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Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. November 2018

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Your new GDCTA Board of Directors will be in place beginning January 1, 2019. The annual meeting of the GDCTA that took place November 19th at Shannondale Farm in Milton, Georgia, concluded with the announcement of the Board of Directors election results. We are pleased to welcome new and returning members to the board.

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Members at Large (2-year terms) —•ƒ‘ŽŽ‹• ƒ†ƒ ƒ”‡” Lori Goodwin ‹œ‘ŽŽ‘› Amanda Moretz Julie Shannon


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The results are in! Learn more about the new board on page 5.

January 26, 2019 Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

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


Dec 15-16 Anne Gribbons Dressage at Shannondale Farm

WEBSITE CALENDAR 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.

 Be on the lookout! About mid-December the year-end award winners will receive a notice in the mail.  ISO: Someone to handle the slide show both setting it up and running it the night of. Please contact Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net  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. Donatioins being accepted by Erin McCloud mcclouderinl@gmail.com

YEARBOOK 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


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Conrad Schumacher Clinic at Atlanta Dressage September, 2018


Suzanne Dansby

When Suzanne Dansby approached Roel Theunissen recently, to inform him that her trainer and mentor, Conrad Schumacher, would be coming to Atlanta, Roel was excited about it and was interested in organizing a group of students and horses to take some lessons with him. Atlanta Dressage, home base for trainers Adam Lastowska and Roel Theunissen, is located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood of John’s Creek. The barn, filled with well-cared for horses, and the perfect footing of the arena, make for an ideal setting for a great clinic. The horses and riders were well turned-out, and were eager to work with Mr. Schumacher. A positive experience for all, the progress of the riders and their horses was very apparent from the start to the end of each, and every session! Everyone was smiling at the conclusion of their lessons. One of the biggest take-away, was that the riders discovered new exercises Mr. Schumacher introduced to them, which helped their horses to go with more impulsion and relaxation, along with improved quality of their gaits, translating into better movements....the icing on the cake!

Susanne Lauda and Roel Theunissen had some insightful comments to make about their experiences in their lessons with Mr. Schumacher:

…Since I grew up in Germany it was an interesting experience to ride with a German instructor the first time in almost 30 years. Mr. Schumacher was quite amused of my list of things that need improvement, but easily found out the bigger problems, and introduced exercises to address them. His main advice for me was to relax my shoulders more so that the contact becomes more elastic. It was reassuring to hear similar things that my regular trainer Roel Theunissen addresses, but since Mr. Schumacher used different verbiage my brain processed them also differently. The first few minutes that was a bit challenging, but since dressage is as much a matter of mental focus as it is a physical activity those grey cells need to be woken up once in a while…

Susanne Lauda


Mr. Schumacher started every session with asking the riders what they like to work on and follows through on those requests. Suzanne Dansby’s Zephyr is e very nice and well trained horse and Mr. Schumacher knows the horse for many years already. So he went quickly to the point and started to work on increasing engagement, suppleness and collection exercises. The horse stepped up right away to his exercises and moved nicely along improving by the stride! ….The work was refreshing, positive and most importantly very effective! (Thanks Mr. Schumacher and thanks Suzanne!) …Roel Theunissen Mr. Schumacher also emphasized the importance of the “control of the neck” through forward-riding into the bridle, from back to front, and not the other way around. He helped the riders to use their seats and legs more effectively, with clearer aids and more precision. Additionally, he talked about the importance of using a snaffle in everyday training, and, that “it is especially important to ride the younger or less educated horses in the snaffle.” It was a pleasure to bring Mr. Schumacher to conduct a clinic at Atlanta Dressage. The atmosphere there is very professional, and Roel and Adam are excellent hosts!

