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Collected Remarks

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. December 2018

A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

GDCTA is a Group Member Organization of USDF. Their members are automatically USDF Group Members


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Eventers flock to the French Quarter for the USEA Convention by Joanne Morse

USEA Convention is the work/social function of the year where eventers from all over the country flock together to discuss plans for the future of the sport and honor those who have achieved greatness in the past year. It is always interesting getting to see so many horse people in the same place not wearing breeches and boots or helmets and laughing when you don’t recognize someone in “normal” clothes. I can say that I was extra excited to attend convention this year as it was being held in New Orleans, Louisiana. When I think of a city oozing with culture New Orleans is always the first city that comes to mind. I was even more excited when I arrived in Louisiana Thursday evening and learned that our hotel was literally right across the street from the French Quarter and two blocks down from the famous Bourbon Street! All I can say is that walking to dinner Friday night was the most entertaining walk that I had ever taken in my life!

Like all conventions before, the schedule began at 8am with a full day packed with different meetings discussing a broad range of topics. The hardest part for me was deciding which meetings to attend. It never fails that there will two that you have your heart set on going to that are at the exact same time. I was lucky to get to attend again this year with Rebecca Bowman, our new VP of Eventing, so we split up and tackled as many meetings as we could. Its refreshing hearing thoughts and ideas from different people from all over the country.

The one think that everyone had in common was their desire to make the sport better and watch it grow and thrive in years to come. Whether you are an Owner, Competitor, Organizer, Course Designer, Course Builder, Official, or just a lover of the sport there is something for everyone. I could write pages on what all I learned at convention but as I am limited to 600 words I will give the cliff notes version. I will go ahead and mention that any member can log in to the USEA website and watch the meetings that way. Most of the meetings that I attended were being recorded for people that were unable to attend. A big topic that was covered first thing Friday morning was the need for officials in this sport. Technical Delegates (TD’s) are in high demand right now as there are not enough right now to cover all the events. It was refreshing to listen to officials talk about the process they went through to get to where they are and still have so much enthusiasm and obvious joy in what they do. There is process with extensive training to become any type of official or judge which can be found on the USEF website. As expected, safety aspects were a big topic in many different meetings. The Future of Cross Country which was run by a panel of some of the top course designers in the country and world covered extensively the plan for the future of cross country and what course designers and builders can do to make the courses better. I found this meeting 5 to be quite

interesting as I listened to designers like Captain Mark Philips discuss why certain jumps are set the way they are and what all is taken in to account when designing a course. I learned also the following morning during the Safety Committee Open Forum that growing use of the Frangible Pin as cut the rotational fall number in half. While everyone agreed that there was more work to be done it was encouraging to hear that we are heading in the right direction. This was then followed by the meeting on New Safety Technology where we got a preview of the new MIPS study from Sweden that is going to be a game changer for helmets. Science was never my strong point and I do not want to do this exciting innovation a disservice by fudging up the particulars. I will say though that it is worth taking a look in to if you are in the market for a new helmet as there will be models available as early as next Spring. My final meeting of the weekend covered rule changes that would be adopted by the USEA. There were several minor changes to the wording of several rules mostly just trying to make the rules easier to understand and clearer when interpreting. The best advice that I can give it to take your time when reviewing the rules changes before the competition year starts. Make sure that you check that the rule change is with USEA and not FEI as there were a couple rules that one adopted but not the other. There were also some proposed rule changes with USEF that pertained to USHJA but not USEA or FEI. In other words, the rules are still complicated so take your time when reading.

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The 2019 Board of Directors begin on January 1, 2019.

January 26, 2019 Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

The first 2019 meeting will take place January 21 at 7:00 PM at Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, GA

2019-2022 USEF/USDF DRESSAGE TESTS Now available and published online through USDF.org

MEMBERSHIP GDCTA membership year is December 1st through November 30th each year but you can renew/join now for 2019.

 Tickets are on sale now! Gdctagala2018eventbrite.com

 Winner photos should be sent to Mary Lou Freil maryloufreil@gmail.com  Again the Silent Auction benefits the UGA vet school. Donations being accepted now. Contact Fiona Williams fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail. com  The Barn Basket Raffle will also be available this year. Donations being accepted by Erin McCloud mcclouderinl@gmail.com


For those using the online form, be sure to click Preview Submission when you complete the form to be taken to the next step.

