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The voice of the Tehachapi Mountain Chapter/CDS and of the Bear Valley Springs Dressage Club
Next Meeting: Wed July 5, 2017 7PM
Where: Donna Marolt’s 29400 Butterfield Way BVS Ph:821-5150
Future Event Calendar
---July 5----Meeting at Donna Marolt’s
---July 23--- Dressage Show: Ulf Wadeborn, Judge
---Aug 2----Meeting at Sandy Criswell’s
---Aug 27---Dressage Show: David Schmutz, Judge
---Sep 6----Meeting at Mary Thompson’s
---Oct 21---Annual Awards Banquet at Oak Tree Country Club
AGENDA FOR THE July 5 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING -Greeting, welcome, notation of attendees (Terry & Tracy) -Approval of Agenda, with amendments, if any (Terry) -Approval of Minutes from the June 7 Meeting (Tracy) -Treasurer’s Report for Chapter & Club (Terry & Cathi) -Membership Reports Chapter & Club (Terry & Cathi) -EAC Report (Kathy Carey & Terry) –July Show “Get Ready” Volunteers, other issues -June Show Comments (Lois) -Added items, if any ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
MEETING MINUTES FROM THE JUNE 7th GENERAL MEETING:
MINUTES OF THE 06/07/17 GENERAL MEETING OF THE TEHACHAPI MOUNTAIN CHAPTER/CDS AND OF THE BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS DRESSAGE CLUB
The meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m. Terry welcomed the members and requested the secretary to note this meeting’s attendees, as follows: Terry Quinn, Lois Quinn, Mary Thompson, Marina Onderdonk, Sandy Criswell, Maggie Philip, Donna Marolt, Ellice Rubin, Tracy Donahue, Aubri Doe, Rowena Doe and Gary Yettner.
Terry presented the agenda. Upon motion made by Lois and seconded by Marina, there being no objection, the agenda was unanimously approved. Terry called for approval of the Minutes of the May 3, 2017, meeting. Upon motion made by Alexis and seconded by Gary, there being no objection, the Minutes were unanimously approved. Terry then called for the treasurer’s report. Terry provided the secretary with the May 2017 TMC/CDS and BVSDC treasurer‘s reports for filing with the Minutes, then reviewed those reports, as follows:
TMC/CDS opening balance was $1,477.88
Income was $1,506.00
Expenses were $1,379.86
Closing balance was $1,604.02
Net for the period was +$126.14
BVSDC opening balance was $4,342.50
Income was $912.05
Expenses were $806.29
Closing balance was $4,448.26
Net for the period was +$105.76
Membership Reports Chapter & Club (Terry) – TMC now stands at 26, BVS Dressage Club is at 21 with 3 contributing members.
EAC Report (Kathy Carey & Lois)
· Financial report – The Equestrian Center is under budget overall, but over budget in payroll.
· Covered Round Pen – The plan would be for it to be located down near the large arena. Two bids were received for a 60’ pen. MD Barns bid $79,300 without site prep. The site prep is estimated at $30,000, bringing their total bid to approximately $110,000. The other bid (name unknown) came in at approximately $70,000. As there is no money in the budget, this project would have to be funded by the horse community. Terry asked for a show of hands in support of supporting the funding. The result is that the Dressage Club is not interested in supporting this project.
· The EC is continuing to complete walling in the hay and grain storage areas. All labor is being done by the EC crew.
· The upgrade of the washrack and crossties is in the planning stage.
· Non-boarders are NOT to use the crossties and washrack at the barn. There are facilities in the campground that are available for non-boarder use. The EC management is trying to cut down on communicable horse diseases. In support of this goal, they have also set up two quarantine corrals by the pond for new boarders. BV horses coming into the mare motel for temporary boarding will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Visitors and property owners are reminded to NOT feed or pet the boarded horses.
· Trail Work – Quite a few volunteers have been working with the Trail Crew to fix the trails. Please call Bob Howard if you want to volunteer. You will need to provide proof of Home Owners insurance to the BVHSA.
· There are still some trees in the campground near the kitchen that need removing. That work is planned and will cost $1600.
· IGM quit using the rodenator at the request of the Fire Department due to the fire risk.
· The CSD is questioning the plan to reopen the Gun Range due to fire risk and the potential to hit people down the hill on the road in Arvin. In any case, it will need to be mowed prior to reopening.
· The Derby Field has been weed wacked. Gary is looking for some wooden oars to accent a “canoe-theme” jump. Please contact him if you have any.
· Due to her responsibilities to those pesky and annoying dressage students of hers (JUST KIDDING!), Lois is resigning as the EAC Representative. Maggie nominated Terry to fill the vacant position. It was seconded by Tracy and the vote to approve was unanimous.
June Show “Get Ready” Volunteers, other issues – Amanda Vargas will be the EMT. She lives in BVS.
May Show Comments (Lois) – Special thanks to Sally for hosting the judge at her home. There was a total of 38 rides. THANK YOU to all the volunteers!
Open House – While the Open House was considered a big success overall, there is little interest by attendees in the information available about dressage and the club that is available in the EC Lounge. Only 2 people came by the table (THANK YOU MARY!). It was suggested that if the Open House continues to be an annual event, information can be available, but no club member will man the table.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the president adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.
Submitted By: Tracy Donahue, Secretary
WESTERN DRESSAGE EQUIPMENT CHECK ISSUES: As we discussed at a General meeting a few months ago, the USEF requirements for the Western Dressage equipment check are long and complicated. Quoting from the USEF/WDAA ATTIRE AND EQUIPMENT GUIDE:
-- A USEF licensed competition which offers Western Dressage tests/ classes must use either a USEF licensed Category 2 Steward or an inspector designated by show management and under the direction of the C2 Steward. Tack and bits on both sides of the horse of a minimum of one third (1/3) of the horses in each class/test must be inspected.
-- At a non-USEF WDAA competition, a designated individual must assume the responsibility of overseeing the checking of horses, tack, bits and attire.
The Western Dressage Classes presented by the BVS Dressage Club are neither USEF licensed, nor WDAA registered. We have heard pushback from some exhibitors to the effect that, since we are not WDAA recognized, no equipment check is necessary or justified. The most basic requirement in the USEF/WDAA Guide is that the rider dismount and manually drop the bit for inspection. Since we are not equipped to perform a full equipment check (measuring mouthpiece diameter and shank length, for example,) the thinking appears to be that if we will not perform a 100% inspection, then no inspection at all is appropriate. The show management of the Bear Valley Springs Dressage Club categorically rejects this interpretation. We are interested in a basic assurance that competitors are not shading the rules to the detriment of other riders’ chances.
In summary, one-third of Western Dressage rides will be required to dismount and show the ring steward that the bit in use is legal. It will not require the Ring Steward to touch the bit. Visual inspection is sufficient.
Western Dressage Riders entering BVS Dressage Club sponsored shows accept this requirement. Failure to cooperate with the Ring Steward in this matter will be reported to Show Management and to the Judge. Disqualification may follow.
SHOW PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURIE RUBIN (SEE BELOW)