By: Kim Hillyer
Hello Region 6 members! Hopefully, everyone is doing well and getting to ride. I have a couple of exciting things to report this month.
The first being to Elections are coming up. Be sure to visit the USA Working Equitation website to read up on all of the candidates. Please VOTE!!
The second being, the countdown to the first Eastern Zone Championship is underway. The entries close on October 24th. If you have qualified for the Championship, be sure to get those entries in. If you didn’t qualify or just don’t feel ready to compete in a championship yet, you can enter the recognized show. It’s a great opportunity to go and experience the Championship vibe without the extra pressure. It is also a great opportunity to get a qualifying score for next year if you haven’t already earned one.
There are lots of exciting activities planned for the EZC as well. On Thursday there will be a competitors briefing and party starting at 6:00 PM. Competitors and volunteers eat free. All others are welcome, but bring $20 for the festivities. There will be a Hippity Hop race, for anyone interested, planned for after the competitors briefing and party.
Sometime during the course of the weekend there will be a stick horse obstacle course for the kids. Kids, bring your own stick horse. Vet inspection will be waived for these horses.
There will also be a silent auction held during the show. Bidding opens Friday morning and will close Saturday evening. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to donate items for this auction. The more the merrier! Let’s make it exciting. Themed baskets are really cool, and can be put together by barns, AOs, or any group that wants to participate. I am donating a really cool hand painted metal bin full of books, a dressage print, Wine and a handmade pottery wine cooler and other horsey items. The more items, and the more creative you can be, the more bids there will be. We want bidding wars! WE items would also be super popular. Ideas range from a Garrocha pole, soccer cones for practice markers or course markers, Rings for the “spear the ring”, numbered cone covers for obstacle numbers, and any books on WE, etc.
There will vendors at the show, so be sure to visit their booths. Also, for everyone’s convenience, there will be a food truck for the show. And finally, be sure to stay for the Awards Ceremony and the end of the show on Sunday and cheer for all the competitors that place.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Championship show.
Region 6 Director