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ATIA Video Contest Results

Hello Everyone

The results came in for the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) video contest.  I am happy to say that ATIA was very very happy with their contest.  They were able to accomplish their goal of increasing awareness of Assistive Technology for those of us that utilize them in our daily lives, through the youtube video contest.

I was delighted and honored that my video received an “honorable mention” award.  Furthermore, I was glad to do my small part in creating awareness of using Assistive Listening Technology as a hard of hearing person.

Please do not be ashamed to use Assistive Listening Technology.  They only enhance our listening experience and make our life  a little easier. 

The following link is the “The LifeSaver”  the award winning “honorable mention” video about using my Fm Listening System, to compete with at Horse shows.  Share with anyone that needs more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP8TTMI0OkU

 

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Congratulations on your award winning video entry!

The ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest closed on 8/31/09. There were 29 videos posted in the ATIA Group Contest area with over 95 members joining the group.  The goal of the contest was to Broadcast AT and raise awareness around the world of the power of assistive technology.  With over 20,000 views recorded the contest achieved its goal!  The videos show a broad range of assistive technologies and feature individuals of different ages from toddlers to adults.  Each video tells a story of how an individual with a disability uses assistive technology to communicate, learn, work, play and live independently. 

ATIA congratulates everyone who participated in the contest.  Their inspiring stories are seen and told in the videos.  

 Your video, The Life Saver, was given the ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Honorable Mention.  

We will be posting your award winning video with the following short description on the main ATIA web site with a link from the YouTube Contest area: The Life Saver video – featuring Suzanna who was born with Profound Hearing Loss and recently became a bilateral cochlear implant wearer. Suzanna is able to compete in the highly competitive world of Arabian Horse Shows with a Personal Fin System.

All of the award-winning videos will be showcased at the upcoming ATIA 2009 Chicago Conference (October 28-31, 2009) held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. ATIA and Easter Seals are hosting special Halloween activities for kids with disabilities and their families on Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  If you are able to visit with us at the conference, please let us know ahead of time so we can meet with you and give you our personal congratulations.

 Thank you once again for participating in this contest and for helping ATIA Broadcast AT around the world.

www.atia,org

As Always, Have a Sunny Day Susanna

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Mayfest 2009 Horse Show Results

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Mayfest was a blast.  As I mentioned in my earlier blog, it has been 6 years since I had shown at this particular show.  I had forgotten how fierce the competition can be.  However, that’s a good thing, it challenged Chance and I to push ourselves to the next level. 

Afer all, Chance and I had done well at previous horseshows including another really competitive one which is the Cowtown Show in Fort Worth. 

We did well, all things considering, it was our first show with our new trainer, Jennifer of Goslin-Nix.  It was her first time to work with Chance at a horseshow, and she was satisfied with what she saw with Chance and I.  Yes, we have several areas of improvement, most noticeable to slow down in the reverse direction and to have a really consistent “hunter” head set.

Yes, I made some mistakes; however, I had one just about perfect ride, in the Championship class on Sunday morning.  I will be honest, I was disappointed I did not receive a ribbon.  However, as it’s been known in the horseshow circle, sometimes, you win a ribbon in a class that you personally did not think was up to your expectations, and other times you can have a perfect class and not get a ribbon.  It all evens out in the big picture of things.  Most of the times, the placings fall where they are supposed to.

On the other hand, it is not always about the placings, it is your personal goals for the horse show and the class that is taking place that matters the most.

Therefore, I was very happy with my class that Sunday morning during the championship, because I proved to myself and Chance that we can overcome our past errors in earlier classes at the show.

As for the show itself, it is really competitive, all the big boys and girls come out to play, because this show is shown in the same facility where we have our Region 9 show a few short weeks later.

Also, it is pretty much the last show of the season for us Texans, with the exception of  Spindletop, San Antonio Fiesta and Regionals.  We, Texans do not show in the summer, it is way too hot.  Our show season begans in the fall, with it peaking during the spring months.

Yes, some people show in the summer, but they go way, way, out of state like Missouri, for instance.

Thus, this also is a great show for trainers and riders to fine tune their horses for US Nationals which happen in Tulsa in October.  It gives the trainers and riders a chance to see “how they stack up against the competition.”  Therefore, enabling them to have all summer to finesse the horse and rider teams.

Finally, the classes were quite large which is awesome, lots of competion with  tremendous “quality” in the hunter classes.

I am glad I went, I had a blast and I am ready to rise to the challenge with Chance, Jennifer, and Mrs. Nix.

We are looking forward to our next show at the Spindletop Show in Houston in Late May and finally, the Region 9 show in June.  I have never shown Chance at Region 9, so that will be a goal accomplished.  Whoo hoo!

I will write more about the upcoming shows, later.  Until next time, Happy Riding, see ya at the shows, and as always, have a sunny day.

Susanna and Chance

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