Order and there will be an Awards Ceremony after each division.

    The qualification periods, in keeping with the new procedures we put in place 2 years ago are:

  • PRO logoPRO is offering this year 4 scholarships to Training Level Riders as they did last year.  This is a great opportunity to learn what it takes to be a professional in this sport.  If you are riding Training Level and have plans on making eventing your life; please consider this opportunity.

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    DON'T FORGET THAT THE APRIL 8TH HORSE TRIALS OPEN FEB 21ST AND WE ARE TAKING ENTRIES AT WWW.EVENTENTRIES.COM.  ENTRIES FOR THE HORSE TRIAL BABY NOVICE DIVISIONS SHOULD ALSO ENTER ONLINE AT EVENTENTRIES... SEE YOU THERE!

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    Are you thinking about diversifying or growing your current one?
    Come to UMES to hear equine experts share action items for that next step.
  • We had a good meeting and reviewed the details for qualify for YR and the benefits of the YRAP program.  Chris spoke to a number of riders during around the awards banquet.  A few parents attended the forum in the afternoon with Chris and Audrey.  It was informative and very helpful as the riders and their parents navigate the qualification for the NAYRC. 

    Download the presentation for that meeting here.

  • We had a good meeting and reviewed the details for qualify for YR and the benefits of the YRAP program.  Chris spoke to a number of riders during around the awards banquet.  A few parents attended the forum in the afternoon with Chris and Audrey.  It was informative and very helpful as the riders and their parents navigate the qualification for the NAYRC. 

    Download the presentation for that meeting here.

  • camplogo_imgpoint_twoJune 7-10, 2012  USEA RECOGNIZED

    Join us at the beautiful Highlands at Loch Moy Farm, Adamstown, MD

    Daily lessons will include: Private Dressage: Show Jumping and Cross Country lessons in pairs. Levels: Intro; Maiden; Beg-Novice; Novice; Training; Prelim/Training

    Sponsored by Point Two Air Jacket

  • brightmoonFacing two months trotting around an indoor?  Do you even have an indoor to trot around? Do the two long, cold months until the show season starts take away your inspiration to ride? This winter Bright Moon Eventing is hosting a clinic series to help beat the winter blues.  Join us every Sunday in the indoor for our clinics to have fun and keep our skills sharp for the spring season. 

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    Equestrian Promotions, Inc. has just agreed to host the first-ever Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge at the

    Maryland Horse World Expo, January 21-23
    and the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, February 24-26.

    Three professional trainers will select three Thoroughbred horses fresh off of three Mid-Atlantic racetracks. Stay tuned for the naming of our VIP panel of judges, the selection of our trainers, and the choice of our racehorses.

    Go to our Trainer Challenge page for further details.

  • Eighty equine print publications throughout the United States and Canada received press releases this morning announcing the Retired Racehorse Training Project and the Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge.

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    Help spread the word online. A massive launch will result in the sponsorship interest that we need to pay for all of this!

    If you think we are on the right track, please...

  • You really have to see it in person to appreciate it, but the renewal taking place at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s 65-acre South Woodstock, Vermont facility is impressive. A record mild fall has helped considerably to maximize work being done on the Cross-Country Upgrade Project, launched last spring as an effort to rejuvenate the historic course at the multi-discipline equestrian center. Coupled with ongoing clean-up from Hurricane Irene, it feels as though the entire facility is being transformed by excavators, engineers, carpenters, stone masons and wood carvers.

    stonewall_gmhaRebuilt complex along Route 106 features new stonewall jumps for all levels.

    Highlights of the project and course designer Tremaine Cooper’s vision include:

  • Our February 25th competition is scheduled one week   before Southern Pines Adult Camp, and two weeks before Southern Pines Horse Trials I.

    The rolling sand-based turf will feature inviting courses at the Novice, Beginner Novice, Maiden and Green as Grass levels. Novice and Beginner Novice courses will include water, banks, and ditches.  The Maiden course will have an optional 'run-thru' at the water complex.  There will be no water crossing for Green as Grass, but the course may include a small bank and ridiculously small ditch.

    Come out and enjoy the Spring Trial as a confidence-building warm-up for the start of your Spring season, or simply as a way to enable you and your horse to experience the thrill of Cross Country!

    Visit www.runningstarthorsetrials.com or call Linda Dreher: 910-245-7330

  • The USEA Area 2 Annual Meeting and Year End Awards Luncheon will be taking place at the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg, VA on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 8 am to 5 pm. Pre-registration is open until January 19th and is $110 for both the meetings and the Awards Luncheon, and the Awards Luncheon only is $55; on site registration will be $120. Rooms are available for $70 a night, just mention USEA Area 2!

    So far the speakers include Carey Williams to discuss supplements for the equine athlete, Kent Allen DVM is going to come and discuss the newest rules governing drugs and medications; the newest way to enter events, "Xentry", will be discussed by representatives of the main USEA office. Lynn Symansky, a member of the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2011 Pan-Am Games, will be our keynote speaker at the Awards Luncheon. It's also looking like Ecogold and Cavalor are both going to be sponsors again this year, which means that there will be some great door prizes!

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  • As the year comes to a close I thought that this was a good time to send out an email to Area 2 USEA members/riders to let you know about some opportunities for next year and to get feedback on this past year. I encourage you to email me with any comments, issues, etc that you feel that I should hear as Area II Chairperson.

    1. Area Championships: This is the first year we tried to coordinate the Area II championships. The P-BN at the VHT seemed to be well attended, although it proved to be a challenge this year because of bad weather. But Penny and Brian did an excellent job adjusting the schedule to make them happen. However there seemed to be little interest in the upper level championships (Int & Adv). In fact some areas have dropped championships for anything above Prelim. I would appreciate any feedback you might have. Consider responding to the following issues:         
  • yrap-logoI look forward to providing you a program of activities you would want. We are in ithe middle of planning 2012's activities so now is the perfect time to tell me what you would like to ensure I have on the schedule.

    Here is where we are so far with the YRAP (BN - Training) Program List for 2012.

  • Here is a summary of YRAP activities which were supported by our Area 2 organizers. Thanks to all who helped support our youngest riders and develop interest in Area 2 activities.

  • 2012checklistThree long standing friends have spent the last two seasons watching each other deliver top finishes at the World Equestrian Games, Rolex, Burghley and the Pan American Games.  The Fork offers a unique format that brings theses three woman together to share their knowledge, stories, energy and laughter to a two day event clinic.

    1. ALL LEVELS WELCOME
    2. TWO MOUNTED LESSONS DAILY
    3. DRESSAGE, SHOW JUMP AND XC 
    4. RIDING DEMONSTRATIONS
  • sp_ac2012COME JOIN US IN THE SUNNY SOUTH!

    March 4-9, 2012

    Fee: $1,750 includes hotel room, all meals, board, seminars and two riding lessons per day.  Dressage lessons are private and jumping is in pairs.  Professional instructors include:  Will Faudree, Nanci Lindroth, Charley Plumb, Gina Fiore, Mark Weissbecker, Becka Vick, Libby Moody and others who specialize in Dressage, X-C and Show Jumping.  X-C schools will be at Secrist Farm, Loch Hurst Farm and Winter Book Farm.

    Come & get ready for Southern Pines Horse Trials March 10- 11, 2012.

    Call 910-245-7330 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Download the flyer here.

  • It's time for a change... we want to update the website with some new photos up top! This is your chance to be famous.

    We can include any type of photos, you and your horse competing, or a shot of your favorite eventing buddies having fun, or maybe organizers would like to send a photo of their venue. The photos need to be horizontal in orientation, as it's a wide area, but not very high.

    Please email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (make sure you have photographer permission and give us photo credit) and we'll start putting them up! It's YOUR Area, and YOUR site, so personalize it with photos of YOU!

    (photos will be included at the sole discretion of the webmaster...to ensure they fit in format, resolution, content and quality)

  • The Training 3-Day at Waredaca in beautiful Laytonsville, Maryland was another huge success this year.  The Area 2 Adult Rider organizers would like to thank our sponsors and volunteers for the 2011 event.  Many of you know who you are, but we thought we would specifically mention a few of our prize sponsors.

    Five-Star Tack                               FITS Breeches

    Smartpak                                     Cosequin

    Southern States                           GRC Photography

    Maryland Tack                              Bit of Britain

    Saddlery Liquidators                      Foxden Equine

    The Surrey                                  Farnam

    Kerrits                                        Jimmy Wofford

    Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue              Barbara & Oliver King

    We would also like to thank all those who generously donated their services for our Silent Auction.  We were able to raise nearly $1,500 with the Silent Auction. Silent Auction item donors include:

    Kate Chadderton                        GRC Photography

    Jimmy Wofford                           Kelley Williams

    Yvonne Lucas                            Sharon White

    Stephen Bradley                        The Fork

    Loch Moy Farm                           Full Moon Farm

    Maryland Horse Trials                   Bucks County Horse Park Schooling Horse Trial

    The Ark                                    Fair Hill HT

    Marlborough HT                         MCTA HT

    Seneca HT                                Redland Hunt Pony Club HT

    Horse Park of New Jersey HT       Plantation Field HT

    We also want to thank our numerous fence sponsors and all of our wonderful volunteers!  We are looking forward to another great year in 2012!  Thanks for your support to keep the long format alive!

  • jerseyfreshMay 9-13 Jersey Fresh Three-day Event...  CCI3*/2*,CIC3*/2*
  • Below is a letter we received after this year's Training 3-Day. We hope lots of you will plan to attend next year. The big new is...

    stephen bradley is thrilled to be back next year as the Waredaca T3D lead clinician!

    Here is the letter from Michelle Gargiulo about her T3D weekend:

    "Dear Gretchen,

    I wanted to write this to you before too much time goes by and it slips my mind... as I quickly get pulled back to the reality that I have a "real job"... so now for the next few months as I wait for the 2012 season to begin, I can day dream out my office window remembering the season just past and the fantastic time I had at the T3D - which was the "close" of my season.  I couldn't have imagined a better way to end the year.

    This was my first time competing at a long format event... and what a blast!
  • smurf2Sponsored by VTO Saddlery and the Area II Adult Riders  and Organized and presented by Yvonne Lucas

    ABOUT THE SMURFIE AWARDS

    Calling adult (lower-level) riders “Smurfs” originated with Captain Mark Phillips some years ago. His comments caused quite an uproar among the adult riders, who make up the great majority of USEA members. DC McBroom made sure Mark was reminded of his comments at every opportunity by leaving a Smurf doll where he would be sure to encounter it. Since then many adult riders have adopted the Smurf title as their own.

    I wanted to sponsor an award for adult riders that wasn’t based on performance in competitions. The various Smurf dolls available gave me some ideas for award categories, and in 2006 the first Smurfie Awards were presented. 

  • The Training 3-Day Auction was another success! Thank you for your participation and bidding. We raised over $1500 for the Area 2 Training 3-Day.

    Thank you all again!

  • This years North American Junior Young Rider Championship was held at the fabulous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky.  It appears that the KHP will be the home of NAJYRC for the foreseeable future and how blessed all who are apart of this fantastic experience are with such an inspiring location!! The weather was sunny and hot, but all the staff and volunteers, officials and organizers put all their best efforts too horse and rider comfort. The courses, arenas and stabling areas were beyond criticism!

  • At the beginning of the 2011 event season, I joined the Area II Young Rider program in hopes of learning what it would take to qualify for the junior/young rider team.  As I was searching the Young Riders website I read about the Mentorship Program. I thought it sounded like it would be a beneficial program to participate in so I applied and was accepted. I was assigned to the course designer David O’Connor which I was extremely excited about.

  • toplogo2David O’Connor will be teaching jumping at Waredaca (after our event). Note revised date.

    • TUESDAY, AUGUST 23  
    • START TIME:  2:00 with Beginner Novice level  
    • FORMAT:  JUMPING SKILLS IN THE RING, POSSIBLY SOME XC TOO
    • EACH GROUP (NO MORE THAN 4/5 PER GROUP) 90 MINUTE SaveS  

    You wont be disappointed riding with David! Sign up NOW and come find out why he is in such demand!  
    http://www.waredaca.com/images/stories/clinics/forms/2011_Expert_Days-rev0807_webcopy.pdf

  • I had a fantastic time at Pony Club Championships coaching Maryland eventing.  I tried to track down many of you while you where there to say hi, and share the programs YRAP has planned this fall.  

    Upcoming YRAP Activities:

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  • Consider attending the YRAP FREE clinic without your horse and learn how to make your ride even better at your next event. 

    In dressage lessons we learn lots about doing twenty meter circles, and how to get our horses round and on the bit.  Rarely will your lessons focus on how to get the best score possible.  Sit in the dressage booth with Cathy Tucker,  a rated dressage judge.  Ask questions, learn to scribe, and see what the judge sees.  Nate Chambers credits his success in dressage in large part to having spent time with Brian Ross in the judges booth.  Come learn the ring craft and what the dressage judges are really looking for.

  • Melanie and BaliMelanie and Bali -- Doug Gorton photoWaverly Farm in Middleburg, VA was the host for a clinc with FEI dressage trainer and competitor James Houston held June 18-19 2011.

    Melanie Voght participated in the clinic with her warmblood mare, Bali, and posted the following entry in her blog about the clinic, calling it an "excellent clinic ride" and she ended up adding the second day even though it wasn't planned in the budget. Here is a lovely photo of Melanie and Bali, with their "9" stretchy circle. The blog entry really goes into more detail with more great photos--it's a great read so check it out!

    Click here for the blog entry.

  • arkJoin Why Not An American Ark for their SUMMER SIZZLER, Saturday Auguet 13 in North Carolina including:

    • NCDCTA recognized schooling show
    • Dressage (Intro-FEI)
    • CT Show Jumping Derby (Pre-maiden-Int)

    Sunday August 14 they will also feature FEH and YEH competition, so don't miss out!

    The Fall Horse Trials at The Ark are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, and are USEA/NCDCTA recognized, USEF endorsed. For entry information please visit http://www.wnaaa.com.

    Join us for all three shows!

  • Wow... What great fun we had this weekend at The Fork.  The weather held up nicely.  Friday, about a dozen people worked 3 hours with Sally Ike setting the course.  A few were competitors, and others were Young Riders, working students, and grooms.  The Fork's strong men and the boy friends where very useful lifting the heavy standards.

    We learned about how to use the unique cups for back rail of oxers, the proper way" to measure the distances, and why she built related lines that were not perfect 12' distances.  The YRAP attendees got to take copies of the actual course blue print home so they could rebuild the course at home. The Fork treated us to pizza for dinner which we were very grateful.

  •    hpnj     jerseyfresh

    July 2 and July 30-31 Horse Trials are being run as part of the fundraising efforts to help Jersey Fresh CCI**/**/CIC**/***, which will be celebrating the TENTH YEAR in 2012!

    Join us by volunteering!

    There are some perks! If you volunteer, you will receive a free auditor pass to Lucinda Green Oct 13-14, OR if you register to ride, you can deduct $20. From your entry fee! Plus, the regular breakfast, lunch, t shirt, and a small stipend toward gas for each volunteer.

    Contact Jane Cory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 215-262-2870 with questions or to sign up! And spread the word!

