Young Riders Triumph at Aspen!

Young Riders were definitely on fire at Spring Aspen. Here are some of the highlights.

Kayla Dumler and Ferris took First Place in the FEI 2*, ending on their dressage score of 34.8. Olivia Miller and Fritz Patrick ended in 8th place; Ashley Widmer and What Are The Odds 13th; and Lily Linder and Tucker with 14th.

Sophie Click and Quidproquo ended in 10th in the FEI 3* with Emilie Everette and Ilo Lorel (Mimi) in 16th and Brennan Kappes on Amistoso in 17th.

In spite of her telling me her winning streak was over, Madison Langerak and Normandy's Kivalo landed First in Open Preliminary B ending on their dressage score of 24.1. Alina Patterson and Flashback in 4th; Juliana Yenne and The Diceman in 11th; Rio Jensen and Calgino Z in 17th.

After a tough Show Jump, Madelyn Myers and Bare Necessities took First Place in Jr Training. Abigail Cochran and Freesela in 4th; Alexis Larson and PL Diamond's Inspiration 5th; Krisalyn Brown and Out of the Blue 6th; Kylin Zimmerman and Hollywood Diva 8th; and Kiran D'Souza and ROR Lisbane Finch rounded out the top 10 in 9th place. In Training Rider, Audrey Sanborn and OBOS Quality Time took 4th place.

Lilly Linder and Mia San Mia (Mensche) were back together and took First Place in Jr. Novice. Kiran D'Souza and Peter Parker in 4th; Ava Holmes and Trouble With Tribute 7th; Jessica Berntson and Safir 9th; with Makayla Watterson and Foxwood Belle rounding out the top 10.

Another pair to end on their dressage score of 31.8 was Makenna Henry and Danciana to take First Place in Jr. Beginner Novice. Madelyn Floyd and Arms War in 2nd; Annabelle Swain and What’s the T 3rd; and Jasmine Philipp and Rubiella DSF with 4th.

Please let me know if I missed anyone! Never my intent.

Posted June 2019

Young Riders Show Jump Clinic at the beautiful WSHP was a great success!!

So much learned, improvements happened in both grid work and course work! If you ever have an opportunity to take a SJ lesson with Lindsay Uyesugi, DO IT!! You will not be sorry! Thank you to all the parents that helped make this weekend a great success! It takes a team to pull these clinics and camps off and we have a great team!

Posted May 2019

Spring Spokane Sport Horse Farm HT Results

Juliana Yenne - 1st
Krisalyn Brown - 2nd
Maisy Messmer - 3rd
Abigail Cochran - 4th
Alexis Larson - 5th
Madelyn Myers - 6th

Reese Blinks
Makayla Watterson
Brennen Kappes
Isabella Montana

Beginner Novice
Harper Padgett - 1st
Annabelle Goodrich - 2nd

Madison Langerak - 1st
Kayla Dumler - 2nd
Rio Jensen - 3rd
Brennan Kappes - 3rd
Alina Patterson - 7th!

Jenna Lounsbery - 2nd
Mia Morehart - 5th

Local TV Station Interviews Young Rider Elena Carrion

Elena Carrion is on the Eventing & Dressage Team at University of Virginia and was interviewed by the local University news station.

Please note: you may not be able to view the video depending on your Facebook connections. You can click here for a direct link.

Posted April 2, 2019

Latest Craze: An EN ‘OTTB Wishlist’ Success Story

By Leslie Wylie, Eventing Nation

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

We like to think that what we’re doing here at EN is making a little bit of a difference in the world, both for horses and the humans who love them. Our “Weekly OTTB Wishlist” series, presented by Cosequin, has been running since 2014, and it’s one of our personal favorites. Each week we shine the spotlight on three available OTTBs who are in the market for a new job with fingers crossed that they might catch the eye of an eventer.

Every now and again we catch wind that our little matchmaking service has paid off. The latest success story comes from Callia Englund, a Young Rider from Enumclaw, Washington, who blogged about her journey to the 2018 North American Youth Championships for EN last year. Callia put in a lot of hard work to represent Area VII in the CCIJ1* with her horse, Xyder, and it paid off in a team silver medal.

