Take a moment to read the minutes from the Area IV ATC Conference call that took place on Monday, January 14.



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

Area IV Welcomes Max Corcoran as Keynote Speaker

Area IV Annual Meeting & Awards
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Max Corcoran, incoming 2020 United States Eventing Association president, brings more than a decade of experience at the highest levels of our sport to the Area IV Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in West Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. 

Max Corcoran grew up in Manchester, Massachusetts. She started foxhunting with Myopia Hunt out of Pine Grove Stables in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. While attending Proctor Academy and Northeastern University, she competed at the Novice and Training levels. After finishing college, she worked in downtown Boston in the financial district for five years, but the horses kept drawing her back, and she soon found herself managing eventer Jim Stamets’ farm in Massachusetts.

Max began working for the O’Connor Event Team (OCET) after Jim’s untimely death. Max managed Karen O'Connor's competition horses and youngsters for 11 years and enjoyed the opportunity for exposure to the sport’s top vets and farriers, as well as the opportunity for continuing education that being an OCET groom afforded her. Max gives back to the sport by serving on the USEA Board of Governors, the Eventing Riders Association of North America, and the Equine Safety Committee. She organizes Middleburg Horse Trials and helps organize Great Meadow International, The Event at Rebecca Farm, The Fork, Ocala Horse Trials, Ocala Jockey Club, the Tryon 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and many others.

Registration for the February 2nd Area IV Annual Meeting closes on January 19th. 

Kick off the 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!

US Eventing Website Revision Leads to Broken Links at Area Level

In December 2018, the United States Eventing Association launched a new platform for www.useventing.com . This has caused numerous broken links throughout Area affiliate websites.

The Area IV website links will be updated as soon as possible. This is requiring man power to locate the pages on the new USEA site and manually update the links on our Area IV website.

An inquiry has been submitted to the USEA IT department for a revised link for the 2018 Leaderboard. This information will be corrected as soon as it is made available by USEA.

Area IV Young Riders Overall Low Score Awards

The Area IV Young Riders Program, through the generosity of Woodloch Stables, is excited to add an Overall Young Rider Low Score Award for the 2019 season. As an inaugural season, the Young Rider Coordinators have selected six events in Area IV at which to present these awards. It will be presented to the Area IV Young Rider who finishes on the lowest score across all levels (overall) at the horse trial.

Riders must be a paid Area IV Young Rider member to be eligible for awards. The Young Rider Coordinators receive an updated membership roster from USEA approximately once every 3 months. Be sure to join early so that your name will be on the roster for the following events. Your name must appear on the roster provided to the YR Coordinators by USEA to be eligible.

The 2019 Area IV Young Riders Overall Low Score Awards will be presented at Mill Creek Pony Club Horse Trials, Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials, Catalpa Corner Horse Trials, Sundance Farm Horse Trials, Otter Creek Fall Horse Trials and Heritage Park Horse Trials.

2019 North American Youth Championships Selection Procedures Announced

January 5th, 2019

The 2019 North American Youth Championships will be held July 25-28th, 2019 in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of the Official USEF Selection Procedures as well as the USEA Area IV Selection Requirements.

Please be aware that the FEI has adopted a new star system and language for 2019. For more information, please review the USEA’s article What the *****? The New FEI Star System Explained.

  • Athlete/horse combinations wishing to compete on the NAYC-J Team must have earned one (1) Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) at either a CCI-S2* or CCI-L2* within the Qualifying Period which began January 1, 2018 and ends on June 23, 2019. Additionally bot the athlete and the horse, though not necessarily as a combination, must have achieved 3 MERs at the Preliminary level or higher plus an additional MER at the Preliminary or higher with no more than 20 jumping penalties on cross country.

  • The age requirements will remain unchanged. Competitors at the NAYC-J level must have been born on or between January 1st, 2001 and December 31st, 2005

  • Since NAYC is not an FEI Championship, either a valid National Passport or an FEI Passport will be accepted. All horses must be microchipped.

  • Athletes will be able to ride in both the NAYC-J and CCIO-S-Y if selected.

  • Applications deadline will be March 1, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT

  • Balloting language: Based on the total number of entries in the NAYC-J and the CCIO-S-Y, additional individuals may be invited in proportion to the total number of nominated entries per Area.

The format and qualification for the CCIO-S-Y will remain unchanged for the 2019 NAYC with the exception that a National or FEI passport will be accepted.

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Young Riders Represent Area IV at Midsouth Team Challenge

Sixteen Area IV youth were chosen to represent the Area IV Young Rider Program at the 2018 Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In addition to the sixteen young riders, four Area IV Adult Riders helped fill the five teams entered. Unfortunately, our Training team disbanded when Lawson Tunnell suffered a broken collarbone and Lauren Jensen’s Pilot’s Pearl chose poor timing for cellulitis in the week leading up to the event, leaving two Novice and two Beginner Novice teams comprised of fourteen Young Riders and two Adult Riders.

Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge is a destination event with a unique competition environment that attracts competitors from the Midwest as well as the East Coast. Riders compete as a team as well as individuals. Each rider from a team is placed in a different division and rides dressage under a different judge, in a different arena simultaneously with his/her team members. Team members then run cross country and show jump consecutively as well.

