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ODS President’s Note – October 2014

October 1st, 2014

From the wise words of former ODS President Ed Miller, “Despite the fading daylight and impending winter, autumn always brings with it the feeling of a fresh start – fresh breezes blow, a new school year begins, and we all start planning (or dreaming) for the next year. This month’s column brings a mix of topics for you ponder the past and to think about through the long winter ahead. Enjoy your fall!”

 

 New ODS Membership Year

You may have already heard – if not, ODS Board of Directors voted earlier this year to NOT increase dues for 2015, due in part to cost-saving measures in the ODS Office and confidences that the ODS Fall Festival will be a successful fundraiser.

 

Be aware – there will no longer be a grace period for receiving the ODS Publications (Omnibus, Testbooklet and Roster).  And, this year’s ODS Testbooklet will be in high demand this year as December 1 starts the 2015 NEW Tests Cycle for USEF and USDF.

 

Your renewal must be received by 11/1 in order to be on the complimentary mailing list for ODS Publications. If you renew your membership after that date, you can receive publications as long as supplies last for $30. Removing the grace period was done in effort to continue to cut costs as it is expensive to reprint and risky to stock too many copies, multiple mailings takes time and money (ODS can take advantage of the Non-Profit Bulk Rate if we send out 200+ items at once).

Renew online – go to the ODS website and click “Join or Renew” – or by mail using the form in Flying Changes – or by phone, during office hours.

 

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.

 

Don’t Miss the ODS Fall Festival & Anniversary/Special Awards Celebration

ODS will welcome Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy to the DevonWood Equestrian Centre on November 1 & 2.  This Symposium has been presented to RAVE REVIEWS on the East and West Coast. Competitors: each test movement Training Level through Grand Prix will be demonstrated and scored. What will improve your score 5%? Trainers: Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Debbie McDonald works with each horse/rider combination to correct the basics and move them up the levels.  Instructors: Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald will give examples and demonstrate training exercises to help the horses/riders achieve the correct basics and balance for their level.  Judges: FEI “I” Janet Foy who is on the L Faculty and examines and teaches r, R and S judges and has

judged every major championship in North America and World Cup Finals Abroad will explainthe mystery of “Why not a ’10’???”  www.oregondressage.com/2014-FF.html; limited registration available on site.  Saturday night after the Symposium there will be a reception in the DevonWood Clubhouse – find out the winners of the Annual Special Awards, get your books autographed by Debbie and Janet and socialize with your friends while bidding on amazing baskets and items donated by ODS Chapters and local businesses in our Silent Auction.  DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!

 

2014 Special Awards

ODS Special award nominations are due in the ODS office no later than October 1st – categories of Instructor of the Year, Support Person Extraordinaire, Sportsmanship, Special Recognition and Connie J Keith.  Check the website or ODS Roster for criteria for all awards and previous recipients.The ODS Horse Hall of Fame is the newest category.  An equine must be at least 20 years old when nominated or may be nominated posthumously.  Up to five horses will be honored yearly. The submission is to include an essay of 100words  and a 5×7 picture of the nominee. There are numerous horses from yesteryear who are deserving.  Honor them along with deserving individuals who continue to serve the goals and ideals for which ODS stand.  Questions to Joyce Stride (503) 647-0168

 

Recap on September’s ODS Championship Show

The 33rd Annual ODS Championship Show at DevonWood Equestrian Center was held in September.  Show Manager Jennifer Milburn, the Show Committee and all of the many volunteers did a fabulous job organizing and putting on the show.  The combined results of the show are posted on both the ODS website and on the ODS Championship Show website and for those of you on Facebook, the Oregon Dressage Society Championship Show’s page has lots of photos and sentiments shared from exhibitors, exhibitor’s friends and family members.  Professional pictures are available on Mary Cornelius’s website gallery. Thank you to all who made the show a success, including our sponsors, volunteers, vendors, competitors and supporters.  Now on to qualifying to become next year’s ODS Champions.

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ODS High School Team’s Annual 2014 College Scholarship has been awarded to Christiana Logan

Christiana Logan riding at the ODS Championship Show.  Photo by Mary Cornelius.

