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Oh Sweet Omnibus, How I've Missed You...

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  • Oh Sweet Omnibus, How I've Missed You...

    So when I re-up'ed my USEA membership, I bit the bullet and ordered a winter/spring omnibus for $12. It came today and all the excitement that the arrival of the omnibus always generates was back! All the information I need and don't necessarily need (well, sometimes I like to see what competitor party is happening in Area X!) in one handy booklet! All the dressage tests right there, soon to become dog-earred from riding around in my truck. No printed out pages of event info to get ratty in some tote bag. I can't wait to get my highlighter and mark important information for all the events I might do. I'm geeky enough to make sticky note tabs to make my events easier to find.

    Ahh, bliss. All is right with the world again. Love you, omnibus. Missed you lots.
    Last edited by cinnabar; Nov. 16, 2009, 08:16 PM. Reason: grammer

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    I LOVE that!! The highlighting especially! I thought I was the only Omnibus freak.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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    • #3
      I agree. Dumping the Omnibus was ONE OF the dumbest things the USEA could do to the sport. I really think it was ONE OF the reasons many of the events were undersubscribed.

      Has anyone noticed that the dressage people haven't given up their omnibuses (omnibi?) Makes me actually proud to be a DQ!
      Last edited by Mary in Area 1; Nov. 17, 2009, 02:05 PM. Reason: So Canterlope could stop concentrating ONLY on that statement.
      \"I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.\"--Pogo

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      • #4
        Love and miss the Omnibus. I too am a member of the geek....freak....whatever...club. Got my copy today and actually miss all the ads. How pathetic am I?

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        • #5
          Yeah baby, give me the good old paper back omnibus that you can sling in your glove box or tack trunk and whip it out WHENEVER! Ours came today too. Each day is one day closer to Spring!

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          • #6
            I also bit the bullet and loved pulling it out of the mailbox today!

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            • #7
              Another bitten bullet here

              I just re-upped over the weekend, so I hope to see my beloved friend soon.
              <<Reste sur le cheval.>>

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              • #8
                Got mine today! I too am a self admitted Omni-geek.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mary in Area 1 View Post
                  I agree. Dumping the Omnibus was the dumbest thing the USEA could do to the sport. I really think it was the reason many of the events were undersubscribed.
                  The USEA was not immune to the economic situation this country found itself in this year. After cutting expenses to the bare minimum, the Association was still facing a sizable fiscal shortfall. A tough choice had to be made. Either stop printing the Omnibus or cut funding to programs. Since the Omni could still be made available in digital form on the website, but cutting funding to programs would pretty much guarantee their demise with no other options available to the members, "dumping" the Omni was the smart choice and the only one that provided the members with the same services as before, albeit in different form.

                  FWIW, I think it is unfair to blame the undersubscription of events on the USEA's decision to "dump" the Omni. Call me crazy, but I think the economy provided the greatest impact. Besides, if the Omni were to blame, then every event out there should have been undersubscribed. This was not the case as many events experienced either oversubscription or a record number of entries this year.
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                  If the Number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by canterlope View Post
                    ....FWIW, I think it is unfair to blame the undersubscription of events on the USEA's decision to "dump" the Omni. Call me crazy, but I think the economy provided the greatest impact. Besides, if the Omni were to blame, then every event out there should have been undersubscribed. This was not the case as many events experienced either oversubscription or a record number of entries this year.
                    Yes, but.........Omnibus Geek that I am, in the olden days, when my Omni arrived in the mail, I'd take it and the wall calendar to bed with me. I'd do the highlighting thing but also on the calendar, I'd write in all the opening days and events that I even had a glimmer of planning to enter. Never missed getting my entries in on Opening Day.
                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                    • #11
                      I definitely think the loss of the Omnibus led to less early entries and perhaps overall entries. I do understand why they stopped printing it. Of course the economy was part of it but I also planned my schedule out with the Omnibus far before the events. It just didn't work as well for me online although I tried!

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                      • #12
                        From a marketing standpoint, the OP hit the nail on the head. This little tool creates the excitement the sport depends upon for financial stability. Losing the Omnibus was like cutting one leg off the table. Might have been necessary but at a fairly unpalatable cost, and makes the whole game a little unsteady. Been better to cut a little off each leg! (Now there's a word picture....)
                        Next question: will the Omnibus be available to buy at the convention? I would be willing to pay more than $12 to pick it up there! (Well, like a buck or two more, let's not get crazy...)
                        Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                        Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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                        • #13
                          I am an Omni Geek. Will pay for one this year. Last year was tough as it was my first year trying to "get back into it" since my daughter was born. This year I am going to plan things WAY in advance and will use my highlighter and the little sticky tabs. Of course I am once again cursing the list of organizations that want my money on December 1. Too many numbers too many fees, but my glove box misses its omnibus.

