Congratulations to the 2018 Area III Champions!

The 2018 Area III Championships took place at Chattahoochee Hills July 7-8. Congratulations to the winners!

Intermediate Champions: Kerry Torrey and Zumba
Preliminary Champions: Andrew McConnon and Bossinova
Jr. Training Rider Champions: Caroline Dannemiller and Tops
Training Champions: Tik Maynard and Stakkato Bronx
Sr. Training Rider Champions: Cindy Phillips and 3rd Times The Charm
Jr. Novice Rider Champions: Kaitlyn Brittendall and Blyth's Madeline GS
Open Novice Champions: Julie Richards and Beaulieu's Cecelia
Sr. Novice Rider Champions: Ashley Selembo and Sweet Georgia Brown
Open Beginner Novice Champions: Tik Maynard and Santiano
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider Champions: Devon Tresan and I Am Superman
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider Champions: Cheryl Benefiel and Treliver Drambuie

Want to know more? Read this article about the Area III Championships written by Penny Morse for GDCTA.

Area III Seeks Volunteer Treasurer

USEA Area III is seeking a volunteer to serve as the Area Treasurer and member of the Area III Council. The Area Treasurer is responsible for understanding the financial policies of the USEA and to perform accounting for Area business using the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) and accounting standards as provided by the USEA.

Click here for and detailed job description and how to apply

Area III Adult Rider Camp with IAN STARK

Join us September 21-23, 2018 at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Georgia and ride with the legendary eventer and course designer Ian Stark! Start with dressage on Friday, grids and gymnastics on Saturday, and put it all together on cross country Sunday. Entries are limited so enter early! Clinic fee ($450 for Adult Rider members/$500 for non-members) includes meals and Area 3 AR swag! Stabling and RV hookups available on site.

Click here to download and print the registration form

Calling All Young Riders for the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

The Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge Horse Trials is held every October at the Kentucky Horse Park and is an annual destination for the Area III Young Riders. This year, we want to send as many teams as possible, and we hope to help offset costs as well!

The Hagyard team challenge is a great opportunity to promote camaraderie among Area III youth and to give junior/young riders the opportunity to represent Area III in a team atmosphere. The team challenge can be used as a stepping stone for future NAYC competitors and also as a competitive goal for individuals whose goals do not include competing at the upper levels of the sport.

Here are some important notes to know:

  • The date of the event is October 17-21, 2018.
  • Entries open on September 4, 2018. This event usually fills on opening day. Your entry is not accepted until everything is paid in full, including stabling.
  • Riders compete both as individuals in Open Divisions as well as being on a four-member team. 
  • Team members must all be riding at the same level (BN, N, T, P). 

Interested riders will be required to submit an Letter of Intent and meet the requirements below to represent Area III.

  1. Letter of Intent submitted by July 20th, 2018
  2. Teams will be announced August 1st, 2018
  3. A minimum of 2 competitions at the level (or above) within the 2018 calendar year
  4. USEA member, USEA Area III Young Rider member. Horse USEA registered
  5. Performance history; Pairs with the most successful and consistent competition results
  6. Minimum of 3 Area III Young Rider approved volunteer hours

Team Challenge Letter of Intent

As our Young Rider Coordinator, Allina Bell, will be very busy until the end of NAYC. Therefore, until August 1, please direct any team challenge questions to Area III Chair Cyndi Kurth (

Important links: Omnibus Listing | KY Events Website | Hagyard Team Challenge Facebook


Announcing the 2018 Area III NAYC One-Star Team

Congratulations to the Young Riders selected to represented Area III in the 2018 FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for eventing at The Event at Rebecca Farm July 18-22. 

The CCI* team is:

Ryan Wood
Jessie Schwartz
Leila Saxe
Grace Smith

We look forward to cheering these hard working riders on at the Youth Championships!


Area III Young Rider Camp Schedule

The Area III Young Rider Camp is being held at Chatt Hills on June 17-21, 2018.

The Young Rider camp instructors are Julie Richards, Leslie Law, Tiffany Loudon-Meetze and Hilda Donahue, with Guest Instructor Mrs. Lesley Grant Law.

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday Arrive: Set up stalls, hack horses, Welcome dinner at 6pm

Monday: Private Dressage Lessons, 45 minutes. Instructors for the following Divisions:
Julie Richards: CCI* and CCI** and Preliminary
Leslie Law: Training
Tiffany Loudoun-Meetze: Novice
Hilda Donahue: Beginner Novice
Katie Strickland: Grooming clinic
Night Activity: Kayak Races!!

