The Young Rider Program would like to thank our previous coach Jessica Heidemann for all her hard work and dedication that she has put in the last few years. We would now like to welcome our new head coach Dayna Lynd-Pugh, and our assistant coach Brooke Phillips.
Coach Dayna has been competing, training, and coaching at the top levels of Eventing for more than 30 years, which include being a level 4 ICP certified instructor. She is one of the proud owners of Flying Tails Farms located in Gilroy, California. Coach Dayna is great at bringing out the best in students no matter what level of rider they are and by making riding fun and enjoyable.
Assistant Coach Brooke has over 18 years of experience in the sport and is one of the proud owners of Willamette Sport Horses in Corvallis, Oregon. She is one of the youngest trainers to pass and receive the USEA ICP level 3 certification. Coach Brooke is full of enthusiastic inspiration and loves working with kids. She is committed to all of her students and will give a huge boost to our Beginning Novice, Novice and Training Young Riders who have aspirations in the future to qualify in Area VII for NAJYRC in Lexington, Kentucky.
Don’t forget about our Young Rider Rep Kristen Holderman too. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to get to know her feel free to contact her. She always wants to know what the other young riders are thinking! You can contact her through Facebook or at her email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please sign up for the Young Rider Team Competition too and make sure to get entries in by April 25th. There is no cost to join and lots of great prizes to win! Your team will get points in various ways, this includes doing well at horse shows, volunteering, and showing your team spirit!
May camp registration is now out. Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn lots and to meet and get to know other fellow young rider members and your coaches. Camp will be instructed by top riders in dressage, cross country, and jumping of all levels of Beginner Novice and up. Camp will start after 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4. Camp is offered to all young rider members at a certain cost. If you are not a Young Rider member it is not too late to sign up!
Buy an Area VII Young Rider t-shirt to support the foundation! All funds will go directly to the program to help keep activity cost down. These funds will help us keep camps and clinics affordable for all member of the group. These funds will also help us improve our annual Young Rider Horse Trails in August. T-shirts are for sale at $15 and can be bought at https://www.booster.com/areaviiyoungridersfundraiser
Adult Rider Report
Firsts at the First Event of the Year
This year we have a new first event of the season. For those of us who don’ t travel south in April to compete in Area VI, the return of eventing to Area VII each season is something to celebrate like spotting the first crocus, the first robin, the return of the swallows to Capistrano. Or perhaps for this group, it’s like the arrival of the first Nouveau Beaujolais. EI is returning to hosting recognized events and will be the first to organize an event using the upgraded courses at the Wa State Horse Park. EI has been a major factor in Area VII Eventing, having held events in at least 4 places I‘ve ridden. Their participation at a facility opens doors for other organizations by planting the seeds to great courses at each one of them. Let’s hope the same thing happens at the Horse Park and another group will follow the EI lead and bring another recognized event to the Horse Park.
To help this first celebrate, please make your nominations for significant “Firsts” by AR members to me or our AR Co-Coordinator Maggie Rikard. We would like to recognize hallmark events like your First Clear Cross Country Round, First Sub-20 Dressage Score, or First Completion on your dressage score. My favorite is First Successful Completion, but let’s not forget Move-Up to First Intermediate aka the Twisted Knickers Award. Maggie is holding that one for the next time we can award it, though perhaps we will spring for a new pair. Join us at the LBT at EIHT.
Wa State Horse Park Cross Country Update “We’re Jumping on it” No matter what level you gallop around at EIHT, at Camp, or the many other schooling opportunities this year, you will benefit from the recent purchase from NWEC of many jumps for all levels . That allowed the Horse Park to use other funds budgeted for cross country improvements to speed up clearing the derby field which creates a lot more options there. The next part of the cross country development campaign, completing the Prelim Course, is well underway. The “ We’re Jumping On It” fund raiser got a big boost on March 22 with an evening at the Wilde Rover in Kirkland organized by Caroline Bombar-Kaplan, Melissa O’Brien, Sarah Petrie and Heather Sumner. It was attended by many of our group and raised another $14,000. Over a third of the estimated $65,000 needed to complete the Prelim course has now been raised.
