Update on the USDF Region 6 Overnight Dressage Camp held at DevonWood sponsored by ODS

June 3rd, 2014


Just an update on the Region 6 Youth Overnight Dressage Camp – we are now at 37 registrations and have spots for 60 youth. We have the ability to expand, however, we will need time to secure more instructors, therefore, please register now if you are going to!

(1) an excellent educational opportunity tailored for youth in our region
(2) a fundraiser for the Region 6 NAJYRC team

If you cannot participate in the camp – either schedule conflict, don’t have a horse right now or you have aged out, please consider helping in the following ways:

(1) Spread the word – share status updates about the camp, share photos and tell kids about your personal experience when you attended the camp.

(2) Let everyone know that this year, the camp is offering a horseless option. We have not had anyone sign up for it yet. The Region’s NAJYRC team will be helping with this – there is still so much to learn at camp, even if you don’t attend with a horse. This is a viable option for youth traveling from distances which make it prohibitive to ship their horse – like our far reaching states of Alaska and Montana (yes, these are within Region 6!).

(3) Volunteer – later this summer the ODS website will list volunteers needed. The largest needs are people who are TRULY experienced in stable management/herdsmanship. We need adults who are able to help campers with SAFETY. These adults will help monitor (and assist when needed) tacking up, stall cleaning, water buckets and the overall health and happiness of the horses attending the camp. We also will need extra volunteers to be at the gate and in the stabling area helping during move-in and move-out to keep things from being chaotic – we want kids and their horses to be kept safe, to have fun and to make great memories.

(4) Help obtain sponsorships. Jodi McMaster is working hard to obtain not only cash donations (for scholarships) but also for obtaining items like Gas Gift Cards, gift cards or other items as instructor thank yous (because even our instructors are VOLUNTEERS and are not paid. Their travel expenses are not even 100% covered), food (we have a lot of mouths to feed) and services (EMT, Port-A-Potties, etc.). If you have energy to help Jodi, I know that would be appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help in advance – this camp has gained national attention and it is because of the hard work, dedication and love for Youth Dressage Riders that our volunteers have!!

Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Program Seeking Scholarships and Donations (more)

May 30th, 2014

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Region 6 Junior/Young Rider News – Fundraising and Scholarships for the Upcoming Youth Camp Needed, Instructor Experience Program (more)

May 23rd, 2014

The USDF Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Program is Looking for 2014 Scholarships & Donations


Visit the New Region 6 youth web site: http://usdfregion6youthprograms.weebly.com


We are asking for your help to support the youth in our region by supporting one of the existing or new fund raising programs (Coffee, Travel, Chocolate) we have to offer. The funds raised in these programs go to support the youth programs in the region including the Region 6 Youth Camp, the NAJYRC National Team, Scholarships and other youth focused activities.


Currently we need Scholarships for the USDF Region 6 Camp at DevonWood Equestrian Centre – http://www.dressagecamp.com. It is a wonderful educational experience, dedicated to youth regardless of membership or experience in Dressage.


Our goal is to not turn anyone away due to financial reasons, so each year we work to offer scholarships to those in need as well as gathering other donations to run the camp.   We need 12 scholarships for 2014.  A full scholarship is $325.00, but any donation amount is appreciated.  We can also use product donations for the campers or as a donation for our silent auction later in the year.   See below details on where to send donations for our camp.


We are also looking for instructors to donate their time for our new “Instructor Experience Program”, an opportunity to allow riders to “have a clinic type” experience with instructors in the region.  If you would like to donate your time, please visit our new regional youth site or contact Jodi.


For more information on Region 6 youth programs contact Jodi McMaster at jodimcmaster@yahoo.com or 503-998-0249, not the ODS Office.



If you would like to make a donation to the Camp’s scholarship fund, please mail a check to the Oregon Dressage Society or you can donate securely online.


Check payable to Oregon Dressage Society – Youth Camp

Attn:  Corinne Tindal Stonier

PO Box 959 Hillsboro, OR 97123-0959



USDF Youth News – May 2014

May 12th, 2014

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2014 USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals

Junior riders, don’t forget there is still time to qualify for the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals! Qualifying period ends July 31. Click here for more details.


Youth Convention Scholarship

Would you like to attend the 2014 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention? Check out the Youth Convention Scholarship opportunity, open to all USDF Youth members! Application deadline is August 15.