  • Under Chris Donovan’s guidance, the Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) has been re-invigorated. After several years of little activity, Chris has arranged for some excellent opportunities (working with Sally Ike designing and setting up the SJ course at the Fork), a course walk at Morven, a clinic with Lauren and David O'Brien, and a Team competition at VHT (there were 15 teams!). She has more activities (all of which are subsidized) planned for the rest of the year including three camps/clinics, another team competition, and a “sit with a dressage judge” opportunity. If you are a YRAP member or you are under 22 and ride below the CCI* level, check out the Area 2 website for more information

  • Like other areas, we have moved to consolidated championships. We will be having Intermediate/Advanced at Plantation in September and BN-P at the VHT in the fall. We are trying to make these into something special. We will send out more information as it becomes available.

  • Area II is pleased to announce that the CCI * and CCI** young riders for this year's NAJYRC have been selected.  There will be a team of 3for the ** made up of Arden Wildasin, Benita Strini and Caroline Martin.

    Two riders tried to qualify at Bromont but unfortunately they didn't make it. But we are very excited to have at least 3!! We are welcoming Arden thisyear as a transplant from Area I (she moved to VA last year). All 3 of thesegirls have strong records and we are excited about their potential!

    We had 7 qualify for the * and have selected the following young riders tobe the 6 that will go to NAJYRC.

  • FROM THE OVERLOOK FARM FOLKS:

    Like everyone else in the eventing community, we are horrified and saddened to hear of Monday's tragic fire. We would love to host a "ticket round" day at Overlook Farm in Berryville, VA with 100% of the proceeds to be divided evenly between all of the riders affected.

    We have a beautiful Grand Prix paddock with good footing that will be set up with a course designed by my partner, show jumper Brian Murphy. We will open the course at 8am, and close it at 8pm, on Wednesday, 15 June. Each ticket will be $25, and you can ride the course as often as you like. Brian and I will be available to move fences up and down so trainers can bring all levels on whatever part of the day suits them.

    Thanks so much,  Sara

    Sara 703.930.3409  or  Brian 941.465.5150     www.overlookfarmequestriancenter.com

  • houstonCLINIC AND OPEN HOUSE JUNE 18-19, 2011 at WAVERLY FARM, MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA

    www.jameshoustondressage.com

    Join FEI dressage trainer and competitor James Houston for a two-day clinic in Middleburg, Virginia, held June 18-19 2011. James is pleased to be able to offer this clinic at a Special Introductory Open House rate of $85 per session.

    Whether you show, event, hunt, or ride for the fun of it, James will give you the tools to achieve success in a constructive, positive and enjoyable atmosphere.

    Steeped in the principles of classical dressage, James’ teaching will benefit horses and riders from all disciplines and all levels of experience. Improve your horse’s way of going, your position and effectiveness in the saddle, and have fun while learning new techniques to improve the performance of you and your equine partner.

    Registration deadline is June 14, 2011. For registration, directions, and schedule, please contact: Katy Carter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • sbradley_morven_xcSouthern Edition Farm is holding a raffle for Stephen Bradley and In The Fog , “Simon,” to help them raise funds to go to Quebec for the Bromont International CCI**!

    You can win 5 private lessons with Stephen at his farm in White Post, Virginia.

    Live too far away?  You can collect all of your lessons in one week at his farm… horse board is included!  Great way to prep for an upcoming event! We are only selling 100 tickets so your odds are pretty darn good!

    Drawing to be held on Saturday June 4th at Waredaca Horse Trials…you don’t need to be present to win. Each raffle ticket costs $100.00.

    Check out Stephen’s website for more information: StephenSBradley.com. You can also contact Stephanie Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703-967-6032 to purchase a ticket.

  • avatar imageHappy St. Patrick's Day!

    We have recently instituted a commenting feature on the site, where you can post comments about articles and information, and have a bit more interactive discussion on the topics posted on the site. To post comments you need to be registered. See the "login" at the top of the pages and either log in or "register". (Please note that this login is separate from any advertiser login you have in the classified and resources area).

    There is also a "share" button in the commenting area (after you click "read more" on the home page and get to the main article). So if you find information of interest, feel free to share with your Twitter, Facebook, or email to friends.

    You can edit your profile and upload an avatar which will show on your postings, too. Uploading your avatar is done through the "Your Profile" link, under "Home" on the main menu.

    We invite you to use this feature to make the site more of a blog format and we encourage discussion. It's your area and your site, so make the most of it!

  • classiceventingUSEA Recognized T3D, N3D and BN3D Divisions

    Long Live the Long Format at Southern Eighths Farm, located in the middle of USEA Area 2 & 3 on the North and South Carolina border sin Chesterfield,SC. the Heart of the Carolinas.

    Long Format 3 Day is the amateur rider’s “Rolex” - The place where Beginner Novice through Training level riders can ride their ultimate long format test in a recognized event. It is unlike any other horse trial.

  • We have a number of great educational activities planned for early April and May.  I look forward to seeing you out and about.  Look for the YRAP tent near the secretaries tent or vendor area where you will find refreshments, details about up coming activities, and your friends can join

    The Registration Form, is desired prior to attending the free unmounted clinics at Morven and the Fork, but we will accept them when you arrive at the activity.  Please fill out, sign, scan, and email your form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Chris Donovan 13031 Furnace Mountain Rd Lovettsville VA 20180. Cell Phone 410-409-2255.

  • In an exciting new development, the Difficult Run Pony Club will be offering individual eventing tests at its May 7-8 Horse Trials in Herndon, Virginia.  These tests will be  offered in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country, at Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary.  Riders may enter any combination of up to three tests.

  • UPDATE 3/31/2011

    We did it!  Thank you all!!!!

    As some of you may have seen Jersey Fresh is looking for fence sponsorships! Last year fence sponsorship was a huge hit no thanks to generous people like us! Can we  dig into our ever evaporating bank accounts again and get together as a group again? Any amount will be accepted towards a group of Area II riders! Jersey Fresh promises to be extra special this year with new divisions and lots of great things happening – including the 2011 Bit of Britain Jersey Fresh-Fair Hill $30,000 Challenge, salutes to both The Wounded Warrior Project and Horses for Heroes, and an expanded trade fair – this year’s competition should be the most exciting and well-attended ever.

    The "jump" sponsorship is $450 and "complex" is $750, but we get a $50 rebate for repeat sponsors! We'll get a nice banner! and some extra's which we can raffle of to takers of the group? I think if we can all donate a small amount again we'll get there quickly!  email me if you are in :) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Please make checks payable to "Horse Park of New Jersey", and you can send them to me for group collection.

    Nick Olijslager
    35 Launcelot Lane
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920


    So let's get in on the Jersey Fresh 2011 "Fence-sation"! Who's in???? 

    Thanks everyone in advance! 

    Nick Olijslager

    For more information go to

    http://www.horseparkofnewjersey.com/jersey_fresh_info.html


    The Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, Inc. is a Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Corporation under I.R.S. Code Section 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • Editor's note:  Jordan approached us with the offer of sharing her blog with Area 2. She felt that writing a blog about her experience as a working student would be really useful and enjoyable to members. Jordan adds, "I grew up eventing through out Area 2 and would love to give something back to the area, which I feel I could accomplish through this blog."

    Here is her first post. Please visit the blog at http://jmstordahl.blogspot.com/.  You can follow her the blog with your Google account to keep up with Jordan's posts.

    Life in the 803

    Here I am, finally in Aiken. Just finished my second full day of work. Caitlin and I got down here after one dingy hotel room and twenty-one hours of driving. My car is still trashed but I’m working on that.

  • Area 2 is pleased announced the sites for this year’s Area Championships. The Area 2 Council has decided to consolidate the Championships as much as possible. After receiving bids from a number of organizers, it was decided that the upper level Area Championships will be held Plantation in September to coincide with its CIC competitions. The other Area Championship levels will be held as part of the October Virginia Horse Trials in late October.

    There will be differences between the HT and the CH divisions. Of course the SJ courses will be different but there will also be differences in the XC courses. In the case of the VHT, at the Preliminary level, it will be an entirely different course. For the upper levels at Plantation, the course will be of a championship nature and may include elements of the CIC. The area will be working with these organizers and USEA to make this year’s championships something special and hope that we will not disappoint anyone.

    Put these dates down on your calendar:

  • Please forgive me if you received multiple copies of the latest Optimum Times in your email box. There was a glitch in the mailing software which hopefully will not be a problem next time, but bear with us since we just changed the mailing software.

    Meanwhile, you can keep your email addresses up to date in 2 ways, to avoid bouncing and missed emails, and duplicates.

    1)  USEA provides our mailing list so keep your address up to date with them

    2) Register and set up a profile here. If you use the same email address it should sync that but if it's a different one, you can update your mailing lists on your profile once you log in.

    Once logged in a "user menu" appears on the top left column where you can edit your profile and newsletter subscriptions.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • fullmoonfarmSAVE THE DATE!

    June 21-24, 2011      Opening Date - April 24, 2011  Closing Date - June 10, 2011

    Open to eventers of all ages, including adults.  Offers a learning opportunity in a safe and instructional environment for those interested in experiencing a three day event with detailed instruction for every phase.  The week includes lectures, demonstrations, hands on and practice for every phase with the week ending in a judged three day event with awards. 

  • Do not forget, Area II fans: the famous annual Area Silent Auction! Your chance to get discounted entries! Area II events offer entries for auction, sign up w/more than 1 bid if you like (sign-up sheets.) When the auction ends, if you're the hi bidder, it's yours! The trick is to sign up for several entries & bid what...you think will win! Get half a season's entries at a discount! Just another meeting perk!

  • I am the incoming area chair for Area 2 -- which has the most events and starters of any area in the country -- I start with lots of enthusiasm, but also recognize that this role is new for me. As Duncan Macrae steps down as the Area Chair, I face the challenge of taking over the reins from someone who has done an excellent job. He assembled a strong Area Council and guided the area through some turbulent times. I hope to build on what Duncan has left behind.

    There are several purposes to this email. 1) To introduce myself, 2) Discuss USEA Area II Annual Meeting, and 3) Discuss YRAP program.

  • I could not think of a better indoctrination for an incoming Area Chair than participating in the Annual USEA meeting. In addition to the educational seminars, which are incredibly useful, I found attending meetings of the Area Chairs, open BOG, organizer, rules, licensed officials, financial, and the open forum to be incredibly valuable. It gave me an appreciation and understanding of how USEA works and where the power lies. However, rather than just deal in generalities I will point to some key issues and what I took away that I would like to share.

  • This year David O'Connor sat in the meeting and discussed his thoughts/plans on developing a pipeline from the YRAP program to the YR Program to Senior Team/Training programs. He wants to create a 'Observation Team' of coordinators/coaches/officials to be on the watch for talent in the younger ranks, work on adding training opportunities for that talent administered by USEF approved instructors, with the hopes that the US can build a pool of young up and coming riders that potentially can take the place of some of our much more senior team riders that will be retiring in the next 10 years.

  • I felt that the annual meeting reaffirms a couple of very important things to me.

    That the USEA is continues to be a very viable organization that is made up of many people who are very interested in the sport for the sport itself. Sitting on the board meeting on Friday and looking at the Fall Survey it gave what I believe at this time is anecdotal in some ways, but the information about falls is a good start with providing a base to start looking at this data in a different manner. I provided the fall survey information to Ann Baumgardner and she will be putting it in the Adult Rider Newsletter that she will put out.

  • Thank you to our sponsors and speakers. We look forward to a great meeting packed with lots of information as we enter into the 2011 eventing season.

  • Would you like to advertise your equine business in the Area II Annual Meeting Program? Rates are $25 for business card, $40 for ½ page, and $60 for full page ad. If interested, please send your ad via email or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your check to the registration address. Make sure the ad is in Microsoft Word document form or PDF file for ease of production, and deadlines for ads are January 10, 2011.
  • ann_meeting_formGreetings, Area II! Hopefully by this time January 22, 2011 is on your calendars for the annual meeting, and the site has been set! The Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg,VA will be hosting this year's Area II Annual Meeting, and we have a very full program waiting for you. The form is found here on the website and you can send your completed registration form and fee to:

    Area II Annual Meeting
    2505 Little Vista Terrace
    Olney, MD 20832

    Any questions? Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Deadline for registration is January 8, 2011, so don't delay! Looking forward to seeing all of you in January!

  • Revised2011scheduleClick for a larger versionAre you up for a good eventing time? How about recognizing all your friends without helmets, and having a whole day to chat and listen to great speakers, without having to run and walk a course, make a dressage time, or coach a student? We’ve got the answer: Area II’s Annual Meeting, to be held this year Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall, centrally located at Leesburg, VA.

    Join us for a delicious awards luncheon, where our year-end award winners will be honored, as well as listen to acclaimed speakers on the latest topics. We’ll also have meetings of the Adult Riders, Young Riders, and area organizers, among other business.

    Click the image to the right for a tentative schedule. (check back for updates!)

  • CONGRATS TO ALL!

  • This is for the "over 55 group" who know Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (the king and queen of the cowboys).

    The Roy Rogers Museum has closed its doors forever.  Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...

    Roy's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500.  It was estimated to sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

     

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  • 2011 Area II Annual Meeting scheduled for January 22, 2011 - details coming soon!

  • This year the Training 3-Day at Waredaca was another great success.

    I want to again thank Gretchen and Robert Butts for the use of their lovely farm and also take a moment to thank all of our generous prize sponsors. Below is a list of prizes, sponsors and winners. Please join me in thanking the wonderful folks who made all of these great prizes possible.

  • Eric_Smiley_Clinic_photo_2010
    Photo from Eric Smiley's course walk with competitors at the 2010 Waredaca Training 3-Day sponsored by the Area II Adult Riders. Thanks to Eric for filling in for this course walk when Karen O'Connor's flight from Florida was significantly delayed.

  • It is renewal time again! Many of you have received electronic 2011 USEA membership renewal requests, and many of you are taking the opportunity to renew your Area 2 Adult Rider membership along with it. That is great! For those of you who prefer to snail mail a membership form and check for your Adult Rider membership, the 2011 membership form is now ready.  AR2_membership_form_2011.pdf

    After you have renewed your membership be on the lookout for an email from Michele Schwartz titled "USEA Adult Rider membership" which will include your membership number and other information about the program. Note: new members are entitled to a freebie item, but they must email Michele back so she knows what to send. Also note that there can be a delay of up to 45 days before we receive your Adult Rider membership information from the USEA, so please be patient.

    Additionally you may use the 2011 snail mail form to order Area 2 Adult Rider logo wear. There are T-shirts, ball caps, sweatshirts and lanyards for wearing keys or credientials around your neck. Prices are listed on the form and include shipping. All items are uni-sex sizing and colors are suitable for men and women.

    Happy eventing in 2011!

  • Mythic Landing Events and Oatland Stables (Brookeville, MD) have teamed up to host a series of clinics with two of the area's best trainers: Stephen Bradley and Susan Graham White.  Stephen Bradley will teach jump lessons in a group format on Sunday, December 19th.  Susan Graham White will teach private dressage lessons on Wednesday, November 17th and Wednesday, December 1st.  Depending on weather, participants will either ride in the 300' x 250' outdoor arena or the 220' x 80' indoor arena.

    "Oatland Stables is thrilled to be hosting these clinics," says barn manager Cate Cohen. "We love sharing our facility with fellow riders and can't wait to see you at the farm."

    Whether you are looking for help for you or your horse... Stephen and Susan are here to help!  Lessons costs are $110 for a 90-minute small group with Stephen or $125 for a 45-minute private with Susan.

  • Update: http://www.vahorsetrials.com/images/stories/forms/ar2010.htm click there to see the teams

    Please note that several of you listed team members that were listed on other teams or had riders not signed up. Some teams had more than 4 riders and others had as few as two. We had to make arbitrary decisions. If you want to change your team, you need to let Steve Symansky know ASAP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We can still make changes, add riders or even add teams. If you need the email address of a rider on your team. Let Symansky know. He will be in the scoring room if you want to make the change but all changes must be made before you ride dressage.

