Area VII Adult Riders account of her experience at the AEC/ATC

On to the competition!! Earlier Tuesday we did a jump school with our Coach Sarah Mittlieder. (also provided by AR!) She was wonderful and although we only had the standard warm up fences to school over it went well and we all felt good at the end of the school. Wednesday I and a few others had individual dressage school with her.  So those days passed quickly, add in a hack, some shopping, some visiting and by Wednesday evening, finally a walk around the XC course that was tantalizing us from across the road for the last two days!  What was it like? It was like a full on Championship course, not for the faint of heart!


Some of the divisions started Dressage on Thursday morning. I think 4 arenas? I was in Arena 3. Judge at C and E.  I thought warm up went well, It was warmish and I was careful not to over heat or over work Mick, I kept close eye on my wrist watch and thought I had timed it all just right. In we went. I thought it went nicely, except coming around from C to H to go across diagonal at canter to trot at X Mick switched out behind tried to fix it, got worse, settled for a trot way before X and figured that was that, on to the next canter depart. So I was overall pleased. Judge not so much, but it is what it is and the fact that some others had noted the judges in ring 3 were “grumpy”, with a score of 38 it wasn't the worst score of the day.  My Teamie, Kelsey Horn had a stunning 26, Lou and Jolie were both in the low 30's and the Tipsy Training Trollops were in first place after the dressage phase.


Welcome Party Thursday evening. Dinner and drinks with a DJ playing music and a photo booth for goofy dress up pictures.


Friday there was a lot going on. Training level started out the XC across the road, Novice and BN did their dressage tests. By the afternoon when the upper levels  started their XC the lightening storms set in. Competition was stopped, everyone in the barns, NOW!  After an hour they started up again only to have another electrical storm, with full on rain blow thru and competition was ended for the day. A meeting was held, idea's abound on how to proceed with the scheduling of getting the competition back on track. We have thunder storms here in the Pac NW but nothing like these!!


But back to my XC! 10:30 it was much cooler than yesterday, many clouds so no full on sun in our eyes. Sent to the start box and told starter not to count me down.... Mick can't handle it!  Just a minute (which I got right when I arrived) 30, 15, 10, 5 and please use the numbers in a sentence!! Mick kept it together, we trotted into the back of the box and cantered out the front. One was a ramp, 2 a big feeder thing with the odd groundline, it jumped well enough. Sweep left to a nice open rail oxer with nice brush. 4 was a smallish ramp on a short  up hill approach with a bending line to barrels then a forward 4 strides to a monster feeder/table sort of thing. Gallop up hill to 6 a bigass table with jagged white lines on the front, apparently the Rockies in the snow!  Mick just wasn't getting this one, usually he tows me to the fence so I am not used to kicking and urging and really I didn't realize until too late that he wasn't reading it correctly and we ended up sliding by the edge.  Circled back and now he realized it was indeed a jumpable fence he took me too it and over we went.  Had to set up a bit for 7 a skinny ramp, then bending to 8a/b a big rail oxer, one stride to a huge down bank. Piece of cake.  Bend around to the right over a nice galloping ramp, on to 10 which was a big log into water, off a tight turn which helps slow one down!  Up hill sweeping left turn to a big trakener, always loved flying those things!!  12a/b was another dicey combo, the big ramp/rolltop in was begging to be galloped but don't do it!! Sharp bending, downhill, 4 strides to another ramp on the edge of a hill that was a long drop down then keep galloping down not quite Man from Snowy River proportions but close and oh, pull up and balance for #13 cuz it was an absolute upright gate!  I might have over done the balance thing for 13, we jumped the gate nicely, but bending 3 strides into water, 4 strides in water and a big hanging log for 13b. Mick stalled out going into the water and I just couldn't get the rpm's back up and he just stopped by the time we got to the log. Dang. Looked around, made a snap decision on the route for the circle out and re-approach.  Got Mick into a good forward canter, into the water and over the log, not pretty, but done. On to a long gallop (Mick's favorite!) 14 was another huge table that was taken as another gallop stride.  15 was an odd, very small rails, you needed to turn to it fairly sharply from the line taken away from 14 so that helped slow down, didn't need to trip over it! Almost home,  another rampy thing, 4 forward strides to a corner. Careful gallop away as the footing got a bit tricky here then on to the Elephant Trap, man that was some bright new shiny wood!! Apparently not as confusing as the Rocky Mountains on 6 and he was over it without trouble.  One more monster table, a park bench and the finish line!!WooHoo!!! We finished.  The veterinarian was on duty far enough away from the finish that you were trotting, she took Mick in in one look and nodded us away.  Yes, Mick was in fine shape, I however was er, “sucking dirty pond water” as I've heard my condition referred to!  The research I did ahead of time indicated that the horses would acclimate to the elevation in 3-5 days, so we were there in plenty of time for Mick to do that. Humans take upwards of 2 weeks.  Although really I recovered rapidly after I pulled up.