The inaugural issue of the GDCTA yearbook was released. Additional copies are available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/gdctayrbk or on the Facebook page.


Yearbook Cover Raffle drawing will be during the Gala. Tickets will be on sale on the website and at the Gala

We’ve changed the Calendar of Events access – no more hovering! Simply click on the menu and find all links to events, show info, results, etc.


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KUDZU KLINIC COMMITTEE If you would like to be a Kudzu Klinic clinician or would like to hold a KK in 2019 at your facility, please contact Erin. Erin McCloud mcclouderinl@gmail.com 404-538-6749

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Gaining Perspective from the Masters The Charlotte Dujardin Clinic A chilly Saturday morning at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA set the stage for what was to be an exciting learning experience for all in attendance. The cold temperatures in the covered arena were bone chilling but that did not stop spectators from showing up with blankets and extra coats ready to stay warm and take in as much information as was offered. Tables lined one side of the arena with groups from barns and friends that gathered to experience the day’s activities together. On the other side in the bleachers was an equally excited and enthusiastic group of spectators huddled up and ready for the action to begin. The first session of the morning was a pair of 4 year olds. Even before Charlotte entered the ring there was much to learn as we watched the two riders warm up their very different mount. One had obviously had more experience out in this type of environment and was settling right in stretching out his muscles and going right to work. The other horse, while not quite as settled in the atmosphere, was listening to every aid given by his rider and as the warm up progressed he began to settle more and more. Finally the moment had arrived and Charlotte stood up from a table and entered the arena to begin. Charlotte started her morning by engaging the spectators and sharing with us her philosophy on starting the young ones in a way to maximize their potential

by Joanne Morse

Charlotte Osborne

Charlotte Dujardin While she does not compete her young horses she does believe that it is educational for them to attend shows and experience the warm up area atmosphere but then loads back up and returns them home to keep the experience as low stress and positive as possible. Even at home her workouts with the young ones only average around 20 minutes as their muscles are still quite juvenile and soreness can create tension. Charlotte also emphasized that when looking at young ones she looks for a good walk and canter; the trot can be made better with work

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. A solid foundation is most important and was we saw our riders performing lots of transitions between the walk and trot with Charlotte encouraging perfection from the riders. Little tweaks with forward thinking and a strategic use of shoulder fore saw an improvement in the both horses’ gaits and left the riders with their homework to get better. Our next rider was on a beautiful 6 year old stallion in a double bridle. Charlotte explained that when instructing the double bridle to a horse they will spend several days just hacking them around so that they have a chance to get accustom to having two bits in their mouth before asking them to do any real work. It was obvious to everyone that forward was going to be the theme of this rider from the very beginning. By encouraging the rider to think gallop in the canter and bigger steps in the trot, and with Charlotte yelling, “Go”, “Gallop”, “Come on give me more”, over and over the horse was transformed into a big moving beast that was ready to dominate the dressage ring.

The crowd was fully engaged and cheered for the rider when she achieved the movement that Charlotte was looking for. Charlotte again directed her attention to the crowd and explained to us that turnout is important to their program and that even the Grand Prix horses get to go outside and night to ensure they get as much turnout as possible. They also take the horses out in the field as just go for gallops under saddle and let the horses have some fun on a regular basis.

Justine Wilson The next rider was on a lovely gelding that had some fancy moves. Charlotte began by using this pair to show us how the athletic trot had been created. The rider began by showing us all the horse’s regular trot and then collected him back up and added the suspension back in to completely transform the gait and wow the audience. Charlotte then asked the rider to show us the difference in several movements between the correct and incorrect way to ride them. Hey finished with working on the flying change. This horse already had a beautiful flying change but as we all know, they can always be better. Charlotte got quite picky with the rider, demanding perfection in her position and riding.

