Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. GDCTA is a Group Member Organization of USDF.
GDCTA Board Members 2019
President Caren Caverly Gala, Horse Show Awards 770-713-4025 email@example.com
Recording Secretary Joanne Morse Communication 770-313-6283 Joannemorse1@yahoo.com
Corresponding Secretary Peri Lambros 678-372-4105 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Garner Collegiate Programs 404-245-6688
Lori Goodwin Youth Programs 404-226-1770 email@example.com
VP Dressage Erin McCloud Instagram, Kudzu Clinics 404-538-6749 Mcclouderin1@gmail.com
VP Eventing Rebecca Bowman 859-489-8141 Gallop766@aol.com
Julie Shannon Education, Dressage Events 770-569-9555 Julie@shannondale.com
Amanda Moretz Grants 404-435-5823
Treasurer Peter West 762-448-9049
Liz Malloy Youth programs 770-634-4089
Heather Ryfa 770-403-4873 firstname.lastname@example.org
GDCTA COMMITTEES 1)
Nominating – will be decided in April
Grievance – (only if there is a complaint) Erin McCloud and Joanne Morse
Finance – a. b.
Grants – Amanda Moretz
Chair – Caren Caverly Silent Auction – Joanne Morse Barn Raffle – Erin McCloud
Education – Chair – Julie Shannon Clinics – Erin McCloud, Caren Caverly Kudzu – Peri Lambros
Youth – a. b. c. d.
Awards Gala –
a. b. c. 7)
a. b. c.
Chair – Peter West Sponsorship 2020 - Caren Caverly
a. b. c. 6)
Awards – a.
Chair – Joanne Morse, Erin McCloud Schooling or Grassroots – Halliea Milner Recognized – Liz Molloy, Lori Goodwin Collegiate – Amanda Garner
Communication – a. b. c. d. e.
Chair – Joanne Morse Yearbook – Penny Morse, June Brewer Newsletter – Penny Morse, June Brewer Website – June Brewer Social Media – June Brewer, Erin McCloud
Chair – Erin McCloud Recognized – Caren Caverly Schooling – Caren Caverly, Peri Lambros 1. Horse Show Recognition – Chris Hutchings Regionals 2019 1. Chair – Caren Caverly 2. Vendors – Caren Caverly 3. Hospitality – Liz Faso 4. Awards Chair – Peri Lambros 5. Grounds – Peri Lambros Volunteer Coordinator – OPEN – looking for candidates for this position
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In This Issue STORIES
Rural Exposure Bill Woods
9 – Getting the Best Saddle Fit Lacey Halstead
10 – New! USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards 11 – Members Enjoy the Holidays 17 – Election Results Massage Minute with Amanda 19 – Moretz
21 – USDF Convention in Pix 22-27 – In Loving Memory of Pam Kimble With June Brigman
2-3 – Contact Us
6 – Hot Topics
12 – Donors
13 – Calendar
15-16 – Meeting Highlights
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next meeting – Holiday Meet & Mingle Meeting - will take place December 16 at 7:00 PM at Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, GA
GDCTA membership year is December 1st through November 30th each year but you can renew/join now for 2020.
Bring a dish for the potluck! Let Peri Lambros email@example.com know what you are bringing.
CLINICS – Ticket options are shown in the website pages!
Feb 29 Horse Show 101 Symposium http://bit.ly/Horseshow101Symposium
Apr 25-26 Laura Graves http://bit.ly/LauraGraves_tix
Alpharetta Marriott 5750 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, GA Doors open at 5 PM and the DJ will play until at least 11:30 PM
Cash bar reception followed by dinner & award presentation Silent Auction Raffle Baskets Door prizes Cover Contest Raffle Drawing
Join here: http://bit.ly/joinGDCTA 404-538-6749 http://bit.ly/Gala-2020
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Gala Chair: Caren Caverly 770-713-4025
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Silent Auction: Fiona Williams 678-575-8504
GDCTA Instagram: @gdcta @gdctayouth
Barn Baskets: Erin McCloud
charges are seven or seventy. “Does it hurt when the shoes get nailed on?” No. “Is your horse blind?” No, that’s a fly mask. “They eat seeds?” Well, kind of. This much I can handle. I haven’t time, “How many sparkles should I give each of them?” Ever sinceǡǡ to distribute hay by the “flake.” ȋ ǫȌǦǦ Ǥ you’re wearing skis or skates, down here is the place to be. It’s all fun, but it wou weren’t responsible for shepherding our ȀǦ Ǥ ǣǡ supposed to be on the furniture. No, we don’t haul Ǥǡ ǡǡǤ Ǥ Ǥ Ǥ “Keep your shoes on and your fingers out of the horses’ mouths.” Carrots are only fed under supervision and only from flat palms. Don’t stand ǡǡǤ Don’t put your ǦǦͳ ǡͷǦǦ Ǥ
At visit’s end hopefully your city friends have among your animals, or perhaps they’ve resolved parakeet. At worst they’ve learned the horses Ǥ
GDCTA Awards Gala January 25, 2020 Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta 5750 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, GA Riders work hard and compete all season to qualify for the GDCTA Awards. This Gala is a celebration of those efforts as well as an opportunity to mix and mingle with horse friends outside of the barn aisle. The Gala is the biggest annual fundraiser for GDCTA. SILENT AUCTION Donations: Fiona Williams 678-575-8504 BARN BASKETS Donations: Erin McCloud 404-538-6749 UNABLE TO ATTEND? Make arrangements for someone to pick up your award or to have it shipped (via the ticket site).
