April HDS President’s Message
Dear HDS Members,
There are different perspectives on “awards” across all sports. Some athletes feel awards are irrelevant to their training and not that important. Other athletes feel awards are an end in themselves. Most of us probably fall in the middle—awards provide tangible feedback that our training and hard work is successful and we are progressing in a positive direction.
The awards offered at HDS shows are evolving so that each show has something “special” to make it interesting for the competitors. At the HDS Summer Shows I&II in June, there will be a new Freestyle High Point ribbon and trophy offered. In addition, HDS will offer a Pro-Am Tournament for teams of three or four riders (One Open rider and two to three Adult Amateur riders per team). The Pro-Am Tournament is designed to add FUN and inspire friendly team rivalries.
Riders and coaches should always check the “Awards” page of every HDS show prize list to see what the show is offering. Some of the opportunities require upfront planning before the show starts (breed awards, coach awards, Pro-Am team entries, etc.) so you don’t miss out. HDS wants everyone to participate in the various awards offered, if they are interested.
Enjoy the rest of the spring show season!
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President