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Hi Dressage Members,

As some of you may know, I am retiring as one of the division co-chairs. However, I have agreed to stay on next year to assist in the show secretary position during the transition period.  Peggy Vurgason, who has been co-chair and volunteer coordinator and always available to set-up and take-down, is moving to Florida after the end of the show season. She will be missed but we wish her, George, and their horses, Billy John and Joey, the very best.

 You may have noticed that the Crossties announced that DVHA is looking for division co-chairs -- and dressage is one of those divisions. For 2016, at least one co-chair will have to be available to attend Executive Committee meetings, arrange for show staff, assist with set-up and take-down. The other co-chair will  have to be at the show on Thursday to manage the shows and learn the secretarial position. It will be very important for some of you to step forward and be a co-chair in order to assure the continuance of Dressage at DVHA. If you are interested (or know of someone who will join DVHA and take this up), please contact Sue Haydu-Bok directly ( before the DVHA General Meeting on September 2. If no one wants to be a co-chair, we will not have a 2016 show season.

At the request of several members, for the past two months I have been updating a complete description of the duties of a show organizer and a show secretary. It has taken me longer than expected to work on this and I am still adding info as I come across new items while doing the shows. Basically, the organizer sees that the rings are dragged and arenas set-up; hires judges (or can be done by the secretary); coordinates all volunteers; sets up the secretary's stand (clean the counters/floors); cleans and sets up the judges stands; arranges for refreshments for staff and exhibitors; take-down of the arenas. The show secretary processes and schedules the rides; pulls and labels tests; labels rider envelopes; mans the secretary's window during the show (about 7-8 hours);  tracks scores for year-end and TND series; forwards scores to newsletter; averages and forwards year-end scores to banquet committee. It looks like the show secretary does not have as many responsibilities but I have spent from 10-13 hours at home doing the secretarial duties. Quite frankly, I have been involved with all aspects of our dressage shows except for dragging the rings and coordinating the volunteers. Of course, I do not compete but you can make arrangements to have someone cover for you so that you can ride during a show.

The current show schedule we have been running has been too extensive to carry. We do not have the volunteer member support to run two shows per month. At some of our shows, we were short staffed and had to double up on staff duties. As a result, the 2016 show season will only consist of one Thursday schooling show per month starting in May and ending in September for a total of five shows.  Also, this year, we experimented with registering two of our Thursday shows with ESDCTA and, as expected, this did not produce any significant enhancement to our show season. We found that the same nonmember exhibitors who have supported us over the years are still the only ones who continue to come to our shows. Therefore, we are not going to register any of our shows with ESDCTA in 2016. Most of our exhibitors enjoy coming to our shows to school or just ride. In fact, quite a few of our regular 2015 nonmember exhibitors did not register to compete at the two ESDCTA Thursday shows. For your information, nonmembers make up about 75-80% of our exhibitors

If you have any questions or comments that you want me to answer, please feel free to contact me at (email is preferable as I usually never answer my phone).  Please do not do a "reply all" email. If anyone wants to review the organizer and/or secretary descriptions further, please let me know and I will email you a copy. 

Thanks for all your support of dressage this year,



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The Delaware Valley Horsemen’s Association show facility is located on Rt 604 in Sergeantsville, New Jersey.  Our 10-acre facility includes four show rings, a separate trail course, plentiful water, rest rooms, and ample parking. Spectators are welcome and admission/parking is always free.  Shows are held throughout the year between April and October.

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