Dear HDS Members,
The HDS Spring Classic I&II shows and Shoofly Farm CDI will be here before you know it. For the first time, a new FEI division was added this year just for Adult Amateurs. It’s called CDIAm with classes offered at the Small Tour (Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I) and Medium Tour (Intermediate-A, Intermediate-B and Intermediate-II). The CDIAm classes will be included in the Shoofly Farm CDI end of April and I hope some of the HDS and Region 9 Adult Amateurs give them a try. To assist first time CDI riders, HDS has prepared a CDI “Entry Guide” that can be found in this newsletter and on the HDS Web site. Riders need to plan ahead because the paperwork can take several weeks. The steps include an FEI registration for horse and rider ($15 each) and a horse passport ($50 for the USEF Passport version).
The HDS Spring Classic I will introduce two new awards for Coaches—one based on the quantity of classes ridden by their students and the second based on the average score of their ten top rider scores. The Coach awards include an Apple IPad Air2 and a Wireless Communication headset system donated by sponsors. Be sure to list your Coach’s name on the Entry Form!
Finally, the HDS Board approved a Volunteer Incentive Program at the last HDS Board meeting. The details will be announced shortly but the program uses “HDS Bucks” given for volunteer service that can be redeemed for various HDS items such as advertising, show stabling, reserved parking spaces, etc. HDS is eager to increase rewards for the volunteers who make the shows possible.
I want to remind HDS members they are welcome to come to any HDS Board meeting. The meetings are held at 7PM the second Monday of each month. Let me know if you want to attend. Meeting minutes are listed on the HDS Web site when they are finalized.
All the Best,
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President