Christiana Logan has recently been awarded the 2014 ODS High School Scholarship.  Youth and High School Program Organizers Carol Jackson and Gaye McCabe presented Christiana with a $500 scholarship during the ODS Championship Show at DevonWood in Sherwood, OR.

Christiana graduated last June from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, OR as Valedictorian, with a 4.0 GPA.  She was President of the National Honor Society, active on the Speech and Debate Team, Choir, Leadership Ambassador, participates in Beef and Horse 4-H programs and is an active student volunteer.  Last year Christiana won the National 4-H Hippology contest.

She has been an ODS member since 2007 and earned her varsity letter in Dressage all four years she attended high school.  Christian also won the 2014 ODS Junior/Young Rider Second Level Championship recently at the ODS Championship Show.  Christiana will be attending the Oregon State University where she has been awarded an OSU Presidential Academic Scholarship.

The ODS Youth Program has awarded $12,500 in college scholarships over the past six years to 25 active ODS high school team members. The money is raised from the Dressage for the Ages show and sponsors.

 

2015 USEF Dressage Tests

As most of you are aware, the USEF dressage tests are changing for the next competition year.

FVC member and ODS volunteer Sarah Diebert will be typesetting this year’s ODS Testbooklet as she has for recent years.  In our effort for providing our members the best educational experience possible, ODS goes the extra mile and pays USEF an annual copyright fee so that we can reprint the directive ideas for each movement.  This is one of the things that makes our Testbooklet stand out against the others.  As this article goes to press, ODS is in the midst of contracts with USEF and USDF for securing  copyright permission, so the date of publication is not yet known, however we expect the Testbooklet to mail sometime around January 1st.

The ODS Adult Programs Committee is sponsoring an Intro to the 2015 Tests Clinicwith Michael ‘Mike’ Osinski—FEI 3 on January 17 & 17, 2015.  Although organization is done by the Adult Programs Committee, it is not restricted: it will be open to all members – youth and adult.  It will go through all of the changes for each test from Training to Fourth Level. This will be an interactive clinic with a lecture and video, live riding demos and lots of time for questions.  In this new format, expect a lecture on Saturday afternoon and 15 rides on Sunday to demonstrate all of the new tests.  The clinic will be held at Oregon Equestrian Center, 28250 SW Pete’s Mountain Rd, West Linn, Oregon 97068. Watch your email, or keep checking the ODS website for the link to register.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Merchandise Coordinator Wanted for the 2015 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.

 

 

Pacific Crest Trail Chapter

 

PCTC held a chapter meeting and potluck lunch on August 24, at Century Springs Farm during our Ernst Herrmann clinic. A change of date was announced  for our last Ernst Herrmann clinic of the year; the new date is October 12 at Century Springs Farm in North Plains rather than October 5. The next chapter meeting and potluck lunch will also be held on October 12 at 12:00 at the home of Joyce Stride. If you are interested in riding in this clinic, please contact Joyce for a ride time at 503-647-0168.

 

Our Dressage Can Be Fun Show will be held on October 25 and 26 at the Ride On Ranch, 30190 NW Scotch Church Road in Hillsboro, Oregon. We are still in need of volunteers, so if you are willing to help, go to the ODS website and click on the orange volunteer button, or contact Marci at sanders.marci@gmail.com.

 

 

State of Jefferson Chapter

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SJODS hosted Donna Longacre for an August Youth-Focused Clinic, which ran ten rides per day and included a lecture on biomechanics.   In October, the club will hold the last of the Jutta Schott clinics for 2014, on October 3-5, to be held at Destination’s End Equestrian Center.  Auditors are welcome, at no cost.  Dressage in the State of Jefferson, the SJODS recognized show is scheduled for October 11-12.     More info on our chapter: http://stateofjeffersondressage.com/.

