President’s Message – January 2017
HDS has hit the ground running this January and is looking forward to a year that is full of dressage events in addition to the show calendar. The new board members and I are settling in thanks in large part to the organization and transitional assistance of the past President and outgoing Board Members. The purpose of this newsletter is to make you aware of upcoming events so you can get them on your calendar. I especially would like to draw attention to the grants that are available to adult amateur and open riders and even a grant geared towards judging. The Dressage Foundation has let us know that they are seeking applicants for these grants. There are some great opportunities and I encourage anyone interested to apply – it is easier than you think and no special skill is required other than keen interest and a goal that meets the criteria of the grant.
Congratulations to all the HDS year end award recipients for both the Recognized Shows and the Schooling Shows. We know how much time, effort and plain hard work goes into earning eligibility for the awards and to be Champion and Reserve Champion at the levels is certainly an achievement. Congratulations also to all the eligible riders and good luck this year. My next message will focus on additional show events and outline some exciting news for this show season (teaser HDS awarded the Southern Breeders’ Championship to be held at the Laborious II show).
Conrad Schumacher has agreed to come back this year for another Three Part FEI Training Series. It seems that quite a few horse and riders are moving up the levels and we hope to see some new faces as well as past participants apply for the series. Part One of the 2017 FEI Training Series with Conrad Schumacher will be February 13-15, 2017 at The Woodlands Equestrian Club. Applications are simple and available online at the HDS Website. HDS members can audit for FREE. Conrad is from Germany and was German National Champion in his youth. He is known throughout the world for his exceptional dressage training skills. He has trained multiple riders from different countries to Olympic and World medals. This is a rare opportunity for HDS members to watch a dressage master at work.
March 1, 2017 is the deadline for The Dressage Foundation Evie Tumlin Fund. The goal of the fund is to provide financial assistance to Region 9 adult amateur riders to aid in their development in dressage. Grants range from $250 – 750 and are to be used for educational experiences to further the AA’s knowledge of dressage. To apply go to The Dressage Foundation website.
This is not the only grant that TDF offers and the deadlines vary. HDS has posted the deadlines, but they are subject to change so the best place to go is directly to The Dressage Foundation webpage.
The USDF Sport Horse Prospect Forum with Willy Arts and Michael Bragdell will, for the first time, be held in Houston May 13-14, 2017. The Forum will take place at Isabella Farms. There is more information on this event at USDF.org/education. The Forum is designed to bridge the gap between in-hand work and the Young Horse dressage tests. Demonstration riders are needed.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outstanding volunteers at the shows and at the events – without our volunteers HDS could not function. We will have plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. As a reminder the four hour volunteer requirement will be in full force for those seeking end of the year award eligibility. If you have any questions about hours check out the HDS website or contact us. Our contact information is online. Again, we are really looking forward to an exciting year.
All the best,
Chris Renne- HDS President