We were pleased to announce two new sponsored trophies for 2019 that will be in place for the foreseeable future in Area II; the lovely "It's The Luck of The Irish" Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Tully Cross Farm, Susan and Charles Yates, for the high score Irish-bred (RID/RIDD) Event Horse of the Year; and the new Full Moon Farm Novice Junior/Young Rider cup. The first winners of these lovely awards were Dress Blues and Meghan Fillius, and Promise Me Mars, Eleyna Caprez. Congratulations and thank you to our trophy sponsors!
We have several divisions that were sponsored at our Awards. Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue and Bev Strauss sponsored the crystal bowls given to the Champion thoroughbreds in SIX divisions from Beginner Novice on up to Intermediate! Suzy Gehris sponsored the Master Rider awards in three divisions. And Redingote Equestrian sponsored the Overall High Score champion of the season, Lindsay Berreth and Oh So Extreme. Our sincere thanks to these sponsors for helping us celebrate our champions.
We have several open categories for sponsorship in the upcoming year, (Beginner Novice Junior, Open Novice, Open Modified, Modified Adult Amateur, Modified Junior/Young Rider, any Masters Division, and a few more). We do have an Arab-Part Arab sponsorship on the table for anyone riding a horse of this breed in the area. (We didn't have any last year but I know there are Arab/part-Arabs competing!) If you sign up for year end awards, be sure to check the breed box if your horse fits any of the new breed categories.
The Area Council approved a couple of changes to the Year End Awards rules at the Annual Meeting on Jan. 5, 2020 at Kennett Square, PA. The first is that any Area coordinator or committee chair will be credited with the YEA-required 8 volunteer hours, to be listed as service to the Area. So if you would like to consider a leadership position for the area, that's one nice perk in thanks for your help!
The second is that the Advanced division YEA registrants with points in the division at year end can apply to the Area Chairman for volunteer hours approval. The council recognized that at the upper levels, time is very tight for many competitors; that many of the upper level riders do volunteer time in leadership and educational roles that are not necessarily associated with a particular horse trial; and in an effort to have a healthy championship program, the Council approved this change.
A reminder that the Area II YEA 8-hour volunteer requirement is the responsibility of each registrant.You must provide proof of hours PRIOR to November 17, 2020, which is 10 days following Full Moon Farms November horse trials, the last USEA recognized horse trial in Area II season. Inquiries, protests, corrections, etc. after Nov. 17 will not be considered.
Be mindful that we are all volunteers and nobody is paid to do all of the pointkeeping and hours checking. We do this out of a sense of duty and loyalty to the Area and to you, the competitors, so we can recognize your hard work over the year. Many of our YEA recipients are not the big winners, but they are the riders who show up, who volunteer, and who keep our events going. So we thank each and every one of you for supporting the YEA program and we'd like to see everyone sign up EARLY this year, get your volunteer hours done early (using eventingvolunteers.com is best), and have a great season!