Time to Sign Up for the 2015 Area VII Annual Meeting – Saturday January 10, 2015, Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA


Please join us for the 2015
USEA Area VII Eventer’s Meeting, Awards Dinner & Auction

    Saturday, January 10              Red Lion Hotel          Olympia, WA

2015 Annual Meeting Sign Up

USEA Hawley Bennet Clinic Jan 11-12th (Sunday and Monday) 2015 Sponsored by Area VII

Hi Everyone,

We have gotten word that the Hawley Bennett clinic is already half filled so sign up soon if you would like to ride with her following the Saturday January 10, Area VII Annual Meeting in Olympia,WA.

Click for details and sign up:

USEA Hawley Bennet Flyer

November 2014 Adult Rider News


This will be my last Adult Rider Report as I transition into the role of  Area Chair;  Maggie Rikard will resume her place as the Adult Rider Coordinator, ably assisted by Marie Schofield and the rest of our AR council.  Over the past three years I have enjoyed being your Adult Rider Coordinator and getting to know so many wonderful Adult Riders.  Area VII has the  best Adult Rider Program in the USEA because of the enthusiasm of our members and their interest in doing so many great things.  We successfully combine fun with our love for the sport of Eventing.  I’ve enjoyed getting inquiries from different ARs who are interested in helping out and becoming more involved in the many things our AR program offers.  I want to thank all the volunteers who have stepped forward to make our program what it is.

There is so much to look forward to in the AR Program for 2015 as we continue to grow.  With the inclusion of all of Montana and Idaho into Area VII we will be challenged with incorporating those Adult Riders into our family.  Keep an eye on the Calendar.

Time To Rest and Recharge

Every year at this time, I start putting on my winter layers and contemplate a different kind of riding from Thanksgiving into January.  Athletes need some time to recover from the past  season  so they can start the next one healthy and refreshed.  Since selling our Issaquah farm and moving to Portland, I’ve downsized my herd and now board my remaining pony.  Foregoing the chores has been a wonderful change, but winter storms have already kept me from driving to the new barn with its indoor arena and commercial footing. Not riding while still paying for board is like burning money but I intend to make my time in the saddle part of our recharging time.  Although I’m too far from the Woodbrook Hunt Club to include hilltopping in my winter routine, I’ll do the best I can with long walks up and down the hills west of Portland to keep in shape for the clinics I’m  hoping to find around here over the winter, even if it means riding with the DQs or H/Js.

And To Plan or Dream

If you are like me, its time to discuss your goals for next year and beyond with your coach. You’ve picked a target, perhaps the Area Adult Team Challenge at Inavale, the NB3DE or T3DE at Rebecca, your first One Star, the CanAms in BC, a move -up or the Area Championships at Caber.   You are working backwards from the key date to get your planning into your calendar.  You’ve inked in red deadlines for your vet inspections to get your health certificates. You are checking the vacation schedules to make sure you have the time free. For some things you are using a pencil because you know you may have to change your game plan once or twice.  Flicka may pop an abcess.  What’s your Plan B?  Or your sister-in-law wants to get married before the baby is born, and that’s gotta happen the same weekend you have a qualifier. Is there a Plan C or is it possible to call in sick?  You are contemplating when you need to ramp up your conditioning without peaking too early or not having plenty of horse left when you pass between the finish flags.

You’ve promised yourself that you and Flicka are going to start the new season refreshed, healthy, more motivated and on track.

I’ve renewed my USEA and AR membership.  I’m tackling the stacks of PH, Equus, Dressage Today and US Eventing that threatens to topple off my night stand and crush me in my sleep.   I’m cutting exercises out of the magazines that are going to keep me out of DFL.  I’m looking for a local Zumba class or Tai chi do-jo to fight off the onslaught of the comfort food season.

And I’m looking forward to the annual pub crawl  January 10th in Olympia.

Thanks for a really good three years and have a great winter.

