North American Youth Championships Team Selected to Represent Area IV

The Young Riders Program has selected eight riders and five grooms to represent Area IV at the North American Youth Championships to be held at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT July 24th-28th.

The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) competition is held annually in the summer. The NAYC is the pinnacle of a young rider's achievement. Teams from all areas of the U.S. as well as from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean are invited to compete in this international event. The championship models the format of the Olympic Games. In the Eventing competition, each area will send a team and/individuals to represent their area. From very early on, many young riders see this as a potential goal for themselves as they progress through the levels of competition.

NAYC is offered at the CCI-L** and CCI-S*** levels and runs under the rules and regulations of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Preparation for the NAYC requires advanced planning to meet qualifications within the FEI guidelines. The Event at Rebecca Farm has also added a Training 3-Day YR Team Championship to be held in conjunction with the event.

CCI3-S Team
Emma Fettig & Spanning the Globe (Lake Geneva, WI)
Greta Schwickert & Charles Owen (Mankato, MN)

CCI2-L Team
Brittney Anderson & Lennard (Maple Plain, MN)
Benjamin Noonan & Keep Kitty (Ballwin, MO)
Caitlyn Ruud & Up to You De Lorage (Franksville, WI)

T3D Team
Kate McGown & Encore (Mound, MN)
Mya Poulos & Guy’s Elegant Miss (Barrington, IL)
Annika Weisjahn & Wayward Son (Hugo, MN)

Olivia Caspers
Elizabeth Fettig
Myla Jensen
Emily Lehman
Meredith (Crew) Payton

Area IV Adult Rider/ Young Rider Team Challenge

Area IV Young Riders team up with Area IV Adult Riders in a 4 rider team competition at Otter Creek Farms Summer Horse Trials.

Sign up to participate in the 2019 Adult Rider and Young Rider Team Challenge held August 9-11 at Otter Creek Summer HT.

You can sign up an entire team or as an individual and we will help coordinate a team.

Sign up is free, but each team must include 1 YR or 1 AR member so help out your team and join at today under online services!

Prizes include Area IV coolers and C4 belts plus beautiful horse sashes and ribbons for your team

Want to get more involved?

Area IV is looking for a new Adult Rider Coordinator!

The Area IV board is now accepting applications, for the open Adult Rider Coordinator position, through July 7th, 2019. This position supports the Adult Rider Program which is aimed at increasing adult rider participation in evening by providing education, recognition, and offering communication and camaraderie. If interested, let us know why you would be a great fit for this position by emailing your bio to:

The USEA Adult Rider Program is for all adults, professional or amateur, ages 22 years and older. The program aims to include adults across all skill and experience levels in a supportive program that promotes education, communication, recognition, and just plain fun! The goal of the Adult Rider program is to increase adult rider participation in eventing by providing education, recognition, and offering communication and camaraderie.


  • Design and provide educational programs for adults.

  • Increase and encourage volunteer involvement and education.

  • Increase the number of adult rider participants in eventing.

  • Support the Area Adult Rider programs.

  • Address issues relating to the Adult Team Challenge.

  • Increase awareness of adult education funding opportunities.

  • Compile cookbook recipes to be sold by the Area Adult Rider committees for fundraising purposes.

  • Support the American Eventing Championships through riding or volunteering.


  • Select sites for Adult Team Challenges.

  • Expand Adult Team Competition by 15%.

  • Ensure that every program in the country offers adult riders an educational program.

Specific Area IV Adult Rider programs to date:

Lowest score award at every area IV horse trial (volunteer help in 2019 from Jana Lyle)

Adult Rider virtual team program (volunteer help in 2019 from Ali Kuhn)

Adult Rider Camp July Otter Creek Farm (volunteer help in 2019 from Lija Siltumens)

Adult Rider/Young Rider Team Challenge (volunteer help in 2019 from Jen Allen)

ATC coordination/swag

Year End Awards/prizes

Current ambitions for 2020

Adult Rider Clinic with Dom Schram in coordination with Area IV annual meeting Feb 2020 in St Louis

Adult Rider/Young Rider Camp Memorial Day weekend 2020 at Heritage Park

Job Description

The Adult Rider Coordinator for Area IV should have a vision for the programming alignment with the USEA goals listed above.  While I would love to see existing programs continue in some capacity all programming is at the discretion of the coordinator.  The incoming Adult Rider Coordinator should be open to creating additional fundraising, social and educational programs and modifying existing programs based on feedback from the membership.  Basic skills in Google Docs for running surveys to survey the membership and participants in different programs is very helpful.  Knowledge and use of social media (Facebook and Instagram currently) is also required.  Time commitment is a minimum of 50 hours per year but could be much more for an ambitious coordinator.  Recruiting help from other volunteers is a must to avoid burn out!  The ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple programs at the same time is also necessary.  I have found that the more prep work that you can do in the fall/winter/early spring the easier things run once the show season hits!  I am happy to provide mentorship and to continue to serve as a resource for the incoming coordinator.  Please direct any questions to

