Lots going on this week in Michigan eventing!
First, entries are still open for our last TEAM event of the season, the Honey Run Team Challenge! If you don't have a team of your own, don't worry -- we'll match you up with some other great competitors!
PLEASE NOTE: HONEY RUN WILL CLOSE FOR SCHOOLING after FRIDAY, 9/26 to give organizers time to prepare the course. We'll be hosting a VOLUNTEER WORK DAY on Sunday, 9/28 from 10 to 4. Pizza will be served and this will be one more chance to earn tickets for our fabulous volunteers-only raffle at the Awards Banquet on November 1!
We've (finally!!) posted point totals for the 2014 season, through Richland. GIANT THANK YOUs to TEAM volunteer Jennifer Dietzel for compiling them for us. Please take a moment to check your results; if you have questions, please email TEAMBoard@eventingmichigan.org for more information!
And yes, it's that time of year again! Our TEAM Year End Awards nominations and submissions ARE NOW OPEN! Nominations will be accepted through Saturday, 9/27. Voting will begin Monday, 9/29!
We have a brand new award in memory of teacher and trainer Carolyn Van Cise - in honor of someone who has provided Exceptional Support of a TEAM Member. Please consider nominating that person who has gone above and beyond to make your eventing dreams happen.
We also have a beautiful new trophy for the TEAM Horsemanship Award, sponsored by Bordeau Sport Horses! Please take a moment to "Like" their Facebook page and let them know we appreciate their support of Michigan eventing and TEAM!
The 2014 TEAM Awards Banquet will be on Saturday, November 1 at the MSU University Club, featuring Ann Arbor native and USET Para-dressage competitor Sydney Collier as our guest speaker. We are working on making banquet tickets more affordable this year and offering a children's menu so that more of our members can attend. We will also be holding our special volunteers-only raffle, with GREAT prizes, including Rolex tickets!! Watch this space for information as details are finalized!!
This week in Michigan eventing:
Entries are open for the Derbyshire Farms Fall TEAM HT. Remember, they are offering a Starter division now -- so head out and pick up some more points towards our new TEAM Starter division awards!! Entries are also open for our last TEAM event of the year, Honey Run TEAM Challenge, so get some friends together for this always-fabulous show! As always, go to the Event Information page of the TEAM website for info and forms!
We are reaching out to businesses who'd like to support Michigan Eventing with donations of products or services for our year-end TEAM Awards Banquet on November 1. Don't have an equine-related business? That's okay too -- we have many non-riding family members who attend OR you can sponsor a silent auction basket that the TEAM Board can assemble for you! ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and we work very hard to make sure our members support those businesses that support Michigan Eventing! Please contact us at TEAMBoard@eventingmichigan.org
Many thanks go out to these companies who've already signed on to donate:
Uckele Equine (www.uckele.com)
Equine Savings (www.equinesavings.com)
Sporthorse Saddlery (www.sporthorsesaddlery.com/)
Wyldewood Tack Shop (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyldewood-Tack-Shop/368857071251)
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (http://www.rk3de.org/)
Perri's Leather (www.perrisleather.com)
Congratulations to all of our competitors at the TEAM Benefit HT at Hunter's Run Farm and a HUGE THANK YOU to our hosts Dave and Sue Emmons and especially to all of our wonderful volunteers!! Here are links to the results and the photos (thanks to Lumineer Photography!).
Coordinator Carrie Mulks is contacting high point TEAM members about representing Michigan Eventing at the Midsouth Kentucky Team Challenge. As we are on a very tight timeline (and Carrie has a little wedding to attend ;) ), you will have to reply ASAP regarding your interest and ability to participate! Special thanks to Uckele Equine for sponsoring our teams!
We apologize for not posting a running TEAM point total and leaderboard yet this year - pointkeeping is a complicated and labor-intensive effort! - but we should have some totals up soon thanks to some fabulous committee members (big shoutout to Jennifer Dietzel!) who've stepped up to help out! We also hope to have a new system in place next year that will help up get that information published in a more timely fashion!
And finally, the season is not over! Entries are open for the Derbyshire Farms Fall TEAM HT and will open next week (8/26) for the Honey Run TEAM Challenge! And of course, even if you are not competing, we hope to see you representing TEAM with your new Michigan Eventing TEAMWear at the Richland Park FEI/USEA/TEAM HT next weekend!
times for the TEAM Benefit HT at Hunter's Run are now posted to the
Event Information page of the TEAM Website! Don't forget your wallet --
we'll have our great new TEAMWear designs available there!
Entry information for the Derbyshire TEAM HT and the Honey Run TEAM Challenge is also now available there!
And finally, we're adding up points to make up the Michigan Eventing teams for the Hagyard Midsouth Kentucky Team Challenge - coordinator Carrie Mulks will be contacting potential team members SOON so please be ready.
We have updated ride times for Hunter's Run now available on the Event Information page. Please double check your times!
We have also updated the links to the USEA Entry Forms (also used for TEAM events). Please let us know if you find any other broken links, as USEA recently revised their website!