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MAY 26, 2017
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 May 23 - Old Chthm
 May 23 - Huntgtn
 May 9 - Grtn House
 May 2 - Great Vista
 Apr 25 - Valinor
 Apr 25 - Larkin' Hill
 Apr 18 - GVRDC
 Apr 18 - GMHA
 Apr 11 - Mystic Vlly
 Apr 4 - Kent
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>> Larkin Hill HT, June 10th, is accepting post-closing date entries at all levels until Tues, June 6th! Please note this is not an extension of the closing date (CD); all CD criteria still apply as does the late fee. All avenues are still open - EventEntries, XEntry and Snail Mail. Please contact Erin at irishelk@outlook.com if you have any questions.

>> Valinor Farm HT will accept post entries ($25 late fee applies) thru June 5th. This is not an extension of the closing date.

>> Mystic Valley Hunt Club's Horse Trials on May 27th WILL BE HELD! MVHC is continuing to accept entries through Thursday, May 19.

>> EXCITING NEWS: Larkin' Hill has added a second recognized horse trials to the 2017 Area I calendar. Second event will be Sunday, October 1 ... make sure to save the date!

>> Grindstone Mountain Farm HT is still looking for volunteers. They are using the new eventing volunteers web site. It is super easy to use! You need to create a user name and password to get into the site, which will then allow users to sign up for any competition:

>> Erica Jarrell and Indra Rapinchuk-Souccar, please contact Joan Fleser at awards@area1usea.org regarding your Area Year End Awards.

>> MUST SEE TV!!! Of all the tv/cable shows out there, 60 Minutes did an episode about the Maryland Hunt Cup, the top American steeplechase. Just in time for the start of our Area I eventing season, it's a marvelous examination of racing over timber, which has many similarities to XC. Worth watching, both for the visuals from assorted camera angles, and for the information the experts they interview provide to the viewers. Very inspiring for us eventers, and revealing about aspects of completing a successful XC course or even just riding a horse!

>> Help our Area I Young Riders take the Road to Montana: Please donate to Support the Area I NAJYRC Teams

>> Will the following Year End Championship winners please contact me so we may send you your ribbon:
Drew Keller - !st Preliminary Adult Amateur
Caroline Day - 2nd Jr/YR Intermediate Rider
Kara Comeau - 1st BN Adult Amateur & 6th Novice Jr/YR
Thank you! Joan Fleser, jmfleser@gmail.com

>> Riga Meadow Combined Test, May 7, is accepting post-closing date entries at all levels until Tues, May 2nd! Please note this is not an extension of the closing date (CD); all CD criteria still apply. All avenues are still open - EventEntries, XEntry and Snail Mail. Please contact Erin at irishelk@outlook.com if you have any questions.

>> Are you brand new to the sport of Eventing? Or wondering about certain aspects of the sport? Check out Discover Eventing by the USEA to answer all your questions about the sport.

>> Young Rider Advancement Program Spring Tune Up Clinic with Jane Hamlin, April 23. See the YRAP section for clinic information.

>> Additional NAJYRC USEF Documents Require Action by Rider Candidates: All riders and horse owners are required to electronically sign Code of Conduct, all riders to declare their Area by March 1st, winter training sessions offered. See the NAJYRC section for all forms and detailed actions to be taken.

>> **IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NAJYRC RIDER AND GROOM CANDIDATES**: Per FEI and USEF Criteria for 2017, all qualifying criteria is required to be posted prior to the first Observation Event. Further to the 2017 FEI Criteria, each Area was assigned the task of further developing selection criteria standards for riders and grooms. Your Area I NAJYRC Selectors and Coach have been hard at work this past week creating the final criteria. See the YRAP and NAJYRC sections for details and additional documentation regarding these important changes.

>> NAJYRC 2017 FEI Selection Criteria - USEF Update: Details and forms for the 2017 NAJYRC FEI and CICOY Selection Procedures are now posted on the NAJYRC section.

>> YRAP Calendar Change and Announcement: The Tufts Seminar (Feb. 4) originally scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed due to a clash with a major conference and will be rescheduled most likely in March. We will keep you all posted once we have the new dates. Keep checking the Young Riders section for the latest happenings with YRAP and NAJYRC.
And make sure you renew your Area I YR membership via USEA online services. You'll need to be a current Area I YR member to participate in our 2017 program! Deb Meek, YR Coordinator

>> The Young Rider Advancement Program announces two new program for 2017. We are giving YRAP a boost with $5000 split between these two new programs to enable more YRs to access educational opportunities in clinics, camps in 2017. See the Young Riders section.

Continuing News:

>> Many have asked if there were a charity to donate to in George Murphy's memory. He was a great supporter of Windrush Farm so the family chose their therapeutic riding program. Contact info@windrushfarm.org or mail a check to:
Windrush Farm
479 Lacy St.
North Andover MA 01845
978-682-7855 Thank you!

>> Buy Dick Francis Mysteries, raise money for UNH XC Fund! Hard cover in bookshop-new condition, postpaid for $25 each. (Also a few paperbacks for $7 each). Please contact Sara at STARBERRY@SNET.NET and let her know which titles you would like or ask for the full list and she will tell you if available and where to send your check. Thanks!

