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Attendees, Regional Officers and delegates to the 2014 USDF Convention (left)
Please note: Minutes from the Spring and Fall Region 8 Meetings can be seen under the Tab "About Us".
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Region 8 News
Greetings and OMG! BRRRR! Blizzard! What will be next?
I have been given an opportunity to take my horse to Florida. It's the first time for me and maybe the only time but I'm spending the time training. I did go to the USDF FEI Trainer's Conference which had Stephan Clarke, a FEI 5* judge, and it was just amazing. In most cases the rider would do a test, Stephan would judge it out loud and then they would work on areas to improve. When the riders returned the next day, it was amazing to see how it had improved. I tried one exercise he suggested on Al and I could see (in the mirrors) and feel what it was doing.
At one of the CDIs here a few weeks ago, I was the show secretary. It certainly was not a huge show but the number of non-members who were doing their renewals online at the show was huge. So here is YOUR reminder to get your memberships done, your Coggins done, download the entry forms and fill out all but the class info. Think about your goals for your riding and discuss them with your trainer, and basically relax as it is only a few weeks before the first shows and clinics are here.
Have you put the date of April 25-26, 2015 on your calendar? It is the adult clinic with Kathy Connelly and Betsy Steiner as the clinicians. It will be held at Dan Mar Ranch in Nunda, NY, and we need riders and auditors to come!
REMEMBER another date….April 11 at 11:30am at the Amherst Brewing Co. will be our spring meeting. I will send skype details closer in. I know the agenda will have sub-committee reports on fund raising, discussion on possible off year adult clinic for the region, and more. This is YOUR region and you will have a huge opportunity to voice your opinion and to participate and get involved. I urge everyone to come.
That is all for now. Stay Warm…give hugs and kisses to our equine friends! AND may the groundhog NOT see his shadow!
See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

WNEPHA Schooling Shows 2015
These shows have been added to the Event Calendar!!!!!!!

Region 8 News
OK! Mother Nature, this is not funny anymore!!! Groundhog needs to be laid off, or put on furlough or ….??? Our temperatures have been colder than Alaska temperatures for the month of February! That is just not right.
While I am in Florida for the first time for the season (I had enough of winter last year!), I have not forgotten riding where my shoulders are braced up around my ears trying to stay warm, to where I want to feel my toes and fingers so I know if my feet are in the stirrups and if I actual am holding a whip, and to where the horse's spit has not formed icicles on the reins! Enough!!!
So let talk positively, and think about the show season coming!!! As a show manager, I am getting everything ready and competitors, you should too! For those who were not in Florida showing, get your memberships, registrations and Coggins done NOW!!! Look and plan the shows you are thinking about. Make some realistic goals! You have nothing else to do!
Another thing to consider doing when it is just too cold to ride is watching some dressage DVDs. I find by watching someone else riding, I actually get better and my instructor does notice. Invite some friends over for some 'refreshments' to watch with you. You might even be able to have your instructor come to make comments as I am sure they would like to get out of the cold TOO!!!
Nominations are still open for Participating members to be delegates at the 2015 USDF convention. If you are interested or if you want to nominate someone, you need to contact Kevin England, kcengland@cox.net, quickly. As a PM Delegate you must attend the USDF convention next December and Kevin can give you the scoop in more detail of what is expected. I would love to see some new blood coming.
Have you put the date of April 25-26, 2015 on your calendar? It is the adult clinic with Kathy Connelly and Betsy Steiner as the clinicians. It will be held at Dan Mar Ranch in Nunda, NY, and we need riders and auditors to come!
REMEMBER another date….April 11 at 11:30am at the Amherst Brewing Co. will be our spring meeting. I will send Skype details closer in. I know the agenda will have sub-committee reports on fund raising, discussion on possible off year adult clinic for the region, and more. This is YOUR region and you will have a huge opportunity to voice your opinion and to participate and get involved. I urge everyone to come.
That is all for now. Stay Warm…give hugs and kisses to our equine friends!
See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

Message from Regional Director
March 2015
USDF is sponsoring three Training/First Level Instructor/Trainer Workshops in Connecticut:
 
April 21-22, 2015 (Tues/Wed): a RIDING WORKSHOP at Carbery Field Farm, Lebanon, CT. The workshop faculty: Annie Morris
June 21-22, 2015 (Sun/Mon): a LUNGEING WORKSHOP at Fox Ledge Farm, East Haddam, CT. The workshop faculty: Jane Rodd.
August 22-23, 2015 (Sat/Sun): a TEACHING WORKSHOP at Sperry View Farm, Bethany, CT. The workshop faculty: Bill McMullin.
 