  • Eventing clinic with Eric Smiley, sponsored by NCDCTA - Nov. 16-18, 2010. All levels, all phases. Any or all days! Call or email for more info. Spots are still available.  Email Karen McCollom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802 234-9561

  • The organizing committee has decided to continue to accept entries, please contact the secretary as soon as possible and get your entries in!  The New Jersey Horse Park is a great venue for a fun event! Don't miss out!  Divisions are Starter (2'-2"3") to Training this year.

    Show Secretary: Diane Engler
    PO Box 185, Pipersville, PA 18947
    Tel 610-847-9095 (7 pm-9 pm please)  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Volunteers are still needed for the T3Day as well as our regular weekend horse trials.

    If you or a family member or friend are able to help, please e-mail Liz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Katherine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by October 18th. Those that are able to commit to a half or full day will receive Waredaca Bucks that are usable for xc schooling, lessons, t-shirts, and more. If you are unable to commit ahead of time but would still like to help, just show up and we'll have a job for you to do (please note, Waredaca Bucks are only given to people who sign up by October 18th).

    Here is a list of jobs that are still needing to be filled:

  • The LAST Day...

    I am actually writing this from my home desk, having arrived back mid afternoon after slightly less than 9 hours on the road today (Monday). So glad to be home despite the mountains of unfinished business that awaits my attention - you know exactly how it is when you are away!

    Funny story, well maybe not funny, wrong adjective, maybe sad?? but you can decide...

  • Day Eight...

    Whew...Glad today is over and with reasonably good results! You never know at these types of Championships just how well the riders will perform when there are such a diverse group of countries participating. This probably sounds like a stupid statement as there is always uncertainty at any event. But here, you have the obvious powerhouses such as the Brits, Kiwis and Americans (I will happily add Canadians!!! to that list as they were nothing short of spectacular today!). DOC must be very proud of his young team who supported veteran Kyle Carter with strength and assurance around the course! You also have the South Africans and Brazilians; the SA basically train in Europe and benefit from a strong developing eventing program in their own country. The South Americans are always gutsy but one always will wonder if these lesser known nations are really up to "the test." And Mike ES did his magic in course design, not catering completely to whatever the lowest common denominator might be but instead producing a fair and testing course that got most everyone home. It was a "safe" day in the sense of no riders requiring transport and only one horse who sustained a bad cut; he was shipped across the road to the vet hospital and is reported to be doing well, with a full recovery expected. But there were 10 fall forms that I collected at the end of the phase, which included 4 horse falls. It has been documented that if we can keep horses on their feet, we keep riders safer too. Common sense but this does impact how we design courses as well as how we train ourselves and our horses.

  • It's time to start getting your nominations to me for the 2010 Area 2 Adult Rider Smurfie Awards. These awards recognize fellow Ar2AR's for attributes mostly unrelated to competition performance, unlike most year-end awards. Adult Riders face many obstacles that the pro's do not. This is a way to acknowledge and reward them.

    This is your chance to recognize your fellow Ar2ARs for something other than performance in competition: their spirit and drive! So please nominate freely! In mid-November you'll vote for the winner from those nominated. The winners will be announced at the 2010 Area II Annual Meeting.

    Winners will receive a lovely huge ribbon, a plush Smurf doll, a Smurf figure or keychain, and some category appropriate "goodies"! VTO Saddlery will again provide most of the goodies. Thanks VTO!

  • Day Seven...

    The Park is really hopping!! The jumpers are here as are the driving horses!! It is so impressive to see these huge four in hands buzzing around up and down the roads! What presence they have!! We completed our eventing dressage today and are ready for phase two tomorrow! I must say that the overall quality of the eventing dressage was very notable and reassuring to me as a rider, judge and instructor! The comparison between the best in the world in the eventing dressage and regular dressage showed many parallels and much more similarities than differences, than was in evidence even as recent as a few years ago. As a sport, we ARE making the right kind of progress!

  • Day Six...

    I really don't like television. I am not one who watches much TV anyway, other than the all too infrequent movie night, that is about the extent of my tube connection. If I have free time, it is spent with my nose in a good book. At these big events, television rules! And it did today, which put Tom and I in a cranky mood to start our morning. David O'Connor did the test ride, strongly supported by almost all of the Canadians!! There were red jackets everywhere! And!!! He didn't make an error, which surprised ALL of us in a most pleasant way! Although had DOC been true to form, and made an error, it would have given all of us watching pure GLEE for future reminders!

    About that same time...

  • The latest schedule is now available for the Waredaca Training 3-Day and Eric Smiley Walking Clinic.

    Revised_Eric_Smiley_T3D_Schedule.pdf 

  • Day Five

    Finally...Our competition is up and running! Our seemingly "lax" schedule to date is a bit of a strange paradox to the typical frenzy of usual events. But the days still remain full and the lists never quite blank. I have been here since last Friday so a total of 6 days, with the early days necessary "prep" ones but still...it is time for the show to begin!! Having dinner tonight with the GJ found us all in agreement on that fact!

  • Day Three...rain...which is probably well timed, for the course, the crowds and the competition. Reining was occurring, as was the first full day of team Dressage. Thankfully, selfishly from a convenience standpoint, we had mostly nuisance rain instead of the forecasted deluges. Tom and I spent the morning talking to this group and that, as we continued to connect all the pieces of the puzzle. After lunch we met the Ground Jury of Marilyn Payne, David Lee from Ireland and Anne-Mette Binder from Denmark and walked the cross country with Mike E-S, Derek (Asst. CD) and Catrin Norinder from the FEI as the Jury performed their inspection and approval. The course was essentially set other than those fences where heights were still to be finalized by the Jury; primarily the frangible fences, prior to the actual pinning. Unlike this past spring, many of the fences are being pinned traditionally in the front and with reverse pinning in the back. Depending on whom you talk to, one method or the other will simply meet that person's opinion of the correct way. There is no absolute justification for either method that has full consensus of this elite group of course designers. We will see what happens Saturday.

    Funny story from the stewards...

  • vhtlogoThe Virginia Horse Trials will be hosting a team competiton for Adult Riders.  This is NOT part of The Chronicle of the Horse Team Challenge.  When you sign up make sure you list that you want to be on a team.  Even though this is not listed in the Omnibus, it is o.k. to sign up for it.  Click on the logo to check the Virginia Horse Trials website where more information will be posted when it is available.

  • Day One:

    The last "non competition day," although Reining did begin their preliminaries. I have never seen so many cowboy hats in evidence as there were near the indoor today!!  First impressions offer a well-staffed group of volunteers in and around the parking area for officials and volunteers and lots of southern hospitality which makes everyone smile! But truly, everyone does seem to want to be helpful.  I met Tom/TD from Belgium, Mike ES and Derek this morning at 9:30 to walk the XC course.  The course itself is a virtual bright green ribbon against the dull green/brown grass outside of the track. QUITE the contrast, especially when viewed from the air!! The flower people, as Mike calls them, began this afternoon with their final touches. There is still much to be done yet on the course. :(  The footing is generally acceptable, but there are some places that are not so great, that will be dressed. It was still enough to cause much grumbling and mumbling by Mike as we hiked around. The irrigation has been occurring daily since we last visited in late June, but it is a "traveling" system which ends up watering the course in segments for 12 hours at a time such that the entire course gets fully irrigated twice weekly. The Jury will walk the course Monday afternoon and things WILL be completed by then.

  • November 13th and 14th 2010 (corrected dates) at True Prospect Farm West Grove, Pa

    • Levels: Beginner Novice and up
    • $350 for both days, stabling available
    • Lunch both days and wine/cheese question and answer session included in the price
    • Auditors are welcome at $25/day or $40/weekend which includes lunches

    Contact Karen Rubin at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application and information.

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    COME JOIN US IN THE SUNNY SOUTH!  
    March 6-11, 2011

    Fee: $1,650 includes hotel room, all meals, board, seminars and two riding lessons per day.  Dressage lessons are private and jumping is in pairs.  Professional instructors include:  Will Faudree, Nanci Lindroth, Charley Plumb, Gina Fiore, Mark Weissbecker, Becka Vick, Libby Moody and others who specialize in Dressage, X-C and Show Jumping.  X-C schools will be at Secrist Farm, Hoch Hurst Farm and Winter Book Farm.

    Come & get ready for Southern Pines Horse Trials March 12- 13, 2010. Call 910-245-7330 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for brochure.
  • Thank you all for your bids in this year’s Area II Adult Riders Training 3-Day Online Auction … it was a big success!

    Following is a list of the winners and the items you have won.  Please watch for a confirmation email with your total amount due.

  • callforhelpIt's common knowledge that the horse world is very supportive and tightly-knit.  You'll see riders helping each other out at shows and clinics, cheering each other on, crewing and grooming for each other and offering advice and support.  And in that spirit, it's time to come together to support one of our own.

    Susan Berrill, a prominent event and dressage trainer and competitor, well known in Area 1 and 2, had a tragic accident at King Oak Horse Trials on Saturday, September 11. She is currently hospitalized and will be unable to work for a long time.

     

  • T3D On-Line AUCTION has ENDEDt3d

    Thank you all for your support. Winners will be contacted regarding payment and a list of items and high bids are published here:

    http://www.usea2.net/competitions/t3d/169-t3d-auction-winners-announced

    Other Important 2010 T3D Dates and info:

  • New Water Complex at Flora LeaFlora Lea Fall Horse Trials September 26, 2010

    Flora Lea has hosted a horse trails every year since 1975 and this year's promises to be one of the best ever.

    • New organizing committee
    • Training, Novice, Prelim/Training, and now Beginner Novice
    • Totally redesigned galloping cross-country courses
    • Enlarged and improved water complex

    We are looking for volunteers to help paint, decorate, and prepare for the September 26th horse trial... contact us if you are interested!

    Kelly Adams Volunteer Coordinator 609-923-7847
    Debbie Adams Event Director 609-876-4826

    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Website:  http://www.floraleafarmllc.com

  • brea_newlogo_color_transparHosted by BREA
    www.breventing.org
    September 19, 2010
    Green Hill Park Equestrian Center, Salem, VA
    Closing Date:  September 10, 2010

    Bonnie Mosser is one of the country's pre-eminent riders, trainers & coaches in the internationally recognized Olympic sport of Three Day Eventing.  Bonnie, her horses, and her students, boast years of national and international competitive success that is a result of Bonnie's unique approach to the physical and mental rigors of training sport horses. She aims to provide her horses and students with the best possible opportunity to excel in both local and international arenas.  Bonnie is a formidable competitor and is regularly a champion or a top placer at every competition that she attends!

  • The Fall Horse Trials at the Ark opens on 8/24...we are running as a one day on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Mdn, BN, N, TN, T, PT, P).

    We are also holding FEH/YEH classes on Sunday, Oct. 10 (1-5yo).

    This is the last grassroots/family owned USEA/USEF horse trial in North Carolina! Entry and stabling fees are the lowest in the state--and we have some of the best volunteers anywhere!

    We will also be running the 4th semi-annual Waxhaw Tack Exchange Across the Levels Team Challenge at the Horse Trials--team members ride at any 3 or 4 different levels. There is no fee to ride as a team!

    Thinking about moving up? Try the TN and PT divisions! Have a green horse or rider who needs a solid outing? The Mdn course jumps mimic their larger counterparts, but are kept under 2'3"!

    The xc tracks have been seeded and will be agri-vated (the aerator that shimmies) prior to the event--if you haven't been to the Ark in the last 12 months, you'll be amazed at how thick the turf has become!

    Check out the new website: http://www.wnaaa.com.
  • Four of us from New Jersey (Carey Williams, Anne Seline, Jorgen & Nick Olijslager) set off to GMHA in Vermont to participate in the Classic Format Training & Novice Three Day this past week. What an amazing adventure! Let me first say eventers are a really fun bunch of people!!! We cheer each other on all day-long, yes, us New Jersey folks are maybe a little louder than the New Englanders! Another example of the camaraderie; Anne was practicing her jog in the parking lot and her hat goes flying (dressed for a “garden party”!)... looked at me and asks if I have any bobbypins... sure I have those in my pocket.. NOT! A random lady walks by... here I have a few! How cool is that!!!

  • Eric Smiley “walking clinic” at Waredaca Farm
    October 22 and 23, 2010

    Eric Smiley is a world renowned eventer, FEI judge and trainer from Ireland. (See www.ericsmiley.com)

    The Adult Rider Training Three Day at Waredaca has brought Eric to the US to help in the educational portion of the T3D and Area II has arranged for him to stay over for two days and provide that educational benefit to all members of Area II. This “clinic” is open to all Area II members!

    This clinic is open to all, Adults, Young Riders, Juniors, Parents and Trainers.  It is designed to be a “walking” clinic where the participants will be outfitted with radios with headsets so that everyone can hear Eric and benefit from his valuable knowledge and insight into Eventing.  It is a unique opportunity to hear and see what a Judge is looking for in the Dressage Phase, then there will be the opportunity to go out on Cross Country on two separate days and walk courses, watch horses go cross country, and watch and walk Show Jumping courses.  There will be evening lectures and lots of opportunities for one on one with Eric.

    The clinic is being sponsored by your Area II Council in conjunction with the Area II Adult Rider Sponsored T3D.  It is a unique opportunity to spend important educational time with a top FEI Judge, Clinician and Competitor on site at an event.

    Please fill out the registration form (click here) and forward it to me right away. Space is limited so don’t delay!

    Questions? Please feel free to contact me at:
    Cindy Deporter  919 612 1230
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  • THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

    Bow Brickhill Stables will be hosting a clinic with 4-Star Eventer Kadi Eykamp on August 21. 

  • The Point Two Air Jacket is a revolution in body armor which reduces the chance of injury to vital organs, neck and spine. The jacket provides the world’s fastest activation inflating in 0.1 of a second, before impact with the ground. 

    In the month of August Point Two will contribute $50 for every jacket sold under the promotion code for your corresponding USEA Area. 

    Here’s how it works:

  • Difficult Run HT will again host an Area 2 AR competition at our Aug 21-22 HT. There will be individual ribbons for different levels as well as for Team Competition. Plus the rider/horse team that had the lowest combined score at our May and August HT will also get a ribbon. Some of these also come with prizes. Closing day is approaching. If you have any questions, email the secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or viist the site at http://drpc.ponyclub.org/ht.htm.
  • Support the Area II Training 3 Day!

    There is a level of sponsorship for every budget. Platinum, silver, gold, and jump sponsors. All will receive recognition and exposure throughout the weekend, along with the gratitude of our Area II riders.

    PLATINUM $1,000 - 1,500

    • Platinum Sponsorships are limited, so reserve yours today!
    • Corporate name recognition as a Platinum Sponsor
  • Support our Area II Training 3-Day with a quick and painless donation. You can use paypal or your credit card. Visit the T3D page and the options are there in the right column.

