bannerOur annual awards luncheon is only three weeks away, and we are already hard at work making it a grand affair for everyone who will attend!  We are getting in some lovely items for our silent auction, as well as services from local professionals, along with a site prep for a dressage arena  and Rolex tickets!  These are just a few of the special items that will be up for bid at the auction, so we hope all our members will be able to attend the festivities. We will have an improved checkout procedure at the end of the auction to get people out and on their way home as soon as possible.   As usual, we will have our Event-Free Raffle, Leg Awards, Title Awards, High Score Awards, and door prizes along with our delicious hot buffet lunch and cash bar.

Tickets will still be $20 per person in advance, and $25 at the door.  I’d like to thank our major sponsors who help make this all possible for us (and keep our membership fees to a minimum!) —  Longwood Arenas,  Horse Shows in the Park,  Rocking Horse Stables, Partners of the Park, Equiventures, County Saddlery, and Custom Saddlery.  If you are one of our major sponsors, remember you receive 2 free tickets to the luncheon.  However, I will still need to know who is coming and if you are bringing a guest.  (just notate it on the luncheon reservation).

Since today is the last day of our “year”, all qualifying scores for year-end awards MUST be in by Wednesday, August 3, so I can tally the winners for the year.  Any received after that will go toward next year’s awards.  Remember, Title Awards require 8 qualifying scores at the same phase/level, and Leg Awards are handed out to anyone having 4 scores at the same phase/level (but you must be present to receive your  Leg award).

I am now taking nominations for our High Score awards – just email me and let me know which categories listed below  you’d like to sign up for to win one of the High Score Awards.  The person with the most scores from the current year will be the winner.

Arab,  Quarter Horse,  Paint,  Connemara,   Appaloosa,  Draft Cross,  Warmblood,  Thoroughbred,  Off-the-Track Thoroughbred,  Pony,  Barefoot,  Aged,  Junior,  Senior,  Master,  Gelding,  Mare,  and Most Dressage Scores.

So mark your calendars for Sunday, August 21  from 11:00 – 3:00 at the Ocala Hilton and come join the fun!   Please send in your reservations early along with the fees.  Deadline will be Thursday, August 18 to sign up.