August Qualifier Update

Hello Drill Teams!

I hope that you are all doing well and are starting to get back together and practice. The August qualifier is only 10 weeks away! Currently everything is still on schedule and we should be seeing all of you August 15-16 in Okeechobee, FL. 

Due to the cancellation of the May qualifier we will be having 4 judges at this event and they will be awarding 2 sets of placings. (Judges A & B will be totaled for 1 set of placings and Judges C & D will be totaled for a second set of placings.) This means that attending this one event will qualify you for the State Championships in November. So, if there was a class you didn’t enter in February, but want to participate in now, please sign up. It’s also a great opportunity for any new teams that want to join SSMDTA and it sounds as if we may have 3 new teams participating with us in August! Yeah!

I will be sending out a revised entry form soon for this event, but the entry fees will be going up to $20/rider/class in order to cover both sets of judges.

As usual, we are encouraging all teams to participate in the Compulsory class – pattern is already set, you just have to perform it at your gait(s) of choice. Quick note to those teams that completed in this class in February … please review the pattern. All teams are supposed to be doing the same pattern. Specifically look at the: Figure 8 – you must complete a figure 8 before exiting the move, so you end up doing 3 loops; Pinwheel – one side is required to stop to allow the other side to catch up for the whip; Turn after the Weave – this is a turn to the long side of the arena, not the short; Turn through and Pair Up (on the diagonal right before the end) – don’t forget to Pair up. If you have any questions about the pattern, please ask Nichole or I.

We are still planning to have a clinic within this show. I’d like to give each team two one-hour sessions with a judge and the fee would be $100. Please let me know how many of you would be interested in participating in this so we can continue planning. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in August.

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