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October Area VII News

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  She has volunteered once again to take on this monumental task.

Melissa Beardsley

Area VII Chair

Recap from Aspen Farms Horse Trials, September 5-7
By Chesna Klimek
The fall Aspen Farms Horse Trials (AFHT) delivered beautiful courses, impeccable weather, and awesome eventing action over the first weekend in September. Classes filled quickly, with more than 300 horses and riders participating from Beginner Novice to Advanced.For the second year in a row, AFHT hosted the $4,000 Tin Men Supply Advanced division as part of the Pro Tour / Adequan Gold Cup national series. Rebecca Buehler and her own off-the-track-Thoroughbred, Brighton, continued their summer’s winning streak to secure the top spot in their first completion at the Advanced level. Last year’s winners Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato held the lead going into show jumping, but a rail and some time faults dropped them to second ahead of third-place finishers Anna Collier and Gleaming Road.

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:

Additional photos, videos, and coverage is available on Aspen Farms Horse Trials Facebook page: from Aspen Farm Horse Trials

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:

The Natural Migrations Bareback Puissance Finals, won by Patrick Billes and Rabenschwarz:
Rebecca Buehler and Brighton, winners of the Tin Men Supply Advanced:

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!

Sarah Stanton

360 giant pumpkin

360 giant pumpkin — Katy Nichwander and 360. Photographer  – Tanya Shull


Margo Ladyinwaiting

Margo Maresca and Joshua. Photographer –  Steve Buckman


aONealPatienceMarkusDressage (1024x683) Patience O’Neal and Markus. Photographer –  Tanya Shull



Sarah Lawrence and The Sundance Kid. Photographer – Tanya Shull

Karen O’Neal Clinic at Freedom Run Equestrian Center – November 22-23

We are so excited to have a Karen O’ Neal eventing clinic in Kent, Wa at Freedom Run Equestrian Center Nov 22-23.  Contact

2015 Area VII Provisional Calendar

For those of you trying to plan out your 2015 eventing season, here is the Area VII provisional calendar.  Keep your eye on the Area VII website for any updates or last minute changes.

May 15-17 – Equestrians Institute H.T.

Open Date: Apr 07, 2015  |   Close Date: May 05, 2015

USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:PT,T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Starter


Jun 12-14 – Aspen Farms H.T.   

Open Date: May 05, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 02, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,P,PR
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,TH,T-JY,TR,N,N-Am,NH,N-JY,NR,BN,BNH,BN-JY,BNR


Jun 26-28 – Inavale Farm HT   

Open Date: May 12, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 09, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN


Jul 10-12 – 38th Annual Whidbey Island H.T.   

Open Date: May 26, 2015  |   Close Date: Jun 23, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:AI,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:CT-A,CT-I,CT-P


Jul 22-26 – Event at Rebecca Farm   

Open Date: Jun 09, 2015  |   Close Date: Jul 07, 2015
3Day Open Date: May 26, 2015  |   3Day Close Date: Jun 23, 2015
USEF/USEA Recognized Division:CCI3,CCI2,CCI1,A,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T3D,T,N3D,N
USEA Recognized Test:FEH-2,FEH-3,YEAR,YEH-4,YEH-5


Aug 08-09 – Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.   

Open Date: Jun 23, 2015  |   Close Date: Jul 21, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Intro,YEH-4,YEH-5

Aug 21-23 – Caber Farm Horse Trial – Area VII Championships


Open Date: Jul 07, 2015  |   Close Date: Aug 04, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:I,I-Ch,P,P-Ch,P-JY
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,T-Ch,TH,T-JY,TR,N,N-Ch,NH,N-JY,NR,BN,BN-Ch,BN-JY,BNR


Sep 04-06 – Aspen Farms H.T.   

Open Date: Jul 21, 2015  |   Close Date: Aug 18, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:CIC2,CIC1,A,I,P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN


Sep 19-20 – Stanton Farms H.T.   

Open Date: Aug 04, 2015  |   Close Date: Sep 01, 2015

USEF/USEA Recognized Division:P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Intro

Oct 03-04 – Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T.