Final Call for ODS Special Awards Nominations | Awards Reception | Fall Festival Update including info on Demo Riders & Volunteer Lottery Winner (more)

September 30th, 2014

October brings with it a flurry of activity in our office – it is time to submit shows for next year’s approval, to compile prize lists for the ODS Omnibus, to apply for next year’s memberships as well as all of the activities involving the ODS Fall Festival.  Please see the bold sections of this e-mail for news that may pertain to you:

 

 

Final Call for ODS Special Awards Nominations – due 10/1:

There have been no nominations for the ODS Support Person Extraordinaire, Theresa Dunlap, and for the Sportsmanship Award and the deadline is 10/1.  There have been just a few nominations for the ODS Dressage Horse Hall of Fame.  We know that there are many deserving individuals for these categories, but it takes a small effort to nominate a person for these awards.  Please call Joyce Stride at (503) 647-0168if you wish to mail a nomination late or if you have any questions about nominations.  All criteria is posted on this webpage: http://www.oregondressage.com/specialawards.html.

 

 

Fall Festival Update:

As you probably have suspected, thankfully over 60 people answered the call to get registrations turned in and registered online in the past 48 hours for the ODS Fall Festival. Thank you to those of you who have responded.  We will continue to accept registrations online through approximately 10/15: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=QgZkG7P2Mz49ubM5lLbnDw.

 

Our office has received feedback that some people are waiting to know demo riders prior to registering to audit.  The 35+ demo rider applicants were truly outstanding and the selection committees have difficult choices to make.   There are two committees left to pick their demo rider selections, one meeting this evening, one meeting later this week.  Also – this past Saturday, the winner of the ODS Volunteer Lottery was pulled.  We ask that you trust the selection committees and register despite not knowing demo riders – and that you watch your email for details about this lucky volunteer and all of the selected riders because they will be announced on or before 10/10.

 

Sponsors and Vendors are signing up – if you have not yet received information and you would like to sponsor or be on site as a vendor, please connect with our office.  And, finally, volunteers will be needed to help with parking, registration and hospitality.  Watch the ODS Website and your e-mail for details on this in the coming weeks.

 

 

Awards Reception:

There has been some confusion on the Awards Reception – due to member feedback, there is NOT a sit-down banquet this year.  Instead, several ODS Chapters will be hosting a reception in the DevonWood clubhouse at the conclusion of the symposium on Saturday evening (approximately 5:30/6:00, exact time TBA).  There will be light appetizers and beverages served to attendees and a short Special Awards presentation plus wine for sale and the ODS Silent Auction Fundraiser will be going on during this time.  Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald will be on site to autograph their books and to do a meet and greet.  ALL ODS members are invited to the award reception at no cost, regardless of whether or not you intend on auditing the clinic – however, we must have a headcount, thus, it is necessary to pre-register to attend.  There is a fee of $10 for non-members to attend.  The room’s capacity is just over 200 people – please be sure to pre-register ASAP to hold your spot (we already have over 100 registered).  Thanks to a volunteer who stepped forward to provide registration assistance, if you are a member and wish to register for the awards reception over the phone, you can call Donna at (503) 975-5278 or e-mail her at demoss.donna@gmail.com.   If your registration has a fee, you must do that through the online registration form here: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=QgZkG7P2Mz49ubM5lLbnDw.

 

 

ODS Silent Auction:

The goal at this year’s auction is to raise $10,000 – with the number of people who will be attending the Fall Festival and the history of 2011, this goal is definitely achievable.  However, in order to pull it off, the ODS Office needs your help.  ODS Regional Representatives have offered to collect contributions from their local area and transport to the ODS Fall Festival.  Even if you cannot attend this year’s celebration, if you would like to contribute or if you can approach a local business for a contribution (Vineyard? Hotel? Restaurant? Massage Therapist? Tack shop? Instructor? Vet? Farrier? Craft store?), please contact one of us to help you.  I am also seeking someone who is creative to help put together baskets a few days prior to the event and set tables with donations at the event itself.  If you can help, please drop an e-mail or leave a message at the ODS Office.

 

 

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Pacific Crest Trail Chapter News – October 2014

September 30th, 2014

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PCTC held a chapter meeting and potluck lunch on August 24, at Century Springs Farm during our Ernst Herrmann clinic. A change of date was announced  for our last Ernst Herrmann clinic of the year; the new date is October 12 at Century Springs Farm in North Plains rather than October 5. The next chapter meeting and potluck lunch will also be held on October 12 at 12:00 at the home of Joyce Stride. If you are interested in riding in this clinic, please contact Joyce for a ride time at 503-647-0168.

