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In Memoriam


Early Tuesday morning Patience and I lost our longtime friend and partner Markus. An OTTB who started eventing at 8 years old, Markus was the most honest, hard-working horse I’ve ever known and loved his life and competing. He looked forward to taking care of us over the big cross-country fences and always tried to please.

Markus had a fabulous career, was 2013 Area VII Horse of the Year, won numerous Thoroughbred Incentive Program awards, and consistently was in the top of every division he competed in. He carried me around numerous Advanced courses and brought home the Silver Medal in 2014 at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships with Patience O’Neal.
Markus was euthanized at 3 AM on Tuesday morning after rare findings during colic surgery.

This is an extremely sad time for our family and our sport. As a loyal and exuberant partner in our trying sport, Markus will be missed and a piece of our hearts will forever be with him.

Karen O’Neal

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Ride Times-Spring Fling Derby @Aspen Farms March 7th & 8th

Please see the below links for the derby ride times.


2015 Spring Fling Derby – Dressage Times – Sat

2015 Spring Fling Derby – Dressage Times – Sun

Clinics and Activities!

Don’t forget to check the Clinics and Activities tab for upcoming events.

If there is an event that should be added please contact with the details.

SPRING FLING EVENT DERBY@Aspen Farms March 7th & 8th




Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8

Sponsored by the Area VII Adult Riders

Located in the Aspen Derby Arena

15910 130th Trail SE, if using GPS use 13042 Morris Rd SE., Yelm, WA

Jump/Event Derby Awards: Jackpot to top three finishers in each division

plus various useful prizes (no ribbons)

Dressage Awards: Low Score Award for each division

Opening Date: February 1st, 2015

Closing Date: Entries must be received by February 27th

Division info and Entry form here: ARSpringDerby2015


A huge THANK YOU to the following businesses and people who donated the many fabulous items to our record-breaking silent auction at the USEA Area VII Annual Meeting in January 2015. The funds we raised will be used to help underwrite various clinics and educational opportunities that Area VII sponsors in the Northwest Eventing Community throughout the year.

We greatly appreciate your support!

AJ’s Stafford Feed and Pet Supplies/Linda Arakelian-Dorie
Arrowhead Horse Trials
Aspen Farms
Area VII Adult Riders
Area VII Young Riders
Auburn Labs
Bach Equestrian
Bill Turner Energy Work
Beth Glosten MD
Blingaling Browbands and Collars
Brook Phillips/Willamette Sport Horse Farm
Caber Farms
Carol Bourdo
Chelan Kozak
Cynthia Bayles
Katherine Daniels
Deco Pony
Doug Hannum/Grant Showalter
Dover Saddlery
Equestrian I HT
Flying Changes
Frilly Fillies
Gallops’ Saddlery
Glisan Street Saddlery
Gold Beach Vet Clinic
Grange Supply
Inavale Farm
Jordan Linstedt
Judy Klus/Full Circle Farm
Chelan Kozak
Lexi Lind
Lou Leslie
Luft Trailer Sales
Kelli and Roger McKimmy
Maggie Rikard
Mandy McCrider
Martha Wehling
Mary Burke
Meika Decher
Melissa Beardsley
Meriwether Saddlery
Mrs. Pastures Horse Treats
Napoleon Ltd./Michele Pestl
Olson’s Tack Shop
Paula Helm
Rosemont Embroidery
Respond Systems, Inc.
Sarah Broussard/Rebecca Farms
Spokane Sport Horse Farm
Stanton Farms
Tulip Springs
Washington State Horse Park
Whidbey Island Pony Club

Peter Gray Clinic April 24th-26th Camas, WA

 Sponsored by USEA Area VII Adult Riders and Northwest Eventers at Cantera Equestrian Camas, WA

Please send complete registration form with check payable to Northwest Eventers and signed USEA Release to organizer by April 16th: Cynthia Bayles, P.O. Box 499, Camas, WA 98607

For questions or additional information contact Cynthia Bayles at or 360-600-4724

Link to Forms: Release FormPeter Gray 2015 Registration

Annual Meeting Recap

This year’s annual meeting was another success with an excellent turnout, great speaker, fantastic Silent Action and wonderful prizes. On behalf of the Area, thank you Melissa Beardsley and her great crew for making this happen. Again. Her crew included Claudia Morgan who was instrumental in helping with planning; Anni Grandia our MC Extraordinaire who also gathered all the awards pictures; Barb Barke and Cynthia Bayles for an exceptionally successful Silent Auction; the Young Rider and the Adult Rider groups for their respective awards; Nancy Rodriguez for the graphics; Devin Robel for organizing the Hawley Bennett Clinic; Lorilee Hanson who’s work as Treasurer started long before the meeting started and continues long after everyone else is back home riding their horses; all the people who donated to the Silent Auction and everyone who bid so generously on the Auction which pays for the meeting and awards. There really are so many people who contributed something, somewhere, to make this joint effort a success.

