Our Area may be small, but our dedication and commitment to Eventing was demonstrated over and over again at the USEA year end appreciation awards
presented Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the USEA Convention in Cincinnatti: Congratulations to the the following Area I members who were
presented with awards!
President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Kyra Stuart
Area I Council announces new Area I Treasurer. Please join the Area I Council in welcoming George Cheney as the new Area Treasurer. George
replaces Michelle Brochu who leaves us after 18 years. MORE ABOUT GEORGE
Governors Cup: Michelle Brochu
Andrew H. Popiel Memorial Trophy: Fernanda Kellogg
Cornerstone Instructors Award: Michelle Brochu, Jocelyn Hawe, John Bourgoin
Groom Awards: Amateur-Roger Demers; Professional-Martine Sandoval
Vintage Cup: Rick Caldwell
SmartPak Equine, Stackhouse, and Fleeceworks Classic Series Sweepstakes
Fleeceworks: P3D-Jocelyn Hawe
Stackhouse: P3D-Jocelyn Hawe
SmartPak: P3D-Jocelyn Hawe
Congratulations to John Bourgoin, 2013 recipient of the USEA's Cornerstone Instructor's Award! The award goes to grass roots, lower-level
instructors around the country. John has competed up to the Advanced level and brought along multiple horses in the sport. This season, he
moved his current horse, Fernhill Ballinaboola aka Billy, up to Preliminary after winning the Area I Training Championship. John runs
Arbrook Farm with his wife, Alice, in North Ferrisburgh, VT, and teaches countless children and adults how to ride and take care of their
horses. He’s been an instructor for the Charlotte (Vermont) Pony Club for 36 years, teaches at the Area I Young Rider Clinic every summer,
has served for years as an Area I Young Riders selector and helps to prep and coach our young riders at the GMHA Novice/Training three-day.
As per Susan Merle-Smith, who nominated John for this award, “You cannot go to a Horse Trials with John without people coming up and thanking
him for their start in the sport, or for the time he helped them in a warm-up even though he wasn't their regular instructor, or for finding
a horse for them. Over the years, many of John’s students have gone on to bigger things in the sport, but rarely better."
USEA Area I sanctioned event schedule for 2014 is still being tweaked. Final version should be posted soon. Area I Championships, for all
levels, will be held at GVRDC HT.
Just in time for the holidays! Order your 2014 Area I Eventers Calendar from Flatlandsfoto. The 2014 calendar is filled with photos from
the 2013 eventing season. On the inside back cover, you will find a copy of the 2014 Area I USEA competition schedule. The calendars sell
for $20 each with $5 from each sale donated to the Area I Adult Rider Program. Shipping is $5 per order.
calendar or email Joan@Flatlandsfoto.com for more information.
Congratulations to Area I rider Ariel Grald for being named to the "25 and under developing riders' list" by the USEF! Grald, from
Randolph, VT, earned a "talent scouted" spot on the list, with her mare LBF O'Leah's Image, an 8-year-old Irish sport horse mare. Leah
was bred in the U.S. and she is by the formerly NH-based Irish draught stallion, Credillo. Ariel's mother, Carol Rittenhouse, acquired Leah as
a weanling and Ariel has trained and ridden the mare ever since. Although Rittenhouse tragically passed away last May, Ariel keeps the mare
registered in her mother's name, to honor Carol's never-flagging commitment to Ariel and Leah's partnership.
Area I Council announces new Area I Chairman: Please join the Area I Council in welcoming Hilary De Angelis as the Area Co-Chair. Hilary
was voted in by the Council and will act as Co-Chair for the next year, moving on to the Area Chair position (with BOG approval) when Heidi's
mandatory 3 year term ends in 2015. More about Hilary.
Did you compete at the 2013 AEC's in Texas? Optimum Minutes would like to hear from you! Send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about you, your horse, division entered, final placing and
any other interesting details about your experience. You could be featured in an upcoming issue of Optimum Minutes!
Join fellow Area I eventers at the 2014 Area I Annual Meeting! This year, it will be held Jan. 12th in Northampton, MA. You can
register via the text link under the flashy snowman at the top of this page. Guest speaker is the informative and entertaining Daniel Stewart,
who will discuss how to pressure-proof your riding. Great food, great awards, great camaraderie for all!
Spots still available at the Sinead Halpin clinic, Nov. 16-17, at Apple Knoll Farm. See the Clinics
page for details.