Read the full article on Eventing Nation.

POSTED January 2019

New NAYC CCI1*-J Qualifications for 2019


The following changes have been made by the USEF. In 2019, Athlete/horse combinations wishing to compete on an NAYC-J team must have earned one (1) Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) at either a CCI2*-S (formerly known as a CIC1*) OR a CCI2*-L (formerly known as a CCI1*). Additionally, both the athlete and the horse, must have achieved 3 MERs at the Preliminary level or higher plus an additional MER at the Preliminary level or higher with no more than twenty (20) jumping penalties on cross country.

Riders may ride in both the 1* and 2* divisions if applicable and additional individuals for an Area may be invited in proportion to the total number of entries.The format and qualification for the Young Rider CIC2* will remain unchanged. The application deadline of March 1 will remain the same as well.

If you are competing at the FEI levels, you will want to become familiar with the new categorizations beginning in 2019.

Posted January 2019

Photo courtesy of MGO Photography.

Photo courtesy of MGO Photography.

Chasing the Places I Haven’t Seen

By Madelyn Floyd 

As the new year begins, I often find myself in reflection of not only the previous show season, but the year as a whole. Being I live my life by a series of corny John Green quotes, I like to find a quote to summarize the year:

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met” – John Green

For me, 2018 was a year to remember. There were more ups, downs and everything in between than I have ever experienced, and I don’t regret a single minute of it. 

Read the full article on Eventing Nation.

Congratulations to our Area VII Young Rider, Madelyn Floyd, who is on TOP of the National Jr. Prelim Leaderboard! She is tied with Sami Crandell of Area I with 58 points.

Posted January 2019

Olivia Miller and her team at the Colorado Springs Training Camp.

Olivia Miller and her team at the Colorado Springs Training Camp.

My experience at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center was truly an opportunity of a lifetime.

by Olivia Miller

Though it was the hardest 3 days of my life and I would find myself sitting in bed every night thinking to myself “what did I get myself into”, coming out of the camp I truly felt that I had learned more about myself and how to work as a team than ever before.

When I saw the flyer about the training camp at the young rider auction, I knew I would learn a couple of things and get tips on the fundamentals of riding. Little did I know it would change my whole outlook on life and how I should go about handling show nerves and keeping myself healthy.

From flipping tires in the snow to climbing up the incline I felt invincible. The whole camp was based around bettering your best and not stopping until your limbs give out. We took a basic fitness test on the first day and on the third day and almost doubled the original score. Not because I was in better shape (because to be honest I could barely walk on day two) it was because I learned that you haven't done your best until you can't go any more. Pain is this idea in our head telling us to stop because it's uncomfortable but if we don't make things uncomfortable then how are we supposed to get better. I remember climbing up the incline and my buddy was ready to quit and the only words I could force out of my mouth was “just one more step” and 3,000 steps later we made it to the top together.

Once we made it back to the USOTC we were all sitting in a circle saying something we are thankful for and the person that climbed the incline with me looks at me and says “I’m thankful for Olivia because she believed in me when I didn't and I don't think I could have done it without her”. As tears come to my eyes and not a single word can manage to escape my mouth, I gave her a hug because it was at that very second that it all clicked. The only thing telling her to keep going was me and the only thing telling me to keep going was her and we staggered are way to the top together and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. That's not something you can teach in a class that's something you have to experience for yourself and you can't really put a price on that. 

For information on future clinics with Head Trainer Daniel Stewart at the Olympic Training Center visit his website

Posted December 2018


Congratulations to our new Area VII Young Rider Coordinator, Barb Jensen!

My goals for the program are to really keep the enthusiasm going that has built up over the last few years. I want there to be something for every level of rider. This is a development program from Beginner Novice to NAYC with a lot of fun and education intertwined.

It is exciting that we have some top notch trainers and coaches in Area VII who devote their time and are committed to developing our YRs into being the best riders in the country.

I hope to encourage all parents and young riders to give back to the program by jumping in and helping just as I did. No role is too small and any volunteer time is valuable. Please reach out to me with ideas or help at any time. Thank you for your support.