Meet The New Tests By Bill Woods

Not unlike the cicadas hatching out, every four years we are treated to a new set of dressage tests to Walk, K-E Medium Walk” (score complain about, habituate ourselves the walk including the transition to, and then act like they’ve been from trot to walk). There’s a lot of this way forever. With some cycles opportunity to screw up right there there are big changes, but if the unless you are well prepared as Somewhat surprisingly, aside from older ones were generally you turn the F-A corner in the the canter serpentine with the satisfactory, the rewrites are small. canter! simple changes being moved later to This year’s versions generally fall Moving on to First Level, here are Test 2, Test 1 has no simple changes into the latter category. Some tests some opportunities for the judge’s in it at all! Instead, the pattern reads are virtually unchanged. Others are whistle: The new Test 1 is largely “Short diagonal in the canter M–E, modified in such minor ways that the same as the last edition except counter canter to V, trot at V, walk at they are likely just to keep the the trot lengthenings go from H to K, and then left lead canter at A. judges’ whistles busy calling people P instead of F to S and K to R Much easier! off course. instead of V to M. Both canter In Test 2 rather than begin with Let’s start at the beginning. Rest lengthenings start one letter Medium on the diagonal and then easy—the patterns of the new earlier (at the corner marks) shoulder-in, you track right and go Introductory tests are identical to instead of at S and R. The rest is directly to shoulder-in M-B. The 3 the old ones. identical. Test 2 is not changed at loop serpentine with the simple The new Training Level tests are all. changes is in this test, but not as the equally unchanged in Tests 1 and 2, There are bigger changes in First first canter movement. It comes save for some additional double Level test 3. Gone is many riders’ directly after a Medium, testing your coefficients, but this will not affect bugaboo – the leg yield from the ability to re-collect enough to make the way you ride them or, for that corner in to the centerline and the simple changes viable. Another matter, the way they are judged. back out. They have been replaced oddity in this test – a Medium Trot You can claim that the writers by a pattern we saw in the 1987 on the final centerline from D to I. As wanted to call your heightened tests (those of us doing Dinosaur a judge you can see straightness and attention to a few specific Dressage back then remember!) from that angle, but not movements, but hey, there’s so little leg (18 yield from the track Trainingsuspension SafeSport for non-USEF members is available As of January 1, 2019, every where USEF you adult much else. Not my favorite going on in these tests, that if you at V in to the centerline andfor make a the USEF.org website. $20 on older) to member with10a m USEF innovation in the new tests! aren’tyears payingor attention circle to the outside, continue In TestPOLICY 3 everything stays the everything, what ARE you doing outmust tocomplete the end of the arena andUSEF/USDF repeat Competing Membership SAFE SPORT same. Likewise for Third Level test 1 there? the same pattern on the opposite USEF's Safe Sport Training. hand. The canter retains the same – nothing new. Test 2 is largely Across the board Test 3 is most The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, unchanged. It still has the shoulderdifferent and I would argue three elements in each direction promoting the safety and welfare of horses and in to renvers, but they serve as the somewhat easier. Gone are the but now instead of “Circle, athletes. USDF is committed providing only lateraltowork in theinformation, trot since “loops” that hardly anyone rode lengthen, loop, “the order is “Loop, equired SafeSport Training is resources, and a protocol so that all members of the the trot half passes have been correctly anyway, replaced by three circle, lengthen.” (Do I hear more equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a removed. As in the retired version, available free to tweeting?) all USEF members loop serpentines width of the arena. This may be a bit easier support structure there to ensure a safe andhalf positive is still canter pass on the through Dashboard. If you can ride an accurate 20 m your Member for horses which in the past got environment for equestrians to develop their easy line from D to R and Dskills. to S. circle and know where to cross the are available Instructions strong inon thetheir lengthening and Test 3 remains as is. centerline each time, youwebsite know how would not re-balance for the USEDF.org. USEF members and participants have1aismandatory duty Fourth Level test much the same to make a correct serpentine. Be counter canter. to report suspected sexual misconduct to the U.S. as before. You still have the Mediumperpendicular as you cross theare a victim or Second level: If you a survivor ofProbably of more Center for SafeSport. collect-medium on the diagonal and centerlines and, remember, if your interest to judges abuse and believe this training could be an emotional than riders is at the half pass to the centerline, 10 m serpentine has flat sides or goes in the end of the Medium Trot trigger, please contact Teresa Roper at circle, shoulder-in towardsyou G. Then, To complete the Safe Sport Training modules, must the corners, the terrorists Alsoat skeating@usef.org, movements— the transition block troper@usef.org, Sonjawin! Keating RING THE BELL, track right instead visit the USEF website, log in, and the link to the Safe in Test longer must canterat now includes the Collected Trot or 3, thenoU.S. Center foryou SafeSport of leftwill now. puts the canter Sport Training modules beThat in your USEF across the diagonal to X. However, around where training@safesport.org, before accessing theto Safe Sportthe next depart at C instead of G, but the rest there is one tiny hang up. After a 20 Membership dashboard. movement begins. In the past the Training course. of the test plays out the way it has in m circle at B, the right lead canter transitions were scored alone, and the past with half pass to counter comes down the long side (score the if there was a mistake in the As of Jan 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of canter to flying change at the corner canter) to a trot transition at A Collected Trot prior to the next age or older) with a Competing Membership must letter, the Very Collected canter on (another score), and then in the instruction, it counted in the Safe Sport Training. the circle over the centerline, and blinkcomplete of an eyeUSEF's “Before K Medium Medium Trot block. finishing with the three flying


