President’s Blog.

Dear Friends,
As the calendar year begins to wind down and we look forward to a new year, I would like to thank you for your membership, support and participation throughout 2021.
During the past year we successfully hosted our first online GA and produced a series of webinars on a variety of topics ranging from: the rules, sports psychology, global case studies, stable management and tack. We plan to continue our webinars in 2022 and welcome your suggestions.
The Club has different meanings for each of us but I believe a point in common for all, is our enjoyment and joy from working with colleagues new and old combined with our mutual efforts to keep learning together.
I would like to thank the Board of the Club for their unselfish willingness to meet as needed and to help think through how we can best serve our membership.
I hope to see you all participate in our General Assembly in January.
On behalf of myself and the board I would like to wish you all the very best for the holidays.
Dear Friends,
On behalf of the IJOC Board I am writing to unfortunately advise you we will not be hosting our in-person General Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We will hold an online General Assembly on Sunday, January 23rd. We will also host one or more online educational seminars on dates yet to be determined. The details for all online events will be provided as planning is underway.

The decision to not meet in-person was not reached easily or lightly. Our planning was nearly complete however multiple outside constraints were recently made known to us which obligated the Board to act in the best interests of the Club.

We are disappointed just as many of you are especially after the numerous positive responses to our survey. We ask for your support and participation in the upcoming elections and the online General Assembly.


Eric L. Straus
Acting President

Dear Friends,
As we have just concluded the second webinar on stress and will soon begin a series on course design it seemed appropriate to write to you.
As we slowly move forward across the globe we all are facing foreseen and unforeseen challenges. I am impressed and hearten by the positive spirit of our community and by the high level of concern for maintaining safe but practical standards. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our sport.
Stay Safe
Dear Friends,
I am writing to thank you for participating in our recent online General Assembly and in our educational seminars. I would also like to thank again our panelists each of whom helped to make the weekend a success.
More than 190 members from 65 countries participated daily which is remarkable. I would add a personal expression of appreciation to our returning members for their continuing support and to our new members for your trust to join the IJOC.

The Board of the IJOC has met twice to discuss and review our webinar schedule. We are preparing to launch our 2021 series in the near future and will keep you informed.

As we continue the year, please be safe and respect the Covid protocols in place so we may all have the opportunity to participate in the sport we enjoy.


Eric L. Straus