Tuesday: Group Gymnastics School in the morning
Julie Richards: CCI* and CCI** and Preliminary
Leslie Law: Training
Hilda Donahue: Novice
Tiffany Loudoun-Meetze: Beginner Novice

After Lunch: Show jumping theory with Leslie Law & set the course for Jumping Under The Lights

Night Activity: “Jumping Under the Lights” and Dinner. All Campers will be riding in this event-no
additional charge for jumping-additional riders are invited to jump at the different heights at $20 per round. This will be a fund raising event for the Young Riders. All Instructors will be involved in this activity.

Wednesday: The private Dressage lessons will also have a Ride a Test
Each rider will ride the test A for that Division, and the Qualified Riders will ride their NAYRC test.
Leslie Law: CCI* and CCI** and Preliminary
Julie Richards: Training
Lesley Grant Law: Novice
Tiffany Loudoun-Meetze: Beginner Novice
Katie Strickland and Hilda Donahue: Conditioning and groom clinic, speeds/vet box tutorial. Will help determine each horse’s temperature, pulse and respiration at rest.

Night Activity: Movie Night!

Thursday: Cross Country Day!
Warm up with Hilda Donahue - know trot/canter speeds for appropriate level.
Leslie Law: CCI* and CCI** and Preliminary
Julie Richards: Training
Lesley Grant Law: Novice
Tiffany Loudoun-Meetze: Beginner Novice
Katie Strickland: Vet box after cross country school. Check horse’s temperature, pulse and respiration- cooling down time.

Entries are still open for Young Riders and Adult Riders. Please send in your forms to reserve your spot!

Please send forms to:
Allina Bell
P.O. Box 10
Waverly Hall, Ga 31831

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support of Area III.

Allina Bell
Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Young Rider Fundraising

From the Desk of the Young Rider Coordinator:

First and Foremost, camp is going well and entries are coming in daily! Please let your friends know that all campers are welcome--including Adult Riders--and the deadline for forms will be May 1, 2018.

I have thought of many ways to fundraise for the Young Riders of Area III. Realizing that we not only have the NAJYRC in Montana in July, we are also wanting to send teams to the Team Challenge in Lexington, Kentucky in October. This is quite ambitious, so the fund raising efforts must be without boundaries. WE, as an Area, are going to help our Young Riders make these competitions.

The Young Rider Silent Auction:
On January 28th, the Area III Young Riders were asked to gather a minimum of three items for the NAJYRC Silent Auction. We are going to get the Silent Auction up and running within the week, so please send me the list of items that you have gathered! You do not have to be listed on the NAJYRC list to do this-remember, we want to have several teams going to Lexington in October!

Needed for the Auction website will be the name of the item, the description, the value, and a picture, if possible. I will also need the names and addresses of the donors so that I can not only send them a thank you note from the Area III Young Riders, but they can also use this letter to show that a donation has been made to a non-profit organization. This also means that if someone wishes to make a direct tax-deductible contribution to the Area III Young Riders, it will certainly be appreciated as well.

Fundraising Is a Year Long Project:
The next item to think about is that fundraising is best spread out over the year. Area III covers multiple States, and Area III needs to be represented both at the National and International Level. All of the Young Riders should be motivated to help with a broad range of fund raising functions. Ask your boarding facilities/trainers/parents/friends as to what would be fun to do in your town. All Olympians have started in the beginner ranks and progressed from there. So, let’s hear some new and exciting ideas! Here are some thoughts to get started for the Silent Auction.

Go to the Organizers of Recognized and Schooling Shows that are considered your home town event and ask them to donate an entry into their next show.

Local Hotels and Restaurants
1. Ask the Hotel for the one or two nights riders are in town for a show during the next year
2. Restaurant gift cards are wonderful for auctions

Your Favorite Coach: It does not have to be the Young Rider Coach/or the Selectors. Your local Coach is wonderful and perfect to ask to participate!
1. A Buddy Lesson package: Whoever has the highest bid on a Coach’s lesson package may also
take a friend. That additional rider will pay half price of what is the normal cost with this Coach.
It is always fun to take a Friend!
2. Donate a Course Walk
3. Donate Coaching for a show-it can be a schooling show as well.

Your feed store/tack store
1. Ask for items to raffle during the Silent Auction
2. Put a sign at their store asking to support the Area III Young Riders-we do accept straight

Local foundations: They may have grants available or would like to make a donation to the Area
III Young Riders.

This is your organization, so let me hear back from all of you as to your ideas!

Thank you for all of your continued support of Area III!

Allina Bell