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Mark your calendars for the USEA Area VII Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, January 25, 2020, at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Portland Airport, 11707 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR.

For details on the meeting and seminar, please reference our Fall Newsletter.

USEA Area VII Fall Newsletter

Mark your calendars for the USEA Area VII Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, January 25, 2020, at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Portland Airport, 11707 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR.  (855)516-1090.   

Please join our regional eventing family for our annual celebration to recognize and congratulate those whose performances this season earned them spots on the Leaderboard (and the rest of us too!).  Check out the Leaderboard on our website, most recently updated through September 1st.

Pricing, details and a schedule will be announced in the near future and posted to our website.

To reserve a room at the Shilo, please contact the hotel directly. They are holding a block of rooms for us – King Suites or Queen Suites for a discounted rate of $125.90 per room per night, plus applicable taxes.  Each hotel registered guest with our group also receives a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning in the restaurant. The rooms are held under the name, “USEA Area VII”. 

We are excited to have successful upper level rider and natural horseman Tik Maynard join us as our keynote speaker.  Tik has earned a reputation as an outstanding horseman, trainer and instructor and I encourage you to reference a few articles about him.  Check out the on-line article on the USEA website about Tik at

 Another article I really like was printed in Practical Horseman and can be found at this link:

The educational theme this year for our presentations is “horsemanship”, with a focus on how to develop a better partnership with your horse and how to provide the best veterinary and nutritional care for your special equine partner.  In addition to advice from Tik about developing a partnership in working with our horses on the ground and under saddle, there is also much we can learn about veterinary health care, nutrition and the latest research. We are thus very pleased to have our own Dr. Rachel Gottlieb, DVM, from Northwest Equine Performance be joining us and are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Tania Cubitt, of Performance Horse Nutrition.

To further enhance our knowledge, we are offering a classroom seminar with Tik on Sunday January 26, 2020, at the hotel. Course outline below:

How Horses Think, Learn, Feel and Play: A One Day classroom Course with Tik Maynard 

9-12am; Lunch break (lunch is included); and 1-4pm


Tik will address things like:

What is the difference between control and communication?

What is Natural Horsemanship?

What motivates horses?

What is reinforcement and what is punishment?

Introducing horses to new things.

Dealing with a distracted horse.

The difference between friendship and leadership.

Case studies

A look at some videos and some Stories of horses Tik and Sinead have trained 


A chance to ask any horse behavior questions of your own.


Some indoor simulations for you to feel how the horse might feel. 

Includes:  6 hours of classroom time, a signed copy of Tik’s Book, a chance to ask questions, discounts on The Horseman’s University 

Registration for the seminar is separate from the annual meeting and awards banquet.

Registration cost per person for the seminar, including lunch, is $150 for USEA members, $175 for non-members.  Pre-registration closes January 10, 2020. Depending on space availability, late registration may be accepted at a cost of $175 for USEA members and $200 for non-members. Please make your check payable to USEA Area VII and mail to Cynthia Bayles, 1122 West Beach Road, Coupeville, WA  98239.

 Don’t forget about our important fundraiser that is also held during our annual meeting – the silent auction. Funds generated by our silent auction support many of our educational activities and our championships. USEA is a non-profit so in-kind donations may also be tax deductible.

Barb Barke and Tally Docken are our auction organizers this year. Please contact Barb at if you would like to donate an item to the auction.

Calling all barns – who can put together the most popular gift basket for the auction? So many imaginative theme baskets and other really nice items show up at our auctions. I’m looking forward to seeing what appears this year!

Do you have a store or make something you sell to eventers? We’d love to have you offer your product at our annual meeting. Donate an auction item to secure your vendor space!  Vendor space is limited so please contact Cynthia Bayles at for details if you are interested in being a vendor.

Congratulations to everyone on another good year of eventing in Area VII, and wishing those heading south to complete their seasons the best of luck!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in January 2020.