October President’s Message
Regional Championships was a success and the largest HDS Championships in 7 years. An important group of facts: Region 9 Championships was larger than either Region 7 and Region 2 this year – go Region 9.
I was sorry to have missed the event; however, my son’s recognition ceremony at Mass. Maritime Academy was the same weekend. Needless to say, they weren’t going to reschedule to allow me to attend both. I was able to keep up with the show on-line and by staying in communication with other members. Congratulations to all.
Huge Thank you to Volunteers: Thank you, again, to our fantastic volunteers who made the Regional Championships possible. It was quite an undertaking. I hope the volunteers, board members who assisted, and show staff have recovered sufficiently.
December Schooling Show Championships: Schooling show Championships are still to come in December. This is always a great event and done in conjunction with an open schooling show. We hope to see you there either riding or cheering on our schooling show competitors who have worked hard this year.
Membership: Our recognized show year is over as is our membership year. We ended the year with 344 members give or take, which was just about the same as last year. With the upcoming year we hope that you will be renewing your membership and encouraging others to join HDS (Please read on for new non-show events). Behind the scenes we have been working on a revamp of our website, which will include a mobile friendly version. We heard from many of you that you wanted the website to be accessible from your phone and generally more user friendly. We didn’t want to schedule the roll out until after Championships since there are a lot of links that could have wreaked havoc on the system during the event. There is still more work to be done, but we hope to have a new website within the next 90-120 days. Bear with us during this time.
In the interim the old site will be available and we hope that you have been able to use and get information through our social media portals, including Facebook and Instagram.
Educational Events: Certain board members have convened a committee to schedule an unmounted educational training series this year to provide for opportunities for increased participation. Some ideas that we have discussed are veterinary issues, feeding and supplements, farrier, sport psychology and equipment topics. If you have any ideas for topics please send them to the education chair. An unmounted series is really limitless.
Safe Sport Requirements and Education: Effective January 1, 2019, all US Equestrian adult members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities. Members can immediately access the free Safe Sport training directly through their member dashboard. We encourage members to complete the training as soon as possible. This training is not limited, and others can take the training. It is actually training that is required in almost all sporting events now and not limited to horse sports.
Again, we hope that some of our AAs will write in with ideas for either the unmounted series or other educational ideas geared towards the AAs. Thank you!
Chris Renne – HDS President