Eventing Nation’s Rolex Rookie of the Year


Rolex Rookies: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair

By Jenni Autry on Apr 19, 2015


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair. Photo by Jenni Autry.

When we featured Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair on EN’s Got Talent back in 2013, they were gearing up for the horse’s first CCI2* at Galway Downs that fall. Now, nearly a year and a half later, she and “Cody,” a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Jon and Dawn Dofelmier, are preparing to compete in their first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“I was just taking it one step at a time and really didn’t have any idea that the Advanced level was even going to be a possibility at that time,” Maya said. “I feel lucky that we moved up to the Advanced level last year, and now we’re trying this. I always hoped that I would get to go to Kentucky at some point, so this is a start.”

Taking things one step at a time has always been the name of the game with Cody, who the Dofelmiers originally purchased as a prospect for Dawn to campaign at the Novice level. When they sent him to Maya for his initial training, it became clear there was much more to the diminutive 15.3-hand gelding than meets the eye.


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair at Galway Downs. Photo by Jenni Autry.

They quickly rose through levels, dominating at events along the West Coast, from their home in Washington state all the way down to southern California — though Cody didn’t always make things easy. Notoriously quirky and spooky with his own distinct personality, Maya has patiently handled his antics from day one, and now she has a solid partnership to show for it.

After Cody finished second in that first CCI2*, they landed a slot on the USEF High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists, and Maya moved east to work for Jan Byyny in preparing to move up to the Advanced level in 2014.

They had one hell of a debut, finishing fifth in the Bromont CCI3*, winning the Plantation Field CIC3* and capping the year with a third-place finish at Galway Downs CCI3*. While things didn’t go their way at events like Richland Park and Fair Hill, Maya took those as learning experiences and rebounded at the competitions that followed.


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“I definitely feel like I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and we had some learning blips on our record from last year, but it was my first year going Advanced, and it’s a different level. I feel like it’s the same thing with Kentucky,” Maya said.

“I feel like I’m prepared as much as I could be after going Advanced for one year, and yet four-star is a different level. I’ll have to ride smart and read my pony throughout the course and see how it goes. I know I could stay at the Advanced and three-star level for another year. At the same time, I have a sound, healthy horse. Why not give it a shot?”

With Cody the fittest he’s ever been in preparation for his first four-star, Maya has been thinking through her strategy to get the most out of him in dressage, a phase where the horse excels yet can get rambunctious when he’s feeling especially fresh. He just did his final gallop down in Ocala, where Maya has been based for the winter.

“I definitely feel like it’s still a work in progress. He was really fresh at Carolina in the CIC3*, in part because I think he came up from Florida where it was hot, and then we got to Carolina where it was a lot cooler. I think it will be helpful getting to Kentucky a few days early so he can acclimatize, because it will be cooler there than it is in Florida right now,” Maya said.


Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair in their Advanced debut. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“I also need to read him better, and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what strategy to use. I might take him for a light canter or a little pre-ride before his test, which I think will be helpful for him to get his brain in the right place. He just sometimes can’t quite contain himself.”

A large support crew is coming to Kentucky from the Pacific Northwest to cheer on Maya, along with Lizzie Snow, Mackenna Shea, Anna Collier and Jordan Lindstedt, who all hail from Washington state. “There’s a number of people coming from Whidbey Island to watch; it’s exciting for them to have this many riders from the area competing,” Maya said. “We’re looking forward to seeing all our old friends.”

Cody is the third horse Maya has produced to the two-star level and the first one that has successfully progressed beyond that; now she’s just days away from marking that next milestone in her career. “I try not to get too worked up about these things, but I feel like it has been something that I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time, and in that way, it’s exciting.”

You can support Maya and Cody’s trip to Rolex at this link.


Maya Black and Jordan Lindstedt-Eventing Nation’s Picks for Rolex

EN’s Team Picks for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Best Rookie


Jenni Autry: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Maya and Cody made the move up to the Advanced level last year and never looked back. They won Plantation Field in the company of Olympic and WEG horses, which shows just how deadly they can be. This little jumping bean should bounce around the course.

Maggie Deatrick: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Cody looks primed and ready to ping around the Rolex course with his usual enthusiasm.

Kate Samuels: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. I’m picking this horse because I saw him run cross country at Carolina International this spring, and while his stature may make the jumps on Saturday look bigger than ever for Maya, he’s a complete little monster, and I think they’ll rip around in good style.

West Coast Wonder


Kate Samuels: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. I remember when Jordan went around Rolex the first time, impossibly slow! The trust and bond she had with Tullibard’s Hawkwind was awesome, and with Capato, she’s blossomed into a sophisticated rider. This horse is phenomenally athletic, and I love the pair of them.