Karen Lipp In a later interview the rider expressed how much she loved this and that as an FEI Grand Prix trainer is was excellent to have a pair of eyes on the ground to clean up her lazy habits that she develops when riding on her own. Our next rider was a young rider who had just finished a very successful season on her handsome horse at Nationals. Again we saw that while this pair was very accomplished that things can always be better. Charlotte emphasized the importance of riding the corners. A well ridden corner will make the movement happen. Preparation is a definite ingredient in all aspects of riding. He rider performed Travers down the long side while Charlotte explained that if you can ride a good Travers down the rail then you can half pass. The half pass performed by this pair was already wonderful but got even better under Charlotte’s eye. With the rider gaining more confidence, Charlotte was able to push her during her flying changes and before our eyes had the rider perform a flawless set of ones down the long side that had the crowd cheering with excitement as if she had just won a class at the Olympics! Hannah Hewitt

Our final ride of the day was a breath taking 12 year old Stallion that was working towards performing Grand Prix. He was handsome and he knew it! Taking advantage of breaks during the session, he would pose for the audience with his ears pricked forward and stand as tall as he could to show us his manly stature. The main focus of the ride was working on the canter zip zags which we all could agree is a quite challenging movement. The rider appeared to have a better grasp on the movement with Charlotte’s aid and help with counting. Charlotte explained to the spectators that it is important to have a plan before riding. All the movements cannot be schooled in a single session so it is important to know what the focus of the ride each day will be. The session ended with some piaffe and passage and then moving in to the extended trot which was so big by the end it almost looked like the horse’s feet weren’t touching the ground. The session ended on a high note and you could hear the chatter amongst the audience from riders that had been inspired to go home and ride. Whether you rode at the lowest levels of dressage or the highest there was something to be learned by everyone. It was made clear from start to finish that a solid foundation is key to being successful in the show ring. The rest is just “tricks” that will always be better if the horse is solid in the basic work. Overall it was worth the early morning rise and sitting in the freezing temperatures to get to experience the teachings of one of the greatest riders in the world.

Fie Andersen

'Tis the Season By

Bill Woods

If you are a Northerner, and particularly

Christmas treats for horses . . . stockings stuffed with carrots and candy canes hung on stall fronts.

if you and your horse reside beyond the confines of suburban curbs and sidewalks, some late weekend afternoon before Christmas you're apt to bundle up, braving the cold, to go Christmas caroling on horseback. Your harmonizing will be best received if the ground is frozen so the hordes don't punch deep hoof prints all over your audiences' yards . . . And if enough stirrup cup or Bloody Marys have been consumed to render anyone's inability to recognize what's being sung immaterial.

Wintertime on horseback can be a special time. Though not exactly at Christmas, I remember a lesson I taught years ago in Massachusetts that manifested this feeling: Eight o'clock in the evening, four "hobby riders" on school horses, and me on my event horse pressed into night-time duty. Not a typical "look up, stop pulling" indoor ring lesson but a ride through the fields, fresh with eight inches of virgin powder—every crystal glittering in the full moon's light, the bare branches casting long, sharp shadows—all framed by a blanket of stars. It was a vista worthy of Wenceslas and common to outdoors people but something memorable for my students from the city.

The fragrance of fresh hay in a snug, buttoned-up barn that is out of the chill, and the sound of contented munching. According to a Christian legend popular in Norway, at midnight in the first moment of Christmas Day the animals speak. It is a time of magic. For some of us fortunate ones, while it remains a marvel, it's not that unusual. If we know how to listen, our animals talk to us all the time.


Merry Christmas!!!

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Congratulations! Congratulations for winning USDF Shining Star Awards this year! We love seeing good sportsmanship in our community! Sophie Mullaney Virginia Woodcock Caitlyn Massey

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GDCTA Holiday Meeting Party December 17, 2018

Caitlyn Bennett receives her USDF Award

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Fairplay Horse & Mule Inc. Lynn O’Harra 770-318-1714 Georgia Draft Horse Rehabilitation & Rescue Candace Lanette Robinson 678-683-0909

With the holidays approaching, GDCTA wants everyone to remember the hooved and the furry. In the spirit of the season, being a Secret Santa for a horse rescue is a fun and easy way to help to fulfill their horses’ holiday wishes. Get everyone you know on social media to talk about it! Remember to use the hashtag #horserescue #nonprofitsecretsanta #horse on social media.