>> 2017 NAJYRC Campaign - Kicked Off December 30: New Coach for Area I is Buck Davidson !!! Area I is honored Buck will be spearheading our Team of riders and grooms in their 2017 Road to Montana campaign. Area I Applications for rider and groom are on the NAJYRC and YRAP pages. This year the Team will have a special Team Training Camp at Buck's farm in PA and new for 2017, groom candidates will be eligible to bring their horses to the team camp. Get your completed application in before the Jan. 28th midnight deadline, and good luck! Deb Meek, Area I YR Coordinator

>> 2017 USEA Area I sanctioned events schedule now posted on the Competitions page.

>> 2017 Area I Scholarship information is now on the site! Click on the banner icon on this page (right column) or the dropdown menu item Awards under Events for more information and forms.

>> Area I is so happy to announce that Grindstone Mountain Horse Trials will be running in 2017! The spring and fall dates and location we loved for so many years as King Oak Farm are now the Grindstone Mountain dates and venue. Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginning Novice will all be run May 13-14 and September 9-10 in 2017. The Omnibus will be updated and we look forward to many more wonderful horse trials on this property. Please welcome Adria Pandolfini and her family to Area I eventing!

>> The Area Chair for 2018-2020 term is open. This position is a 3 year term working with the fantastic group of people who make up the Area I Council and work to make eventing in Area I the best it can be for competitors and organizers alike. The Chair is responsible for setting the calendar for future years, chairing council calls, and working closely with the treasurer, and Young Rider and Adult Rider Coordinators to manage their programs. The Chair also is the liaison between the National office and the local Area. The term starts December 2017. If interested, please contact Hilary DeAngelis at chairman@area1usea.org or 603-496-2677.

>> Eventing Nation reports on the progress of Friends of UNH XC!

>> Help the UNH XC course! The UNH horse trials is one of the oldest events in New England. For over 40 years, it has been running on the UNH campus. Area I competitors have been starting and ending their seasons at UNH Horse Trials, often using the fall trials after a season at one level as a testing ground for going up a level in their competition. Pony Clubs, Hunt clubs, dressage shows, camps, clinics and many of us individually use the UNH course frequently because of its convenient location and accessible layout. Itís vital part of our collective passion.

As with all public institutions, UNH is under budgetary pressure. The cross-country course, designed and built by the talented UNH alumnus Jim Gornall, is in need of updating and repair. Jim has been generous with his time and energy, frequently donating his time to help UNH.

It is time to both update and upgrade the cross country course, to include building an elementary level course to appeal to and attract even more competitors to the wonderful UNH campus and the equine sports we all love. The Friends of UNH Cross Country have organized to raise upwards of $50,000 to achieve this goal. Please consider making a donation today - you can donate two ways:


>> Denny Emerson writes: "The loss last week to eventing's Area I caused by the sale of King Oak Farm points up the stark reality that the greatest threat to eventing is the fragile financial existence of too many of the places which run the competitions. One of these event sites, the one at the University of New Hampshire, is currently trying to raise money to upgrade their cross country courses, and if there can be any silver lining in the loss of King Oak it can be the understanding that it still isn't too late to support these places like UNH that we still have.

So I hope we can understand that when we talk about the "they", as in "They need to improve Area I events," the "they" is really "us." Help out. Give money. Give support. The choice between having or losing these top events like UNH is ours to make."

10 + ways you can help upgrade the UNH XC Course:

Direct donations.
Barn challenge
Host an event
Bake sale/cook out
Used tack sale
Grooming/braiding for shows and events.
Stall cleaning
Open entries for schooling shows or lessons
Donate items for silent auction at the UNH Fall Event.
Donate your expertise by giving a clinic.
Pony Clubs cleaning stalls at rallies and events and donating to Friends of UNH XC as community service.

>> The West Newbury Riding Club has come through with a great donation of $709.86 from their Derby Cross proceeds for the revamping and rebuiding of the UNH cross-country course! Many thanks for the wonderful contribution!

Always Truisms:

>> REVISION TO REQUEST FOR AREA I TRAINER INFORMATION: If you are a trainer in Area I and are a member of the USEA*, please feel free to submit your information to be listed on the Links page. Just send an email to the webmaster and include your name, street address, email address, phone, web site, and instructional or specialty highlights about your business. Your information will be placed on the page of the state in which you reside/teach.

>> If you respond to any submission on the Area I web site, please, be aware that while we try to post only "legitimate" submissions, occasionally there may be something which turns out to be unethical or inappropriate (such as a clinic offering, schooling show listing, or classified ad). As with any other web site, it's your responsibility (and yours alone) to decide whether to pursue a listing or a response to your listing.

>> Photographers at events: Only official photographers are listed on the Area I site - these are professionals who have secured permission from the hosting organizer to shoot at the event. For liability and safety reasons, and other concerns, those who do not have permission from the event to photograph are not listed. If you want to know who unofficially photographed at an event, you need to contact the organizer directly.

>> If you know an Area I location which offers XC jumps/courses on which to practice, please email and they'll be listed at the bottom of the Links page.

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