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Annual Banquet

January 14, 2017
6:30 pm

$38 per person

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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 Surveymonkey.com.  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 spalen@gmail.com 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:  vicepresident@utahdressagesociety.org

Fill out the Equine Achievement Award Form  with proof of scores to the UDS (a copy of the online report from USDFScores.com 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.

Riders and Auditors Wanted – Kristi Wysocki Adult Amateur clinic

October 8-9, 2016

Fall Adult Amateur clinic with Kristi Wysocki

The UDS is hosting a fabulous Adult Amateur clinic with Kristi Wysocki on October 8-9, 2016.  We still have a few open slots for riders.

Auditors are welcome!!

Early Bird Discount:  Register by October 3rd and received $10 off the fee for auditing both days

Register Today to Audit the clinic

If you are interested in being a rider in the clinic, please fill out the rider application.

Rider Application

Please click on the flyer below for more details.

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Kristi Wysocki Flyer


2016 Perpetual Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Perpetual Award Winners!

Perpetual Award Class Horse and Rider Combination Score
Charles Bering Trophy Training TIE:
Madeline Mortensen & Hungarian Comrade
Trisha Kerwin & Quinault Bey
UDS First Level Trophy First Morgan Bastow & Figaro 73.088%
Oquirrh Dressage Trophy Second Sydni Nusink & Hungarian Comrade 73.200%
Anakako Melody Memorial Trophy Third Christie Erickson & Jeneral Disarrae 70.510%
Laura Williams Tolman Memorial Trophy Fourth Meredith Brennan & Contempo 63.100%
Deer Meadow Trophy Prix St. George David Macmillan & Catch of the Day 73.280%
Johanna Adolphi Trophy Intermediare Trisha Kerwin & Casini 66.310%
Millbrook Farms Trophy Grand Prix David Macmillan & Daturo II 64.900%
Nick Van Pelt Memorial Trophy Freestyle Heather Krebs & Wellcome 72.840%
Sean Porter Buell Trophy Pony ToC Celeste Rosquist & Hollymead Meadow Lark 64.240%
Sage Creek Master’s Trophy Master’s Cindy Yager & Jack 69.460%
Sage Creek Para Dressage Award Para Lara Oles & Bella 74.211%

UDS Fall Scholarship Deadline – Sept. 15th

Applications for Fall Scholarships are due September 15th.

Please see the UDS Rules (pages 24-25) for more information and the application.

UDS Educational Scholarship Application

The purpose of the UDS scholarship is to foster learning for those UDS members committed to the sport, whether it be someone riding at Training Level, or Grand Prix, with weekly lessons or working on their own in an area without access to weekly instruction. The basis of the award criteria is the applicant’s commitment and dedication demonstrated to the discipline of dressage in general and how the intended use of the scholarship will help the applicant reach individual goals.

The Utah Dressage Society will award six (6) scholarships each calendar year, three (3) in the spring and three (3) in the fall, to encourage and promote the further training and education of Utah Dressage Society member/horse partnerships. Twice a year, three (3) – $250 scholarships are available one each to a Junior/Young Rider, Amateur and Open rider. Scholarships must be used to further the dressage education and training of the applicant. Eligible expenses will include: the cost of clinics-mounted or un-mounted, reasonable expenses to attend those clinics, the cost of educational materials such as training books and videos, and other educational opportunities such as symposiums.

Award Criteria

  1. UDS is dedicated to furthering the education of any UDS member committed to improving their dressage knowledge and expertise regardless of age, experience, riding level, and accomplishment.
  2. Awards will be based on an essay describing the planned use of the award, the benefit to the applicant and how the applicant has helped UDS in the previous 12 months. (See specific instructions below.)
  3. Current UDS Board members may apply for an Educational Scholarship.
  4. First preference is given to UDS applicants who have never received an award or 12 months have elapsed since the award of a previous scholarship. In addition, the applicant must have provided a minimum of 8 hours of documentable volunteer service in the past 12 months. Should any scholarship monies remain after the first round, it will be given to a board member who applied prior to the deadline date.
  5. Scholarship awards must be used within twelve (12) months of the award.

Reimbursement of Awards

Reimbursement will be made to each recipient upon completion of the educational experience, proof of purchase (receipt) for the event, and submission to the UDS Newsletter of a 500 word or more essay on how the educational experience contributed to the applicant’s dressage training. The award must be used within the UDS calendar year received.  The submission of the article must be within 12 months of completion of the educational experience.


The purchase of tack, computer software, association dues and competition expenses are not eligible. If you have any questions on whether an expense is allowable, please speak with the UDS Director of Education before submitting your application.


The SPRING application deadline is March 15 with notification by April 15 and the FALL application deadline is September 15 with notification by October 15. Applications must be RECEIVED no later than the application deadline, preferably by e-mail. Applications will be scored by the UDS board.  E-mail completed applications to the current Education Director. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Congratulations to our UDS Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our UDS Photo Contest Winners:

  • Strike a Pose – Lara Oles
  • It Takes a Village – Erin Conklin Blackwelder
  • A Down Centerline – TIE – Lara Oles, Erin Conklin Blackwelder
  • The Show Life – TIE – Lara Oles, Ellie Blackwelder
  • Selfie Style – Ellie Blackwelder
  • Get Creative – Lara  Oles

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Preliminary Ride Times

44th Annual

UDS Short Tour Championship and Recognized Show

August 19-21, 2016

Preliminary Ride Times

Ride times are subject to change.  Please validate your actual ride time against the posted day sheets.

UDS STS Schedule – Revised 8/17

UDS 1 day sheets

UDS 2 day sheets


  • Friday night Competitor Dinner Pizza Party sponsored by Millbrook Farms
  • Mystery Class Prize Money for the UDS Dressage Days Recognized Shows.
  • UDS Dressage Days – “Get Social” Photo Contest (click for details)