May 2017 President’s Message
Happy Spring and Early Summer. Thankfully we made it through the Spring without any major flooding and now we are just hoping for a mild Summer.
CDI and Spring Classic: The 2017 Shoofly Farm CDI and HDS Spring Classic I&II took place April 27-30. Although the numbers were down for the CDI, due in large part to the absence of our Junior riders, it was still a great event. The HDS silent auction exceeded all expectations, thanks in large part to the huge donation of tack from some of our very generous members. This event is one of our big fundraisers and helped us raise funds necessary to offset the costs of some of our other programs. HDS has submitted an application for the 2018 CDI, but we are analyzing how we can encourage more participation in the event and in fund raising for the event so that HDS does not bear the sole financial burden of this event.
Applying for a Passport: We are planning on hosting a demonstration of how to apply for and receive an FEI passport for foreign born and US bred horses for HDS members. This event will be based upon the very thorough on-line guide that we have posted on our Webpage and authored by Leslie Cummings. A few people have expressed interest in such an event and we hope to have a date and venue soon. This would be a one hour educational event.
Updated Social Media Hopefully you have all joined and “liked” the HDS Facebook page (I hope I used the terms correctly – if not, just one more opportunity to embarrass my children). After hearing some of our younger members encouraging a more active social media presence HDS decided that it was time to try and catch up. HDS is also now on Instagram and so hopefully all those that want to receive notifications via social media are receiving such notices.
June Show and Pro Am: The June Show is upcoming and hopefully everyone has their application completed and agreed to participate in the Pro Am challenge. There will be a Pro Am Tournament, just like last year. It is free of charge and requires no additional work by horse/rider. If you forgot to enter online check with the show secretary to see if you can be added. The set up will be as follows: One Pro and two or three Adult Amateurs (depending on numbers) picked at random. The scores will be tallied from the classes they have entered and awards presented on Saturday evening for the Champion and Reserve Champion teams. This is a great way to get to know other HDS members. Last year I was on Vincent Flores’ team and Faye and I were excused from our class and he still talks to me.
2017 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum: Isabella Farms hosted this fantastic event May 13-14. Several articles were written about the event, which we posted online for all to read. Photographs of the events with captions have also been posted so hopefully you get a chance to read about the event if you were unable to attend.
We are looking forward to June and hope to see you at the June Show, schooling shows and any educational events that we put on this summer. As always if you have any suggestions for educational events you would like HDS to consider do let us know via email to the Education chair.