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MAY 3, 2015
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Opening reminder:
 Apr 28 - Larkin' Hill
 Apr 28 - Valinor
 Apr 21 - GVRDC
 Apr 21 - GMHA
 Apr 7 - Mstc Vly
 Mar 31 - Kent
 Mar 31 - Htchg Pst
 Mar 24 - King Oak
 Mar 17 - Riga Mdw
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Recent News:

>> King Oak Farm needs fence judge volunteers for the Spring Horse Trial, May 9-10. If you are available please contact Judy, Show Secretary, at 413-330-6752 or JAZKOF@Hotmail.com. Remember we can't do this without your help!

>> King Oak HT entry status

>> Unfortunately, due to heavy winter snow cover and spring rains, the footing at the Kent Stables on Skiff Mountain will not sustain any competition equine traffic. As a result, we have had to cancel the May 17, 2015 Kent School Spring Horse Trials. We are in the process of returning complete entry fees at this time and apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you and your horse. In the meantime, may we suggest that you consider entering the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Trials in Gales Ferry, CT, hosted by Sally Hinkle Russell on May 23, 2015.

We are very disappointed that these circumstances beyond our control have necessitated this cancellation and hope you will return to Kent School Fall Horse Trials on October 4, 2015 and Kent School Spring Horse trials 2016! Thank you, in advance, for understanding our predicament.
Respectfully yours, Ray Denis, Organizer

>> It is with deepest sadness that the USEA reports that Jack Leary passed away the morning of April 25th. Jack was a long time Area I resident, upper level rider, official and supporter of the sport. See Jack's obituary.

>> PLEASE NOTE: Larkin' Hill June 14 HT is NOT offering off-site stabling. EventEntries mistakenly listed off-site stabling as an option and it is in the process of being removed.

>> Eric Smiley clinic date change: June 25-26 is the correct date for the Eric Smiley clinic at Black Brook Farm in Carlisle, Mass. See the Clinics page for details.

>> Stuart HT partners with Equestrian Events, Inc.

>> King Oak HT is extending accepting entries in all divisions until Sunday, April 26th. Closing date remains April 21st, so scratches must be submitted by then as per USEA rules. Preliminary questions all have options, i.e. corners, skinny/narrow & water. All courses designed with "Not Everyone Wintered in Ocala"! The course is snow free and wintered well, so come join KOF on Mother's Day weekend and get your horse out for a great start to the Area I Eventing Season.

>> GMHA will celebrate the passing of the wonderful Barbara Marks on Wednesday night, June 10, with stories and praise for her longstanding love of Dressage and GMHA. Everyone is welcome, including GMHA Adult Clinic attendees (see the Clinics page for details).

>> Riga Meadow Combined Test (May 2nd) is accepting post-closing date entries until Tues, April 28th (through EventEntries and XEntry). Please note this is not an extension of the closing date...all CD criteria still apply. Please contact Erin Keehan with any questions. (Also, mailing address was changed post-printing of the omnibus. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact Erin at irishelk@outlook.com).

>> There are still a few slots available for junior riders in the April Boot Camp at Apple Knoll Farm, April 19-23. Young Riders members receive a $50 discount. See the Clinics page for details.

>> ATTENTION UNH COMPETITORS: all levels and all phases will run on SATURDAY, April 25 ONLY. UNH is also NOT going to run the Preliminary level. Beginner Novice and Training, including Preliminary/Training will run as scheduled, all three phases, on Saturday, April 25. Novice and Novice/Training will run all phases on Saturday, April 25. If the change in schedule for N or N/T riders will prohibit you from competing, please contact UNH's secretary, Liz Johnson, ASAP. Also, please notify Liz if you are eligible for any of UNH's special awards: TIP, ACPS, UNH Rider/Alum, USPC or if you are a college rider (at any college, to be included in our Collegiate Team Challenge).

>> Slots still available in the Daniel Stewart at Larkin' Hill, April 18-19. See the Clinics page for details.

>> GMHA offers many scholarships to young riders.

>> The Adult Rider Program section will be updated soon for 2015, but in the meantime, check out the Stressless Competition Clinic offered on April 12.

>> The 2015 Area I Scholarships are now being offered! Access the information anytime via the banner link on the right side of this page.

>> NOTE CHANGE IN OMNIBUS LISTING for Kent School Spring HT: When the Spring USEA Omnibus was printed it included all of the information about last fall's Kent School Horse Trials and NOT the correct information for the spring HT, including a change of secretary. See the online Omnibus listing for correct information.

Kent School Spring Horse Trial competitors, please specifically
note three changes from the printed 2015 Spring USEA Omnibus and the correct,
up-to-date on line listing as follows:
 
Change of Secretary
Liz Johnson
141 Tuck Drive, Fremont, NH 03044
phone 774 217 0302 - e-mail OnTheBitEvents@gmail.com
 
Change of Officials
TD: Katherine Cooper, NH (r)
Judges: President Ann Marie Gregoire, MA (r)
Dressage Judges: Willette Brown, FL (r) Keith Angstadt, MA (r)
Stadium: Beth Stoltz, CT (R)
CD: CX: Ronan Maloney (r) SJ: Linda Smith
 
Dressage:
All T - 2014 Training Test B - Sm.

>> Valinor Farm will NOT be offering a 2-phase competition along with the horse trials in June.

>> The Area I Council wishes to express most sincere condolences to Indra Rapinchuk-Souccar on the loss of her beloved mare Dream Girl, aka Abby, at the Full Gallop Horse Trials on February 4th. We wish Indra a speedy and full recovery from her own injuries.

>> The 2015 Area I Annual Meeting recap. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope everyone had a great time!

>> Changes to the 2015 provisional USEA sanctioned event calendar: King Oak changed it September date to 12-13, and Larkin' Hill is adding an event on September 6.

>> The Area I Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the 2014 Area I Scholarship Awardees: Margaret Hutchison, Jennifer Clapp, Kim Tester, Lindsay Schaffer, Melissa Baumann, Kelly Latin, Ashley Taylor, Amy Jenne, Sorcha Martin, Adriana Nannini. The committee aplogizes for not providing this information in a timely manner, and assures it won't happen in 2015! Congratulations to the 2014 recipients!

Continuing News:

>> 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!

>> Stuart Horse Trials announces Equestrian Events, Inc., as new organizer beginning in 2015. Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is partnering with Stuart Horse Trials to organize the Stuart event in Victor, NY, starting in July 2015.

>> Did you attend the Area I Championships at GVRDC this year? If so, we would love to hear from you! Your story could be featured in an upcoming special Championships issue of Optimum Minutes. Please send an email to newsletter@area1usea.org with your name, your horse's name, what division you competed in and anything else you'd like to share about your Championship experience.

>> Please join us in welcoming Suzanne Adams as the new Area I Adult Rider Program Coordinator. Katie Murphy is stepping down as ARP Coordinator and we appreciate all she has done to provide a fabulous experience for ARP members. Best wishes to Katie, and many thanks. Suzanne's contact information is now on the Contacts page.

>> 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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