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MAY 1, 2016
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 Apr 26 - Larkin' Hill
 Apr 26 - Valinor
 Apr 19 - GVRDC
 Apr 19 - GMHA
 Apr 12 - Mystic Vlly
 Apr 5 - Kent
 Mar 29 - Htch Post
 Mar 22 - King Oak
 Mar 15 - Riga Mdw
 Mar 15 - UNH
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Recent News:

>> 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. It’s 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:


>> Attention Adult Rider Program members! The closing date to participate in the Virtual Team Challenge is this Friday (April 30th). There is no cost to enter but you must notify your intent to participate to adultriders@area1usea.org. For more information on this exciting new Challenge, see the ARP page in the Adult Riders section.

>> King Oak is still accepting entries in all divisions until Tuesday, April 26. But withdrawals must have been received by closing date, 4/19, to receive a refund.

>> The 2016 Area I Young Riders Camp Registration is now open!! This year’s camp returns to GMHA July 24-27, space is limited to just 45 riders. Top under saddle instruction from 5 of the best East Coast professional eventers: Carol Kozlowski, Stephie Baer, Jane Hamlin, Suzie Gornall and John Bourgoin. World class ground instruction from Technical Delegate Tim Murray, FEI Groom Max Corcoran and Top Tufts Vet Dr. Kate Chope. Lodging at Ascutney Mountain Resort, transportation provided and catered meals included – all for $675! Great fun, friendship and prizes (thanks to Shires Equestrian and KEP Italia Helmets) - it doesn’t get better than this! Don’t wait, REGISTER NOW!

>> May 1st Riga Meadow Combined Test is still accepting post-closing date entries until Tues, April 26. Both EventEntries and XEntry are available for entering. Please note, this is not an extension of the closing date; all CD criteria still apply. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Keehan at irishelk@outlook.com. Looking forward to having you join us!!!

ALSO: as long as the footing and weather holds, anyone entered in the Riga Meadow CT can sign up for XC schooling at the conclusion of the event (small ground fee applies; must be pre-entered to take advantage of this opportunity). Please contact Erin Keehan if you are interested.

>> Congratulations to the following recipients of this year's Area I $250 Educational Scholarships!:
Erika Hendricks, Lisa Davidson, Michelle McGillicuddy, Audrey Bean-Bailey, Ella MacMaster
Kimberly DiCostanzo, Emma Susan O'Connor, Madison Finley Blodgett, Andrea Anderson Gagnon, Cynthia Nixon

>> King Oak Horse Trial May 7 & 8 is still accepting entries in all division.

>> King Oak Farm needs fence judge volunteers for our Spring Horse Trail, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. If you can help, please contact Judy at jazkof@Hotmail.com.

>> A sad note for Area I eventers: Erin Keehan, secretary to many Area I sanctioned events, has lost her beloved dog, Duncan. Erin writes:

"Duncan (9/1999-3/2016) - Probably the most well-known dog in Area I, Duncan (Keehan) passed away on Tuesday, March 29. My little man lived a long (16 1/2 years), adventurous life, traveling with me throughout our eventing community and serving as the unofficial greeter at many events, shows and even some clinics. His presence is greatly missed and the coming season will now be one tinged with bittersweet memories. In honor of his wonderful personality, I will be sponsoring an annual memorial trophy in Duncan's name. I'm still working out the details and will share them with everyone once they are confirmed. Please hug your fur-children and let them know how much they are loved and appreciated ... I never let a day go by without letting Duncan know he was my sunshine, my everything. Thank you to everyone who has passed on their condolences. I look forward to seeing everyone real soon. ~ irishelk (aka Erin L Keehan)"

>> Help our expanded Young Rider Program in 2016! The Area I Council is searching for volunteers to assist with both the Young Rider Advancement Program and the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. You can make our 2016 Area I Young Riders more successful than ever!

>> 2016 NAJC/CICY Update: Hot off the presses of the USEF - registration site is now open. You need to register every horse you intend to qualify by May 15. See the NAJYRC page for details.

>> 2016 ICP Workshop Dates Announced: We have dates for the first ICP Workshop in 2016

Levels III/IV ICP Workshop
May 16-18, 2016
Stonehall Farm
3417 Landmark Road
The Plains, VA 20198
Contact: Sandy Cole, ocetoffice@gmail.com or 703-851-4289
Auditors are welcome, there is a standard daily auditing fee of $50.00.

>> YOUNG RIDER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AT NAJYRC – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! Each year at the national championships, the USEA offers the chance for Young Riders to enter into the Mentorship Program. It is an outstanding opportunity to learn from the best in one of the many areas of expertise in our sport from course designing to being an FEI Vet. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2016. See the subpages of the Young Riders section for details.

