Annual Meeting Recap

This year’s annual meeting was another success with an excellent turnout, great speaker, fantastic Silent Action and wonderful prizes. On behalf of the Area, thank you Melissa Beardsley and her great crew for making this happen. Again. Her crew included Claudia Morgan who was instrumental in helping with planning; Anni Grandia our MC Extraordinaire who also gathered all the awards pictures; Barb Barke and Cynthia Bayles for an exceptionally successful Silent Auction; the Young Rider and the Adult Rider groups for their respective awards; Nancy Rodriguez for the graphics; Devin Robel for organizing the Hawley Bennett Clinic; Lorilee Hanson who’s work as Treasurer started long before the meeting started and continues long after everyone else is back home riding their horses; all the people who donated to the Silent Auction and everyone who bid so generously on the Auction which pays for the meeting and awards. There really are so many people who contributed something, somewhere, to make this joint effort a success.

Silent Auction

To encourage a little friendly competition in our fundraising, this year we introduced the Ruby Slipper Perpetual Trophy donated by Meriwether Saddlery. You may already know its twin, The CanAm Dismounted Games Golden Boot Trophy. Each year the Ruby Slipper will go to the single Silent Auction item donated by a member or members from Area VII. Several barns and groups rose to the occasion with some beautiful baskets and useful items. The winners were Diane Snow and Patti Cameron of Gallops Saddlery who put together a wonderful basket won by Megan Toth, with Talisman Farms a close second.   Diane and Patti will keep the Ruby Slipper for the year and return it for next year’s Silent Auction. Next year we hope to see even more contenders for the Ruby Slipper. Stop by Gallops if you would like to see it.

Ruby Slipper

Barb and Cynthia may have set a record with the Silent Auction receipts this year which topped $8,000. Our Silent Auction raises money to pay for the Annual Meeting and other projects directed by the Area Council.

We want to recognize two of our local tack stores Gallops Saddlery and Olson’s Tack Shop for their continued and extremely generous donations. I know many people will be visiting Gallops to order the many custom items they won, notably a Charles Owens helmet, or cash in their prize gift certificates. Mike Akers of Olson’s donated 100 $10 gift certificates as door prizes as well as a beautiful bridle. Please take a moment to thank these folks, as well as all the other generous sponsors, for their support of Area VII.

Annual Meeting Clinic with Hawley Bennett

Canadian Olympian Hawley was our guest speaker and clinician this year. Organizer Devin summarized the clinic, saying “Hawley challenged every rider, immediately picked out what we needed to focus on, was positive and fun without being easy on us, and we all got plenty of jumps in! Everyone in the clinic was gracious, well prepared, respectful of the group, and I didn’t see anything but smiles.”  She thanks Terri Niles for putting together a great lunch spread for auditors and riders. Killer Tiramisu!

One of the industrious auditors, Jo Niehaus, contributed this summary of her Tips from the Clinic with Hawley. Clinic Tips

Hawley Clinic

Area Council

With the change of Area Chair there is a change in the Area Council. The Council provides guidance to the Chair as well as leading the projects and tasks of the Council. It is designed to provide continuity of leadership, cooperation between the various elements of Association and our sport, and just get things done.

I’ve been asked how our Council is formed. All members of the Council are unpaid volunteers. Some serve at the invitation of the Chair and some are predetermined. The Chair serves for 3 years and the new chair is selected by the Council in the third year. The Chair does not necessarily come from the Council, but is someone who has already been active in area affairs. Area Members who serve on the USEA Board of Governors, the Adult and Young Rider Coordinators, the Area Treasurer, and the Organizers’ Rep are automatically seated. These are Louise Leslie, Mark Hart, Sarah Kelly, Maggie Rikard, Malcolm Hook, Lorilee Hanson, and Jonathan Elliott. The Chair also selects a few other area members to round out the council to help deal with the upcoming challenges. With the recent changes in the lot lines for the Area and the addition of new events, we can expect some growing pains. Melissa Beardsley, Kevin Baumgardner, John Camlin, Brenda Mittleider, Jordan Linstedt and Diane Snow have agreed to serve on the Council.

If anyone is interested in becoming more active in keeping Area VII a wonderful place to event, we could use some willing and capable volunteers to help with Area Communications, Area Championships and also with the next Annual Meeting. Please feel free to contact me at john@jmxsaddles.com.

John Meriwether – Area Chair

Leslie Law Clinic Jan 30-Feb 1st @ Aspen Farms

Clinic Schedule

Auditors welcome!  Audit fee is $20/day, Adult Rider members are free.

Huge Thank You to All Silent Auction Donors!

