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