Greetings Area VII Members,
I cannot believe November is here. I hope your upcoming Thanksgiving holiday proves to be enjoyable and your ponies coats are not as woolly as mine. The first week of December, I will be attending the USEA National meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas. This will be my last one as Area VII Chair. John Meriwether will be taking over after our meeting in January. The date of our meeting is January 10, 2015 at the Red Lion in Olympia WA. It would be great to have a wonderful turn out. We have several activities planned as well as our standard meetings. In the afternoon, Hawley Bennet-Awad will be our guest speaker and will be doing a clinic at Aspen Farms January 11-12. Devin Robel is organizing it and a flyer will be out shortly. The Adult Rider cocktail hour will follow, along with dinner and our year end awards. Throughout the day we will have our silent auction, so please everyone, let’s help out supporting the area by spending some bucks on the many items Barb Barke has procured! Our awards, annual meeting and extra activities are completely dependent on our silent auction outcome.
I would like to thank all the people who have helped me with my duties these past three years. I would not have been able to accomplish anything without their help. With Claudia Morgan and Lisa DenBeste, we were able to get a new Area VII website revamped and running smoothly three years ago. Luigi Meneghelli had taken care of it by himself for many years besides running his Inavale event. Lisa put the new site together but Claudia has done ALL the day to day work. She posts articles, pictures, updates calendars, clinic information etc., it has been a large task. Nancy Rodriguez will be taking over the care of our website with Claudia assisting when necessary. Nancy, for many years, has helped out Adult Rider communications as well as helping organize the last three annual meetings.
The meetings have been a cooperative effort of many doing many tasks as volunteers. I would like to send out a HUGE thank you to: Claudia Morgan, Nancy Rodriguez, Lou Leslie, Anni Grandia, Diane Snow, Sarah Kelly (Rebecca Farm), John Meriwether, Barb Barke, Jill Thomas, Lorilee Hanson and Ann Sweeney and her catering staff at the Red Lion! Hopefully I have not forgotten anyone. I appreciate all the help and input from my Area Council. Their experience and advice has been insightful and thoughtful when it comes to sorting out the issues that do come up from time to time. My council consists of: Lorilee Hanson – treasurer, Lou Leslie – BOG(area affairs), Mark Hart – BOG, Sarah Kelly – BOG, Kevin Baumgartner – legal advice and visionary, Malcolm Hook – USEF rules committee and always learned voice of reason, Jonathan Elliot – head of organizers, John Camlin – event calendar, John Meriwether – AR coordinator and incoming area chair, Piper Cheney and Dawnn Rebholz – YR coordinators past and present and Marc Grandia – rider rep. Without everyone’s energy and sheer love of our sport, the area chair position would be a monumental and tangled task. Thank you again to all!
I would like to congratulate all of our 2014 Area VII Champions and Reserve Champions!
Area VII Championship 2014 at Caber Farm:
Champion: Rebecca Buehler/Brighton
Reserve Champion: Allison Sparks/Mystic Mojo
Champion: Anna Collier/The Green Machine
Reserve Champion: Madelynn Snoozy/Udealer
Champion: Karen O’Neal/Mateo
Owner: Kelly McKimmy
Reserve Champion: Gary Mittleider/Semper Fidelis
Owner: Kimberly Hunter and Gary Mittleider
Champion: Kelsey Horn/Aelsie Pea
Owner: Carla Ellert
Reserve Champion: Attila Rajnai/Mercury Rose
Owner: John Wurzler – Never Done Farm
Open Beginning Novice:
Champion: Megan Toth/Razzo
Reserve Champion: Nelson Mittuch/First Legacy GM
Owner: Gwendolyn Marshall