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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!
USDF UPCOMING L PROGRAM
ENYDCTA is hosting the 2014 L-Program
There is still space available!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please click HERE for a link to the program schedule (which also has more contact information and links to applications). Also Please feel free to contact:
ENYDCTA Vice President
L Program 2014 Coordinator
For more information (here contact information can be found by clicking the link above)
Attendees, Regional Officers and delegates to the 2013 USDF Convention
NOTICE: If you are interested in becoming a Participating Member (PM) Delegate to the USDF, please send your name as a nominee to Sara Jones of the USDF (email@example.com) or send your name to the contact us e-mail of this region 8 website. For more information on the requirements of a PM Delegate please visit the USDF website under governance. Thank you.
February 2014 Regional Director's Message
Region 8 News
Greetings and OMG! BRRRR!
I was lucky to spend time in Florida for the USDF FEI Trainer's Conference and it was just amazing. I learned so much by the training they were doing but also watching the riding, their seat, and connections. I am doing my centerlines and 'owning' my transitions. Not sure Satch or Al are enjoying my new found methods!!!LOL!! The news tells us that the groundhog saw his shadow and as the myth says we will have six more weeks of winter. However, with all the news stations there watching the groundhog and all their lights, sounds, etc…What groundhog would not run back in for more sleep!!! With this I am hoping the weather become more temperate.
As I rode this morning in cold temperature, I can only think that the show season is far far far away, but it is not. So here is a reminder to get your memberships done, your coggins done, download the entry forms and fill out all but the class info (it's the show secretary coming out in me!!!), 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.
As you all should know now that the next USDF convention is being held in Boston in December. Here is the opportunity for everyone to come and see USDF in action. Nominations are open for Participating members to be delegates at the 2014 USDF convention. If you are interested or if you want to nominate someone, you need to contact Kevin England, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Region 8 spring meeting will be held on March 29 or April 5. I am trying to make the final plans and will get the dates posted on the website ASAP!
That is all for now.
See you on the Centerline…
USDF Region 8 Director
NEW IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
REGION 8 Spring Meeting
Topics to include:
Planning for the 2014 USDF Convention in Cambridge, MA in December, Fund Raising,
GMO Involvement/Plans with the USDF Convention, US Finals, Mini-Adult Day, etc.
Date: April 5, 2014 Time: 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Amherst Brewing Company at 10 University Dr, Amherst, MA. Lunch menu of salads and sandwichs is pending with the cost staying below $20 for total meal.
PLEASE E-MAIL Deb Reinhardt at email@example.com to RSVP by 3/26/14 at the latest. You can always click on "Contact us" segment of the website as well.
There are a lot of items to discuss. Hope to see you there!