Dear HDS Members,
Many of you may not be aware that HDS plans its shows and events months in advance. The show calendar for 2016 is already firm including show licenses, facility reservations and show official contracts. Because of the long lead times required, it’s often difficult for HDS to make adjustments to shows and events on short notice.
Still, there are some items that can be adapted fairly quickly. This month, the HDS board voted to approve two new initiatives that expand the reach of the HDS community. For the first time in many years, HDS will offer Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB) classes at the HDS Laborious I show on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Horses in these classes are shown in-hand because they are too young to be under saddle. Because breeders have fewer opportunities to show and promote their young horses than in prior years, a core group of breeders worked very hard to help HDS add these classes to the Laborious I show. If successful, HDS will consider offering DSHB classes again next year.
The second initiative is the addition of a Western Dressage test-of-choice championship class at the 2015 HDS Schooling Show Championships as well as a Western Dressage Schooling Show 2015 HDS Year End award. These are in response to a request from a long time schooling show manager who sees opportunity if HDS Western Dressage options are added. Western Dressage 2015 qualifying scores will be tallied retroactively from the start of the competition year.
Good ideas to promote and expand the local dressage community can come from anyone. If you have a suggestion for the HDS board to consider, please contact one of the board members to bring it forward.
Get ready for summer!
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President