Posted November 2018

Sophie Click and Hot Wheels. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sophie Click and Hot Wheels. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Can You Have It All? Sophie Click on Balancing Upper-Level Eventing and College

United States Eventing Association

Imagine competing at the top level with multiple horses, traveling from coast to coast, and managing a business and a team of horses, all while keeping up a demanding college schedule. Sound tough? Well, that is exactly what 19-year-old two-star rider Sophie Click does and more as she strives to not only represent the U.S. on an international stage but also earn that all-important college degree.

Read whole story on the USEA website.

Posted November 2018

Area VII Young Riders in USEA Eventing Magazine

A shout out to several of our Area VII Young Riders that have been featured in USEA Eventing Magazine.

Featured in July/August Edition is our NAYC Team for winning the Team Silver Medal: Harper Click, Callia Drewien Englund, and Isabella Gunningham.

Featured in the September/October Edition are our two AEC Preliminary winners: First Place Madelyn Floyd and Third Place Callia Drewien Englund

Posted August 2018

Madelyn Floyd and Clementine. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Madelyn Floyd and Clementine. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Preliminary and Training Competitors are First Champions Crowned of the 2018 USEA AEC

United States Eventing Association

Rails were falling in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary division, but each of the top three had one rail apiece so their placings remained unchanged, and Madelyn Floyd was able to lead the victory gallop aboard her own Clementine, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare (Carrico x La Belle) – making her journey from Washington well worth it. “She’s a really good jumper, so I tried to stay out of her way,” explained Floyd. “I tried to give her her head, let her do her thing, and keep the tempo the same.”

Read whole story here.

Posted August 2018

Isabella Gunningham & Calicool, Harper Click & Rubia, Coach John Camlin, and Callia Englund & Xyder. Photo courtesy of Callia Englund.

Isabella Gunningham & Calicool, Harper Click & Rubia, Coach John Camlin, and Callia Englund & Xyder. Photo courtesy of Callia Englund.

Silver Medals & New Friends: Callia Englund’s NAYC Debut

By Callia Englund

We have enjoyed following Callia Englund’s journey to the 2018 North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Eventing, took place during The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 18-22, in Kalispell, Montana — read her original blog entry here. The 15-year-old from Enumclaw, Washington, put in a lot of hard work to represent Area VII in the CCIJ1*, and it paid off in a team silver medal — congrats, Area VII! She reports back with this memoir of her NAYC experience. 

Read her story on Eventing Nation.

Posted August 2018


Alina Patterson wins the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award

Congratulations to Young Rider, Alina Patterson and her beautiful Freddy for winning The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award this weekend at Rebecca!

This award, given to a Junior or Amateur rider entered in the Training level divisions, provides incentives for riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country technique, and educates riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe riding across country. She received a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag.


posted july 2018

Callia Englund and Xyder at the 2018 North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Callia Englund and Xyder at the 2018 North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The Road to AEC: Achieving the Unexpected

By Callia Englund

Four years ago I was just a 12-year-old girl with big dreams. I had done schooling shows on my pony who didn’t really like jumping so it was time to buy my first event horse. We found Xyder, a 4-year-old, 15.1 hand, inexperienced, Cheval Canadien (a breed we had never heard of), gelding located in Yoncolla, Oregon at Storybook Horse Farm.

Read whole story on the USEA website.

Posted July 2018

Callia Englund and Xyder are representing the combined Area IV and VII team here at the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships. All photos by Lisa Slade.

Callia Englund and Xyder are representing the combined Area IV and VII team here at the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships. All photos by Lisa Slade.

Xyder, Lover Of Cross-Country And Snacks, Puts In Personal Best Test At NAYC

The Chronicle of the Horse

When Callia Englund got Xyder four years ago, she was 12, and the horse was 4. The pair did their first beginner novice together, the first for both of them. Then they just kept going up the levels—and going, and going.

After they successfully contested their first preliminary last September, Englund and her trainer, Anni Grandia, started thinking, just a little bit, about aiming for this year’s Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm.

“Over the winter, my trainer, she’s really good friends with Tamie Smith in Temecula, California, so she worked out a thing where I could work for Tamie and go down and try to get my qualifications,” said Englund. “We were going to see how it went—if we got [the qualifications] and were able to do the one-star, and that went well, that would be great. We were so lucky it was able to happen.”

