Jul 08, 2022

Meet the USEA Areas: Area VI

By Sydney Rowe - USEA Staff
Tina Fitch photo.

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 VI which is made up of California and Hawaii. Area VI has produced its fair share of Olympians, such as, Jil Walton (1992 Barcelona), Gina Miles (2008 Beijing), Tamie Smith (2021 Tokyo), and Lauren Billys (2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2021 Tokyo representing Puerto Rico). Learn more about Area VI below.

Area VI Fun Facts

In the early 1930’s, Eventing started taking hold at Hope Ranch Saddle Club in Santa Barbara, California. This marked a huge turning point for the sport. Competitions beginning at Hope Ranch inspired other events to take root in places such as La Jolla, Pacific Palisades, Rancho Santa Fe, and Flintridge. From there, eventing’s popularity on the west coast grew to where it is today!

If you ever go to the intersection of Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, you’ll be standing on what was once the finish line for the 1932 Olympic Games cross-country! The 1932 Games brought quite a good amount of attention to eventing in California, sparking increased interest in the sport over the next couple of decades.

You may know Pebble Beach for its beautiful ocean views or luxury golf courses, but did you know that in 1959, it was one of the first to host FEI competitions in California? A multitude of highly influential people got their start at Pebble Beach; Pete, Mick, and Julie Costello, Malcolm Hook, Steve Hales, Derek DiGrazia, and Ernie and Lyn Simard just to name a few. This event was one of the only ones, at the time, to always have roads and tracks before cross-country as well as both hunter and horse trials.

Area VI Championships

(Preliminary, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice, and Intro)

TBA, SEPTEMBER 10-11, 2022

Placing To Qualify: 1st through 3rd at a single competition at the level in Area VI.


2 MERs earned at the level in Area VI. One of these may have 20 penalties on cross-country.

When achieved at a National Horse Trials an MER is achieved by completing the entire Horse Trial and scoring. -not more than 50 penalty points in the Dressage Test; and - No jumping penalties at obstacles on the Cross-Country Test unless specified otherwise, and not more than 90 seconds (36 penalty points) exceeding the optimum time; and - not more than 16 penalties at obstacles in the Jumping Test. -25 penalty points received for Dangerous Riding will not achieve a National Qualifying result. When multiple Minimum Eligibility Requirements are required, one of the Minimum Eligibility Requirements can be achieved incurring 20 penalties at the obstacles of the Cross-Country Test.

Qualifying Period: 9/13/2021- 8/29/2022

Open to members of other Areas but must qualify in Area VI.

For a detailed account of Area VI Championship policies and specifications go to www.areavi.org.

Area VI ICP Certified Eventing Instructors:

Alliston, James (Level V) Certified in 2013
Address:107 Compton Circle, Unit A | San Ramon, California 94583
Phone: (925)588-1725 (Day) | (925)588-1725 (Cell)
Online: www.allistonequestrian.com

Braitling, Rebecca (Level V) Certified in 2016
Address:8715 N. River Rd | Paso Robles, California 93446
Phone: (610)350-1396 (Day)

di Grazia, Bea (Level V) Certified in 2008
Address:126 W.Carmel Valley Road | Carmel Valley, California 93924
Phone: (831)659-4886 (Day) | (831)659-4886 (Cell)

di Grazia, Derek (Level V) Certified in 2008
|Address:126 W. Carmel Valley Rd. | Carmel Valley, California 93924
Phone: (831)659-4886 (Day) | (831)659-4886 (Cell)

Lynd-Pugh, Dayna (Level V) Certified in 2008
Address:9471 Rancho Hills Drive | Gilroy, California 95020
Phone: (831)245-5660 (Day) | (831)245-5660 (Cell)

Miles, Gina (Level V) Certified in 2004
Address:525 Salinas Ave | Templeton, California 93465
Phone: (805)610-0879 (Day)

Sabo, Brian (Level V) Certified in 2003
Address:218 Via Lorca | Newport Beach, California 92663
Phone: (949)673-2518 (Day) | (949)295-1650 (Cell)

Smith, Tamra (Level V) Certified in 2010
Address:39317 Salinas Drive | Murrieta, California 92563
Phone: (951)852-8062 (Day) | (951)852-8062 (Cell)

Brady, Natalie (Level IV) Certified in 2005
Address:248 Ballindine Drive | Vacaville, California 95688
Phone: (707)312-1119 (Day) | (707)312-1119 (Cell)

Excell Brady, Auburn (Level IV) Certified in 2013
Address:26282 Oso Road | San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Phone: (949)228-2827 (Day)
Online: www.auburnexcellbrady.com

