USDF Region 9 United States Dressage Federation Covering the Areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi

Welcome to the USDF Region 9 Website

The United States Dressage Federation Region 9 consists of consists of: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas; 12 Group Member Organizations & over 2,000 participating members. Contact: Regional Director: Sherry Guess • 18216 S 397th E Avenue • Porter, OK 74454-9567 • 918-640-1204 • (email)

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Used Tack Wanted!
In preparation for the very popular NAJYRC Used Tack Sale, the Region 9 FEI Junior and Young Riders are collecting used tack. Items including tack, horse blankets, pads, riding clothing, boots and related items, should be in good, useable condition. If you have items to donate, you may contact Inez Campbell at to have your items picked up, or you may bring them to one of the upcoming shows that will be hosting a used tack sale – The Texas Dressage Classic in Tyler, The HDS Spring Show and CDI in Houston, and the DDC Spring Show in Dallas. Thank you for your support!

Teaching Excellence Award Nominations Open through June 1!
The vast majority of prizes and awards are won at horse shows by top competitors. Occasionally a trainer/instructor can apply for and receive a scholarship or grant for continuing education purposes. It is time to recognize those who teach well.

Those individuals who are selected for the $5,000 Teaching Excellence Award will have many, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • A USDF Region 9 member in good standing-permanent residence in Region 9. (Required)
  • A teacher of dressage, whether it is basics-Training through 1st-2nd level; or mid-range 2nd -4th levels; or FEI. (Required)
  • Adherence to sound dressage principles, such as outlined by the USDF Training Pyramid.
  • The ability to communicate these principles of training so that students develop themselves and horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels. (Required)
  • A reputation for honesty, integrity and community/regional service.
  • A USDF Certified Instructor, encouraged, though not required.

A dressage instructor may be nominated by students or peers, by letter emailed or mailed to Jenny Johnson, The Dressage Foundation's Administrative Director at:

The Dressage Foundation
1314 'O' Street, Suite 305
Lincoln, NE 68508

The nomination period is from January 1st to June 1st of each year. Current year nominations will not be accepted after June 1st. Once received, the nominee will be notified, and may submit a completed application by the deadline date of August 1st. Applications must also be mailed to The Dressage Foundation at the above address.

A person is not eligible to win the award two consecutive years in a row, and so may not be nominated the year following their receipt of the award.

The goal for this Fund is to develop initial, one-time financial donations, as well as annual donations from individuals. On-going annual contributions may continue until the fund is fully endowed (approximately $100,000+). This award will total $5000/year. The Dressage Foundation is enthusiastically supportive of this award and willing to manage the endowment, and help it grow.

Instructor Certification Program
Arkansas Dressage Society has scheduled the next two workshops of the USDF Instructor Certification Program. The Riding Workshop will be held May 30-June1. Vickie Hammers O'Neil will conduct the workshop. The Teaching Workshop is set for June 27-29 with Sarah Geike as workshop leader.

Both workshops will include a classroom session Friday afternoon. Mounted sessions Saturday and Sunday and will be held at Diamond TR Ranch, which is located about 30 minutes west of Little Rock at 14419 Highway 10, Perryville, AR. Hotel accommodations at Little Rock.

Auditor are welcome and spaces are available.
For more information please contact ADS President Judith Dent at

Time to Nominate Candidates
Nominations are being accepted for Participating Member delegates in all regions, until April 15, 2014. To accept the nomination and to be elected, PM delegate nominees must be current USDF Participating Members, reside in the region in which they are running as a candidate, and attend the 2014 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in Cambridge, MA. PM delegates serve a one year term, from the time of election in mid-year 2014 through the election in mid-year 2015. All nominations, in addition to any inquiries regarding nominations, should be sent to

Invitation to Instructors
Region 9 has an addition to the Regional Website.
This addition will be a way for Instructors who continue to keep up with their education get recognition, even if you are not certified. Also, this addition will be a way for clients to see which instructors might best be able to help them by the courses attended. Read more here   

Region 9 Web Store
When it gets too hot to ride ... go shopping! Region 9 has launched a new web store featuring Region 9-branded products. A portion of sales proceeds are returned to the Region, so shop often! Check it out here:

Program Available for Region 9 Youth: Youth Schooling Show Challenge
A new program being rolled out for Region 9 Youth offers an opportunity to earn a certificate or a patch for competing in schooling shows! Thanks to Anne Kuhns for organizing the program. Download the participation form here.

NAJYRC Information
Download the brochure with information about qualifying. Contact Inez if you'd like to get on the email list for updates about NAJYRC.

Bee Pape Scholarship Fund
In honor of Bee Pape - who was a foundation stone for dressage in Region 9. A wonderful, kind, and generous lady, always there to help She gave countless hours to all of us, and to this sport we love. Bee's children – Susan Peacock, Sarah Pape Hester and William Pape and their families – asked that memorial donations to be made to the "Bee Pape Scholarship Fund" for use in Region 9. Bee was a great supporter of grass roots dressage, and Susan asked that a fund be set up to help our grass root members. Specifics of the fund, will be released later. We are thrilled about this opportunity for our regional members. And truly appreciate the generosity of Susan, and her family. And of your donations, to a much needed scholarship.

To make donations: Please make check made out to "Bee Pape Scholarship Fund - Region 9"
Mail to:
Nettie Olsen
1505 Lakeview Dr
Keller Tx 76248 or donate online (specify the Bee Pape Fund)

Scholarship Fund Update
Bee Pape Scholarship Fund: An anonymous donor has promised matching funds up to $1,000 a year for any donations to this fund. Donations can be mailed to the Region 9 Treasurer (Nettie Olsen,
1505 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248 or donate online (specify the Bee Pape Fund)

Updated Region 9 Timeline now available
Read more here

USDF Councils and Committees Chart now available (pdf)



Check out the Region 9 Event Calendar for clinics, seminars, camps, etc.
Check out the Recognized Show Calendar for shows around the region.
USEF/ NAJYRC Qualifying Competitions



Youth & Adult Team Competitions

The purpose of the USDF Adult & Youth Regional Team Competition is to provide an opportunity for adults & youth to compete in a team-like atmosphere, which encourages camaraderie & support at any level. They are a lot of fun!

Youth & Adult Team Competitions applications:
Youth Team Comp:
Adult Team Comp:

Youth & Adult Team Competitions - suggestions for holding a Team Competition Show (Adult / Youth) and Team Participation Form


Regional Deadlines

Region 9 GMO Applications
Youth Team Competition
Adult Team Competition
GMO Educational Grant - Deadline 30 days prior to event
GMO Travel Grant - Deadline 60 days prior to meeting/ convention


GMO Council

USDF Competitions Handbook
Want to find current USDF competition regulations and guidelines? Tired of carrying around many brochures and want one consolidated document? The USDF Competitions Handbook (PDF) is available at It is not available in hard copy.

New Way to Check Scores
USDF has established a new, free, online score-check service for USDF members, who can view USDF-recognized competition results for each horse registered with USDF. All information in the USDF online database is updated daily and is current as of 5 p.m. the previous business day. Visit site for details.

USDF policies and procedures (pdf)
USDF bylaws