John Meriwether







November 2014 Area VII News

Greetings Area VII Members,

I cannot believe November is here.  I hope your upcoming Thanksgiving holiday proves to be enjoyable and your ponies coats are not as woolly as mine. The first week of December, I will be attending the USEA National meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas. This will be my last one as Area VII Chair.  John Meriwether will be taking over  after our meeting in January.  The date of our meeting is January 10, 2015 at the Red Lion in Olympia WA.  It would be great to have a wonderful turn out.  We have several activities planned as well as our standard meetings.  In the afternoon, Hawley Bennet-Awad will be our guest speaker and will be doing a clinic at Aspen Farms January 11-12.  Devin Robel is organizing it and a flyer will be out shortly.  The Adult Rider cocktail hour will follow, along with dinner and our year end awards.  Throughout the day we will have our silent auction, so please everyone, let’s help out supporting the area by spending some bucks on the many items Barb Barke has procured! Our awards, annual meeting and extra activities are completely dependent on our silent auction outcome.

I would like to thank all the people who have helped me with my duties these past three years.  I would not have been able to accomplish anything without their help.  With Claudia Morgan and Lisa DenBeste, we were able to get a new Area VII website revamped and running smoothly three years ago. Luigi Meneghelli had taken care of it by himself for many years besides running his Inavale event.  Lisa put the new site together but Claudia has done ALL the day to day work.  She posts articles, pictures, updates calendars, clinic information etc., it has been a large task.  Nancy Rodriguez will be taking over the care of our website with Claudia assisting when necessary.  Nancy, for many years, has helped out Adult Rider communications as well as helping organize the last three annual meetings.

The meetings have been a cooperative effort of many doing many tasks as volunteers.  I would like to send out a HUGE thank you to: Claudia Morgan, Nancy Rodriguez, Lou Leslie, Anni Grandia, Diane Snow, Sarah Kelly (Rebecca Farm), John Meriwether, Barb Barke, Jill Thomas, Lorilee Hanson and Ann Sweeney and her catering staff at the Red Lion!  Hopefully I have not forgotten anyone.  I appreciate all the help and input from my Area Council.  Their experience and advice has been insightful and thoughtful when it comes to sorting out the issues that do come up from time to time. My council consists of: Lorilee Hanson – treasurer, Lou Leslie – BOG(area affairs), Mark Hart – BOG, Sarah Kelly – BOG, Kevin Baumgartner – legal advice and visionary, Malcolm Hook – USEF rules committee and always learned voice of reason, Jonathan Elliot – head of organizers, John Camlin – event calendar, John Meriwether – AR coordinator and incoming area chair, Piper Cheney and Dawnn Rebholz – YR coordinators past and present and Marc Grandia – rider rep.   Without everyone’s energy and sheer love of our sport, the area chair position would be a monumental and tangled task.  Thank you again to all!

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Melissa Beardsley

I would like to congratulate all of our 2014 Area VII Champions and Reserve Champions! 

Area VII Championship 2014 at Caber Farm:

Open Intermediate:

Champion: Rebecca Buehler/Brighton

Reserve Champion: Allison Sparks/Mystic Mojo

Open Preliminary:

Champion: Anna Collier/The Green Machine

Reserve Champion: Madelynn Snoozy/Udealer

Open Training:

Champion: Karen O’Neal/Mateo

Owner: Kelly McKimmy

Reserve Champion: Gary Mittleider/Semper Fidelis

Owner: Kimberly Hunter and Gary Mittleider

Open Novice:

Champion: Kelsey Horn/Aelsie Pea

Owner: Carla Ellert

Reserve Champion: Attila Rajnai/Mercury Rose

Owner: John Wurzler – Never Done Farm

Open Beginning Novice:

Champion: Megan Toth/Razzo

Reserve Champion: Nelson Mittuch/First Legacy GM

Owner: Gwendolyn Marshall




Mark Todd Clinic – Fresno County Horse Park, January 26-27 2015

Click here for details and sign up:

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October Area VII News

Greetings Area VII members.  Our competition season has finished for the 2014 season and we have much to look forward to in 2015.

The 2015 Area VII Annual meeting will take place one more time at the Red Lion Hotel, Saturday January 10 in Olympia, WA.  It has been a great venue with a wonderful and helpful staff for the past couple of years.  John Meriwether, who will be taking over as Area Chair at the end of January, is thinking of looking into a new venue closer to Portland, OR  for 2016.  We would also welcome any other suggestions from our members.