Silent Auction

To encourage a little friendly competition in our fundraising, this year we introduced the Ruby Slipper Perpetual Trophy donated by Meriwether Saddlery. You may already know its twin, The CanAm Dismounted Games Golden Boot Trophy. Each year the Ruby Slipper will go to the single Silent Auction item donated by a member or members from Area VII. Several barns and groups rose to the occasion with some beautiful baskets and useful items. The winners were Diane Snow and Patti Cameron of Gallops Saddlery who put together a wonderful basket won by Megan Toth, with Talisman Farms a close second.   Diane and Patti will keep the Ruby Slipper for the year and return it for next year’s Silent Auction. Next year we hope to see even more contenders for the Ruby Slipper. Stop by Gallops if you would like to see it.

Ruby Slipper

Barb and Cynthia may have set a record with the Silent Auction receipts this year which topped $8,000. Our Silent Auction raises money to pay for the Annual Meeting and other projects directed by the Area Council.

We want to recognize two of our local tack stores Gallops Saddlery and Olson’s Tack Shop for their continued and extremely generous donations. I know many people will be visiting Gallops to order the many custom items they won, notably a Charles Owens helmet, or cash in their prize gift certificates. Mike Akers of Olson’s donated 100 $10 gift certificates as door prizes as well as a beautiful bridle. Please take a moment to thank these folks, as well as all the other generous sponsors, for their support of Area VII.

Annual Meeting Clinic with Hawley Bennett

Canadian Olympian Hawley was our guest speaker and clinician this year. Organizer Devin summarized the clinic, saying “Hawley challenged every rider, immediately picked out what we needed to focus on, was positive and fun without being easy on us, and we all got plenty of jumps in! Everyone in the clinic was gracious, well prepared, respectful of the group, and I didn’t see anything but smiles.”  She thanks Terri Niles for putting together a great lunch spread for auditors and riders. Killer Tiramisu!

One of the industrious auditors, Jo Niehaus, contributed this summary of her Tips from the Clinic with Hawley. Clinic Tips

Hawley Clinic

Area Council

With the change of Area Chair there is a change in the Area Council. The Council provides guidance to the Chair as well as leading the projects and tasks of the Council. It is designed to provide continuity of leadership, cooperation between the various elements of Association and our sport, and just get things done.

I’ve been asked how our Council is formed. All members of the Council are unpaid volunteers. Some serve at the invitation of the Chair and some are predetermined. The Chair serves for 3 years and the new chair is selected by the Council in the third year. The Chair does not necessarily come from the Council, but is someone who has already been active in area affairs. Area Members who serve on the USEA Board of Governors, the Adult and Young Rider Coordinators, the Area Treasurer, and the Organizers’ Rep are automatically seated. These are Louise Leslie, Mark Hart, Sarah Kelly, Maggie Rikard, Malcolm Hook, Lorilee Hanson, and Jonathan Elliott. The Chair also selects a few other area members to round out the council to help deal with the upcoming challenges. With the recent changes in the lot lines for the Area and the addition of new events, we can expect some growing pains. Melissa Beardsley, Kevin Baumgardner, John Camlin, Brenda Mittleider, Jordan Linstedt and Diane Snow have agreed to serve on the Council.

If anyone is interested in becoming more active in keeping Area VII a wonderful place to event, we could use some willing and capable volunteers to help with Area Communications, Area Championships and also with the next Annual Meeting. Please feel free to contact me at

John Meriwether – Area Chair

Leslie Law Clinic Jan 30-Feb 1st @ Aspen Farms

Clinic Schedule

Auditors welcome!  Audit fee is $20/day, Adult Rider members are free.

Huge Thank You to All Silent Auction Donors!

The Area VII silent auction was very successful-we brought in $8744!  Thank you to all the donors who spent money to support our area.

Big thank you again to Barbe Barke and Cynthia Bayles for all their hard work.

Congratulations to all the Area VII winners!

Here are the additional awards announced during the meeting:

Cindy Burge Memorial Award – MELISSA BEARDSLEY

Horse of the Year – BRIGHTON, Owner-Rebecca Buehler

Reserve Horse of the Year – REVITA VET CAPATO, Owner-Barbara and Gary Linstedt

Rider of the Year – ANNA COLLIER

Reserve Rider of the Year – KAREN O’NEAL