Embracing the relationship between horse and rider
By Tami Aufderheide
What a year this has been! From a raining cold soggy start to the show season to the blazing inferno the summer heat brought, our horses and riders were tested. Year -end awards are being calculated. Shows for 2023 are being planned and education opportunities are coming your way.
The Board of IDEA is so excited to bring the Introduction to the Levels with Joan Darnell to our area. We have been so pleased with the response. We have a line up of amazing horses and riders to demonstrate the tests. This event is designed for the auditors! You will get to see all the tests ridden. You will get practice judging the tests. You will learn how to ride the new movements and how to use the progression of the movements to inform your training. Joan Darnell is an “S” judge and faculty member for the L program. Our program also qualifies for L Graduate education credit.
We are trying something new with the Idaho Dressage Festival. Next year we are moving to September. I know it sounds a bit like “what?”, but with the intense heat and a really late Regional Championships, we thought this might just be the opportunity our riders need. The IDF I and II will be September 9&10, 2023 at Les Bois Dressage in Eagle ID. This will be a Level 2 show, and will have 2 judges so there will be twice the opportunity to get qualified for regionals or to finish out scores for medals.
Please plan to attend the State Annual Meeting November 10, 2022 7 p.m. via Zoom.
November 12th in Eagle, Idaho
November 13th in Pocatello, Idaho
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Thank you for the overwhelming support of our education event. You have been so supportive we are out of space at our Les Bois Dressage location in Eagle. We have closed the sign up. Don’t be disappointed we still have space available at our C&M Farm location in Pocatello.
Not all Idaho USDF/USEF are IDEA approved.
Year-end Dressage scores can only be counted from IDEA approved shows.
Please fill out the IDEA show approval form
The Board in an effort to make the year end award policy as clear as possible would like to add the following words to:
To qualify for Annual Awards, Owner or their designee shall volunteer at an IDEA approved or sponsored activity during the award year. The minimum number of required volunteer hours will be specified in the IDEA year-end award score sheet, published on the website
To qualify for Annual Awards, Rider or their designee shall volunteer at an IDEA approved or sponsored activity during the award year. The minimum number of required volunteer hours will be specified in the IDEA year-end award score sheet, published on the website.
We have had this requirement for several years now; however, we have never formally placed it in the by-laws. It has only appeared on the score reporting form where it was easily missed by new members. We feel this will help to clarify award criteria. Voting will take place via an email survey to all current members