ADS Meeting Minutes for September 2017

Oct 9, 2017 by

Trainers’ Forum 2017

September 25


How can ADS help you help your students?


Details on the Symposium with Melonie Kessler


ADS-sponsored clinics – how much can people pay?


$1000 in Jr rider fund, discussed a “kid’s camp” type activity – model after Oklahoma Dressage Society’s program / considered collaboration with Jonesboro or NWA clubs for this event


“Jr Team Challenge” at schooling shows?


  • Jr Rider
  • Freestyle
  • Adult Amateur
  • Possible clinicians? Other ideas?


  • Consensus was that an ADS-sponsored clinic needed to be unique – something you can benefit from in just one clinic – eg, freestyle clinic


  • Another suggestion was for a clinic series – hold a clinic with the same clinician every few months


  • Board will determine what type of clinic USDF grants can be used for


  • Schooling shows


  • Adherence to USDF rules
  • New locations?
  • More/fewer shows?
  • Increasing fees to benefit farms
  • How to get volunteers?
  • General feedback?


  • Discussed non-compete horse policy. Previously, ADS had no policy, but there is some disagreement about current policy – specifically that it restricts non-compete horses to Open riders
    • It was suggested that Open classes be placed together in schooling shows so that inexperienced horses ride together


  • No issues with current year-end awards requirements
  • Discussed possible increase in show fees – eg, increase grounds and/or stall fees to benefit farms. All trainers thought a reasonable increase was fair. This would align us with other GMOs in the area.


  • Ways to grow membership/attendance/participation?
  • General feedback from trainers




Other business

  • Board voted in favor of Sandra insuring the ADS trailer and its contents for $10,000*; $500 deductible* while on her property *corrected 11.7.17 by KE



Present: Sandra Thompson, Kerry Evans, Rene Pope, Kat Cromer, Alex du Celliee Muller, Nicola Gagliardo, Patty Hale, Nancy Sobba, Paula Angulo, Aaron and Brandi Wilson. Start 7:30pm, adjourn 8:45pm; minutes prepared by Kerry Evans






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