Every year, the USDF holds its Annual Convention in a different city. This year, the convention is in St. Louis, MO, right here in Region 4! It takes place November 30-December 3, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
The USDF Annual Convention is an awesome opportunity to get involved with dressage on a national level, get insights into how our national governing organization comes up with the rules and policies we all live by, have your voice heard in committee meetings, and get access to amazing educational sessions with experts from around the country.
For a recap of how some of our members enjoyed the convention last year, take a look at two first-person articles, "Dressage in the Desert" by Melissa Ward and "A USDF Convention Story" by Laureen Van Norman, in the January/February 2016 issue of The Contact.
Because the convention is such a wonderful opportunity for our members, and it's practically being held in our backyard, we want to make it easier for you to attend. So we are willing to pay your registration fee ($175 for adults, $90 for 21 and younger). This registration will get you into all the educational sessions (except those requiring separate tickets) and all open committee meetings.
HOW IT WORKS:
We're paying for 5 registrations!
NDA will pay for five (5) USDF Convention registration fees. These five grants are being made available to current members, and 4 winners will be chosen in a random drawing at the October 10th NDA board meeting. The remaining slot will be auctioned off at the NDA Year-End Banquet.
How to enter:
To get your name in our drawing, just send an email to Heidi Helmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 10. We'll draw names that night and notify the winners by Tuesday, October 11.
If you win:
If your name is drawn as a winner, we will notify you immediately. You have until the following Monday, October 17, to confirm your acceptance of the grant, and register online for the Convention. If you have not confirmed and registered by 10/17, your spot will be forfeited and we will draw another winner.
Hurry—you only have 5 days left to enter the drawing!
Winning members must accept their grant and register for the convention by October 17. After that date, your winning spot will be given to another member. Priority will be given to NDA members, but any winning spots not filled by an NDA member will be opened up to NDA board members.
The five (5) convention grants being offered are separate from and in addition to NDA's usual GMO representatives that will be attending the convention.
Please contact Heidi Helmer with any questions.