June President’s Message
A gentle reminder to double check that you have renewed your HDS membership for the year. In order to be eligible for end-of-year awards it is required that you renew your membership before September 30, 2017, and complete the four volunteer hours. So far we have been very impressed with the volunteer turnout. Schooling show participants do not have the four hour requirement, but juniors competing at recognized shows must complete their hours. There are still a few more shows and other opportunities to get your hours.
Attention all Amazon shoppers, when you make purchases on Amazon please make the purchase through Amazon Smile and name HDS as your favorite non-profit. It is very easy. You just go to smile.amazon.com set up HDS as your designated non-profit and then shop as you normally would. Amazon will then give HDS a small percentage back to HDS every quarter. It may not be much, but every little bit helps us defray the operating costs. We are trying to take advantage of as many opportunities to raise money that does not require member’s input. If you know of other companies that offer these types of programs, please let us know. Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations to HDS.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and participants for helping the HDS Summer show achieve such success. The Pro-Am was great fun and congratulations to the Champion pairs Dawn Chamorro/Bonnie Canter on Fifinella and Marta Renilla and Jenesena Ursone. Reserve Champion pairs were Yvonne Kusserow/Tracy Zaidenweber and Tiago Ernesto/Bonnie Canter on Shakira. What was interesting is that the first year of the Pro-Am, more adult amateurs signed up so we had 1 Pro to 2 AAs. This year the Open riders really stepped up and the teams were switched to 1 Pro and 1 AA. Next year we hope that more AAs will sign up. We will work on advertising the teams in advance. Hopefully this will give the riders a chance to go cheer for their partner(s) or opponents.
We are hoping to offer an educational event in late summer/early Fall focusing on passport applications for foreign born and US born horses. This will be based on the wonderful guide that Leslie Cummings put together for HDS and is on the website. It will be structured as a “walk-through” the process and question –answer session by a few members who have successfully negotiated the procedure and/or studied the process. It will also cover some of the veterinary requirements, timelines and relevant contact information.
July is typically a quiet month and I hope everyone gets a chance to relax and avoid the heat as much as possible.