Dear HDS Members,
July was a BIG month for dressage on the international stage.
USDF Region 9 sent both a Junior and a Young Rider team to the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, KY. This is an international event between Canada, Mexico and the USA. HDS is part of Region 9 so some of the riders were also HDS members. The Region 9 Juniors brought home the NAJYRC Team and Individual bronze medals! The Region 9 Young Rider team finished in 6th place. HDS is very proud of all the riders and congratulates them on their success. In 2015, Region 9 led the country in the number of riders declaring their intent to qualify for NAJYRC with a total of 22 horse and rider pairs. This is exciting for the future.
The Pan American Games were also held in July. The US Dressage Team needed a gold medal in order to send a team to the 2016 Olympics. Fortunately, the riders were able to secure the gold and US dressage riders can now start working towards Olympic team selection. Unfortunately, second placed Canada was not able to secure an Olympic berth.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay cool.
Leslie Rohrer -HDS President