Scholarship Applications DUE MARCH 15th!!

Find the scholarship form here!

Sage Creek February Show Date Change

Sage Creek Equestrian has moved the date for the February show in the Winter Show Series from February 18 to February 25th.


There is a new entry form for UDS recognized shows, to be used as of 2/7/2017.

Changes in Qualifying Scores Rules

Are you looking ahead to the 2017 Regional Championships?

There have been changes to the rules for qualifying scores for the upcoming season.  Jan Lawrence has figured out the details:


2016 UDS Year End Awards – Preliminary Results

2016 UDS Year End Awards

Preliminary Results

2016 UDS Year End Awards – Preliminary Standings

Please review your scores and validate them for accuracy by December 1st.  After that date, all scores will be considered FINAL.

If you have any questions, please contact Caryn at

2017 Omnibus Cover Winner

Congratulations Madeline Mortenson!  Your submission for the 2017 Omnibus Cover photo was selected as our winner.



Banquet Registration

Please join us for the

Annual Banquet

January 14, 2017
6:30 pm

$38 per person

Register today!

Registration Deadline is January 7, 2017

Noah’s – South Jordan

322 W 11000 S
South Jordan, UT 84095
(801) 357 9258

2016 Election

2016 Election Results


  1. Communications – Stacy Palen
  2. Vice President – Sydni Nusink
  3. Education – Donnette Hicks
  4. Membership – Beth Siron

UDS Members,

 It is time again to vote for the members of the UDS Board.  Unfortunately, no one stepped forward to run for two of the positions, the Treasurer and the Competitions Director, and the other positions are running un-opposed.  Be that as it may, cast your votes in support of the people who are going to work hard to keep your society going strong.  I have included their Bios below.

You will receive a separate email inviting you to vote from the website  Please look in your Spam if you do not get it in your inbox tonight.


Vice President:  Sydni Nusink

Sydni Nusink has been riding since she was 6 years old.  As a child she started with vaulting, while this helped with her balance and coordination while on a moving horse, she wanted to do something that enabled her to spend more personal time with the horse.  Sydni found Trisha Kerwin and started to learn how to jump and competed in Eventing through Novice level and enjoyed it but found that her passion clearly was dressage. Once solely dedicated to dressage, success followed, she was able to work one on one with Trisha Kerwin and Sarah and Clayton Martin, all of whom are FEI dressage trainers.  At the young age of 15, Sydni became a National Champion at the US Sporthorse National Championship at Training Level Dressage and has since been Reserve National Champion twice at 2nd and 3rd Levels. Her success simply motivated her to learn more and as she transitioned from Young Rider to a Professional, she has never stopped attending clinics, symposiums and taking lessons.

Sydni is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. She has participated in USDF Certified Instructor Workshops and is currently enrolled in the “L” Judges Training Program.


Education Director:  Donnette Hicks

Donnette’s passion is in the art of the equine human relationship. She enjoys capturing the journey through many expressions — photography, poetry, film, coaching champions and most of all being a full time student of the horse.

The Impact Of The Horse was born out of her desire to merge a private enterprise, Sage Creek Equestrian, with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program bringing a new possibility of human partnership for America’s wild mustang herds. Donnette started working with starting colts and working with problem horses under the tutelage of Ben Quinters. Ben introduced Donnette to the world renowned horseman Ray Hunt and thus the desire to understand a willing partnership was born and has been her driving goal now for over 30 years. Donnette is a well educated horseman specializing in Dressage. Her purchase of a Grand Prix German school master catapulted Donnette into developing a deep understanding of quality upper level movements. Donnette’s greatest devotion is her love of witnessing humans succeed in having a beautiful partnership with their horse.


Communications Director:  Stacy Palen

My professional background prepares me well to take on the duties of the Communications Director. I will address each of these duties individually in this letter. 

Web-page Design: As a University Professor and the Director of a small planetarium, I have been responsible for maintaining extensive web pages that are used by a varied audience, from professional astronomers to students to K-12 teachers to members of the general public. I am not only well-versed in a number of content management systems and software programs for web design, but I am also competent at coding directly in HTML. 