When you see Xyder, who’s a Cheval Canadian, go, you might notice he doesn’t possess the build of a traditional event horse. He stands at 15.1 hands, and he’s earned the occasional barn nickname of “Fat Boy.” But it’s never bothered him or his rider.

“He’s always been a super honest jumper,” said Englund. “We’ve had some difficulties in dressage because of his build and stuff, but going up the levels some people had a lot of doubts because of his height and build, but he’s never shown any difficulty. He’s always liked it since the beginning.

Read the whole article here

Posted July 2018

Congratulations to our Area VII NAJC 1*Team!

Callia Englund and Xyder, Isabella Gunningham and Calicool, and Harper Click and Rubia!

These three talented pairs worked their hind ends off to qualify to represent Area VII in this year’s NAYC 1* at Rebecca Farms! Commitment, perseverance, and a little luck combined with their super ponies, helped these three combinations get the job done! Way to represent ladies! We are very proud of you and look forward to cheering you on!


posted june 2018

Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising rode with confidence to win the Aspen Farms CIC**. Photo by Jo Arlow Photography.

Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising rode with confidence to win the Aspen Farms CIC**. Photo by Jo Arlow Photography.

Winner Of The Week: Sophie Click Stands Out At Aspen Farms

The Chronicle of the Horse

"Sophie Click is used to standing out in a crowd. When you ride a Paint-Thoroughbred cross with plenty of chrome, being noticed is a fact of life. Hot Wheels has been Click’s steadfast partner through the levels since they joined forces in 2016, but when “Wheels” sustained a soft tissue injury last winter, Click’s mother, Amy Click, put out feelers for a new ride. They found Fernhill Rising (Cyrano—Tullys Eagles Wings, Coronea Eagle) in Alexandra Green’s barn. 

“My first impression of ‘Stan’ was that he was the nicest horse I’d ever sat on,” Sophie said. “He’s this gorgeous, tall, leggy, liver chestnut gelding, and when I first tried him I was a little intimidated. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not worthy of this horse.’ We didn’t get along at first. He was really used to Alex being his person, but I just spent time with him every day grooming and taking care of him, and eventually he settled in and opened up to me more. It turns out we’re a really good team.”

Read the whole article here

Posted June 2018

Madelyn Floyd and Tini. Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo.

Madelyn Floyd and Tini. Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo.

When Failure is More Important than Success

By Madelyn Floyd

“When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.” — John Green

I wish I had known how true this was 2.5 months ago, and I wanted to share that story with you.

On February 7th, I left my home for the east coast, with a spunky mare, a trailer full of clothes, and a heart full of dreams. I was going to attempt to qualify for the NAJYRC CCI1* this coming year, and I needed one more preliminary run plus a clear CCI1* run. I rode in the backseat of my friend’s Ram, quietly looking out the dark window at the life I was about to put on hold for the next 2.5 months.

Read her story on Eventing Nation.

Posted May 2018


First Low Score Awards, YR Social, and YR Booth & Gear!

Our first Low-Score awards will be given out at the May 25-27 Equestrian Institute Horse Trials. You are automatically entered!

Don't miss our first social featuring Marc Grandia and a cross-country jumps Q&A

What the h#%! is that jump? And WHY is it here? 
7:15 pm
Messmer Campsite (they have two reserved sites and a a gas fire pit!)
ICE CREAM with toppings will be served
Bring a chair and your questions


Pick up some Young Rider gear! 

Kim Oka-Myers (aka Madelyn's mom) will be selling YR Gear at the YR Booth all weekend long. And speaking of the booth, we always need volunteers to work! Please stop by the booth to sign up for an hour or two!

Posted May 2018

Callia Englund and Xyder in the Twin Rivers CCI1*. Photo by Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography.

Callia Englund and Xyder in the Twin Rivers CCI1*. Photo by Marcus Greene Outdoor Photography.

Road to NAYC: Area VII’s Callia Englund Is Chasing a Dream

Eventing Nation

Today we share a submission from Callia Englund, a 15-year-old from Enumclaw, Washington, who has been working hard to chase a dream of representing Area VII at the 2018 NAYC. She is a sophomore at Enumclaw High School who rides out of her own barn called Chateau Rodeo and trains with Anni Grandia and Kaili Lawrence. Best of luck, Callia! 