finishing with the three flying changes at quarterline , centerline and quarterline. Test 2: as we know and love it. It has one set of three changes every four strides. And finally the new Test 3 made shorter and a little bit easier…The 4-4-4 Swing is gone, replaced by a simple four step reinback. The extended walk is on the diagonal, no longer on the half 20 m circle. The Working Half Pirouettes remain but are done back to back at the A end of the arena, and there is only one set of tempis – three every three strides.

The 4 tempis are back on the shelf until Prix St. George. One other anomaly: the first movement after the entrance is an Extended trot on the diagonal. Near the end of the test you are asked to show a Medium on the long side. All this happens for real on the first of December. If you are new to the sport, the test changes may seem traumatic, but like breaking in a new pair of boots, pretty soon they’ll feel like home. If you’re one of those individuals whose boots always pinched no matter what, I can only recommend Advil and a glass of sherry before you show.


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GDCTA Youth Council - Praise for 2018 Dressage4Kids and Atlanta Youth Festival Dressage 4 Kids team:

I want to take the time to thank you all for the time, resources, and effort that went into putting on such a successful TEAM Clinic and the Atlanta Youth Dressage Festival this past weekend in Conyers, GA. It was so clear to me that there was months of preparation behind the scenes that went into making this weekend interesting, interactive and educational!

This was my first TEAM Clinic with Lendon so I was unsure what to expect of it, but I am glad I had the opportunity to go because it taught me more about dressage and horsemanship than I anticipated. My goal for this clinic was to get my horse moving more forward and work on my position, which we did. But, more so, I gained a re-appreciation for the basics of riding, like the importance of square halts, the essentialness of riding proper corners, and the effectiveness of a leg aid, that I had forgotten in my drive to perfect my upper level movements like tempi changes and canter pirouettes. The importance on the fundamentals of dressage was something that Lendon worked on with all of the other riders this weekend as well, proving that regardless of the level you show, these basics will always be crucial. In addition to the clinic, I really enjoyed getting to ride my dressage test, participate in an equitation class, and reflect my knowledge on the written exam that were all part of the festival. With my show season winding down, it was a great opportunity for me and my horse to get one last ride in a show ring in. I hope in the future more people come out for the Atlanta Youth Dressage Festival and appreciate the competitive but candid show that it provides. Again, thank you D4K team and everyone with GDCTA that worked to put on this weekend, I think everyone agrees that it was an educational and enjoyable weekend (even though it was a little too wet and cold!). I look forward to getting involved with more D4K events in the near future. ~Kylie Dickinson

Left: Alice Burley, Skyler Skalicky, and Phoebe McNeely Middle: the TEAM clinic riders group Right: Left to right (including horses): Alice Burley, Phoebe McNeely, Marilyn, Zachary Drury, Cassidy Drury, and Rebel. 11



The Future, The Present, The Past We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences, to Ulla Strickland on the recent passing of her father. Ulla, may the fond memories of your father bring you comfort during this time.



As of January 1, 2019, every USEF adult (18 years or older) member with a USEF Competing Membership must complete USEF's Safe Sport Training.

