NAYC Recap and Looking Ahead to 2019

"Thank you!" from the Area III Young Rider Team that competed in Kalispell, Montana at the North American Youth Championships this summer. Your encouragement and support were really appreciated during this journey. The list of thank you’s is very long, but I want everyone in the Area to truly understand what an undertaking this was.

The riders: Leila Saxe, Ryan Wood, Jessie Schwartz, and Grace Smith arrived at Julie Richard’s farm in Newnan, GA a few days before the horses shipped out to get final lessons before the competition. Dr. Jason McLendon came to Julie’s to give all four horses fluids so they would travel hydrated and arrive ready to go in Montana. Katie Strickland rode with the drivers of Lorraine Horse Transport for 40 hours to ensure the horses were comfortable and fed during their travels. The horses arrived around noon on Saturday, July 14th, and the riders arrived just a short time later. All of the stalls and two tack rooms were set up beautifully, and we wore the Area III Colors proudly.

The schedule for the horses worked out very well for the preparation before the show, and the facilities at Rebecca Farm are simply stunning.

Julie taught all of the riders throughout the week, and kept everyone upbeat and positive! The riders and parents were treated Monday to a lovely outing on beautiful Flathead Lake along with great burgers and wave boarding. Then after riding on Tuesday, Julie took them zip lining at the ski lodge where the riders were staying. The pictures are incredible!

Wednesday was all business with the Parade of Teams in the morning followed by the First Jog. All of the horses looked beautiful from all of the hard work of the grooms: Katie Strickland, Emma Mooney, Sara Bowman, and Wesley Ann Norton. All horses PASSED!

Thursday was a non-compete day. Friday was Dressage, Saturday was Cross Country, and Sunday had the last jog, and then Show Jumping. Area III placed fifth in the One-Star Team Competition!

The horses then stayed until Monday morning when the process started over with the hanging of fluids and the 40 hour trip home.

To say that it takes a village is an understatement. A huge Thank You must go out to the parents of these wonderful riders: Rob and Katrina Wood, Wayne and Darla Saxe, Paul and Julie Schwartz, Huck and Laura Smith.

The next Thank You’s go out to our wonderful sponsors:
Dr. Rachel Burlton, Valley Veterinarian Associates
Dr. Jason McLendon, Southern Crescent Equine Services
Angela Brackett, Enviro Equine Products
Emily Cochran, C 4 Belts
Gary and Donna Stegman
Melanie Rock, Dover Saddlery
Kerrits Breeches
I love My Horse,
Spring Creek Farm
And last but not least:
Julie Richards for being our wonderful Coach
Katie Strickland for being our most organized Head Groom
And Jade Anderson Tucker for being the best support any team could ask for!

I have already started answering calls for information on the summer camp and possibly representing Area III next year at the North American Youth Championships. We want you all! But please understand, NAYC is a very expensive endeavor, and fund raising must start now! You must realize that the money either comes from your fund raising efforts or from you as a Team Member.

I will be posting some fund raising plans shortly, and would welcome your input for fund raising ideas. Also, we are looking for a Fund Raising Chairperson to help organize all of the fund raising events this coming year. If you are interested, please reach out to me either by phone (706-332-5131 or email allina970@gmail.com)

We all had a wonderful time this year and created lasting friendships and memories.

Please know that Area III is committed to being there for all of the members and competitors, and we do appreciate all of the good wishes, thoughts and prayers we received during this journey.

PS: Our First Fund Raising Event: Chattahoochee Hills Event August 31st- September 2nd
Winter blankets, clippers, air vests, t-shirts, saddle pads and other Young Rider donations are being offered for sale this weekend. Please come by the Area III Tent!

Thank you to all!

Sincerely,
Allina Bell
Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Represent Area III at the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

*UPDATE 8/20: Young Riders AND Adult Riders Welcome to Participate! It's not too late to get on a team. Currently we have 1 Young Rider Novice team, and are trying to fill out our Preliminary and Training teams with additional riders. Know some friends who want to be on a team? All levels welcome! Contact Diana Lewis for more information: drlewis01@charter.net

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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

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

 

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

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
Allina970@gmail.com

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

Sincerely,
Allina Bell
Area III Young Rider Coordinator