As I write this, the Winter of the Frozen Tundra is going on outside in all its various shades of dreary grey. With such a desolate backdrop, it seems surreal to be touting an outdoor equestrian sport, but such is the reality of our fickle climate!

Entries for the 2018 Derby and Derby Within a Derby open March 12. Through April 12, they will be offered at a discounted price. From April 13 through April 16, they will cost an additional $15.00. Stabling for Derby entries are included at Lamplight Equestrian Center. One night stabling for the Derby Within a Derby will be available.

Derby divisions offered are Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary/Training. The latter division, new this year, will offer the 2018 USEF Preliminary Test A, one jump round at Training height and a second round at Preliminary height.

Derby Within a Derby, Starter and Beginner Novice entries will all ride the 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A, Novice will ride the 2018 USEF Novice Test, and Training the 2018 USEF Training Test. This is the first event in Area IV to offer the new 2018 Dressage  tests which can be found on the Derby website

Returning this year are the popular  “extras” that make the Derby special. The Ride A Test before a USEF judge and supervised jump schooling take place on Friday, 4/20. Beginner Novice, Novice and Training divisions will again offer best score awards to T.I.P. (Thoroughbred Incentive Program) eligible Thoroughbreds presented by The Jockey Club. Sunday will feature the Move Up Challenge, a successful addition last year, that gives ruders the chance to jump a course at the level above their entry. Shoppers can indulge their passion at Little Fox;s lovely vendor area.

Prize lists and Entry Blanks will be available on the Derby website along with more detailed Derby information.


Area IV Annual Meeting and Educational Forums February 10, 2018

Mark your calendar, and watch this space for more information!  The Annual Meeting, including the Awards Ceremony, and Educational Forums will be held in the Kansas City Area.  The theme of the Forums is Technology for the Horse.   Watch this space for a list of presenters and topics.

Leaderboard inquiries are due by December 27th.

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Young Rider Year End Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Area IV Young Rider members who will be receiving awards at the February 10th, 2018 USEA Area IV Annual Meeting in Kansas City.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Cynthia Wiseman to arrange receipt of your award. 

Area IV Young Riders will be presenting awards to the top 8 riders at each level, top 8 Overall Young Riders, Virtual Teams as well as special awards for the individuals who reached fundraising levels.

Virtual Team Awards
Champions: Area 4's Angels:  Jes Skudlarek, Zoe Schroeder, Abigail Brawley
Reserve: Team Midwest Is Best: Nicole Hetzel, Clare Price, Grace Peters
3rd: High Flyers: Lawson Tunnell, Paige Thorson, Kaleena Dudek

Young Rider Top Fundraisers
Melanie Rousseau, Lilly Geelan, Kristine Burgess, Zoe Schroeder, Jes Skudlarek
Isabella Marchioretto, Ceara Mulvey, Gabriella Yashinksy, Nicole Hetzel, Lawson Tunnell

Young Rider Leaderboard
Overall Champion: Elena Hengel
Overall Reserve: Kristine Burgess

Complete Leaderboard Results


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USEA Area IV Young Riders Excel at National Championships

By Lisa Schroeder, Resident Contributor: Barrington Hills Life Magazine; December 2017

Lily Geelan, Independence, MN and Melanie Rousseau, Barrington Hills, IL, represented the United States Eventing Association Area IV at the 2017 North American Junior Young Rider Championships in Kalispell, MT. The pair competed at the CICOY** Level and were partnered with Cornelia Dorr from Area I on a scramble team. Together, these young ladies brought home Team Gold in the CICOY**.

Melanie rode her 11- year old thoroughbred, Sullivan at her third Young Rider championships. She is a graduate of Barrington High School in Barrington, IL. Melanie is attending Roanoke College studying international business. In addition to the national championship win, she and Sullivan have had a very strong season at very competitive events. They completed Rocking Horse, Roebke's Run and Carolina International at the Intermediate Level and have a strong 11th place finish at Fair Hill CIC**

Complete Article

Area IV Young Riders Welcome Allison Springer as Coach

Numerous 2018 Clinic Opportunities Offered in Area IV

The Area IV Young Riders program is excited to add Allison Springer to our educational arsenal for 2018.  Allison has accepted the position as the 2018 Area IV Young Riders Coach. She is a native of Area IV and is excited about building our program at the grass roots level.

Allison's focus is on education of horse, rider and horsemanship skills. She will bring her knowledge to clinics throughout Area IV in 2018.  Along with riding instruction, Allison will address horsemanship skills such as conditioning, post-cross country care, the jog, grooming tricks of the trade and more.

March 17/18, 2018
North Brook Eventing Center
Stillwater, MN

April 7/8, 2018
Stone Ridge Eventing
Miller, MO

April 21/22, 2018
North Brook Eventing Center
Stillwater, MN

Allison is an accomplished CCI4* rider and has a long list of accolades including top placing American at Rolex CCI4*  in 2012, Best Conditioned Horse Award Rolex 2012, alternate for London Olympics and has been named to the High Performance World Class Training List.

Numerous equestrians throughout Area IV have had the opportunity to ride with Allison Springer due to her dedication to Pony Club. They have found her to be patient, encouraging and enlightening.

Area IV is excited about the future of the Young Rider Program from the lower levels up through the FEI levels as well.

Learn more about Allison Springer


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