Don't Forget to Send Your NAYC Application by March 1!

Dear Area III Young Riders:

All things in life are flexible and have alternatives, with one exception: Your USEF application for the NAYC in Kalispell, Montana this summer.

Reminders: You must apply by March 1, 2019 even if you are not yet qualified. If you want to be considered for both levels (NAYC-J and CCIO-Y-S), you must apply for both levels! You will be allowed to add/subtract horses after March 1 as long as you are already listed for the division.

(Note, the Training 3-Day team does not fill out a USEF application)

Please let Allina Bell, the Area III Young Rider Coordinator, know when you have completed the application. Include in these communications your Spring show and/or clinic schedule on all nominated horses. This will be provided to the team selectors. You may email Allina at or call with any questions at 706-332-5131.

Go for the Gold Area III!

Application Information for the 2019 North American Youth Championships (NAYC)

The 2019 North American Youth Championships (NAYC): NAYC-J and CCIO-Y-S will be held in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, an existing CCI2*, 3*, and 4*-L, as well as a CCI4*-S, July 24-28, 2019. Rebecca Farm, located in Kalispell, Montana, boasts a cross-country course set on a 640-acre parcel of land that stretches for four miles and features over 150 obstacles and four water complexes designed by Olympian and Hall of Fame equestrian Ian Stark.

Please be advised that the Selection Procedures have been approved and posted for the 2019 NAYC for Eventing. Please see the attached files to view the procedures in their entirety. There is a lot of information in this process so please read all of the documents carefully.  The application is now available and the application deadline is March 1, 2019.

When you send your application, you need to declare for the division you wish to compete in at the NAYC, whether you are already qualified for that division or not.

There will be no selection horse trials but they must attend the summer camp where the teams and alternates will be announced.

All applicants have, by signing their application, indicated that they have received the Selection Procedures for the Event, the USEF Code of Conduct (Attachment B) and the Safe Sport Policy which can be found at, understand the documents, and agree to be bound by them.

Junior Championship Selection Procedures

Nations Cup Selection Procedures

Attachment B Code of Conduct

Attachment C USEA Area Selectors and Selection Trials

2019 Young Rider Summer Camp Information

Hello to all of the Area III Young Riders and Area III members. It is with great appreciation to you all that I start 2019 with great hopes and plans for the Area III Young Rider Program.

So many of you have reached out to me concerning the 2019 Young Rider Summer Camp! For the last several years the Area III Young Rider camp has been held at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga. Area III Young Riders wishes to thank Hugh Lochore, Carl Bouckaert, and the staff at Chattahoochee Hills for all they have done to support Area III and especially the Young Rider Program. To ensure that different parts of the area have the opportunity to host the Summer Camp, the decision was made to move the camp to South Carolina for 2019.

Please see the 2019 Young Rider Summer Camp Information listed below.

Date: June 16-20, 2019
Location: Stable View Farm, Aiken, South Carolina

Meet the Camp Coaches:

Julie Richards: Julie is a former Area III Young Rider having represented the area at the CCI2* in 1988. From Young Riders she went on to become a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000 and again in 2004, finishing 9th individually in 2000 and team bronze medal in 2004. Following her Olympic experiences, Julie was a member of the U.S. Selecting Committee from 2010-2014 for the PanAm Games, World Championships, and London Olympics. Julie is a Graduate A in Pony Club and an ICP Level 4 instructor. Since 2009, Julie has been teaching and sourcing/producing horses from her home base in Newnan, GA, as well as competing each year in numerous horse trials and CCI/CIC events up thru Advanced/3* level. Julie currently coaches young riders, adult amateurs, as well as helping several young professionals. She is also the mother to two non-horsey children ages 14 and 16. As the 2018 Area III Young Rider coach, Julie looks forward to working with riders of all levels, as well as their home coaches, to make the young riders program a learning environment for all.

