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Great XC Rides at Rolex!

Weather made a difficult cross country course even more challenging.

Maya, Anna and Lizzie had great rides-clear jump rounds with a few time penalties!  Jordan had a solid ride with one refusal and some time.  Mackenna was having a very nice ride but unfortunately had a fall late on course with her horse and was eliminated.  Happy to report both are OK and are in good spirits.

Full Cross Country details here:


Tomorrow’s schedule:

8:30 am (EST) Second Inspection of Horses

1:00 pm (EST) Stadium Jumping Begins

Rolex Cross Country Start Times Have Changed

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(Don’t forget these times are ‘Kentucky time’-EST)

No. Horse Rider Cross- Country
51 DOESN’T PLAY FAIR Maya Black 11:43
53 LANDIOSO Mackenna Shea 11:49
54 GLEAMING ROAD Anna Collier 11:52
59 REVITAVET CAPATO Jordan Linstedt 12:07
61 COAL CREEK Elizabeth Snow 12:10

For the full list of competitor ride times click here:

Watch the Rolex dressage rides again!

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So proud of our Area VII riders-Each had a fabulous ride, especially Mackenna!

Rolex Ride Times

Watch and support our Area VII riders!




Live Streaming:

No. Horse Rider Dressage Time (Friday) Cross- Country
51 DOESN’T PLAY FAIR Maya Black 9:38 12:48
53 LANDIOSO Mackenna Shea 9:54 12:56
54 GLEAMING ROAD Anna Collier 10:02 1:00
59 REVITAVET CAPATO Jordan Linstedt 11:01 1:20
61 COAL CREEK Elizabeth Snow 11:09 1:24

Great Article about Area VII’s Mackenna Shea

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2015 Rolex Live Broadcast Schedule

9am ET, Thursday, April 23 – Dressage Tests

9am ET, Friday, April 24 – Dressage Tests

10am ET, Saturday, April 25 – Cross Country Test

1pm ET, Sunday, April 26 – Jumping Test

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Eventing Nation’s Rolex Rookie of the Year


Rolex Rookies: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair

By Jenni Autry on Apr 19, 2015


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair. Photo by Jenni Autry.

When we featured Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair on EN’s Got Talent back in 2013, they were gearing up for the horse’s first CCI2* at Galway Downs that fall. Now, nearly a year and a half later, she and “Cody,” a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Jon and Dawn Dofelmier, are preparing to compete in their first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“I was just taking it one step at a time and really didn’t have any idea that the Advanced level was even going to be a possibility at that time,” Maya said. “I feel lucky that we moved up to the Advanced level last year, and now we’re trying this. I always hoped that I would get to go to Kentucky at some point, so this is a start.”

Taking things one step at a time has always been the name of the game with Cody, who the Dofelmiers originally purchased as a prospect for Dawn to campaign at the Novice level. When they sent him to Maya for his initial training, it became clear there was much more to the diminutive 15.3-hand gelding than meets the eye.


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair at Galway Downs. Photo by Jenni Autry.

They quickly rose through levels, dominating at events along the West Coast, from their home in Washington state all the way down to southern California — though Cody didn’t always make things easy. Notoriously quirky and spooky with his own distinct personality, Maya has patiently handled his antics from day one, and now she has a solid partnership to show for it.

After Cody finished second in that first CCI2*, they landed a slot on the USEF High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists, and Maya moved east to work for Jan Byyny in preparing to move up to the Advanced level in 2014.

They had one hell of a debut, finishing fifth in the Bromont CCI3*, winning the Plantation Field CIC3* and capping the year with a third-place finish at Galway Downs CCI3*. While things didn’t go their way at events like Richland Park and Fair Hill, Maya took those as learning experiences and rebounded at the competitions that followed.


Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“I definitely feel like I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and we had some learning blips on our record from last year, but it was my first year going Advanced, and it’s a different level. I feel like it’s the same thing with Kentucky,” Maya said.

“I feel like I’m prepared as much as I could be after going Advanced for one year, and yet four-star is a different level. I’ll have to ride smart and read my pony throughout the course and see how it goes. I know I could stay at the Advanced and three-star level for another year. At the same time, I have a sound, healthy horse. Why not give it a shot?”

