March 2017 Presidents Message
Spring has arrived. I hope everyone had a great spring break and is ready for a number of the upcoming events.
The 2017 Shoofly Farm CDI and HDS Spring Classic I&II will take place April 27-30. HDS will hold their annual spring silent auction at this event. As you do your spring cleaning please keep HDS in mind. Everything is appreciated. A flyer with details is online. This event is one of our big fundraisers and helps us raise funds necessary to offset the costs of some of our other programs
USEF: The USEF is sporting a new logo, website and generating new enthusiasm by rolling out a program to publicize the Joy of Horse Sports. If you haven’t done so you may want to log on to their website. HDS shares their enthusiasm and hopes to generate the same interest in dressage in our community, especially with the “younger” generation. Go onto the HDS webpage as well as we have posted some events for our younger riders including a new national championship called the “2017 Children National Dressage Championship”. This event is for riders aged 12-14 on either a pony or a horse.
Gentle Reminder to check your Calendar – Grants for Dressage – The Dressage Foundation: Earlier this year the Dressage Foundation announced their list of grants. The Dressage Foundation provides many grants throughout the year for just about every facet of dressage education, from adult amateur, open, junior and even judging grants. While HDS will post the dates of the proposed grant deadlines, it is best to confirm the official dates on the TDF website as the deadlines are subject to change.
Conrad Schumacher Series: The second part of the Conrad Schumacher Training Series will take place March 31-April 3. HDS members can audit for free. The first day will be held at Freestyle Farm and the remaining three days will be at Tex-Over. The information is posted on the website.
2017 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum: Isabella Farms will be hosting this event May 13-14 for the first time in Houston. This is very exciting and we encourage all to put this on your calendars. Rider/horse applications are due by 3/31 to the USDF. For application and to sign up to audit please go to USDF.org.
We are looking forward to a busy Spring season and we hope to see our members take advantage of the events and auditing opportunities that are available in the upcoming months.