2019 ODS Board of Directors Candidates

Karen Cheeke – Director at Large Candidate

Karen Cheeke has been a member of ODS for 25 years. During that time Karen has belonged to the Mid Valley
Chapter and served as an officer and on multiple committees for that chapter. In 2017 Karen was elected
Central Region Rep to the ODS Board. Karen was reelected as Central Region Rep and also elected as Vice
President of ODS for 2018. In January of 2018 Karen moved into her role as the current President of ODS.
Karen enjoys her involvement with the ODS Board and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve
on the ODS Board and to support its programs. Karen will be attending the USDF Convention for her second
year this Fall. This is a way to stay involved with the governance of dressage nationwide and bring ideas back
to ODS.

Karen enjoys her three horses and has competed with them through third level dressage and earned her
Bronze Medal in 2016. She is currently working towards earning her bronze freestyle bar. The competitions
are a great way to meet fellow dressage enthusiasts and share the passion for our sport. Karen completed
Part 1 of the L Judges program in 2017 and plans to participate in Part 2 soon. Karen is a Connected Riding
instructor and teaches students who are interested in dressage, as well as other disciplines.

Throughout the year the opportunity to join others at various dressage educational activities brings Karen in
contact with others in our dressage community. Getting to know others and sharing ideas about dressage to
support and grow our ODS community is rewarding.

Sarah Diebert – Director at Large Candidate

I am a retired Mechanical Designer / engineer and understand how to organize and complete tasks. One of the
key issues to getting a project done is gathering a team that will work together and get everyone to move in
the same direction. Communication plays a huge role in getting projects done! I believe the skills I used in my
career will apply to being a Director at Large. I have been riding dressage 14 years and have been an ODS
member for the same number of years. Ever since then one thing has led to another. I am a former President
of the Fort Vancouver Chapter. In 2006 I was awarded the ODS Support Person Extraordinaire Award and the
M. Teresa Dunlap Trophy in 2016. I help support ODS in many ways. I do the ODS Test booklet, program flyer
for the awards night and the ODS Championship Show program. This is all done on a volunteer basis. In
addition, I volunteer at shows, clinics at ODS, FVC and Region 6 levels, show manager and or show secretary
for the FVC shows, and sometimes get to show / ride my horse. Also, I am currently the ODS Show Committee
Chair. I feel that this is a critical time for ODS and the members. We need to pull together and rally around ODS
and get the organization invigorated. After all there needs to be someone running the shows in the near future
so I can do my century ride!

Lynette Hammon – Director at Large Candidate

Hi there! My name is Lynette Hammon, I live in the Wilsonville/Newberg area on 8 acres with my family –
including horses, a dog and cat! I have been riding for 40+ years starting with 4‐H. In my adult life, I have done
many different disciplines including trail trials and endurance; which lead me to Dressage. Having ultimate
control of a horse on a cliff edge is super important! J

I was a 4‐H leader for 9 years (with up to 8 kids!) as well as being involved with Pony Club. Through these
activities I have ran numerous events ‐ camps, clinics, workshops/seminars, fundraisers, campouts (with
horses) etc. About 6 years ago I met Carol Jackson with a daughter that was CRAZY about dressage and we
joined the then ODS High School Dressage Team. I first took on the “North Team”, then about 3 years ago I
was asked to fill her BIG shoes! I have had a great time meeting the kids and working with them to make it
“their” team. Today we have grown from about 8 total members to around 25 active and another 15 inactive
team members. We are now a U25 team – recognizing the college kid as well!

In my non‐horsey life: I was in the corporate world (Fortune 100), for many years. Once I had children, I
transferred that energy into them and eventually running their school’s PTA for 14 years. I was co‐chair to the
High School Booster’s Dinner & Auction for 3 years. For 6 years, I was chair to the Newberg School District
Parent Leaders Assn. – all of which are voted positions. In all, I have helped raise just under a million dollars
for the Newberg Schools bringing in and funding many educational programs and activities for the kids.

Keaton Hoy – Director at Large Candidate

Keaton has been riding dressage since her early teens and has done almost every discipline of riding since the
age of 4 and was heavily involved in 4H for most of high school, eventually moving onto licensed dressage
shows and becoming involved in the ODS and the ODS Youth Team which she served as president, Vice
President, event coordinator, and still is currently very active in. She recently was a show manager for ODS
Youth Team’s first show in June. She is an avid, active competitor here in region 6 and has her bronze and
silver medal, currently riding at I‐1. She has goals of going to the U‐25 Brentina Cup next year with her own
“Fineliner 2” as well as being a successful CDI U‐25 competitor and showing internationally both as a big tour
and young horse rider and eventually wants to get her judging credentials.

Lisa Koch – Director at Large Candidate

I am an Adult Amateur rider. I started volunteering at all the recognized shows that I rode in. Soon I was on the
board of our local chapter. I was elected onto the board for ODS 6 years ago as Director at Large.
I have been organizing an ODS Adult Amateur Dressage Camp for the past 10 years. This has proven to be great success. I enjoy watching fellow riders immerse themselves in dressage for 4 days and improving their skills and confidence.

