November 2016 HDS President’s Message
Dear HDS Members,
This is my last message as HDS President. I have been honored to serve HDS members for the last four years and have been grateful for the opportunity. Thank you. I continue on the Board as Recognized Show Chair and welcome Chris Renne as the new President.
The HDS Board has worked very hard during my term so I want to share some of their accomplishments. Overall, the club achieved financial stability, increased its breadth of member programs and awards, fostered participation from the local dressage barns and increased HDS’s reputation at the national level. Here are some examples:
- Treasury: The club became a 501c3 non-profit organization, organized its accounts on Quickbooks and successfully defended an IRS audit without penalties.
- Education: Multiple educational events were held including symposiums with top US riders, Emerging Dressage Athlete (EDAP) clinics, USDF Adult Amateur and Jr/YR clinics, the FEI Training Series and several unmounted lectures.
- Advertising/Sponsorships: An advertising brochure was developed resulting in multiple annual advertisers. Sponsorships include Shoofly Farm as the CDI title sponsor, Paladin Equestrian as the Schooling Championship sponsor and Solstice Farms as the National Dressage Pony Cup partner sponsor.
- HDS Schooling Shows: There has been growth in both the number of schooling show host barns and the number of shows. Two new schooling divisions were added—Western Dressage and Eventing Dressage. Opportunity classes at Recognized Shows were added as HDS Schooling Show Championship qualifiers.
- Information Technology: HDS started accepting online show entries, added a Facebook business page, initiated a monthly eblast program, created a digital photo library and opened an online portal for elections, volunteer sign up, memberships and special event registration.
- Awards: Show ribbons and High Point trophies were upgraded. The number of show awards was expanded to include a Pony High Point. New awards were tested such as the Coach Quantity and Quality awards, a Pro-Am Tournament and a Jackpot class.
- Publications: Show programs were initiated for every HDS show, public relations articles were written and distributed and a “How to Enter a CDI” guide was developed.
- Special Events: The annual HDS Awards Banquet was moved to the Winter Show for increased attendance. Diverse speakers and entertainers were added to show dinners. Recognized show competitor parties were upgraded and increased in number.
- Recognized Shows: A Pony division was added and HDS became a National Dressage Pony Cup partner organization. New classes were added to some shows including Dressage Sport Horse Breeding (DSHB), the FEI Children’s Division, FEI 7 year old Young Horse Division and the FEI Adult Amateur Division. In 2015, HDS hosted the USEF Para-Dressage national championship.
- Volunteers: The “HDS Bucks” program was initiated along with year-end recognition for the most active volunteers.
- Juniors: Multiple fund-raising events were held to support Junior meetings and events such as EDAP lunches for all HDS Juniors.
- Membership: Membership grew to 400+ members and new benefits were added.
HDS has significant momentum to continue supporting dressage in our area at all levels—from schooling shows to national and international competitions. We can be proud of what our horses, riders and trainers have achieved and I know the club will have even more success in the future.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President