Kick off 2019 with New Area IV Apparel

Apparel is available through Squadlocker to declare your allegiance to USEA Area IV as well as to the Area IV Young Riders and Area IV Adult Rider Programs. Proceeds from the sale of Area IV merchandise benefit the Area IV Young Riders program to help build the future of eventing in the Midwest. Featuring a variety of short sleeve, long sleeve, zip pullovers, hoodies and jackets with the USEA Area IV logo, Area IV Young Riders logo or Area IV Adult Rider logo, the Area IV store is sure to have something you just must have. Hats, backpacks and duffel bags are available as well!

Shop Area IV

Get Excited!!

The Adult Rider Camp will be held at Otter Creek Farm in Wheeler, Wisconsin July 13th-14th, 2019 with Lillian Heard and Jessica Niles.

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Represent Area IV Adult Riders at the American Eventing Championships


Dechra Pharmaceutical is a proud sponsor of the Area IV Annual Meeting.


 Smart Tie Products & Woodloch Stable Partner with Area IV Young Riders

Area IV Young Riders are excited to announce new partnerships with Smart Tie Products and Woodloch Stables. 

Please welcome Smart Tie Products as a National Level Sponsor for the Area IV Young Riders Program. Their support will help fund programs for our youth at all levels in an effort to grow the sport of Eventing in Area IV.

Smart Tie provides numerous safe tying options for your horse including The Clip, The TetherRing and “Do Or Do Knot” Rope Halters.

Safe, versatile, and convenient, The Clip™ will change the way you tie your horses. Designed by horsemen with years of experience training horses, The Clip™ is designed to help safely tie horses that tend to pull back or panic when tied. The unique design provides resistance while allowing a release of pressure, so that a panicking horse can calm down while remaining safely tied.

Not only can The Clip™ prevent damage to property or injury to horses, but it is extremely convenient! Just a quick pull of the rope adjusts the length, and you can easily clip and unclip your horse without having to tie a single knot. You can also use The Clip™ to hang water buckets or hay nets, while camping or showing, and in the trailer.

"Do or Do Knot" rope Halters are made with your horse’s safety and comfort in mind, using high-quality rope to help prevent chafing on sensitive areas of your horse’s face. Whether you’re grooming, trail riding, or training, “Do Or Do Knot” Rope Halters are lightweight and easy to use. They are a “snap” to put on, without fussing with extra rope or buckles.

Visit or The Clip by Smart Tie on Facebook for more information or to purchase. 


The Area IV Young Riders are also excited to announce Woodloch Stable as a Regional Level Sponsor.   Woodloch Stable is based in Hugo, MN and provides numerous services to equestrians. In 1977, Dan and Elaine Ramberg opened Woodloch Stable with the intent of “putting some food on the table.” Woodloch began with 22 stalls, a truck and trailer, and a handful of good horses. Over a 40-year period, Woodloch has grown to 98 stalls for boarding, training, and lessons, as well as two indoor arenas (one heated), 2 outdoor arenas, a new cross-country area, a one-mile track for exercising and leisure riding, and a larger outdoor stadium arena that holds many horse shows and rodeos throughout the year.  Woodloch is currently operated by Bill and Ingvill Ramberg and offers English and Western lessons, full board facilities, training and a breeding program.

Ingvill Ramberg has selected a small herd of quality broodmares to produce foals from proven international bloodlines. The evolution of the Woodloch breeding program began with their foundation mare named Finale; from her, Woodloch has bred and raised over three generations of sporthorses with emphasis on correct conformation, trainable temperaments, and athletic abilities to excel in any discipline. WL horses come from performance lines in the Oldenburg, Hanoverian, and Belgian Warmblood breeds, with recent focus on Irish Sport Horse bloodlines for the ultimate performance horse that riders can enjoy in all levels of competition.

Visit or Woodloch Stable in Facebook for more information. 

The Area IV Young Rider program is offered through the USEA for riders twenty-one years of age and younger at all levels of riding. The purpose of the program is to encourage our younger members to become involved in the sport of Eventing and continue this involvement into their adult lives. Our organization seeks to promote a love of the sport, as well as an appreciation and understanding of the horse while fostering the wonderful relationship that can develop between horse and rider. Further, involvement in this program helps to instill important moral values, such as responsibility and work ethic, as young riders grow into mature adults. Please read more if you are interested in supporting the future of eventing. 

Volunteer Awards

Learn about Area IV Volunteer Awards and opportunities. 

Area IV presents the Volunteer of the Year Awards to the top eight  at the Area IV Annual Meeting. 

Current Area IV Volunteer standings