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DEC. 8, 2016
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Recent News:

>> 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.

>> 2017 Area I Annual Meeting will be held January 8, 2017. Details to follow.

>> 2016 Year End Awards criteria now available. See the Awards Criteria page for details.

>> Young Riders: apply for the Amy Tryon Grant! Also, a reminder for E-18 riders. See the Young Riders section for details.

>> NAJYC announcements: Carol Mayo, Area I's gold medal Chef d’Equipe, has agreed to an expanded role as NAJYRC Coordinator (and Chef) for 2017.
ALSO: Area I is now accepting bids for the 2017 + NAJYRC Coaching position. The bid process is now open to qualified ICP III candidates. Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by October 24, 2016, just 11 days away!
More information about both announcements is in the Young Riders section, including the YR Coach Application.

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

>> 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 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!

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> End of an Era! KOF September Horse Trial Canceled. King Oak Farm is in the process of sending out refunds. Entries are being returned and credit card payments are being refunded. Thank you all for supporting this wonderful all event.

>> We are very sad to announce that after over 30 years, the King Oak Farm Fall Horse Trials has been cancelled due to the sale of the farm. We wish Fran and Tom the very best in the future, and are hopeful that the new owners will run a horse trials in 2017, but at this time, they are unable to put on the competition. Your entries will be returned.

>> 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:


Continuing News:

>> Area I Young Riders BRING HOME THE GOLD at the NAJYRCs!!! Read details about our team's success on the YR LIVE! section.

>> 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

>> Stuart Horse Trials ends!

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>> 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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