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Looking to Attend an “L” Education Program?

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association (GDCTA) has been approved to host a Part 1 and Part 2 of the "L" Education Program. Part 1 (Sessions A, B, and C) is open to all USDF members and is valuable education for all riders, trainers, and future judges.
The GDCTA Program will start with Session A on November 22, 2014, with Marilyn Heath as the instructor. To register or for more information on pricing and availability, please contact organizer Kelley DeLaPerriere.
For complete information on session dates and locations, visit the USDF Education Calendar. For more information about the L Program visit the website or contact USDF.

Looking for a fun team competition?

Don’t miss the Region 3 Youth Team Competition, August 23, held in conjunction with the Ole South Dressage Classic, at the Miller Coliseum in Mufreesboro, TN.
There will also be a Region 3 Youth Team Competition, held in conjunction with the GDCTA Labor Day Classic, August 30-31 at the International Horse Park in Conyers, GA.
Contact Sandy Donovan for more information.

For more info on Region 3 visit: www.usdfregion3.org

Change in Requirements for 2015 Great American/USDF Regional Championships

Effective for the 2015 Regional Championship Program year, the Intermediate B test will no longer be used as a qualifying test for the Great American/USDF Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak and supported by Merial. The Intermediate II test will be the only test used to qualify for the Intermediate II level of the Great American/USDF Regional Championships. The test to be ridden at the 2015 Great Americna/USDF Regional Championships, and US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, will be the Intermediate II test.

No Change for 2015 Adequan/USDF Year-End Awards Requirements

Scores from Intermediate II tests will be eligible for the 2015 Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards. Scores from Intermediate A and Intermediate B tests will not be applied towards any 2015 Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards.

Nominations for USDF Volunteer of the Year Close August 31

This prestigious national award recognizes a USDF member who, through consistent and cumulative volunteer activities, has demonstrated exceptional commitment towards carrying out USDF’s mission. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their hard work this year? Nominations can be made by any current USDF Participating or Group Member, using this nomination form.

New High Score Breed Awards to be Awarded at US Dressage Finals

Competitors at the 2014 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan will now have the opportunity to walk away with a High Score Breed Award! Participating breed and performance registries will award two high score awards for adult amateur riders, one for the national levels (Training through Fourth levels combined) and one for the FEI levels (Prix St. Georges through Grand Prix levels combined). There will also be two high score awards offered for open riders, one for the national levels (Training through Fourth levels combined) and one for the FEI levels (Prix St. Georges through Grand Prix levels combined). Results from freestyle and non-championship classes will not be included. For more information, and to see a list of breed organizations currently participating, visit the US Dressage Finals website.

The Albers Award

The Albers Award perpetual trophy, which is presented annually to the Dressage Chef d’Equipe who best demonstrates the same level of dedication, enthusiasm, and team spirit shown by Patsy Albers throughout the years, was awarded to Region 1 Chef d’Equipe Debbie DelGiorno at this year’s USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships. For more information, please click here.

USDF has Begun its Search for Future US Dressage Finals Sites

The US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan will continue to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington KY, through 2015, but will be moving to a more westerly location from 2016-2018. According to USDF President George Williams, "In recognition of the size of our great country it has always been our goal to rotate the US Dressage Finals between the eastern and western part of the country every three years. We have several wonderful facilities west of Lexington, and we're hoping they take advantage of the opportunity to apply. It will be exciting to see where the Finals may end up for 2016 thru 2018."

2014 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

Join USDF as Scott Hassler and Ingo Pape return for the 2014 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, presented by Dressage at Devon, a USDF Education Partner. Our second forum, hosted by California Dressage Society, will be held October 4-5 at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA. Auditor pre-registration is now open. Click here for more details about the forum.

Instructor/Trainer Program Certification Exam

Applications are being accepted for a certification exam, to be held on October 24-26 in Fort Collins, CO. Candidate applications are due eight weeks prior to the test. Visit the website, or click here, for details.