    Training 3 Day donation banner

  • Horse Park of New Jersey Cross Country Clinic rate has been reduced to $180.00. Jill Henneberg is graciously donating her entire fee to the Horse Park, therefore, we are able to offer the XC clinic at a reduced rate. We want to encourage new riders or young or inexperienced horses the opportunity learn on and get to know the cross-country course at the Horse Park. If you think your ready to move a level and want to get the experience of larger jumps now’s your chance to bring your horse out and give it a try. Complete information and entry information is available on the web site http://www.horseparkofnewjersey.com under the clinics tab. If you have any questions contact Joan Harper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • We have selected who will be going to NAJYRC in Lexington, KY.  We will be leaving on Monday July 26 form camp in Southern Pines and the team and individuals will be determined after the Jog on Wednesday July 28th.  Here are the names of who is going in alphabetical order:
  • yvonneArea II Adult Riders to have essay contest to win 3 days with Yvonne Lucas

    For the second year in a row, Advanced-level eventer Yvonne Lucas of Red Moon Farm has generously donated a 3-day/4-night mini-camp for T3D aspirants. A firm believer in the value of the long-format, Lucas has been a long-time supporter of both the Area II Adult Riders Training Three-Day.  An active member of the Area II Adult Riders program, Lucas also offers free course walks to members at the many area events where she can be found competing.

  • kchaddertonAdvanced Eventer Kate Chadderton has something for eventers of all levels going on this summer at TaylorMade Stables in Mt Airy, MD.

    • Interested in tips for a successful and on time cross country phase? Want to learn how to ride a winning dressage test? Do you enjoy schooling over actual competition courses?  Join Kate for her 2-day Eventing camps throughout July.
  • bids close July 11th

    Help Area II Young Riders raise funds for the road to  Kentucky and bid on local entries, products and lessons.  So far, donations include: XC Schooling Passes to Morven Park, WinGreen, Seneca Valley and Loch Moy Farm.  Lessons with Bonnie Mosser and Allison Springer and Horse Trial entries to the October Maryland HT, September Seneca, November Rubicon.  DC McBroom has doanated her mane braiding talent to be used at the August Difficult Run HT and/or AECs, merchandise from Animal Wea,r and VEI has donated a basket full of useful products.

    Look for bid sheets near the score board.

    • XC Schooling Passes to Morven Park (5)
    • XC Schooling Passes to WinGreen (2)
    • XC Schooling Passes to Seneca Valley (2)
    • XC Schooling Passes Loch Moy Farm (2)
    • Bonnie Mosser lesson (2)
    • Allison Springer Lesson (2)
    • Jenn Simmons Lesson (2)
    • DC McBroom mane braiding at AEC or August Difficult Run
    • Animal Wear Merchandise
    • VEI Basket
    • HT entry fee to October Maryland HT
    • HT entry fee to September Seneca
    • HT entry fee to November Rubicon
    • HT entry fee to October Virginia
    • HT entry fee to September Middleburg
    • Equine or K-9 massage - Holly
  • Watch this fantastic video from USEA and get pumped up for the AECs!

  • hpnj*NEW* Lower Rate!!

    The Horse Park of New Jersey is holding a 2 day SUMMER FUN at the PARK. It is a benefit for the Horse Park, the home of Jersey Fresh 3DE. It is a complete volunteer project and more will be planned if we get good support. The goal is to give new riders and young horses access to a large facility with no pressure. We want to give beginner riders and horses a chance for exposure to prepare them for bigger and better things.

    If any one is interested in helping or has ideas for the future please contact the Horse Park. If anyone takes advantage of the opportunity to participate thank a volunteer who helped make it possible That would be anyone that will be there over the 2 days. This effort will help to maintain the HP and continue to have a great facility in our back yard.

    Download the flyer and sign up now!

  • mdhtlogoAll Horse/Rider combinations that compete at all three MDHT are eligible for the Series Award. The combination with the highest number of points will be the winner. Ties will be broken based on the combination with the closest to Optimum Time on XC in October.

    Points can be accumulated at any level and are awarded as follows:

    • 1 point for completing the competition
    • 1 point for going clean XC
    • 1 point for double clear SJ
    • 1 point for placing in the ribbons
  • mdhtlogoThe Maryland Horse Trials is adding to their unrec/schooling events. Now you can choose whether you want to do a Short Course Event (Derby), a Combined Test, Show Jumping Rounds, or Dressage Tests.

    Dates are Sept. 12, Oct. 31, and Nov. 14, 2010, with a starter Horse Trial on Oct. 17.

    To thank all our great volunteers, we are also inviting past volunteers as well as people interested in volunteering at future events to a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Sept. 12 after our SC/CT event. Please join our Facebook page (search for Maryland Horse Trials) and RSVP to the events. We hope to meet more of you soon.
  • fork_logoat The Fork Farm July 21-25, 2010

    Want a great experience this summer with your horse?

    Looking to improve skills and confidence for you and your horse?

    You won’t find a more comprehensive, rewarding, sociable & delicious (!!) 5 days than this clinic with Rebecca at the Fork

    Riding Sessions daily

    • Dressage, stadium and 2 days of cross country
    • Videotaping and discussion of your rides.
    • Ride a dressage test of your choice for dressage judge Nanci Lindroth for feedback and discussion on how to improve
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    THERE IS STILL ROOM AS OF JULY 19TH!! SIGN UP NOW!!RESCHEDULED to: August 14 & 15, 2010 Laurel Hill Farm, Unionville, PA

    Olympic gold medalist, national and international competitor, nine-time USEA Female Equestrian Athlete of the year and renowned instructor, Karen O’Connor will be coming to Pennsylvania to give a two-day jumping clinic. Groups from beginner novice on up will be offered.

  • Unfortunately Waredaca Farm will not be able to host the Chronicle of the Horse Eastern ATCs this year as originally planned. The Eastern ATCs will still take place! They will be held in Area 1 (New York) at the Millbrook Horse Trials August 5 - 8. Click HERE for Omnibus listing.

    Opening day is now just around the corner on June 22. Please contact me ASAP if you are going and I will coordinate teams and provide you with Area 2 team apparel.

    Please email me if you have any questions.

  • Entries must be received by FRIDAY, JUNE 11th for CDCTA's Combined Test at Compass Rose Farm.

    The show is June 19th and Compass Rose Farm is a beautiful facilty with excellent footing. Don't miss your chance to show there. Space is filling fast!

  • Well, we are well into the season here in Area II and I am dismayed by the very small number of event evaluations that I have received to date. (Not to mention the TDs who have not yet sent their reports!!!). It is an important duty of all who event to take a moment to report on their experience. Perhaps there are some misunderstandings regarding the event evaluation. Let me try to clear those up!
  • Glenda-in-handGlenda Player, of Playland Farm in Union Bridge, Maryland, is pleased to offer a 10% discount for all USEA members to any of her Anatomy and Biomechanics of Riding Summer Clinics.

    Glenda has taught throughout the United State and abroad. She has a unique approach to teaching that enables each rider to perform at their optimal level.

  • As chief examiner for the British Horse Society, Eric is a master instructor. He enjoys teaching all levels and ages of riders, and any breed of horse. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to benefit from Eric’s simple, but effective teaching style. No matter what your level or experience, you and your horse will gain confidence from working with Eric, as well as the tools to continue to improve. All levels of instruction available from Elementary to Advanced.

  • The Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, NJ www.esdcta.org

    SCHOOLING DATES

    Course open 9 am to 5 pm

    • Sunday - May 30, 2010 (Rain or shine)
    • Tuesday - June 29, 2010 (Rain date - July 1, 2010)
    • Tuesday - August 24, 2010 (Rain date - August 26, 2010)
  • Area II, NAJYRC, to hold Silent Auction during Horse Trials

    Difficult Run Horse Trial is going to hold both Adult Rider and YRAP Team Challenges as part of its horse trial on May 1-2. For both team challenges, riders will enter a regular division and be scored in the horse trials according to USEF/USEA rules. This score will then be used for your team score.
    In addition to the team challenge and regular division ribbons,  AR riders will receive separate level ribbons for how they do against other AR riders competing at the same level.

    For the YRAP (and YR ) riders DRHT will offer some other activities including a  pizza party and  possibly a course walk with an upper level rider or a talk from a dressage judge.  Area II NAJYRC will be holding a Silent Auction during the Horse Trial.  Help our young riders raise funds for Kentucky and bid on local products and lessons.  So far donations include: Schooling Pass to Morven Park, Schooling Passes to Gordons Dale, GRC Photography, MKR Designs, Friday’s Horse Equine Giftware, Lessons with:  Sharon White, Lynn Symansky, Stephen Bradley, Peter Foley and Jim Wofford.

    See http://drpc.ponyclub.org/ht.htm for all the details.

  • Featuring the Eastern Regional Adult Team Championships sponsored by the Chronicle of the Horse!

    (at Waredaca's Aug. 13-15 Horse Trials)

    The Eventing Extraspecial Week at Waredaca begins with a Tuesday/Wednesday Leslie Law afternoon/evening Eventing Clinic….If you have ever ridden with Leslie, it is easy to see why he is an Olympic Gold Medalist. This man ‘practices what he preaches’ and can effectively ‘preach what he practices’! Make NO mistake—you will finish this clinic a better rider with a better educated horse!!

    Moving thru this ‘prep’ week of opportunities for any rider but especially for those competing in the ATCs,  Thursday offers a Fix A Test before the Friday ATC dressage phase.

    Arrive anytime in the week, take advantage of these wonderful riding options and enjoy some great sightseeing in the Baltimore/Washington area!  More specifics to follow! Stay tuned…..watch the Waredaca website for more details.

  • CLASSIC EVENTING HOSTS CLINIC WITH EQUESTRIAN CHAMPION LUCINDA GREEN

    Chesterfield, South Carolina, March 22, 2010 –British Equestrian Olympic and six time World Champion Lucinda Green will be teaching an Eventing clinic on April 15-16 at Southern Eighths Farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina. The event is hosted by Classic Eventing, where riders will learn from one of the world’s leading experts on Eventing. “We’re very excited to have Lucinda for this two-day clinic at Southern Eighths,” says Shelley Lambert, Managing Director with Classic Eventing. “Lucinda’s career is legendary as she has been the only rider to win the World Equestrian Games six times on six different horses!”

    Cost for the clinic is $350.00, which includes stabling. On site stabling is not yet completed but arrangements will be made with local barns for the two nights. Those interested in attending must reserve a spot in advance by contacting Shelley Lambert of Classic Eventing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 843-623-5005 (office) or 352-266-3970 (cell). For more information visit www.ClassicEventing.com

  • masthead
    The Spring 2010 issue of Optimum Times was emailed to all Area 2 USEA members and registered users on this site. If you did not receive it, please register on the site for a username and password with your current correct email address, and check off that you would like to receive Optimum Times. You may also need to add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book and to your accepted emails in your spam filtering. Meanwhile, archives of the newsletters can be found on the top menu newsletter link.
  • Roanoke Valley Pony Club's "Spring Frolic" Combined Tests, Dressage Tests, and XC Clinic is Saturday, April 11, at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center in Salem (exit 137 off 81).

    We'd love your support as a competitor, sponsor, or spectator! Our web site has the forms for entering the show or sponsoring a class or division on the left hand side of the home page, below the calendar. Go to www.RoanokeValleyPonyClub.blogspot.com and look for "Forms" on the left. This is one of our club's primary fundraisers, and we're a bit worried that the crazy winter might mean that folks are not ready to come out and play yet. But what a great, low-key first outing! And the XC part is a clinic, perfect for first-timers or those who are rusty or looking to move up a level. (Our dressage judge is Tracey Smith-Oliver, and we are still finalizing a XC clinician. I will post that on the site when it's set.)

    Contact me with any questions you have, and thanks in advance for your help spreading the word about our show!

  • Do you want to be more confident and consistent in quality this year?  Consider some cross training and clinics to make the pennies go further and the eventing experience more successful.  The dressage tests are new this year, so consider doing your tests 2x at a dressage show to work out the timing. The comments from the judges make for great homework assignments.  There are a few "judges point of view" clinics also scheduled to help you know what the judges want to see out of the new tests.

    Always getting a rail in show jumping or your horse is a little looky?  Consider some of the jumper shows where you can jump multiple rounds at different heights. Consider not going for speed, but for control, accuracy, and keeping the rails up.

  • For those people who have never been to an annual meeting, it is a time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones with similar passion for horses and eventing, exchange new ideas and learn about old ones, recognize owners, riders and horses for their achievements and satisfy the general business requirements of the association. Of course there is the Trade Fair where you can shop for last minute Christmas presents or research products by talking directly to a knowledgeable representative of the manufacturer. There are always so many meetings, open forums and presentations going on at the same time, that it is hard to choose which one to go to.

    The good news is now a large part of the meeting is covered on the USEA web site so that you can catch up with what you missed.

    This year represented the 50 year Anniversary of the USEA. It was hosted by our home area 2 in Reston Virginia. One of the highlights included a day long Instructor Certification Program on Designing Show Jumping Courses by Richard Jeffries held on Wednesday at Frying Pan Park. It started with a morning lecture inside and in the afternoon moved to the indoor. We helped build a course which was then jumped by 4 different horses at different levels. Richard demonstrated that by using the same jumps but changing the order and track, how to increase the difficulty of the course with minimal work to the jump crew. He feels that it is a mistake to have every level jump around the same track.

  • As an Area we are in the process of revamping the Annual Meeting in some different ways in order to increase attendance and make it fun and educational for everyone from amateurs to pros and everyone in between. In addition to the educational program, the Annual Awards are handed out at this time as well with beautiful being handed out to the best in the area.

    The date of the meeting is one change that is being considered, moving the present time of the end of November over to the end of January or the beginning of February. The end of November can be very busy for most of us, from the end of the eventing season to the beginning of the holiday season, and the meeting would potentially be at a lower priority, understandably, for the majority of the membership which could, again understandably, decrease attendance.  The date change could help with that, plus having it in the middle of the winter can get us looking forward to something horsey in the middle of the winter riding doldrums!
    Another thought would be the change from an Awards Banquet to an Awards Luncheon. This change would allow those who live farther away in the Area to only have to stay one night (either the night before or the night after) or no nights at all and still have a day full of educational opportunities and awards and still get home at a reasonable time. Almost like going to a horse trial!

    This is in no way a complete list and is definitely still a planning in progress, so any input from the membership is welcome. We are also looking for ideas of what people would like to listen to as far as educational seminars, so any thoughts on that are also encouraged. Please contact Julie Augustine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t with any ideas, suggestions, or opinions.

    This meeting is for you, the members, and we want to make it a destination for you to look forward to next winter!

  • Dressage Tests Preview

    viewfromspectatorsOn a sunny but chilly Sunday, January 10, 2010 about 20 brave souls ventured forth to Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, VA to attend a preview of the 2010 USEA Dressage Tests hosted by the Central Virginia Combined Training Association. Carter Bass, R Dressage Judge and r Breed Judge, was on hand to provide observers with a unique and invaluable educational experience. She prefaced each level with an explanation of what the judge would be looking for at that level. As the demo riders rode the tests, she offered the audience a running commentary on each of the movements. After each ride she quizzed the audience about aspects of the test and gave pointers on how to ride the test to maximize performance and improve scores. Below are some of her comments:

  • DRIVING ON THE EDGE OF DISASTER.

    (Don’t trailer your horse another foot unless you have taken special precautions)

    My husband, Jerry, and I were all so happy at the results after the Maryland Horse Trials ended on July 12, 2009. My daughter, Devlin, and her magnificent horse, Goodtime Goggles (“Charlie”) did a great job on the cross country course. Devlin finished third in the junior training division. We loaded up the trailer and the venerable old Tahoe and headed home at about four p.m.

    We were tired from the exertions of the weekend. We arrived at the Horse Trials quite late on Saturday. We got up very early so that Devlin could take as much time as possible preparing for the three phases. It was a very warm day, and we were all in the hot sun.