SafeSport Training for non-USEF members is available for $20 on the USEF.org website.

USEF/USDF SAFE SPORT POLICY The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and athletes. USDF is committed to providing information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills.


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available free to all USEF members through your Member Dashboard. Instructions are available on their website USEDF.org.

USEF members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse and believe this training could be an emotional trigger, please contact Teresa Roper at troper@usef.org, Sonja Keating at skeating@usef.org, or the U.S. Center for SafeSport at training@safesport.org, before accessing the Safe Sport Training course.

To complete the Safe Sport Training modules, you must visit the USEF website, log in, and the link to the Safe Sport Training modules will be in your USEF Membership dashboard.

As of Jan 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete USEF's Safe Sport Training.


A 30-day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018. Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019, to complete the training. Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

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Parents Training Course for equestrian athletes of all ages helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience and is free. The following categories of individuals are required to take the Safe Sport Training and complete a criminal background check:        

USEF Board of Directors USEF Staff USEF Licensed Officials US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors US Team Chefs d’Equipe US Team Veterinarians US Team Selectors Human Physio Therapists


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I attended Saturday and was so pleased. I hope that she comes back. She included the auditors by explaining why she was having the rider do something. I took away many tips for my horses.

I hope that GDCTA can host Kathy again. ~Debbie Grant, auditor This was probably one of the best clinics I’ve ever attended either as a rider or auditor. At times, it was like drinking from a fire hose (thankfully I have my videos!) but there was so much good information in each of the sessions. Kathy was firm, but kind to balance that firmness. And the feel of my mare after working on just simple movements such as the passade, was incredible! Kathy was also very encouraging, which was very helpful for those of us who lack confidence in their riding and training abilities. I’d love to train with her again, and hope she returns to our area.

~Kelli Agnew, rider Riding with Kathy was an honor--her approach to teaching builds simple movements up from the ground,

such that both horse and rider learn how each contributes to the next. Her positive style also highlights what you do well, and how those strengths can be harnessed to improve in the future. I hope GDCTA invites her back in the future. ~Abbey Dondanville, rider Kathy was instrumental in coordinating the balance and throughness for the best expression of my mare's gaits. She focused on little things such as timing of aids, and steadiness on contact, when to use half halt and when to lighten. I especially appreciated how positive she is with horse and rider. She is masterful with her longlining to help the horse understand the amount of drive and collection we are asking for. She is a treasure! ~Julie Shannon, rider/host Kathy is one of my favorite clinicians, because she is articulate and engaging, clear and concise. She comfortably weaves the fabric of the training scale throughout each rider's session whether they are at training level, Grand Prix or anything in between. She has a keen ability to teach from both the trainer's and the judge's perspective, and is accessible and enthusiastic with auditors as well. I always come away with a ton of information that I can use while training, as well as phrases that I can plagiarize when teaching my own students! ~Mary McGuire Smith, auditor This clinic was the first time that I have ridden in a GDCTA clinic and the experience was incredibly rewarding. The event was so well organized and I greatly appreciated the hospitality of the GDCTA staff and Shannondale Farms. Kathy's methods are very tangible, leaving the rider with clear take aways to practice. Her three gaits defined as "March, Trot, Canter" is a keeper! It was inspiring to see the refinements that occurred within each ride from start to finish after working with Kathy. Thanks to GDCTA, Shannondale Farms, and Kathy for a successful clinic. ~Chanda Wicker, rider

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• ISO: Someone to handle the slide show at the GALA both setting it up and running it the night of. Please contact Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net 20

If there's one thing that gets us excited about winter, it's knowing that we will get to see our friends and acquaintances all dressed up for the GDCTA Awards Gala. The year-end awards ceremony allows audiences to discover successful riders — and fawn over their personal style out of the barn. We've rounded up a handful of dresses to spark your inspiration! What will you be wearing? Black or bright? Daring or dramatic? Off-the-shoulder? Strapless? Sequined? Beaded? Sleek? Feathered or fringed? Or maybe princess is your thing!