2018 Area IV Young Riders Midsouth Team

2018 Area IV Young Riders Midsouth Team

Area IV Young Riders made a strong presence, taking up an entire row of stabling complete with banners, Halloween decorations and horses tied with The Clip, a safety tie device provided by Area IV Young Rider sponsor Smart Tie Products. Area IV was easily spotted across the large Kentucky Horse Park in their classy heather grey jackets sporting a large Area IV Young Rider logo on the back and their grey long sleeve tees with Area IV YR emblazoned down the sleeve. Camaraderie was high among the Area IV Young Rider teams as social media friends and followers finally met in person. The Area IV Young Rider teams found great success in the highly competitive large divisions which intermixed adults, professionals and youth. Area IV is producing some excellent riders and horses for the future with not a single cross country stop in the bunch.

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Area IV Championships at Otter Creek Horse Trial

Otter Creek Fall Horse Trial hosted the Area IV Championships on September 14-16, 2018.

Preliminary Champion Bailey Albertson and Tassimo ended on a score of 45.5. Grace Peters and Why Not Glen took the honors of Prelim Reserve Champion and ended on a score of 53.8. Bailey and Grace are both members of the Area IV Young Riders Program.

Training Champion Becca Hunt and Snowflake Lane who finished on their dressage score of 31.8. Lisa Borgia and Simarillion were our Reserve Champion and they finished on a score of 32.3. Annika Weisjahn and The Flying Iris were our Third Place Champion and they finished on a score of 38.3. Additionally, Annika, an Area IV Young Rider, was the recipient of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award was founded by the USEA Professional Horseman's Council. The hope is that this award will provide incentives for amateur riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country technique, and will also educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe riding across country.  Learn More

Novice Champion, Kailey Giancola and Saturday Night Clive who finished on a score of 29.5. Erica Templeton and Strider Can Fly were our Reserve Novice Champions and finished on a score of 31.9. Sinead O'Meara and Sullivan were the Third Place Novice Champs and finished on a score of 34.3.

Beginner Novice Champion Katarzyna Jachymczyk on Sock Monkey finished on a score of 33.3. Area IV Young Rider Emily Hedberg on Mr Mile High was our Reserve Beginner Novice Champion and they ended on a score of 34. Young Rider Ella Koski on Prosecco were our Beginner Novice Third Place Champion and they ended on a score of 35.3 with another Young Rider member, Tatum Gray taking fourth on Reds Loyal Flame.

The Flying Piglet Young Award, in it’s 5th year running, is given to the top placed Young Rider in Prelim at the Fall Otter Creek Horse Trials.   This year the award was presented to Kristine Burgess, riding her horse Montsant and finishing their weekend with a 1st place in open prelim and the lowest score for the prelim divisions.  She will win stabling at Otter Creek Spring Horse Trials 2019, $150,  and a lovely halter!  Thank you Meaghan Marinovich for sponsoring this generous award!

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the Area IV Championships!

Area IV Sweeps Novice Rider Division Top 3 at AECs

Riders from Area IV took the top three placings in the highly competitive Novice Rider division at the American Eventing Championships in Colorado this month.  Anna Howell and Bodacious Affair took the Champion title finishing on their dressage score of 25.2.  Julie Kuhle and Orion earned the Reserve Championship on a score of 26.0 with Cassie Boehm and Aleria Imperia close behind for 3rd on a score of 26.4.

Cassie Boehm & Aleria Imperia (KS) 3rd, Julie Kuhle & Orion (IA) Reserve Champion, Anna Howell & Bodacious Affair (KS) Champion Novice Rider. Derith Vogt Photo

Cassie Boehm & Aleria Imperia (KS) 3rd, Julie Kuhle & Orion (IA) Reserve Champion, Anna Howell & Bodacious Affair (KS) Champion Novice Rider. Derith Vogt Photo

Area IV was well represented throughout the levels with Julie Wolfert and Iowa Lot of Money earning 4th in the Open Intermediate, Camryn Holcomb and Cloud Nine earning the  Jr/YR Preliminary Reserve Championship and Lindsey Kahn and Seoul Sister finishing 3rd in Beginner Novice Rider.  Cynthia Wiseman and Varsity Blues earned 5th in Training Rider with Grace Peters and Whynot Glen 6th in Junior/YR Preliminary and Mallory Stiver and Hugo Boss 6th in the Prelim Amateur.  Young Rider Caitlyn Ruud earned 6th as well in the Beginner Novice Horse division riding Top Gun Tess. 

Mary Curran & Flying Colors – 10th place, Training Rider
Chantil Ruud & Landmark’s Ginger Rogers – 7th place, Training Amateur
Melissa Otten & Uptown Girl -8th place, Training Amateur
Lauren Stiver & Brementown – 9th place, Training Amateur
Heather Chandler & Velvet Rose – 15th place, Novice Rider
Lauren Schiller & Unzip My Chip – 12th place, Beginner Novice Rider
Katie Sisk & Preachattheriver – 11th place, Beginner Novice Rider
Tatum Gray & Reds Loyal Flame- 9th, Junior Beginner Novice
Paige Borylo & Talisker- 14th, Junior Beginner Novice

Area IV Young Rider Camryn Holcomb and Cloud Nine earned the Reserve Championship in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary division

Area IV Young Rider Camryn Holcomb and Cloud Nine earned the Reserve Championship in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary division


 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 www.smarttieproducts.com 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 www.woodlochstable.com 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