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See you "At the Arch!"

Dear Convention Attendees,

Region 4 extends a warm welcome to you, as you make your plans to attend the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention! Centrally located in America’s Heartland, there’s nothing like the Midwestern hospitality of a St. Louisan, and all Region 4ers, greeting you with a warm ‘hello’. You’ll find Region 4 people to be kind, welcoming, and helpful. We are looking forward to seeing you for "Dressage at the Arch" in St. Louis, Missouri, November 30-December 3, 2016.

The host hotel this year is the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. This hotel is the closest to the Arch and situated on the downtown riverfront. The central location will afford many opportunities each day to enjoy the ‘flavor’ of St. Louis, after attending the numerous education, committee, and governance meetings held during convention. St. Louis will keep you entertained with world-class sports, theatre, live music, and history.

The Arch, the tallest National Park monument in the U.S., is just steps away from the convention site! You will be able to see the $380 million renovations made to the 90-acre Gateway Arch grounds. These grounds feature a fully renovated museum, new spaces for performances and events, and paths for biking and walking.

Because of its rich history (St. Louis has been under the flags of Spain, France, and Great Britain) and warm welcoming environment, the downtown area is a foodie's delight! There are many diverse dining options for those evenings after convention. Peruvian, Italian, French, Mediterranean, and, of course, Midwest barbeque are just a few of the cuisines to be found within walking distance of the convention hotel.

This rich history and diversity is also reflected in the music scene to be found right outside your door! St. Louis is home of the Blues and the National Blues Museum. Each night, St. Louis is alive with the rhythm of live music including jazz, country, and rock, featuring both national and local acts.

Now for a little trivia! Did you know that St. Louis was home to the 1904 World’s Fair? And better yet - it was home to the 1904 Summer Olympics. This was the third modern Olympics – and the first to be held in the United States.

So make your plans to come to St. Louis November 30-December 3, 2016! Be part of the history of USDF as we celebrate achievements of those in our sport, learn new things during education sessions, participate in the governance process, become involved in committee work, and help set the direction of dressage in the United States. Region 4 looks forward to meeting you and having you here! After all – we are the Heartland and in the middle of the country! See you “At the Arch!”

Sincerely,

Anne Sushko

USDF Region 4 Director

Click here for a letter from Region 7 director Terry Wilson

Welcome USDF members and dressage enthusiasts to the 2015 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada, will be host to this year's activities that include business meetings, educational sessions, parties, the Board of Governors General Assembly, and the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet. In addition, Las Vegas offers many opportunities for exciting entertainment, interesting attractions, and fine shopping.

The various hotels have many great restaurants and shows. Tix4Tonight.com has a daily show listing for which you can pay top dollar or buy half price tickets, or you can speak to the concierges for help and suggestions. You might even be able to get tickets to the National Rodeo Finals that are in town this week. Don't underestimate the time it takes to get from one location to another. The Monorail may save you and taxis are plentiful.

Roller coasters, animals, museums, and a large selection of scenic golf courses, as well as limousine tours of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon may appeal to "milder" members. For the more daring, book a hot air balloon ride over Vegas or an airline or helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Although many shows are expensive, there are some wonderful free attractions in Las Vegas: the Aquarium at the Silverton, The Bellagio Conservatory and fountains, the Circus Acts at Circus Circus, and the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars among others. And, of course, there is gambling.

With all these potential distractions, be certain to read your schedule carefully so as not to miss the special USDF educational events, especially the lectures by well-respected veterinarians who are in town for their AAEP convention.

On behalf of all the Region 7 attendees and volunteers, we welcome you to this Las Vegas based convention.

Terry Wilson
Region 7 Director

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