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Collected Remarks

July/August 2019

Safety and Etiquette Rules Does your saddle fit your horse? Giving back to your sport

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. GDCTA is a Group Member Organization of USDF.


President Caren Caverly Gala, Horse Show, Awards, Sponsors 770-713-4025 ccaverly@comcast.net

VP Eventing Rebecca Bowman 859-489-8141 Gallop766@aol.com

VP Dressage Erin McCloud Instagram, Kudzu Clinics 404-538-6749 Mcclouderin1@gmail.com

Treasurer Peter West 762-448-9049 pwest@radix-consulting.com

Recording Secretary Joanne Morse Eventing Events 770-313-6283 Joannemorse1@yahoo.com

Corresponding Secretary Peri Lambros 678-372-4105 plambros@bellsouth.net

Julie Shannon Education, Dressage Events 770-569-9555 Julie@shannondale.com

Liz Molloy Youth programs 770-634-4089

Amanda Garner Collegiate Programs 404-245-6688




Lori Goodwin Youth Programs 404-226-1770 lori@goodwinfam.org

Amanda Moretz Grants 404-435-5823


Committees Grant Chair Barbara Taylor halleysdq@gmail.com 404-274-4411 Fax 770-727-0146

Membership Chair Mary Lou Freil gdctamembership@gmail.com 770-330-2489

Schooling Show Coordinator and Recognition Chris Hutchings 404-630-9133

Volunteer Coordinator Heidi White heidiann5683@yahoo.com 706-48-6305

Volunteer Appreciation Program Kelley DeLaPerriere kelleydlp@mindspring.com 770-653-7722

Social Media – Website Manager June Brewer horseprint@aol.com 678-677-4404

Newsletter Co-Editor Penny Morse designonpenny@yahoo.com 770-3168655

Newsletter Co-Editor June Brewer horseprint@aol.com 678-677-4404

Sponsorship/Public Relations Co-Chairs Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net 770-713-4025 Dana Clark danadox@aol.com 404-406-4839 Hannah Koehn Hannah.r.koehn@gmail.com 706-525-9541

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The next meeting will take place August 19 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 2019.

All officer positions are open for 2020 as well as 3 board seats. People who are interested in joining the board need to come to board meetings to experience the process before joining the board. Nominating Committee: Julie Shannon and Lori Goodwin

CLINICS - Tickets are on sale now!  Jul 27-28 Anne Gribbons


Join here: http://bit.ly/joinGDCTA


 Aug 3-4: Summer Finals  Aug 31/Sep 1: LDC  Oct 11-13: Championships

Volunteers are a huge part of the success of our horse shows. For more information on our volunteer program, email Heidi White heidiann5683@yahoo.com or sign up www.gdcta.org/volunteer


Convention takes place in December in Savannah, Georgia. GDCTA is the hosting GMO, hosting the Welcome Reception on December 5th. It will have a “Back to the Beginning: 1974” theme. There will be awards offered at the party for best dressed, dancing, etc. www.usdf.org/Convention/

GDCTA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gdcta/ GDCTA Youth Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gdctayouth/ GDCTA Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/gdcta/



Get socialized!

The Equestrian Journal will again donate journals to each of our grant winners. And the winners are . . .

Adult Amateur—Amy Tobias Eventer—Kim Keeton Junior/Young Rider—Maren Hansen Professional—Alison Cochran

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GDCTA Instagram: @gdcta @gdctayouth

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

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR ASSOCIATION? Please take the time to visit the GDCTA website at GDCTA.org and sign up to receive emails about the events that are happening here. The sign up section is located on the top of the home page.

Balancing School and Riding By Caitlyn Bennett There are many wonderful things about July: cookouts on Independence Day, warm days on the beach, and sunshine. It is also the season of choice to compete and ride. But with the end of the month comes the return of school for many young riders. Balancing schoolwork and riding during the school year can be tough, but there are a few things young riders can do to make the load a little easier. With homework almost every night for students, it makes it hard for kids to get out to barn to ride after school.

Managing school and riding is all about managing your time. If you are aware of when you will be busy with equestrian events, then you are capable of allowing for other time to prepare for school deadlines that coincide with horse shows. By having a calendar at your fingertips, you can easily make a study schedule to balance the load and take the pressure off, when able. Next, set aside a day or two of the week to catch up on homework or work on a project early. That is a great strategy because it allows you to get your schoolwork done while also giving yourself and your horse a day off from work. I like to do this when I can, because it makes me feel better about going to ride the next day, and knowing that my schoolwork is already done.

