Area 3 Success at USEA American Eventing Championship

Area 3 was well represented at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park, and our riders and horses made us proud! Congratulations to the top finishers from Area 3 and to all who qualified and competed.

  • Arden Wildasin & Watch Out - Preliminary Amateur Champion

  • Savannah Blackstock & Garryndruig Albie - Junior Young Rider Champion

  • Ashley Mozingo Perrin & I Claudius - Training Rider Champion

  • Kaitlyn Brittendall & Blyth's Madeline GS - Novice Amateur Champion

  • Crockett Miller & Mr Panda - Novice Junior 15 and Under Champion

  • Lily Barlow & Big Bear's Cepheus - Beginner Novice Amateur Champion

  • Tessa Geven & Tullymor's Houdini - Beginner Novice Junior 14 and Under Champion

  • Carla Jimmerson & Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau - Beginner Novice Master Amateur Champion

Team The Go Getters of Lori Tucker, Beth Allen, Colleen Cohill, and Billy Jackson from Area III also won the Beginner Novice Adult Team Championship.

Go Area 3!

NAYC Gold for Area III!

We are pleased to announce the Area III Young Riders had a successful trip to Montana for the 2019 North American Youth Championships at the Event at Rebecca Farm.

Congratulations to William Kidwell and Tremolo, who led the CCIY3*-S from start to finish, winning individual GOLD and helping Area III/Area VII to team GOLD as well.

Ivie Cullen-Dean and Fernhill Full Throttle also finished fifth individually in the 3*.

The CCI2*-L team finished in a respectable 7th place. Claire Howard and Euro Star was our highest placed rider, finished 13th individually in a large division with 48 starters.

We are so proud of our young riders for all their hard work to qualify, fundraise, and compete at the NAYC. They are the future of the sport and the future looks bright! Thank you also to the sponsors, grooms, parents, coach Julie Richards, and everyone else who supported the riders in their quest.

Full results available here.


Area 3 Seeks NAYC Head Groom

Area 3 is seeking a Head Groom (volunteer or paid position) for the North American Youth Championships who will be responsible for all aspects of the management of horses and the care of the Area 3 stables for the North American Youth Championships, in Kalispell, Montana.

Duties that the Head Groom may perform or oversee the performance of include:

  • Providing hay, feed, rations or supplements, and water.  

  • Cleaning buckets and tubs used in the feeding process.

  • Grooming, saddling, unsaddling, and bathing horses.

  • Cleaning all horse equipment.

  • Hand walking horses.

  • Lunging horses. 

  • Maintaining the barn area - sweeping, washing, and general cleaning.

  • Following instructions and directions from the NAYC Coach, Area 3 Chef d’Equipe, farrier, veterinarian, or other equine care providers. 

  • Loading/unloading hay and grain bags.

  • Packing equipment for horse shows.

  • Unpacking equipment at the show grounds, preparing the stall, and acclimating the horse(s) to the new surroundings.

  • Loading and unloading horses from trailers.

  • Braiding the mane and/or tail for horse shows (or teaching braiding skills).

  • Monitor and maintain the level of feed, hay, and bedding in stock.

  • Handling horses for the veterinarian, farrier, or trainer.

The Head Groom will be responsible for up to 4 grooms including providing transportation, directing grooming efforts, assigning duties, and teaching horse management skills.

The Head Groom must be able to work calmly and efficiently during the stress of international competition, as well as communicate clearly and calmly with parents and teen competitors who are often tense and nervous during competition.

The Head Groom must reside within Area 3. The Head Groom must possess a valid driver’s license and be 25 or older in order to rent a vehicle.

At this time, Area 3 plans to ship 9 horses to NAYC.

Travel, rental car, lodging, and meal expenses will be provided or reimbursed in accordance with the USEA’s policies in effect at time of service.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 16 – Arrive at final training camp (Newnan, GA)

  • Wednesday and Thursday, July 17-18 – Inventory/pack team equipment and supplies. Get acquainted with grooms, riders and parents.

  • Thursday, July 18 – Assist with preparation of horses for shipment; horses leave for Montana early evening.

  • Friday, July 19 – Head Groom and grooms fly to Montana, rent vehicle.

  • Saturday, July 20th – Set up stalls for mid-day horse arrival. Observe, hand walk horses.

  • Sunday, July 21st – Coach, riders and families arrive. Horses exercised.

  • Monday, July 22d – Rider lessons and hack.

  • Tuesday, July 23d – First jog.

  • Wednesday – Sunday, July 24th-July 28th – Competition.

  • Monday – July 29th – Prepare horses for shipment; horses leave early afternoon.

  • Late Monday or Early Tuesday – July 29- or July 30th – Return to Newnan, GA.

  • Wednesday, July 31st – Horses arrive in AM. Assist with unloading and departure.

To Apply:

Please send a summary description of your experience to Cyndi Kurth, .

Using the tentative schedule above, include your daily rate (if any) for the following 2 options:

Option 1:

Daily rate (if any) for:

July 16-18, Newnan, GA

July 19-July 29 – NAYC

July 31 – Newnan, GA

Option 2:

Daily rate as in Option 1, plus

July 18 – July 20 – Travel in semi with horses from Newnan GA to Kalispell, MT

July 29 – July 31 – Travel in semi with horses from Kalispell, MT to Newnan, GA

Travel, rental car, lodging and meal expenses will be provided or reimbursed in accordance with USEA’s policies in effect at the time of service.