GEORGIA EQUINE RESCUES* Amberwood Sanctuary: A Special Place for Donkeys amberwoodsanctuary.org Angels on Horseback angelsonhorseback.org

Georgia Equine Rescue League Ltd. Gerlltd.org Patty Livingston 770-867-0760

C2 IT LLC Caroline Jaffee 404-731-2143 Chasing Rainbows Ranch CeCe Meyn-Calli Chattahoochee Stables Patricia Barbree-Crowell 706-878-6767 Chelsey Farms LLC Agnes Fuetterer 770-754-6697 Cloud Walk Farm Deborah Dickinson 706-337-4257 Cooper Sandy Farm LLC Lee & Kelly Bates 770-475-3078 Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue Inc. Anita M. Meisen 229-683-3737

Bearfoot Ranch, Inc. Darrith Russell 404-786-0164 Begin Again Farms Inc.

Day Lilly Horse Farm Rebecca Morton 423-364-8983

Rhonda Jackson 706-315-6945

Enbarr’s Hill Farm Lynda Witt Day 770-887-9075


Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding beyondlimitsriding.org Blue Skies Riding Academy Inc. Blueskiesridingacademy.com 770-926-2003

Ervin Horse Farm & Sanctuary, Inc. Audrey Boyce 706-975-2845


Hawk View Farms Rhonda Cangemi 404-983-0692 Hoof Haven Farm LLC Danelle D. Barnes 404-379-8153 Hooves on Wheels Ramona Jean Heuback 912-823-9736 Hope Reins Horse Rescue, Inc. Hopereinshorserescue.org Hunter Hill Farms Robin Valentine 678-314-2609 Iron Gait Percherons, Inc. Denise S. Polydor 770-796-2598 Iron Rock Plantation LLC Ashlea Rely 678-792-3151 Lakota Creek Equine Rehab Tamma trump 770-974-3079 Lane Creek Farms Linda Zacker 706-567-6010 Leap of Faith Equine Rescue Leapoffaithequinerescue.org

Lost Trees Farm Millie Batson 770-596-8634

Reynolds Country Farm Stables Cathy Reynolds 678-353-5235

Max's Horse Haven Rescue & Sanctuary Kathy Britt 770-889-3842

Ridgemont Farm Christine Abercrombie 770-377-7082

McKenna Farms Therapy Services, Inc. Mckennafarms.org MercyFoal Network Mercyfoal.org Morning Hill Stables Kathleen D. Gray 706-225-7511 Mustang and Wild Horse Rescue of Georgia, Inc. Mwhr.org Elizabeth Montgomery 678-250-3306 Mustang Farm David Hess 770-518-8601

Riley’s Rescue Ranch, Inc. Mary J. close 912-547-1390 Risen Phoenix Farm Erika & Jeremy Wright 912-658-8587 Rising Hearts Ranch, Inc. Risingheartsranch.org Rose Equestrian Center Jacquelyn Rose 404-514-3492 Rosehaven Farm Lawrence & Lorraine Schmidt 706-342-8834 R-Ranch in the Mountains 706-864-6444 x234

National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation armorcavalryheritagefoundation.org

Saddle Creek Ranch Inc. Douglas Anderson 404-492-1175

Phillips Farms Brenda Phillips 770-461-8510

Saddlebred Rescue/Pine Haven Riding Academy Christina Parker 912-577-0089

Rancho El Centenario LLC Arthur H. English 770-843-2110 Red Arrow Ranch Cheryl Hartman 703-963-4696 Redclay Ranch Equine Rescue & Sanctuary redclayrescue.org Redemption Road Equine Rescue Jacquelyn Patnode 404-226-3456

Save the Horses Rescue Savethehorses.org Cheryl Flanagan 404-310-1560 Second Chances Equine Rescue, Inc. Scer-ga.org Andrea Doolittle 912-385-8512

Silver Horseshow Stables Sara A. Brown Silvercrown Farms Jessica Poynton 770-846-8465 Son Rise Ranch, Inc. Marla Q. James alexander 559-352-3071 Southeastern Equine Rescue s-eer.com Southern Valley Ranch and Rescue southernvalleyranchandrescue.com Special Equestrians of Georgia, Inc. specialequestriansofgeorgia.org Spoon Blue Farm Geoffrey Wenturine 229-872-3494 Stamp Out Starvation Of Horses, Inc. sosofhorses.com Star K. Inc. Norma W. Karst 229-434-1263 Stride Ahead Inc. strideahead.org Summit Hill Farms Elizabeth Herring 770-253-7636 Sunkissed Acres Equine Rescue & Retirement Sunkissedacres.org Lori Yonts 706-734-0681 Trickum Creek Ranch Deborah M. Lowe 404-663-0514