    The sun continued to heat us through the windows of the Tahoe as we started off. Both my daughter and I let ourselves drift off to sleep. This left my husband without anyone with whom to talk. At one point, just about an hour into the trip, as we drove on highway 15, I noticed the vehicles wobble and asked my husband if he was alright. He insisted that he was fine. I let myself go back to dozing, an almost fatal mistake.

  • I have spent this evening saying goodbye to a very dear friend. Jack taught me to ride, correctly, after I’d taught myself to ride very badly. And now, he is gone.

    He was never really gentle in his teaching, at least not as he taught me.

  • Co-sponsored by VTO Saddlery & organized/co-sponsored by Yvonne Lucas
  • Adult Rider of the Year and Adult Rider Horses of the Year announced...

  • Congratulations to our Area II Champions for 2009!

  • I am delighted to be coming on as the new Area II Adult Rider Coordinator and can only hope to fill one of Cindy DePorter’s two shoes. It is a daunting taskI’ve had the luxury of several months becoming familiar with what the position entails and how Cindy and others see it as evolving. In this short piece, I will note some of the ideas that we’ve kicked about, in the hopes that other adult riders will chime in and provide suggestions and direction.

    First, what IS the Adult Rider Program?

    It is a USEA educational program with groups in all ten Areas, with the Missionto increase adult rider participation in eventing by providing education and recognition and offering communication and camaraderie.”  Just because you are an adult, and you ride, does not make a you a member of the program – you have to join!

  • HAMPSTEAD, MD – March 8, 2010 – Legacy Stables will be offering a discount to USEA Members at their April 10-11 eventing clinic with 4-star rider Bonnie Mosser. Owned and operated by Leeandra and Joe Wesley, Legacy Stables features serious training in a fun, educational atmosphere.

    The clinic will consist of two group lessons (not to exceed 4 people) concentrating on jumping, both in the ring and then out on Legacy Stable’s recognized cross-country course. Group lesson length will depend on the number of riders in each group.

  • Jersey Fresh Logo

    It’s time to rally your regular riding buddies, steadfast stable mates, talented and tolerant trainers, friends and family – anyone who’s up for a BATTLE OF THE BANNERS!

    Sign up to sponsor a fence or complex on this year’s Jersey Fresh CCI***, CIC*** or CCI** cross-country courses and you’ll be in the running to get your 2011 sponsorship for FREE!

    We provide your group with a banner to be affixed to your designated fence or complex – and remember, returning 2009 sponsors receive a $50 banner credit towards their 2010 sponsorship – and you provide the PARTY-cipation…

    Simply gather your group donors together on Saturday, May 8th – Jersey Fresh 2010 Cross-Country Day – to watch many of Eventing’s top riders and horses take on the challenge of our world-class courses and have your picture taken (courtesy of us) alongside your fence or complex banner. Every group will get their photo after the Event, in addition to shot of your fence “in action,” BUT the crowd with the MOST contributors caught on film gets a 2011 fence sponsorship for FREE!

    For more information, take a peek at the attached flyer or contact Lisa Mackintosh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 201.838.5164 for additional details.

    And let the battle begin!

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    UPDATE 4/9/10 - WE'VE RECEIVED DONATIONS TO SPONSOR A "COMPLEX" NOW! THANK YOU ALL! 

     

    As some of you may have seen Jersey Fresh is looking for fence sponsorships again! Last year fence sponsorship was a huge hit no thanks to generous groups like ours! Can we all dig into our ever evaporating bank accounts and get together as a group again? Any amount will be accepted towards our Area II "ADULT" rider Group effort!
  • Our Spring Horse Trials have moved to April 4th, 2010 – and we’re open and looking for entries and volunteers!  Yes we know that there’s 2 foot of snow on the ground!  We’re offering a new experience – a water jump covered in snow!

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  • Dates: April 1 – 4, 2010

    http://www.forkstables.com/horsetrials.html

    They are very excited this year to be one of the events that will assist in preparing our riders and horses for the World Equestrian Games which will take place this fall in Lexington Kentucky. This will be the first time in its history that it has been held outside of Europe.

  • Your Help is needed at the 2010 Fork Horse Trial and CIC***

    Dates: April 1 – 4, 2010

    They are very excited this year to be one of the events that will assist in preparing our riders and horses for the World Equestrian Games which will take place this fall in Lexington Kentucky. This will be the first time in its history that it has been held outside of Europe. This is traditionally their Outdoor Heritage Days weekend, which is turning into a springtime festival this year.

    This is an urgent call for volunteers! They need them! 

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  • to be hosted by Moon Rising Farm on January 24—26, 2010
    Lesson offerings include:heath_ryan

    • Private and semi-private dressage
    • Semi-private and group jumping
    • Auditors welcome

    Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from a World Cup dressage rider, Olympic coach and international event rider. “… an absolute sensation with the fans. He encouraged each of them to improve and enjoy their riding and their
    horse.”
    (Kyra Beth Houston, www.dressage.com reporting from World Cup Las Vegas, 2009)

    Sign up here: www.moonrising-heathryan.eventbrite.com

     

  • 2009 USEA Area 2 Adult Rider of the Year and Adult Rider Horses of the Year announced...

  • Central Virginia Combined Training Associationand Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Va. present: An Introduction to the 2010 Eventing Dressage tests

    This will be an educational opportunity to watch the new Beginner Novice through Advanced level dressage being ridden. We will be treated to commentary and critiques by R dressage judge Carter Bass.

  • Co-sponsored by VTO Saddlery & organized/co-sponsored by Yvonne Lucas

  • Young riders, note that the YR/JR membership for 2011 is  part of your USEA membership renewal. You can either pay it online or with your mail renewal to USEA.

  • November 18, 2009
    Upperco, Maryland

    A freak tragic incident took the life of beloved Linda W. Reynolds while vacationing in Arizona with her husband Walter and relatives on November 11, 2009.  She was age 67.

    Linda leaves behind a shocked community.

    She has been secretary, office manager, and Chief Financial Officer for her husband's landscape architecture office since 1976.  Horses and her life have been intertwined since her adolesence ---teaching and riding professionally in Massachusetts while whipping -in for Nashoba Hunt.  Interrupted by service with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, horses returned to her life when she married Walter and moved to Maryland in 1970.

  • PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!!

    Footlight Farm is proud to present a clinic with advanced level eventing rider Jennie Brannigan  Sunday November 15th 2009!!!

    Jennie has trained  under and worked for the best in the business, and is currently riding for 2008 Rolex winner and double Olympic gold medallist Phillip Dutton. Jennie also rode for renowned show jumper Susie Hutchinson!

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    Welcome to Optimum Times Online
    Our First Issue of the New Optiumum Times Online Format
    Saving money; helping the environment; delivering timely news... These are all the reasons behind the new method of delivering you Optimum Times. Our polls showed the vast majority preferred getting their Area 2 news in an online format.

    Of course for the most up to date information and calendar events, classifieds, and more, you should visit the Area 2 website regularly!

  • Tickets are now on sale! Ticket sales will be facilitated by Ticketmaster, and sold through www.alltechfeigames.com and www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets. Anyone with special needs, including ADA seating, may call the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.
  • racehorse_symposiumFascination and love for the Thoroughbred horse seems to be alive and well in America! Who would have thought that 350 people cared enough about this subject to show up so eager to learn something new? I hope they came away with a renewed sense of admiration and respect for these horses, and a renewed commitment to improving their own riding and training skills.

    I had my fingers crossed when JK Adams rode in at the start on Monster Chaser. JK has ridden in 5000 races, winning 1000 of them, so he wasn't nervous, but Kim Clark of Thoroughbred Placement & Rescue had warned me that the horse only had 7 days of post-race training and could be a handful.

  • I hope that this issue of Optimum Times finds you well and winding up a great Eventing season! This is our first electronic issue and I am thrilled that we have moved away from the paper format. We are saving a HUGE amount of money on printing and postage not to mention a bunch of trees! And speaking of saving paper, don’t forget that there is now a link on the Area II website that allows you to fill out event evaluations online and email them to me. It’s fast and easy and I can then forward your comments to the event organizer electronically so they can consider your comments before their next event.

    The Eventing season is nearly over here in Area II. There are just a couple of events left before we head south to Florida for the winter. Well, at least some of you. I know that the Spring Omnibus can’t be too far away from my inbox and I am sure that many of you are working on plans for the 2010 season. I hope that you will consider the Area Championships in your plans. Look for the dates elsewhere in this issue.

    2009 presented a bit of a challenge with the economy being so much in doubt and that will be reflected in the total number of starters for the year. This is very hard on our organizers because every entry lost comes right off the bottom line. In the spring, Red Hills (Fl.) was forced to cancel their very popular event because their early entries were very low. Faced with a huge cash outlay and no promise of recouping their investment, the organizers were left with no option. Similarly, Morven has cancelled their Classic Three Day for 2010. It is an immense help to the organizers if you can send your entries early…As close to the opening date as possible. I know there are a multitude of reasons to hold out (this from the king of the late entry!) but if you can, please send your entries early! I know our Organizers will appreciate it!

    Speaking of the Classic Format 3 Day, I can’t urge you strongly enough to make it your goal to participate in at least one Classic three day event if you can. Whether it’s a training three day like the one the Area II Adult Riders sponsor at Waredaca or one of the few long format CCI*’s that remain in the world, (all of them in the U.S.) you will find that the experience is invaluable. If you can’t participate as a competitor, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. It takes a lot of people to run a Classic. If you do not support these events, they will disappear and with them, the last chance to ride A,B,C as well as D. Not to mention a hugely important part of eventing!

    Mark your calendars! December 2-6, 2009 will see the return of the USEA National Meeting to Area II. And, it’s the 50th anniversary of the USEA! Since Area II will be the host Area, we will have a lot to do to help put on a premier event. Please help us make this year’s Annual Meeting one to remember. We will be looking for MANY volunteers to help out. Hopefully, we will have enough volunteers that each can spend just a couple of hours helping and have the remainder of the time free to attend meetings and seminars. Watch the website for more information but by all means, help out if you can! Look elsewhere in this issue for a list of potential volunteer jobs that need to be filled.

    I am thrilled to report that our Young Rider squads had a glorious time at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Junior CH-J* team of Molly Curtis, Huxley Greer, Colleen McKittrick and Laura Roberts won the team GOLD, handily beating the Ontario/BC team by nearly 30 points! Laura was also winner of the individual GOLD medal and Molly Curtis finished 4th individually.

    The CH-Y** team of Alex Martone, Alyssa Peterson and Katherine Samuels had a great week too! The only team without a drop score, all three pairs went well and just missed the gold by a few points, taking home the team SILVER medal. Katherine brought home the Individual BRONZE medal, with Alyssa finishing in 8th place individually and Alex in 10th.

    My heartiest congratulations to the riders, coaches, coordinators and grooms and parents who have worked so hard to make this dream come true. You are ALL stars!

    Now is the time to start planning for the next NAJYRC competition. Interested? Look at the Area II website for more info on how to get involved. And don’t forget the Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP). Designed for younger riders who are not ready for the one star level, this is a great way to get involved and work your way up to a team.

    As I write this, the Training Three Day is underway at Waredaca. The T3D is sponsored by the Area II Adult Riders and is their biggest event of the season. If you dream of joining the 4 star ranks or are just looking for a challenge at training, the T3D should be on your calendar. Run as a long format three day at the training level, this event is the ultimate competitive goal for many and a learning opportunity for all. If your goal is to move up to FEI recognized events, the T3D is a great place to get your feet wet in what it’s like to compete at the top of eventing. And it’s a bargain! For about the price of an event with stabling, T3D participants receive instruction in every aspect of the three day experience from some of the top names in our sport. Like Jimmy Wofford and Karen O’Connor. (And about a zillion others who so generously donate their time and expertise.) T3D riders and their grooms receive meals and lots of give aways as well. And best of all, this is an experience that builds your knowledge and will forever change your relationship with your horse. You just can’t help but develop a new respect for your pony after doing a long format 3 day.

    The T3D concept is now recognized by the USEA and there are several around the country with more on the way. Ask anyone who’s been to one…It’s a blast!

    Do you use the Area II website? Have you checked it out since Cheryl has revamped it? There are a lot of nice features that are available to our members. Like the ability to advertise items for sale, etc. And if you have something that might be of interest to other Area II members, why not submit an article or a picture? We want to make this site more valuable to you so please send your comments to me or to Cheryl.

  • sandhills-animalto benefit the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation

    October 24-25, 2009 at Loch Hurst Farm  2560 Lakebay Rd., Vass, NC

    Participate  •  Audit  •  Compete

    Have fun and support the Companion Animal Clinic…a great cause...working to reduce animal overpopulation through low cost spay/neuter.

    SATURDAY -Sport Horse Versatility Obstacle I and II Clinic

    with Linda Hoover

    Whether you ride dressage, hunters or western, come and learn about this

    exciting new concept. Sport Horse Versatility will take your riding and showing to

    a whole new level! Build the partnership with your horse and have a lot of FUN!

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    maisie_tinaAfter losing a gray horse to EPM in the Spring of 1995 my husband saw an ad for a 5 yr old gray TB mare.  We went to ride her, and watched her jump.  She made it clear that jumping was her favorite activity.  I wanted a horse that really wanted to jump as I had a previous horse that did not want to event.  So she came home in 1995.

    By the next year we started eventing at Beginner Novice, 1997 - Novice, 1998 - Training and by 1999 we made the big jump to Preliminary.

  • Waredaca's October Horse Trials, including the Area 2 Training 3-Day is just around the corner!!

    As you know, we really need your help in order for these competitions to run, so please let us know what days you will be able to help us.

    Each volunteer will receive a 'Waredaca Bucks' voucher, which can be  used for anything Waredaca offers: cross country schooling, lessons, board, training, entries, logo wear and so on. The equivalent is $25/4 hours; maximum to earn $50/day, which would be a full day of volunteering.

  • Bruce Davidson, Sr., World Champion eventer, will be hosting a fall eventing clinic at Chesterland Farm, Unionville, PA. The clinic will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 and Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, with a special cocktail reception Friday night for participants, Oct. 30, 2009.

    Two sessions of up to 8 riders will be held each day, with stadium jumping on Saturday, and cross-country riding on Sunday over the course at Chesterland.

  • Waredaca and Area 2 will be following the USEA  Training Level Three-Day Event Test  Policy for the 2009 Training 3-Day. This document gives the specifications for time, distance, speed, and other important information.

    Download a copy here.

  • In an effort to keep all information consistent and up to date, logistical information for the Training 3-Day in Area II will be posted on the Waredaca website.

    There is a Training 3-Day section under competitions on the top menu at www.waredaca.com.

    Thank you!

  • Calling all EVENTERS!!

    Equestrian Arts Institute, located in Mebane, NC, is holding try-outs for our Junior and Senior Eventing Teams.  Try-outs will be held, October 4th and Oct. 31st, 2009 at Equestrian Arts Institute (please call 919-563-2551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information). Your own horse can be used provided horse has proof of current vaccinations.

  • This year’s theme was “Area II getting lucky in Kentucky!” and boy did we ever!! The championships were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY home of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. After a very successful spring for our juniors and young riders, we were able to field a complete team with 2 individuals in the CCI* and a team of 3 for the CCI**.

  • USEA Annual MeetingThe USEA Annual Meeting will take place December 2-6, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston VA. In addition to the Year End Awards Luncheon, the Hall of Fame Dinner, and the many forums and educational offerings, activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the USEA are also in the works. Our Area 2 meeting will be in conjunction with this rather than a separate meeting since it is located in the heart of Area 2.Area II at the National Meeting

  • steuart_pittmanClinician teams up with Maryland Therapeutic Riding and Thoroughbred Placement Organizations.

