Each year, every one of the 10 USEA Area programs hosts their own Championships where the best riders have the opportunity to be crowned the Area Champion at their level. Each Area maintains slightly different qualification requirements for their respective Championships and offers Championship classes through either Preliminary or Intermediate level. Those details can be found here. This year’s Area Championship season began with the Area III Championships at Chattahoochee Hills on July 8-9 and concluded with the Area II Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials and the Area V Championships at Holly Hill during the final weekend of October. Last month, we highlighted the winners of the Area Championships that took place in August and September, and as the 2017 competition season draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the winners of the Area Championships that took place in October.
Area IV’s Championships took place at Heritage Park Horse Trials for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels on October 6-8, as did the Area IX Championships for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels at The Event at Skyline. Las Cruces Horse Trials hosted the Area X Championships for Beginner Novice through Preliminary on October 14-15. The Area VI Championships were hosted by Fresno County Horse Park for Beginner Novice through Intermediate on October 20-22. The USEA Area Championships wrapped up over the weekend of October 28-29 with the Beginner Novice through Intermediate Area II Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials and the Area V Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate Championships at Holly Hill Horse Trials.
Congratulations to these Area Championship winners!
Area II Championships – Virginia Horse Trials, October 26-29, 2017
Area IV Championships – Heritage Park Horse Trials, October 6-8, 2017
Rebecca Hunt and Snowflake Lane, winner of the Area IV Adult Rider Low Score Award & the Novice Championship division at Heritage Park Horse Trials. Photo courtesy of the USEA Area IV Facebook page.
Area V Championships – Holly Hill Horse Trials, October 28-29, 2017
Area VI Championships – Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials, October 20-22, 2017
One of the many riders in the Area VI Championships taking their photo in front of the backdrop provided by Fresno County Horse Park. Photo courtesy of the Fresno County Horse Park Facebook page.
Area VI Intermediate Champions Hilary Niemann and Undercover's cross-country round. Video courtesy of Ride On Video.
Area IX Championships – The Event at Skyline, October 6-8, 2017
Area X Championships – Las Cruces Horse Trials, October 14-15, 2017
Karissa Oliver on FDF Recherche, winners of the Area X Training Championship at Las Cruces Horse Trials. Photo courtesy of the Las Cruces Horse Trials Facebook page.
It all started when the McFall family sat down to dinner together in January. Jen and Earl McFall, who own and operate Dragonfire Farm in Wilton, California, have a daughter, Taylor, who is turning 16 in April.
The U.S. Team just stepped on the podium at a major competition, maybe an emerging athlete just cleared the last jump of her first CCI4*-S, or a U.S. rider just returned from a successful trip abroad. The riders will be congratulated, the horses will be praised, the owners thanked – but for the last seven years these accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the behind-the-scenes work of Joanie Morris, Managing Director of Eventing for US Equestrian (USEF).
Oh, California! This winter has been unlike any other I remember ever eventing, and the start to the 2019 season has been VERY WET. My usually perfect indoor is half full of wet footing and water, and I feel like everything I own is covered in mud.
The warm-up is where riders spend the most time in the tack during an event. With a mixture of nervous horses, riders, parents, and coaches, the warm-up area can be chaotic. Whether it’s a horse’s first recognized horse trial or at a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) competition, the Clasings’ have found a tried-and-true warm-up routine for young horses.