ARTS The first event of the season will also be the start of the AR Team Series Sponsored by Meriwether Saddlery. You can enter up to the week before EIHT. After that you may post enter until Aspen Farms HT. We still have lots of room for you. Whether or not your own season is setting records and bringing home the loot, the ARTS is a lot of fun. End of year prizes last year went to 4 of the 8 teams participating last year. Thank you, Louise Reulbach, for volunteering to score the ARTS again.
AR Camp We are looking forward to another successful AR Camp May 28-June 1. The AR mailbox has been jammed all spring with Spring Fling Entries and Camp entries. Spring Fling kept us busy (a big shout out to Lou Leslie and all the other volunteers who made it a success! ) and now its time to turn our efforts to Camp. ARs have been enthusiastic in their support of all our programs this Spring, filling Peter Gray Clinic, the Leslie Law Clinic and Spring Fling. Camp appears on track to filling up just with Adult Rider members adding another reason to become a member and getting first crack at what the program has to offer. Aimee Witherspoon, organizing from her winter hide-out in Ocalla, Florida with AR-favorite Scott Keach, is offering the Full Monty Camp package with three days of instruction with 4 different clinicians as well as a special camp package for friends and family who want to join us at camp dinners and cocktails but opt for trail riding rather than eventing instruction.
Area ATCs At Inavale
Starting a new annual offering, AR is sponsoring the Area Adult Team Challenge which will be held at Inavale HT. Inavale will offer the ATC division in place of a Rider or Adult Amateur Division for BN through Training. Preliminary ATCs will be part of the Open Preliminary Division. Prizes and Ribbons will be awarded for individuals and for teams. You may form your own team or be placed on a team. We will set up a Facebook sign up on the AR page as well as take e-mails. You do not have to be an Adult Rider to compete in the Area ATCs, nor do you have to be an Amateur. You must be over 21 in 2014, however. We are planning a social for ATC riders. Inavale was selected because of its position in the Area Calendar before the closing date of the AECs, its commitment to hosting for several years, and most importantly, the quality of the cross country course which must be championship quality.
The significance of the Area ATC is that it replaces the COTH ATCs with the possibility of every Area hosting their own ATC. Succesfully completing the Area ATC will also be one way to qualify for the national Adult Team Championships at the AECs in at the Texas Rose Horse Park, their version of the Wa State Horse Park. Area VII will use a portion of the money we have been raising through our various fundraisers to send Area VII Adult Rider Teams to the AECs. If you do not make it to Inavale, not to worry, you can also meet the area requirements by competing on two other teams at any Area VII event however your performance will be reviewed to make regarding your ability to successfully compete on a championship level course. National requirements for the Adult Team Championships are AR membership, 3 clean cross country rides at level (with no Dangerous Riding Citations) on the horse you plan on riding within the past 24 months. Non-Amateurs may not have ridden two levels higher in the past 2 years.
AR Picture of the Month If you have a AR great picture and you would like it published, please send it to me with caption, photo credit and the permission of whomever is pictured. We would love to share it. We welcome bits for the AR report from or about any of our AR members.
Move to Portland
In April, my wife and I moved to Portland, selling our farm in Issaquah after 19 years. It will be impossible to duplicate what we left in Issaquah, especially being within 2 hours of all but 3 of the Area VII events, but it is a new chapter in our lives and no one wants to repeat the past. I look forward to finding the same local level of companionship and community down in Portland. And offer my support to growing the sport in this part of Area VII. We lived here back when Weylin Meyer organized so many wonderful events in Oregon and look forward to whatever opportunities come our way. With the relocation also comes a new e-mail address. Please use email@example.com if you would like to reach me.
April 19th Spring Fling derby and Ride&Review, Aspen Farm, Organizer John Meriwether
May 24th AR Drawing, Sponsored by Meriwether Saddlery, At EIHT Sat LBT Social
May 27-June 1 AR Camp, WSHP, Organizer Aimee Witherspoon
June 27-29 Area VII Adult Team Challenge at Inavale HT, Meet and Greet Friday LBT
June 30 Nick Holmes-Smith Cross Country Clinic, Inavale Organizer Kelsey Horne and Kiki Smeltzer