    Crownsville, Md. - July 28, 2009 - On October 4, nationally recognized horseman Steuart Pittman will present the first Retired Racehorse Training Symposium for horse lovers interested in learning more about working with Thoroughbred horses in successful careers after the racetrack.

    The event is supported by Maryland Therapeutic Riding, the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER), Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, Leighton Farm, and a soon-to-be-announced roster of sponsors.

  • It does seem strange how some events are over-subscribed and some are not getting enough entries in 2009.

    This question was posed this question on the Area 2 Adult Riders’ chat list....

    “If you saw events that had lower priced entries (I'm talking recognized here) would it make a difference or are you choosing your recognized events for facility/courses, location? What is making you choose the events you choose? Are you more likely to do unrecognized events because of costs? Are you doing fewer events because of finances, or other reasons? Would you do more if they were less expensive? Is safety playing into any of your decisions?”

    Following is a summary of the responses. Where do you fit in?

  • If you've ever taken a lesson with Sharon White, or she's just made you smile as she pulled into an event in her bright orange rig, then you know how friendly, helpful and downright humble she is. Now Sharon needs our help.

    Her truck and trailer were totaled in an accident on the way to the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials a few weeks ago. Although she is fine, and her horses are fine, she is going to have to buy a new rig, and insurance is only paying about a third of what it will take to replace what she had.

    A group of her students is getting together to put on a really fun fundraiser. They’re planning DerbyCross* Lite, a competition from elementary through preliminary with a combination of show jumping and cross-country but no dressage! This won't be a team event like regular DerbyCross, but it will feature some great prizes and special awards.
  • Denis Glaccum underwent double by-pass heart surgery Monday at the Christiana Hospital. The surgeon said it was a classic case and that everything is fine. What a great hospital and thanks to Tim Gardner who kept a watchful eye on the proceedings. Denis should be released in 3-5 days depending on how well he fast he can learn to do things for himself. He is not allowed to be waited on – I like that one. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
  • We will soon be offering banner advertising on the website. For a limited time, we are offiering a FREE banner to the first 25 people who respond! This offer includes your banner rotating in the spot above for two weeks, including a link to your site.

    Ads will also be available in the Optimum Times online newsletter, which will be coming out soon.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get in on this sweet deal! With almost 10,000 unique visitors per month, the possibilities for promoting your business are boundless!

    (Ads must be furnished in the size and format specified to be eligible, and only one per person or company, please.)

  • The 2010 Championships Bid Application has been uploaded. Organizers, please get your copy and submit your bids for 2010 Area Championship locations.
  • In the coming weeks, Merial will provide a series of columns from experienced veterinarians. These columns are based on questions Merial receives every day from horse owners across the country. Chances are, you or someone you know has the same question, such as:

    QUESTION: Do certain horses have a higher risk of developing stomach ulcers than others?

  • First off we have downsized our Fall Horse Trials for 2009 into an unrecognized horse trial.  We have new organizers, Sandy McCormack and Helen Hayn. We hope that you will come out and support the horse trials which will be on our traditional weekend of October 17-18, 2009. If all goes well this year and Sandy and Helen find enough people to help them with the daunting task of running a horse trial - we expect to come back next fall with recognized status.

  • Yvonne Lucas Training Session Contest

    Advanced-level eventer Yvonne Lucas has generously donated a 3-day mini-camp for T3D aspirants (either '09 or '10). This includes: 3-4 night's board for their horse at Yvonne's Red Moon Farm, and one lesson a day: (day 1) dressage, (day 2) stadium, and (day 3) cross-country/ galloping/ steeplechase (off-site). In addition, you'll be discussing theory, riding strategy, conditioning, calculating minute markers, riding roads & tracks, horse care, etc.

    Yvonne will provide stall/straw bedding/turnout. Winner would be responsible for hauling the horse, hay and grain, and their own accommodations, etc. Winner would have the possibility of riding other horses at my farm in addition to their own at no additional cost.

    Now the important part: How do YOU win?!?

  • The Professional Riders Organization ended a successful weekend at the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials on Sunday.  The weekend included guided course walks, a reception for new members, an exciting silent auction and PRO riders winning top honors.

    “We were pleased by the reception the Professional Riders Organization received at Stuart,” said Laura VanderVliet, a distinguished event rider and PRO founder. “Not only are we grateful for the encouragement and excitement riders and spectators expressed, we are extremely proud of how our riders performed.”

  • Information is posted under Competitions/Adult Team Challenge, so stay tuned for more! Click here for the ATC page.

  • The guidelines are posted in a pdf on the USEA Website. Here is a link, click to find out more.   http://useventing.com/resources/files/docs/ATC.pdf

    Start thinking about the "Chronicle of the Horse Adult Team Challenge" which will be held in November at the Virginia Horse Trials Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA.

    This is always a fun event, and I hope we have a great showing this year. I was out at Inavale in Oregon for the ATC's a couple of weeks ago. They had five preliminary teams, four training teams, five novice teams and one beginner novice team. A really great showing!

    With that said I have a surprise for you this year so if you are a paid Adult Rider member there is a little something special if you participate in the ATC's this year. So please let me know if you are planing on being on a team, or want a team , or whatever.

    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to give team names and participants, or to put your name in requesting to be placed on a team.

  • Jimmy Wofford will mentor you is you are planning on riding in the Waredaca T3D in October. This will be done via the internet, by sending him videos, emails, pictures etc. There is a donation of $100 to the T3D for this. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Cindy DePorter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • WEG

    Ticket Sales Set to Begin on September 25, 2009

    Ticket prices and detailed competition schedules for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are now available as the world’s most prestigious equestrian competition prepares to visit the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25-October 10, 2010.

  • The USEA Recognized Maryland Horse Trials I (July 11-12) and The Maryland Horse Trials II (July 18 - 19) are closing soon - MDHT I closes 6/23 and MDHT II closes 6/30. MDHT II Stabling--*More stabling has been added!!*. Get your entries in!

    Note that MDHT has new coursedescriptions which did not make it into the current omnibus.

  • View a listing of clinics from USEA, Area 2 and other Areas as well. Download the pdf here.
  • It's not too late to enter the CDCTA Horse Trials!  Saturday, June 20 - Baby Novice, Sunday, June 21 - Beginner Novice through Preliminary.

    Entries will be accepted through June 15th at 5 p.m. ESDT.  All late entries MUST include the $35 late fee AND MUST be submitted through http://www.evententries.com.
  • See the Area II Championships Policy Page for more details.

    Level

    Date

    Event

    Location

    Beginner novice

    8/22-23/09

    Difficult Run PC HT

    VA

    Novice

    10/22-25/09

    Waredaca HT

    MD

    Training

    9/19-20/09

    Marlborough HT

    VA

    Preliminary

    10/30-11/1/09

    Virginia HT

    VA

    Intermediate

    9/18-20/09

    Plantation Field HT

    PA

    Advanced

    9/18-20/09

    Plantation Field HT

    PA

  • Horse Park of NJ Aerial PhotoIt's official—and back on the USEA calendar—with a different name...different organizer... but the same great location.

    New Jersey Adult Riders & trainers, the course designer, course builder, veterinarian and many others all sprung into action to support Jane Cory and the Horse Park of New Jersey in their efforts to continue to hold a recognized Horse Trial at the Horse Park of New Jersey in 2009. The event will help raise funds for 2010's Jersey Fresh event.

    We invite you to come and join the fun and compete in October at this wonderful venue. It's a “must go to” Horse Trial this year!

    Event: Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trial
    Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
    Divisions: Recognized USEA/USEF Intermediate thru Beginner Novice
    Contact: Jane Cory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The horse trial is followed by a 2 day Lucinda Green clinic.

  • The Marlborough Horse Trials and Marlborough Pony Club are co-hosting a two-day eventing clinic with Eric Smiley on June 9th and 10th. To date I do not have enough entries to even come close to filling or breaking even on this clinic. We priced it very low to cover expenses and leave buffer to pay a facility fee should we need to move to the indoor arena due to weather.
     
    Eric is an FEI Official and International competitor in addition to being a wonderful clinician.  We have a great event planned for the two-days, including an evening seminar with wine and cheese and light snacks.

  • CDCTA is pleased to announce the addition of a Baby Novice (18") Horse Trial Test Division and the USEA Young Event Horse Classes for 4 and 5 year olds to their June Horse Trial lineup.

  • Molly will be teaching a clinic on Wednesday June 10 at Plain Dealing.  All levels and ages are welcome, and the proceeds will be donated to the Area II Young Riders Program.  It will be small groups, your choice of cross country or show jumping.

    The cost is $55, or a discounted rate of $50 for pony clubbers or young riders. To sign up, mail a check made out to Plain Dealing Farm to Molly at:
        PO Box 387
        Scottsville VA 24590

    Please let Molly know what level group you would like to ride in, and whether you want to show jump or do xc.

    We also wanted to let everyone know that the proceeds from xc schooling for the months of April and May will also be donated to the Young Riders Program, so come on out and school at Plain Dealing! 

  • Volunteer “Perks Pool” Program

    Volunteer for one day at the following participating Area II events, and you will be eligible for the Area II Volunteer “Perks Pool”, where you can earn a cross country schooling AT ANOTHER EVENT, or other event “perk”, in exchange for a full day of work at your favorite local event.

    Examples:
    Volunteer a full day at Flora Lea: Earn a cross country schooling at Marlborough! Or….volunteer a full day at Marlborough, and earn a 50% discount on a Starter Horse Trial entry at Plantation

  • NORWOOD, N.C.:  TONIGHT, Thursday, April 2, 2009, the Professional Riders Organization will host an open meeting at the Fork Horse Trials.  PRO members Craig Thompson, Philip Dutton, Buck Davidson and Allison Springer will field questions on PRO’s mission and what membership in PRO offers.  Anyone interested in learning more about PRO is welcome to attend, and drinks will be served.  

    EVENT: The Professional Riders Organization will host an open meeting at the 
    Fork Horse Trials to discuss PRO's mission and membership.

    DATE/TIME: TONIGHT, Thursday, April 2, 2009
    5:30 PM (after the jog)

    LOCATION: The Fork Farm & Stables
    Stabling Area, between Barns H & I
    3200 Fork Road
    Norwood, NC 28128
  • Last Chance! Deadline is May 5

    Bonnie Mosser is travelling to England to compete at Badminton this spring and we have organized a really cool raffle to help raise money for her trip.

    The Grand Prize includes:

    • 6 days at her farm in Gordonsville, VA
    • 5 Lessons on your horse
    • 1 lesson on Merloch
    • Stabling (bedding included)
    • Housing (a private room in the working student house)

    Click the read more link for details!

  • Difficult Run Pony Club's Horse Trial  has, in the past, offered special divisions and teams for Adult Riders. Steve Symansky, the DRPC HT secretary, says, “Difficult Run is happy to support the Adult Riders and will  try to have separate Adult Rider divisions. but it will depend upon whether we have enough entries to warrant your own division. If not we can still place people across several divisions as we did this spring. Please indicate on your entry form that you would like to be in the Adult Rider Division and make sure you are a member.”

  • Jersey Fresh will run a CIC*** alongside the CCI**/*** , from May 6-10, 2009. Jersey Fresh will also run a Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse  Tuesday , May 5, 2009.

    Info can be found in the USEA Omnibus. Note: CIC3* will follow statements in omnibus for CCI3*, EXCEPT: Dressage will be CIC3* test A, cross country will be 4000 meters @570, 34 jumps. Entry fee is $350., stabling is $150.

    Questions? E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 609-259-0170.

  • In an effort to maximize the potential of our elite equine athletes, research is being conducted to better understand the nutritional problems plaguing top level three-day event horses. The Equine Science Programs at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland are seeking survey study participants that have competed one or more horses at the CIC/CCI*** or CIC/CCI**** level in 2008.

    The survey is available online and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The information gathered from the survey will help researchers plan future research to target these discipline specific nutritional concerns and problems. If you qualify as a participant and have not yet received a survey, contact Dr. Carey Williams at 732-932-5529 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    All answers will be confidential and names will not be associated with any responses.

  • The ESDCTA NJ HT October 17-18, 2009 has been cancelled. They are hoping to return to the calendar in 2010 pending finding a more suitable date or more affordable venue.

    http://www.esdcta.org/Activities/Competitions/Competition_Home.html

  • Openings are still available for the April 18-19 dressage clinic with Lauren Sprieser.  Do you know the full performance potential of your horse working on state of the art footing with the assistance of one of the Nation's leading young adult trainers?
  • NAJYRC 2008

    What a journey we had to the wild, wild west this year. NAJYRC this year was held at the beautiful Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. Due to the extend travel and acclimation issues for horses and riders, we held our training camp over 10 days at the O’Brien’s Kincora Farm in Vass, North Carolina. They were kind enough to donate their facility at no charge to the program again this year. Much appreciation from all of us.

    Camp began on the 18th of July with the attendees including Laura Roberts, Kaitlin Spurlock, Kate Bagwell, Alex Martone Molly Curtiss and Benita Strini. All horse’s and rider’s arrived geared up and ready to go! This year Area II had only a CH * junior team and did not have any Young Riders qualified for the CH**. I am hopeful for next year though!

  • North American Thoroughbred Society Adapts Award Program to Current Economic Climate

    Preserves High Service Level and Enhances Benefits while Reducing Membership Cost

    Recognizing the impact of tough economic times on the equine industry and its members, The North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS), a company that promotes the interests of Jockey Club-registered North American Thoroughbreds, today announced that it has revised its popular North American Series award program. The revised recognition program maintains a high level of service to members while significantly reducing membership costs and extending benefits.

  • The Red Hills Horse Trials scheduled for March 13-15 has been cancelled. The organizing committee of Jane Barron, Terrie Brooks and Marvin Mayer reluctantly made the decision today due to a lack of entries.  Red Hills Horse Trials has been one of the USA’s premier events for many years and a favorite of riders and spectators alike.  Its cancellation will leave a large gap in the early spring schedule.

    “It is with extreme sadness that we must cancel the 2009 trials,” said Jane Barron.

  • Thanks to everyone who participated!

    2008 USEA Area II Silent Auction Bid Summary

    Event

    Winning Bidder

    Final Bid

    The Ark Schooling Pass

    DC McBroom

    $25.00

    The Ark

    DC McBroom

    $90.00

    Bucks County

    Holly Covey

    $55.00

    Burgundy Hollow

    Susan MacRae

    $30.00

    Difficult Run

    Picasso - Internet

    $110.00

    ESDCTA New Jersey

    Yvonne Lucas

    $50.00

    Fair Hill International

    Karen Rubin

    $145.00

    Five Points

    Yvonne Lucas

    $80.00

    Flora Lea

    Karen Rubin

    $45.00

    The Fork

    Yvonne Lucas

    $100.00

    Green Hill Park

    Cheryl Microutsicos - Internet

    $25.00

    Longleaf Pine

    Lynda Paxton

    $50.00

    Loudoun Hunt

    Sandy McCormack

    $115.00

    Lumber River

    DC McBroom

    $65.00

    Marlborough

    Sandy McCormack

    $95.00

    Maryland at Lock Moy

    Oliver King

    $145.00

    MCTA Inc

    Holly Covey

    $115.00

    Middleburg

    Sandy McCormack

    $95.00

    Morven Park

    Sandy McCormack

    $110.00

    Olney

    Sandy McCormack

    $80.00

    Oxbow

    Karen Rubin

    $25.00

    Pinehurst

    DC McBroom

    $30.00

    Plantation 1

    Sandy McCormack

    $120.00

    Plantation 2

    Holly Covey

    $120.00

    Radnor

    Karen Rubin

    $65.00

    Redland Hunt

    Sandy McCormack

    $65.00

    Rubicon Farm

    Sandy McCormack

    $115.00

    Seneca Valley

    Melissa (mbdobbs) - Internet

    $130.00

    Southern Pines

    DC McBroom

    $155.00

    Surefire

    Yvonne Lucas

    $110.00

    Virginia 1

    Yvonne Lucas

    $105.00

    Virginia 2

    Holley Covey

    $100.00

    Waredaca

    J. Myer

    $140.00

  • Bringing in 2009 with new forms and an updated format, the website has new file repository system and contact area. More things are coming, including a photo gallery where you can upload your photos, so stay tuned. Please report any anomalies or problems, suggestions. You can find contact information on the top menu link. ... Cheryl Microutsicos, Area 2 Webmaster.
  • This area will keep news from the home page in an archive format. This section holds 2008 information from the old website.

