Columbia County Dressage Chapter News – September 2014

September 2nd, 2014


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2014-06-21 10.25.04 2014-06-21 15.17.32 Dressage CourtWe have had an exciting month here in Columbia County.  The County Fair had decided not to have an Open Dressage Show at the fair this year and many interested people in the area contacted the Chapter to see if we could spear head getting Dressage back in the Fair Agenda.  Our Chapter members were able to get over 120 signatures in three days to bring to the board meeting in order to show interest in the Dressage portion of the Fair. Because of this, negotiations were made to put the Open Dressage Show back into the Fair program. The Fair did not want to do the show, so Debbie Spitzenpfeil volunteered to organize and be show secretary for the Fair so they would not have to do any of the organization.

When the Chapter members took a look at the Dressage Court that they had built several years ago for the Fairgrounds, we realized that the footing was terrible and even worse than last year.  The Fairgrounds had promised to maintain the footing and add several loads of either hogs’ fuel or sand last year, but that was not done.  The Chapter stepped up and signed up with the Fair as volunteers to take on this responsibility.  We had 10 Chapter members work at repairing and repainting the court, the arena was tilled and leveled, weed sprayed, and 5 loads of sand brought in to make perfect footing for the Fair. Our small Chapter spent a total combined hours of 190 hours fixing the footing and the court for the Fair as their volunteers. We brought in our own materials, tractors, got some sand donated and the rest of the sand was purchased by two members of our Chapter.
The Show was a huge success, with 12 Local Sponsors, 53 rides, 17 volunteers, 55 spectators and we made front page news on the local newspaper, The Chronicle! We have had a huge feedback on how smooth the Show went and “when are you doing another”!  We have a proposal now with the Fair Board to put on a Series of Shows.  These Shows, however, will be put on by the Chapter so that the proceeds can go to the Chapter, after all, the Court is beautiful and ready to go!  We are also submitting a proposal to see if the Fair will open the Court during the summer on certain days so that all in the County can haul in and practice in the Court. We are hoping they will consider open ride days at the Fairgrounds.

A huge thank you goes out to our members and those who volunteered for work on the Court and at the Show.  What a wonderful group of ladies and husbands! Our small Chapter should be proud of what we accomplished this last month!

ODS Championships Needs Volunteers | September 5 – 7 | Sherwood, OR (more)

September 1st, 2014


This coming Friday through Sunday (September 5 – 7), ODS will host our 33rd Annual Open and Championship Show at DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood, OR.

As of the date and time of this email, we have 25 openings on Friday and Sunday and 23 on Saturday.  This show is the largest annual fundraiser for ODS and as such, it is very important that the show have strong volunteer support!

Training can be provided for most jobs and some require no experience with horses.  Sign up can be done at (or by clicking any of the links below).  If you cannot work an entire shift, email or call Tammy Kienitz with your availability and preferences.  The times in the schedule can be changed to accommodate yours schedule – any help is appreciated!

Also – we still need a few experienced scribes.  If you are interested in scribing, please contact Tammy directly.

Thank you!!!

If you have any questions, please contact: Tammy Kienitz (volunteer coordinator) at or 541-979-1198, not the ODS Office.

September 2014 ODS President’s Column

September 1st, 2014

President’s Column:


It’s almost that time of year again that competitors have been planning for all show season.


The 34th Annual ODS Open and Championship Shows, to be held September 5 [open], 6 & 7, 2014.  If you haven’t qualified for Championships but are not done showing for the year then ODS Open show on Friday September 5th is the show for you.  The show committee is busy working on getting all the behind the scenes jobs done.  A full show committee this year makes the jobs easier for all.


This is the largest ODS fundraising event of the year and has the largest outreach. We couldn’t do the show without the help of our show and class sponsors.  If you’re interested in sponsoring or advertising please go to


As with all shows we’re looking for volunteers all three days, no experience required for most jobs.  Please sign-up at


Good luck to all the competitors and a big thank you to all the sponsors, advertisers and Volunteers.


Rose Newman, ODS President


Office Notes:


Volunteer Lottery

Win a FREE ride at the ODS Fall Festival with Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy – turn in your volunteer hours to the volunteer in charge of this program by 9/19.  Details on the ODS website’s “Volunteer” page.