I was able to score a decent warm shower in the afternoon, my previous shower in a different building, several days before had been if not ice cold, cold enough to take your breath away when you needed to rinse off!  So I was clean for the Adult Rider Party in the VIP area on the berm between two of the rings. More drinks, more food, more good times with fellow adult riders.  We all wore our matching shirts.  The Tipsy Trollops had taken a bit of a hit on XC day. Kelsey's mare had colicked overnight and had to withdraw. (as far as I know she will be fine) Lou and Jolie had good clean rides XC but my score was rather dismal, we were still a team however and we were still in it!



Saturday started early for some, they were running XC at 7:30 to make up for it being called the day before, other folk were still on the dressage phase! I think they got all caught up by the end of the day, even though another lightening storm passed thru in the afternoon and they had to call it again for a few hours!


My Stadium round was scheduled for about 11:30. Even though at this point I was DFL I was in it, (many never made it this far, XC ate a few folks)  this was the AEC's and Mick got braided!  I was warming up and things weren't going all that well for us. Couldn't get Mick in the bridle, couldn't get the correct canter because of that.  In hindsight I had too much bit for the day and won't make that mistake again!  Did not have any help in the warm up so I struggled through trying to make it better myself. I had watched some of the rounds in the Training Amateur division so I had an idea about how the course was riding.  When I first walked it it had seemed easy enough, however it was deceptive, there was a lot going on in there!  We were first in the ring in the Training Rider division.  Mick raced around, it was not the correct canter and he was launching at the fences managing to “jump me out of the tack” on a couple of them, fortunately he is good at catching me on the other side.  That was the case over 9b, he had jumped into the two stride way to big and we ran out of room for the vertical, he jumped it, snapped his back! I kept my head up, he caught me on the other side and since at this point I am “on the buckle” the only reason he made the bending 5 stride line to #10 was because I was looking at it! Attempted some kind of half halt but didn't help, he jumped it and took out the rail.


We finished!  My teammate, Jolie was on Noah at the outgate and was cheering me on and gave me the high five and we whooped it up for finishing our team. She actually saved me. She prevented me from being sad and mad at the horrible round I had just produced, she cheered me up and made me realize how happy I was, I had finished, and finished strong at the Adult Team Championship at the AEC's.   Jolie was 5th and Lou was 6th   they were both in the Amateur division.  Our team finished in 5th place.  The Tipsy Training Trollops Finished!


But it is not over yet. There are horses all over the park doing all three phases.  Amazing how well it all ran, given the changes that had to take place due to the weather.  And there was still one more Party to attend!! The Competitors Party.  Drinks and Shrimp and Salmon and Prime Rib!!! Yowser!!


Sunday was quiet for me. Mick and I had a nice hack on the trail loop that was accessed from the Park. XC and Stadium was still being held.  My travel mate, Lorilee had had a lovely dressage test, a clean XC go and I got back in time to watch her do her Stadium round and it was lovely, well minus a “senior moment”.  She still ended up with the 6th place prize, which was substantial!


We were packed and on the road before 3pm and made it back into Ogden Fairgrounds by midnight. A quick few hours sleep and on the road for home by 6am.  It was a long way to Issaquah, but think we made better time going home and arrived shortly after 8pm.


Thank you to Area Vll AR's for helping make that happen.  I waited my whole life to ride on a Team and I did it and we finished. Thank you everyone!!!



Release the Hounds! There's fox hunting near Seattle

A Day Foxhunting with the Woodbrook Hunt Club

Lakewood, WA 

Enjoy a new adventure foxhunting with three (total four riders) of your friends with the historic 91-year old Woodbrook Hunt Club! You and your friends or family will enjoy one night’s stay at Master of Foxhounds Melody Fleckenstein’s Hunt Box (Virginia slang for a weekend “box” to stay at during the foxhunting season) which is within walking distance of the hunt club! Bring your own horse or ride our seasoned hunt horses! Up to four hunt horses will be provided for any level of rider, jumping is not required, we have three “flights” or speeds that can accommodate all levels from galloping on the heels of the huntsman and foxhounds with first flight fieldmaster Emily Rang to taking a more sedate route and “hilltopping” to watch all the action from a distance! Additional riders may be included if they bring their own horses!


