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The United States Dressage Federation Region 9 consists of consists of: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas; 12 Group Member Organizations & over 2,000 participating members. Contact: Regional Director: Sherry Guess • 18216 S 397th E Avenue • Porter, OK 74454-9567 • 918-640-1204 • (email)

News & Updates

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Congratulations USDF GMO Award Winners

Website Awards
GMOs with less than 75 members: First place Austin Dressage Unlimited (www.austindressageunlimited.org)
GMOs with 75-174 members: Honorable mention Southern Eventing and Dressage Association (www.sedariders.org)

Annual Meeting

The Region 9 Annual Meeting will take place at the USDF Convention in Las Vegas. Download the meeting agenda here

Austin Dressage Unlimited’s 7th Annual Improving Your Judging Eye & Showing Skills featuring FEI 5* International Judge Katrina Wuest

January 9-10, 2016 • Georgetown, TX • Download Flyer

ADU is hosting this 7th annual major Dressage educational seminar in charming historic Georgetown, TX – just a short drive from Austin, the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” This 2-day program is approved by USDF for Continuing Education & USDF-University credit (#102651). Judges & L Graduates/Candidates will expand their judging knowledge and skills with unique insights from Katrina. The lecture will also be directed towards Trainers, Instructors, and Riders, who will learn what is expected at each level, and how to improve their performance & scores in Dressage competition.

Online & hard copy registration forms, & more detailed information about this seminar are on the ADU website:  www.AustinDressageUnlimited.org

US Dressage Finals

Congratulations to these riders and horses who represented Region 9 at the US Dressage Finals.
Ashlee Watts – Hampton; Rachel Schilling – Finnegan SQF; Mimi Benton – Wiebekka; Paige Peters-Windham – Franca Sympathica; Michelle Calongne – Crown Of Fire; Alaina Miller – Warendorf; Erika-West Danque – Ana Isabellah; Janet Tornelli-Mitchell – Chex The Doctor; Ellen Ruckert – Quigley; Martin Arnold – Jypsy Rose; Sammi Jo Stohler – Gunner; Julia Handt – Royal Dancer; John Mason – McKensey; Anthea Kin – Finian; Deirdre Marburg – Westmoreland Come Fly with Me; Michele Roark – Cesar HHC; Nancy Hinz – Carzanola; Luke McLaughlin – Lili Marlene; Paige Peters-Wyndham – Brishen S.G.; Cecilia Cox – Donabella; Andrea Hart – Winterfair; Terri Sue Wensinger – Valentino; Sarah Pape Hester – Austin Chase; Cecilia Cox – Winnie Too; Allison Cyprus – Madoc Gareth; Erika-West Danque – Gloriana; Lyndon Rife – Dannah; Sarah Alder-Schiller – Vin Diesel; Amanda Edwards – Allouette; Jenna Stern – Gran Casso; John Mason Rondo del Rey; Laurie Simons – Real Diamond; Kristin Wasemiller-Knutson- Casaro; Paige Peters-Windham – Bogart von Jorrit PM; Lyndon Rife – Jago; Christine Calao – Rapport

2016 Omnibus Now Available

Thank you to everyone who made the omnibus possible! Download the 2016 Region 9 Omnibus or order a hard copy of the Omnibus online here or mail a check
Reg 9 Treasurer, Nettie Olsen, 1505 Lakeview Dr, Keller TX  76248.

Becky Brown receives the Teaching Excellence Award.

The Teaching Excellence Award Goes to Becky Brown

TDF is delighted to share that Becky Brown of Dallas, TX has received the 7th Annual USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award at the Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships held in Katy, TX. She has received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

2015 Horseperson of the Year Award Goes to Inez Campbell and Ed LaVallee

Inez Campbell, Sherry Guess, Ed Lavallee, Carolyn Vandenberg. Photo by SusanJStickle.com.

Inez Campbell has worked for five years as a fundraiser and organizer for Region 9.  She has spent countless hours managing silent auctions, raffles and used tack sales.  She also makes and donates jewelry for the fundraising events. She even arranged for the donation of two Haflinger ponies.

Ed LaValle has served as the NAJYRC chef d’Equipe for the past five years, receiving the Patsy Albers Award for his excellence in the position in 2014.  He is always the calm voice during these competitions, ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

Their combined efforts have results in awards for our riders, improved stature of our program throughout the nation, and the fact that we were the only program this past year to have continued growth.

It is definitely time to recognized their significant contribution to the program and the Region.

Adequan/USDF Convention in Las Vegas

Information and sign up is available on the USDF website.

Important USEF Vaccination Rule Update

In January, the USEF Board of Directors approved an addition to the rule book, which outlines equine vaccination requirements at licensed competitions. Beginning December 1, 2015, all horses entering the grounds of a Federation-licensed competition must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables.

Due to several high profile Equine Herpes (EHV) outbreaks in recent years that have involved the neuropathic strain of the virus (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy-EHM), some competitions have placed vaccination requirements on their competitors that go beyond most accepted medical opinions and raise concern that unnecessary requirements can potentially put a horse at risk. The intent of this rule is to ensure that all licensed competitions comply with the vaccination guidelines for Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes (Rhinopneumonitis) published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). These guidelines are reviewed by infectious disease experts regularly, and recommend vaccinating competition horses at six-month intervals for both equine influenza (flu) and rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4). There is not a vaccine that protects against EHM.

Intended to promote proper vaccination protocols, this rule does not anticipate an increased workload for competition management. The flu vaccination information can be added to the documentation already required by most competitions: a horse’s health certificate and a negative coggins test.

If you have questions regarding GR845 please contact the USEF Drugs & Medications department at [email protected] or 800-633-2472.

Read GR845 in its entirety

Continuing Education for Instructors

Region 9 has an addition to the Regional Website: this addition will be a way for Instructors who continue to keep up with their education get recognition, even if you are not certified. Also, this will be a way for clients to see which instructors might best be able to help them by the courses attended. Read more here

Region 9 Web Store

Region 9 has a web store featuring Region 9-branded products. A portion of sales proceeds are returned to the Region, so shop often! Check it out here: http://www.cafepress.com/usdfregion9

Program Available for Region 9 Youth: Youth Schooling Show Challenge

This awards program for Region 9 Youth offers an opportunity to earn a certificate or a patch for competing in schooling shows! Thanks to Anne Kuhns for organizing the program. Download the Youth Schooling Show Challenge Form Here