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  • OK, last chance - Area II

    Hey - have you signed up yet? Last chance this week! Awesome meeting planned. Come on, have you ever been? This is the year! What else are you doing, anyway?
    Registration form: http://www.usea2.net/component/docma...annual-meeting
    Facebook page with updates: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Area-I...31747286879278
    And we will have a freakin' TON of door prizes! And sponsors Flair, Ecogold, and Cavalor! Be there or be square....
    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
    Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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    I'm coming, I'm coming, yayyyy!
    Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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    • #3
      Area II Annual Meeting!!

      Like retreadeventer said, it's going to be awesome! Great topics and speakers, award winners, great luncheon, and great prizes!

      You can send your registration forms (found on the Area II website) to:

      Area II Meeting
      2505 Little Vista Terrace
      Olney, MD 20832
      Some Fear, 'cause if you got No Fear, you ain't going fast enough!
      N3D or T3D someday, dammit!
      Member of the Geezer Event Horse Team (1981-2011)

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      • #4
        A bit far for me. Do they always have them in VA?

        I am also working that day, so, you know, cannot go.

        Prices do not look to bad, though paying $75 for a meeting without food seems a bit much, but maybe there is food or something that I am missing. I just looked at the registration form to see the location and day.

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          #5
          Well how's this...we have at this point more door prizes than ever -- how about a bag of Cavalor feed, or pair of Ecogold galloping boots? Award winners will get Flair strips if they attend! (No mailing stuff, sorry, have to be there). Dr. Rebecca Splan is about the best speaker on the Eastern Seaboard. We've got Ecogold's Dr. John Da Silva. And don't forget the silent auction of entries! Gosh, I funded half a season for about half price on the entries and that more than paid my registration fee the last time I went. Ajierene, there is no way you can hold a meeting anyplace decent that is regional and not in a parking lot or a field for less than that these days. We are not even covering the costs at that price. And the social aspect of it is more than worth it, you get to sit and talk with your eventing friends without horses and competing! It's the best!
          Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
          Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
            A bit far for me. Do they always have them in VA?
            Agreed...I would love to come, but 450 miles is a bit far to drive after work on Friday. I would be willing to pay for live Skype feed of some of the sessions--perhaps next year??

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            • #7
              I think it was in NY last year? I remember it was way too far north for me, I figured VA was as close as I was going to get to my southern end. It does move around though.
              Life doesn't have perfect footing.

              Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
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              • #8
                Originally posted by wildlifer View Post
                I think it was in NY last year? I remember it was way too far north for me, I figured VA was as close as I was going to get to my southern end. It does move around though.
                Last year it was in Reston VA, and was held as part of the USEA national meeeting.

                Before that it was in Leesburg for several years. It has also been held in Charlottesville and at the Horse Center in Lexington.

                There has been some talk of holding it in PA, but that didn't happen.
                Janet

                chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                • #9
                  Never mind, I guess I was delusional.
                  Life doesn't have perfect footing.

                  Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
                  We Are Flying Solo

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                    #10
                    Yes, Janet, it was held in PA, in Kennett Square, PA. at the Hilton Garden Inn the year before Reston. Whoohooo!!! I have never had the chance to correct Janet before. This is big.

                    Oh, and NY is Area 1. Area 2 is NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC. It is difficult to move the meeting to the far reaches of the area, because in the past, attendance was always unpredictable. The geographical center is pretty close to Leesburg, making it under a 4-hour drive for MOST. Of course that does leave out a few eventers on the edges of the region. So...to combat that, I looked for and found a hotel giving us a terrific rate on rooms so that travelers could spend the night, go to the meeting and have some rest before having to drive back.

                    Oh and last minute: Guess what is donated to the silent auction! ROLEX TICKETS!
                    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
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                    • #11
                      Looking forward to it Retread and Dr Julie will have out sone themselves I am sure!!
                      Cindy

                      Make any mistakes going forward!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                        Yes, Janet, it was held in PA, in Kennett Square, PA. at the Hilton Garden Inn the year before Reston. Whoohooo!!! I have never had the chance to correct Janet before. This is big.
                        Aha! So why don't I remember it? Must be that is coincided with IETF and I couldn't go.

                        Sorry for the misinformation.
                        Janet

                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                        • #13
                          It was in Pa once..I went! hahaha!
                          Now retread if they could just work it so that my puppy could come (he is still only 8lbs at almost 9 months old) I would go but unfortunately I can't leave him for a whole weekend yet...mother syndrome...
                          "A little less chit-chat a little more pitter-pat"

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                          • #14
                            I can appreciate the door prizes and having speakers there.