The Area VII silent auction was very successful-we brought in $8744!  Thank you to all the donors who spent money to support our area.

Big thank you again to Barbe Barke and Cynthia Bayles for all their hard work.

Congratulations to all the Area VII winners!

Here are the additional awards announced during the meeting:

Cindy Burge Memorial Award – MELISSA BEARDSLEY

Horse of the Year – BRIGHTON, Owner-Rebecca Buehler

Reserve Horse of the Year – REVITA VET CAPATO, Owner-Barbara and Gary Linstedt

Rider of the Year – ANNA COLLIER

Reserve Rider of the Year – KAREN O’NEAL

Area VII Annual Meeting – Schedule

Big screen TV added to meeting room for the game!  

No excuse not to come to the Annual meeting :-)

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Scroll down for the End of Year Area VII Award Winners. Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting!

2015 USEA Area VII

Annual Meeting & 2014 Year End Awards 

8:00-10:30         Continental Breakfast

8:30                  Registration Opens

Open all day      Silent Auction

8:30-10:00         Organizers Meeting

9:30-11:00         Adult Riders Open Forum

10:00-11:00        Young Riders Board Meeting

11:00-12:00        Young Riders Open Forum        

12:00-1:00         Lunch and General Business Meeting

1:15-2:30           Area Council Meeting

1:30-2:00           Emily Pestl-Dimmitt-Beacon Charm Grant         

2:00-3:30           Young Horse Breeding Panel

3:30-4:00           Break to Set for Dinner

4:00                     No Host Bar and Appetizers

4:30-5:00           Featured Speaker: Hawley Bennett

5:00                  Dinner-2013 Adult and Young Riders Team Awards

 5:30                 Silent Auction Closes/Area VII 2014 Year End Awards

 8:00                 Adult Rider and Young Rider Activities  TBA

2014 Area VII Year End Award Winners
Jr. Beginning Novice
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Mr. Wally Michele Flanders MADISON FLANDERS
2nd Ladies First Jordan Linstedt MADELYN C. FLOYD
3rd Charlie’s Chocolate Factory Suzanne De Quilettes EMILY HOUSTON
4th Mr. Chad Michelle McKee TARYN MCKEE
5th Divine Timex Austin Allen AUSTIN ALLEN
Sr. Beginning Novice
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st First Legacy GM Gwendolyn Marshall NELSON MITTUCH
2nd Casey B Tara Dunford DEBORAH COOK
3rd Razzo Megan Toth MEGAN E. TOTH
4th Tara/Gone with the wind Gretchen Hogan HEATHER HORNUNG
5th Dear Henry Steve Dearden KADY ELLIFRITZ
Jr. Novice
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Pele Lilly Linder LILLY LINDER
2nd Grammy Nominee Paul & Tammy Nye CHRISTINE L. NYE
3rd Fernando Julia Van Fleet JULIA VAN FLEET
4th Daddy’s Harley Kayla Dumler KAYLA DUMLER
5th O’Donnells Midnight Belle Abigail Saar ABIGAIL SAAR
Sr. Novice
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Aelsie Pea Carla Ellert KELSEY L. HORN
2nd Cavalier Martha Wehling MARTHA WEHLING
3rd More Than Friends Anna Collier ANNA C. COLLIER
4th The Bear King Kathy Rundhaug KATHY RUNDHAUG
5th Coolnamara Unknown Owner JAMES GREEN
Jr. Training
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Sumatra Lillian Thiel LILLIAN THIEL
2nd Osito Barb Jensen RIO JENSEN
3rd Manxome Devin Robel JOHN P. FILER
4th On The Spot Heather Carrion ELENA CARRION
5th TGIF Yvette Chandler OLIVIA CHANDLER
Sr. Training
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Mateo Kelly McKimmy KAREN L. O’NEAL
2nd Kaoimhe Louise Reulbach LOUISE M. REULBACH
3rd Fun and Games Erika Graff ERIKA L. GRAFF
4th Indio BMW Susan Trettin MARC GRANDIA
5th Dreamer Terrie Hook TERRIE HOOK
YR Preliminary
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Udealer Kristen Snoozy MADELYNN SNOOZY
2nd Markus Karen O’Neal PATIENCE O’NEAL
3rd Tavien Verro Sophie Fearon MAGGIE M. FEARON
4th Denver’s Shadow Ann Baumgardner Ph.D. EMILY A. PESTL-DIMMITT
5th Dominic Q Ashley Loucks ASHLEY B. LOUCKS
Open Preliminary
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Huxley Heights Kelsy Smith KELSY SMITH
2nd The Green Machine Anna Collier ANNA C. COLLIER
3rd Freudentag Tracy Berg KAREN L. O’NEAL
4th Helium Risin’ Maris Burns KELSEY N. DEVOILLE
5th Cavalier Clover Boy Brynn Hamel BRYNN HAMEL
Open Intermediate
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Brighton Rebecca Buehler REBECCA BUEHLER
2nd Mystic Mojo Randal Sparks ALLISON SPARKS
3rd Fernhill Eagle Company Team Rebecca, LLC MARC GRANDIA
4th Prince William Mary Burke MARY BURKE
5th Chaos Anni Grandia ANNI GRANDIA
Open Advanced
Placing Horse Owner Rider
1st Revita Vet Capato Barbara and Gary Linstedt JORDAN LINSTEDT
2nd Gleaming Road Anna Collier ANNA C. COLLIER
3rd Brighton Rebecca Buehler REBECCA BUEHLER
4th Mystic Mojo Randal Sparks ALLISON SPARKS
5th Dee Dee Chaser Cindy Marvin JIL WALTON

