USDF Region 9 United States Dressage Federation Covering the Areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi

Welcome to the USDF Region 9 Website

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)

Regional E-News

View the e-updates from Regional Director, Sherry Guess, here.

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2015 Omnibus - Pre-Order your copy today! The 2015 Omnibus will also be available as an App!

Pre-order the 2015 Omnibus here.
The cost of the Omnibus is $15 per copy. Order a hard copy online of the current Omnibus here .
Hard copies may also be pre-ordered by mailing a check to: Nettie Olsen, 1505 Lakeview Dr., Keller TX 76248 phone 817-929-0052

NEW FOR 2015! In addition to the hard copy, this year we will be developing an “app” for purchase to view on E-readers, tablets and smart phones. This is a new FREE advertising opportunity included in the advertising fees!

Advertise on the Region 9 Web Site/E-Blasts!
Advertising rates and information is available in this PDF download! Pay online here

Musical Freestyle Education
Austin Dressage Unlimited (ADU) is offering an exciting weekend of dressage education on Musical Freestyles.

Saturday, Nov 15, 8-5 will be the new eight-hour USDF Freestyle Education Seminar. Topics include music, choreography and judging information. "L" Program Faculty Member and "S" Judge, Joan Darnell will be the presenter. Location: Scott & White Hospital, Longhorn Lecture Room, 300 University Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665.

Sunday, Nov 16, 8 am-noon an additional half day of 'live' Freestyle Practice Judging and Freestyle Ride-A-Test Workshop will be offered at Royal Equus Farm, 20307 FM 973, Coupland, TX 78615. This will allow attendees to put into practice that which they learned on Saturday. It will also allow eight riders the chance to perform their Musical Freestyles in front of judges and "L" graduates and receive quality advice on how to improve their performance. Auditors will also learn from the analysis, discussion and advice given on each performance.

Both days are approved for USDF University credit. Visit the ADU website for registration forms and more information

Three Day Intensive and Progressive Riding Camp
Nov 14-16th – BACH is hosting a Three Day Intensive and Progressive Riding Camp with 2013 Region 9 Instructor of the Year, Whit Watkins. The camp will focus on exercises to achieve suppleness working towards straightness along with rider position and effectiveness. Auditors are welcome and only $10 per day or all three days for $25, if pre-register can sign up for lunches too!

Each day their will also be a interactive lecture at lunchtime with Whit. Please mark your calendars to come share this exciting weekend for a very reduced cost. The camp is being made possible with help from the Dressage Foundation and the Region 9 Adult Education Fund. Please contact Joyce Cain at or Donna Meyer at

Congratulations to USDF GMO Winners from Region 9
Amateur Photography Award GMOs with 75 to 174 members:
First Place: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association, Off Course, March/April 2014, Photographer: Nicole Landreneau

Newsletter Awards General Interest Article GMOs with 75 to 174 members:
Honorable Mention: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association, Off Course, March/April 2014: Equine Liability Issues, or In Other Words, Accidents Happen by Stacy R. Palowsky

GMO Website Awards GMOs with 75 to 174 members:
First Place:
Southern Eventing & Dressage Association

GMO Volunteer of the Year
Arlene B Gaitan, Alamo Dressage Association

Special Awards announced at the Great American/USDF Region 9
Championships held in Katy, TX on October 9-12, 2014

Bess Bruton
was recognized as the Region 9 Horse Person of the Year. Bess served for five years as Regional Director during which she represented Region 9 on a variety of USDF committees, including the Management Committee. For more than a decade she volunteered in a variety of capacities throughout our region and served as a PM delegate at many USDF Conventions. Bess is a volunteer at heart and has worked tirelessly to promote dressage both regionally and nationally.

Fran Dearing-Kehr was selected to receive the Teaching Excellence Award which is managed by The Dressage Foundation. This is the sixth year this award has been presented. The recipient is awarded $5,000 for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles.

Our youth continue to excel, and for the second year in a row, a Region 9 member was selected as USDF’s national nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award. Jessica Fan was recognized as a positive role model for her commitment to our sport, her involvement in community activities, her academic excellence and positive sportsmanship. We wish her the best of luck as she competes with candidates from other USEF National Affiliates for this award.

Platinum Performance/USDF Region 9 Jr/YR Clinic
with funding support provided by the Dressage Foundation
George Williams
January 31- February 1, 2015
North Texas Equestrian Center
Wylie, Texas

Riders 12-21 years of age are invited to submit an application to ride in the clinic. Please check the USDF website for application details:
Deadline for submission is December 19, 2014.

Auditors of all ages and levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Walk-in registration will also be available on the day of the clinic.  Online registration ends January 16, 2015. 

For more information, contact Inez Campbell at or 214.629.9205

Invitation to 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 addition 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 launched a new web store featuring Region 9-branded products. A portion of sales proceeds are returned to the Region, so shop often! Check it out here:

Program Available for Region 9 Youth: Youth Schooling Show Challenge
A new program being rolled out 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 participation form here.

Bee Pape Scholarship Fund
In honor of Bee Pape - who was a foundation stone for dressage in Region 9. A wonderful, kind, and generous lady, always there to help She gave countless hours to all of us, and to this sport we love. Bee's children – Susan Peacock, Sarah Pape Hester and William Pape and their families – asked that memorial donations to be made to the "Bee Pape Scholarship Fund" for use in Region 9. Bee was a great supporter of grass roots dressage, and Susan asked that a fund be set up to help our grass root members. Specifics of the fund, will be released later. We are thrilled about this opportunity for our regional members. And truly appreciate the generosity of Susan, and her family. And of your donations, to a much needed scholarship.

To make donations: Please make check made out to "Bee Pape Scholarship Fund - Region 9"
Mail to:
Nettie Olsen
1505 Lakeview Dr
Keller Tx 76248 or donate online (specify the Bee Pape Fund)

Scholarship Fund Update
Bee Pape Scholarship Fund: An anonymous donor has promised matching funds up to $1,000 a year for any donations to this fund. Donations can be mailed to the Region 9 Treasurer (Nettie Olsen,
1505 Lakeview Dr, Keller, TX 76248 or donate online (specify the Bee Pape Fund)

Updated Region 9 Timeline now available
Read more here

USDF Councils and Committees Chart now available (pdf)



Check out the Region 9 Event Calendar for clinics, seminars, camps, etc.
Check out the Recognized Show Calendar for shows around the region.


Youth & Adult Team Competitions

The purpose of the USDF Adult & Youth Regional Team Competition is to provide an opportunity for adults & youth to compete in a team-like atmosphere, which encourages camaraderie & support at any level. They are a lot of fun!

Youth & Adult Team Competitions applications:
Youth Team Comp:
Adult Team Comp:

Youth & Adult Team Competitions - suggestions for holding a Team Competition Show (Adult / Youth) and Team Participation Form


Regional Deadlines

Region 9 GMO Applications
Youth Team Competition
Adult Team Competition
GMO Educational Grant - Deadline 30 days prior to event
GMO Travel Grant - Deadline 60 days prior to meeting/ convention


GMO Council

USDF Competitions Handbook
Want to find current USDF competition regulations and guidelines? Tired of carrying around many brochures and want one consolidated document? The USDF Competitions Handbook (PDF) is available at It is not available in hard copy.

New Way to Check Scores
USDF has established a new, free, online score-check service for USDF members, who can view USDF-recognized competition results for each horse registered with USDF. All information in the USDF online database is updated daily and is current as of 5 p.m. the previous business day. Visit site for details.

USDF policies and procedures (pdf)
USDF bylaws