Leslie Law: Leslie is a British eventer who won the individual gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games and team silver. Known for his consistency, Leslie has a string of successes including team silver in Sydney 2000, European team gold in 2001 and 2003, and World team bronze in 2002. Leslie started riding at the age of 10 to compete with his brother, Graham, who is also a successful event rider. Since relocating to the United States in 2006, Leslie has racked up a huge list of accomplishments including: three time American Advanced Champion, Young Event Horse Champion and Reserve Champion, and multiple CCI/CIC2* and 3* wins and top placings. He has found horses for and coached some of America’s top young riders and has had many amateurs in the top placings at the American Eventing Championships. Leslie is also the USEF Coach for the Developing Riders.

Hilda Donahue: Hilda is a CCI4* Rider. She has competed at Rolex, Burghley, and Pau. Hilda was short listed for the Irish World Equestrian Games team in 2002 and rode in the World Cup final at Pau the same year. She has been very fortunate to have competed at numerous CCI2* and 3*s. Hilda also represented Ireland on the 2018 WEG Endurance Team. She’s competed in all but two of the world’s four-star events. Hilda has been very involved in taking green riders of all ages who have never had exposure to horse trials and instilling confidence and competence to ensure their success.

Camp Tentative Schedule:

Arrive on Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Welcome Dinner that Evening
Monday, June 17, 2019 – Private Dressage Lesson
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Small Group Jump Lesson (XC or SJ)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Private Dressage Lesson
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Small Group Jump Lesson (XC or SJ)

The camp registration forms will be posted to the Area III website, and will also be emailed to all Area III members. Just because it says Young Rider Camp does not mean that adults can’t ride! So please join us at Stable View in June.

On Site Accommodations are available. Please book these through Stable View.

Please plan on staying to compete at the Stable View June Horse Trials: June 22-23, 2019!

More Information to follow. Thank you in advance.


Allina Bell
Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Ride With Maxime Livio! Be a Demo Rider at the USEA Educational Symposium

The USEA Educational Symposium is coming up February 18-21 at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirdsale, Florida. Owners, breeders, riders, trainers, volunteers, event officials, professionals, and amateurs are all invited to attend. The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP), Future Event Horse (FEH) Program, and Young Event Horse (YEH) Program are joining forces to bring USEA members a week of training and education.

WEG team bronze medalist and four-star winner Maxime Livio will be one of the featured clinicians and Training through Advanced level demo riders are needed for the ICP and YEH portions of the symposium. Don’t miss this opportunity to ride with one of the top eventers in the world!

Anyone interested in attending the ICP Symposium as a demo rider should contact Lauren Gash at

Click here for everything you need to know about the USEA Educational Symposium.

Area III Young Riders Year-End Update

Hello to all of Area III and especially to the Area III Young Riders:

Cyndi Kurth, Area Chairperson, Kim Keeton, Adult Rider Coordinator, and I, as Area III Young Rider Coordinator, attended the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention held last weekend in New Orleans. I wanted to write this letter because of the many updates that are happening for the coming year.

Before the list of information begins, I want to congratulate Leila Saxe, a member of the 2018 Area III NAYC One-Star Team for being the Area III Top Young Rider for 2018! Getting to know Leila was a joy, and we are so proud of all of her accomplishments. The final 2018 Leaderboard is posted here.

1. Safe Sport: This is a Federal Law that was passed by Congress and must be adhered to by all members of USEF. As of January 1, 2019, every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete USEF's SafeSport Training.

A 30 day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018. Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training. Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. USEF membership is required for riders, owners and trainers of horses competing at the Preliminary level and above.

Parents Training Course for equestrian athletes of all ages helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience and is free. The following categories of individuals are required to take the Safe Sport Training and complete a criminal background check:

USEF Board of Directors

USEF Staff

USEF Licensed Officials, US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors

US Team Chefs d’Equipe

US Team Veterinarians

US Team Selectors

Human Physio Therapists

Competition Managers

SafeSport Training for non-USEF members is available for $20.

