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Hello Everyone, hope your summer is going great!
We are preparing for our September 17-18th Dressage under the Oaks IV show at the Grand Oaks. The prize list will be available in the next few days. This show is very special this year for many reasons.
The Sarah Bartko Award will be presented for the top ride at Third Level Test 1. Sarah was a big part of our Orlando Dressage family. A beautiful ribbon, along with a piece of artwork personally created by Sarah will be a portion of the award. Also included is a hand-crafted wine glass, a Certificate and a check for $125.
Because of our generous competitors, we are very happy to say our “Virtual Ribbon” program has been a great success! We have given over $1000 to local charities. And we plan on continuing to give more. At our September show, our special charity will be: “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. During the month of September, advocates and supporters will be walking at various events to raise funds for research into this dreadful disease that has no prevention, no cure, and no effective treatment.
Many of you know that one of our own dedicated dressage judges, Susan Woods, along with her family and friends are suffering because of this disease. In the past couple of years, Susan had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.Her husband, Bill Woods, another one of our judges, has patiently taken care of Susan during Susan’s decline. Susan is now in a facility so she may receive 24 hour care that she needs. Please give to help all those afflicted by Alzheimer’s.
For each ribbon you donate back, Orlando Dressage will also give to the charity. To make a direct donation toward our goal, you may make out your checks to the Alzheimer's Association and give it to us at the show, or you may go directly to the online fundraising page at act.alz.org/goto/elizabethwaller . This link is the team of walkers that Elizabeth Waller has once again formed to help fight this devastating disease. Elizabeth has been a scribe for Orlando Dressage and a dear friend of Susan’s since their college years.
Many have asked about the dates for the 2017 Orlando Dressage Season and they are listed below. I’m hiring judges now, please let me know who you would like to have judge you, who would you especially like to have…and who you would rather not.
Hope to see you in September!
Gayle Witty and the Orlando Dressage Family
Orlando Dressage 2017 Dates
December 10-11th, 2016– Orlando Winter Classic – Clarcona
January 14-15th, 2017-Dressage under the Oaks I-Grand Oaks
January 28-29th- Snowbird’s Paradise Show I & II-Clarcona
February 11-12th-Sweetheart Cup-Clarcona
March 25-26th-Heidleburg Cup I & II-Clarcona
May 27-28th – Dressage under the Oaks II – Grand Oaks
June 17-18th– Dressage under the Oaks III – Grand Oaks
Might be Orlando Dressage 2018 Season
September 16-17th or 23-24th – Dressage under the Oaks IV – Grand Oaks