YOUNG RIDER NEWS
Can You Have It All? Sophie Click on Balancing Upper-Level Eventing and College
Imagine competing at the top level with multiple horses, traveling from coast to coast, and managing a business and a team of horses, all while keeping up a demanding college schedule. Sound tough? Well, that is exactly what 19-year-old two-star rider Sophie Click does and more as she strives to not only represent the U.S. on an international stage but also earn that all-important college degree.
Area VII Young Riders in USEA Eventing Magazine
A shout out to several of our Area VII Young Riders that have been featured in USEA Eventing Magazine.
Featured in July/August Edition is our NAYC Team for winning the Team Silver Medal: Harper Click, Callia Drewien Englund, and Isabella Gunningham.
Featured in the September/October Edition are our two AEC Preliminary winners: First Place Madelyn Floyd and Third Place Callia Drewien Englund
Preliminary and Training Competitors are First Champions Crowned of the 2018 USEA AEC
Rails were falling in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary division, but each of the top three had one rail apiece so their placings remained unchanged, and Madelyn Floyd was able to lead the victory gallop aboard her own Clementine, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare (Carrico x La Belle) – making her journey from Washington well worth it. “She’s a really good jumper, so I tried to stay out of her way,” explained Floyd. “I tried to give her her head, let her do her thing, and keep the tempo the same.”
Posted August 2018
The Road to AEC: Achieving the Unexpected
By: Callia Englund
Four years ago I was just a 12-year-old girl with big dreams. I had done schooling shows on my pony who didn’t really like jumping so it was time to buy my first event horse. We found Xyder, a 4-year-old, 15.1 hand, inexperienced, Cheval Canadien (a breed we had never heard of), gelding located in Yoncolla, Oregon at Storybook Horse Farm.
Posted July 2018
Alina Patterson wins the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award
Congratulations to Young Rider, Alina Patterson and her beautiful Freddy for winning The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award this weekend at Rebecca!
This award, given to a Junior or Amateur rider entered in the Training level divisions, provides incentives for riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country technique, and educates riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe riding across country. She received a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag.
posted july 2018
Xyder, Lover Of Cross-Country And Snacks, Puts In Personal Best Test At NAYC
The Chronicle of the Horse recently featured Callia Englund in their magazine!
When Callia Englund got Xyder four years ago, she was 12, and the horse was 4. The pair did their first beginner novice together, the first for both of them. Then they just kept going up the levels—and going, and going.
After they successfully contested their first preliminary last September, Englund and her trainer, Anni Grandia, started thinking, just a little bit, about aiming for this year’s Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm.
“Over the winter, my trainer, she’s really good friends with Tamie Smith in Temecula, California, so she worked out a thing where I could work for Tamie and go down and try to get my qualifications,” said Englund. “We were going to see how it went—if we got [the qualifications] and were able to do the one-star, and that went well, that would be great. We were so lucky it was able to happen.”
When you see Xyder, who’s a Cheval Canadian, go, you might notice he doesn’t possess the build of a traditional event horse. He stands at 15.1 hands, and he’s earned the occasional barn nickname of “Fat Boy.” But it’s never bothered him or his rider.
“He’s always been a super honest jumper,” said Englund. “We’ve had some difficulties in dressage because of his build and stuff, but going up the levels some people had a lot of doubts because of his height and build, but he’s never shown any difficulty. He’s always liked it since the beginning.
“He’s not super hard to get fit; we just do have to do more fitness than a Thoroughbred,” she added. “He’s not super lean or lanky. We just have to work a little harder.”
Englund described Xyder as a “teddy bear,” but there are a few exceptions to his good behavior.
Posted July 2018
Congratulations to our Area VII NAJC 1*Team!
These three talented pairs worked their hind ends off to qualify to represent Area VII in this year’s NAYC 1* at Rebecca Farms! Commitment, perseverance, and a little luck combined with their super ponies, helped these three combinations get the job done! Way to represent ladies! We are very proud of you and look forward to cheering you on!
posted june 2018
Winner Of The Week: Sophie Click Stands Out At Aspen Farms
The Chronicle of the Horse recently featured Sophie Click in their magazine!
"Sophie Click is used to standing out in a crowd. When you ride a Paint-Thoroughbred cross with plenty of chrome, being noticed is a fact of life. Hot Wheels has been Click’s steadfast partner through the levels since they joined forces in 2016, but when “Wheels” sustained a soft tissue injury last winter, Click’s mother, Amy Click, put out feelers for a new ride. They found Fernhill Rising (Cyrano—Tullys Eagles Wings, Coronea Eagle) in Alexandra Green’s barn.