    Your ticket to “The Ride of Your Life”

    The Training Level Three Day Event is an educational hybrid competition; it is officially recognized by the United States Eventing Association as an educational activity. Riders compete in an actual "classic" three day event, with roads and tracks and steeplechase, a "10-minute box"as well as cross country, in addition to dressage and stadium jumping. Formal horse inspections also take place on the first day and on the last day. What makes it fun is the wonderful educational opportunities for both riders and volunteers.

    Reorganization of website

    posted Jan. 3, 2008

    It's that time of year...time to clean out the old and bring in the new. So right now we're cleaning house and reorganizing the website to have a new format that will be more interactive and hopefully provide members with a better online experience.

    Please bear with us while we complete this process. The site will remain up and you shouldn't notice any interruptions, but things may not be updated on this format as we're moving to a new one.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the webmaster. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Kevin Baumgardner to speak at Annual Meeting

    posted Nov. 16, 2008

    The Committee for the Area II Annual Meeting is delighted to announce that Mr. Kevin Baumgardner, President of the United States Eventing Association, will be speaking at our meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square, PA on Saturday, November 22nd, 2008.

    Mr. Baumgardner has graciously agreed to meet with us and talk about what he sees as the key issues facing Eventing in the coming years. After his opening remarks, we will open the session to allow you to pose your own questions to Mr. Baumgardner and to share your opinions about what is important to our sport. Prepare your questions and comments and come to Kennett Square next Saturday!

    Please get you reservations in as soon as possible. Registrations received after Monday cannot be guaranteed inclusion in the meals provided.

    Click here for Annual Meeting schedule and registration forms

    The Annual Meeting is a great time to visit with friends, learn new things and see what’s in store for next year. Some things to look forward to this year…..

    The Rules Forum – get a preview of rules changes and proposed changes for the 2009 competition year.

    Speakers

    • Gretchen Butts will give us a recap of her Hong Kong experience.Gretchen Butts has served the USEA in just about every capacity possible. A past board member and VP of Education, she is currently Director of the USEA Officials Advisory Panel and the Educational Consultant to the Association. She also is an advisor to the USEF Eventing Technical Committee, a member of the Active Athletes and Safety Committees as well as being very involved in cross country course design with the licensed designers and builders. Gretchen is herself a licensed judge and technical delegate-- nationally and internationally, organized three USEA recognized events this year, and while doing all this had piloted her horse Zydeco at the Four Star Level as well as training some younger horses. Gretchen is one of those rare people who understands just about every rule of the sport, and is happy to pass this information along to everyone in the form of her Get Smart column in Eventing USA, or at the various competitions and clinics she organizes and attends. Her dedication to the sport, her horses, her family, and the USEA is truly appreciated.
    • Kelley Williams will be share with us how she manages to start and bring along young horses. After graduating from St. Mary’s College with a degree in math, Kelley married high school sweetheart, Danny Williams, and began working for Ridgeview Veterinary Practice (large animal veterinarians). Working with Dr. Will Engel at the practice has helped fine-tune her horsemanship skills through the years. In addition, she continued with her riding and competing and eventually found a love of retraining young horses off the track. That, coupled with her passion for eventing, led to her current career. Kelley is a naturally gifted trainer who always seems to know what the young horses need and possesses an infinite amount of patience with them. Over the past few years, Kelley has found incredible gratification in her teaching and coaching, and feels very strongly that she learns as much from her students as they learn from her.
    • Banquet - The evening banquet and award ceremony is a super way to put a close on the competition year and reflect upon not only the successes of ourselves and others, but to take stock of the things we need to work on in the coming year both as competitors and eventing enthusiasts.

    DOWNLOAD the registration form. (PDF)

    FINAL POINTS TALLIED - FINAL results are posted.

    posted Nov. 15, 2008

    The final event of the year is completed, and the results have been posted in record time (thank you, Rubicon!) I have now calculated all the divisions, and the points and placings are shown.

    2009 Event Stallion Auction

    posted Nov. 13, 2008

    The 2009 Area II EVENT STALLION Auction, our 2nd annual, to benefit the Area II Young Riders, will get started the first of December, 2008. Please check back for detailed instructions if you are interested in donating a stallion service, or in bidding on one! If you have a question please email Area II Sponsorship coordinator, Holly Covey, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you! (All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, Area II YR is a 501.c.3 educational activity.)

    The Stable Scoop Radio Show Goes Live With An Entertaining Look At All Things Horse

    posted Nov. 6, 2008

    The Horse Radio Network is pleased to announce the launch of it's first weekly Internet radio show. The Stable Scoop Radio Show takes an entertaining look at a different horse topic each week. With the help of the leading experts, veteran online radio hosts Glenn the Geek and Helena B. bring you a light hearted informative look at the topic of the week. Appealing to a variety of equestrian disciplines and horse enthusiasts of all sorts, the Stable Scoop Radio Show is available for listening on their site at www.stablescoop.com or through iTunes.

    Glenn the Geek and Helena B. are familiar with hosting duties on the Internet as they hosted one of the first horse podcasts over two years ago. Both are experienced horse people who take a somewhat irreverent look at the horse industry and are not shy about sharing their opinions. Glenn is a trained improvisational actor and a horse husband with over 20 years of experience at both. Helena is an experienced horsewoman, mom of a horse-loving six year old and avid fox hunter. "Helena provides a great counterbalance to some of Glenn's wackiness," comments Jennifer, a groupie of the hosting pair.

    With an emphasis on the everyday rider, show segments include Horse News, Blog of the Week, Stable Spotlight, the 2010 Games Report, and interviews with top riders as well as rider's in the "barn next door."

    Listeners can catch new shows each Friday at www.stablescoop.com or by subscribing through iTunes. The show is available to download to MP3 players or iPods, so folks can listen while they are doing their favorite barn chores or on the road to the next horse show!

    Where the Buffalo Roam - NAJYRC 2008

    posted Oct. 17, 2008

    What a journey we had to the wild, wild west this year. NAJYRC this year was held at the beautiful Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. Due to the extend travel and acclimation issues for horses and riders, we held our training camp over 10 days at the O’Brien’s Kincora Farm in Vass, North Carolina. They were kind enough to donate their facility at no charge to the program again this year. Much appreciation from all of us. Camp began on the 18th of July with the attendees including Laura Roberts, Kaitlin Spurlock, Kate Bagwell, Alex Martone Molly Curtiss and Benita Strini. All horse’s and rider’s arrived geared up and ready to go! This year Area II had only a CH * junior team and did not have any Young Riders qualified for the CH**. I am hopeful for next year though!

    Training camp went really well...

    Points Updated Sept. 19, 2008

    posted Sept. 24, 2008

    The days are getting cooler, and some of the nights are almost cold enough to require sheets! The season is starting to wind down already. Hard to believe there are only 15 events left to go!

    Training 3-Day News

    Area II Adult Riders are happy to report that Cowboy Magic has joined the Training Three Day Event this year as a new Silver Sponsor. Other sponsors this year include Rebecca Farms and many more!

    The deadline is fast approached for both program ads and Fence Sponsorships ($100). For more information contact Sponsorship Coordinator Holly Covey.

    The training three-day event takes place at Waredaca, Laytonsville, MD., on Oct. 22-25, 2008. Entries are now open for the educational hybid competition held annually and sponsored by the Adult Riders group. Entries will close Oct. 7, 2008 but get yours in early if you are considering entering to enable organizers to plan.

    Volunteer positions are going fast - be sure to sign up to volunteer as soon as you can! Volunteer Coordinator is Jaffe Nye.

    For more information check the website or click on the link to the left.

    Across the Levels Team Challenge Sponsored by Waxhaw Tack Exchange (October 25-26)
    in conjunction with the NCDCTA championships.

    By Abbey Dondanville

    posted 9/1/08

    Teams consist of three or four riders of any age/division competing in any three or four consecutive levels (i.e. one rider each at Preliminary, Training, Novice, and BegNovice). The best three consecutive scores will be used to determine final team standings. If a team has only three members, they must ride in consecutive levels. Riders will continue to earn individual awards and USEA points in their respective divisions.

    The spring USEA event, and had over 20 teams compete! Riders really seemed to enjoy being able to compete with their coaches, children, barnmates, etc. We even allowed the Maiden riders’ scores to count in the team competition, so Junior riders were thrilled (there were several M,BN,N teams)…including a YRAP team.

    IT'S AUGUST -- Do You Know Where YOUR Teammates Are???

    By Penny Lynch

    posted 8/26/08

    October 4th, and the Annual CDCTA (Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association) vs. VADA/Nova (Virginia Dressage Association, Northern Virginia Chapter) Dressage Team Challenge Show in Haymarket, VA will be here before you know it.... I know, I know…. This isn’t a horse trial, or an event, but it’s a REALLY FUN dressage show. And what eventer doesn’t need to polish dressage a little bit? So, consider forming a team, and coming out and having a blast...

    Points Updated August 10, 2008

     

    Reminder: Don't forget to submit your Volunteer Hours Confirmation Form (with at least EIGHT hours of volunteer time) for your points to count at the end.Of the 24 total divisions offered, only 11 of them to date have the highest point earner confirmed with their volunteer hours.

    Team Challenges at Difficult Run HT

    posted July 31, 2008

    Difficult Run Horse Trials (8/23 & 24) is again offering an Adult Rider Team Challenge at their August Horse Trials. Organizer Steve Symansky says, “This is a great way for adult riders to have a little extra challenge and fun at our Horse Trials. We are happy to also host a YRAP Team Challenge this year, and we hope USEA members will take advantage of these added challenges at our Horse Trials.”

    Participants in the Adult Rider Team Challenge need to be a member of the Area II AR program to participate. If you are not currently a member and want to participate, just sign up and let the organizer know that you have joined (forms are available to the right). Note that team members can be competing in different divisions and levels to form a team.

    The YRAP Team Challenge is for junior riders and is modeled after the adult team competition. The kids have loads of fun naming their teams and dressing up for cross-country. More info is on the YRAP page of this site.

    Please visit the Difficult Run Pony Club Horse Trials website for more information. Thank you to Steve Symansky, the organizer of DRPC HT for adding this fun dimension to the Horse Trials.

    Points Updated July 26, 2008

    posted July 29, 2008

    It's been a busy summer for everyone! Hot weather continues throughout the Area, but doesn't seem to be holding anyone back. I received a nice flurry of registrations just before the June 30th cutoff, so I guess people are happy about how their seasons are going!

    Some notable results from the last few months:

    • Wendie Bebie and Hoover had a nice 3rd place finish at the Virginia CCI* Full Format three day event (Open Division) while Tribbie McKinnon and Carlingford Sky finished 8th in the Jr/Young Rider Division. Congratulations on these placings in the true test of our sport, and a huge THANK YOU to Brian and Penny Ross of the Virginia Horse Trials for their continued support and belief in this traditional test of eventing.
    • Gigi Carter and Inka Dinka Doo finished 2nd in the Open Intermediate Division, Brittany Bridges and Derrymor grabbed a 2nd in the Training division, and DeAnna Hines and San Marco won their Training division, all at the Virginia Horse Trials.
    • Kay Brady and Homecoming Affair have brought home seconds at Waredaca, Seneca, a win at CDCTA, and then travelled out to Area 8 to bring home a 2nd from South Farm Horse Trial.
    • Courtney Cooper had a nice 2nd place finish at Waradaca and a 3rd at Surefire on Who's a Star (Training)
    • Heather Athey and Sampson IV brought home a 2nd at Rubicon and a 3rd at Surefire (Beginner Novice) while Emily Dunn and Atticus won their Beginner Novice Division at Rubicon.
    • Dana Norquist and Foothills Waterman had a 2nd place finish at Rubicon (Novice), and Cindy Wood and Unbelievable continued their steady season at Preliminary with second place finishes at Rubicon and MCTA.
    • Margretta Willemin and Kon Tiki finished 2nd at Plantation and 3rd at Seneca (Beginner Novice) while Jorgen Olijslager and Tally won their Beginner Novice division at Bucks County.
    • Carloline Martin won her Training division on Siren's Song, while Holly Covey and Rugby took 3rd in her Training division at Plantation Fields.
    • Yvette Seger and Roger Rabbit took 2nd place (Novice) and Mardi Herman and Zoe won at Preliminary at Seneca.

    USEF/USEA Safety Summit

    posted 6/18/08

    Lexington, KY ? The USEF/USEA Safety Summit took place on June 7-8, 2008 in downtown Lexington, KY. More than 250 people from all corners of the country and all levels of the sport of Eventing showed up to listen, voice their concerns and work with fellow members of the Eventing community to find solutions to the safety issues facing the sport.

    Plantation Field Introduces International Competition

    posted 6/17/08

    Fair Hill Events, Inc. (501(c)3) is pleased to announce the inaugural Plantation Field International CIC***, to be held September 19-21 2008 in Unionville, Pennsylvania. Already established as a popular venue for horse trials at all levels, this is the first time that Plantation Field will offer an internationally recognized competition.

    Site updates

    posted June 14, 2008

    We're moving servers this weekend so you may see some fluctuation or errors. Please be patient and let us know if you have any issues. If you added any listings or classifieds from June 11 to June 14 you may have to add them again, as access to the old site is no longer available for me to copy the ads. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you!

    Lexington Safety Summit…Notes

    by Duncan MacRae, Area II Chairman

    posted June 9, 2008

    *****Important Disclaimer*****
    The synopsis that follows is my own paraphrase of what was discussed at the summit. It is by no means comprehensive. What I report here is likely colored by my own personal bias and experience, despite my best efforts to report the facts and remain objective. (Except for the long format *, which I am shamelessly in favor of!!!!!)

    Some introductory discussion

    David O’Connor. Opening remarks. 2% of rider falls result in injury. Few of those are serious.

    50% of horse falls result in serious rider/horse injury. Plainly, reducing horse falls will go a long way to reducing catastrophic injury for both horses and riders.

    The focus of the summit should be on how to reduce horse falls.

    Kevin Baumgardner: Praised Jimmy Wofford and Danny Warrington’s editorial pieces.

    Expressed a need for us all to unite and become “evangelists” for safety.

    Frangible Pins

    Only 4% of jumps are built with frangible pins. Frangible fences are only useful to the horse and rider who are already in deep trouble! When the question was put to the group...

    Free Coursewalks by Emily Beshear

    posted: June 5, 2008

    In response to the recent conversations circulating throughout the eventing world regarding safety, responsibility and proper preparation for the cross country phase, Emily Beshear, in partnership with two of her sponsors: CFC Farm and Home Center and Foxden Equine, decided to offer a series of free course walks throughout the 2008 season. These course walks will be open to all- riders, parents and the general public. Riders, please feel free to join Emily as a supplement to your regular coach's walks, or because you find yourself competing alone for a weekend. Parents and friends... join her to learn how competitors break down the complexities of a course and turn it into a fun and exciting outing with their horses!