Winnie Heiney-Duncan Scholarship Fund:

Developed to honor and support long time and well respected ODS member Winnie-Heiney-Duncan, this scholarship seeks to further develop the education of Jr/YR’s within the Society. This scholarship strives to promote and encourage values that Winnie personifies, such as kindness, commitment, character, dedication, ethics, quality treatment of horses, education of humans and equines, and fairness.  One scholarship per Membership year in the amount of $100 to a qualified Jr/YR may be awarded.   Scholarship funds may be applied to various equine related educational opportunities such as clinics, symposiums, lessons, competitions, and/or travel.   Multiple person awards may be considered in situations of Jr/YR team competition applications.  Verify criteria on the ODS website or in the ODS Roster.  Applications must be submitted to the ODS Office at least 14 days prior to any ODS Board meeting.  Each application will be evaluated without regard to prior award. Scholarships will be awarded on the merit of the proposal.


34th Annual ODS Championship Show:is right around the corner (Sept 5-7) and our committee rents DevonWood for that event as well.  Besides riding, there are other ways to support this show in other ways. This show is traditionally the largest annual fundraiser held by ODS due to the support and contributions of our sponsors.  Wilco has sponsored this show since 2001 by providing first bedding.  This show also requires the work of 100s of volunteers to pull it off, starting when the donated bedding is delivered on Monday until the day after the show for details.


Special Awards Deadline is 10 – 1 – members can nominate deserving individuals for special awards.  See the ODS Website – click “Awards” and then “Special Awards” for details.


Renew your ODS Membership – no more grace period for Free ODS Publications | Deadline is 10/31:

2014 ODS memberships will expire on 10/31.  Your membership must be RECEIVED by 10/31 in order to be in the list for the ODS publications and next year is a new test year – you will want the new Testbook!  To renew, please mail in the form found in Flying Changes with a check to our office, or respond by clicking on the link which will be sent to you later this month.  Please call the ODS Office if you need assistance with your renewal at 503-681-2337.


2015 Show Approval and Omnibus Deadlines: The 2015 Show Approval and Omnibus deadlines will be 10/1.  Any show that is planned for 2015 should have their applications turned in by that time.  If you had a show in 2014, you should have already received your forms via e-mail; if you have a new show, or if you would like to add your show to the ODS Omnibus, please contact the Office for the correct forms and to have any questions answered.


ODS Fall Festival – Fantastic Education plus our 44th Anniversary and Awards Celebration: Coming up in November is the ODS Fall Festival – and our symposium called “Dressage is for Every Horse.”  Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy will teach and OSU veterinarian Erica McKenzie is back by popular demand to speak during lunch on Sunday.   Keep getting your volunteer log sheets turned in because in addition to the selected riders, one lucky volunteer will win the volunteer lottery to ride for free.  ODS also needs contributions to the auction!  Saturday evening (11/1) ODS will host our Special Awards and 44th Anniversary Celebration at the DWEC Clubhouse.  Both Janet and Debbie will be on hand to meet you and to autograph their books. Room capacity is 234, thus pre-registration is very important.  This reception is FREE for ODS MEMBERS who PRE-REGISTER; non-members or members showing up at the event will be charged $10.    Light appetizers and beverages will be served compliments of several of the ODS Chapters.


NOTICE of the ODS General Membership Meeting

The ODS General Membership Meeting will be held during the lunch break of the ODS Fall Festival on Saturday November 1st at DevonWood in Sherwood, OR.  General Membership meetings are open to all members and the public and have no fee to attend however there is an admission cost to the rest of the weekend’s planned events (educational opportunities).  Contact the ODS Office for details (503) 681-2337.


ODS Chapter Elections

Chapters shall notify members of their intent to hold elections at least two weeks prior to the election date. Mail ballots will be accepted. Chapter officers shall be at least 18 years of age and be ODS members in good standing at the time of election and maintain membership through the term of office. Chapter officers shall be elected and take office prior to November 1 each year.  A list of Chapter officers containing Office, name, and e-mail address shall be submitted to the ODS Office by November 15 of each year.  Submission may be by the ODS Chapter Officer Report Form (see Section IV Appendices of the ODS Policies and Procedures Manual) or by e-mail providing the same information required by the form.  Contact the ODS President or Office if you have any questions.


