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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)

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Region 9 Summer Meeting

The Dallas Dressage Club will be hosting our USDF Region 9 Summer Meeting at the Hampton Hill at 1549 Laguna Drive, Rockwall, TX on August 1, 2015. Call the hotel at 469–698-9494 and mention that you are with the Dallas Dressage Club to receive a special rate of $116.10. The deadline for the special rate is July 19, 2015. More information, meeting agenda and regional reports here

Freestyle Auction Begins August 1

Austin Dressage Unlimited will host its 7th Annual “Improve your judging and showing skills” seminar on January 9-10, 2016 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  The guest speaker will be FEI 5* judge Katrina Wuest from Germany. Katrina is also the world’s foremost authority on freestyle.  Most of the seminar will be on judging the tests but the 2nd half of Sunday will concern the freestyle judging.  She had rave reviews from her presentations last winter at the FEI Trainers Symposium in Florida.

As an added bonus she has offered to design the test pattern for 3 freestyles (any level is acceptable)   to help raise funds to pay for the seminar.  ADU will have a silent auction for each of the 3 designs. The winners of the silent auction will send her a video ahead of time so that she will know the strong points of the horse and rider. At a dinner on Saturday night  (January 9) she will show how the freestyles were designed using an overhead projector and video of the horses.

The first silent auction will start at the Region 9 meeting in Rockwall on August 1.  Please plan to attend or send a proxy to bid for you. And……SAVE THE DATE!

Advertise in the Region 9 2016 Omnibus

Advertise in the 2016 Omnibus! The Omnibus will be available for free online so tons of horse-loving people will see your ad.  The price for the category list ads has been reduced to $30.00 – what a wonderful way to let people know who you are and what you do! Ads will also be listed on the website, so you will have maximum exposure for your advertising dollars. Download the advertising form here

Download the 2015 Region9 Omnibus

Remembering Evie Tumlin

Region 9 will miss Evelyn (Evie) Hallonquist Brown Tumlin, who  passed away June 22, 2015 at her home Cedar Wind Farm, in Oxford, MS. Evie was a Region 9 Horse Person of the Year, USDF GMO Volunteer of the Year,  a USDF “L” Graduate, a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, and a Dressage Foundation Century Club member. She held a variety of jobs on the Region 9 Board, and founded the Mississippi Dressage and Eventing Association and several Pony Clubs.

Her early life included Peace Corp work in Liberia, West Africa,  teaching English as a second language in Peru, working at NASA monitoring heart rates, and she was Houston’s first airborne traffic reporter — while also flying the plane.  In additional to her airplane pilot’s licence, Evie was also licensed to fly helicopters. She is survived by her husband of  42 years, Robert Lewis Tumlin, and stepsons Russell Tumlin and Steven Tumlin.

A Celebration  of Life for Evie, along with a schooling show, will be held on Sept 19, 2015 at Cedar Wind Farm.

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

When it gets too hot to ride … go shopping! 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