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President's Letter - June 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Dale
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Dear Members,

I am writing this in a time when we should be well into our 2020 show season, yet due to the global pandemic some of us have just recently been able to get back to riding! It has been a difficult time for us all and cancelling our first schooling shows and the Spring show was quite honestly depressing. It was a great disappointment that the 2020 PVDA Ride for Life, which supports the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, had to be canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The PVDA Ride for Life has been a steadfast fundraiser for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center for 17 years. Every year one physician is selected for a highly competitive one-year fellowship to focus on one very important health issue: breast cancer. For the past 17 years, PVDA has raised an average of $60,000 each year, which helps to pay for that fellowship. This may seem like a small thing, supporting one fellow. But the beauty of this program is that every year one more doctor is trained that then goes forward to treat patients and train other doctors. The knowledge gained spreads exponentially, and the ripple effect of PVDA’s contribution is unquantifiable.

To continue the tradition in a slightly different way, this year we are inviting the dressage community to continue their support and donate directly to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center at To raise funds, ask your supporters to donate on this site and put in your name as the “rider” they are supporting. To further the goal, PVDA will be matching the first $5000 of donations raised. We will be tracking the progress and posting it on the PVDA website. In addition, to keep the “fun freestyle” alive, we are asking riders to share their musical freestyle with us! With the cancellation of the show itself, we are going virtual! Please upload freestyle videos to the PVDA Ride for Life website at There are no qualifications required to participate although we encourage riders to embrace the theme of the year: “We are in this TOGETHER!” Videos will be then be linked to social media where they can be shared. We also hope to share the videos at the year end banquet in January 2021.

As an organization, we are also evaluating how to hold shows in the future while minimizing risk as much as possible. Starting June 1, USEF lifted the restriction on licensed shows in areas where state and local restrictions are not in conflict. USEF has also issued guidelines for how to minimize risk at shows. PVDA has evaluated these guidelines and our venues and believe we have a concrete plan to be able to resume schooling and licensed shows. Therefore, PVDA is hosting a schooling show at Southwind Farm in Damascus, MD on June 21, 2020. As the safety of competitors is a top priority, USEF recommendations for minimizing risk will be strictly adhered to at all shows. For example, to limit interactions between competitors/show staff, only complete entries will be accepted. All required forms and payments must be received prior to the closing date of the competition. Participants and show staff/volunteers will be required to wear a facemask or face covering when in any setting where there is a possibility of being within six feet of other individuals, except when not mounted on a horse (no exceptions will be made). The number of people accompanying the rider will be limited to two (trainer and parent if rider is a minor) and spectators will not be allowed on the show grounds. We hope to see you all out at the shows this year. Please keep an eye on the show omnibus on the PVDA website for which shows will be going forward. Be well and enjoy as much time with your horses as you can!


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