First, put your competition and lesson dates into the calendar on your phone. It is helpful to know when you need to be at the barn or out of town so you can cross examine riding dates with dates that are important for school. For example, if you have a project due the week of a horse show, then you can use your calendar to plan ahead and finish the project early, which allows you to focus on preparing yourself and your horse for the show ahead.

If you cannot set aside a specific day, just try to get done a little earlier one of the days you ride so that you are not staying up late to study. Also, look for ways that you can use your time at the barn to benefit your schoolwork. Take advantage of the knowledge you acquire at the barn to shine in the classroom. If your teacher assigns a project, brainstorm how you can combine schoolwork with working with horses. The possibilities are endless! Lastly, don’t forget to just have fun! It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the burden of school and riding, but don’t let riding just become part of the daily monotony. When you are riding, enjoy it, and worry about schoolwork when you get home. As a high school student and dressage rider, I can attest to the fact that it is hard to stay balanced, but I follow all of these steps to make sure that I get my work done and still compete on the weekends. It is so helpful to be organized and prepared during the week, especially right before a show, because everything just falls into place. Enjoy the ride!

Caitlyn on “Tiger” with her father Chris Bennett


Improper Saddle Fit Can Have Far-Reaching E Does your saddle fit properly?

I invite you to go out to your horse and tie them, standing on a level surface. Next, stand on a stool or bucket five to ten feet behind them. Notice the alignment of the horse’s body. Is one side of the rump higher than the other? How about the back – is one side lower than the other? Next, evaluate the shoulders. Is one bigger or higher? Chances are, you’ve found some differences between one side of your horse and the other. It’s easy to understand why a proper fitting saddle can be difficult to find! Over the past two decades of doing bodywork, I’ve found that 99% of the issues I’ve seen in horses starts with the misalignment of the first rib under the scapula – which is directly under the saddle. This is significant, because the first rib and scapula tie into C7 and T1 in the spine, where the neck (cervical spine) and upper back (thoracic spine) connect. Importantly all the nerves serving the head, foreleg and shoulder blade are in this region. Any blockages here negatively affect the blood supply to the muscles. This can lead to excessive muscle tension (tightness), which in turn can overload the tendons and ligaments of the lower leg. Amazingly, imbalances can be seen in this region even in foals from 7 months old. The misalignment of the first rib can have additional consequences for the horse, including the high/low hoof syndrome that farriers and barefoot trimmers are dealing with. When a horse stands on one low heel and one high heel 24 hours a day, everything above the hoof is shifted out of alignment. Just imagine how you would feel standing on one low heeled shoe and one high heeled shoe all day! Your body would have to adjust to this unevenness in your the shoes. The high/low syndrome also affects the movement of the horse. Issues that can arise include taking the proper canter lead, connecting to only one rein, and heaviness on the forehand. Most

trainers and riders try to train these issues out of the horse by repetitive schooling, to build up socalled weakened muscles. This can result in stressing horse’s psoas muscle, as it tries to compensate for moving heavily on the forehand.


April L areas therap releas The tremendous impact of compensation eventually apy, e ends up affecting the stifle and hock joints, and can Instru also create side bone calcification and ringbone in Certifi the front hooves. While the load-bearing side will be loading and landing properly, it will be lower heeled, For mo bigger hoof. The misaligned first rib side will https:/ typically be a higher heeled, narrower hoof. This is her ww often mislabeled as a club foot, however, it is not the same thing as a horse born with a club foot. The horse’s compensation can create medial and lateral imbalances in the hind hooves as well. When the horse is standing on four hooves that do not match in height, size or shape, you can imagine that the body on top of them will not be able to hold its structural integrity or function efficiently. These cumulative compensations can also lead to imbalanced internal organs, as well as an imbalanced meridian energy system. How do horses misalign their first rib? It’s as easy as running through deep mud in the winter, or a hind foot overreaching and ripping off a front shoe. Also, horses who lean heavily on solid fences to graze the other side usually drop both first ribs, which creates strain on both shoulders. The psoas muscle, due to this strain, has to work harder to pick up the heavy front end. This can also lead to the painful “Kissing Spine” symptoms. A technique that has been very successful in bringing the horse back into balance is Equine Musculoskeletal Unwinding therapy. You can learn this at home, or by attending a clinic. Yoga stretches are also very useful in keeping your horse balanced and supple. Together, these bodywork techniques can add 10+ years to your horse’s rideable life!

