September 2014 HDS President’s Message
Dear HDS Members,
Two exciting HDS events occurred in the last few weeks. First, HDS Treasurer, Jennie Robicheaux, filed the final application documents to change HDS from a 501c7 social non-profit to a 501c3 non-profit. It took Jennie several months and hours of effort to make this happen. I don’t know the history of how HDS got started as a 501c7, but every other dressage club I’ve checked, as well as USDF, are all 501c3 non-profit organizations.
The new classification allows HDS donations, for the first time, to be tax deductible. It also allows HDS to qualify for corporate matching funds. HDS is in the early stages of developing a plan for how this new tax structure can be used to support members. An Annual Campaign to support scholarships and educational grants is one of the ideas already suggested. I will report back when the board finalizes a plan.
The second event is that HDS partnered with Great Southwest Equestrian Center and the Harris County Houston Sports Authority to bid on the US Dressage Finals for 2016-2018. The bid was submitted on September 15. It’s uncertain when USDF will make a decision.
Of course, there is no guarantee Houston will win the bid, but at least we will be considered. There is one other bidder HDS knows about and probably more. Even if Houston doesn’t win the bid, HDS will receive some recognition from the decision making committee and USDF management. As part of the “scouting” process, Stephan Hienzsch, the USDF Executive Director, will be attending the GAIG/USDF Region 9 Championships in a few weeks. Please introduce yourself and let him know how eager we are to host the Finals.
Good luck to competitors at the October championship show!
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President