Area IV Virtual Team Competition

Area IV 2017 Team Competition


Have you ever wondered what it is like to compete on an team? Did you root for Team USA at the World Equestrian Games?  Or have you competed at an Adult Rider Team Challenge and had a good time?  Then you should join a Virtual Team!

Back again for 2017, Area IV Adult Riders will sponsor the Virtual Team Competition!  This competition will run through the 2017 season for USEA recognized events.  Teams are randomly drawn before the first weekend in May.  Scores will accumulate from January 1, 2017 until December 1, 2017.  All volunteer hours count for points and must be in by December 15, 2016.

Entry Form for 2017


Virtual Team Rules: 


  1. Each rider must compete in 3 events or volunteer for a minimum of 12 hours to be eligible for year-end awards!   
  2. Scores at all Area IV recognized events will count for full points.  Individual scores are calculated based on the place they finish in at each event:  1st place= 50 points, 2nd place= 30 points, 3rd= 20, 10th= 13, 15th= 8, etc.  Elimination, Withdrawn, Retired or didn't enter = 0.   
  3. Scores from recognized events outside Area IV will count for ½ value, however you must report your final placing to the score keeper within 4 weeks of the event.  Example: you placed 2nd at Richland Park, you will get 15 points for your team if you report it within 4 weeks.   
  4. Those entered in the Championship divisions at the Area IV Championships at Heritage Park Horse Trials October 6-8,  2017 will receive double points.   
  5. Any team member that represents Area IV at AEC’s or ATC’s will receive 30 bonus points and their final score will count for full points as if it were an Area IV event.   
  6. Any team member who participates in a Classic Series HT, CCI, or CIC anywhere in the nation will receive 10 bonus points and their final score will count for full points as if it were an Area IV event but you MUST contact the score keeper with your result within 4 weeks of the event.     
  7. Virtual Team Score Keeper will receive 50 bonus points. 
  8. Low Score Award Coordinator will receive 30 bonus points.
  9. Area IV Adult Rider Amateur Recognition Coordinator will receive 30 bonus points.  
  10. Participation in the Area IV Adult Rider camp will earn 30 bonus points. 
  11. Volunteers from Adult Rider Camp will receive 5 points per hour of volunteer work. 
  12. Camp Cocoordinator will receive 50 bonus points.    
  13. Team members who volunteer to coordinate an Adult Rider party will receive 20 bonus points per event.  These points may be split between multiple team members if more than 1 person helps coordinate the party.  You must report this score to the score keeper.   Every volunteer hour reported on your Adult Rider Volunteer log will be worth two bonus points. (Email for a log form or use the link below.) 
  14. Volunteer hours for events outside Area IV will count for 1 point per hour.  Volunteer hours are capped at 100 hours.  All volunteer hours must be reported to the score keeper or Adult Rider Coordinator by Dec 1, 2016.
  15. Teams are encouraged to work together to come up with a team name.  If the team has not submitted a name by May 10, 2017 the Adult Rider coordinator will assign a team name. 
  16. Teams are encouraged to meet/socialize/have fun together at events across the nation and in any other capacity related to eventing. 
  17. Teams are asked to capture photos throughout the year of team interactions (even if all members are not present) and to submit a photo collage of team activities by December 1, 2017.  These photo collages will be posted on Facebook and the team with the highest number of likes will receive 50 bonus points, 2nd place 25 bonus points, 3rd place 10 bonus points.  No other photo challenges will be assigned this year.
  18. Individual awards— the highest horse trial point earner and the highest volunteer point earner across all teams will receive special recognition and prizes at the 2017 Area IV Annual Meeting.   
  19. “Team Spirit Award”.  This award will go to the team that shows the greatest unity, teamwork. and companionship across the Area. 
  20. Let’s show everyone in Eventing just how awesome Virtual Teams can be!

Volunteer Log Form

Team Awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting to the top 3 teams!

 Riders do not need be an Adult Rider member to compete, but 2017 Adult Rider members will receive a discounted entry fee.

Please complete the ENTRY FORM to be on a team for 2017!


Questions?  Contact the Adult Rider Coordinator Jessica Smith at


Adult Rider Program


Area IV Adult Rider Coordinator:                                                                      

Jessica Smith                                                                                      


Have you considered joining the Area IV Adult Riders Program?

Anyone over the age of 22, professional or amateur, who is interested in Eventing can join!

Member Benefits:                    

  • Eligibility for the Impulsion Low Score Award at EVERY event in Area IV.  Winners receive a free T-shirt from Impulsion for Eventers and are put into a drawing for year end prizes!
  • $25 rebates for clinics in Area IV taught by ICP Certified instructors (up to 3 clinics per year!)
  • Discounts to ride in the Area IV Camp July 15-16, 2017 at Otter Creek Farm in Wheeler, WI. 
  • Eligibility to ride in the Adult Rider Team Championship held concurrently with AEC's
  • Gift bags for all Adult Rider members heading to the AEC's
  • Ride on a team for FREE in the Adult Rider Team Scramble  in the Young Rider vs Adult Rider Team Challenge 
  • Discounts to ride on an Area IV Virtual Team
  • Year End Awards
  • Adult Rider parties at select Area IV HT's

How do I join the Area IV Adult Riders Program?

You can join Adult Riders when you renew your membership for the USEA. If you already joined or renewed your USEA membership, but didn’t join Adult Riders, it isn’t too late. You can go back into the USEA website and join. To do so, you must Log In and choose to join the Adult Rider program under your membership profile.  Cost is $25 for the entire year.   If you need additional instructions on how to join, contact

Why should I join the Area IV Adult Riders Program?

  • Year-End Awards exclusively for Adult Rider members
  • "Ride for the Whine" award at EVERY event in Area IV
  • Adult Rider Receptions at Area IV Events
    • Meet your fellow competitors, and enjoy beverages and snacks provided by Area IV Adult Riders.  There is always a handy giveaway too so be sure to stop by and say hello!
    • Upcoming Receptions - Check on Facebook for time and location


Where does your entry fee go?

This presentation was given at the 2011 USEA Convention and answers questions such as: Why are events so expensive? Where does my money go? and Why can't my entry fee be refunded? Click HERE to read the article.

To increase adult rider participation in eventing by providing education and recognition and offering communication and camaraderie.


Area IV Adult Riders Membership Coordinator:

Jessica Smith


Area IV Adult Rider Awards

  • Low-Score Awards presented to the Adult Rider Member who finishes with the lowest score at each Area IV USEA Recognized horse trials
  • Year-End Awards exclusively for Adult Rider members
Low Score Awards Year-End Awards
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011


Official Web Forms

Latest News

August 9, 2017

"In youth, we learn; In age, we understand."  Marie van Ebner Eschenbach.  The Area IV Adult Riders dominated the 2nd Annual Young Riders vs Adult Riders Team Challenge at Catalpa Corner Horse Trials in Iowa City, IA August 5th-6th, 2017. 

Teams of four adults or four young riders were formed at each level.  Final team scores were tabulated using the three best final individual scores from each team. 

The Adult Riders were well represented in the competition, fielding 14 of  the 20 teams across the levels and bringing home 6 of the 9 placings awarded. 

August 2, 2017

The 2017 Adult Rider vs Young Rider Team Challenge will be held August 5-6 at Catalpa Corner Horse Trials in Iowa City, IA. Teams of 4 adults or 4 juniors/young riders will compete at each level to determine the victors.

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