President’s Message – December 2016
Happy Holidays to all HDS members, families and barns. First, I would like to thank Leslie Rohrer and the previous board members for their hard work and long hours that have made HDS so successful. I reread the November Newsletter and was impressed with the achievements HDS made under the helm of Leslie. She will be a very difficult act to follow. Fortunately, Leslie is remaining on the Board as Recognized Show Chair (and I have her phone number) so we will still have her sage advice to rely upon.
Welcome to the new board members who bring with them enthusiasm, new ideas and experiences which will assist HDS in continuing the momentum of supporting dressage in our area at all levels. The website has been updated to reflect the contact information for each board position.
Along with the Holidays, November/December was a busy month for HDS:
USDF Dressage Finals: HDS and Region 9 were very well represented at the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY. 33 of the riders were from Texas, many of whom were HDS members. A great article “Texas Takes the Titles at USDF Dressage Finals” summarizes the results of the various riders and we encourage you to read the article posted.
Schooling Show Championships: The Schooling Show Championships was a great success. For the first time it was changed to a one day event, which was well received by the participants. In addition, many of the participants joined or renewed their membership and HDS has started off this year’s membership with higher numbers than in the past. Thank you to those new and renewing members- let’s keep the momentum going. We hope to increase our numbers this year and we rely upon our members to get the word out about the benefits of HDS membership.
Awards Banquet: We are looking forward to this year’s Awards Banquet to highlight many of the successes of the year. The Awards Banquet will continue to be held at the HDS Winter Show. The 2016 Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Arena Club at Great SW Equestrian Center. The 2016 award winners will be contacted in early January. The banquet reservation form is online so please fill out the form as soon as possible.
Changes at USEF/USDF: At the USDF Convention this year, both the USEF and USDF announced some changes to the marketing of equine sports to encourage participation in the various disciplines and encourage more youth involvement. Emphasis will be placed on the fact that horse riding is the only sport in which there is an emotional bond between the athletes. USEF will be changing its logo and presentation to emphasize the “joy of horse sports” and make entry into horse sports more welcoming. In that light, HDS is hoping to continue to build participation, especially youth participation, in the sport of dressage. We will be reaching out to other GMO’s to see what has worked in other regions, but welcome suggestions from the members.
Grants for Dressage Riders – The Dressage Foundation: Another bright note is that The Dressage Foundation has added new grants and is encouraging more applications for both existing and new grants. The Dressage Foundation provides many grants throughout the year for just about every facet of dressage education, from adult amateur, open, junior and even judging grants. Last year they had several grants with no applicants and TDF is encouraging more applications. While HDS will post the dates of the proposed grant deadlines, it is best to confirm the official dates on the TDF website as the deadlines are subject to change.
I look forward to working with the Board and HDS members towards maintaining the momentum and success that HDS has achieved. All the best,
Chris Renne- HDS President