Our Recognized Event season is just about to start and I hope everyone has had a chance to get out and do some cross-country schooling and also participate in one of our great Clinics, One Day Events, or Derbies that are taking place this spring. NWEC is our kickoff Event and is only weeks away. Let’s all do a little dance for some good weather shinning down on us for the first big competition weekend.
We have some exciting developments happening course-wise at Aspen Farms and Caber Farm. Jonathan and Suzy Elliott are building an Advanced course for their fall Event in 2012 at Aspen. John and Cindy Camlin are also in the process of planning and building an Advanced track for their Caber Farm Event in 2013. These are monumental efforts at every juncture and they will be our second and third Advanced courses in Area VII. Rebecca Farm has been our leader at this level and has set a wonderful precedent. Currently, the next closest Advanced course is in Area VI at Woodside, CA, a seventeen hour drive from the Seattle area. Along with these new tracks being planned and built, Equestrians’ Institute is also working to get their Beginning Novice through Preliminary courses at the Washington State Horse Park, up and running for 2013 and have had a major fundraising effort going on for quite some time. Both Aspen and Caber are looking into signing up with the American Horse Trials Foundation, which is a 501C. Course donations would then be tax deductible. We will keep you posted when this becomes official. These new courses put Area VII at a whole new level and we need to lend support, in any way we can, to all of our Area VII Event Organizers, who strive to upgrade and enhance existing competition courses with their own funds and sweat equity. Without this increasingly rare group of farms and horse parks that are made available for our competitions, there would be no sport of Eventing left. Our Area VII Membership has passed the 400 mark so I know there is more we can do to help support our Organizers!
The other news is that Northwest Sport Horse Breeders’ Association is featuring a Future Event Horse section at their annual Breed Show taking place at Donida Farm, Friday August 24th in the afternoon. They are very excited to include FEH breeders along with the Dressage Sport Horse Breed Show. The FEH division is open to Yearlings through Three Year olds, all shown in hand. This is a wonderful opportunity to show off your young stock. With this show, we now have three FEH Breed shows in Area VII, including Rebecca Farm and Stanton Farm, and you can now qualify for the FEH Western Championships without traveling out of our region. Many of you in our Area are breeding some fantastic young horses and they are as nice as anything out there in any of the other Sport Horse groups.
Here is the link for upcoming information: http://www.nwshba.com/
I hope everyone gets off to a great start this season.
Young Riders Report
Spring, which means that the event season in the Northwest is just around the corner and everyone is gearing up for a great 2012 season. The first show is sneaking up on us with the May Classic at the Northwest Equestrian Center. This year we will have a developing rider team at this event. You will have to watch your stall doors to know if you have been selected. There will be great prizes! With the beginning of the show season also brings the Annual Young Rider Summer Camp, the dates for this great camp are June 26th-29th at the lovely Aspen Farms in Yelm, WA. This year there will be four awesome coaches with extensive backgrounds in our sport. Hawley Bennet-Awad, Jean Moyer, Jonathan Elliot, and Jessica Heidemann will all be teaching over the three days of camp.
Even though our season is just beginning many other areas have already been running since January and many of our NAJYRC candidates have been hard at work training and showing. Maria Schatz, Ashlynn Meuchel, and Brigit Rossbach are the candidates for the one star team. Lizzie Snow, Helen Bouscaren, and Florence Miller are the two star candidates. All of the candidates have been training with the best trainers out there and showing extensively to get their qualifications and experience at the upper levels. Maria, Ashlynn, Brigit, Lizzie, Helen, and Florence are all looking forward to competing at the Kentucky Horse Park and representing the Area VII team at NAJYRC. Good luck to all of the candidates!!