January 2018 - Area VI Year End Winners

Local eventers celebrate accomplishments while welcoming fellow riders from across the country.

With Chairman Chris Scarlett at the helm, Area VI did a terrific job welcoming those in town for the US Eventing Association’s annual meeting, Dec. 6-10 in Long Beach. The gathering featured four days of education, sports advocacy and governance sessions relevant to riders, officials and enthusiasts throughout the country. On Friday, Area VI-ers gathered for their annual awards presentation.


Chris gave a brief recap of the Area’s last year. Good news included the addition of a new Novice Three Day event and sponsors for each division of the Area Championships that were held in October. Priorities going forward include countering a downturn in starters and creating a “legacy plan” for who will fill the volunteer spots of the future – a topic brought up in many of the convention’s meetings. Chris also passed the Area VI leadership baton to Lisa Sabo, while the audience expressed their appreciation for the out-bound and in-bound leaders.

The luncheon also featured an all-too-timely disaster preparedness presentation as fires continued to wreak havoc in Southern California.

Fresno County Horse Park’s John Marshall receives the Sunsprite Sportsmanship Award. He’s pictured here with, from left, announcer Malcolm Hook, Sunsprite’s Don Trotter, Kingsway Farm’s Linda Paine and Sunsprite’s Pam Duffy. On Saturday night, John received national recognition with the USEA’s Andrew H. Popiel Memorial Trophy, a tribute to organizer’s importance in the sport.

Area VI chairman Chris Scarlett.

Michele Meghrouni, Novice Adult & Novice Adult Amateur Champion.

Karen Burks, Novice Adult Amateur Reserve Champion.

Meg Pelligrini was Training Junior Champion and her pony Ganymede was High Score Mare Reserve Champion and Pony Champion. Meg also earned the USEA’s Pony Rider and Training Junior Rider of the Year honors. Ganymede earned the USEA’s Theodore O’Connor Trophy as Pony Of The Year.

Michelle Capparelli: Training Adult Reserve Champion and Training Adult Amateur Champion.

Maddy Temkin, Preliminary Young Rider Champion & High Score Pony Club Rider Champion.

Tamie Smith presents the Owner of the Year award to Eric Markell. He and Ellen Ahearn own her 2016 star, Mai Baum. Tamie also picked up several honors, including Preliminary Adult Champion & Rider of the Year Reserve Champion.

Julie Ann Boyer was Intermediate Adult Amateur Champion, Advanced Adult Amateur Reserve Champion and Adult Amateur Rider of the Year.

Sunsprite Warmblood’s Pam Duffy accepts the High Score Mare Champion honor for Sunsprite Madeira, ridden by James Alliston. She’s pictured with presenter, Beth Cannon.

Bunnie Sexton made multiple trips to the podium, including Advanced Adult Reserve Champion & Advanced High Score Horse Reserve Champion, for Rise Against. Laura Powell made the presentation.

Jaya Mayne: Preliminary Young Rider Reserve Champion.


Carolyn Bahr receives appreciation for hosting one of three Area VI Adult Rider camps. Sue Buxton and Sue Roehl were her fellow honorees.