Merchandise Coordinator Wanted for the 2014 Show & Event Season The ODS Office is looking for a volunteer to help with coordinating our merchandise and brochures getting to different shows and events throughout the year.  Ideally this volunteer would be able to pick up and drop off supplies (clothing, books, merchandise) from the ODS Office in Hillsboro, however, we may be able to work out transportation to/from events with competitors.  This volunteer would need to set-up/tear-down the booth, recruit volunteers (if needed) to staff the booth during the show and to complete an inventory/ financial report after each event.  Reimbursement for travel expenses is possible and training and assistance is guaranteed!  Please contact Corinne in the office at (503) 681-2337 if you are interested.

Reminder | Application Deadline 9/1 | Be a Demo Rider at the 2014 ODS Fall Festival with Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy (more)

August 31st, 2014


Dear ODS Members,

Come Ride at the ODS Fall Festival on November 1st and 2nd and become part of Oregon Dressage Society’s History.  

This year’s Fall Festival features both an Olympian / USEF National Coach as well as a well-known and respected International Dressage Judge and Author!  The two combine their expertise, experience and talents – Janet covers the perspective from the judge’s box while Debbie offers the viewpoint of the dressage trainer and coach.

The demonstration rider application deadline is approaching soon – get your application turned in before 9/1!

Riders must submit a complete online application (note: it is very thorough and will take you some time to fill out) and provide a link to a 5-8 minute video demonstrating movements at the level at which the horse/rider combination are applying.

Selections will be made by each of the ODS Committees (ODS Youth, ODS Adult, ODS Sport Horse, ODS Para-Equestrian).  In addition, one lucky volunteer will win an opportunity to ride (see this flier for details on our Volunteer Lottery). ODS is also seeking non-traditional demo riders, from equestrians whose primary discipline is not dressage (Eventers, Hunter/Jumpers, Breed-Show and Western Dressage) however are curious of the benefits to their horse’s performance with the application of dressage training principles.

The cost for each demo rider is $175 plus $35/day stabling.  $175 includes one session per day (Saturday and Sunday); there may be 1, 2 or 3 horses per session, as determined by the selection committee and clinicians.

The preliminary application linked below will be used to notify ODS committees selecting demo riders of interest; the committees may contact applicants for additional information – Demo Rider Application – online form

For more information on the application process, please first review the ODS Fall Festival Webpage.  After that, if you have any questions about representing ODS as a demo rider, contact Corinne Stonier, ODS Office - (503) 681-2337



Pacific Crest Trail Chapter News – September 2014

August 30th, 2014


Pacific Crest Trail Chapter held a potluck lunch and meeting on July 13, 2014,  at Century Springs Farm in North Plains during our recent clinic with Ernst Herrmann. We announced a change of venue for our  Dressage Can Be Fun Show on October 25 & 26, previously scheduled to be held at Mt Hood Equestrian Center in Boring, Oregon. Our new location will be Ride On Ranch, 30190 NW Scotch Church Road in Hillsboro, Oregon. The Practice Show will be held on Saturday, October 25, and the League Show will be on Sunday, October 26.

Due to limited stall availability, locals should plan to haul in and out both days; priority will be given to those coming in from out of town. Entries open September 15. We are looking for volunteers for both days, and you can sign up on the ODS website in the volunteer section. For questions, please contact Rennie Squier at or 503-880-3870.

Our final Ernst Herrmann clinic for this year at Century Springs Farm will be October 5. There will be  a potluck lunch beginning at noon, with a chapter meeting following. We invite you to join us. If you would like to ride in the clinic, watch a lesson, or join us for lunch, contact Joyce Stride at 503-647-0168.


Register to Audit the 2014 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum | Hanford, CA | Oct 4-5 (more)

August 28th, 2014

Join USDF as Scott Hassler and Ingo Pape return for the 2014 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, presented by Dressage at Devon, a USDF Education Partner. Our second forum, hosted by California Dressage Society, will be held October 4-5 at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA. Auditor pre-registration is now open. Click here for more details about the forum.

Pre-registration deadline is 9-17.


ODS Members with AOL email addresses who are wishing to receive the ODS Broadcast Emails without interruption

August 28th, 2014

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If you have AOL and if you are an ODS member and want to continue to receive your e-mail, you need to take steps to authorize ODS to send you broadcast email.   