The Area I Council is delighted to announce that the 2014 Area I Championships for BN-P will be hosted by GVRDC at their August event!
Wezo Pierson and team are excited to take on the challenge of creating a wonderful experience for the championships this coming year – there
will be fabulous prizes, courses designed by Jeff Kibbie to be run over the rolling fields of Western New York State, a special welcome for
the championship participants and great competitors' party. Stay tuned for a short presentation at the Area I meeting in January and start
thinking about a trip to the Genesee Valley in August!
Area I riders compete at the Classic Long Format Novice 3-Day Event at Waredaca in Maryland, October 24-26: Susan Boquist riding Class Act
finished in 3rd place and Kim Tester riding Corona in 4th place. They each ended on their dressage scores having gone clean for all jumping
phases: Steeplechase, XC, and Stadium, as well as no time penalties. Susan was on the winning team and was awarded special recognition for
having the oldest horse in the competition (21) and low score Novice thoroughbred. Kim received an award as the Master Amateur Rider with the
lowest scoring gelding. Congratulations to both riders!
Area I's Jocelyn Hawe won the Classic Long Format Preliminary 3-Day Event at Lexington, Kentucky, at the Hagyard Midsouth 3-Day & Team
Challenge event. Jocelyn rode her 18 year old Irish Sport Horse, Going Going Gone. They were the only ones in the competition to go
double clear on cross country day and stadium, thus finishing on their dressage score. This classic long format competition was the only one
in the country at the Prelim level this year. Congratulations Jocelyn!
More AEC Area I News: Catherine Meehan is the ONLY rider from Maine who placed extremely well at the AECs on her horse Mustang Molly,
who is truly a mustang. Catherine rides at Green Acres Stables in Madbury, NH. Another rider from Green Acres, who had to go XC in the
monsoon, is Taylor Phoenix on American Fable. Congratulations to both Area I eventers!
For years, the Clinics page has listed all clinics for each year, including those which had
already occurred. We would like to discontinue this, and list only those clinics which have not yet happened. If you have a strong opinion
on this either way, please let the webmaster know.
AEC Area I News: Tess Lipsky 13, from Kildare Stables in Millbrook New York, placed 4th and 10th in the BN under 14 division with her ponies Angel and
Fenniscourt Boy at the American Eventing Championships. Also at the American Eventing Championships Anna Duggan, 14, also from Kildare Stables in Millbrook,
New York, placed 11th in the BN Junior division on her pony Buster Keaton and also 18th in the very competitive Novice Junior Division on her pony Instant
Impact. Congratulations for jobs well done!
The USEA Appreciation Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for awards.
Erica Jarrell, 14, from Harmony Horse Stables in Littleton, MA put in a strong showing as an Area I Young Rider, placing 7th and 10th in the Beginner
Novice Horse division with her pony Dream Come True and her horse SBF Holiday Spirit (bred at Area 1's Stonybrook Farm), at the American Eventing
CORRECTION: UNH official photographer is Cindy Arendt.
Congratuations to Katie Murphy, Area I's new Adult Rider Coordinator! And many thanks to outgoing coordinator Mary Ann Fernandez, who has done a
spectacluar job with the program. Contact information now on the site.
Area I is in the process of appointing a new Area Chairman to replace Heidi Beaumont, who has done a tremendous job during her stint in that position.
The Nominating Committee seeks three volunteers (a professional, a competitor and an organizer) to assist determining who the new chairman will be.
Please contact Carol Kozlowski at email@example.com if you would like to participate - thanks!
NEWLY CREATED USEA Area I Logo Store!!! Buy merchandise with the Area I Logo on it. Purchasing is easy:
For first time users, set up an account, THEN go back to the Home page by clicking on the Area I logo. (This ensures that you get any special discounts
The next time you shop, just hit the SHOP NOW button and you will automatically get to the shopping page and any discounts will be applied to your
order. HAPPY SHOPPING!!
When filling out online forms for clinic and show listings, please follow the instructions in the forms for data format; they're clear and in
bright red. We're sorry but time is too tight to fix improper submissions, so incorrect ones simply won't be posted. Thank you.
Please check your data input (ie, typing) when you submit your phone and email in ads and bulletin board notices; these submissions are
automatically processed and not reviewed by hand, so if there's a typo, folks might not be able to reach you.
How to Be a Volunteer, sponsored by ENYDCTA and NEDA.
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