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 http://www.odschampionshipshow.com/ods-show-sponsors.html
As with all shows we’re looking for volunteers all three days, no experience required for most jobs. Please sign-up at http://signupschedule.com/oregondressagesociety
Good luck to all the competitors and a big thank you to all the sponsors, advertisers and Volunteers.
Rose Newman, ODS President
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 -www.odschampionshipshow.com 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.