    The free Course Walks will focus on safe, effective and efficient approaches to fences. In between fences participants will be encouraged to talk to Emily about their warm up strategies, preparation for the competition, stud choices, general tack questions, how to best help the horses recover after the course, etc.

    Emily says, "These course walks are but a first step in making myself open and accessible to my fellow competitors." Please meet Emily at the start box at the following competitions:

    • Surefire HT 6/28-29
    • Maryland HT @ Loch Moy 7/19-20
    • Loudoun Hunt PC HT 8/30-31
    • Middleburg HT 9/27-28
    • Virginia HT 11/1-2

    Please e-mail ahead of time if you would like to walk to request your level, or look out at the competition for the specific courses and times. You can e-mail Emily directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also visit www.bricklandeventing.com for more information on clinics and training.

    Area Points Program Update

    posted June 27, 2008

    ...Lots of good results keep coming in! My hat's off to all of you who endured the early heat of both Rubicon and Lumber River! And a huge cheer to all the volunteers at both of those events. I have read nothing but good reports about how helpful and cheerful they were in that horrible heat. That's what eventing is all about -- pulling together to get the horse trial put on...

    One last reminder. As of July 1st, there is a late fee of $25.00 per horse/rider combination being registered in the program.

    Website Info

    posted: May 18, 2008

    You may have received notice that the USEA is rolling out a new website in the next few weeks. Our site is hosted with USEA so it's possible we may see some brief interruptions in service while things are changed over. Please be patient during any transition, and let us know if you experience any difficulties. Thank you!

    Sad News

    posted: May 11, 2008

    I am sad to report that yesterday, at The Jersey Fresh Three Day, David O’Connor’s horse, Tigger Too died at fence #28 on the CCI*** course. Tigger was being ridden by Lauren Kieffer, who was not seriously hurt in the fall. Tigger Too was sent to the University Of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center for necropsy. According to an article in this morning’s Newark Star Ledger, the reported cause of death was a pulmonary hemorrhage that resulted in a ruptured aorta.

    I know that I speak for all of Area II when I extend our condolences to the O’Connor and Kieffer families on the loss of this fabulous horse.

    Points Update May 10, 2008

    posted: May 8, 2008

    The USEA caught up this week and posted lots of results, so I'm caught up now to this weekend. Be sure to double check the standings and let me know if I have missed something!

    Lisa Rice, Kay Brady, and Laura Roberts have satisfied their volunteer requirements this week, all by fence judging at Difficult Run. I'm sure Steve Symansky and everyone at Difficult Run appreciates your efforts!

    Some notable finishes...

    Event Evaluations are a Piece of Cake

    posted: May 8, 2008

    Now Available: Electronic Event Evaluation Submission!We all know the event evaluations are important, but many don't want to take the time to find the form, fill it out, and then have to <gasp> put on a stamp and walk to the mailbox! So we have set up an online event evaluation form. It mimics the printed form, but will be submitted electronically to the Area II Chair.

    The form is available under the "Competitions" link on the left. You do not have to fill in your name or email address, but the event name and date are required for obvious reasons. Complete yours today--it's a piece of cake!

    Points Update, May 2008

    posted: May 4, 2008

    As May begins, the eventing season is now in full swing both north and south in the Area. Registrations keep coming in...Looks like the Adult Amateurs are kicking some butt out there. Some notable placings this month include...

     

    Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

    posted: May 3, 2008

    Wed. June 11, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Flagship Farm and the Wine Cellar of Southern Pines are putting on a wine tasting to benefit the Young Rider Program. This catered event features great food, great wine, door prizes, and wonderful auction items. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple. Please contact Audrey Wiggins for ticket information at 910-315-3032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Stallion Auction benefits Young Riders

    posted: April 23, 2008

    The Area II Stallion Auction has ended, and we would like to thank everyone for their bids, and thank the stallion owners for their generous donations. Because of the generosity of these people, almost $5,000 was raised for YRs!.

    We will keep the stallion listings live on the stallion page to promote these fine Area 2 Eventing Stallions, and encourage you to consider them for your breeding program."

    North American Thoroughbred Society Launches Survey

    posted: April 21, 2008

    In a move to gather more information about how Thoroughbreds are being used outside of racing, the North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS), launched a short survey designed to reach out to Thoroughbred owners and elicit feedback. The data will help NATBS tailor programs to an expanded range of members’ interests.

    The three-minute survey poses seven questions with a range of possible answers that can be simply checked off, with flexibility to add more information if desired. Answers are confidential and the information is not shared with any outside individuals or organizations. Surveys may be requested by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Survey results will be posted at www.hellohorse.com later this summer.

    Clinic with David & Lauren O'Brien, Charlottesville, VA

    posted: April 16, 2008

    The Area II Young Rider program would like to extend invitations for our May 17-18 training session with David and Lauren O'Brien to anyone in the area schooling novice level or above. The clinic will be held at River Lawn Farm near Charlottesville, VA. This facility is a fantastic site with a cross country course built by Eric Bull, a spacious show jumping area and a covered dressage arena. The cost of the clinic is $250 which includes stabling, lunch on both Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday evening. The more entries we receive, the more money the Young Rider program will raise on our quest to the NAJYRC in Parker, CO this summer. All the information and entry forms can be found in the Young Rider section of the site. If you have any questions, please email or call Gwen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-315-6179.

    Website news

    posted: April 12, 2008

    Our Area 2 site has gone through many changes over the past few months. Thank you all for your patience in the transition. There have been some suggestions by members, which have resulted in:

    • Reformatting the free Classifieds to a tabular format (more like the old listings).
    • Adding a link to USEA results, so you can quickly get the links to official results for Area 2 events (as they are posted by USEA).

    Many people have added their events to our free calendar of events. Take a look sometime, it's loaded with clinics, events, and schooling opportunities! USEA is working on a feed that will populate our calendar with all the Area 2 recognized events.

    Future plans include offering advertising, creating a stallion roster of Area 2 stallions, and adding a photo gallery.

    Keep your positive feedback and suggestions coming. This site is a service to the Area 2 eventing community, so help us make it best for YOU!

    Area Points Updated

    posted: April 6, 2008

    The first Volunteer Confirmation Forms have been received! Area II Points Program and Southern Pines Horse Trials would like to thank Michele Lobsinger and Kaily Meeks for coming out and helping, by fence judging and decorating the cross country course. Good jobs, Michele and Kaily! Your points are now "confirmed"!

    Wendy Bebie has leaped to the top of the board by winning her Advanced division at Southern Pines II aboard her long time partner, Phoenix. Looks like another good season started there!

    Band together in support of Darren!

    posted: April 16, 2008

    Many of Darren Chiacchia’s sponsors have come together in a display of continuing support by organizing an armband/wristband fundraiser for the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, April 23-26. Look for your favorite riders to be competing, wearing their armbands in a display of solidarity.Join us in showing your support – armbands and wristbands will be available at Rolex from participating sponsors and retailers.The suggested donation for armbands is $100 and wristbands will be available for a free-will donation.All proceeds will go directly to Darren’s fund at the Equestrian Aid Foundation. (submitted by Celine McElvery, Fundraiser Organizer, Charles Owen Inc. 603.821.1030)

    Young Rider Training Clinic Info.

    posted: March, 2008

    Information for Hotels, as well as directions, to the Young Rider Training Clinics is available.

    Volunteers and Volunteer Opportunities in Area 2

    posted: March, 2008

    We all know this sport couldn't exist without volunteers! Volunteers enjoy fun, camaraderie, goodies, and the undying thanks of competitors, officials, and organizers.

    New requirements for the Area 2 Awards Program also include submitting volunteer hours to qualify.

    A suggestion was made by an Area 2 Member to have a section on the website whereby volunteers can hook up with different events to help out, and events can find potential volunteers.

    New Classifieds and Resource Section

    posted: March, 2008

    We are in the process of streamlining our ads and resource listings. As of today (March 19, 2008) the new ads are the default. You can still get to the old ads, but not for much longer!

    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ADS AND LISTINGS!

    If you browse the listings and find your facility or ad, you can request that your userid be assigned to that ad, then you can retain ownership of the listing and edit and add or delete your own listings as needed. You'll need to first create a login, then email the webmaster to have your login assigned to a particular listing.

    Newsletter Poll

    posted: February, 2008

    The Optimum Times Area II newsletter is produced quarterly, and is full of information you can use as an eventer in Area II. Currently it is mailed, via the US Postal service, to current USEA members in our area....Please give serious consideration to the possibility of electronic distribution of the newsletter. Cast your vote through our simple poll.

    It’s never too early to plan for the Area 2 Annual Meeting

    posted: January, 2008, 2008

    When:Saturday, November 22, 2008

    Where:We will be in a new location, The Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square, Pa.

    Rooms have been reserved for Friday and Saturday night and the group rate is $115 per night. The block of rooms at this price will only be available until October 21, 2008, so please call early.

    We are excited to offer you a new location for this year’s meeting...

    2008 USEA Area II Calendars

    posted: January, 2008

    2008 Calendars are ready and hot off the presses. You thought you’d seen it all with the Area II 2006 Calendar Girls, and we must fondly be adieu to our 2007 Area II Calendar Guys. We hope you enjoy our 2008 calendar packed with fun shots of the Waredaca Training Three day past and present. Check out our new Sunday to Saturday format and don't miss out on your favorite event's open date. As always, the 2008 calendars include event listings for all 2008 Area II recognized events and the opening/closing dates for each competition. The calendars sell for $20 each plus postage with the proceeds to benefit the Educational Training Level Three Day at Waredaca.

    Click here for a calendar order form. For more information, please contact Pat Mansfield by phone at 301.774.7258 or email.

    Registrations are open for the 2008 Year End Points and Awards Program.

    This program differs slightly from the National program, so it’s a good idea to read the rules and review eligibility, how points are calculated, fees, and deadlines.

    For 2008, the program has a new component – a Volunteer Incentive (more information is below).The sport only exists because of volunteers, and those have been harder and harder to come by for many organizers in recent years. To hopefully encourage more people to give volunteering a try, eight hours of volunteer work are now required in order to qualify for the Year End Points Program. This volunteer work can be fence judging, scoring, scribing, set up, take down, stuffing packets, or really just about anything directly relating to Eventing.So, call your local organizer and find out how you can help them out! Full details about this new program are also in the rules, and the submission form can be found in the links to the right.

    It is the rider’s responsibility to check this website frequently during the season and verify that the points shown are accurate.It is also the rider’s responsibility to submit any “out of area” points as those are not tracked automatically. All of the points tracking is done manually, and mistakes are made, so please contact the chair to alert her to any possible discrepancies. Double check the program rules and how points are calculated before asking, though, as you may find the answer to your question.

    There are beautiful ribbons to eighth place for every division, Perpetual Trophies engraved with the Champion names, and Champions in 2007 received fitted, embroidered, fleece dress coolers for their horses to show off at events this year.Send in your registration form soon to get in on the program!Plan now for the 2008 Awards Banquet, and come proudly claim your prizes!

    2008 Volunteer Incentive Program

    Any USEA Area II member wishing to receive points toward Area II Year End Awards must volunteer at least 8 hours during the current calendar year, preferably at an Area 2 recognized event

    The total hour requirement can be completed in any variety of ways. For example, volunteering for 1 day at an event, or 2 half days at different events. The intention of this new requirement is to encourage riders to volunteer at events as fence judges, workers, etc., but any volunteer activity that relates to eventing will be considered.

    Each volunteer will be responsible for contacting the respective organizer (s), coordinating their own volunteer efforts, and obtaining confirmation from the organizer, event secretary, or other designated person. Upon completion of the required hours, the volunteer will submit confirmation of the volunteer hours to the Area 2 Awards chair (Susan MacRae.)

    Forms are available in the links at the top right.

  • Area 2 is now offering a scholarship program for 2009. The guidelines are as follows:

    • Applicants must be paid Area 2 Adult Rider members for 2009.
    • Up to eight scholarships will be awarded.
    • Scholarships will be awarded based on essay response.
    • Applicant's name and contact information will be blinded for judging. Scholarships are for $250, and may be used for clinics or lessons.
    • Scholarship will be paid directly to clinic organizer or instructor.
    • Applicants must have volunteered a minimum of 8 hours at Area 2 USEA recognized events or other Area 2 functions (i.e. Annual Meeting) Volunteer hours accrued in 2008 or 2009 will be counted. All volunteer hours must be completed before Application Closing Date.
    • Application Closing Date is: April 30, 2009

    The application form can be downloaded here from the Adult Rider forms section of the site.

  • NOTE:  The TR CH has changed from Waredaca to Marlborough HT

    2009 Area II Championships Policy

    The following events will serve as hosts for the 2009 USEA Area II Championships:

    Level

    Date

    Event

    Location

    Beginner novice

    8/22-23/09

    Difficult Run PC HT

    VA

    Novice

    10/22-25/09

    Waredaca HT

    MD

    Training

    9/19-20/09

    Marlborough HT

    MD

    Preliminary

    10/30-11/1/09

    Virginia HT

    VA

    Intermediate

    9/18-20/09

    Plantation Field HT

    PA

    Advanced

    9/18-20/09

    Plantation Field HT

    PA

    REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL

  • POSITION

    NAME

    ADDRESS

    PHONE

    EMAIL

    Adult Rider Coordinator Donna Bottner

    2945 Cassidy Pl Waldorf, MD 20601

    301.503.8549 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Administrative Assistant Cheryl Microutsicos 2431 Forest Chapel Rd.
    Pamplin VA 23958
    434.248.5803 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Delaware Coordinator Your name could be here!
    Maryland Coordinator Pat Mansfield 4821 Sundown Road
    Laytonsville MD 20882
    301.774.7258 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    New Jersey Coordinator Diane Farrington 257 New Freedom Rd.
    Southampton NJ 08088
    609.953.0963 or
    609.332.7676
    Email
    North Carolina Coordinator Anne Beech 124 Shadowbrook Dr., Hillsborough, NC  27278 919.479.7332 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Pennsylvania Coordinator Susan MacRae 4362 Lehnenberg Road
    Kintnersville PA 18930
    610.346.7057 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Virginia Coordinator D.C. McBroom 364 Morgan Dr.
    Floyd, VA 24091
    540.745.4486 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Adult Rider Program Information on USEA Site

  • USEA Area 2 FormsWe are uploading forms as they come in for 2009, so please visit the new file repository to download what you need. Young Riders, Adult Riders, Stallion Auction, Points and more have already been uploaded, so please check it out.

    If you have forms that are used by Area 2 you may submit them by visiting the category to which they should be added, then click the "submit file" link at the bottom right. Once approved, the files will show up on the file repository.

  • Training Three Day Event Area 2
    The Training Level Three Day Event is an educational hybrid competition; it is officially recognized by the United States Eventing Association as an educational activity. Riders compete in an actual "classic" three day event, with roads and tracks and steeplechase, a "10-minute box" as well as cross country, in addition to dressage and stadium jumping. Formal horse inspections also take place on the first day and on the last day. What makes it fun is the wonderful educational opportunities for both riders and volunteers.

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    Volunteers Needed - Sign up here!

    Qualifications:

    • Four clean Cross Country rounds in the last year at the training level. We also count preliminary rounds if they were clean.
    • One must be with horse and rider.
    • One must be within three months of the competition.

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