Your application must be received no later than July 6th. Questions may be directed to Cyndi Kurth, .

Announcing the 2019 Area III NAYC Teams

As the Area III Young Rider Coordinator, I am honored to announce the riders and horses that have been asked to represent Area III in the North American Youth Championships that are being held in Kalispell, Montana, at The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 24th-28th.

The following are the 3* Riders that will represent Area III:

  • Grace Smith & Sir Saulsford Nazar

  • Ivie Cullen-Dean & Fernhill Full Throttle

  • William Kidwell & Tremolo

The following are the 2* Riders that will represent Area III:

  • Claire Howard & Euro Star

  • Emma Vallner & T Other Guy

  • Grace Montgomery & Quicky de Barbereau

  • Hanna Grace Johnson & Urlanmore Beauty

  • Paige Thorson & Fernhill Stateside

  • Olivia Mogridge & Calysta MWF

The additional Qualified Riders for the 2* Individual competition are:

  • Caroline Dannemiller & Tops

  • Madeline Mogridge & West Point

These riders and horses attended the Area III Young Rider camp last week and were able to work with the selectors, Leslie Law and Hilda Donahue, and Team Coach Julie Richards. Area III is proud of these young riders and all that they have accomplished.

We wish them all great success as they travel and compete in Montana next month.


Allina Bell

Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Area 3 Seeks Nominations for 2021-2023 Area Chair

1. Area 3 is seeking nominations for Area Chair. Each USEA Area has an Area Chairperson who serves for a 3‐year period.

  • The chair-elect will serve as the Assistant Area Chair until December 2020 and Area Chair for the period December 2020 – 2023 (with approval of USEA Board of Governors). This is a volunteer position.

  • Previous experience as an Eventing official, organizer, USEA committee, or Area 3 Council member is preferred.

  • The Area Chair represents the Area during USEA meetings, convention and conference calls; disseminates and facilitates communication between Area Organizers, Area Council members and the USEA; oversees and approves Area financials; appoints individuals to serve on the Area Council; schedules/chairs Area Council meetings, the annual Area Meeting, Awards presentations, and the annual Area Organizers meeting.

2. To nominate a candidate, first secure the permission from the person to be nominated. Submit nominations to Cindy Phillips,, and include the information below.

1) Name

2) Address, Cell and Home Phone numbers

3) Brief description of occupation/expertise (knowledge, skills, and abilities)

4) Brief description of equestrian history

3. Nominations will be accepted until July 10, 2019. The Area council will vote July 16, 2019.

March 28 Fix-a Test With Peter Gray to Benefit Area III Young Riders

Please join us for a day of Fix-a-Test with Peter Gray (ICP IV and 5* judge). You pick a test of your choice (including FEI tests) and ride it. After you ride you will be receiving valuable instructions on what and how to improve in your test, practice it with instructions from Peter and ride it again. Each lesson is 45 minutes. Auditing welcome

All proceeds benefiting the Area III Young Rider Program and the team participating in the 2019 North American Young Rider Championship.

Date: March 28th, 2019 (8.15 am – 4.45 pm)
Location: Wentworth Farm, 10690 NW 125th Street, Reddick, FL 32686
Cost: $100 per ride

Please sign up via email to: with name, horse name and desired test and send entry fee to Jenny Vallner, 11455 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala, FL 34475 by March 26th Please contact Jenny 469-231-3224 with any questions.

THANK YOU Peter Gray for supporting the Area III Young Rider Program!

Peter Gray is a world renowned trainer, rider, judge and popular clinician in Eventing, Dressage and Equitation. Gray was the former National Eventing Coach for Canada from 1996 to 2000, and has since coached National Teams from Venezuela and Guatemala. Gray has competed at international events in Europe and North America including three Olympic Games, World Championships and is a Pan Am individual bronze medalist. Gray also competes on the winter circuit in hunter and jumpers and was long listed with the Canadian National Dressage team in 2010. His experience as a competitor has seated him on many committees including the FEI 3-day Eventing Committee, EC High Performance/Safety/Selection/Coaching committees, USEA Professional Rider Council, and ICP.

Apply for the Young Rider Mentorship Program

The USEA Young Rider Mentorship Program affords Young Riders (21 years and younger) the opportunity to learn from experienced equine professionals to gain a better understanding of career paths, skill development, networking and goal setting for his/her future.

  • The YR Mentorship Program operates concurrently at North American Youth Championships. It is not a riding program rather a way for youth to learn about what is involved in a career as a licensed official, competition manager and other horse related occupations.

  • Mentoring is a way for more experienced equine professionals to share their experiences and knowledge with Young Rider "proteges."

  • Young Riders chosen for participation in the Program are partnered with International Officials and others to learn the non-competitive side of the sport.

  • The Program is intended for older, focused Young Riders.

  • The mentoring partnership requires maturity, honesty, openness, commitment and effort. A successful mentoring partnership benefits those involved through increased confidence and a sense of direction.

For more information, or to apply for the program contact your Area Young Rider Program Coordinator.