Dear HDS Members,
Welcome to 2015! I hope everyone had a good holiday. HDS has several new initiatives to announce for a fast start to the new year as outlined below.
Recognized Shows: A new FEI Adult Amateur division, CDIAm, will be added to the HDS Spring Classic I&II and Shoofly Farm CDI show, April 23-26 at GSWEC. This new division was approved by the FEI for worldwide implementation effective Jan. 1, 2015. HDS will add CDIAm prize money and it’s a great opportunity for adult amateurs competing at PSG and above to try a CDI with FEI (international) rules.
In accordance with USDF’s push to support more dressage pony riders, HDS will offer pony classes in 2015 with two divisions—one for Junior/Young Riders and the other for Adult Amateur/Open riders. Ponies must have official pony measurement cards which can be obtained at any HDS recognized show. The pony classes use the same USEF dressage tests as the non-pony classes with the highest level test counting towards Region 9 and SWDC Championship qualifying. The advantage of the classes is that ponies compete against each other rather than against large horses.
Education: HDS tries to provide strong educational options each year. In 2015, HDS is proud to present a two day symposium with Conrad Schumacher of Germany on Feb. 27 – March 1 at Isabella Farms in Cypress, TX. As a rider, Conrad won the German National Championships and was a member of the German National Team. However, his greatest success has been as a trainer in Germany, Holland, Great Britain and the US. He has coached Olympic medalists as well as World, European and US champions. You don’t want to miss this symposium! “Early bird” auditor reservations at discounted prices are available until mid January. Check the HDS Web site for details.
HDS is also happy to host the 2015 Nutrena/USDF Region 9 Adult Amateur Clinic Series on April 11-12 at Windy Knoll Farm in Magnolia, TX. The clinic will be team taught by Kathy Connelly and Betsy Steiner. Both women rode for the US Dressage Team at international competitions and have long dressage resumes. Rider applications can be found on USDF.org. Auditors are welcome.
HDS Fundraising: HDS just received 501c3 approval. This means, for the first time, donations to the club are tax deductible and qualify for corporate matching funds. Stay tuned as HDS puts together a fundraising program with multi-faceted opportunities to grow dressage in our area.
Several additional exciting efforts are still under development for 2015. Stay tuned! If you haven’t renewed your HDS membership, it’s a good time to do so in order to receive a full year of benefits.
Happy New Year!
Leslie Rohrer - HDS President