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2023: IEL Team, YR Update, Fall Event Wrapup

From Chris Donovan, Area II Young Rider Coordinator/IEL Team Coordinator:

A reminder that our new year starts December 1st, 2023, and our first activity is Winter WoW Eventing Camp at the Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA., from 12/27-30, 2023 (midweek). We have XC fences left out to use (weather permitting) and we will focus some of the lessons on riding terrain, in addition to our usual focus on dressage ring craft, and show jumping in the indoor arena. No worries about the weather -there is a 100% refund if we need to cancel due to winter storms. This camp is open to everyone! (Young Riders, Adults, etc.) All the details can be found on striderpro.com - key search word "WoW" - and please feel free to email with any questions. Here is the link:    https://www.striderpro.com/a/Nw4pbXFkjkeyaao9YCZ8Uw  
 
Event/Teams Report:
Virginia Horse Center Horse Trials was busy and exciting, with our YR members participating on IEL, Collegiate, and FEI teams. There were also Pony Club awards to the highest place PC'er in each division. The bonfire was moved from Friday to Saturday. The s'mores and stuffed potatoes were a great treat, and we are grateful that VHC hosted such a great party!  We are already looking forward to May, 2024 at VHC. You can find all the team results at:  https://evententries.com/#TeamScoringywW$t_IgmiFYtmMwn5GG_Q==
 
There was a single award for the top Collegiate team - Virginia Tech Hokie Hustlers took home a nice set of boots for each of their horses.
The top 4 Interscholastic Eventing League teams are listed below. The ribbons for these riders will be mailed out this week.
1st  A2DR Free States team represented by James Power and Riley Zgrebnak in the CCI1-L, Riley Shank, Riley in the JBNR, and Abby Dove in the JTR
2nd East Coast Eventers ATeam represented by Claire Allen in the CCI1-L, Paige Ramsey in the CCI2-L, Megan Hopkins in the OT-B, and Mia Valdez in the JTR
3rd A2DR Training Pairs Consisting of Leeci Rowsell and Bella Craft, both with two entries in the JTR division
4th Bit O Woods traveling down from NJ with Peyton Frankovich inthe JNR-B, Bridget Gower and Avery Moore in the JBNR, and Jessica Francisin the JTR.
We also had our second YR FEI U25 Team Challenge, the first being at Plantation Field International in September.  We are still working out the kinks on this new program, but you can expect to see more of these for our FEI riders.
Results:
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Area II Merch now available!

The popular Area II merchandise sales are now open. Coordinated by the Area II Youth Council, you will find custom Divine Breeches, shirts, jackets and vests at this link:

Youth Council Merch Outlet

Items can be ordered in a range of sizes, several items have multiple color choices, and you can ask for either the YR Area II logo or the "standard" Area II logo on any item. Support our Young Riders Program and wear your Area II proudly!2022 01 15 22022 01 22 4

IEL Update

Article by Chris Donovan

I can't believe I am writing Fall when we are in the middle of Summer! But as school is starting for most - it is the fall season when we adjust our schedules and plans.

The Area 2 Young Riders Schedule for the year is attached. I hope I get to see you at one of these events!

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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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