                            Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                            Ajierene, there is no way you can hold a meeting anyplace decent that is regional and not in a parking lot or a field for less than that these days. We are not even covering the costs at that price. And the social aspect of it is more than worth it, you get to sit and talk with your eventing friends without horses and competing! It's the best!
                            I think you guys need to reconsider how you find meeting places (I requeseted audio/visual and food):

                            For 20 people:
                            http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/s...questid=265075

                            The most expensive will cost $40/person/day

                            For 100 people:
                            http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/s...questid=265658

                            The most expensive is $20/person/day

                            It would take 27 people paying $75/person to break even. That is just comparing the meeting prices - and as far as I can tell this is for all day, so the lunch and the meeting can be held here.

                            The only item I cannot factor in is the cost the speakers are charging. If you want help finding a location for next year, to help keep costs down, feel free to PM me.

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                            • #15
                              Do AREA meetings ever combine?

                              Area II and Area III are so close and have so many riders that go to events in both areas...would it make sense to sometime or other make one big meeting? I would so LOVE to get together with lots of my AREA II friends!!! Have fun! The meeting sounds like its been planned realy well!
                              ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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                                #16
                                (None of those links worked for me.)
                                Ajierine, there are some constraints and things that have to be included for an area-wide meeting, and that drives the cost somewhat. You know, when you do a meeting once a year, it's nice to do it right. Certainly we could all eat at McDonalds and meeting in a parking lot, but we need to enjoy the time we have together, get some good work done, and we need a place that's comfortable, and relatively inexpensive as well as central for everyone to attend. Leesburg gave us a hotel room rate of $75! The last time I stayed at a Garden Inn it was $143 a night.
                                I am sure someone could do a better job finding a great place cheap, but please don't assume we didn't work as hard as we could to keep the price down and do the meeting right. We AGONIZED over the price because we knew how hard it was for everyone to budget this. Four years ago, the cost was $100, and this year it's only $10 more and with a CHOICE of meals for lunch. I think that's darn good in this economy. Four years ago I wasn't paying $3.13/gal. for gas.
                                I think there are some things in your analysis that were missed, (we have multiple meeting rooms, coffee break (no food just coffee and water), extra chairs and tables, vegetarian meals, etc.) In addition, most hotels have minimums no matter how many people attend, and you're on the hook for that regardless. Also, I may remind you, we have a state sales tax of 9 percent on ALL services that has to be paid as well as gratuity to service staff we are charged for the luncheon. While I do not have final figures, I can tell without a doubt in my mind that the area is certainly not making a nickel on this meeting and sweating it pretty close just to break even. I wish that you could apply your expertise NEXT YEAR and offer to book the hotel and meeting space; that would be very nice of you.
                                Last edited by retreadeventer; Jan. 15, 2011, 11:49 PM.
                                Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                                Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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                                • #17
                                  AHA! I knew I wasn't crazy, it was in PA -- PA and NY are practically the same, they are both cold and way up north there, LOL!
                                  Life doesn't have perfect footing.

                                  Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
                                  We Are Flying Solo

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by BigRuss1996 View Post
                                    It was in Pa once..I went! hahaha!
                                    Now retread if they could just work it so that my puppy could come (he is still only 8lbs at almost 9 months old) I would go but unfortunately I can't leave him for a whole weekend yet...mother syndrome...
                                    Oh bring him with you. He'll be ok. Won't he fit in a good sized purse anyway?
                                    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                                    Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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                                    • #19
                                      I'm not currently a member of eventing, but would like to get back into it. I've green horses that I hope to compete this spring at the lowest levels. I was a ULR years ago, but I need to come up to speed again. I would like to meet some of the older still going eventers and develop some eventing buddy relationships. I'm not in the galloping Grannies yet, but coming back from a broken back takes some encouragement.

                                      Sooo Is it appropriate for me to come to this soiree?
                                      Intermediate Riding Skills

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by BigRuss1996 View Post
                                        It was in Pa once..I went! hahaha!
                                        Now retread if they could just work it so that my puppy could come (he is still only 8lbs at almost 9 months old) I would go but unfortunately I can't leave him for a whole weekend yet...mother syndrome...
                                        Bring the puppy!!!! I can watch him.
                                        www.ecogold.ca
                                        www.horsejunkiesunited.com - The Blog for & by Amateur Riders

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