Annual Meeting

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.




Ecogold is a textile engineering company making innovative equestrian products to improve your horse’s safety, comfort, and performance. Led by an outstanding textile engineering team, Ecogold is always striving to bring the latest technology and state-of-the-art fabrics to the equestrian sport market. Their famous saddle pads are very popular, and they’ve added more great products to their offerings which will be available at the Area II Annual meeting to see and touch. Ecogold is a Friend Sponsor of the Annual meeting, and a lucky Area II eventer will go home with a $250-value prize donated by Ecogold! Dr. John Da Silva, of Ecogold, will be highlighting a discussion on the newest innovations in equine textiles for Area II annual meeting attendees.

Cavalor Feed is new to North America, but a long time favorite among top level riders in Europe. At the recent World Equestrian Games, 20 percent of all horses participating were fed Cavalor products; 15 medalists feed Cavalor, and 9 medalists were sponsored by Cavalor, including Eric Lamaze of Canada, individual Bronze, and his horse Hickstead, the best jumping horse at WEG; and the Individual Gold medalist in the Endurance Race, Maria Mercedes Ponton. Cavalor offers feed for horses in 45 countries around the world, and is dedicated to the nutrition of sport horses. They offer different levels of feed to meet the energy needs of each individual horses, without having to over feed or under feed, or change any major ingredients. Their lineup of feeds and nutritional products for horses is indeed world-class. Representative Raleigh Shook, herself a long-time horsewoman and avid foxhunter, will be demonstrating Cavalor Feeds to eventers at the Annual Meeting, and Cavalor is generously providing some door prizes to lucky winners; you have to be in attendance!

Flair Strips is the latest addition to the Area 2 Annual Meeting sponsor line-up! They join Ecogold Equine Textiles, and Cavalor Feed. Dr. Jim Chiapetta of Flair Strips is supporting Area 2 eventing this year with the donation of Flair Strips to some special eventers attending the annual meeting Jan. 22, 2011, at the Leesburg Holiday Inn/Carradoc Hall, in Leesburg, VA. FLAIR Strips are self-adhesive strips that promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at all levels by reducing airway resistance and providing improved airflow when your horse needs oxygen most. FLAIR Strips provide benefits for all horses including intensively trained horses as well as for horses that only exert themselves during occasional weekend competitions or trail rides. Dr. Chiapetta says that ALL levels of event horses can benefit from FLAIR strips, not just upper level horses. "These horses are working as hard, for their fitness level, as upper level horses," he said. "We want to encourage all eventers to utilize this unique, drug-free technology for their competing horses."

Speakers will include some very exciting horsemen and women in Area II’s vast region.

  • Phyllis Dawson, USET Olympic Team veteran will be speaking. Phyllis represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympics on Albany II, finished as the best American rider in 10th. She also represented the US at the 1997 Open European Championships, and has ridden around Rolex over 20 times. Her depth of experience in the world of eventing is nearly unequaled, and she’s an engaging and entertaining speaker with a lot to give!
  • Dr. Rebecca Splan, PAS, is an associate professor in the Equine Science department of Virginia Tech. She was chosen Educator of the Year in 2003 by the Virginia Horse Council and serves on the boards of the Southwest Virginia Dressage Association and the Virginia Arabian Horse Association. Her Ph.D. and Masters was obtained in Animal Breeding and Genetics. She was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2009. Rebecca Splan’s research interests generally center on quantitative genetics, conformation and biomechanics, but she is innately curious about most things equine. Splan has built an outstanding, elite equine program at Virginia Tech, “which provides scientific and practical training to the students and prepares them for high-level careers in the equine industry,” wrote Ekkehard Brysch, president and CEO of the International Sporthorse Registry – Oldenburg Registry North America. “Dr. Splan has centered the curriculum on the sporthorse, not only because it is her passion, but because she understands well that it is essential to educate students with a global perspective in equine science.” She is highly sought after for talking about horses and we’re lucky to have her at the Area 2 Annual Meeting.
  • Jennie Stone, RPT – Olney, MD Physiotherapy Associates who played Division III lacrosse at Wittenburg College, and then continued to earn her Doctorate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May of 2006. Coming a little closer to home (she hails from Damascus), Dr. Stone brings with her expertise in the treatment of spine and sports injuries. She has been involved with screenings for local sports teams, and is actively involved in horseback riding, both as a participant and as a rehabilitation specialty.

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Madison Keen and her 22 year old draft cross, Stella, running training at Fall Morven Park Horse Trials. @mvk.eventing

Madison Keen and her 22 year old draft cross, Stella, running training at Fall Morven Park Horse Trials. @mvk.eventing

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