ǡ ǡȀ Ȁ Ȁ concern over your saddle fit. In any event, you’ve ecided perhaps it’s time to call a saddle fitter. How do ǫ ȋǤǤ Ȍǡ Ǥ yond “does this saddle contour match my horse’s back?”. It requires ǣ ǡ ǡ Ǥ ǣ 1.Your horse’s riding level, history, and training program (including how often he’s ridden, what your riding goals are, and what your projected timeline is for those goals).ǣ ͷǦ ǡ ǡ Ȁ Ǥǡ ǡ ǡ Ǥ 2. The match of the saddle/tree shape for your horse’s conformation overall, and for the shape of his back—both now, and as he develops over time. ǣ Ȁ ǡ Ǥ muscle, most of these horse’s backs will get much — ȋ ȌǤ 3. The match between your anatomy and your saddle.ǣ ǡ Ǥ Ǥ 4. Any physical issues you have that should be considered, and anything you dislike about your saddle.ǣ ǡ contact saddle with a “narrow twist” to compare it Ǥ
5. How long you can expect this saddle to fit your horse, and what the budget and plan is for a future transition, The author’s if needed. OTTB at 3 ǣ years four, it’s unlikely he’ll be fit the same saddle at six, as his body Ǥ ǡ Ǥǡǡ Ǧ ǡ Ǥ ǡ Ǥ 6. How do you and your horse perform in the saddle? ǫ Ǩ Ǥ ȋ adjustment). This is where your rider’s feel and your fitter’s trained eye can evaluate how freely your ǡǡ Ǥ the rules of saddle fit, but those don’t account for a horse’s individual preference, and we must ask him. Ǥ Working actively with your saddle fitter to look at the horse/rider/saddle picture in a holistic way will help ensure the best and longest possible saddle fit for you and your horse. Happy Trails!
Author’s OTTB at 8 years, on her third and final saddle.
Thereâ€™s a new USDF awards program for GMO members (thatâ€™s us!) The USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program will offer regional recognition to USDF Group Members, competing in non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. The program will start on December 1, 2019 and run December 1 through November 30 yearly. Four award divisions, including open, junior/young rider, adult amateur and non-professional will be recognized per region. The open division will offer six levels of recognition (Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth and FEI), with the junior/young rider, adult amateur and non-professional divisions offering an additional seventh level (Introductory). USDF Group Members and non-USEF-licensed/ non-USDF-recognized competitions that would like to participate in the USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program may do so by submitting the applicable application.
GDCTA Schooling Shows will be participating in the new USDF Regional Schooling Show Award program* 2020 Show Season August 1-2 Summer Finals Wills Park, Alpharetta, GA 2021 Show Season October 10-11 Atlanta National Fall Dressage GIHP, Conyers, GA *Our 2020 schooling shows will now be offering the AA Dressage Seat Equitation class in addition to the DSE 13 & under and DE 14 & over classes. And of course, we will continue offer our Lisa Seger Insurance AA Medal classes!
Both show organizers and competitors have to opt into this program.
Full program details and rules can be found on the USDF website: https://www.usdf.org/awards/performance/regional-schooling.asp 10
MEMBERS ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!
