November 2013 President’s Message
As the new competition year begins, it’s common for dressage riders to set new goals. Most of us want to improve and, perhaps, step up to the next level. However, it’s difficult to advance without professional assistance and education.
In 2014, HDS will continue to support rider education through the Joe R. Bushager Memorial Grant scholarship program and various HDS educational events. The deadline for Bushager scholarship applications is rapidly approaching in December. This HDS program is available to all HDS members and provides scholarships (minimum $500 each) for educational purposes. The application can be found on the HDS Web site under the “Education” tab.
Two 2014 HDS education events are already confirmed with others planned. In early February, HDS is co-hosting the USDF Region 9 Junior/Young Rider clinic with Jeremy Steinberg at Twinwood Equestrian Center. Jeremy is the popular USEF National Youth Coach. Rider applications are due in December and auditors are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the top dressage coaches in the country.
The second HDS education event planned is an April 12-13, 2014 symposium with Anne Gribbons (FL) and Christine Traurig (CA) at Isabella Farms. Both women have significant international experience including multiple Olympics. Anne is the recently retired USET Dressage Chef d’Equip and Christine is a top trainer who rode in the Olympics on Etienne. HDS is excited to bring them to Houston. This is the second annual HDS symposium following the successful 2013 event with Steffen Peters and Janet Foy. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss it! Details for rider applications and auditor sign-up will be available soon.