Promoting the sport of dressage and dressage education in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Photos by Carole MacDonald and Kevin England
Minutes for the Region 8 Meeting
October 26, 2013
Debra Reinhardt, Regional Director, Regina Cristo, Kate O' Connor, Joy Bahniuk, Kevin England, Cindi Wylie, Sue McKeown, Hilda Gurney, Angela Prenosil, Donna Leonessa, Christina Shea, Paula Pierce
Debra opened the meeting with welcomes and a big thank you to Mt Holyoke for allowing us to hold this meeting at their place. Debra had thought of having updates from the USDF committees but realized that in a few weeks we would all be at the convention with formal written reports. This Agenda item was deleted.
Next Debra opens the discussion about fundraising and asked Joy to explain how well she had done. Information will be sent out again to the PMs on how to raise funds to go to the USDF convention.. Additional discussion on how funds should be raised. The region needs to pay for their website as Kevin is paying this on his own! There are other items that the region would like to do including holding a formal regional meeting in the spring, and have educational activities. A short discussion on having part of the PM dues come back to the region, ie $1-$2/member, and taking it a step further, part of the GMO's dues, ie $.25/member, to come back to the region for these regional activities. Regina said she would take the idea to the budget and membership committees at the convention.
NEDA gave $800 towards saddle pads for Region 8 riders going to the US Dressage Finals in November. Regina ordered the pads and has someone lined up for embroidery. Cost will be over $800. Centerline Events and/or others will make up the difference. It was also discussed to do more fund raising to give hats or something else in 2014!
Next topic on the agenda was USDF Convention in 2014 which for the first time will be held in Region 8 in Cambridge, MA. Some ideas were brought out for the welcome party which NEDA would like to fund and other ideas for night out on the town. Kate and Kevin were going to look into options and report back. Regina wants to figure a plan to get all GMOs involved by doing 'breaks' and work on getting them involved. Debra will find out the cost of breaks.
Final topic Debra brought up the idea of doing a 'Festival' for Adult Amateurs like the Lendon's Youth Festival. Other ideas came up with AA clinic and have Jenny Susser, biomechanics, 'human' message for participants, spa like atmosphere. Cindi said she would put some ideas together and bring them to convention.
The 2014 USDF Convention will be held at:
Be sure to check this site and the USDF for more information
and for registration on the USDF site next summer!
Region 8 would like to wish everyone a :
Very Happy Holiday Season
and the Best Wishes and Luck
for the New Year!
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