LVDA committees are made up of a combination of LVDA board and general members.
Below is a full listing of the committees, their purpose, responsibilities, and the committee members.
All committee chairpersons can be contacted via email by anyone who has a question, concern or idea for that particular committee.
If you interested in serving on a committee please complete this form: LVDA Committee Sign Up Form
Show Committee Chairperson: Lindsay VanAssen
Show Committee Members: Gail Carpency, Kim Hirschman, Jennifer Koch, Sabrina Wetzel, Sherry Morse
Purpose: To allow members and non-members to have competitive opportunities and/or learning opportunities at shows and clinics, receive scores for year-end awards and championship classes, and provide experience for horse and riders to compete at larger regional and national competitions
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Plan, organize and manage LVDA Schooling and Recognized Shows, Clinics, Fix-A-Tests
Awards Committee Chairperson: Terry Wetzel
Awards Committee Members: Lisa Cope, Chris Dickenson, Beth Kauffman, Jennifer Koch, Patty Weston
Purpose: Provide ribbons/prizes for the shows as well as year-end awards. Provide recognition of members that demonstrate outstanding horsemanship and dedication to delivering the mission of the organization. Centrally funded under the umbrella of the sponsorship and fundraising committee.
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Selection and ordering of show ribbons & awards and Year-End awards. Selection of Year-End award winners. Creation of award rules & regulations.
Media/Communications Chairperson: Terry Wetzel
Media/Communications Members: Jen Koch, Sherry Morse, Patty Weston
Purpose: To maintain and publicize up to date information regarding the organization and its activities, communicate opportunities to the membership and non-member subscribers, and ensure appropriate advertising and promotion of LVDA sponsors.
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Website design and content maintenance. The management and updating of the LVDA Facebook page. Communications to LVDA membership via E-News emails, The LVDA CenterLine, and LVDA Facebook page. Design and updating of LVDA ads, banners, flyers and posters. Creation of marketing campaigns. Development and updating of LVDA Publications.
Education Committee (includes former Scholarship Committee)
Education Committee Chairpersons: Chris Dickenson
Education Committee Members: Gail Carpency, Kim Hirschman, Jennifer Koch, Melissa Morehouse, Sabrina Wetzel
Purpose: To plan, organize and provide various learning and educational opportunities in the sport of dressage and equine health and safety. These learning and educational opportunities should be designed to encompass opportunities for not only LVDA members & non-members interested in dressage, but also for the equine community non-dressage riders.
These learning and educational opportunities should be provided through clinics, seminars, lectures and the ability for individuals to offset the cost of attending educational and learning events by providing several Scholarships, Grants and Volunteer Incentives.
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Development, organization, and management of non-competitive educational activities (lectures, seminars, un-mounted clinics). Development of scholarship program rules and regulations, receipt of scholarship applications, selection of scholarship recipients.
Fundraising Committee (formerly Sponsorship Committee)
Fundraising Committee Chairperson: Jennifer Koch
Fundraising Committee Members: Lindsay VanAssen, Terry Wetzel
Purpose and Primary Responsibilities: Development, organization, and management of fund raising activities for the LVDA general fund, the LVDA youth program fund as well as the adult & youth team competitions funds. Soliciting and obtaining club, youth program and team competition sponsorships. Creation and management of sponsorship Levels and sponsor promotions.
Sub-Committee - Recognized Show Silent Auction
Silent Auction Chairperson - Gail Carpency
Silent Auction Committee Members: Terry Wetzel
Purpose: To organize and gather donated items for bidding at the Recognized Show Silent Auction to raise money for the LVDA General Fund.
Food/Social Committee Chairperson: Gail Carpency
Food/Social Committee Members: Jen Koch, Sherry Morse, Sabrina Wetzel
Purpose and Primary Responsibilities: To plan and organize social activities that provide the LVDA membership the opportunity to get to know each other and learn from each other's experiences. To plan and organize the LVDA Annual Awards Banquet. Provide food and/or refreshments at all scheduled activities as needed and obtain volunteers to manage the concession stands at LVDA shows and events as needed.
Governance Committee - Includes a Sub-Committee - The Appeals Committee
Governance Committee Chairperson: Sherry Morse
Governance Committee Members: Chris Dickenson, Terry Wetzel
Purpose: To keep the organization running within a defined and agreed to set of rules and standards established by the organization, and also in alignment with the USDF.
Committee Primary Responsibilities: The review and updating of the LVDA By-Laws and Policies & Procedures Manual. Monitoring any rules & regulations the various LVDA Committees may have for compliance with current By-Laws, Policies & Procedures and USDF guidelines.
Sub-Committee - Appeals Committee
Appeals Committee Chairperson: Chris Dickenson
Appeals Committee Members: Jason Raines, Terry Wetzel
Purpose: To provide an avenue for the membership to bring issues and obtain a quick and fair resolution.
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Receive requests from LVDA Members for review of any decision by the LVDA Executive Board that they do not agree on and would like to appeal for a reversal of the decision. The Appeals Committee has the authority to overturn and reverse any LVDA Executive Board decision that has been brought up for appeal.
Youth Program Committee
Youth Program Committee Chairperson: Jennifer Koch
Youth Program Committee Members: Lisa Cope, Sherry Morse
Purpose and Primary Responsibilities: To plan, organize and manage the various Youth Program activities (youth clinics, youth team competitions, and youth program fundraising). To develop marketing methods that pique the interest of local youth to participate and/or join the LVDA Youth Program.
LVDA Team Competition Committees
Adult Team Competition Committee Chairperson:
Adult Team Competition Committee Members: Lisa Cope, Jennifer Koch
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Plan and organize LVDA Adult Team(s) for team competitions. Organize LVDA Adult Team activities (registration to team competitions, fundraising for Adult Team Competition Fund)
Sub-Committee - Youth Team Competition Committee
Youth Team Competition Committee Chairperson: Jennifer Koch
Youth Team Competition Committee Members: Lisa Cope, Sherry Morse
Committee Primary Responsibilities: Plan and organize LVDA Youth Team(s) for team competitions. Organize LVDA Youth Team Activities (registration to team competitions, fundraising for Youth Team Competition Fund)