Each workshop will cost $325.00 for a participant. (Auditors: $40/day).
For an application, please go to the Education Calendar at www.usdf.org. Applications are to be filled out and sent with a check to: Fern Feldman, 890 Mountain Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410.
Space is limited; preference may be given to those applying for all three workshops.
 
Any questions: contact Fern Feldman, 203-605-4744, fernf@cox.net; or Vicki Hammers-O'Neil, 203-213-2798, fourtempis@aol.com



Region 8 News
YAY! Spring is here! AND….our first shows in Region 8 are open. Are our equine friends ready? Have you prepared yourself? Do you have a current Coggins? Are your memberships all up to date? Do I sound like a show secretary? Sorry but I know how those first shows are. So be proactive and get the paperwork done.
A reminder to Nominated PM Delegates - please send in your acceptance. Deadline is April 15th. As a Participating Member, you are represented by delegates that you vote into that position. Remember that notice you get in June to vote? That would be it!!! These people have agreed to go to the convention on their own money, taking time out of their busy schedule, and vote on issues at the BOG, (Board of Governors meeting), for you. While some GMO, Group Member Organizations, like NEDA, pay or help pay some of these expenses for their delegates, these PM delegates get nothing from the Region. The Fern Feldman PM Fund was set up for this but it has not been funded well. So we are going to start investigating items to sell for Region 8 to raise some funds, like hats, polos, etc… More news to come!
On Saturday, April 11th at 11:30am at the Amherst Brewing Co. we will have our spring meeting. I am going to try to do Skype but I had some problems with my computer lately. If you want to Skype in, please let me know, debra@centerlineevents.com and I will send Skype details. I know the agenda will have sub-committee reports on fund raising, a discussion on a possible off year adult clinic for the region, and more. This is YOUR region and you will have a huge opportunity to voice your opinion and to participate and get involved. I urge everyone to come. 
Have you put the date of April 25-26, 2015 on your calendar? It is the adult clinic with Kathy Connelly and Betsy Steiner as the clinicians. It will be held at Dan Mar Ranch in Nunda, NY. We had 31 applications for riders and only had 8 spots, and when I tell you it was hard to pick, believe me the committee had a hard time. So we will have eight great riders that will cover all the levels, all different breeds, and five adult amateurs and 3 professionals. So you must come and audit. It will be awesome.
On a sad note, Peggy Barisone passed away March 31, 2015. She had some long term illness for the past few years, and she was a huge Region 8 supporter. She would drive HOURS to come and scribe for shows and never take a penny for gas. Instead she would give money to become a sponsor. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation to USDF Region 8 Education Account is to be made in her honor. The money will be used for an educational event in the near future for the region. Please check the website for details.
Our website is becoming more and more important. We have many notices and a lot of information on the site. So please check 1 to 2 times a month. If you want to get Regional notices, please go to contact us on http://www.usdfregion8.com/ and give us your email address. We are also keeping our facebook page updated with posts. So if you have not 'liked' us yet…please do.
See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

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Region 8 News
Do you think Spring is really here??? I sure hope so!
Region 8 came out shining at the USDF Adult Clinic held at Dan Mar Ranch in Nunda, NY. First, we had 31 applications for riders and only had 8 spots, and then WNYDA, with the amazing leader and organizer Deb Borra, gave riders, auditors and clinicians a first class event. The news hit social media and even I, who never goes on Facebook, heard about it! I want to thank Deb Borra, WNTDA, owners of the lovely faculty, and all the volunteers who made it so successful! On behalf of Region 8 THANKYOU!!!! Once again, Region 8 can hold their heads up high due to another great success.
We have another great educational event coming to Pinelands Farm on May 30 & 31, 2015 to kick off summer with two days of Musical Freestyles, featuring Terry Ciotti Gallo of Klassic Kur and FEI 4* judge Lois Yukins. This is a USDF CE Program! Please go to their website, www.pinelandfarms.org/equestrian-center, for more information.
On another topic, we held our spring Region 8 meeting on April 11th. It was a small group but we got a lot done. Minutes will be up on the website shortly. We have a task group looking into holding a Region 8 adult clinic next year which is the off year for the USDF Adult Clinics. If you have any ideas, please get them to me! Our next meeting is September 26 at 11:30am at the Amherst Brewing Company. This is for any member of USDF or anyone interested in Dressage!!! Please come!
Our first shows in Region 8 have occurred and while I think the weather slowed down riders and May shows are now basically closed, there are only 2.5 months left to qualify for the regional championships. Scary!
Please remember the US Dressage Finals is for each Open and Adult Amateur Champion and Reserve Champion at the Regional Championships. They will be invited to Lexington, KY to compete head to head with the other regional champions. Information and Prize list will be up shortly on the USDF site. Remember there is no harm in declaring now for the finals even if you are not qualified yet!
See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

