Mar 21, 2013

Area V is having a very special FUNdraiser to support the Area V 2013 Championships!

Riders in Area V that have declared Professional status with the USEA have been invited to compete in the 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge Friday evening, March 29, before the start of the March 30-31 Texas Rose Horse Park Horse Trials. We have a very generous offer from Kim Brunson of Brunson Equestrian Center located at the Texas Rose Horse Park (TRHP) in Tyler to provide ponies for a wonderful FUNdraising opportunity to support the Area V 2013 Championships, which will be hosted by Greenwood Farm in October. The Area V Council has set a goal to raise $5,000 for the Area V Championships, and you can help us reach that goal!

The 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge will be held Friday night during the Wine and Cheese Party hosted by the Texas Rose Horse Park. You do not need to be entered as a competitor at the horse trials to enter the Pro Pony Challenge, but you must have declared Professional status on your membership with USEA.

Competitors in the Pro Pony Challenge will be provided a pony for the challenge which will involve bareback mounted activities. The entry fee for is $200 per rider. While this may seem a large amount, just think of the joy and admiration of students, parents, and friends that contribute to the entry, and then watch the Pros compete against their peers. Please encourage and support our Area V Pros to enter!

In honor of the special weekend celebrating Easter we will also have an Easter Bonnet Parade with the ponies. Each rider entered in the Pro Pony Challenge is requested to decorate their helmet with a matching bonnet for their pony. We will be accepting votes for the best bonnet for every rider that chooses to enter the Easter Bonnet Parade for a dollar a vote with no limit. We will be happy to accept any size bills or checks to support the Area V Championships and determine who has the finest Easter bonnet. This is another way to help us meet our goal for the Area V Championships.

Texas Rose Horse Park is hosting the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Bit of Britain, this fall, and this is an excellent way to experience what the TRHP, Texas, and Area V can do for a little fun. Mark Phillips will be at TRHP for the premier run on first Advanced Course in Area V. The 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge is special to him as he is the sponsor of The Mark Phillips Pony Rider Championships that will be held again during the AEC at the BN, N, and T levels for riders 16 and under on ponies 14.2 hands and under. This is a very special opportunity to fund our Area V Championships, and have a great time!

For more information visit or the Area V Eventing Facebook page. Contact USEA Area V Chair Catherine Texter Baker with any questions.

Jan 24, 2022 Leaderboard

The USEA Lady Rider of 2021 is Leading the Charge in Elevating Eventing Competition on the West Coast

Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.

Jan 23, 2022 Area Resources

Meet the USEA Areas: Area I

Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.

Jan 22, 2022 Instructors

A Treasure Trove of Information: Get Another Sneak Peek at the USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels

Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.

Jan 21, 2022 Young Event Horse

Get Your Young Event Horses Ready: 2022 YEH Calendar and YEH Rule Change Updates Announced

The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.

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