There’s more to HDS than horse shows. I’ve been reminded of this at recent HDS activities. It’s easy for the HDS Board to fixate on shows because the club hosts multiple shows per year. However, I’ve come to view HDS shows as community events where dressage friends get to see each other. And, perhaps most importantly, have fun.
At the 2013 GAIG/USDF Region 9 Championships, the decision was made to have a singer for entertainment rather than freestyle competition so everyone (including all riders) could have dinner together. The dinner crowd was “buzzing” and a few people even got up and danced.
The 2013 HDS Year-End Awards Banquet was held during the HDS Winter Show at Great Southwest Equestrian Center. This allowed riders to join in the banquet even if they had a late ride and it also provided a convenient show/banquet combo for increased participation. The mood was festive (rowdy?) as awards were handed out and attendees showed their support.
HDS will continue to foster this community spirit going forward. The 2014 HDS Symposium is around the corner with ample opportunity to meet-and-greet. The Shoofly Farm CDI and HDS Spring Classic will have a dinner with entertainment on Saturday night of the show. “Fun” is definitely on the agenda!
Enjoy the Spring weather!