John Thier: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. Talented rider + athletic horse.

Leslie Threlkeld: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. As has already been said, Jordan’s a classy rider, and have you seen this horse’s mesmerizing gallop?

Leslie Wylie: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Little horse, the biggest heart!

Read the full Eventing Nation article here: http://eventingnation.com/home/ens-team-picks-for-the-rolex-kentucky-three-day-event/

Countdown to Rolex!

Only 10 days left before it begins. There are several riders from Area VII riding at Rolex Kentucky 3 Day this year!

Rider: Anna Collier, Horse: Gleaming Road-In 2014, placed 11th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), placed 6th in CIC*** the Woodside International Horse Trials (CA) and placed 9th in the CIC*** Event at Rebecca Farm (MT).

Rider: Jordan Linstedt, Horse: Revitavet Capato- In 2014, placed 6th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), placed 4th in the CIC*** Woodside International Horse Trials (CA) and placed 3rd at the CIC*** Event at Rebecca Farm (MT).

Rider: Mackenna Shea, Horse: Landioso-In 2014 placed 12th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Three-Day Event (CA), placed 4th in the CIC*** Richland Park Horse Trials (MI) and placed 9th in the CCI*** Bromont International Three-Day Event (CAN).

Rider: Maya Black, Horse: Doesn’t Play Fair-In 2014, placed 3rd in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), won the Plantation Field Horse Trials (PA) and placed 5th in the CCI*** Bromont Three Day Event (CAN).

And even though she’s moved back east, we have to add to the list Lizzie Snow on Coal Creek.

Go Area VII!

Check out the full list of competitors here: http://rk3de.org/startbox-scoring/

USEA Area VII Young Riders North American Junior and Young Riders Championship (NAJYRC)

This is a link to the Area VII Letter of Intent 2015 Area VII NAJYRC Letter of Intent for those wishing to ride at NAJYRC this year. This is DUE MAY 1, 2015. Any questions email YR coordinator Malcolm Hook msghook@centurylink.net or Diane Snow diane@gallopssaddlery.com

In Memoriam: Wanda Webb


We are sad to hear of the passing of Wanda Webb, a dedicated event rider and instructor in Area VII. Her bright smile and presence will be greatly missed by the eventing community. http://useventing.com/news/memoriam-wanda-webb

Authored By: Wendy Webb

Wanda Webb, a dedicated rider and instructor on the western Eventing circuit for over 30 years, died March 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Wanda competed through the one-star level and is best known for competing her horse Country Swing at the Preliminary level throughout the West.

Wanda grew up on the 3/B Ranch in Wilson, Wyoming, and learned to ride in 4-H. As kids, Wanda and her sister Wendy rode their horses on mountain trails adjacent to the family ranch, sometimes leaving to ride for the day with just a picnic lunch. She started to compete in the late 1970’s on the local circuit and rode with Tom Ordway in clinics the 1980’s. Wanda organized the early Jackson Hole Horse Trials on the Huidekoper Ranch in the late 1980’s introducing Jackson Hole to the sport of eventing. After a decade of training and competing, Wanda and Wendy built the Flying W Stables in 1995. Wanda, head instructor for the Flying W until 2009, trained many successful kids and adults. Wanda was influenced by Area VII instructor Jean Moyer and Mark and Tanya Kyle, four-star riders based in England, who conducted several training clinics in Wyoming and California with the Flying W team.

Wanda was known for her generous smile and flying braid as she competed in events around the West. She is remembered as an inspiring mentor, coach, teacher, sister, and friend.

Kyle Carter Clinic at Aspen Farms May 23-24

Kyle Carter Clinic May 2015 Entry Form

Send Form and payment to: Jonathan Elliott, 1201 E Yelm Ave, Ste 400 PMB 135, Yelm Wa 98597. Please email any questions jonathan_elliott@hotmail.com

Young Rider Camp/Clinic May 1–3, 2015 @ Aspen Farms

Come and kick off the 2015 season with a weekend at Aspen Farm. Join other YR’s for a fun weekend of great instruction in dressage, stadium and cross country.  Instructors: Young Rider Head Coach –Dayna Lynd-Pugh, Assistant coach Brooke Phillips, and Jonathan Elliot

Click here for more details Young Rider May Camp Info

Area VII ICP level 3/4 workshop date has been set!


Levels III/IV Workshop – Area VII

Event Date: 6/15/15 to 6/17/15



Contact Name: Chelan Kozak

Phone: 604-832-0860 

Email: chelankozak@me.com

Location Name: Polestar Farm 15531 64th Street NE Lake Stevens WA 98258

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