 

December 2014 Area VII News

Area VII Chair Report

After her 3 years in the saddle, Melissa Beardsley has turned over the reins to me. If you would like to get in touch with me, my e-mail address is john@jmxsaddles.com.   (Insert Photo)
Area Boundary Changes and Growth
Area VII finished 2014 in robust shape. At the National Convention your votes counted towards a redrawing of Area boundaries along state lines. As a result, we are now significantly bigger geographically, not that we weren’t already the biggest Area. Area VII gained the rest of Montana and Idaho.  Our new Area VII members from these regions felt that they would be better served by joining us. You may already know some of those who have been coming to Area VII events for years.
The dry side of the Cascades allows a longer eventing season. We have two events joining our Calendar in a  continuing extension eastward along the I-9 corridor.  Arrowhead HT in Billings MT follows our season kick-off EI HT ( Cle Elum, WA).  Rebecca Farms 3D/HT  (Kalispell, MT) anchors eventing for the US west of the Mississippi and the brand new Spokane Sport Horse HT closes our season by taking the old NWEC fall date.  EI is considering a second recognized HT date and we  hope we can make increased use of their wonderful new home on the dry side.
Stanton Farms HT in  Deerie, Idaho is now much closer to the geographic center of Area VII. (No disrespect intended to Alaska.) We look forward to Stanton’s growth to anchor a circuit of various activities in the hinterlands that includes the southern body of Idaho, south central Washington and eastern Oregon with the increasingly active Eventing Enthusiasts of Central Oregon (EECO).
The National Convention at Ft. Worth
The National Convention was a good experience and I encourage everyone to attend one at some point.  Next year is Hall of Fame induction year and it will be held in Wa DC.  For those not attending committee meetings, there are plenty of educational sessions and a trade show.  I was able to go on a XC course walk jointly led by Tremaine Cooper, John Williams and James Atkinson at Greenwood Farm within an 45 mins of Downtown Ft. Worth.  Former USET Vet Dan Marks gave two interesting sessions comparing and contrasting successful elite Dressage, Show-Jumping and Evening horses, many of which he new personally.  Janice Linnan did one on mproving your dressage score which in itself was worth the price of entry.  The Awards Banquets on Sat. night is always a treat with Jimmie Wofford as the master of ceremonies.
Among the notables of Area VII, Desiree Bruce was there to receive the Ironmaster Trophy, donated on behalf of Neil Ayer and his mount Ironmaster.  Desiree is a two-time breast cancer survivor and is working to raise awareness and funds theory her campaign, “Jump for the Cure.” (Insert Photo)
Outside of the meetings and seminars, this was a great way to learn how other areas handle their challenges.  I got into some interesting discussions regarding fundraising and competition below the level of  recognized horse trials.  I encourage you to read 2014 FEH/YEH edition of Eventing USA (Nov/Dec).  The article on Stand-Alone FEH/YEH events may point a way to growing our sport and create new opportunities in the less well served parts of Area VII.
New Young Rider Coordinator
After many years away, Malcolm Hook is returning for a second term as YR Coordinator.  Although many things have changed in the program, he has significant skills and experience to further strengthen our Program.  He will be assisted by Diane Snow, the Co-Chair of the USEA YR Program.  Both bring to the table a wider view YR’s place in the development of our sport.  We would like all members of the YR Program and their parents to attend the Annual Meeting in Olympia, if at all possible.
Area Communication and the Flying Changes Magazine Subscription
Every year the increasing cost of  providing members a free subscription to Flying Changes is a topic for the Area Council. Last year the Area Council projected that the Area Admin fund would run a budget deficit in 2015. To support our core activities better, the Area Council voted  to discontinue the subscription.  There are many fans of the magazine and we will continue to provide content as in the past.
To keep our members informed of Area news, we will use our Area VII Website (http://www.areavii.org) for more frequent communication.  If you are a visitor to the website you will notice that it has had a facelift in the past year. We are taking steps to make it a primary source of information.
FC would like us to continue to provide eventing content and we hope that you will take advantage of a special subscription offer.  FC is committed to covering eventing. The Area Reports will continue as before.  If you would like to get in print or have your photos published,  FC will be happy to hear from you.
Many of you quite like receiving FC for its coverage of equestrian activites  throughout the Northwest in addition to Area News. We hope you will consider your own  subscription.  For a limited time in the months of January & February, FC is offering a special subscription rate.  Contact the magazine directly to take advantage of the offer,
  • One year subscription total cost $25.00 ($2.08 per issue)
  • Two year subscription total cost $45.00 ($1.87 per issue)
  • Three year subscription total cost $55.00 ($1.53 per issue)
  • Four Year subscription total cost $60.00 ($1.25 per issue)
A normal Subscription costs $37.50 per year or $70 for two years.
I hope to see you at the Area Meeting and Awards Banquet Jan 10th at the Olympia Red Lion.  Hawley Bennett is our special guest and will participate in panel discussions as well as give a clinic on Jan 11th and 12th. at Aspen Farms.
John Meriwether
Photos: Desire Bruce receiving the Ironmaster Trophy at the USEA National Convention.  Photgrapher Anni Grandia
Nikki Ayers  and her aptly named Inspiration “Jumping For the Cure” at Aspen Farms HT
photographer John Meriwether
 Melissa Beardsley on Arcade Pony and John Meriwether sitting behind in the cart.  USEA National Convention, Ft Worth, Texas
Photographer: Claudia Morgan
Melissa turns over the reins to JM
Jump for the Cure
Desiree Bruce