Serenbe Stables Grace Aldridge 404-545-4171

Trinity Rescue & Equine Sanctuary trinityrescueinc.org Cynthia Heaton 678-367-5258

Shadow Run Farm LLC Samantha Gault 678-571-1910

Twisted Oak Stable Sarah Sweatmen 678-341-9733

Thank you to the following members for their generous donations

Warren Stables LLC Betty Ann warren 229-883-0693 Wills Park Equestrian Center Matt Casey 678-297-6120 Windy Hill Horse Farm Katharine Newman 706-566-4647 Sources: 1) 2)

kellysolutions.com/ga/equin e/showallrescue.asp Facebook members

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Sarah Ballou Jessica Beier Lori L. Bell Caryl Berzack Sandra Bielawski Kayla Born Erin Braden Fred M. Burdette Susan Burns Meghan Cameron Rhonda Cathy Richard Cohn Emily Copeland Claire Davis Mary Bess Davis Susan M. Day Leeanna Dick Lily Grace Draper Tawn Edwards Liesel Fazekas Judith C. Fiorentino Paula Fisher Jean Corbett Fowler Michelle B. Futral Susan Gampfer Caroline Garren Pagan Gilman Emily Hewitt Hannah Hewitt Diana Hollis Sophia Holloway Mark Hook Claire Howard Melody Jackson Mikensey Johansen Elizabeth Jones Kay Kendzor Rebecca Kestle, DVM Andrea L. Krakovsky Anabelle Kurtz Eleanor Lawson Valerie Levin 17

Jennifer Melcher, DVM Lisette Milner Naida-Ann Mirza Janie Montgomery Elleene J. Morgan Dawn Mortimer Wisti Nelson Leslie O'Neal-Olsen Janie Pride Robin G Puryear Shelley Rahiya Sophie Redmon Gillian Robinson Aubrey Sabatino Judith Sawall Leila Saxe Katie Sisk Kelly Reed Slack Susan Stern Helena Stokes Elizabeth Syribeys Marline Syribeys Barbara Taylor Brad Thatcher Alethea Tinkle Claudia Tomaselli Marie Vonderheyden Sylvia Wade Chandilyn Wicker India Wilkinson Cheryl Williams Lindsay Wilson Virginia Woodcock Lauren Wright Haduya Yarbou

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Annual Meeting Overview November 12, 2018 

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Annual Meeting commenced at 7:00 PM sharp. Caren Caverly, Joanne Morse, Julie Shannon, Peri Lambros, Liz Malloy, Amanda Garner, Peter West and Mary Lou Freil were the board members in attendance. Also in attendance was Kelly Delaperriere as our general member. Committee reports were sent in by all committee chairs giving an overview of the year. It was a very busy and productive year for GDCTA with shows and clinics. New ideas are in the works for an even more exciting 2019. Nominations from the floor for Candidates were requested three times by Caren Caverly. No floor nominations received. The election results of the board for 2019 was announced at the end of the meeting and are as follows: o President – Caren Caverly o VP of Dressage – Erin McCloud o VP of Eventing – Rebecca Bowman o Recording Secretary – Joanne Morse o Corresponding Secretary – Peri Lambros o Treasurer – Peter West o At Large members for 2-year term:  Julie Shannon  Amanda Moretz  Lori Goodwin The annual meeting adjourned at 7:28 PM and the regular meeting commenced immediately afterwards. Caren Caverly made a motion that we send $1,000 to the Dressage Foundation. Motion was unanimously approved. Rebecca Bowman will present an Eventing Foundation that we will also donate to at the December meeting. As the club grows, we are in need of additional help on committees. Joining a committee is a great way for GDCTA members to get more involved with the board and the club. The hope