All of us have goals and dreams. All of us work as hard as we can to achieve those goals. We have many supporters along the way but also have people who do the opposite. But in the end it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks, you are what matters.

Read her story on Eventing Nation

Posted may 2018

USEA Area VII Young Riders

Submitted by Emmie Everett

The Young Rider program aims to encourage members (riders 21 and younger) to become involved in the sport of Eventing and continue that involvement into their adult lives. 

There are two parts to the Young Rider program: Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) and North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC).  Both of these programs functions in cooperation with the other with oversight provided by the Area Young Rider Coordinator.

YRAP was started by USEA in order to provide Novice through Preliminary level young riders a structured developmental process that gives riders the education and skills they need to progress through the levels and potentially into the ranks of NAJYRC.   

The goal of YRAP is to closely parallel the structure of the NAJYRC program and the developmental programs in order to familiarize riders with the format from the beginning. In order to accomplish this goal and provide additional educational competitive experiences, Area VII holds a Team Challenge Event in August in conjunction with the Caber Farms Horse Trials. The team selection process mimics that of requirements for the NAJYRC selection process. Young Riders are required to submit letters of intent and list qualifications qualify at horse trials, attend clinics and the YRAP summer camp. At the YRAP summer camp, team selections are made for the Team Challenge Event.  The Team Challenge Event provides Young Riders the opportunity to ride as a member of a team, participate in a mock “jog” in front of judges and work together with a goal of coming out on top.   Area VII uses the Team Challenge competition as a training ground for future NAJYRC candidates.  

Posted March 2018

Rule Refresher: Am I Qualified?

While 2018 season is getting underway, many competitors are getting ready to leave the start box for the first time this year while others are still planning out their goals for the season. Part of the goal-planning process is making sure you achieve the necessary qualifications to achieve those goals, so we’re taking a look at Appendix 3, Participation in Horse Trials, in this rule refresher. It defines the requirements for different divisions and the qualifications necessary for each level.

posted feb 2018

Know the Clean Sport Anti-doping Regulations

As an FEI athlete you are subject to Clean Sport anti-doping regulations for both your horses and yourself as an athlete.  You and your horses are very likely to be tested.  It is your responsibility to ensure you follow these regulations and a guide can be found at

posted jan 2018

517 Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) Update

A Minimum Eligibility Requirement is achieved by completing a Competition within minimum parameters of all round performance as follows:

  1. Dressage Test: not more than 67 45 penalty points (or 55%).

  2. Cross Country Test:

    • A clear round at obstacles (activating a maximum of one frangible device will maintain the MER result on Cross Country)

    • Not more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time in the Cross Country Test for one, two and three star level Competitions and 100 seconds in the case of four star level Competitions.

  3. Jumping Test: not more than 16 penalties at obstacles.

EVENTING RULES 25th Edition effective 1st January 2018

NOTE: All MERs obtained in previous years will be counted according to the rules in place at that time.

Posted January 2018

Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising at Fair Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sophie Click and Fernhill Rising at Fair Hill. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Congratulations Sophie Click!!!
2018 Emerging Athlete Eventing 25

Eventing Nation

2017 was a year of coast-to-coast success for 18-year-old Sophie Click as she earned the title of highest placed Young Rider in both the Fair Hill International CCI2* and Galway Downs International CCI2* on opposite ends of the country. For this achievement, she was kindly rewarded with a spot in the 2018 Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete Program.

Read her story on Eventing Nation.

Posted January 2018


2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention video series

Making Good Decisions with Max Corcoran

Click here to watch video

Max Corcoran has been grooming at the highest level of the sport for some of the world's top riders for nearly 20 years. She worked for the O'Connor Event Team for 11 years and has been to numerous Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, and many CCIs across the United States and Europe. Now a freelancer, Corcoran travels around the world as a groom and also teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA and USEF Developing Rider Programs. Corcoran gave a presentation at the 2017 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention with her tips, tricks, and advice on how to make good decisions when it comes to taking care of your horse.