Sign Up For The 2105 Area VII Meeting & Awards Dinner

The meeting and awards dinner takes place Saturday January 10, 2015 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, WA.

Canadian Olympian and WEG Team Member, Hawley Bennett, is our featured speaker and clinician after the meeting at Aspen Farms. She will also be handing out the awards.

Champion and Reserve Rider of the Year & Champion and Reserve Horse of the Year will be announced after dinner. We have an exciting auction and an array of great speakers all lined up throughout the day!

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In Memorium

 

Vische Mountain (“Denzil”) 1989-2014

Farewell to my old friend and first Advanced horse. After three colic surgeries over the past ten years, we knew we could not put him through another one, and last night he colicked for the last time. Many thanks to Dr. Tom Hansen, Nicki Grandia , and Jessica Lyman and the Traumhof team for their help keeping Denzil comfortable though a long, difficult evening (and for giving Gretchen and me a chance to say goodbye). Thanks also to Ash Griffiths , Denzil’s prior owner and rider in the U.K.—who recognized Denzil’s awesome talent and showed him off in the hunt field over five-foot hedges as a four year old—and to Melissa Beardsley, who found him for me at Ian Stark’s yard in Scotland, brought him to America on her own nickel, and helped us take our partnership to great heights. Melissa, Claudia Morgan , and the Blackwood team took extraordinary care of Denzil over the years, all through his competition career and into his old age. I am also very appreciative of the role played by everyone at Traumhof, all of whom worked hard to make Denzil’s adjustment to his new home a smooth one. You brought much happiness to his final year! And most of all, thanks to my “great grey,” a grand, gregarious soul who made lifelong friends everywhere he went, who was always generous and courageous to a fault, and who showed me that cross country could be an easy, joyful romp.

Kevin Baumgardner

Past Area VII Chair

Past USEA President

Kevin & Denzil

 

Malcolm Hook to be 2015 Area VII Young Rider Coordinator

As of January 1, 2015 , we will have a new Young Rider Coordinator,  Malcolm Hook.  He has very generously accepted this new position and also wears many other hats.  Most of us know him by his distinctive voice as the announcer for many of our Area VII competitions as well as many in Area VI.  He is a  USEF Technical Delegate and also serves on several other committees for the USEA and the USEF.  Malcolm will be working with the current YR Coordinator, YR Board, and  our NAJYRC Coach to help keep the continuity during this transition.  We are looking forward to his great knowledge of our sport, communications skills and organizing abilities to keep our YR program moving in a positive direction.  Thank you Malcolm!
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Time to Sign Up for the 2015 Area VII Annual Meeting – Saturday January 10, 2015, Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA

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USEA Area VII Eventer’s Meeting, Awards Dinner & Auction

    Saturday, January 10              Red Lion Hotel          Olympia, WA

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