Become a Patron of the US Dressage Finals

Become a Patron of the US Dressage Finals and donate now! Your tax deductable gift will have a significant impact on the success of the event.
Patron gifts, received by October 10, 2014, will be recognized in the event program and the yearbook issue of USDF Connection. Patrons will also receive a commemorative gift of appreciation. Patron levels of giving are:
Platinum $2500+; Gold $1000 - $2499; Silver $500 - $999; or Bronze $250 - $499
Please contact us at donate@usdf.org, or (859) 971-7826, with any questions.

Fiona Baan "Pursuit of Excellence" Memorial Trophy

Catherine Chamberlain (20, Murrieta, CA) secured the win of the Fiona Baan "Pursuit of Excellence" Memorial Trophy in the FEI Young Rider Division, with an overall combined average of 72.1480%. Catherine earned a 72.132% in the Team Test, 71.789% in the Individual Test, and 72.525% in the Freestyle Test. For more information, please click here.

Youth Silent Auction

USDF is seeking donations for the Youth Silent Auction to take place at the 2014 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in Cambridge, MA. Donations are fully tax deductible and all proceeds will benefit the USDF Youth Convention Scholarship Fund. If you or your business has an item or service to donate to the Youth Silent Auction, please contact the USDF office.

Platinum Performance/USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series

Don’t miss an upcoming junior/young rider clinic in your area! Check out the dates and locations HERE. The USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series is made possible with funding support from The Dressage Foundation.

USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

Applications are now being accepted for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award! Click HERE for information on how to apply for this prestigious award. Nominations should be submitted to USDF by September 1.

USDF Youth Convention Scholarship

Want to join the action at the 2014 USDF Annual Convention in Cambridge, MA? You could win a scholarship for up to $1,000 to attend the convention! Contactyouth@usdf.org for more information or click HERE.

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Keep your eye out this show season for dedicated youth who deserve to be recognized for their volunteer efforts! Nominations must be submitted by August 31!

Looking for Training Tips?

Visit eTRAK and get advice from top trainers and judges. Free access is a USDF member perk that can help you progress in between rides.

Governance News

The 2014 PM delegate election results are now available on the USDF website. The elected PM delegates serve a one year term, from the time they are elected in 2014 until the next election in 2015. PM delegates represent the interests of all USDF Participating Members, within their respective region, on the USDF Board of Governors (BOG). PM delegates vote on governance issues at the BOG General Assembly, held at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, as well as other governance issues that may arise throughout the year.

  • Current Competition Season Ends September 30, 2014
    Check your scores on USDFScores.com, and if you locate any errors, contact USDF. All score corrections must be reported to USDF no later than October 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm ET.
  • Are You Qualified for the Regional Dressage Championships?
    Check the Qualified Horse and Rider List on the USDF website to verify that you have qualified to compete at the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships. Contact regchamps@USDF.org if you have any questions.




Sponsored by Great American

The Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championship Series program is designed to promote breeders and showcase quality sport horses. Each series will consist of three qualifying events in designated geographical areas of the United States, which lead to a final event in each series. Exhibitors compete at qualifying events for the champion and reserve champion filly, colt/gelding, mare and stallion. These horses then are invited to compete in each of their respective classes, in the final event of that series, which is where the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championship Series Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Current Year Foal, Filly, Colt/Gelding, Mare, and Stallion will be determined.

The 2014 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championship Southeast Series and Final Show will be held Sept. 13-14, 2014, at Willow Bend South, Cottondale, FL.  This competition will be held in conjunction with the Deep South DCTA Dressage Show.

Kimmie Taylor, past Region 3 Director, is asking for donations for the Silent Auction to be held at the Breeders Championships Show. Contact info for silent action is listed below. We would like to give you the opportunity to advertise in the shows program and or sponsor classes too. Sponsor per class cost $25. Please contact  Kimmie at 850-896-8475.


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