Newsletter Editing/Authorship: For several years, I maintained a web-newsletter for the Ott Planetarium, which focused on astronomy updates for K-12 teachers and the public. I have also written four textbooks, numerous academic papers, magazine articles and white papers. I often have the task of editing student work for publication, which has taught me to give constructive (and positive) feedback to novice writers. 

Trainer/Barn Directory Maintenance: As Director of the Ott Planetarium, I maintain a listing of all K-12 science teachers in the State of Utah, which I imagine is a much larger and more rapidly changing list of individuals and locations than the list of trainers and barns. 

Organize Committees: At Weber State University, I have been the chair of a number of committees and sub-committees. Together, we have met charges ranging from “recruit more students to STEM fields” to “create a roadmap to have zero carbon emissions by 2030”. Board Membership: I have served on the Executive Board of the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, the Astronomy Education Board of the American Astronomical Society, and several Board-level committees charged with enhancing communications between and among faculty at my University (notably the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Stacy Palen 801-920-6463 212 North 1500 West Ogden, UT 84404 Committee). I am very familiar with the general duties and obligations of a society board member, including, but not limited to, attending meetings, participating actively, and showing respect for the efforts of everyone in the group. 

As a board member, I would seek to improve communications between our members at various levels, particularly between our professional community and the amateur base. Educational opportunities abound, but it can be difficult to make everyone aware of them, given the splintered nature of media consumption these days. My primary goal would be to find out where our community most frequently seeks information (Facebook? Twitter? other social media? email? text message?), in order to determine the most timely and useful way for us to communicate about deadlines, educational opportunities, rules changes and other UDS news. 


Equine Achievement Submissions Due by 11/15

Score submissions to receive an Equine Achievement Award are due on November 15th to the Vice President.

Send submissions to:

Fill out the Equine Achievement Award Form  with proof of scores to the UDS (a copy of the online report from or copies of the front pages of the test.  To qualify for the award your horse needs to meet the following requirements:

Equine Achievement Awards:

  1. UDS designed this award to spotlight exceptional equine talent. Equine Achievement Awards are awarded to a particular horse.
  2. There is no time limit for earning qualifying scores. However, because the UDS Equine Achievement Award program began in 2001, only qualifying scores earned during 2001 and later, shall count toward the award.
  3. As defined below, to apply for the equine achievement award, BOTH the horse’s owner and the horse’s rider must be members of UDS at the time the score is earned:
    1. The rider must be a UDS member, having a USDF GMO membership number.
    2. The owner must be a UDS member, having a USDF GMO membership number.
    3. The horse must have a USDF Horse identification (HID) or Lifetime Horse Registration number (LHR).
  4. The horse’s owner will receive, as an award, an engraved plaque for the first UDS Achievement Award the horse earns. An engraved notation will be added to the plaque for each subsequent UDS Equine Achievement Award the horse earns.
  5. A single horse may be awarded only one (1) UDS Equine Achievement Award at each level; however, a horse may be awarded a UDS Equine Achievement Award at every level.
  6. To earn a UDS Equine Achievement Award, the horse must earn five (5) scores at a given level, and each score must be a minimum of: 65% at Training Level; 64% at First Level; 63% at Second Level; 62% at Third Level; 61% at Fourth Level; and 60% at the FEI Levels and Para
  7. Scores must come from USDF/USEF recognized shows.
  8. Short Tour scores do not count towards Equine Achievement Awards.

2016 Election Nominees

2016 Elections

Nominees are as follows:

  1. Communications – Stacey Palen
  2. Vice President – Sydni Nusink
  3. Education – Donnette Hicks
  4. Treasurer – open
  5. Competitions – open

Interim open positions

  1. Secretary – open
  2. Events – open

Ballots will be sent out on 10/13. Election closes on 10/23.  Winners will be announced at November All Member meeting.