We have lots of things happening in the YR program and I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss a thing, so here’s lots of info for you.
Welcome to those new YR’s that joined in April. We look forward to meeting you this summer at our different events.
Volunteer Program- At the heart of keeping our sport alive, it needs many helpers. We are working on adopting a volunteer hour program that is similar to what our area Adult Riders have in place. This is a way for you to give back to our program and the area programs. We will be getting forms out for you all to use to have volunteer coordinators sign off on your hours. In exchange for your hours we are working on an incentive program for each family. This may include prizes and discounts for clinics/camps. Some examples of places to volunteer would be: jump judge, working the benefit in any way, ring steward, property clean up at our local facilities and in any way that supports our local program. This is a place that adults and members can participate. We will have the points tallied at the end of the season and accounted for by a volunteer.
Camp in Montana is planned for July 18-21st.
We currently have Jean Moyer and Jessica Heideman (YR coach) teaching for camp and other instructors to be announced soon. More info and registration will be coming out soon. Julie Vachon is working hard to get everything ready to go. We hope to get a few more parents lined up to fill in some of our volunteer spots this firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Camp at Lincoln is scheduled to happen before the YR Benefit HT August 5-7.
Instructors and plans are in the works with more info available shortly. email@example.com
YR Benefit HT at Lincoln Creek is still set for August 8- 11. We have exciting things that will be taking place within the HT.
*Last year there was a tack sale that was a huge hit and so that is being planned on again. Get your items out and ready to sell. Your contact for the tack sale will be Mary Knox firstname.lastname@example.org
or Stacy Emerson email@example.com
*We are organizing a local YR champs team competition to be held within the HT this year. This will be held for BN-T level riders that meet the qualifications we are working on. There will be jog-outs, unmounted points, riding points all for fun and prizes and ribbons for all.
*Part of what helps fund our coming years activities is the silent auction at the show. Please consider a donation or contacting businesses you know out there to donate to the silent auction this year. Your contact for sponsorship is Julie Vachon firstname.lastname@example.org
*We hope all of you have this weekend set aside on your calender to join us to pull this fundraiser together. It’s a great way to get to know people in the area and give back. You may contact Anni Grandia email@example.com
to find out how you can help.
Upcoming social will be happening at the Aspen Farm HT June 14-16. A potluck and hopefully a scavenger hunt are being planned for Friday night. We are hoping to see YR members and their parents for a fun evening. We have an educational topic planned that will be valuable to each and every one of you. Plans are in place to talk about program expectations and the road to champs. Location at Aspen and time to be announced as we get closer. Please look at the score board if you’re not sure what the plans are.
Brynn Meuchel is currently serving this role as the voice of our membership. She’s here for you to have a peer to talk with about the program or give ideas too. Brynn and I are in contact and working to bridge the gap between the membership and the board. Brynn is planning to be at Aspen and will be available for you to get to know better. In the mean time her email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our YR coach is Jessica Heideman-
Maybe you haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, but would like to. Jessica is offering several different course walk opportunities at our area shows just for you. This is also a great way to meet other riders at your level. She’s also available to talk with you in person, on the phone, or through email. Jessica is very approachable and happy to answer any questions or help you however you need it. Her contact info: email@example.com
Teams for the season- Jessica has taken the information from those members that were intersted in participating in a teams for points. If you have any questions let her know at the above email address. Look for fun team updates as the season goes on.
If one of your goals is to be able to compete at champs in the future years it would be good for you to understand how the qualifications work and time it takes to make it happen. This process can begin two or more years earlier then you would be ready to go. Maybe you don’t even know what this about and want to read more about it. I will include the website link for you to get started. You may also contact Jessica H. for helping you line out the process and ask all the questions you might have. We are hoping to be develop our current training and above riders to get to NAJYRC if that is one of your goals. http://www.youngriders.org/
Rebecca Farms Novice and Training Three Day- For those YR that plan to participate in those two divisions the program would like to offer support for you in the vet box. As we get closer we will get a head count on who is going.
We are looking at having pins made also.
Mentoring Program- Recently I’ve had some great discussions with older YR members that have been, or getting ready to go to NAJYRC. They shared with me how they wished there had been a mentor program in place to help them as they were working their way through the program and levels. After more discussion with a parent that has been a big supporter for a mentoring program, we will be working to put this into place for those interested in participating.
Area VII YR Coordinator