USEA VP of Area Affairs Responds to Young Rider Program Concerns

As the USEA Vice President of Area Affairs, I have been a guest on the Area III conference calls regarding the Young Rider program. I was there in case there were questions about the USEA policies and procedures. The council has acted in compliance with all of the USEA rules.

The Area Council is a dedicated group of volunteers that spends countless hours in service to the residents of, and visitors to, Area III. They re-opened the application period for potential YR coaches to submit their applications after their conference call on February 28th. The decision about who will be the Area III Young Rider Coach for 2018 will be made on Monday, March 19. That person will have a contract that will expire after the Championship competition this summer. It is not unusual for a YR Coach to have a 1-year contract.

The USEA adheres to a strict conflict of interest policy. Members with a conflict are required to abstain from voting on any motion. So that council meetings can have open and honest discussions, the actual dialog is not published in the minutes nor is it to be shared outside of the council meeting.

The USEA also follows all USEF Safe Sport Policies. These policies apply to sexual AND non-sexual misconduct and all of our members are subject to them. Bullying, whether in person, by text message, email or via social media is a violation and is a reportable offense.

Eventers are passionate about our sport. Sometimes that passion becomes a fury. I regret that there are members that are unhappy with the current status of the YR program in Area III. I assure you that the council is continuing their exhaustive efforts to have a fantastic Young Rider camp and Championship experience this year and for many years to come. 

Debra Dealcuaz
USEA VP of Area Affairs

Applications Open for Area III NAJYRC Team Coach, Additional Young Rider Summer Camp Trainers

Area III is still accepting applications for additional Area III Young Rider Summer Camp Trainers and Area III NAJYRC Team Coach. Please find job descriptions, qualifications and application instructions via the document links below.

Area III Young Rider Summer Camp Trainer

Area III NAJYRC Team Coach

Applications are due March 18, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the Area III Council and selected by majority vote. Hiring decisions will be announced March 20, 2018.

Please send applications and direct questions regarding these positions to Jeanie Clarke, or 508-314-5165.

Allina Bell Appointed Area III Young Rider Coordinator

Allina Bell, of Waverly Hall, GA has been appointed Area III Young Rider Coordinator. Allina is an important member of the eventing community in Area III and the USA, and she brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Allina coordinated the original Area III Young Riders Program in 1981 along with Jim Graham. Allina, Jim, Dr. Laura DuVall Molony and Bryan Tweed took the first Area III Young Rider Team to Flying Horse Stables in 1983. Over the years Allina has supported and guided many young competitors on their journey to the Young Riders Championships and the development of their eventing careers. Today she is an eventing judge, event organizer and runs a beautiful eventing facility of her own in Area III. Allina is a role model and mentor to many young riders and we are thrilled that she is enthusiastically rejoining the Young Rider Program.

Part of Allina's duties as coordinator will be to organize the Area III Young Rider Camp at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, GA on June 17-21, 2018. Camp information and registration forms may be found on the Young Rider webpage. NAJYRC selectors Leslie Law, Tiffani Loudoun-Meetze, and Hilda Donahue are three of the camp instructors. Additional camp instructors will be announced by March 20, 2018. Camp registration forms and deposit are due to Allina on April 1, 2018.

Allina will also facilitate a successful trip to Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana for the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships July 18-22, 2018. NAJYRC qualifications, fees, and selection procedures are available on the Young Rider webpage. The NAJYRC Coach will be announced by March 20, 2018.

"I am 150% behind Young Riders and I will do whatever they need to help them achieve their goals," Allina said. She welcomes questions from riders and parents and asks them to please call her at (706) 332-5131.

A Note to the Area 3 Young Riders and Their Supporters

Hello Area 3 Young Riders and Area 3 YR Support People,

This is Jeanie Clarke. I have volunteered to help out as part of the "Interim YR Coordinator" team. I'm an event professional, a member of the Area 3 Council, and the former coordinator of YR camp in Area 1 (before I moved to Ocala). I've also coached my own students to the NAJYRC at both the one and two star level in years past.

Thank you all for caring so much about the Area 3 YR program.

The Area 3 Council also values the program tremendously. We want to see it grow and for it to offer educational, fun and meaningful experiences for young riders. The changes that we have initiated are intended to do that. Change is not always fun and is never easy, but it is our hope that this move will be a good one.

I volunteered for this job - along with Allina and Katie Strickland who are event professionals, coaches, and very experienced organizers in Georgia - so that we could continue to offer this year's programs: a super camp at Chatt Hills and competitive teams to Montana with a great, experienced coach and professional support staff around them. We will also continue to offer course walks, daily camps, and discounted clinics around the area.

We are not "scrapping" anything - just carrying on with a new team. None of the program's goals have changed, the schedule has not changed, and the hope is to grow the program and include even more kids this year and in the future.

The Chatt Hills camp and the team coach position are open for new applicants, just as they have been for a month already this winter, and just as they were at this time last year. As always we need more good coaches for the camp, and like last year the area is now accepting additional applications for the coaching position. I am in the processing of re-publicizing the job listings, along with a description of the process by which the hiring decisions will be made.

I understand that the council and I are potential targets for criticism from the members of the program who were happy with their experience, but I am also just a volunteer who wants to make a contribution to the sport and to the area. For that reason I serve on the Area 3 Council and am now helping with Young Riders.

Neither I nor the Stricklands have any kids or students currently in the NAJYRC pipeline, so there is no conflict of interest there. We just want to help.

I would love to get to know more YR parents and members going forward, and I would love to hear from you what works, what doesn't work, and how we can work together to make this summer a success for the kids.

Thanks, Jeanie Clarke

Area 3 Council Assigns Interim Young Rider Committee, Re-Opens Search for Camp Instructors, NAJYRC Coach

The Area 3 Council held a conference call on February 28, 2018. All but one member of the council were present on the phone call. After spirited debate and careful consideration, the following changes to the Young Rider program have been approved:

An Interim Area 3 Young Rider Committee has been formed to revamp the Young Riders’ Program in Area 3. Led by Jeanie Clarke, Allina Strickland Bell and Katie Strickland, the new committee will oversee the Area 3 Young Riders, including camps, clinics, and NAJYRC. This group will be charged with receiving applications for both Area 3 Camp Instructors and an NAJYRC coach for 2018 and making recommendations to the Area Council for these positions. Jeanie Clarke may be reached at for more information.

Area 3 is re-opening the search for Camp Instructors for Area 3 Young Riders Camp, scheduled for June 17-21 at Chattahoochee Hills. More information will be posted soon on many websites, including USEA, the Area III website, and the Area III Young Riders Facebook page.

Area 3 is re-opening the search for a NAJYRC coach for 2018. Applicants must be an ICP certified Level 3 or 4 Coach. More information will be posted soon on multiple websites including USEA, the Area III website, and the Area III Young Riders Facebook page.