2020 has been an odd year, I don’t think anyone would with disagree with that. Each year presents its own unique challenges, and this year was a doozy. Our US Eventing Area VI organizers have done a wonderful job juggling the calendar to provide the best schedule, in the safest way. There was a steep learning curve, but they did a commendable job in figuring out to keep everyone safe, and the shows running smoothly. COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing down at this point, and the Council has had to look ahead and make some safety decisions.
There will be no Annual Meeting and Banquet this year, instead we will be doing a Virtual Awards week, where we will feature a couple divisions each day. Debi Ravenscroft will have all awards and trophies available to be picked up at the Ride On bus, beginning with Galway Downs’ January Horse Trials.
Our annual Town Hall meeting also had to be cancelled due to COVID, but we still want to hear your thoughts. We have come up with a survey, and would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to fill it out and let us know how we are doing, and how we might improve. Click here to fill it out.
Normally, we as an Area each year put together an auction event to raise much needed funds for our Young Riders, Adult Riders and the Area Administration. This year, after serious consideration, the Area VI Council deemed it to be inappropriate to reach out to our wonderful sponsors asking for contributions (merchandise, travel accommodations, services, etc.) at a time when many are just trying to keep their doors open. Yet, we must raise income to springboard us towards gaining some financial recovery in 2021.So often, in times of hardship, we must look within and find a solution. This year we are asking our membership…each and every member…to take part in our year-end Appeal by making a $50 tax-deductible contribution to Area VI.
While it is understood that some may need to give less, and others may be in a position to give above the $50 ask, the importance lies with 100% participation from our community.The responsibility to rebound from the setbacks faced this year rests with each and every one of us here in Area VI and together we can set the foundation for a strong comeback in 2021.Donate here: https://givebutter.com/AreaVIAppeal
Area VI Chair