Region 8 News
Summer is finally here! Everyone is busy with showing and vacations!
At the end of this month, July 27th, NEDA Fall Festival opens. There is a Championship window for the first six days. What this means is that if you are entering the Regional Championships (FYI-you don't have to be qualified at the point of putting your entry in!) and get your entry in within these first six days you will not be denied any open classes. After this window, you will be guaranteed your championship class if your entry is RECEIVED by closing date, Aug 24th, but you may be put on the waitlist for open classes. I hope this helps with the explanation of the championship window a bit better!
Also NEDA needs volunteers for the show. Please contact Helen VanDerVoort, vandeh@aol.com <mailto:vandeh@aol.com>. They need everything from scribes to runners, and I know they put you up in a hotel and feed you well!!
Of course, if you are Champion and/or  Reserve Champion in the Regional Championship or you have reached a certain score (information on the USDF Website) AND you have declared, you will be invited to the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY, November 5-8, 2015. This is a head to head competition with the other regional champions. I am hoping for a big showing from Region 8 again.
DECLARATIONS are open now for the US Dressage Finals. Please remember you will have to declare that you are willing to go to the 'finals' if invited. This declaration must be done by the day before our Regional Championships.  The USDF website will have more information. By declaring, you are only saying you would consider going, and it costs nothing to declare. If you are one of the invited, you will need to commit by nominating and pay the non-refundable class fee within 72 hours after the NEDA Fall Festival.
Next month is Lendon's Youth Festival which is a great event for the kids. This event features the USDF youth team competition. This is a most incredible sight to see, where 40 plus teams parade into the main Grand Prix arena at HITS in Saugerties. They are all wearing team shirts, hats, and whatever else they created. It actually takes your breath away! If you have time to volunteer please contact Bonnie,
bonniestetson@att.net <mailto:bonniestetson@att.net>, as I know she can use scribes.
Remember the Region 8 meeting on September 26 in Amherst, MA. It is for ALL USDF members. If you
cannot make it, send me your ideas for the convention or fun ideas for Region 8 (region8dirusdf.org).
That is it for now!
See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

Message from Regional Director
July 2015


Region 8 News
We have a big month ahead of us. Our qualifying for regional championships ends on August 24, 2015. There are many shows you can still get those two scores from, and to get your entry into the NEDA Fall Festival who is hosting the Regional Championships. I will remind you again the US Dressage Finals open to the Open and Adult Amateur Champion and Reserve Champion from the Regional Championships, and also to riders who reach a certain score (information on the USDF Website). These riders will be invited to Lexington, KY to compete head to head with the other regional champions. I am hoping for a big showing from Region 8 again. IMPORTANT note, please remember you will have to declare that you are willing to go to the 'finals' if invited. This declaration must be done by day before our Regional Championships.  This is a NEW procedure this year to give everyone even more chance to declare.  The USDF website will have more information.
Region 8 held their own this year at NAJYRC. We may not have received a medal, but the riders scored at or above their average. So congratulations for making the team and representing our region. A special thank you needs to go to Nancy Later Lavoie, as our Chef d'equipe, who puts so much into fund raisers and helping these riders before she takes a full week out of her busy schedule to go to the event. Thank you!
I would like to welcome the newly elected USDF PM Delegates. They are Sue McKeown, Cynthia Wylie, Kevin England, Regina Cristo, Kathy Hickerson, Karin Swanfeldt, Rachel Ehrlich, Fie Anderson, Nancy Later, and Diane Holston. Some are returning as delegates and others are new. I look forward to working with you this next year as it will be a big one for Region 8! I also want to thank those who decided to step down for all your work you have given Region 8.
Remember the Region 8 meeting on September 25 in Amherst, MA. It is for ALL USDF members. If you cannot make it, send me, region8dir@usdf.org, your ideas for the convention or fun ideas for Region 8.

See you on the Centerline…
Debra Reinhardt
USDF Region 8 Director

PM Voting results are in, please see Officers/Delegates for a list of 2015-2016 Delegates. Congrats!

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