Two years ago I decided I wanted to expand this idea of bringing educational opportunities to specific groups.
Our GMO has had success with bringing education to adult amateurs and junior/young riders. But I felt there
was a group missing: instructors, trainers, professional riders. So I organized a USDF Instructor’s Certification
Program and was proud that 1 participant went on to receive her certification.

Last year, I organized the first ODS Trainers Workshop with Jan Ebeling for trainers, judges and L graduates.
This year, I’m excited to bring in Lisa Wilcox. This format will be more of an interactive approach to share her
training ideas.

USDF Particpation

  • USDF L Program (Graduate of Distinction)
  • USDF Adult Amateur Symposium demo rider (2)
  • USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist

Brett Stallings – Director at Large Candidate

Brett Stallings has been a member of ODS for 18 years; first as a junior member now as an adult amateur. She
has served as the Umpqua Valley Chapter secretary, vice president, and president as well as the southern
regional representative on the ODS board of directors. She was a participating member of the OSU Dressage
Team where she was the vice president and president. Brett has volunteered at dressage shows as well as
acting as show manager. Her show career has been challenging since she has been riding rescue horses with
little or no training.

Dolores Morgan – North Region Regional Representative Candidate

I have been an ODS member since 1985, and have earned a bronze medal from USDF and have the 4th level
scores for the silver – earned with my homebred Graciosa. My horse breeding activities produced three fillies
in the top 5 in the Pacific Northwest. Volunteer history includes scribing, scoring, running, stewarding for both
in‐hand and riding classes. I have served as Chair of the Dressage Sport Horse Breeders Committee and have
served on the Board of Directors as the North Regional Representative and more recently as ODS Treasurer.
Prior to retirement, I utilized my MSW in mental health initially as a therapist and then for a very long time as
an Executive Director of a Portland based non‐profit.

I am passionate about Classical Dressage and look forward to competing with my new partner, Ida. “I am
committed to principles which promote accountable, transparent and respectful services that promote the
relationship of horse and rider in the passion called Dressage.

Jo Renn – North Region Regional Representative Candidate

I have enjoyed being a North Region Representative for ODS this past year. My other ODS activities during that
time have included: being membership coordinator, coordinating the ODS booth at NW horse Expo, managing
one league show plus League Finals, volunteering as a scribe for the ODS “L” program, being volunteer
coordinator for two ODS recognized shows, being on the committee for the new website, and remaining an
active member of Lower Puget Sound chapter. I have also been showing my own horses at 3rd and 4th levels,
completed the “L” program in Nebraska (there wasn’t room in the ODS program), and completed my
requirements to start TD training. I have attended meetings of all the chapters in my jurisdiction, and enjoyed
meeting so many wonderful new horse people. In the upcoming year, I hope to build on this experience to
further improve communication within the club; share ideas to improve ODS activities, and act as a resource to
the chapters. I would like to continue as North Region Representative if you would like to have me.

Valerie Stallings – South Regional Representative Candidate

It does not seem so long ago I was a “Show Mom” following my 8 yr old daughter around, learning the ropes
from her Dressage / Pony Club coach. That was actually almost 20 years ago! I had become a member of ODS
so that I could participate in the local chapter activities with my daughter. As time went on I became more
involved, first with the chapter, becoming an officer; then becoming a member of the board of directors of
ODS itself.

Currently I am the appointed Secretary of ODS and as such am also on the board of directors as well as the
executive committee. It is a position I have held since 2015. Since then I have added chairperson of the
annual silent auction, 2016, 2017, 2018; Award Celebration banquet chair, 2017, 2018; Special Awards
committee, 2017 and chair 2018.

I have been witness to the trials and tribulations of ODS in recent times. I understand what has happened and
why. With that being said, I wish to see the ODS Board of Directors learn from past mistakes and move
forward with the ability to provide affordable educational opportunities to its membership as well as a viable,
fun show experience to competitors.

Although my show experience is very limited, I do ride, take lessons, and go to clinics. I have ridden a variety
of disciplines over the years; while I enjoy riding dressage I also trail ride, jump, and even drive my horses.
The purpose of the ODS board is to manage the business of ODS; however, board members should serve the
membership. I believe I could best do this as a regional representative bringing the feelings and thoughts of
the membership to the ODS board.

Thank you. Valerie Stallings.

Jaimie Lewellyn ‐ Central Regional Representative

I am Jaimie Lewellyn and I am running for the position of Central Regional Representative. I feel I am a good
candidate for this position as I have revived a potentially disbanding chapter in the central region Twin Rivers,
over the last 3 years. I have 3 horses, compete in dressage and have a strong aptitude for managing shows and dressage events. I feel passionately about reviving and sustaining the sport of dressage in Oregon!

Vacant – East Regional Representative

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