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.

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

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!

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:


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