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 firstname.lastname@example.org. She has volunteered once again to take on this monumental task.
Area VII Chair
By Chesna Klimek
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/
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:
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!
360 giant pumpkin — Katy Nichwander and 360. Photographer – Tanya Shull
Margo Maresca and Joshua. Photographer – Steve Buckman
Sarah Lawrence and The Sundance Kid. Photographer – Tanya Shull