                          ETA: I also liked having a printed rule book. Tried to print one out this year so I can catch up on rule changes and never could get it to work on line. Will have to put a little more effort in over the holidays.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                            Next question: will the Omnibus be available to buy at the convention? I would be willing to pay more than $12 to pick it up there! (Well, like a buck or two more, let's not get crazy...)
                            Yep, you can purchase Omnis at the Annual Meeting for $12 at the USEA booth.
                            Cady O' Daly Farm
                            Connemara Sport Horses & Field Hunters

                            Bright Horse Communications - PR & Marketing

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                            • #15
                              As a secretary for an event our numbers were the same as they always were and we had to extend our closing date like we do EVERY year because of people waiting until the last minute. This had nothing to do with not having the paper omnibus. Every single person had an email address because I sent out an email confim of their entry so they obviously have internet access. Not only is it saving $ for the organization but it is also good for the globe. This is a digital time and its only going to get more digital. Soon I'm sure there wont even be paper entries because it will be done online. Times are changing and change is hard but sooner or later your going to have to get used to it. Just my personal opinion please don't hate
                              Gwen Dean
                              Erie Hunt & Saddle Club HT Secretary

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                              • #16
                                Me Too!!

                                Got my yesterday, stayed up late reading it cover to cover! Much better then Sarah's P book!!! Felt like finding a long lost friend! Can't wait until spring.

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                                • #17
                                  Sorry Canterlope, that's not the way it was in Area 1. Only 2 events were oversubscribed (GHF and GMHA Spring) and GHF was pushed into one weekend. We've lost many events this year, and at a lot, there were VERY few upper level entries. Many of you are in the South, and it ain't the same. Our season is SO short, we have to plan WAY ahead to fit it all in. The NEDA Omnibus tells me everything I need for the dressage shows and it can go everywhere with me. I have no internet in the barn.

                                  We used to have 4 family members of the USEA, all actively eventing. This year, I'm not going to bother. Oldest daughter was so disillusioned with the sport she sold all 3 horses and quit riding. Youngest is mostly doing dressage with me. Only hubby left to event. And this is the reason: "Times are changing and change is hard but sooner or later your (sic) going to have to get used to it." This attitude was the same with the long format, wasn't it? Did anyone ASK if we'd rather have programs or the Omnibus? Just because we have emails doesn't mean we like the Omnibus online. Jeesh.
                                  \"I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.\"--Pogo

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                                  • #18
                                    Mary, the USEA did print and distribute to all of its members the 2009 Winter/Spring Omnibus which included complete listings for events from January 1 through May 31 as well as the provisional calendar for the rest of the year. This meant that every member did have a printed copy of the entire 2009 calendar prior to the start of the competition season and could have used it well before the first event opened to plan their year.

                                    I agree that the lack of a printed Omnibus probably did impact entries for some events, but to say that the lack of the Omnibus alone was the reason why many events were under subscribed is not a realistic assessment of the situation. If it were, every event with a listing in the Winter/Spring Omnibus should have been fully/over subscribed with every event after that being under subscribed. This was not the case which means some other force was at work. I maintain that force was the economy, not a solely digital Omni.

                                    In addition, declining entries started well in advance of the 2009 competition season. Many events were under subscribed in 2008 despite the fact that all three printed Omnis were provided to the membership. Again, this should not have happened based on your theory that entries decline only because the USEA does not provide printed Omnis.
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                                    If the Number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?

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                                    • #19
                                      Of course the economy was a huge factor, and I will correct my statement to say that the lack of an Omnibus was ONE OF THE reasons for undersubscription of the events. Obviously, the internet is a cheap and reliable source of information, but as a marketing tool, it does NOT supplant an in-hand copy. If research supported that, you would not be inundated with catalogs in your mailbox!

                                      I also find it troublesome that you would only single out my hyperbole and not attend to any of the other worthy comments on this thread.
                                      \"I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.\"--Pogo

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                                      • #20
                                        I'd rather the USEA put its resources into a useful thing like the omnibus than, say, the AECs.

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