Our Dressage Can Be Fun Show will be held on October 25 and 26 at the Ride On Ranch, 30190 NW Scotch Church Road in Hillsboro, Oregon. We are still in need of volunteers, so if you are willing to help, go to the ODS website and click on the orange volunteer button, or contact Marci at sanders.marci@gmail.com.

ODS: LAST CHANCE TO PRE-REGISTER | Registration Deadline 9/30 | Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy at the ODS Fall Festival | Sherwood, OR (more)

September 29th, 2014

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THIS CLINIC IS FOR EVERYONE!  Pre-register by 9/30 - DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! 

If you have been procrastinating with registration, please do it ASAP.  ODS cannot run this symposium at a financial loss; if we do have a minimum of 100 weekend auditors registered by the end of the business day on 9/30, we will have to cancel this event.  At the time/date of this broadcast email being scheduled, we still need about 35 auditors to reach that “break even” point.

Demo Rider selections should be finalized later this week.

COMPETITORS:  Training Level through Grand Prix test movements will be demonstrated and expectations to receive high scores will be explained – what will improve your score 5%?  There will be a special Para-Equestrian session as well as a session on Selecting the Best Dressage Prospect.

TRAINERS: Olympic Team Bronze Medalist and USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald works with each horse/rider combination to correct the basics and move them up the levels.

INSTRUCTORS: Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald will give examples and demonstrate training exercises to help the horses/riders achieve the correct basics and balance for their level

JUDGES:  Author and FEI “I” Janet Foy who is on the L Faculty and examines and teaches r, R and S judges and has judged every major championship in North America and World Cup Finals Abroad will explain the mystery of “Why not a ’10’???”

This Symposium has been presented to RAVE REVIEWS on the East and West Coast.

 “Janet provided a perspective from the judge’s booth, while Debbie provided perspective from the trainer and coach. Both were supportive but demanding, funny, and engaging. They covered a tremendous amount of territory in this symposium,” November 2012 demo rider Stacy Williams, Utah

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!  Pre-register by 9/30:

  • “All the Bells and Whistles” – ODS Member Full Weekend Registration including Education Fund Contribution AND USDF University Credit – $185 / Non-ODS Member –  $210
  • Full Weekend Registration – ODS Member $150  Full Weekend Registration – Non-ODS Member $175
  • Saturday Only or Sunday Only Registration – ODS Member $100 / Non-ODS Member $125

Other options:

  • ODS General Membership Meeting Attendee Only (does not include attending workshops or symposium, no Sat Evening Social) $0
  • ODS Member Saturday Evening Social Only in the DevonWood Clubhouse (does not include attending Saturday Meeting or workshops or symposium) $0 / ODS Non-Member – $10

 

Register online: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=QgZkG7P2Mz49ubM5lLbnDw or call the ODS Office for assistance.

BANNER-SPONSORSHIPS and VENDOR SPACE ALSO AVAILABLE

 

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Registration Deadline 9/30 | Debbie McDonald and Janet Foy at the ODS Fall Festival | Sherwood, OR | Still time to enter volunteer lottery (more)

September 23rd, 2014

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DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!  Pre-register by 9/30 – THIS CLINIC IS FOR EVERYONE!

COMPETITORS:  Training Level through Grand Prix test movements will be demonstrated and expectations to receive high scores will be explained – what will improve your score 5%?  There will be a special Para-Equestrian session as well as a session on Selecting the Best Dressage Prospect.

TRAINERS: Olympic Team Bronze Medalist and USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald works with each horse/rider combination to correct the basics and move them up the levels.

INSTRUCTORS: Janet Foy and Debbie McDonald will give examples and demonstrate training exercises to help the horses/riders achieve the correct basics and balance for their level

JUDGES:  Author and FEI “I” Janet Foy who is on the L Faculty and examines and teaches r, R and S judges and has judged every major championship in North America and World Cup Finals Abroad will explain the mystery of “Why not a ’10’???”

This Symposium has been presented to RAVE REVIEWS on the East and West Coast.