Included in this wonderful Foxhunting weekend:


One night at MFH Melody Fleckenstein’s Huntbox, can accommodate at least six riders depending on how cozy you want to get (two queen beds, two bunkbeds)… ($350.00 value)

Livery for four riders, ($400.00 value) or overnight stabling if you bring your own horse(s)

A car caravan can be arranged for those that wish to follow the hunt

Cocktails and appetizers on arrival the evening before the hunt and an introduction by the hunt staff and tour of the kennel and clubhouse

Capping fees ($50. per rider) and hunt breakfast ($10.00 per rider) paid for by WHC for all guests ($240.00 value)


Accommodations donated by MFH Melody Fleckenstein

Cocktails and introduction and tour donated by WHC Hunt Staff

Livery donated by Jt. MFH Tami Masters and Huntsman Jennifer Hansen

Capping fees and hunt breakfasts donated by Woodbrook Hunt Club


Value: Priceless!

Annual Meeting Notes 1/22/18

For those who are interested in a room for the Annual Meeting.  We have a group rate and a block of 25 rooms reserved at the La Quinta in Auburn on a  First come, First served basis.  The number to use is 1-253-804-9999.  Don't reserve on-line as you will get a different rate.   Please let them know your group name is "US Eventing Association".

If you won a prize, please send a photo of you and your horse to Neely Floyd @

Tentative Meeting Schedule

8:30 am Registration

9:00 Adult Rider Meeting

        Young Rider Meeting

10:20 Break Sponsored by Rebecca Farm

10:30 - Workshop with Dr. Nicole Rombach Horse Back Health

          - Workshop with Lexi Lind: Rider Fitness to Optimize your horse's                               Performance

          - Organizers' Meeting

Noon Lunch/Area VII Business Meeting

1:30 Workshop with Lexi Lind: Rider Fitness to Optimize your horse's                               Performance

        Workshop with Dr. Nicole Rombach on the Horse's Back Health 

3:20 Break Sponsored by Rebecca Farm

3:30 2018 Dressage Tests and More with Brian Sabo

5:00 Break - Silent Auction - No-Host Happy Hour

6:30 -8:30 Awards Banquet and conclusion of Silent Auction


After the Awards Banquet, there is live music in the upstairs lounge.


ICP Level I and II Workshp Feb 11-13

If we have enough people committing now, we can schedule an ICP workshop with Brian Sabo to follow the Annual meeting. It will be somewhere in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.  If you want to partake, there are slots for only 8 people.  If we do not have 6 we will not schedule.  Please email John Meriwether at if you want a spot.

Celebrating Polly

Next Wednesday, November 15, at 5:30 we will be celebrating Polly Kranick at Singer Barn, 20023 Singer Rd on Vashon. Please join us for an informal gathering to share stories of her life and some of her favorite things. This will be a potluck so BYOB, your own chair and something yummy to share. We greatly appreciate your RSVP. (The barn will be heated)

We are also looking for photos of Polly- if you have any that you would like to contribute, please email them to Thank you.

Polly Kranick

Polly Kranick

Polly Kranick


It is with great sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Polly Kranick.  She was one of the quietest, kindest members of our community and if you did not have the honor of knowing her, I am sad for you, too. Polly loved every aspect of our sport. She rode, she competed, she owned a slew of lovely horses, she was happiest making someone else's event pleasant.

If Polly was at an event, she was also at the cross-country jump briefing. If there was an Adult Rider gathering, she came by. Over the years, I enjoyed spending time with Polly at events or camp or visiting with her at her barn. Saturday evening at an event was complete when she shared a kind word no matter how the day went. She was always willing to lend a hand whenever asked and was the jump judge you hoped was covering a difficult fence. I cannot remember an unkind word pass her lips. Her heart was in this sport and knowing her made Area VII eventing better.

Her passing adds to the sadness I know so many of us feel already. I can't remember an Adult Rider camp without her though she may have missed one or two. I can't remember an Annual Meeting without her. She made you want to be better to your friends, to your horse, to your self.

Whether or not you knew Polly, please think about dedicating a few hours at an event and lend a hand to honor her love for our sport.

USEA Grants for Landsafe Clinic,

We have three opportunities for Landsafe Clinics in the next two months. These Grants will be in the form of rebates for USSEA members.  Contact the clinic organizers below to learn more about the grants.

To learn more about the Landsafe training program you can watch their youtube videos.


