July Wrap Up and Hello to August
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and either embracing or escaping the heat. While HDS remained active during the summer with a few notable events, we are eagerly gearing up for a busy fall.
I wanted to share with the members a recent communication from The Dressage Foundation. The TDF has available grants and is encouraging everyone to apply. They would like to see each Region participate. As HDS has been the recipient of at least two TDF grants, I can attest that the application process is relatively easy and is all online. The TDF is also extremely helpful if you have questions about the process or if you or your event is eligible. Although you will need to check their websites for the official dates I am sharing below the information they sent to HDS. We are doing this now as we understand several deadlines are in September. Given the relative simplicity of the process you have ample time and I encourage you to throw your hat in the ring, so to speak.
- TDF’s Veronica Holt Dressage TD Fund (deadline extended)
- Aspden Youth/Young Adult Fund (Sept 1)
- Gifted Fund for Adult Amateurs (Sept 15)
- Lindgren Instructor Education Scholarship (Sept 30)
Angel Gunn and I are off to the Region 9 meeting this weekend in Dallas. It is always interesting to get an update on other GMOs in the Region and we look forward to reporting on the meeting and weekend events.
HDS is excited to see some new members and some that are returning after a hiatus. Welcome, welcome. The fall is always a busy time of year and we hope you enjoy the upcoming events and being part of the HDS team.
HDS hosted a reception at the 2018 USDF Region 9 JR/YR Clinic with George Williams held at WV Farms on June 23-24, 2018. The reception was open to all riders and auditors of the event. George Williams spoke at the reception and provided some insight into the path to the Olympics and also how our young riders are faring in Europe training and competing. It was a great event and we hope that perhaps one or more of the junior participants will provide a brief report.
HDS was a lunch sponsor for the June Dressage4Kids event held at Tex-Over Farms with dressage judge and trainer, Lilo Fore. HDS members were allowed to audit the event, including lectures, for no cost. This was a fantastic event for the kids (and adults alike). Jessica Fan was instrumental in organizing the event.
HDS has been receiving entries for the Laborious Day show and, once again, our fantastic volunteers are signing up through the portal. Thank you, thank you. The shows literally would not happen without our tireless volunteers. For anyone who has not volunteered, we provide on the job training, lunch, Starbucks gift card and HDS bucks. A gentle reminder that to be eligible for year-end awards you must have completed your four volunteer hours. As most will tell you, volunteering is not only fun, but also rewarding.
Enough for now. Again, enjoy the rest of the summer with your family, friends, ponies and horses and we look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the upcoming (cooler) months.
Chris Renne – HDS President