“Janet provided a perspective from the judge’s booth, while Debbie provided perspective from the trainer and coach. Both were supportive but demanding, funny, and engaging. They covered a tremendous amount of territory in this symposium,” November 2012 demo rider Stacy Williams, Utah

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!  Pre-register by 9/30:

  • “All the Bells and Whistles” – ODS Member Full Weekend Registration including Education Fund Contribution AND USDF University Credit – $185 / Non-ODS Member – $210
  • Full Weekend Registration – ODS Member $150 Full Weekend Registration – Non-ODS Member $175
  • Saturday Only or Sunday Only Registration – ODS Member $100 / Non-ODS Member $125

Other options:

  • ODS General Membership Meeting Attendee Only (does not include attending workshops or symposium, no Sat Evening Social) $0
  • ODS Member Saturday Evening Social Only in the DevonWood Clubhouse (does not include attending Saturday Meeting or workshops or symposium) $0 / ODS Non-Member – $10

 

Register online: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=QgZkG7P2Mz49ubM5lLbnDw or call the ODS Office for assistance.

BANNER-SPONSORSHIPS and VENDOR SPACE ALSO AVAILABLE

 

Also – the deadline for Volunteer Lottery forms has been extended to midnight, Thursday, September 23rd.   For info on the Volunteer Lottery, please contact Anna Bigwood at abigwood@comcast.net

USDF Rider Award Application Deadline

September 20th, 2014

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In order for a rider award to be recognized in the 2014 competition year, the Rider Award Application must be received by September 30, 2014. Late applications will be accepted until October 15, 2014 with payment of the applicable late fee. Questions?

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ODS Biz Member Msg: Equine Wellness Clinic | October 4 | Sherwood, OR (more)

September 19th, 2014

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**Heart to Heart Healing/Liza Burney is a current ODS Business Member.  In return for paying higher dues, ODS Business Members are permitted to send 1 broadcast e-mail per quarter.  Please contact the ODS Office for details.

The US Dressage Finals is Seeking Patrons and Sponsors | Deadline 10/10 (more)

September 18th, 2014

Become a Patron of the US Dressage Finals and donate now! Your tax deductable gift will have a significant impact on the success of the event.

Patron gifts, received by October 10, 2014, will be recognized in the event program and the yearbook issue of USDF Connection. Patrons will also receive a commemorative gift of appreciation. Patron levels of giving are:
Platinum $2500+; Gold $1000 – $2499; Silver $500 – $999; or Bronze $250 – $499

Please contact us at donate@usdf.org or (859) 971-7826 with any questions.

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Enter Today | Dressage Can Be Fun Show at a NEW location (same date Oct 25 & 26) | Closing Date coming soon (more)

September 18th, 2014

Pacific Crest Trail Chapter is excited to announce our Dressage Can Be Fun Practice and League Shows have moved to Ride On Ranch in Hillsboro!

 

The dates remain the same–Practice Show on Sat., Oct 25 and League Show on Sun, Oct 26.  The show is open now for entries; closing date 10/1.

 

Ride On Ranch location:  30190 NW Scotch Church Road, Hillsboro, OR

 

Due to limited stall availability, locals should plan to haul-in/out both days, and priority will go to those coming in from out of the local area.

 

Please refer to the ODS site for the prize list and other details–Entries open on Sept. 15!

 

With questions, please contact Rennie Squier at rennie@blueheronlipizzans.com or (503) 880-3870, not the ODS Office.

 

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Reminder: Twin Rivers Chapter Meeting | September 17

September 16th, 2014

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Agenda for September 17 TRC Meeting

 

 

Review Budget

Various expenses and revenues from

Show

Summer Camp

Mixed activities – ODS Support, scholarships, picnic

 

Show Committee report

Summer Camp Committee report

 

New Business

 

Discuss show for 2015 (some planning needs to occur now)

 

Proposal to sponsor with $200 for Emily Parks

 

Request to Pay forward donation to help Dancing Horse Fund (this is for our past receipt of the funding) $150

 

$200 to support the annual meeting (all clubs need to contribute because they don’t have the money to cover the annual meeting in Nov.  All of the other clubs have donated this amount)

Suggestions for USDF region 6 youth program fundraisers that you would be willing to aid (With the cancellation of the Youth Camp and Regional Show this August the USDF Region 6 Youth Programs lost their major funding source – thus they need to raise money)

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