>> ATTN Young Riders: 2016 Deadlines Approaching for Rider and Groom Candidates! The deadline to have your $500 fundraising goal is April 1st that is just 16 days away! Please make sure your funds have been mailed in and received by George Cheney no later than April 1. Reminder that all riders and groom candidates must raise $500. Contact Deb at at youngriders@area1usea.org who is, as always, happy to help provide you ideas. Thank you to all of the candidates who have already met their individual fundraising goal.

>> REMINDER: The deadline for the Area I Educational Scholarships is coming up quickly. Again this year, Area I will be awarding ten $250 educational scholarships with two specifically earmarked for professionals! For more info, click on the Scholarship logo in the right-hand column, or check out the Scholarship page.

>> Attention King Oak HT competitors: if you enter the first 10 days including and after the opening date, you pay only $175 (plus USEA fees) instead of the regular entry price.

>> The 2016 Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) Calendar of Events is now posted.
ALSO: The 2016 NAJYRC Groom Applications are due April 1st. Don’t wait, submit now and join us in May and June for hands on training and fun with head groom for Area I 2016 NAJYRC Team, Bridgette Kuchta!

>> The first ICP Workshop in 2016 is now accepting participants: Levels III/IV ICP Workshop, May 16-18, Stonehall Farm, 3417 Landmark Road, The Plains, VA 20198. Contact Sandy Cole at ocetoffice@gmail.com or 703-851-4289. Auditors are welcome, there is a standard daily auditing fee of $50. Please contact Nancy Knight if you need any additional information.

>> 2016 Area I Scholarship information now posted! 10 scholarships of $250 each are offered to Area I qualifying members. You can access how to apply via the scholarship banner on the right side of this page.

>> In response to popular requests, in 2016, all clinics will remain listed even after the month in which they occurred has passed. That way, people can reference who taught when and where throughout the year, for scheduling and other purposes. We hope this helps!

>> Applications now being accepted to be a 2016 NAJYRC Team Groom. The Candidate Questionnaire and details are on both the YRAP and NAJYRC pages.

>> ATTN Young Riders: Tufts University Special Equine Educational Program now open to members of the Area I Young Rider Program Part of the new "Learn From The Best" 2016 YR Series. See the YRAP section for details.

>> Please fill out the survey regarding the Area I Annual Meeting, sent to your email address. Thanks for your input!

There are quite a few different types of bets you can place on upcoming Kentucky Derby horse race on May 7, but the easiest of all is to do a straight bet on your favorite horse for Kentucky Derby 2016.

Continuing News:

>> GMHA announces their new eventing organizer.

>> Area I Young Rider Advancement Program (YRAP) Invitation: Area I Training Level Young Rider members are invited to participate in a Training Level competition to be held in conjunction with the Mandatory Outing for Area I Young Riders Championship selection. In an effort to provide participation in educational opportunities for lower level Young Riders, this competition will present our developing riders an occasion to take part in an experience that may help them set goals for the future.
To All Up and Coming Young Riders: whether or not you choose to set your future goals toward joining the ranks of the NAJYRC, this will provide you with a firsthand look at your peers who have chosen to pursue that course. It is an opportunity to begin thinking about your role in this sport. Being the best Novice/Training rider you can be is significant goal to achieve. The Area I Young Rider program aims to serve all Young Riders who join. See the YRAP page for details.

>> 2016 ICP Symposia in Florida and California

>> Special Training Level Rider Opportunity at GMHA for 2017 + Championship Hopefuls

>> Congratulations to Sharyn Antico, who is Area I's new Organizer Representative! Many thanks to Mary Hutchins who has held that position on the Area I Council for over a decade!

>> Young Rider competition and qualifying information for 2016 have changed! See the Young Riders section for updates.

>> Area I invites all riders planning on qualifying for consideration of a place on the 2016 Area I NAJYRC team to submit the 2016 NAJYRC Questionnaire. Please read carefully and submit prior to November 30, 2015. This is not the formal “Intent To Qualify and Area Declaration” that will come in early 2016, rather this is for the coach, chef and selectors to identify those with thoughts and plans to qualify and helps as part of the planning process. See the Young Riders section for the questionnaire.

>> Stuart Horse Trials ends!

>> ATTENTION Young Riders: new Amy Tryon grant available to current active young and past active Young Riders ages between 16-25. See the Young Riders section for details. This is a gift of honor to recognize exceptional eventing potential. Deadline of November 5th for the applications.

>> IT'S HERE!!! Area I Merchandise now has the new Area I logo on it! Stock your closet and shelves, and find the perfect gifts for all your family and friends. You also contribute to Area I coffers when you make purchases from Amazon, linking through this site. Thank you!

>> Purchase your Area I logo'd clothing at the Area I store! Click on the icon in the left column on this page, under the map of all states forming Area I.

>> 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.
*The Area I February membership roster is being used to confirm your current membership with the USEA.

>> 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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