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is then for committee members to gain interest and want to become board members. Fiona Williams has been very busy getting items donated for the silent auction. Rebecca Bowman will be working on cataloging all the items to be put on the website before Gala. Julie Shannon made a motion that we use Sign Up Genius for the 2019 show season to organize volunteers for our events. Kelly Delaperriere – Has a list of about 200 people that are eligible for apparel through the volunteer award program. All board members were in favor if this and approved the motion. We had two volunteers get injured at Regionals. Luckily, nothing serious but starting in 2019 all volunteers will be signing a Hold Harmless Release Form as well. To help reduce paper usage, we are working on making it where people can sign virtually online. Youth TEAM Clinic was a huge success. Liz Malloy made a motion that we donate part of the profits back to D4K. Julie Shannon amended the motion and suggested that we donate $500 to D4K and set aside $500 to go back to youth club members to be used to send kids that are members of GDCTA to clinics that they normally would not be able to afford to do. Motion approved.

Next meeting:


7:00 PM September 17, 2018 Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Road Milton, GA 30004

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GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows (green=pending), 2019 Show Season

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Caroline Marlett Rebecca Bowman Kim Abernathy Caroline Marlett Sandra Carnet Kim Abernathy Rebecca Bowman Sandra Carnet Caroline Marlett Kim Abernathy Sandra Carnet Caroline Marlett Rebecca Bowman Caroline Marlett Caroline Marlett Sandra Carnet Rebecca Bowman Kim Abernathy Sandra Carnet

For updates, visit GDCTA.org/calendar-of-events

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New for 2019 – No more Rider Reports Forms 

Beginning with the 2019 show season, which began October 1st, there’s no requirement for any riders to submit any forms! The form has been removed from the website. The key to the success of this no form policy is that upon joining or renewing, members MUST remember to check the boxes for the awards programs they plan to participate in for the year. We will only track the scores of those who have checked awards participation boxes. To reiterate, it’s critical that you check the appropriate awards programs boxes on the membership form to participate. Schooling show standings will be updated on the website monthly so you can confirm that your scores are being recorded. USEF riders will only see their standings at the end of the season when USEA and USDF send us the digital files. Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net / 770-713-4025 GDCTA AWARDS CHAIR - Recognized & Schooling Shows


GDCTA Awards Gala January 26, 2019 Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta 5750 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, GA Every year, the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association (GDCTA) hosts the Awards Gala, a cocktail party and dinner in conjunction with the Awards Ceremony and fund raiser benefitting the UGA Veterinary Hospital. The GDCTA Awards Gala is our region’s preeminent social and networking event of the year with nearly 450 attendees, including GDCTA members, winners - amateurs, juniors, and professionals - and their friends and families. With the dressage and eventing community uniting for the night of celebration, the GDCTA Awards Gala is a not-to-be-missed event. The popular silent auction and Barn Basket raffle will return once more, offering unique opportunities for guests to bid on specialty tack and apparel, gift certificates, art, jewelry, and much more.

Silent auction items are now being accepted. Contact Fiona Williams fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail.com.

The Barn Basket Raffle is on!

Contact Erin McCloud mcclouderinl@gmail.com to participate.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/GalaTickets-jan2019

When you buy your Gala tickets, you can also get a Cover Raffle ticket for your chance to be on the Yearbook Cover!



GDCTA 2018 Awards Gala The honor of your presence is requested

Saturday, January 26, 2019 The Marriott, Alpharetta, Georgia Doors open at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner & awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Cocktail attire, please. *A portion of the proceeds go to UGA Vet School Come early for the silent auction & door prizes

Sponsor a table of 10 or 12 for best seats closest to stage: Platinum $1250/$1380 Gold $1050/$1180 Silver $850/$980 Bronze $650/$780 Individual tickets $65

Register online at http://gdctagala.eventbrite.com or print this form, fill it out, and mail it with your check to GDCTA c/o Caren Caverly, 6370 Spinnaker Lane, Alpharetta GA 30005

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GDCTA membershhip year is December 1 through November 30 each year. A senior member is a member who has reached their 18th birthday by January 1st of the membership year. A junior member is a member who has not reached their 18th birthday of January 1st of the membership year.