Lilley, Shannon (Level IV) Certified in 2010
Address:102 Angora Lane | Aptos, California 95003
Phone: (408)309-2791 (Day)

Sabo, Lisa (Level IV) Certified in 2016
Address:218 Via Lorca | Newport Beach, California 92663
Phone: (949)673-2518 (Day) | (949)673-2518 (Cell)
Online: 218 Via Lorca

Scarlett, Christine (Level IV) Certified in 2010
Address:2516 Regis Drive | Davis, California 95618
Phone: (530)308-0894 (Day) | (530)308-0894 (Cell)

Sexton, Bunnie (Level IV) Certified in 2007
Address:1460 Highway 154 | Santa Ynez, California 93460
Phone: (805)452-5624 (Day) | (805)452-5624 (Cell)

Wergeles, Wendy (Level IV) Certified in 2009
Address:PO Box 653 | Los Alamos, California 93440
Phone: (805)714-7181 (Day) | (805)714-7181 (Cell)

Wooten - Macouzet, Jennifer (Level IV) Certified in 2014
Address:P.O. Box 32 | Buellton, California 93427
Phone: (805)588-7600 (Day)
Online: Trinityeventing.com

Arthur, Constance (Level III) Certified in 2007
Address:23806 Yosemite Blvd. | Waterford, California 95386
Phone: (808)895-1083 (Day) | (209)985-3354 (Cell)

Scanlon, Jennette (Level III) Certified in 2016
Address:2680 Shanley Rd. | Auburn, California 95603
Phone: (530)208-6209 (Day)

Beckmann, Tauni (Level I - Training) Certified in 2005
Address:PO Box 736 | Lake Elsinore, California 92531
Phone: (760)505-2468 (Day) | (760)505-2468 (Cell)

Hoffos, Taren (Level I - Training) Certified in 2010
Address:540 E Street | Ramona, California 92065
Phone: (858)610-1693 (Day)

Martin, Jaimi (Level I - Training) Certified in 2004
Address:2938 Carlingford Lane | Vallejo, California 94591
Phone: (510)502-2399 (Day) | (510)502-2399 (Cell)
Online: www.skyevalley.com

Rocovich, Terri (Level I - Training) Certified in 2010
Address:744 W Haverford Rd | Ramona, California 92065
Phone: (858)335-3274 (Day) | (858)335-3274 (Cell)

Opava, Darla (Level I - Training Provisional) Certified in 2010
Address:28868 Bouquet Canyon Road | Santa Clarita, California 91390-1210
Phone: (818)515-3210 (Day) | (818)515-3210 (Cell)
Online: www.opavaequestriantrainingcenter.com

Beale, Karen (Level I - Novice Provisional) Certified in 2014
Address:965 Malick | Yuba City, California 95991
Phone: (707)496-6470 (Day) | (707)496-6470 (Cell)

Upcoming Competitions:

Aug 26-28 | Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. II | Intro, BN, N, TN, T, PT, P, IP | California

Sep 3 | Woodland Stallion Station 1 Day H.T. | Intro, Starter, BN, N, T, P | California

Sep 22-25 | Twin Rivers Fall International | FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, Intro, YEH-4,YEH-5, BN, N, T, P, I, A, CCI2-S, CCI3-S, CCI4-S | California

Oct 21-23 | Ram Tap H.T. | FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, Intro, BN, N, T, M, P, I | California

Oct 27 | FEH & YEH Last Chance Qualifier | FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, YEH-4, YEH-5 | California

Oct 28-29 | FEH & YEH West Coast Championships | FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, YEH-4, YEH-5 | California

Nov 2-6 | Galway Downs International Event & H.T. | BN, NBN, N, TN, T, MT, M, PM, P, CCI2-L, CCI3-L, CCI4-L | California

Nov 18-20 | Ram Tap H.T. | Intro, BN, BN3D, N, N3D, T, T3D, M, P, I | California

Area Representatives

Website: http://www.areavi.org

Email: [email protected]

Area Chair

Andrea Pfeiffer
(707) 484-5698

Board of Governors Area Representatives

Teresa Harcourt
(530) 575-1691

John Marshall
(559) 221-2520

Area Treasurer

Kayleen Crowley

Adult Rider Coordinator

Sharl Talan

Kari Scoggins

Young Rider Coordinator

Teresa Harcourt
(530) 575-1691

Rider Representative

Bec Braitling
(610) 350-1396

ERA of NA Rider Representative

Shannon Lilley
(408) 309-2791

Organizer Representative

Taren Hoffos
(858) 610-1693

Social Media & Website Coordinator

Debi Ravenscroft
(916) 412-8382, [email protected]

Member at Large

Kristin Hogan

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