At the meeting this year we will have Hawley Bennet-Awad as our guest speaker and clinician.  She will be providing some insights into this year’s WEG competition as well as helping present our year end awards!  We will post award winners on the Area VII website in December and sign up details for the meeting and Hawley’s two day clinic at Aspen Farms. We encourage all of you award winners to attend the meeting and up pick up your ribbons and prizes!

We will again be having a silent auction at the annual meeting.  It is the area’s largest fundraiser, so if anyone has something to donate please contact Barb Barke at b.barke@yahoo.com.  She has volunteered once again to take on this monumental task.

Melissa Beardsley

Area VII Chair

Recap from Aspen Farms Horse Trials, September 5-7
By Chesna Klimek
The fall Aspen Farms Horse Trials (AFHT) delivered beautiful courses, impeccable weather, and awesome eventing action over the first weekend in September. Classes filled quickly, with more than 300 horses and riders participating from Beginner Novice to Advanced.For the second year in a row, AFHT hosted the $4,000 Tin Men Supply Advanced division as part of the Pro Tour / Adequan Gold Cup national series. Rebecca Buehler and her own off-the-track-Thoroughbred, Brighton, continued their summer’s winning streak to secure the top spot in their first completion at the Advanced level. Last year’s winners Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato held the lead going into show jumping, but a rail and some time faults dropped them to second ahead of third-place finishers Anna Collier and Gleaming Road.

Thirteen pairs contested the $3,000 Cornerstone Forest Products Intermediate. Mary Burke and her ex-racehorse, Prince William, jumped clear to win on 32.7, followed by young rider Cadence Michel riding The Rock and Jeanine Allred riding Snap Decision II. Burke was pleased with how far her horse has come since his formative years, reflecting back on his growth since his debut in the first-ever USEA Area VII Young Event Horse competition in 2005.

Competition was fierce at all levels, with ribbons and sponsored prizes for the top finishers in every class including junior and amateur divisions. All three of the Preliminary level winners finished on their dressage scores: Madelynn Snoozy and Udealer, Brynn Hamel and Cavalier Clover Boy, and Kerry Groot and Borasco. Karen O’Neal stood out at Training level, winning Open Training with Kelly McKimmy’s Mateo and finishing first and second in Training Horse on Kathryn Daniel’s Calibrae LTD and Linda Weeks’ Lucky, respectively. AFHT also hosted the much celebrated CanAm Team Challenge for adult riders and the first-ever Natural Migrations Bareback Puissance on Saturday evening.

Jonathan Elliott, owner and organizer, credited the show’s success to the volunteers, crew, and sponsors who support AFHT. AFHT’s Advanced division has attracted national attention for Area VII. Aspen Farms is also excited to announce that in June 2015, AFHT will host CIC* and CIC** classes.

Full AFHT results are available online, here: http://eventingscores.com/eventsr/aspen/ht0914/

Additional photos, videos, and coverage is available on Aspen Farms Horse Trials Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/AspenFarmsHorseTrialsVideo from Aspen Farm Horse Trials

The Toklat water complex on the Tin Men Supply Advanced cross-country course:

The Intermediate Kerrits drop complex on cross-country:

The Preliminary level cross-country course, designed by Tremaine Cooper:

The Training level cross-country course, designed by Jonathan Elliott:

The Natural Migrations Bareback Puissance Finals, won by Patrick Billes and Rabenschwarz:
Rebecca Buehler and Brighton, winners of the Tin Men Supply Advanced:

Report on Stanton Farm Horse Trials September 20-21

The Stanton Family hosted their 4th annual Stanton Farm Horse Trials on September 20-21. This year’s event had perfect weather and a great turnout from friends and neighbors, to come watch the riders compete. This year’s venues looked stunning, complete with giant pumpkins and truckloads of flowers! Christi Payne and Maxwell Smart topped the Open Preliminary leader board finishing on their dressage score of 28.20.  Katy Nichwander and Patience O’Neal battled it out with Nichwander and 360 gaining the 2nd place spot with 36.8 and O’Neal and Markus finishing with 37.3.

Other top finishers were Karen O’Neal and Calibrae LTD in the Open Training division, with 31.4 penalties, Sarah Berkowitz and Susie Q finished first in the Open Novice division with 34.2 penalties, Melinda Thomas finished with 26.8 penalties in the Open Beginner Novice division, and Willa Laski and Cookies ‘n Cream finished first in the Introductory Test.

