Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Area a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area V which is made up of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Area V is host to the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships each year at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas which will take place this year on October 9. Learn more about Area V below.
Area V Fun Facts
The wide-open spaces that make up Area V have produced its fair share of top-level and up-and-coming eventers over the years. Five-star eventers who originated in Area V include Ellen Doughty-Hume, Will Faudree, Mike Huber, Sydney Elliot, and Angela Bowles. Former Irish eventing Olympian and team coach Mary D'Arcy also now calls Area V home. In addition to these upper-level riders, Area V has historically had one of the strongest Young Rider programs in all of the U.S. and won the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships CCIJ1* division.
They say distances make the heart grow fonder and Area V members are passionate about the events that they often travel many miles to attend. Local clubs support regional shows to help feed the need for venues.
Area V takes Adult Rider engagement very seriously. Every summer Area V hosts a four-day Adult Rider Camp which takes place this year June 16-19 and will feature instruction from Area V Advanced competitor Rebecca Brown and Olympian Joe Meyer. While training is obviously a focus of the camp, the main focus is centered around fun and incorporates pool time, catered meals, DIY camp crafts, mounted games, and serious adult Adult Rider socialization.
Area V Championships
Novice and Beginner Novice
MEADOWCREEK PARK – THE FALL SOCIAL, SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2022
Qualifying Period: 8/31/2021 – 9/6/2022
Intermediate, Preliminary, and Training.
Texas Rose H.T., NOVEMBER 5-6, 2022
Qualifying Period: 10/5/2021 – 10/18/2022
In Area: BN, N, T, P, I
Placing to Qualify: 1st thru 5th at one Event at the same level of the championship of a USEA recognized horse trials within Area V.
Open to members of other Areas but must qualify in Area V.
Horse/rider must qualify as a pair and both horse and rider must be current USEA members at the time of qualifying event and championships.
For a detailed account of Area V Championship policies and specifications go to www.areaVeventing.com.
Area V ICP Certified Eventing Instructors
D'Arcy, Mary (Level V) Certified in 2011
Address:1204 Mildred Ln | Benbrook, Texas 76126
Phone: (817)249-0978 (Day)
Bodtmann, Jennifer (Level IV) Certified in 2004
Address:253 West Pines Drive | Montgomery, Texas 77356
Phone: (281)541-5818 (Day) | (281)541-5818 (Cell)
Brown, Rebecca (Level IV) Certified in 2012
Address:760 FM 1389 S | Seagoville, Texas 75159
Phone: (214)924-7571 (Day) | (214)924-7571 (Cell)
Doughty-Hume, Ellen (Level IV) Certified in 2014
Address:313 Nixon Dr. | Fate, Texas 75087
Phone: (817)913-0298 (Day)
Sawin, Ruth (Level III) Certified in 2005
Address:1720 Highway 159 E Pine Hill | Bellville, Texas 77418
Phone: (979)865-5591 (Day) | (979)877-4882 (Cell)
Brown, Becky (Level II) Certified in 2010
Address:1424 El Campo Dr. | Dallas, Texas 75218
Phone: (214)718-0562 (Day)
Lind, Alexis (Level II) Certified in 2009
Address:4220 Herschel Avenue #314 | Dallas, Texas 75219
Phone: (425)444-9539 (Day) | (425)444-9539 (Cell)
Lindsey, Nancy (Level II) Certified in 2003
Address:P.O. Box 1034 | Richmond, Texas 77406
Phone: (281)342-7221 (Day)
Parks, Holly (Level II) Certified in 2016
Address:9802 Sendera Drive | Magnolia, Texas 77354
Phone: (713)816-6766 (Day)
Roper, Becky (Level II) Certified in 2004
Address:2612 Mariposa Circle | Plano, Texas 75075
Phone: (972)965-5791 (Day) | (972)965-5791 (Cell)
Phillips, Lisa (Level I - Training) Certified in 2014
Address:22120 Roland Cutoff Road | Roland, Arkansas 72135
Phone: (501)416-7735 (Day)
Lewis, Lynda (Level I - Training Provisional) Certified in 2017
Address:1516 Sally Ann Street | Burleson, Texas 76028
Phone: (817)447-6161 (Day) | (817)688-7695 (Cell)
Stephens , Bethany (Level I - Training Provisional) Certified in 2012
Address:942 Corbitt Lane | Fate, Texas 75189
Phone: (214)641-5656 (Day) | (214)641-5656 (Cell)
Conner, Vanessa (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2012
Address:16750 Hwy 29 West | Liberty Hill, Texas 78642
Phone: (512)797-3421 (Day)
Gardner-Taylor, Kimberly (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2010
Address:4225 Kelly Rd. | Aledo, Texas 76008
Phone: (817)637-4585 (Day)
Lewis, Sheryl (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2017
Address:30305 Fairway Run | Fair Oaks, Texas 78015
Phone: (210)240-5089 (Day) | (210)240-5089 (Cell)
O'Brien, Siobhan (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2017
Address:5312 Red Bud Cove | Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Phone: (972)467-4533 (Day) | (972)467-4533 (Cell)
Stevens, Toni (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2009
Address:10196 Tegeler Rd | Brenham, Texas 77833
Phone: (979)277-9248 (Day) | (979)877-4841 (Cell)
September 24-25 | Meadowcreek Park H.T. - The Fall Social Event | Starter, BN, N, T, PT, P | Texas
October 1-2 | Fleur de Leap H.T. | Intro, Starter, BN, NBN, N, TN, T, PT | Louisiana
October 1 | Willow Draw Charity Show | Starter, BN, N, T | Texas
October 9 | Central FEH Championships at Haras Hacienda | FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-Year | Texas
October 15 | Pine Hill Farm H.T. | Starter, BN, N, T, P | Texas
November 5-6 | Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. | Intro, BN, N, T, PT, P, IP, I, AI | Texas
Board of Governors Area Representative
Adult Rider Coordinators
Young Rider Coordinators
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