Email addresses you will want to include are:


And, if you are a chapter leader, committee leader or board member:


Follow these instructions: 

AOL (version 9.0 or higher)
In AOL, you can add the Oregon Dressage Society broadcast e-mail address to the “People I Know” list. To add the address,

  • Copy the addresses listed above which apply to you.
  • Select the Mail menu and select Address Book.
  • In the pop up box, select Add.
  • Paste the copied address/type the address required in the Other email field.
  • Make the newly added address the “Primary email address” by checking the checkbox.
  • Select Save.

AOL (version 7.0 or 8.0)

  • Select Mail in the Menu on the top of the screen.
  • Select Mail Controls.
  • The Mail Control Screen would be displayed. Select Next.
  • Select Customize Mail Controls for this Screen Name and click Next.

Version 8.0

  • You can select “Allow email from all AOL members, email addresses and domains” (allows all emails).
  • Select Next until the Save button shows up at the bottom.
  • Select Save.

Version 7.0

  • In the exclusion and inclusion parameters, include the domain



Twin Rivers Chapter News – August/September 2014

August 28th, 2014


It has been a busy summer for the Twin Rivers Chapter – ODS. We held our annual Mid Summer Night’s Dream horse show on July 12th and 13th. Our chapter joined the Jumps and Jodpurs Pony Club in putting this wonderful show together. It was held at the beautiful facility owned by Jim and Diane Hallstrom. The weather was extremely hot but the management took great care to keep horses and riders cool. The lunch provided by USPC and TRC members was incredible. It included several homemade salads, chicken, cookies and even homemade ice cream! Several of our members have been actively showing throughout the region and have had great success with their horses. One special member is Sally Temple. She rode her “Century Ride” at The Lake Oswego Dressage show on August 2nd. The combined age of herself and her trainer Kim Barker’s horse Baloo was 101 years! Many club members showed up to cheer her on and share a celebratory cake in the club house. Way to go Sally!! Our Adult Amateur Dressage Camp is coming up August 14th – 17th and riders from the region are anxious to school with Kathy Casey and Debbie Spence. The camp will be held at the lovely Sporthorse Farm in Creswell, owned by Marcy Chapman. Carolyn Wesolek has been busy scheduling rides, organizing meals, and coordinating our instructors for a wonderful experience. Our annual end of the season bar-b-que will be held on August 24th at the beautiful home of Bill and Laura Clenendon. It is always a fun afternoon getting together to share stories about the show season and recognize the wonderful volunteers that helped make all our activities such a success.

Prize List Update: October 2014 | Dressage in the State of Jefferson (more)

August 27th, 2014



This is a prize list update notification.  This show’s prize list was updated 8/26/2014 with a correction regarding USDF Regional Championships Qualifying Classes.  Nothing else was changed.

Dressage in the State of Jefferson

Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014

Jackson County Fairgrounds & Expo Park, Central Point, OR

Judge: Loris Henry (S)

Technical Delegate: Dianne Stanley (R)

Mail entries to: Secretary/Manager: Kaye Phaneuf • 9377 S Barnards Rd, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 880-3892 •

Website: • ride times:

Opening date: August 18, 2014 - 
entries postmarked before opening date will be penalized 

Closing date: September 12, 2014 - 
post-entries accepted if time is available with an additional $10 per class fee

Recognized by: USEF/USDF #329589 (Level 2) • ODS #1603 • A Qualifying Event for the 2015 ODS Championship Show & 2015 GAIG/USDF Regional Championship

Competition Management: Oregon Dressage Society, Inc. (State of Jefferson Chapter)

Click Here for Official Prize List - PL Updated 8/26/2014 with a correction regarding USDF Regional Championships Qualifying Classes

Click Here for General Rules for ODS approved USEF/USDF Licensed Shows

Click Here for the ODS approved USEF/USDF Licensed Shows Entry Form

Note: this show can be entered online – see the press release with instructions here:


Volunteer for the ODS Championship Show | September 5-7, 2014 | Sherwood, OR (more)

August 25th, 2014

Greetings ODS!

We are in need of volunteers for the ODS Open and Championship Show on September 5-7th at DevonWood Equestrian Centre.  All positions are needed including experienced scribes.  Training can be provided for most jobs.  Sign up can be done at  The times in the schedule can be changed to accommodate yours schedule – any help is appreciated!   If you cannot work an entire shift, email Tammy Kienitz (address below) with your availability and preferences.  If you are interested in scribing, please contact Tammy directly.

Thank you!!!

If you have any questions, please contact: Tammy Kienitz (volunteer coordinator) at or 541-979-1198, not the ODS Office.


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