From the Region 6 Director
I’ve been actively involved with the USDF since my first convention in 1995 (I’ve missed three since then). I grew up in rural Western Washington and started riding when I was 5 but it wasn’t until I was 42 that I was introduced to Dressage (in 1990). Since then, I’ve competed primarily at the lower levels on a number of horses but finally was able to bring my horse to the upper levels and earn my USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and Bronze Bar.
I’m an attorney by training and practiced law for 10 years before I went into the family direct marketing business which I then ran for almost 25 years. Since 2007 I’ve been retired, riding my horse, scuba diving and enjoying life. I’ve been a member of E.I. and ODS and have been an active volunteer at shows – scribing, scoring, ring stewarding, etc. For almost 10 years I was the co-volunteer coordinator for the E.I. recognized shows. Since 2010, I’ve been the manager/secretary for the Summervale Dressage Shows in addition to being the secretary for several E.I. recognized shows.
This past year, after some prodding from a couple of TD friends, I went through the USEF TD Apprentice process and became an “r” TD this September – and then TD’d my first show in October!
She was a member of both ODS and Equestrians’ Institute and gained experience in website management as well as show award inventory and procurement. Carolynn chaired and co-chaired the EI auction for five years. In 2007, she started her own photography business and has photographed shows in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Iowa and, notably, Illinois at Lamplight Equestrian Center.
Since 2007, Carolynn has attended every USDF Convention as either a GMO or PM Delegate. Through that, she also sat on the USDF Award Council.
Carolynn is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what makes up the backbone of our sport’s support -- show management, including the nuts and bolts of scoring, test running, scribing, scheduling, labeling, gate keeping and the many efforts that go into a competition.
March 2020 eNews for Region 6
As the show season in the Region is about to start, make sure you have the right memberships for what you want to do.
To qualify for Regional Championships you need (basic rules):
Rider – USEF competing membership; USDF Participating membership
Horse – USEF annual or life number; USDF Life number
Owner – USEF competing membership; USDF Participating membership – AND Names MUST BE THE SAME on both memberships!
Trainer – [Remember – “Trainer” is the person responsible for the horse while on the show grounds not necessarily the person who is training the horse!] – USEF competing membership
If you just want to ride in a Recognized show and avoid non-member fees, you can ride in an Opportunity Class, otherwise:
Rider – USEF competing membership; USDF PM or GMO membership
Horse – USDF Horse ID
Owner – same as Rider
Trainer – USEF competing membership
Except for Opportunity and Intro classes, ALL adults (over 17) must have Safe Sport Training.
Note – the above is a condensed version, for a complete list, please go to the Regional Website or send a message to me or one of the many TDs in the Region.
Freestyle Qualifying Scores – 63% at the test of the highest level or a test of a higher level for Training through 4th -- BUT if you score 60% at an FEI test (PSG – GP), you may enter any Freestyle at that level or below.
USDF Surveys – you may be selected by the USDF for a survey of your opinion on any number of subjects. IF you are one of the lucky ones, PLEASE complete it and return the survey to USDF by the time stated. We need the information as the organization works to improve the various programs.
Congratulations to Kari McClain, Jessica Wisdom and Miari Stables, Olympia, WA for they have been chosen to host the 2020 USDF Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Seminar, June 30-July 1. The USDF Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Seminar is an educational event for ages 14-27. Each seminar is a unique experience, and highlights the various breeding, training, and sales operations of dressage focused farms throughout the United States.
Complete information will be available on the USDF website.
And last, Quick “Fun Fact” – Region 6 was well represented at the Global CDI in Wellington, Florida (Feb. 19-23). Kari McClain and Mike Osinski were judges; Jennifer Williams and Endel Otts were competing; Noah Rattner was announcing.
Jr/YR Clinic with George Williams – deadline for applying is March 13 – full information at https://www.usdf.org/education/clinics/jryr/index.asp
Youth Outreach Clinic with Brook Martz – deadline for applying is March 20 – full information at https://www.usdf.org/education/clinics/youth/index.asp
PM Delegate Nominations – deadline for nomination is April 15 – full information at https://www.usdf.org/about/about-usdf/governance/nominating/PMFAQ.pdf?t=2/21/2020%202:36:56%20PM
Dressage NW’s Stephen Clarke Symposium – demo rider application deadline received by March 20 – full information at https://dressagenorthwest.org/?page_id=158
The first month of my 2nd year as your Regional Director has gone by very quickly and a lot has been done by people within the Region.