The Stanton family wishes to thank the volunteers, and supporters who help make the event so friendly and fun for everyone. A special salute to friends at Elk Meadow Farm for growing spectacular “squash.” The Stanton Farm Horse Trials may be the smallest event in Area VII, but we have the friendliest volunteers, the biggest pumpkins, and best party on Saturday night! Looking forward to seeing more riders (and “squash jumpers”) in 2015!

Sarah Stanton

360 giant pumpkin

360 giant pumpkin — Katy Nichwander and 360. Photographer  – Tanya Shull


Margo Ladyinwaiting

Margo Maresca and Joshua. Photographer –  Steve Buckman


aONealPatienceMarkusDressage (1024x683) Patience O’Neal and Markus. Photographer –  Tanya Shull



Sarah Lawrence and The Sundance Kid. Photographer – Tanya Shull

Karen O’Neal Clinic at Freedom Run Equestrian Center – November 22-23

We are so excited to have a Karen O’ Neal eventing clinic in Kent, Wa at Freedom Run Equestrian Center Nov 22-23.  Contact sarah.matuszewski@gmail.com

2015 Area VII Provisional Calendar

For those of you trying to plan out your 2015 eventing season, here is the Area VII provisional calendar.  Keep your eye on the Area VII website for any updates or last minute changes.

May 15-17 – Equestrians Institute H.T.

Open Date: Apr 07, 2015  |   Close Date: May 05, 2015

USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:PT,T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Starter


Jun 12-14 – Aspen Farms H.T.   

Open Date: May 05, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 02, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,P,PR
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,TH,T-JY,TR,N,N-Am,NH,N-JY,NR,BN,BNH,BN-JY,BNR


Jun 26-28 – Inavale Farm HT   

Open Date: May 12, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 09, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN


Jul 10-12 – 38th Annual Whidbey Island H.T.   

Open Date: May 26, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 23, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:AI,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:CT-A,CT-I,CT-P


Jul 22-26 – Event at Rebecca Farm   

Open Date: Jun 09, 2015  |   Close Date: Jul 07, 2015
3Day Open Date: May 26, 2015  |   3Day Close Date: Jun 23, 2015
USEF/USEA Recognized Division:CCI3,CCI2,CCI1,A,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T3D,T,N3D,N
USEA Recognized Test:FEH-2,FEH-3,YEAR,YEH-4,YEH-5


Aug 08-09 – Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.   

Open Date: Jun 23, 2015  |   Close Date: Jul 21, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Intro,YEH-4,YEH-5

Aug 21-23 – Caber Farm Horse Trial – Area VII Championships


Open Date: Jul 07, 2015  |   Close Date: Aug 04, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,I-Ch,P,P-Ch,P-JY
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,T-Ch,TH,T-JY,TR,N,N-Ch,NH,N-JY,NR,BN,BN-Ch,BN-JY,BNR


Sep 04-06 – Aspen Farms H.T.   

Open Date: Jul 21, 2015  |   Close Date: Aug 18, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:CIC2,CIC1,A,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN


Sep 19-20 – Stanton Farms H.T.   

Open Date: Aug 04, 2015  |   Close Date: Sep 01, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Intro

Oct 03-04 – Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T.

Open Date: Aug 18, 2015  |   Close Date: Sep 15, 2015

USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Starter

As you can see, we have added a new event for 2015 with the possibility for the future of one or two more additional events in our area.  We will be taking a serious look at our eventing calendar at the organizer’s meeting at the annual meeting.  The WSHP is hoping to add another event as well as the possibility of a new event in Eugene, OR.  Stay tuned for more news.

The Lake Oswego Hunt Cross Country Derby, Saturday October 12th

For all the details:



Come Join Us Area VII!

British Olympic team rider Mary King will be in California, to teach after the November event (November 17-18,2014) at Fresno County Horse Park. Mary has represented Great Britain in the Olympics from 1992 to 2012. During that time, she, and her teammates earned two Silver and one Bronze Medal.

For all the details click on the link below:

Calling all eventers

Badminton Horse Trials 2013 cross country