Youth Volunteer of the Year

Know a USDF youth member who demonstrates a commitment to USDF’s mission, through exceptional volunteer efforts? Then nominate him or her for the Youth Volunteer of the Year award! Application deadline is August 31.

Dressage Camp News | USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre (more)

May 2nd, 2014
 USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre

Dressage Camp News!

May 2, 2014 Volume 1, Number 1

USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre

Dates August 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2014 at the DevonWood Equestrian Centre, Sherwood, OR

Pre-Registration Opens:  June 1

Pre-Registration Closes: July 1 or when 60 children are registered

Cost: $325.00

Official website: www.dressagecamp.com   Now in its fifth year, the 2014 USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre promises to be a wonderful educational experience. This program is dedicated to youth, regardless of membership or experience.

Who can attend:

Camp opens to the first 60 registered youth ages 8 – 21; after the first 60, we will create a wait-list. If more instructors are confirmed, we will call each person the wait-list until the camp is full.  Non-members of USDF/ODS are welcome – membership is not required.

What you will need to register:

Although the registration form may appear on the ODS Website prior to this date, any registrations completed prior to June 1st will be reversed.

The first day to register for this year’s camp is June 1st (yes, at midnight).

We want you to be prepared!

Step 1 of registration:

ü  Camper information – name, DOB, address, a bit about current instructor, riding levels and goals ü  Parent information, emergency contacts and camper medical information ü  Horse information – name, age, breed, sex, owner, a bit about training, temperament, vet’s name/number, farrier’s name/number, dates of vaccinations.  Note: if the camper’s family does not own the horse, the owner will have to sign a release. ü  Tell us if you will be staying for the Glisan Street Saddlery/USDF Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Show – we encourage this! Campers will practice all week – and the horses are already on site.  Make a week of it!  For any campers who indicate that they will be staying over, DevonWood will be offering a discount for you (more details will be coming).

After Step 1 is completed – parent will be sent an e-mail with links and instructions to complete the rest of the registration, including signed releases and payment*:

ü  Signed releases – download and print.  These must be returned to the ODS Office within 1 week of registration.  Can be scanned/e-mailed –or- faxed –or- mailed back to the ODS Office. ü  Payment – parents will be able to pay online with a credit card.  We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.  The payment webpage will also list information on payment plans, chapter scholarships and financial-need based scholarships.  While ODS Volunteers do our best to secure as much financial assistance as possible, we cannot guarantee scholarships for everyone who applies.   *This year, DevonWood is not requiring proof of vaccinations.  However, dates and types of vaccinations given are requested during registration and both the ODS Youth Committee and DevonWood recommend that parents ensure that all campers’ horses’ vaccinations are up to date.  Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions about your horse’s vaccinations and current recommendations.

Known scholarships:

The Fort Vancouver Chapter of the Oregon Dressage Society is offering need-based scholarships.  No membership is required, however an application is.  Please follow the link on the camp’s website to review the application and criteria.

If other scholarship opportunities present themselves, information and/or applications will be posted on the camp’s website.  

Contact us with your questions:

  Coordinator: Jessica Rattner (503) 830-9994 Assistant Coordinator: Laurie Taylor  (425) 408-2389    Food & Hospitality: Rose Newman  (360) 281-6550     Sponsorship and Scholarship Donations: Jodi McMaster  (503) 925-9332     Registration, Scholarship and Administration: ODS Office - (503) 681-2337    

Donate to our scholarship fund:

With your generous donation, we can provide scholarships for riders who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend this camp

Your donation of any amount helps! Our average donation is just $25. All of these donations will be used towards financial aid scholarships and generous donation of $325 will cover the full cost for a camper who would otherwise not be able to attend camp.

To contribute to the scholarship fund online, with amounts of $25-$325, please visit the ODS Square Marketplace and look for the Sponsorship section.

It is important that we have these scholarship funds pledged prior to June 1st, as children will be applying for financial aid with their camp registration.

In addition to financial donations, ODS is seeking donations of kid-friendly prepared meals for the campers as well as snacks, beverages and treats. Please contact Jodi McMaster (503) 925-9332 or Rose Newman (360) 281-6550.


Interested in volunteering in 2014? The ODS Youth Programs Committee will be seeking several key volunteers for this camp to be successful as well as onsite day and overnight chaperones and other helpers for mealtime and paperwork.Volunteers need to be comfortable around horses, able to tack up, untack, provide assistance with cooling out and stable management advice. Please visit the ODS volunteer page to sign up for volunteering at this camp online – (shifts will be released around June 15th). Volunteer shifts at this camp are eligible for entry in the Debbie McDonald/Janet Foy drawing (read more on the ODS website).