Open Date: Aug 18, 2015  |   Close Date: Sep 15, 2015

USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Test:Starter

As you can see, we have added a new event for 2015 with the possibility for the future of one or two more additional events in our area.  We will be taking a serious look at our eventing calendar at the organizer’s meeting at the annual meeting.  The WSHP is hoping to add another event as well as the possibility of a new event in Eugene, OR.  Stay tuned for more news.

The Lake Oswego Hunt Cross Country Derby, Saturday October 12th

For all the details:


Come Join Us Area VII!

British Olympic team rider Mary King will be in California, to teach after the November event (November 17-18,2014) at Fresno County Horse Park. Mary has represented Great Britain in the Olympics from 1992 to 2012. During that time, she, and her teammates earned two Silver and one Bronze Medal.

For all the details click on the link below:

Calling all eventers

Badminton Horse Trials 2013 cross country

February 7 & 8, 2015 – Chilliwack Heritage Park Indoor Arena – William Fox Pitt

Greetings from Canada Area VII!
We are very proud and excited to be able to present this opportunity to join the world renowned event rider and Olympian, William Fox Pitt, in his first West Coast of Canada Clinic.
 WFP will be in Chilliwack  February 2015!! There are still a few riding spaces available. Please contact Scott Hayes (info in the link below) to secure a space. There will be a large number of auditors permitted, however the VIP tables are limited.

Nutrena USEA AEC Presented by VTO Saddlery in Tyler, Texas – Final Results

September Area VII News


It is that time again to close up the Area VII eventing season and start working on next year.  In the upcoming year we will be adding a new event in Spokane, WA October 3-4, 2015.  Plans are in the works to host a Beginning Novice through Training competition at Christel Carlson’s own beautiful equestrian facility, Spokane Sport Horse Farm. She has organized and run many big dressage shows as well as unrecognized events.  It has been many years since we have had a regular recognized event in the Spokane area and this is especially exciting news for those members located east of the Cascades.

Caber Farm hosted our Area VII Championships in August with great success.  All of their divisions, including the championship classes were full, many bursting at the seams.  They did a wonderful job fitting everything into the schedule.  Caber Farm will again host the area VII Championships in 2015.  The qualifying period is from Caber 2014 through the Young Rider Benefit in 2015.  Anyone placing first through fifth at one of the competitions during this time frame is qualified for the Area VII Championships.  We will have placing’s through tenth for 2015.

The Young Rider Benefit Horse Trials, which is an amazing fund raiser for the YR program in Area VII, was run successfully over two days with some lovely upgrades on the cross country courses.  Anni Grandia, who organizes the event, will run it over two days in 2015 but is considering expanding the event back to three days starting in 2016.  Anni would love everyone’s input as to the 2-day format or 3 days.  You can let Anni know by contacting her at:

On Saturday January 10, 2015 our area annual meeting will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, WA.  We will have our general meetings as well as some fun activities and speakers.  If anyone has some good ideas please let us know and we will try and accommodate.  The Area VII Year End Awards will be presented by Canadian WEG team member Hawley Bennet-Awad.  She is also our guest speaker and will talk about the Ups and Downs of WEG.  On January 11-12 Hawley will be doing a clinic at Aspen Farms.  Devin Robel has stepped up to organize the clinic.  More information will be available as we get closer to meeting time.

We will again be having a silent auction at our Annual Meeting.  Barb Barke has graciously, yet again, taken on this monumental task.  If anyone has anything to donate or ideas, please contact Barb at:

The money that the silent auction generates, goes towards paying for our meeting and championship awards as well as year-end awards and supporting clinics.  The money will also help fund the Area VII website.  Claudia Morgan, who has been keeping our website up to date, will be passing the baton to some lucky person after the annual meeting in January.  Anyone interested in taking on this very important task should contact Melissa at: for more information.

We will have a report on our final recognized competitions of the season, Aspen Farms Horse Trials and Stanton Farm Horse Trials, in the coming week.

See you at the annual meeting!

Melissa Beardsley

Area VII Chair

Stanton Farm Horse Trials September 20-21 – Results


Don’t miss these great fall clinic dates at Tulipsprings

Don’t miss these longtime favorite clinicians!  Eric Smiley of Ireland and Leslie Law of the UK whi is now based on the East Coast, are returning for their annual fall clinics at Tulipsprings.
Eric Smiley, Oct 4-5
Leslie Law, Oct 25-26
All the details are below: