Aug 23, 2022

Meet the USEA Areas: Area VII

Marc Grandia and Campari FFF at Aspen Farms. Courtney Drake Photography

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 VII which is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska and is the largest area in the USEA by land! Did you know that most of the competitions in Area VII are celebrating nearly 20 years of eventing and almost all host through the Intermediate level? Learn more fun facts and useful information about Area VII below.

Fun Facts:

Area VII is a very robust community with a consistent membership of about 1000-1100 individuals. They are a relatively tight knit and social group that regularly puts on activities like volleyball games that pit young riders against adult riders, trivial pursuit nights, tacky blue tent happy hours, and potlucks.

Area VII has the honor of hosting this year’s USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) at its own Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT from August 30-September 4 this year. This amazing facility near Glacier National Park is breath taking, and with so much to do in the area, it is worth a trip from anywhere in the country. Area VII wishes the best of luck and a warm welcome to everyone coming out to the AEC this year.

Along with the AEC, Area VII also holds the Can-Am Challenge where Canada and America duke it out for the Golden Boot. The Area Area VII Annual Meeting provides the local eventing community with an opportunity to gather together at the end of each event season for the yearly award ceremony in the third week of January each year. It isn't uncommon to see Area VII members partaking in other community events such as volleyball games which pit young riders against adult riders, trivia nights, happy hours, and more.

Members from Area VII have made quite a difference in the USEA. Members like Malcolm Hook, Kevin Baumgardner, Diane Snow, Mark Hart, Cindy Burge, and Becky Broussard have held pivotal roles within the organization and USEA Board of Governors. On top of that, Area VII has produced some top notch riders such as such as Olympic riders Kevin Freeman, Todd Trewin, and Amy Tryon. Former USEA President Kevin Baumgardner resides in the Seattle area and the current USEA President Elect Lou Leslie has been a member of USEA Area VII for almost 30 years.

Area VI Championships:

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


Placing to Qualify: 1st through 5th at one Area VII event

Qualifying Period: 8/31/21 – 8/30/22

In Area: BN, N, T, P, I

For a complete definition of the MER, reference the USEF Rules for Eventing, CHAPTER EV, EVENTING DIVISION, APPENDIX 3 - PARTICIPATION IN HORSE TRIALS.

There is no residency requirement.

For a detailed account of Area VII Championship policies and specifications go to

Area VII ICP Certified Eventing Instructors:

Camlin, John (Level V) Certified in 2008
Address:213 Jensen Rd. | Onalaska, Washington 98570
Phone: (360)269-6972 (Day) | (360)269-6972 (Cell)

Hook, Julie (Level V) Certified in 2008
Address:15988 NE Eilers Rd Talisman Farm | Aurora, Oregon 97002
Phone: (503)678-1016 (Day) | (503)970-4053 (Cell)

Goodman, Stephanie (Level IV) Certified in 2008
Address:4522 W Beacon Light | Eagle, Idaho 83616
Phone: (208)315-1597 (Day) | (208)315-1597 (Cell)

Grandia, Marc (Level IV) Certified in 2011
Address:1212 Kessler Dr | Sultan, Washington 98294
Phone: (253)225-3673 (Day) | (253)225-3673 (Cell)

Heidemann, Jessica (Level IV) Certified in 2011
Address:144 33rd St | Bellingham, Washington 98225
Phone: (360)961-4027 (Day)

Mittleider, Sara (Level IV) Certified in 2008
Address:400 Cow Horse Dr | Kuna, Idaho 83634 \
Phone: (208)870-1857 (Day) | (208)870-1857 (Cell)

O'Neal, Karen (Level IV) Certified in 2009
Address:P O Box 2306 | Issaquah, Washington 98027
Phone: | (541)549-1104 (Cell)

Pestl, Michele (Level IV) Certified in 2008
Address:14015 169th Ave SE | Renton, Washington 98059
Phone: (206)459-0601 (Day) | (206)459-0601 (Cell)

Collier, Anna (Level III) Certified in 2011
Address:4700 NW 411 circle | Woodland, Washington 98674
Phone: (503)388-1076 (Day)
Online: [email protected]

Grandia, Erin (Level III) Certified in 2015
Address:1212 Kessler Dr | Sultan, Washington 98294
Phone: (360)921-3162 (Day) | (360)921-3162 (Cell)
Online: 12516 276th Way NE

Holbrook, Jenny (Level III) Certified in 2018
Address:2900 Grand Avenue Apt. 237 | Everett, Washington 98201
Phone: (425)356-1960 (Day) | (425)356-1960 (Cell)

Lorenz, Sarah (Level III) Certified in 2005
Address:2945 Wingate St | Eugene, Oregon 97408
Phone: (206)595-5150 (Day) | (206)595-5150 (Cell)

Parker, Stephanie (Level III) Certified in 2008
Address:8515 W. Antler Avenue | Redmond, Oregon 97756
Phone: (541)771-2031 (Day) | (541)771-2031 (Cell)

Ryan, Anne (Level III) Certified in 2005
Address:12539 Vista Dr NE | Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
Phone: (253)226-2331 (Day) | (253)226-2331 (Cell)

Horn, Kelsey (Level I - Training) Certified in 2011
Address:4005 SW Western Blvd | Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone: (541)760-3823 (Day) | (541)760-3823 (Cell)

Reitz, Ginger (Level I - Training) Certified in 2005
Address:P.O. Box 1799 | Stanwood, Washington 98292
Phone: (206)293-4117 (Day) | (206)293-4117 (Cell)

Schofield, Marie (Level I - Training) Certified in 2005
Address:145 Old Highway 8 | Lyle, Washington 98635
Phone: (541)980-5003 (Day) | (541)980-5003 (Cell)

Carlson, Christel (Level I - Novice) Certified in 2018
Address:10710 S. Sherman Rd. | Spokane, Washington 99224
Phone: (509)993-6786 (Day) | (509)993-6786 (Cell)

Remaining Area VII 2022 Events:

Aug 30 - Sep 4 |USEA AEC, $60,000 Adequan Advanced Final, and ATC Finals | Opens Jul 19 | Closes Aug 16 | BN, N, T, M, P, I, A

Sep 16 - 18 | Aspen Farm H.T. | Opens Aug 2 | Closes Aug 30 | BN, N, T, P, I, A

Sep 29 - Oct 2 | Spokane Sport Horse Eighth Annual Fall H.T. | Opens Aug 16 | Closes Sep 13| FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, Intro, YEH-4, YEH-5, BN, BN3D, N, N3D, T, T3D, M, P, I, AI, CT-A, CCI1-S, CCI2-S, CCI3-S

Area VII • Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska


Area Chair

Luigi Meneghelli
(541) 929-6860

Board of Governors Area Representative

Louise "Lou" Leslie
(425) 836-5616

Erin Tomson
(509) 332-9486

Area Treasurer

Lorilee Hanson
(425) 271-7474


Louise Leslie
(425) 836-5616

Adult Rider Coordinator

Maggie Rikard
(360) 825-4758

Adult Rider Representative

Catie Cejka

Young Rider Coordinators

Scott Weide
(253) 347-6969

Young Rider Representative

Kristen Holderman

Organizers Representative

Sarah Broussard
(406) 756-8410

Website Organizer

Luigi Meneghelli

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