Dear Campers, Instructors, Volunteers & Families:
The ODS Youth Camp Committee has had several conference calls and discussions with veterinarians so that we can make choices in the best interest of the health, well being, and safety of our campers and exhibitors.
Sadly, we must cancel this year’s USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre.
We want all families to understand:
- As you are well aware, a boarded horse on the DevonWood property (which had been hospitalized at OSU) tested positive for EHV-4, the respiratory strain of the disease (read more about it here)
- In light of additional equine health concerns, the DevonWood stakeholders have decided not allow any events on their property until they can reach a full 21 days without additional health concerns
- Because 21 days falls on Thursday, August 28th, there will not be enough time to hold camp between then and the start of the school year.
- Unfortunately, ODS has been unable to locate an alternative venue that has the necessary safety and security features for our campers
The refund policy for the camp included a cancellation beyond our control clause. This means that any expenses which cannot be refunded or reallocated will be split amongst the campers evenly and refunds will be made after this.
Our committee is working right now to contact all of our vendors – we have asked for refunds from vendors such as our insurance agency and are trying to reallocate other money spent (i.e. airfare, food) to other upcoming ODS programs.
As soon as all committee members have attempted to negotiate with vendors and/or to sell anything that we have pre-purchased which cannot be stored for next year, refunds will be issued the way which you paid (PayPal, Square, or Check). Please allow us a few weeks to issue refunds.
The management for the Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Team Championship & Open Show is seeking an alternative venue for one of the last weekends of August vs. outright canceling the show. If you were entered in this show, please watch your e-mail for news in regards to this.
Thank you for your understanding and for your patience during this situation. From the bottom of my heart and from the entire ODS Youth Camp Committee, we want to express how sorry we are to have to deliver this news. We know how much the kids, instructors and volunteers were looking forward to the camp.
Corinne Tindal Stonier
Oregon Dressage Society, a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization
PH: (503) 681-2337 — CELL: (503)730-8036 — FAX: (503) 681-3873
PO Box 959
Hillsboro, OR 97123-0959