“My first impression of ‘Stan’ was that he was the nicest horse I’d ever sat on,” Sophie said. “He’s this gorgeous, tall, leggy, liver chestnut gelding, and when I first tried him I was a little intimidated. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not worthy of this horse.’ We didn’t get along at first. He was really used to Alex being his person, but I just spent time with him every day grooming and taking care of him, and eventually he settled in and opened up to me more. It turns out we’re a really good team.”
Posted June 2018
First Low Score Awards, YR Social, and YR Booth & Gear!
Our first Low-Score awards will be given out at the May 25-27 Equestrian Institute Horse Trials. You are automatically entered!
Don't miss our first social featuring Marc Grandia and a cross-country jumps Q&A
What the h#%! is that jump? And WHY is it here?
Messmer Campsite (they have two reserved sites and a a gas fire pit!)
ICE CREAM with toppings will be served
Bring a chair and your questions
Pick up some Young Rider gear!
Kim Oka-Myers (aka Madelyn's mom) will be selling YR Gear at the YR Booth all weekend long. And speaking of the booth, we always need volunteers to work! Please stop by the booth to sign up for an hour or two!
Posted May 2018
USEA Area VII Young Riders
Submitted by Emmie Everett
The Young Rider program aims to encourage members (riders 21 and younger) to become involved in the sport of Eventing and continue that involvement into their adult lives.
There are two parts to the Young Rider program: Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) and North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). Both of these programs functions in cooperation with the other with oversight provided by the Area Young Rider Coordinator.
YRAP was started by USEA in order to provide Novice through Preliminary level young riders a structured developmental process that gives riders the education and skills they need to progress through the levels and potentially into the ranks of NAJYRC.
The goal of YRAP is to closely parallel the structure of the NAJYRC program and the developmental programs in order to familiarize riders with the format from the beginning. In order to accomplish this goal and provide additional educational competitive experiences, Area VII holds a Team Challenge Event in August in conjunction with the Caber Farms Horse Trials. The team selection process mimics that of requirements for the NAJYRC selection process. Young Riders are required to submit letters of intent and list qualifications qualify at horse trials, attend clinics and the YRAP summer camp. At the YRAP summer camp, team selections are made for the Team Challenge Event. The Team Challenge Event provides Young Riders the opportunity to ride as a member of a team, participate in a mock “jog” in front of judges and work together with a goal of coming out on top. Area VII uses the Team Challenge competition as a training ground for future NAJYRC candidates.
Posted March 2018
Rule Refresher: Am I Qualified?
While 2018 season is getting underway, many competitors are getting ready to leave the start box for the first time this year while others are still planning out their goals for the season. Part of the goal-planning process is making sure you achieve the necessary qualifications to achieve those goals, so we’re taking a look at Appendix 3, Participation in Horse Trials, in this rule refresher. It defines the requirements for different divisions and the qualifications necessary for each level.
posted feb 2018
Know the Clean Sport Anti-doping Regulations
As an FEI athlete you are subject to Clean Sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete. You and your horses are very likely to be tested. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found at https://www.usef.org/team-usa/sport-excellence-education/clean-sport
posted jan 2018
517 Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) Update
A Minimum Eligibility Requirement is achieved by completing a Competition within minimum parameters of all round performance as follows:
Dressage Test: not more than 67 45 penalty points (or 55%).
Cross Country Test:
A clear round at obstacles (activating a maximum of one frangible device will maintain the MER result on Cross Country)
Not more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time in the Cross Country Test for one, two and three star level Competitions and 100 seconds in the case of four star level Competitions.
Jumping Test: not more than 16 penalties at obstacles.
NOTE: All MERs obtained in previous years will be counted according to the rules in place at that time.
Posted January 2018
Congratulations Sophie Click!!!
2018 Emerging Athlete Eventing 25
Posted January 2018
2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention video series
Making Good Decisions with Max Corcoran
Click here to watch video
Max Corcoran has been grooming at the highest level of the sport for some of the world's top riders for nearly 20 years. She worked for the O'Connor Event Team for 11 years and has been to numerous Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, and many CCIs across the United States and Europe. Now a freelancer, Corcoran travels around the world as a groom and also teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA and USEF Developing Rider Programs. Corcoran gave a presentation at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention with her tips, tricks, and advice on how to make good decisions when it comes to taking care of your horse.