While the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships have come and gone, the 2017 USEA Area Championships season is in full swing! Half of the USEA Area programs have completed their Championships for the 2017 season with the other half still to come between now and the end of October. Each Area maintains slightly different qualification requirements for their respective Championships, and that information can be found here.
Area III was the first to hold their Championships this year on July 8-9 at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. Next came the Area I Championships, hosted by Town Hill Farm at their fall Horse Trials on August 26-27 for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels. The Area VIII Championships followed next at the Park Equine KY Classique Horse Trials on September 1-3 for Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. Aspen Farms Horse Trials then hosted the Area VII Championships for Beginner Novice through Intermediate the following weekend, September 8-10. The Beginner Novice and Novice Area V Championships were hosted at MeadowCreek Park on September 15-17, with the remainder of the Area V Championships to be hosted later in October.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of their respective Area Championship divisions!
Area I Championships – Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, August 26-27, 2017
Preliminary Champion – Megan Tardiff and her own Cabana Boy (Rizzi x Known Heiress), a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
Training Champion – Ann Grenier and Almost Famous (Aladdin’s Denver x Stage Light), her 16-year-old Connemara gelding
Novice Rider Champion – Emily Glidden and her 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, Chevy
Novice Horse Champion – Jocelyn Hawe and Cadbury VT, her 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Contango out of Odet II
Junior Beginner Novice Champion – Madison Haney and Doug Haney’s Revelation, the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding out of Carrtown Honey
Beginner Novice Rider Champion – Stephenie Roy and Have Faith, her 8-year-old Friesian mare
Beginner Novice Horse Champion – Crystal Santos and her 9-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding, EEF Sampson (Sambuca x Golden Sunrise)
Jocelyn Hawe and Cadbury VT, 2017 Area I Novice Horse Champions. Photo courtesy of ConnecticutPhoto.com Facebook page.
Still to come over the next month are the Championships for Area II, Area IV, Training through Intermediate in Area V, Area VI, Area IX, and Area X. Stay tuned for a round-up of the winners, coming next month!
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