Support GDCTA with a Tax Deductible Sponsorship Volunteer for a GDCTA Event GDCTA sponsor contributions are a tax-deductible gift to Your active participation keeps dressage and eventing our organization 501(c)(3) in support of the continued alive in our region and is vital to GDCTA's mission! development for Dressage and Eventing in our area. Check off the areas you would be interested in! Contributions are required to be incentive free gifts and Runner Ring Steward may not be exchanged for advertising or other incentives. $10 $150 Board Member Gala Write for Newsletter $25 $200 Credit card payment by M/C, Visa, Discover & Amex.



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You may also choose to contribute to the GDCTA Grant Program which provides members, who are in good standing, an $800 grant to further their equine education. See www.gdcta.org for details.

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Please make checks payable to GDCTA and mail or Fax to: Mary Lou Freil, 335 Meadowcrest Circle, Canton GA 30115 - 770-330-2489 FAX - 770-727-0146 Email: gdctamembership@gmail.com

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2018 GDCTA OFFICERS President ccaverly@comcast.net

Caren Caverly 770-713-4025

VP Eventing plambros@bellsouth.net

Peri Lambros 678-372-4105

VP Dressage Julie@shannondale.com

Treasurer pwest@radix-consulting.com Recording Secretary Joannemorse1@yahoo.com

Julie Shannon 770-569-9555 Peter West 762-448-9049

Joanne Morse 770-313-6283

Corresponding Secretary maryloufreil@gmail.com

Mary Lou Freil 770-330-2489

Rebecca Bowman gallop766@aol.com



Ken Berry kenberry@outlook.com Susan Collins scollinshcit@gmail.com

Amanda Garner GDCTAcollegiateprogram@gmail.com Erin McCloud mcclouderinl@gmail.com

Elizabeth Molloy missliz@taramiaridingschool.com

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Awards ccaverly@comcast.net


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Membership gdctamembership@gmail.com

Mary Lou Freil 770-330-2489

Schooling Show Recognition gdcta.shows@gmail.com Show Management sandydonovan@gmail.com Volunteer Coordinator heidiann5683@yahoo.com

Youth Liaison missliz@taramiaridingschool.com Website Manager webmaster@gdcta.org

Caren Caverly 770-713-4025

Barbara Taylor 404-274-4411


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Collected Remarks is the official publication of the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. (GDCTA), a non-profit, exempt corporation organized under Section 501© (3). It is the monthly newsletter designed to inform, educate and entertain the membership. The Editors encourage members to submit original advertising, articles, photographs, and artwork for possible publication. Articles should be submitted via email and be PC compatible. Articles taking political positions or promotional in nature will not be considered for publication.


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All articles and classified ads should be sent to the Editors via email webmaster@gdcta.org (Penny Morse designonpenny@yahoo.com or June Brewer webmaster@gdcta.org) and be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word formats only. Editorial contributions of 600 words or less (accompanied by photos with permission to publish, if applicable) are welcomed although publication cannot be guaranteed. GDCTA is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles or paid advertisements. Make checks for advertising payable to GDCTA and mail to Peter West, 20 Wild Turkey Lane, Jasper, GA. 30143. All display ads should be submitted as a print ready PDF with images and fonts embedded or in a JPEG file.

GDCTA Collected Remarks welcomes submissions of quality color dressage and sport-horse photographs. All mounted riders must be wearing appropriate headgear (a safety helmet, a derby, or a top hat). We also accept submissions of action and conformation shots of breeding stock and dressage sport-horse breeding classes. Interesting and creative photos that capture special moments between horses and riders also will be considered. Photos must be accompanied by complete captions, including the full names of all subjects. For print, only high resolution (300dpi) Jpeg or PDF files will be accepted. Photographers whose work is published will receive proper credit, notification when the issue is published online. The editors are happy to review unsolicited submissions of photographs. Please submit photographs electronically to designonpenny@yahoo.com and webmaster@gdcta.org.

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Collected Remarks is the official publication of the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. (GDCTA). Published online 10x per year to more than 700 equine enthusiasts; it is full of informative articles, member ads, clinic information, and our regional calendar of events.  Deadline for receipt of artwork and payment for online ads is the 5th of every month.

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The printed issue will cover the year-end awards, medals, standings, and National Finals results. Size: 8.5”x11”, 4-Color, Cover: soft Print advertising commitments and payment must be th received by March 15 & ads by March 31st

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