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Thank you to the following members for their generous donations Alex M. Adams Leslie Allen Sarah Mitchell Ballou Jessica Beier Caryl Berzack Sue Bibler Fred M. Burdette Meghan Cameron Theresa Campbell Rhonda Cathy Richard Cohn Mary Bess Davis Susan M. Day Leeanna Dick Martine Duff Judith C. Fiorentino Devon Fowler Jean Corbett Fowler Michelle B. Futral Susan Gampfer Caroline Garren Marjolein Geven Pagan Gilman Tamara Gomez Abigail Goodwin
Julie Ballard Haralson Janet Hawkins Emily Hewitt Hannah Hewitt Mark Hook Claire Howard Allisa Huestis Melody Jackson Elizabeth Jones Kay Kendzor Leigh Kent-Scherzer Andrea L. Krakovsky Valerie Levin Elaine McAllister Christi Meyers Heather Moffett Janie Montgomery Carol Morgan Elleene J. Morgan Michaela Mosley Wisti Nelson Chantelle Noble Miriam Offermanns Emma Osmer Janie Pride
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GDCTA EVENT CALENDAR (GDCTA Events are in RED) USEF/USDF/USEA 2020 Show Season May 9-10 Greater ATL Dressage Southern I & II Conyers, GA Aug 29-30 Labor Day Classic I & II Conyers, GA
GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows
Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA email@example.com 706-681-8748
2020 Show Season
Mar 7 Apr 11 May 9 Jun 20 Jul 18 Sep 19
Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA firstname.lastname@example.org 770-892-2117
GDCTA Clinics & Symposiums Feb 29 Horseshow 101 Symposium Conyers, GA Caren Caverly email@example.com
Feb 8 (Sally Crews) Apr 18 (Cynthia Thaxton) Jun 13 (Leslie Olsen) Aug 1 (Bev Bowman) Foxberry Farm Dallas, GA firstname.lastname@example.org 770 318-6330 May 2 Jun 13 Sep 12
April 25-26 Laura Graves Clinic Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com
GDCTA Other Events
GDCTA Alpharetta, GA Caren Caverly CCaverly@comcast.net *Aug 1-2 Summer Finals at Wills Park
Jan 25, 2020 Awards Gala Alpharetta, GA http://bit.ly/Gala-2020
North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA email@example.com
Chair – Caren Caverly CCaverly@comcast.net Silent Auction – Joanne Morse JoanneMorse1@yahoo.com
Mar 14 May 16 Jul 18 Sep 5
Barn Raffle – Erin McCloud McCloudErinL@icloud.com
Caren Caverly GDCTA AWARDS CHAIR – Recognized & Schooling Shows firstname.lastname@example.org 770-713-4025
Silver Thorn Farm Athens, GA email@example.com Dec 15 Winter Wonderland Combined Test & Dressage Show
2021 Show Season GDCTA Conyers, GA Caren Caverly CCaverly@comcast.net *Oct 10-11 Atlanta National Fall Dressage *The GDCTA 2020 Schooling shows in August and October will be participating in the new USDF Regional Schooling Show Award program. Details can be found on the USDF.org website. Also, in those shows we will now be offering the AA Dressage Seat Equitation class in addition to the DSE 13 & under and DE 14 & over classes. And of course, we will continue offer our Lisa Seger Insurance AA Medal classes!
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After some CranialSacral/fascial work on the head, poll, and along the spine that helped to restore the normal balance, can you see how the horses head is much more symmetrical?
The head of a horse can tell is a lot about what is going on in the body. The horse pictured has a tendency under saddle to want to over bend to the left and throw the right shoulder out in front, and behind to swing the left hind in a bit. So tracking to the left is their “harder side” to ride.
And afterwards the horse under saddle was less apt to over flex to the left and throw that right shoulder out. Obviously it will take some time to gain the strength to where this side will feel as good as the right but the horse has the ability now.
Looking at their head pictured on the left; what do you see?
So go look at your horse’s head and see if maybe they are telling you something?
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Do you notice the left nostril and lips are pulled up? Do you see how that eye seems to be held open less and pulled up/back a bit? Can you see the whole left side is compressed up and might lead to issues that extend into the body?
The USDF Convention was held in Savannah this year. GDCTA hosted the Welcome Party and gave a it a Back to the 70s theme to celebrate our 45th Anniversary of being a Group Member Organization of USDF. Fun was had by all!