Greg Darnell, our marvelous web master, has done a wonderful job revamping the Region’s website – . Not only is there a new, and fresh look and feel, but he has added two new features – linking the Region 6 Instagram and Region Twitter feeds:
Those of you who use these mediums please add Region 6 to your appropriate pictures/posts and help make the Region’s website lively.
Trainers – please contact Greg at to get your name, address, information added to the Region’s Trainer Page/Map. This is now a FREE SERVICE and we’d love to make sure that ALL trainers within the Region are listed.
On January 11, Devonwood Equestrian Center hosted the First Annual Region 6 Summit and I believe all who attended agreed it was very well worthwhile. The attendees came from across the Region and examined the current state of Dressage and contemplated various ways to make it better. The attendees were led through numerous exercises and heard from several speakers on topics such as “What do competitors want?” – “How to promote and keep volunteers” – and “How to increase sponsorships and funding.”
The list of attendees is too long but the following organizations were represented:
Arab Horse Association – Region 5
Bozeman Dressage Association
Devonwood Equestrian Center
Idaho Dressage & Eventing Association
Lower Puget Sound Dressage Club
Oregon Dressage Society
Pacific Northwest High Performance Dressage Foundation
Region 6 Participating Member Delegates
Whidbey Equestrian Center
This Summit could not have been put on but for the hard work of the Organizing Committee including:
And but for the wonderful sponsors including:
Devonwood Equestrian Center which hosted the event
Hilleberg the Tentmakers
Northwest Equine Vet Associates
Lower Puget Sound Dressage Club
Bickford Ford of Snohomish
Helm Saddles & Summervale Premier Dressage
Equestrians’ Institute and
United States Dressage Federation (which provided wonderful “swag”)
Over $5000 was raised from the sponsors and all remaining funds will be used to support Dressage activities within the Region.
Although it looks like I won’t be competing this year, I am excited that our show season is about to start with the first recognized shows being held March 7 & 8 at Donida Equestrian Center and Devonwood. Of course schooling shows are on-going but it seems like a very early start to our season. Thank you Gwen Blake and Donida and Noah Rattner and Devonwood.
Juniors and Young Riders – now is your chance to participate in the USDF Young Rider Clinic with George Williams or the Youth Outreach Clinic with Brook Martz, April 25-26 – full information at
The deadlines for applying are March 13 (YR Clinic) or March 20 (Outreach Clinic). Both clinics will be held in the Wilsonville, OR area.
Lastly, IF you are interested in becoming a Participating Member Delegate to the Board of Governors, your nomination must be received by USDF by April 15. Feel free to contact me at for more information.
Shows, Clinics and Events To Remember
Feb. 7 -- Deadline for applying to host the 2021 Regional Championships
Feb. 15 -- NW Equestrian Expo -- Lynden, WA
March 7 - 8 -- Devonwood and Donida USEF/USDF Shows
March 13 -- Deadline to apply for USDF Jr/YR Clinic
March 20 -- Deadline to apply to be a demo rider at Stephen Clarke Symposium
March 20 -- Deadline to apply for USDF Outreach Clinic
March 21 -- Freestyle Clinic hosted by Lower Puget Sound Dressage Club
April 15 -- Deadline for Participating Member Delegate nominations
April 16-18 -- FEI Dressage World Cup, Las Vegas
Attention Youth Riders – Jr/YR Clinic
The USDF Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Clinic, featuring George Williams, will be held April 25-26, 2020, at Pirouette Enterprises in Wilsonville, OR. The rider deadline is March 13, and auditor preregistration ends April 10. Walk-in auditors are accepted. More information
Attention Youth Riders – Youth Outreach Clinic held in conjunction with the Jr/YR Clinic
The USDF Region 6 Youth Outreach Clinic, featuring Brooke Martz, will be held April 25-26, 2020. Participants will audit the Jr/YR Clinic on Saturday at Pirouette Enterprises in Wilsonville, OR. On Sunday, participants will have their private riding sessions with Brooke Martz at River Run Equestrian Training Center in Newberg, OR. The youth outreach clinic rider deadline is March 20. More information