Results: (Adult Riders were separated from the overall results, see evententries.com for complete results) if you did not pick up your ribbon, Holly will mail it to you.
Photo: Diane Zrimsek and Coronado Charlie, Novice Adult Champions.
The Maryland Horse Trials in Adamstown, MD., was the host for the 2020 Area II championships, which held all divisions over three days of competition. Due to pandemic restrictions, the organizers scheduled each division to be held in one day, with show jumping taking place last in reverse order of placing, which made for some excitement in the final phase.
Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Belongs to Teufer started off the weekend on Friday, to win the Intermediate championship. She placed second after dressage and pulled up to first after XC, adding just 1.20 time penalties to a clean round, then added just one rail in show jumping to win with a respectable score of 37.3. Reserve champion was Erin Harrington and Viola, with 3rd place going to Courtney Sendak and DGE TheManInTheGlass.
This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in Eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and 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 non-rider awards; these awards require nominations from our members.
The Appreciation Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the awards listed here. If you know someone who is deserving of one of these awards, please submit your nominations for consideration to (or submit online below):
As soon as we enter your scores this page will update with most current results. Our new scoring system averages your score and makes note of your best results for an average, rather than points for placings. For more information please see the Competitions/Year End Awards page. Scores are updated periodically, when our volunteers can do it!
Update 10/14/20: Scores are now sorted by number of events, then best average score, on down to those with the fewest number of events attended. Remember, this is about your own personal excellence! At years end a minimum number of events will be calculated; your BEST scores from that number will be used for your average final; and those with more double clear results will be placed above less double clear results.
TO ALL AREA II COMPETITORS – IMPORTANT CHANGE TO YEAR END AWARD PROGRAM
First, the bad news:
Only 8 events have been completed by the middle of our Area II season; normally, there would have been 30. And we cannot predict what may happen going forward. It is reasonable to expect a very shortened season. For that reason, the memorial and perpetual trophies (with a few exceptions, those awarded not based on points) will not be calculated for this year only, and high points will not be counted in the traditional format at this time.
In addition, with the national association freezing funds, and our budget being affected, we also had to take in mind the costs of this program as well, and to date, registration totals are not near what we would need for a full year end awards offering.
Now, the good news!
The committee has requested that these be called the “Patrick McGaughan Memorial Area II Awards of Excellence”*, or the “Packy Awards!”
(shared with permission from useventing.com)
The following is personal anecdotal advice, not professional medical advice. For official recommendations on COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
In these challenging times, I was asked to share my tips on how to stay mentally and emotionally positive when things are uncertain as well as tips for keeping our farms safe in this age of COVID-19. Who am I? I’m the current Area II Chair, a volunteer position that a few of us older eventers who demonstrate a certain skill at herding cats get asked to fill and are not quite clever enough to say no. I’m a transactional attorney at a large Delaware law firm, a farm owner, and an owner of too many horses, dogs, and yeah, a lot of cats too. I’m also a former show groom, professional stall mucker and farm hand, and I've started a lot of young horses. And like you, I am an eventer. What I am not is an expert in really anything - this is just what I do!
The Broussard family, through the Broussard Charitable Foundation Trust, has announced that for 2020 only, several special educational grants will be available to USEA members.
The Trust has made a very generous gift of $25,000 to the USEA Foundation to be awarded to deserving candidates 18-years-old and above who are passionate about moving their commitment to the sport forward.