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Sadly, we recently lost Dee Strand, who was very special to many of us in Area VII and who, although intensely private, was also extremely generous, supportive and cared deeply about our sport.   Dee was a very special person with a huge heart as well as endless kindness and generosity.  She will be greatly missed.  Below is her obituary, which was run in The Oregonian Newspaper:

Dorothy Best "Dee" Strand

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Dorothy Best 'Dee' Strand
Aug. 15, 1957 - Jan. 19, 2019
Dorothy Best "Dee" Strand passed away Jan. 19, 2019.
Dee was born in Seattle, Wash., and raised in Portland, Ore. After attending Lincoln High School in Portland she received a B.A. in Political Economy from Colorado College (1979) and a B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University (1981). Dee married Mike Slade in 1983 and together they settled in Seattle where they were together for almost 20 years. Dee was a devoted and fiercely loyal mother to her beloved daughters Adrian and Sally. She was happiest in the outdoors, whether it was skiing, backpacking, hiking, exercising, gardening or walking her dog. She also loved literature, cooking, arguments and old movies.
Dee's deepest lifelong passion was horses. She was an avid and accomplished equestrian, especially in the world of three-day eventing. She competed at a high level for many years and then from 2003 to 2017 owned and operated Upson Downs, a world-class eventing barn in Duvall, Wash. At her remembrance, praise was forthcoming not only for the barn but also for the spirit with which she operated, eschewing profits for the best and most nurturing environment. Her unique spirit and attitude will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pamela Best; and her father, Carl Strand. She leaves behind her amazing daughters; her brother, Nick Strand (Portland); close friends; and an enduring legacy.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Washington Horse Park (www.wahorsepark,org) or the U.S. Equestrian Association Area VII.
Please sign the online guest book at Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 8 to Feb. 16, 2019

See our News Feed. for the February 2019 Newsletter and photos from the Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation and an Introduction to Cynthia Bayles our new Area Chair

Here is a recent video link that our keynote speaker from our meeting, Max Corcoran, presented at the national USEA meeting
VIDEO: The Science of Conditioning and Recovery with Max Corcoran
Max Corcoran is a self-professed “geek” when it comes to the science behind conditioning and recovery of athletes. In this seminar, Corcoran spoke about the parallels between the science of human conditioning and recovery and equine conditioning, training, and recovery. As an Olympic groom, her years of the firsthand experience provide her with an interesting viewpoint and a wealth of knowledge. read more…

Calendar of events updated as well Adult Rider pages.

Young Rider News:

Introduction to Barb Jensen - 2019 Young Rider Coordinator

Announcing 2019 Young Rider Virtual Teams!

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Area VII Young Rider Clinic and Camp calendar.

Spring Clinic @ Aspen Farm
April 27-28
Dressage, Show Jump, and XC weather permitting
NAYC Coach John Camlin and Selector Debbie Rosen. 

Spring Clinic @ Washington St. Horse Park
May 18-19
Show Jumping only
Lindsay Uyesugi of Aquarius Show Stables

 Area VII Young Rider Camp @ Caber Farm
July 5-8
All phases of eventing and educational ummounted sessions. 
Clinicians TBD

Adult Rider page updates-

New member of The Month

Entry to Camp.

2018 Year end Awards Winners