GDCTA is asking for your generous support this year with a product or service donation for the silent auction, door prize, or goody bag (sample-sized items). Prizes in the past have included tack, candy, clothing, furniture, art, weekends away, jewelry, and so much more. Your imagination is the limit! Nothing is too big or small. Can be horse related or not. If you have an item to donate, please contact Fiona Williams 678-575-8504 fwilliamsmcdowell@hotmail.com with details of the item, a photograph, and item value. She will let you know how to deliver it. All items must be received by January 15th. Donations will be mentioned in marketing and they will also be listed on the website GDCTA.org. Cash bar reception followed by dinner and award presentation

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Thank you to the following members for their generous donations

Micaela Leslie Sarah Laura Jessica Lori L. Caryl Sandra Kayla Beverly Rebecca Erin Isabelle Mary Charlotte Nan Carden Fred M. Allison Pat Susan Susanne F. Lucy Meghan Theresa Sandra Rhonda Dana Richard Susan Emily Seth Karen Mary Bess Susan M. Leeanna Lily Grace Martine Paula Rebecca Justine Tawn Kellie Liesel Judith C. Paula Miranda

Acree Allen Ballou Beachem Beier Bell Berzack Bielawski Born Bowman Bowman Braden Braden Bryant Buckner Burdette Burdette Burkell Burns Burns Burton Calhoun Cameron Campbell Carnet Cathy Clark Cohn Collins Copeland Copeland Crawford Davis Day Dick Draper Duff Dunson Dyke Eberhart Edwards Ellis Fazekas Fiorentino Fisher Flowers

Ciera Abigail Devon Jean Corbett Michelle B. Susan Linden H. Pagan Abigail Verlia Meagan Renee Julie Ballard Paula Norah Juliet Emily Hannah Maylyn Brooke Mark Claire Linda Allisa Paige Melody Mikensey Elizabeth Elizabeth Kay Leigh Rebecca Ashleigh Alice Andrea L. Anabelle Eleanor Valerie Elaine Erin Lea Creigh Jennifer Christi Lisette Naida-Ann

Foley Janie Ford Carol Fowler Elleene J. Fowler Dawn Futral Gabriele Gampfer Sarah C. Gaspar Kimberly Gilman Wisti Goodwin Candece Gower Leslie Gravlee Hailey Hall Sharon Haralson Marlene Harwell Patricia V. Henson Janie Hess Robin G Hewitt Margaret Hewitt Shelley Hinson Gillian Hollis Alexa Hook Aubrey Howard Judith Hudson Leila Huestis Holly Huff Katie Jackson Kelly Reed Johansen Betty G. Jones Kimberly Kane Susan Kendzor Helena Kent-Scherzer Darcy Kestle, DVM Elizabeth Kinsley Marline Kline Richard Krakovsky Brad Kurtz Paige Lawson Alethea Levin Claudia McAllister Jennifer Joanna McCloud Marie McNeil Sylvia Melcher Chandilyn Meyers India Milner Cheryl Mirza Rachael M. Lindsay


Montgomery Morgan Morgan Mortimer Mueller Murphy Murray Nelson Niss O'Neal-Olsen Palmer Pepe Perez Powell Pride Puryear Putnal Rahiya Robinson Ryan-Oat Sabatino Sawall Saxe Scherzer Sisk Slack Smith Sosebee Stern Stokes Sun Syribeys Syribeys Taylor Thatcher Thorson Tinkle Tomaselli Tucker Vonderheyden Wade Wicker Wilkinson Williams Williams Wilson

Linda Sara Virginia Lauren Haduya Marlene E. Hallie  

Wobeck Wolfe Woodcock Wright Yarbou Young Zimmerman

CALENDAR (GDCTA events in red) USEF/USDF/USEA, 2019 Show Season May 11-12 Aug 30-Sep 1 Oct 11-13

Dec 15-16

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Clinics & Symposiums Anne Gribbons Dressage 

Nov 17 Nov 17 Dec 1 Dec 16 Mar 9 Mar 23 May 4 May 18 June 15 July 20



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

Chatt Hills HTPC Poplar Place Farm Silverthorn Farm North Atlanta Equestrian Foxberry Farm CT Foxberry Farm 3-phase North Atlanta Equestrian Foxberry Farm 3-phase North Atlanta Equestrian

