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Has a New Leader
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.
CALLING ALL REGION 3 ARTISTS!
Region 3 Logo Contest Application
is holding a logo-design contest. We are looking for a logo that will
best represent our region and organization for years to come.
ê 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.
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.
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.
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
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.