Inavale Farm, Corvallis OR, November 18, 19.  Contact Kelsey Horn at

Grand Farms, Vaughan WA, December 1-2-3 Contact Summer Kenesson at

Full Gallop Eventing, Duvalll WA, December 9-10, Contact Erin Grandia at

USEA Gastrointestinal Health Survey

Please share this link to the USEA Management and Gastrointestinal Health in event horses. They need a lot more data. It takes about ten minutes to fill out and you get a 20% discount code from SmartPak!

Survey: Management and Gastrointestinal Health of Event Horses
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Congratulations to our 2016 year end award winners!


Rider of the year and horse of the year awards will be revealed at the Annual Meeting.  PDF File - a brief spreadsheet how the points are calculated. Awards were calculated and posted through Dec 1 – 2016.


Beginner Novice Junior (1998)


1stBillyBianca Linder LILLY LINDER 

2ndFritz PatrickOlivia Miller OLIVIA MILLER 

3rdMia San MiaBianca Linder LILLY LINDER 

4thJunior MintConnor Black CONNOR BLACK 

5thSplit DecisionCourtney Cemulini Courtney Cemulini 

Beginner Novice Senior


1stHeraklion's My HeroChristine Reagan Christine Reagan 

2ndCinco De MayoCatherine Geissler Catherine Geissler 

3rdFiesta Bella Hope Cochran SARAH MATUSZEWSKI 

4thDestiny ISFCindy Balasubramanian JORDAN LINSTEDT 

5thPacific LegacyMeira Rundhaug MEIKA DECHER 

Novice Junior (1998)

Horse  OwnerRider

1stThe DukeAlexandria Winter Alexandria Winter 

2ndKasydasunBritt Roden MIKAYDEN WEISE 

3rdDigitizerDonna Huntsman  HANNAH SECOY 

4th Fleeceworks CincoGenevieve Kirsch Genevieve Kirsch 

5thCoolnamaraUnknown Owner MADELYN MYERS 

Novice Senior

Horse  OwnerRider

1stSouvenirLouise Leslie Louise Leslie 

2ndEloise de CarlierDorothy Hamilton Dorothy Hamilton 

3rdDark HorseJulie Williams Julie Williams 

4thWintermond BCHChris Cole  Chris Cole  

5thLuxembourgJordan Linstedt Jordan Linstedt 

Training Junior (1998)

Horse  OwnerRider

1stLeroyLisa Gunningham Lisa Gunningham 

2ndFleeceworks CincoGenevieve Kirsch Genevieve Kirsch 

3rdKing GeorgeMadelyn Floyd Madelyn Floyd 

4th KellicanKaren Lounsbery Karen Lounsbery 

5thCalicoolIsabella Gunningham Isabella Gunningham 

Training Senior

Horse  OwnerRider

1stCavalierMartha Wehling MARTHA WEHLING 

2ndZuaraKrista Cameron SARAH LORENZ 

3rdNorthern ExpectationPolly Kranick ASHLEIGH RAUEN 

4th Danseur JapurLaura Clark  ERIN D. MCPHERSON 

5thCodigoBianca Linder Bianca Linder 

Young Rider Preliminary Level (1995)

Horse  OwnerRider

1stHuw MungesPatience O'Neal PATIENCE O'NEAL 

2ndOsitoBarb Jensen RIO JENSEN 

3rdVatinoLillian Thiel LILLIAN THIEL 

4thKaala Jaadukat Lessing PATIENCE O'NEAL 

5th Fernhill Eagle Team Rebecca, LLC ALYSSA HAMMEL 

Senior Preliminary Level 

Horse  OwnerRider

1stSketchy PastStephanie Cooper STEPHANIE A. COOPER 

2ndHarry HoudiniKim Hunter ATTILA RAJNAI 

3rdFun and GamesErika Graff Erika Graff 

4th Saint IgnatiusSarah Matuszewski Sarah Matuszewski 

5thCarterJohnHartley PATRICIA CAVA 


Horse  OwnerRider

1stPrince WilliamMary Burke Mary Burke 

2ndMy Lucky DayLinda Weeks KAREN L. O'NEAL 

3rdIndio BMWSusan Trettin MARC GRANDIA 

4thCorinthozKiera Carter KIERA CARTER 

5thLight In The DarkCatie Cejka CATIE CEJKA 


Horse  OwnerRider

1st-tiedPrince WilliamMary Burke Mary Burke 

1st-tiedRevitavet CapatoBarbara and Gary Linstedt JORDAN LINSTEDT 

2ndLC O'ShawniseeAndrea Nielsen Andrea Nielsen

Here is a clip of our 2016 highlights, compliments of Neelie Floyd.