Fairburn Covington Hamilton Athens Cartersville Dallas Dallas Cartersville Dallas Cartersville


Penny Morse Christie Hanson Jennifer McClure Caroline Marlett Rebecca Bowman Kim Abernathy Kim Abernathy Rebecca Bowman Kim Abernathy Rebecca Bowman

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


info@chatthillseventing.com marensmewdow@gmail.com show@poplarplacefarm.com silverthornfarm@gmail.com gallop766@aol.com kimfoxberry@gmail.com kimfoxberry@gmail.com gallop766@aol.com kimfoxberry@gmail.com gallop766@aol.com

New for 2019 – No more Rider Reports Forms  ‘”•‡˜‡”ƒŽÂ›Â‡ÂƒÂ”•ǥ–Š‡ •Š‘™”‹†‡”•Šƒ˜‡Â?‘–Â?‡‡†‡†–‘•‡Â?†‹Â? •„—–…Š‘‘Ž‹Â?‰Š‘™”‹†‡”•Šƒ˜‡ …‘Â?–‹Â?—‡†–‘„‡”‡“—‹”‡†–‘•‡Â?†‹Â?ˆ‘”Â?•Ǥ‡‰‹Â?Â?‹Â?‰™‹–Š–Š‡ʹͲͳ͝•Š‘™•‡ƒ•‘Â?ÇĄ™Š‹…Š„‡‰ƒÂ?…–‘„‡”ͳ•–ǥ there’s no requirement for ƒÂ?›”‹†‡”•–‘•—„Â?‹–ƒÂ?›ˆ‘”Â?•ǨŠ‡ˆ‘”Â?Šƒ•„‡‡Â?”‡Â?‘˜‡†ˆ”‘Â?–Š‡™‡„•‹–‡Ǥ  Š‡Â?‡›–‘–Š‡•—……‡••‘ˆ–Š‹•Â?‘ˆ‘”Â?’‘Ž‹…›‹•–Šƒ–—’‘Â?Œ‘‹Â?‹Â?‰‘””‡Â?‡™‹Â?‰ǥÂ?‡Â?„‡”•”‡Â?‡Â?„‡”–‘ …Š‡…Â?–Š‡„‘š‡•ˆ‘”–Š‡ƒ™ƒ”†•’”‘‰”ƒÂ?•–Š‡›’ŽƒÂ?–‘’ƒ”–‹…‹’ƒ–‡‹Â?ˆ‘”–Š‡›‡ƒ”Ǥ‡™‹ŽŽ‘Â?Ž›–”ƒ…Â?–Š‡•…‘”‡•‘ˆ –Š‘•‡™Š‘Šƒ˜‡…Š‡…Â?‡†ƒ™ƒ”†•’ƒ”–‹…‹’ƒ–‹‘Â?„‘š‡•ǤTo reiterate, it’s critical that you check the appropriate awards programs boxes on the membership form to participate. …Š‘‘Ž‹Â?‰•Š‘™•–ƒÂ?†‹Â?‰•™‹ŽŽ„‡—’†ƒ–‡†‘Â?–Š‡™‡„•‹–‡Â?‘Â?–ŠŽ›•‘›‘—…ƒÂ?…‘Â?ˆ‹”Â?–Šƒ–›‘—”•…‘”‡•ƒ”‡„‡‹Â?‰ ”‡…‘”†‡†Ǥ ”‹†‡”•™‹ŽŽ‘Â?Ž›•‡‡–Š‡‹”•–ƒÂ?†‹Â?‰•ƒ––Š‡‡Â?†‘ˆ–Š‡•‡ƒ•‘Â?™Š‡Â?ƒÂ?† •‡Â?†—•–Š‡ †‹‰‹–ƒŽˆ‹Ž‡•Ǥ GDCTA AWARDS CHAIR - Recognized & Schooling Shows Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net / 770-713-4025 29

2019 Membership Application GDCTA is a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA Affiliate

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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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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



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

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS Awards ccaverly@comcast.net


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Mary Lou Freil 770-330-2489

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

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Caren Caverly 770-713-4025

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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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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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