2022 Clinic and Annual Meeting w/Sharon White

The Area IX Council would like to invite Area IX members to participate in our Annual Area IX clinic, featuring 5* rider Sharon White. 

The clinic will be held at Rabbit Mountain Equestrian Center, Longmont Colorado on January 14–16. Format will be Friday Dressage rides ($125), and two days of jumping ($450). Sharon is a rider who has participated at the top of the sport for many years and brings a perspective to our membership for the longevity of Eventing. 

Please see the ENTRY FORM and return ASAP to Rebecca Caulfield (RLCaulfield@gmail.com). Entry is not considered complete until complete entry, USEA educational activities release and payment is received. However, your spot will be reserved with receipt of the entry form for 3 days pending payment in mail or hand delivered. (Note this is open to all members and non members in the area.)
Annual meeting and awards banquet will be held on Saturday night and the details will follow for location and time. 

We apologize for the delay in the release of this information, as in these times we were unsure if we could move forward with this tradition and are thrilled to be able to! Please join us in this weekend of fun and education with fellow eventers. 

For questions, comments and support please contact clinic organizer, Rebecca Caulfield via text 719-313-1927. 


Area IX is looking for the 2022 & 2023 Young Rider Coach

As Area IX gears up for the 2022 and 2023 season we’re looking for our next Young Rider Coach. This will be a two-year commitment. 

Mandatory Qualifications:

ICP Level 3 or higher (USEA requirement)

Experience coaching multiple riders at Preliminary level and higher

Quantifiable coaching experience at both FEI competitions and non-FEI events

Ability to excel in a high-stress environment and advocate for team and program progression and success

Ability to establish and maintain a personal presence in Area IX in order to build a relationship with YR members as they develop through the levels

Excellent interpersonal skills (must be able to communicate with parents and young riders alike during some trying times)

Expectations of the coach:

Teaching: a camp and clinic (location TBD), course walks at competitions within Area IX, coaching at Team Competitions (NAYC or like to include meetings & team dinner), and any other agreed upon opportunities to work with Area IX Young Riders.

Communications: to work closely with the YR coordinator and the Area IX YR board to develop programs to benefit the area YR’s.

Interested applicants should please send a resume, salary or day fee requirements to:

Andrea Anderson, Area IX YR Coordinator @ area9youngrider@gmail.com 

Your materials will be reviewed by the YR Coach Selection Committee and you may be contacted for more information and/or interview.  The decision will be made by the YR Coach Selection Committee and will be presented to the Area Council for final approval.  All applicants will be notified of the decision by email.  All applications must be submitted before November 30, 2020 to be considered.

Salary Expectations

Please use this form to advise the committee of salary and fees requested as the Young Rider Coach:

Horse Trials Coaching per day per rider including course walks: $____________

NAYC Coaching fee per rider for six days (Tuesday – Sunday) to include course walks and jogs.$__________

Any other salary expectations during NAYC? 

Camp Coaching Fees to include facility per rider per day:  $___________

Stabling per horse per night onsite:  $___________

Camping for rider available?  Yes or No  

Electricity avaialble?  Yes or No   Cost of hook ups $________

Cost of dry camping?  $___________

Any additional fees requested?

Camp Coaching fee off site from own facility per day per rider: $_____________


 Area IX Chair- Call for Nominations & Applications

The Area IX Council is seeking nominations and applications to fill the Area IX Chair.  This volunteer position is a 3 year term.


Have experience organizing events (as an organizer or part of an organizing committee).

Have experience volunteering and competing within Area IX- Chair meetings.

Act as liaison with USEA national office.

Be able to attend the Annual USEA Convention, beginning December 2021.

Please nominate an Area IX member or submit your own application by sending an email to Area9eventing@gmail.com and include your experience (1) volunteering; (2) organizing events (as an individual or member of a committee); and (3) competing. Please submit nominations and applications no later than September 15, 2021. 

2020 Eventer’s Day at the Hunt

USEA Area IX Day at the Hunt is Sunday, November 1st, 2020.

Arapahoe hunt has scheduled their Day at the Hunt for eventers. Area IX members are invited to hunt with the capping fee waived (non Area IX members are still welcome, but must pay the capping fee). Note: participants must sign the Arapahoe Hunt release. Please RSVP with Dan Michaels (dmichael@alum.mit.edu) or 303-776-4907. The hounds leave the club house at 11am sharp and are out for approximately two hours. You’ll want to be mounted approximately 15min prior to departure. Please make sure your signed releases are turned-in upon your arrival. The hunt secretary will be present and will collect the releases (Lynn or Lori). 

We will split the Area IX folks into two groups depending on each individual’s desired level of riding. The first group will be with a field master that will ride behind the first field of the hunt, but at the speed of the huntsman. Since riders that ride with the hunt’s field master must maintain silence, our group, riding a little behind, will have the opportunity to talk about the action, rules, and etiquette of the hunt. It is possible for this group to gallop across varied terrain for distances up to 5 miles. Horses and riders will need to be fit to stay with this group. Note: this level of strenuous activity should prompt you to clip your horse. Also, anyone with sufficient experience that wants to hunt with the 1st field master may do so (these folks would need to be well-versed in the hunt etiquette).

The second group will follow the hunt at a more moderate pace and observe the hunt from a greater distance. Again, this group’s field master will be able to talk to the group about the action, rules, and etiquette of the hunt. While there would be some galloping over terrain with this group, there won’t be an emphasis on keeping up with the hounds, and riders will be able to take more time to school their mounts and themselves in this environment. There are many fences on the hunt property (fixture), and coops or log piles have been placed in the fence lines for the hunt field to jump. However, jumping is never necessary as there are always nearby gates in the fence line to allow for alternate passage. Riders must always close the gates they open once they have passed through. In all cases, riders may return to the club house at any time. A rider that wants to return early to the clubhouse should get someone to accompany them.

See: http://arapahoehunt.com/ for directions, releases, and other information.


Area IX Returns to Eventing Following USEF/USEA Resumption of Events!
The USEF and USEA have allowed events to resume as of June 1 2020, which makes Golden Spike HT, June 13-14, Area IX’s first event of the season! Area IX  joins the USEF & USEA in reminding all eventers you have a very important role to play by knowing and following your own state & local laws/requirements as well as the laws of the state you may travel to for competitions.  Also, you play an important part in keeping yourself and all the people running the event and the local community safe by following the “Safe Return to Competition” requirements provided by the USEF and USEA.  They provide a very user-friendly toolkit, including checklist for your own personal risk assessment: https://useventing.com/news-media/eventing-tv/usef-usea-joint-webinar-for-eventing-a-safe-return-to-competition