Fact Sheet Regarding USEA Area Realignment and Area Competitions, Championships, Young Riders, Adult Riders, and Awards Programs
The proposal to change the USEA Area boundaries from those originally defined in the by-laws originated more than three years ago. The USEA Board of Governors, working with Area Affairs, discussed the increasing difficulty of operating Areas that did not accord with state lines and noted that there were ongoing record keeping and administrative difficulties associated with cross-border Areas. Further, the Board noted that other successful national sport horse organizations also used state boundaries to define their regional divisions.
After appropriate notice was distributed in the proxy statement to members in the fall of 2014, the USEA membership voted to change the original by-laws, providing for the drawing of Area borders along state lines. Any further changes to the by-laws must be made pursuant to the same procedures, including notice and a vote by the USEA membership. As a result of these by-law amendments, western Pennsylvania became part of Area II.
Subsequent to the Annual Meeting, certain members in western Pennsylvania raised concerns about the changes. The Board of Governors, working with the Areas involved, has ensured that members in these locations will not see any reduction in their membership benefits or privileges from this change. The Board of Governors will review the concerns of the members in the impacted area and discuss the issue further at its meeting in August. The Board of Governors would like to thank the Area Chairs and Councils from Area VIII and II for working together on this issue.
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.