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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of Jefferson Chapter
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/.