With Cody the fittest he’s ever been in preparation for his first four-star, Maya has been thinking through her strategy to get the most out of him in dressage, a phase where the horse excels yet can get rambunctious when he’s feeling especially fresh. He just did his final gallop down in Ocala, where Maya has been based for the winter.

“I definitely feel like it’s still a work in progress. He was really fresh at Carolina in the CIC3*, in part because I think he came up from Florida where it was hot, and then we got to Carolina where it was a lot cooler. I think it will be helpful getting to Kentucky a few days early so he can acclimatize, because it will be cooler there than it is in Florida right now,” Maya said.


Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair in their Advanced debut. Photo by Jenni Autry.

“I also need to read him better, and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what strategy to use. I might take him for a light canter or a little pre-ride before his test, which I think will be helpful for him to get his brain in the right place. He just sometimes can’t quite contain himself.”

A large support crew is coming to Kentucky from the Pacific Northwest to cheer on Maya, along with Lizzie Snow, Mackenna Shea, Anna Collier and Jordan Lindstedt, who all hail from Washington state. “There’s a number of people coming from Whidbey Island to watch; it’s exciting for them to have this many riders from the area competing,” Maya said. “We’re looking forward to seeing all our old friends.”

Cody is the third horse Maya has produced to the two-star level and the first one that has successfully progressed beyond that; now she’s just days away from marking that next milestone in her career. “I try not to get too worked up about these things, but I feel like it has been something that I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time, and in that way, it’s exciting.”

You can support Maya and Cody’s trip to Rolex at this link.


Maya Black and Jordan Lindstedt-Eventing Nation’s Picks for Rolex

EN’s Team Picks for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Best Rookie


Jenni Autry: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Maya and Cody made the move up to the Advanced level last year and never looked back. They won Plantation Field in the company of Olympic and WEG horses, which shows just how deadly they can be. This little jumping bean should bounce around the course.

Maggie Deatrick: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Cody looks primed and ready to ping around the Rolex course with his usual enthusiasm.

Kate Samuels: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. I’m picking this horse because I saw him run cross country at Carolina International this spring, and while his stature may make the jumps on Saturday look bigger than ever for Maya, he’s a complete little monster, and I think they’ll rip around in good style.

West Coast Wonder


Kate Samuels: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. I remember when Jordan went around Rolex the first time, impossibly slow! The trust and bond she had with Tullibard’s Hawkwind was awesome, and with Capato, she’s blossomed into a sophisticated rider. This horse is phenomenally athletic, and I love the pair of them.

John Thier: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. Talented rider + athletic horse.

Leslie Threlkeld: Jordan Lindstedt & Revitavet Capato. As has already been said, Jordan’s a classy rider, and have you seen this horse’s mesmerizing gallop?

Leslie Wylie: Maya Black & Doesn’t Play Fair. Little horse, the biggest heart!

Read the full Eventing Nation article here:

Countdown to Rolex!

Only 10 days left before it begins. There are several riders from Area VII riding at Rolex Kentucky 3 Day this year!

Rider: Anna Collier, Horse: Gleaming Road-In 2014, placed 11th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), placed 6th in CIC*** the Woodside International Horse Trials (CA) and placed 9th in the CIC*** Event at Rebecca Farm (MT).

Rider: Jordan Linstedt, Horse: Revitavet Capato- In 2014, placed 6th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), placed 4th in the CIC*** Woodside International Horse Trials (CA) and placed 3rd at the CIC*** Event at Rebecca Farm (MT).

Rider: Mackenna Shea, Horse: Landioso-In 2014 placed 12th in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Three-Day Event (CA), placed 4th in the CIC*** Richland Park Horse Trials (MI) and placed 9th in the CCI*** Bromont International Three-Day Event (CAN).

Rider: Maya Black, Horse: Doesn’t Play Fair-In 2014, placed 3rd in the CCI*** Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA), won the Plantation Field Horse Trials (PA) and placed 5th in the CCI*** Bromont Three Day Event (CAN).

And even though she’s moved back east, we have to add to the list Lizzie Snow on Coal Creek.

Go Area VII!

Check out the full list of competitors here:

USEA Area VII Young Riders North American Junior and Young Riders Championship (NAJYRC)

This is a link to the Area VII Letter of Intent 2015 Area VII NAJYRC Letter of Intent for those wishing to ride at NAJYRC this year. This is DUE MAY 1, 2015. Any questions email YR coordinator Malcolm Hook or Diane Snow