The Fort Vancouver Chapter of ODS is accepting scholarship applications through May 27th for Youth wanting to attend the USDF Region 6 Overnight Dressage Camp

May 2nd, 2014

The Fort Vancouver Chapter of ODS is now accepting scholarship applications through May 27th for children who can’t attend this year’sUSDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Centre without financial assistance.

FVC Camp Scholarship Application

Questions should be directed to Lorraine Nettles at lorraine.nettles@fastmail.fm



The ODS Video Library needs your support | Fundraiser for new DVDs (more)

April 28th, 2014

Library Funding Request

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The ODS Video Library is hosting a fundraiser so that we can take advantage of an offer to purchase DVDs at a significant discount.  Please visit https://squareup.com/market/oregon-dressage-society/sponsorship-ods-video-library if you can contribute to this effort!


The final deadline for applications to participate in the NAJYRC is April 30

April 20th, 2014

NAJYRC Rider Applications

The final deadline for applications to participate in the NAJYRC is April 30! Applications must be received by USDF on or before April 30, with a fee of $300. No applications will be accepted after April 30, 2014!

Final reminder of upcoming scholarship deadline 4/1/2014 (more)

March 25th, 2014

high school dressage

Application Deadline: April 1

ODS Scholastic Merit Scholarship

Sponsored by The ODS Youth Programs Committee

Please review all criteria and information here: http://www.oregondressage.com/news/awards-and-scholarships/

If you have questions on scholarship eligibility, the application criteria, or the selection procedures please contact: Gaye McCabe  (J-G.McCabe@Juno.com or 503-378-0309), not the ODS Office.

Demo Riders Announced for the NW Horse Fair (more)

March 12th, 2014


Congratulations to the following horse and rider pairs who have been selected to present the dressage demonstrations with Janet “Dolly” Hannon at the NW Horse Fair and Expo, March 21, 22 & 23, 2014


Friday – ‘Tips for Better Dressage Test Scores & Improved Equitation’

3:00pm Bison Coach Arena

Jennifer Becar an Adult Amateur from Corvallis, OR riding her 14yr old Arabian gelding OFW Ambush at Second Level.

Cassi Soule a Professional from Jacksonville, OR riding Debbie Becklin’s 14yr old Dutch Warmblood gelding Goldsun at PSG.

Rebecca Wirth a Professional from Gresham, OR riding her 12yr old Paint mare Stardust’s Ella Bay in Western Dressage – Second Level.

Alternate – Meg Brinton an Adult Amateur from Ridgefield, WA riding her 19yr old Polish Warmblood gelding Rosenstrauss at 4th/PSG.


Saturday – ‘How to Improve Your Freestyle – From the Judge’s View

               9:30am Bison Coach Arena

Cari Schwartz a Professional from Oregon City, OR riding Lizann Dunegan’s 9yr old Andalusian gelding Miguel BTSF at First Level.

Diane Willard an Adult Amateur for LaPine, OR riding her 19yr old Appaloosa gelding Bodegah’s Pegastar at Second Level.

Jackie McMaster an Adult Amateur from Sherwood, OR riding her 16yr old Dutch Warmblood gelding Paviano at Fourth Level.

**3:30pm Lecture on Judging Musical Freestyles – Conference Room


Sunday – ‘How to get your horse on the Bit’

               2:00pm Guaranty RV Arena

Tarra Gaksatter an Adult Amateur from Corvallis, OR riding her 6yr old Gypsy Vanner gelding Mystic at Second Level.

Mary Arnold a Professional from Albany, OR riding Galye Atkin’s Oldenburg mare Rheining Scholar at Fourth Level.

Terraka Mishler a Professional from Milwaukie, OR riding Carol Spellman’s 8yr old Kiger Mustang gelding Tesoro del Steens Vaquero in Western Dressage – First Level.

Alternate – Krista Youngblood a Professional from Molalla, OR riding her 8yr old Appaloosa gelding Indian Summer in Western Dressage.



ODS still has volunteer opportunities and gifts all volunteers a 1-day pass as a thank-you gift for volunteering – sign up at www.oregondressage.com/volunteer.html.



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