December 14, 1948 – November 14, 2019 Our hearts are heavy - another friend lost the battle with cancer. Pamela Kimble, age 70, of Oxford passed away November 14, 2019. Pam was a champion of all of God’s four-legged creatures. She was a member of the Good Horseman Foundation, the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, a popular schooling show judge, a USDF L graduate, and a USDF Silver Medalist. She was a loving, kind person who will be greatly missed. Pam Kimble could ride. Even if you didn’t know a thing about dressage, it was easy to appreciate this beautiful woman skillfully commanding a powerful horse. And if you did know something about dressage, you were in awe of her talent. Pam was a gifted rider, teacher, and judge. More important, she was a friend to so many people. When I asked Pam’s friends to share some memories of her, they all remembered her beauty, her spirit, and that smile. I once read a scientific study that found horses respond more positively to people who smile. If Pam’s horses could talk, they’d tell us that they remember her smile too. ~June Brigman
Tuesday was Pam’s day for riding lessons for many years. She would always show up in her fairly new car because she refused to buy tires. I can still see her driving down the dirt road to my barn. She would hop out with a glowing smile ready to go to work. She loved Georgie (as she called him). He’s my favorite she would say. “Now today I want you to have the shoulders of a queen and the hips of a prostitute. No slouching. Carry that beautiful serving tray.” She was always happy unless some political pundit had pissed her off and she might go on a tirade about that for a minute. She was so smart she could not stand it when people did stupid things. Last year in late October, she came to my barn and got out of her car as usual but she was not smiling. She informed me she had come from the doctor that checked her numbers and the cancer number indicators were up. She started crying and I was sure she was probably over reacting and we discussed being positive and immediately continued on with the business at hand of riding horses. Little did I know, this was so much more serious and how I should treasure the few remaining lessons I would have with my great teacher. I never got to say goodbye to Pam because we always thought she would come back to us but she did not. So now I say goodbye to my great friend and teacher. I miss you so much. I’m so grateful you were a part of my life.
Today is a very sad day, saying goodbye to a very special person in my life. I will miss you, Pam Kimble.
Her superhero “I know what to do” attitude! Her sitting in the kitchen in the morning with her coffee and watching Fox News. Let the political discussion ensue! Having “girl” time shopping, getting pedicures, lunching... Watching Game Shows at/after dinner (and feeling smart every time we get one right). LOL Don’t judge. Everyone needs validation. That mischievous look in her eye when she gets an amazing idea! The way you know you can do it (whatever it is), if she tells you. And if you’ve been around Pam, you’ve witnessed it (if not been blessed by it). And that’s another of her superpowers. The sound of her slippers shuffling across the floor in the morning as she greets her subjects (Thistle the Brave, Dan D the Fearless, and Bernie the Jester). Her generosity and huge heart. She takes in stray animals and people.
Pam was my trainer, mentor, friend and therapist. I would go to Morning Glory Farm several days a week after work and we would ride, then feed and clean together. When my own horse was injured she gave me the opportunity to ride quality horses that she rode at much higher levels than me. I learned much more than I would have without the opportunity to ride them. I was nervous at first thinking I'd ruin her good horses, but she never hesitated letting me ride any of them. Being at the barn in the afternoons and on weekends was my therapy. No matter how bad the day had been, I felt better after being with her. Morning Glory Farm was my sanctuary. I had cats, dogs and horses to love on and a good friend to spend time with. We'd talk a lot about riding and it was evident she loved the sport and wanted everyone to love it as much as she did. I will always remember coming out one day after she had come home from her first round of chemo and seeing her out there on a horse riding. It was like she had never missed a beat, she was a natural. We always said she had Pixie Dust on her seat because she rode so beautifully. Those days after treatment when she felt good, she'd come out to ride. With her giant smile, she had a radiance about her. Even without hair, wearing her bandanna under her helmet, she was absolutely beautiful. Anyone could see that that was where she belonged. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know her.
The memory that always made both of us laugh was when I was trying to get my old competition horse to do tempi changes. He was fine for the first one, but when I asked for the second, he kicked out so high that all I could do was turn to Pam in open shock. We looked at each other for a second before Pam bent over and howled with laughter. After a moment, she said, “Well, it looks like he’s made his opinion on tempis VERY clear!”
There was that show at Chateau Elan when Glory took off out of the covered arena up the hill. Pam was as cool as a cucumber and in her sweet, soft voice said, “Heads up everyone” as I dove behind a tree!
Just wanted to share what a wonderful mentor Pam was. She even traveled to Kentucky with me so that she could be there when I got my USDF bronze medal. While in Kentucky, she made arrangements for us to ride JP Giacomini’s stallions and I got to piaffe and passage! She was always so supportive in everything we did and truly believed in everything being the best for the animal whether it was a dog, cat, or horse. She will be missed...
