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2013 Omnibus - Order your copy today!
The 2013 Omnibus may be downloaded here (7mb)
Advertise on the Region 9 Web Site/E-Blasts!
Advertising rates and information is available in this PDF download! Pay online here
Anna Campbell Selected for USEF Youth Sportsman Award
Region 9’s Anna Campbell was recently selected as USDF’s national nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award .Read more
USDF Instructor/ Trainer Program Training to First Level
Lungeing of the Horse and Lungeing of the Horse with Rider Workshop
Offered by the Arkansas Dressage Society on December14th and 15th 2013, will be held at Diamond TR Ranch, Perryville, AR. Download signup form
We can register 8 Participants and 25 auditors. Wait lists will be established for both.
USDF faculty member, Sarah Martin of Colorado, will be the instructor for this workshop.
The detailed schedule and program will be sent out at a later date.
The start time both days will be 8 am, and breakfast and lunch will be available for $20.00 per day for both. This is a fabulous opportunity for members of ADS to be a participant or an auditor. The workshop is a mix of classroom instruction, demonstration and hands on learning for the participants. Auditors will have an intimate learning experience with fellow members and visitors. Chairs will be provided for all. Give yourself a Christmas gift and come and have fun with your horse friends.
The USDF learning objectives will be:
- Identify proper lungeing equipment and fit needed for safe and effective lungeing
- Understand and apply safety concepts for lungeing the horse and rider
- Explain reasons for lungeing the horse and/or rider and the desired results
- Differentiate lunge activities based upon the training level of the horse or rider
- Distinguish between correct and incorrect lungeing techniques
- Select appropriate lunge exercises to improve the rider's seat and position
The text for this workshop will primarily be the USDF Lungeing manual, which is available from the USDF, or for Kindle on Amazon. Other recommended books for this program are listed on the USDF web site.
2014 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program Application Deadline Extended to Nov 15
We are now one week away from the application deadline for the 2014 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program! I’d like to ask each of you to please forward on this information and application to any Young Riders you may know that would be interested in this great opportunity. The event will be held January 18-19, 2014 in West Palm Beach, FL, the applicant criteria is as follows:
- Must be between 20 & 28 years old
- Must be a current USDF PM, Youth PM, or GM member
- Riding at Third Level of above
The curriculum provides participants information for a ‘seamless’ transition from being a Young Rider to that of an adult amateur, professional, or high-performance equestrian. The program’s format is a two day educational seminar that focuses upon relevant topics such as fundraising, sponsorship, grant opportunities, insurance, ethics, business management, international competition, goal setting, and leadership. Key USDF & USEF personnel discuss the roles that both organizations will play in their future professional lives.
The Dressage Foundation is also offering grants of up to $500 to cover costs associated with attending the YRGP! You can find out more here: http://www.dressagefoundation.org/Captain_Jack_Fritz_Grants.htm/print
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Application deadline is next Wednesday October 30th!!
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: http://www.cafepress.com/usdfregion9
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.
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"
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
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
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
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 www.usdf.org/competitions/handbook/. 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)