The 2017 Area I $250 Educational Scholarship is posted!
We know that Mother Nature is being kind to us this year, so we are only easing into the New England winter and hope that everyone is still
enjoying working towards their 2017 Eventing goals. We are proud to be able to offer our members ten Educational Scholarships this coming year,
with two specifically earmarked for Professionals, two for JR/YR members and two for ARP participants.
These funds are to help you, our Area I members, with your growth and improvement through assistance funding clinics, lessons, judging clinics or
technical delegate training. Applications that are for cross-country usage fees, transportation costs, hotel expenses or competition and
coaching bills aren't eligible. However, we know just how much we spend on our continuing education and are confident that we'll have over 45
applicants again this year!
In addition to your application, you will submit an Area I Volunteer Form which can be for a volunteer activity you have completed in the January
1, 2017 - November 1, 2017 calendar year, or one in which you intend to complete.
Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to direct them to the Scholarship Committee. The deadline for this Scholarship Application is
April 15, 2017
Please direct any questions to Area1Scholarship@gmail.com.
SCHOLARSHIP: VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
When I applied for the Area I Scholarship money, I had two uses in mind. The first was to help me pay for a trip to Maryland to attend a
USEA course design seminar as an auditor. I am the horse show organizer at Course Brook Farm, and although I don’t have my license to
design the courses for our recognized horse trials, I do most of the design work for both the cross country and stadium at all of our
schooling shows. The design seminar was held at Waredaca and was run by Morgan Rowsell and Ana Schravesande. I thought that attending
this seminar would be a good way to further educate myself about course design, which in turn can only benefit competitors attending
schooling shows at Course Brook as well as helping my own competitive ambitions by giving me another perspective on how to ride courses.
As an auditor, I was able to participate fully in all the activities which included actually designing a Training Level course using the
Waredaca facility and jumps. The seminar touched on many design topics such as track layout, footing issues, terrain, appropriate
questions for each level, jump profiles, building materials, horse’s perspective, distances and space and use of numbering. There was a
hands on design section during which we broke into smaller groups and were asked to design a specific Training Level question given the
terrain. We also walked the Training and Prelim tracks with Ana and Morgan that were set for the event that was running over the weekend.
In addition, they were able to take us over to Seneca Valley where Morgan was the designer for an upcoming event so we heard his commentary
and thoughts on designing as it was happening! We also walked the stadium course and discussed design techniques here as well. And we got
up close and personal with some frangible technology and MIM clips. The whole experience was really educational and a lot of fun. For
all those thinking about getting licensed to course design or just looking to gain some insight, I would highly recommend attending one of
I was also able to put some of my scholarship money towards riding my own horse, Wiley, in a Buck Davidson Clinic hosted by Course Brook
Farm. I used this clinic to help me prepare to move up to Preliminary. The clinic ran over two days: the first day being stadium jumping
and the second cross-country. This was my first time riding with Buck and it was intense – in a good way. Buck is very easy going
personally, but the exercises he sets up are challenging and take you out of your comfort zone. Some of them were thought provoking: as a
warm up for cross country, he had us canter over a small log then halt in front of a skinny chevron about three strides away. “If you can
stop your horse, you can also make him go,” was the philosophy behind this. Many of the horses were confused at first wondering why we
were actually asking them to stop in front of a fence. But sure enough all we had to do was ask them to go, and they all jumped
beautifully. It was especially fun watching the hot shot BN jrs tackling some tricky Training questions! Buck has a way of making you
feel like things are no big deal (even the large Prelim table looming in the field that we have been cantering by and around for several
years thinking, “I will never do that”). Well, guess what, we did it! I felt quite accomplished and a bit braver after this clinic.
Hopefully, he will be back next year, and I am looking forward to riding with him again.
Andrea Gagnon, Alfred, Maine
Receiving the scholarship helped me greatly improve Lenny's canter, balance and dressage scores! I used the money to have multiple lessons
in a week instead of just one a week. Working with Matt Baillargeon & Lauren Atherton we were able to reinforce the previous lesson. My
canter is still a work in progress, but I reached my goal this summer of improving my dressage score, moving up to Training AND having a
more balanced canter. As we all know, flatwork is the key to being successful over fences. I highly encourage people to apply for the
scholarship as the rewards are numerous!
Kimberly Compton DiCostanzo, AKA "K.C."
A popular slogan is "Having a baby changes everything." And, well, they're right. After a very scary pregnancy, our second child, a son,
was born 2 months premature at the end of January. Fortunately he is completely healthy and just fine, but the seemingly endless hospital
stays and subsequent doctor visits take a toll on one's mental and emotional health.
While I work with horses for a living, having a helping hand and a chance to focus on my own horse after such an ordeal was a breath of
fresh air. I was able to have some concentrated lessons with my coach, Heidi White, to get myself back in the game and bounce back faster.
With her help and the Scholarship, I was competing again well ahead of schedule and feeling more and more like myself every day.
I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee and Area I for allowing this scholarship to happen - it was a wonderful boost that is so
Well, first and foremost I would like to thank Area I for providing educational and experience based scholarships to the participating
members among our Eventing community. This is a wonderful opportunity that provides recipients with the means to seek that much more
exposure during the season.
Although I have taken a brief hiatus from Eventing, the education and goals I pursue for myself and horses have not. My intentions for
the scholarship, if received, were to seek out some long overdue instruction. Life has changed over the last couple of years including
having our first child Brynleigh, resigning from a job I loved and moving an entire farm across the state and starting from scratch. Our
two horses have had a lengthy vacation during this process so I thought completing an event would be challenging this year considering the
circumstances. As scheduled, my husband would be away at work all summer so I made the ultimate decision to focus on the flatwork and do
the best I could with Brynleigh in tow. Off to DQ land I went.
I sought out instruction from Suzi Gornall, whom I have had great success with my horses in the past. The idea of using funds for
instruction may be simple to some but there is lengthy planning in attending and coordinating the trek to said lessons. Suzi frequently
teaches out of Hurricane Hill Farm in Chichester, about an hour from our new home. No big deal right? Just throw the mare in the trailer
and go, but it's not that simple with a tag-along toddler. I certainly became creative in keeping Brynleigh safe and entertained as I
rode. My mare Moon, who has been fairly allergic to the sandbox, surely was favoring her vacation time and ultimately expressed her
opinions frequently. Moon came off the track and prefers her racing days of being long, flat and strung out. It is super challenging for
her to balance and would prefer pulling herself along and balancing on her very petite rider. Obtaining proper balance without some
fractious meltdown is a milestone in itself. Suzi, being my eyes from the ground has the innate ability to figure out these challenging
mounts. The focus throughout the summer was asking Moon to become smaller in her outline and ground covering gaits, keep all of her parts
organized, and straightness and engaged in balance and mind.
Consistency is the key to success! I left each lesson with serious homework. Each day in between lessons, I would pack up the trailer,
Brynleigh and Moon and ship across town to ride, where generous friends of ours have opened up Kingsbury Hill Farm to utilize. I was
also able to test my progress with Moon at local dressage schooling shows and several USDF recognized shows, even earning our first
qualifying score on a very long term goal towards a bronze medal.
I am so thankful for the tremendous support from Area I and the opportunity that this scholarship has provided me. I am equally thankful
to all of the people who helped me along the way throughout the summer. From holding Moon or watching Brynleigh during warm-up or a test
the equine community never ceases to amaze me with their undo support. Thank you all!