Committees – Regional Championships Committee + Rules Advisory Working Group
What is your committee’s mission?
(1) RCC: To promote and recognize the pursuit of excellence by providing a showcase competition that meets established quality standards for riders within each USDF region. (2) RAWG: No mission but the purpose is to work in support of USDF staff; make recommendations to staff and the Executive Board about USEF rule change proposals originating within USDF or sent to USDF by USEF or the Dressage Sport Committee for review.
How long have you been on this committee?
(1) RCC: 20+ years; (2) RAWG: New. Since inception in fall 2019.
How long have you been the committee chair?
(1) RCC: 2020 although I was temporary chair many years ago. (2) RAWG: Since inception
How did you get involved in the sport of dressage?
In the 1960s, as member of United States Pony Clubs. In the 1970s, as a competitor during the inception of USDF.
How did you get involved with USDF?
Attended convention and got on several committees, including Competition Management, then PM Delegate and member of Executive Board for almost 20 years.
How did you get involved in the committee?
(1) RCC: Since inception. I was part of the AHSA/USDF committee that created the regional championships and helped guide the committee since then. (2) RAWG: As long-time chair of the USEF Rules Working Group, I had the experience to help USDF initiate a similar program as it transitions into a larger role with USEF.
What is your favorite part of being involved with this committee?
Being able to use my experience to facilitate improvements in programs and rules, as determined by the membership and other constituencies.
What unique qualifications made you an expert in the committee’s area?
Many hours in the “trenches” in volunteer leadership, and as a show manager, TD, dressage judge, FEI Steward for dressage, breeder, and former competitor.
What has been your committee’s greatest accomplishment, or what do you hope to accomplish during your tenure?
I am new in both chairman positions in 2020, but I have a lot of experience in the requirements and duties of both committees. I like to conduct efficient meetings, empower committee members to research and bring forward good ideas, lead the committees to good decisions, be a good resource to USDF staff, and help educate future committee leadership.
Please share a little bit about yourself and your background.
Janine Malone has had a lifelong involvement with horses. She is a USEF “R” Dressage judge, “R” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge, “R” Dressage Technical Delegate, and a Level 3 FEI Chief Steward for Dressage.
She served as USDF Region 1 Director from 1996-2001, USDF Secretary for eleven years, and the USEF Vice-President for FEI Affiliates for several years. She previously served several terms on the USEF Board of Directors. Janine has been an instructor/trainer, competed through Prix St. Georges, and is a graduate “A” Pony Clubber. She organized an FEI-recognized event (CDI Raleigh) for seventeen years, and is owner/manager of a breeding farm in North Carolina. She received the first USDF “ABIG/USDF Volunteer of the Year” award in 1998 and a USDF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In 2007, Janine received the Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy for distinguished service to the equine industry from then USEF President David O’Connor in recognition of her volunteer work. In 2016, US Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) president and USEF CEO, Bill Moroney, awarded Janine a USHJA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award, in recognition for her (successful) effort to persuade the USEF Board to approve USHJA in 2004 as the USEF Hunter/Jumper affiliate organization.
For many years, Janine has been active on several USDF and USEF committees, and is currently chairman of the USEF Competition Management Committee. She is also a board member of the Association of International Dressage Event Organizers (AIDEO). She retired in 2016 from the positions of organizing committee chairman and manager of the US Dressage Finals. Janine owns and operates Rosinburg Events LLC, which organizes several dressage competitions in North Carolina and Virginia.
Do you currently compete in dressage, or have you competed in the past?
Not currently, but yes, in the past.
Please share a favorite dressage-related memory.
Too many to describe.
What horse impacted your love for the sport the most?
Also, too many horses, but my “last horse” is my retired Hanoverian broodmare “Willow” who will be 31 on April 13, 2020. Willow was my best broodmare and produced many successful offspring that excelled in dressage and also as show hunters. I’ve owned her since soon after she was imported from Germany in 1989.