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Region 3 Has a New Leader

Bender Takes Helm Following

USDF National Convention


Here's her story


                   By Sue Bender

Many of our regional members know me from competitions and volunteer work in Region 3, but many do not.  And while I did not grow up in Region 3, it has always felt like home when we lived here.  As my husband was active-duty military, we have lived in and out of the region, in four locations for a total of 14 years.  In 2009, he retired after 29 years and he had his choice of jobs anywhere. 

We are now settled at our farm in Aiken South Carolina, hopefully our last move, with four of our horses, six rescue dogs and three barn cats.

I have held numerous volunteer positions since seriously riding dressage in the mid '80s, starting with GMO work.  It then moved to attending USDF conventions, being a Participating Member delegate, the coordinator for the regional junior activities, chair for the USDF Historical committee, and one term as Regional Director before leaving for Germany at the end of 2001.  Since returning to the region, I have been the coordinator for our regional FEI Juniors and Young Riders, attending the conventions again and working on a number of committees.  So I am a true believer in getting involved.

As to my riding, I started as many do in the hunter/jumper division with a little eventing, before falling in love with dressage.  I have competed through Prix St. George and earned my Silver Medal in 2000.  In 2002 my riding was put aside for other projects, although I still did non-riding activities with my German Reit und Fahrverein. 

I started riding seriously again in late 2004, back as an Adult Amateur at training level with my 15 hand half Arabian mare.  And as you get older, something always happens, like a broken knee cap or a deep frog puncture.  So getting my sitting trot back and competing at 2nd level are my goals for 2014, while doing my best to improve dressage in Region 3.

I am looking forward to meeting more of our members throughout the region at competitions and other activities.  And hopefully, I can convince more of you to get involved.  It is one of the things I like about USDF:  you can have a voice.  



Region 3 Logo Contest Application

      Region 3 is holding a logo-design contest. We are looking for a logo that will best represent our region and organization for years to come.
Art work may be submitted in one or two forms: one in black and white; a second in black, white and no more than two colors. One black-and-white rendition is required.
We are looking for a fresh, simple, versatile, user-friendly design. Its primary use will be in print or embroidery for use by GMOs on print material for horse shows, in sponsoring USDF Junior/Young Riders, clinics, etc., and on T-shirts, caps, saddle pads, coffee mugs and/or for fund-raising for their organization.

Because the winning logo will appear on documents and textiles, etc., it may be printed quite small at times, so please try to avoid intricate patterns or very thin lines. If you choose to depict a rider, the rider should wear a helmet and be gender neutral.

The art, which must use the words USDF Region 3 in its rendition, should be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format.  The winner will receive a cash prize, the amount to be announced later.  A committee of nine Region 3 members will review and vote on all art work submitted by Region 3 USDF GMO and Participating Members.  Artists will give up any rights to the artwork once submitted to the region. The new Region 3 logo will be used only for official Region 3 purposes.
 Please submit your art work with the application by e-mail to Sue Bender  by March 15, 2014. The official unveiling of the winning logo will be in conjunction with the 2014 North American Junior/Young Rider Championships which will be held in July.


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/US Dressage Finals
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