Pam was the best trainer, boss, and one of the most stable friends I’ve had here in Georgia. Even if she didn’t agree on some of my choices, she was always there for me, if I needed her. She was like a mother to me. I strived for her approval with horses and always wanted to make her proud. No matter how long it had been, I could ask if I could work off a lesson because I was poor and she would always let me come and she didn’t treat me any differently. I’m going to miss her telling me in my lessons that she’s going to cut my arms off if I don’t bend my elbows , always screaming, “Damn it Abby, sit the canter, SIT!!!” Pam would force me to go to lunch with her because she thought I was starving. She introduced me to Criminal Minds and sucked me in, how knowledgeable she was about politics and she helped me win arguments. Pam wouldn’t let me say “when I was a kid” because I was still a kid to her and it made her feel old. She promised me she would never let anything happen to my animals when I was scared about their vet bills and she loved my dogs just as much as I did. Her endless love for animals was obvious by how she treated them. We had many good laughs together. It will be so strange to not be able to go to her for questions with horses anymore. There are so many things that just come natural to me now that I learned from her. For example, every time I get on a horse, I do a treat stretch on both sides before we start. There are many ways she will stay with me forever, which I will cherish. She checked on me after my surgery to see how I was doing even when she was in the hospital herself. Little did I know, her stay would end like this. I will never forget the people that were in my life that she tried to warn me about and save me from. Like a mother, she was always right! She was one of the few people who I feel truly wanted to see me succeed. She taught me a lot, not just in riding, but in life. She was an amazing person and I will never forget her. I wish I could have told her how much of an impact she had on my life. I’m sure she is reunited with all the animals that loved her dearly and flying high down the center line. I will miss your bubbly self and smile. I will always appreciate everything you and Steve did for me. You were like a mother to me and I will never forget you. Neither will my animals!
So many years with that great smile. First time I saw her in competition it was what I remembered. All the kindness and love she shared to mine and hers. And her readiness to help when she knew you were in need.
Pam lived near me. I was so grateful to find her when I was ready to get the rust off and find a coach to help me restart my riding. I spent the last few years riding with her. She was smart, funny, and above all, kind. I trusted her with my dear horse, Finley, a talented SWB that needed a slow process to recover his fitness after a prolonged soundness issue. She was patient with both Finley and me and knew how to keep things moving forward without “breaking” either of us. The picture is of Pam riding Finley. We all teased her about her “guns” in this picture. I am sure she was proud of them! I am thankful for the time we had and that we became friends. Outside the arena we had fun being inspired by the riding at WEG and watching the Charlotte Dujardin clinic in the freezing cold! I will always remember her generosity and kindness.
[Can’t believe I’m writing this...... still haven’t wrapped my head around it]
I wanted to share, that when I was at my lowest physically, hurt and emotionally scarred, her kindness and loving nature brought me back from the brink of never riding again. And during that time, when I had nothing to ride - she generously offered her horses. I am riding today because of her.
You were more than a friend. Not only did I get to work with you, I was able to go to horse shows -help and watch you ride. Many wonderful memories that I will never forget. Know you are riding high in heaven on all your wonderful horses. God Bless You.
Just seeing the news and am so saddened. You have been a mentor, teacher, and wonderful friend to so many! I cannot thank you enough for the patience and care you showed Graffi and I as we started our dressage venture. I still use the exercises you shared with me with all the horses I had and have the honor of working with since. An inspiration in the saddle and out, you have been a blessing to us all. Until I see you again sweet lady.
My best tribute to Pam Kimble is from the song “ For Good” from the musical Wicked, “ ………I do believe I have been changed for the better And because I knew you… Because I knew you…. Because I knew you… I have been changed for good.” Pam was compassionate, generous, intelligent, opinionated and kind. She made me a better rider and a better person. A fighter until the end, she will live on through the hearts and minds of all those she touched. I will forever hear in my head when I ride, “A circle has no straight lines.” May we all ride true circles in tribute to you, Pam, dear friend.
Said goodbye to a great friend, person, animal advocate and equestrian colleague who lost her battle with leukemia. Heaven gained another angel .. an angel who’ll ride high with pride and glory on her beloved horses who await her arrival. I Raised a glass of wine, cried, prayed and toasted with mutual great friends in her honor. Pam Kimble you will be missed greatly! Lynda Alicki it was so good to see you again and so glad you could come up for such an occasion. ..... LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE .................it’s just that simple ~
These are the things I’ll remember about Pam: She loved fried clams and always looked like she was ready for a photoshoot. Pam had a prothetic leg made for Tri-star, a three legged dog that she rescued. She taught me, an old fox hunter, to love dressage. And even though we had very different political ideologies, she was my friend. Pam’s boots are in the tack room. Whenever I see them, I think that there’s no one who can fill them. But her spirit lives on in all the two, three, and four legged lives that she’s touched. Pam’s husband, Steve Kimble, is sponsoring a perpetual trophy in her honor at the GDCTA Gala called the Pamela Kimble Memorial Junior/Young Rider Dressage Trophy in honor of all her work mentoring young people in and out of the arena.
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