2. Young Riders Championships: Now the North American Youth Championships. The USEF decided that since Mexico has not sent any riders for Eventing for many years, and last year Canada did not send any teams, the FEI does not consider this an International Championship. Thus, the One-Star Competition has new qualifications.

To Qualify for the NAYC One-Star: Horse and Rider must have 4 Preliminary Horse Trials OR 3 Preliminary Horse Trials and 1 CIC . Each Area will be able to send 4 Team members and two Individuals to this competition. If the venue can handle additional qualified riders, then they may compete, but not as an Area Team member. There will not be any changes for the Two Star Qualifications or competition.

Declaration of Intent to compete in the 2019 NAYC must be completed by March 1, 2019. Even if you have not qualified please declare your intentions to do so! Otherwise, you cannot be considered for either Area Team.

Effective January 1, 2019, there is a new designation for all FEI levels. This USEA article provides background and details. The old NAYC CCI1* becomes a “CCI2*-L” and the old NAYC CICO2* becomes a “CCI3*”. The Land Rover Kentucky CCI4* will now be a CCI5*-L.

3. Clinics: Clinics that are being held in Area III may now be posted on the Area III Website ( You can find these by going under the Calendar tab, and seeing the clinic list. I will also be sending the contact information out as I received it. Click here for an updated clinic list.

Land Safe Equestrian along with Danny and Keli Warrington have offered Area III Young Riders an opportunity to participate in a Land Safe Clinic. Grant funds have been made available to the Young Riders to assist in the cost of the clinic. Each Clinic can have 20 participants, and the cost of the clinic is $325 per person. The Grant will fund 40 Young Riders at $70 per rider. This Grant will bring the cost per Young Rider to $255. Rider Safety is a serious Issue, and Area III wants to support the safety of the Young Riders: The following clinic dates are available:

Grand Oaks in Ocala, Florida, January 21-22,2019
For registration please contact Keli Warrington at 443-459-4974

Lauren Eckardt’s Farm in Canton, Georgia, March 9-10, 2019
For Registration please contact Lauren at 404-210-0018

4. Young Rider Council: In the past, there has been a Young Rider Representative on the Area Council. The Area Council would like more input from the young riders. So, I am creating a Young Riders Council to support the Area Council Representative. I would like to have a least two members of Area III Young Riders from EACH STATE in Area III to be on the Young Rider Council. I, along with all representatives, will have quarterly conference calls to catch up on thoughts and ideas that the Young Riders have for improving the YR program. I am very excited about implementing this new council, and hope to receive many requests to join this new group. Please send your requests to join to my email: I would like to have this start by mid-January!

5. Area III Team Selectors: The Area Council has also started a new rotation schedule for the Team Selectors and we hope to bring in new selectors to be introduced into the Team Selection process (click here for application information). Rotating off the selector list this year is Tiffany Loudon-Meetze. Area III wishes to thank Tiffany for her leadership and coaching talents over the last 15 years. Tiffany has helped Area III in developing many Young Riders and horses through the Selection process and as a Summer Camp Coach. Area III wants to make available this same experience to other professionals that are in our area. Please consider this as a stepping stone to becoming the Area III Coach some day.

6. Area III Young Rider Summer Camp: Thank you for your calls and emails about the 2019 Summer Camp. We are just as excited as you are about the summer camp! We are finalizing the new format and will be unveiling it shortly. During the National Convention, many compliments toward our 2018 camp were received. These were much appreciated. During the Young Rider Coordinators meeting, the YRAP (Young Rider Advancement Program) was shown to be a focus on the National Level. Through clinics and summer camps, the up and coming talent of the lower level horses and riders will be developed so that these riders will move into the Under 25 Program some day. We are taking these thoughts and developing a platform that will continue throughout the year with different clinics as well as the summer camp with ICP instructors.

7. Additional Volunteers: USEA policy requires that the Area chair rotate every 3 years and the Area guidelines recommend the Young Rider Coordinator serve for a 3 year period. Because we do not want to reinvent these positions every 3 years, we are looking to bring in new talent to assist the current volunteers and then move into being the Area Chair and Area Young Rider Coordinator, respectively. Both of these positions need to be filled now in order to have a learning period. Please contact Cyndi Kurth ( if you are interested in either one of these positions. Please know that we wish to expand the sphere of influence, and hope many of you wish to participate with Area III.

