GREETINGS from your ODS Youth Program Coordinators,
Many members received an e-mail because you were identified as a Dressage instructor, coach &/or mentor, and we want you to know what we are up to and invite you to be part of this year’s program – however we are also putting this out on the website in case we don’t know you (yet)!
The Young Rider Dressage year was kicked off at the Junior/Young Rider show at DevonWood in August. There were so many great riders, horses, and there was so much enthusiasm from riders and parents that we are very excited about putting together an exciting and eventful year for riders in 4th grade through senior year in college. High Schoolers are eligible for receiving a club letter in Dressage through the ODS High School Dressage Letterman Program, which is also recognized by USDF. (This program is not part of OHSET, although a lot of our members also participate in OHSET, 4-H and Pony Club).
We are having a rider/competitor informational and planning meeting on Saturday, September 28, 2013 to set in motion plans and a calendar of events for the rest of the school year.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: We would like to invite you to attend a special organizational and information meeting on Sunday, September 29, 2013 for all Dressage instructors, coaches and mentors who are interested in youth and high school through college level students. We will update you and discuss the outcome of the competitor’s meeting to see what, where, when and how you’d like to be involved in this year’s events. You are also invited to come to the competitor’s meeting on Saturday.
Confirmed events for 2013-2014 are: Dressage for the Ages (ODS recognized team show in March); ODS Open, & ODS and HS Championship Show (May or June, date to be announced), and the Jr/YR Championship show in August at DevonWood.
We are open to new and additional ideas. Here is what has been SUGGESTED so far (in addition to the already confirmed events listed above):
1) Lyndon Gray – Emerging Dressage Athlete Program (need 10 riders to apply for this clinic). This program is designed for dedicated, determined Dressage competitors under the age of 21 riding any level. The goal of the program is to find, to help to educate, and to develop talented youth to become the international riders and trainers of the future. The program organizes clinics in various parts of the US and from these clinics participants will be selected for national clinics. Top international coaches have also been asked to nominate riders they feel have special talent. For more information: http://www.dressage4kids.org/emerging-dressage-athlete-program/. If you have interested student/s, please have them e-mail their form to Carol Jackson so we can create a joint requested for Oregon & the Pacific NW.
2) A two to three day clinic with Ayden Uhlir. Ayden took the gold metal one as a Junior rider and again as a Young rider for the North American Junior/Young Rider championships, and is the first young rider to do so back-to-back. Ayden has expressed an enthusiastic desire to come down, along with a couple of other riders from Jeremy Steinberg’s barn, to give a clinic. Jeremy, if available, is hoping to come with them.
3) A practice show that members would put on. It would be a camp-type environment where members would judge, scribe, score, run the show, and ride. Then in the evening we would watch videos of the rides and discuss what were great moments, and when/where/how and why to improve other parts of the ride.
We will be forwarding further details (time, place, agenda for the competitors meeting) by mid-September. However, if you have questions or suggestions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact either:
Gaye McCabe : firstname.lastname@example.org (503-378-0309) – Gaye will not be very assessable for the next several weeks due to her scheduled, so it would be better to connect with Carol till then)
Carol Jackson: email@example.com (503-949-0156)
ADDITONAL HELP NEEDED:
1) We are looking for a facility for the competitor meeting on Saturday, September 28. It would be nice to have room for about 30-40 people where we can watch a video and have pizza. If you have a facility or know of a place we could use, please contact Gaye or Carol by email, phone or text.
2) Carol is you can help her find two team members locate horses. One member is going into 7th grade and is a very nice rider who is open to either a lease, lease with an option to buy, or buy. She needs a horse that can eventually go to at least PSG, and is willing to go up to $10K. The other team member will be a senior this year. She needs a horse she can lease in order to continue up the levels. She is a very well educated and solid second level ride. She would like to lease a horse for about a year. Both riders have their own indoor and nice facilities and are training with proficient trainers. If you have, or have leads on horses that might be good prospects for either one of the young riders, please contact Carol (see above).