The MSEDA Annual Meeting was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Four Points Sheraton in Lexington, Ky. The day started off with an Open Members forum with three topics to be covered:
- 100 Ways to NOT get Eliminated at a Dressage Show or Event
This great topic was lead by popular judges Karen Winn and Debbie Boeh. Karen and Debbie gave a talk about some simple rules people misinterpret or forget along with reviewing the new 2017 rules. A handout was given to attendees and a Q & A followed, with participants guessing and answering which rules were true or false and on which penalties were given or elimination resulted. A lively discussion followed, with many great questions asked by participants.
- An Overview of MSEDA Points and Awards
- Mandy Alexander presented a PowerPoint presentation that included information on the available MSEDA points and awards; she provided some simple examples on how points are calculated.
- The Future MSEDA Annual Meetings
Rachel Henson spoke about future MSEDA annual meetings and asked for member feedback on dates and times for the Annual Meeting, as well as potential presenters. Participants were asked to submit ideas and thoughts via email.
After the Open Forum, the Annual Business meeting took place with Board members providing oral reports on their various committees. At the end, outgoing Board members were thanked for their service and three new members were voted in: Elissa Gibbs, Nick Larkin and Tiffany Smith. A vote was also held to make some rule and by-laws changes, which proceeded with full membership approval.
MSEDA Awards Banquet
Finally, the day ended with the MSEDA Awards Banquet. A great time was had by all, with an excellent dinner (Four Points wins for good banquet food two years in a row), the MSEDA member video (with pictures sent in by members), and the awards graciously handed out by emcee Hank Zeitlin.
More awards than ever before were given out, including volunteer awards. The winner with the most volunteer hours was Shelly Ryan, who had almost 200 hours for 2016! Horse shows of the year included Team Challenge Horse Trials and Snowbird Dressage. Scholarships were given to four deserving members who intend to use them to further their education through MSEDA. They were:
Christine Brown Memorial Grant: William Robertson
MSEDA Exceptional Educational Grant: Chelsea Smith
MSEDA Educational Grant: Joan Gariboldi
MSEDA Educational Grant: Kristen Brennan
All of the award and scholarship winners are posted here.