As you can see, so much is happening in Area III. Please take the time to consider the clinics in our area, and the learning opportunities that are available to you.

Thank you in advance,

Allina Bell

Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Final 2018 Area III Leaderboard, Ribbons Will Be Mailed

Competitions have concluded for the 2018 calendar year and the points have been tallied for the final High Point Leaderboard. Ribbons for 1st-6th placings will be mailed in early 2019.

Remember these are points accrued at horse trials IN AREA III and may not match points shown on the USEA's national leaderboard. 

Click the link below to view an explanation of leaderboard categories and qualifications.

If you have questions or concerns about the 2018 Leaderboard, please email ASAP.

Young Riders - PLEASE NOTE - You are automatically considered an amateur through the year of your 18th birthday. After that, you must declare your status. The declaration is on the USEA membership form and provided below for your information.

USEA Area III Young Riders Currently Accepting Resumes for 2019 Summer Camp Trainer / Team Selector

One of the most important activities within the Area’s Young Rider program is the 5-day Summer Camp usually held each June. Responsibilities of the Summer Camp Trainer Position are:

  • To teach campers at all levels and in all three phases in both private and group lessons.

  • Participate in and/or lead daily unmounted group activities in the evenings or between lesson times.

The process of fielding teams is accomplished by the Area Selector’s observations and rankings at events, clinics and camps. Their rankings are then submitted and teams are identified. If a candidate of either a selector or coach is also a student or client of said selector or coach, the selector or coach is to excuse themselves from this ranking process for this candidate.

This position is for a one year term with 2 one-year renewal periods if agreed to by both parties.

Resumes will be accepted until 1 February 2019.

CLICK HERE for more information about the position and how to submit a resume.

Area III Young Rider Update: Clinic Calendar and 2019 NAYC

I wish to catch every one up on the latest news for the Young Riders of Area III.


I want to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all that love and support the Area III Young Riders. Many of you do not want your thoughts or actions acknowledged, but please know that they are appreciated. 


The last few weeks have been great in meeting new Area III Young Riders. Everyone wants to know when our next event will be scheduled. So many of you want to know of clinics where you can continue your learning process. My thought is to use the Area III website to send out new information. 

There is a clinic tab on the area’s website: under the calendar tab.  I would like all Area III clinics to be listed on this tab. The clinician’s name, contact information, price, location, etc. This is always helpful to the one hosting the clinic by bringing in additional riders and auditors. You can send this information to Leslie Threlkeld Bryant and she will update the website with your clinic information. Leslie’s email address is:

You can also send it to me, and I will send it out in an email blast to the Young Rider list that I receive from the USEA office. 


For those riders who are interested in trying out for the Area III North American Youth Championship Team, the 2019 competition will be held in Kalispell, Montana once again. This is a very expensive undertaking, and everyone in the Young Rider Program must start fund raising for the Area to be able to send those who are qualified and make it through the selection process to represent Area III. 

The coach for the 2019 Area III Team will be Julie Richards. Julie’s farm is in Newnan, Georgia. There are several additional selectors which include Leslie Law, Hilda Donahue and Tiffany Loudon Meetze. These selectors and myself, as the Area III Young Rider Coordinator, wish to know those riders who have aspirations of representing Area III next summer at the NAYC. There are many steps to achieve this goal, and we all wish to support you through your journey.

By March 1, 2019, you must declare your intentions to compete at the One Star or Two Star level- but you do not have to be qualified at this time. 

It is helpful for all of us to know who may have this competition on their “Dream” list. So, please help us by letting your intentions be known. Send your name, contact information, horse information, trainer information, show schedule (when you know it) to me so that I can send it out to the other coaches.

Thank you in advance,


Allina Bell

Area III Young Rider Coordinator