Effects on Your Horse!

by April Love

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Love is a global trainer for holistic horse therapies, whose of expertise include Equine Musculoskeletal Unwinding py, Osteopathy for deep myofascial muscular and skeletal ses, Craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, bio-energy therequine kinesiology, acupressure and Reiki. She is a Certified uctor for Quantum Relief for horses and humans, as well as a fied Instructor for Ting Point Therapy.

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have had many people ask me over the past two years why I decided to join the GDCTA board of directors. My answer is always the same. Rebecca made me do it! Of which we all have a good laugh. I am of course referring to my good friend and fellow horse lover extraordinaire Rebecca Bowman. The truth is that Rebecca did approach me during the nomination period and asked me if I would like to run for a position on the board in the upcoming elections back in 2016. It took much thought on my part before I was able to commit to such a responsibility. I, like so many women in our industry, already have a very full plate and was uncertain whether or not I would be able to give the position the time that it deserved. It was then that I gave myself a kick in the rear and told myself that I could dedicate a year to an organization that has given to me. Three years later…. And I’m still here. My work load at the farm has grown exponentially (which is a good thing) and I am finding myself more and more involved in activities and business ventures outside of my regular Monday thru Friday work week. Let’s be honest, as a young professional if we aren’t working 7 days a week then we are missing out on an opportunity that could go to someone else with more drive. I’m at the age that I feel like now is the time to dig in and work hard and drive myself to do more. My current motto in life is “I’ll make it happen!” That has gotten me through some long, busy, and tough days. Sure I find myself questioning my sanity as I embark on yet another work stretch where I go 5, 6, 7 weeks with no day off in sight. During those periods I just remind myself to take advantage of every moment and if I can work in an afternoon off at some point during that stretch then absolutely do it! Or like today when the show gets rained out so I can take the time to write this article that I have been telling myself I will get done for the last two weeks. (I did mop my floors first because they desperately needed it!) So with this busy life that I have evolved into how on earth did I manage to find the time to still give back to GDCTA and stay on the board and be a useful member? The answer to that is quite simple. I made it


Since joining the board, I have evolved from a regular “at large” board member to be the Corresponding Secretary in 2017, and then to the Recording Secretary in 2018. I take the minutes at every meeting and create the Overview that is published in our Collected Remarks Newsletter. Do I sometimes type that overview late at night before crawling in to bed? You bet your butt I do. Have I ever forgotten to do it before the deadline because I got so busy working? Heck yes I did and I want to thank both Penny Morse (my mother) and June Brewer for always kindly reminding me that they need it and being patient with me when life has gotten me overwhelmed and I just plum forgot! I am pretty sure that I get my drive to work hard and give back from my mother. Everyone knows “Miss Penny” who organizes the volunteers at Chatt, keeps all the vendors happy, helps fix any other problems problems that may arise along the way when it comes to getting the horse show organized. Two years ago she created the Southeast Schooling Show Championships to allow competitors that

port that has given so much to me! by Joanne Morse

only get to compete at schooling shows to have a taste of the spotlight that the riders that compete at the recognized shows and go on to compete at Dressage Regionals and the American Eventing Championships feels. If that wasn’t enough, she also created and now organizes and run the Twilight Jumper Shows that take place at Chattahoochee Hills during the summer time on Wednesday night. Cause why would anyone want to have an easy day mid-week!!! I learned a long time ago that life only gets busier as you get older. It also gets more complicated but that’s a story for another day! As my schedule has grown and filled and spilled over I have made a point to keep looking at every day, week, and month as a challenge to get everything done that I have set out to accomplish. Some days are longer than others. Some days are more satisfying than others. I absolutely love my job though and the amazing animals that I get to work with. I love the people that I get to meet…. most of them anyways! I love my life and this amazing sport and the community that came along with it! Giving back to a sport that has given so much to me has been more rewarding than I ever imagined! I love getting to contribute and provide for the community of equestrians that I am blessed to interact with week to week! Being on the board has been a rollercoaster of a ride from the very first meeting. I learned very early on that while there are many ups, there are also downs. Just like in life, there will always be hard decisions that have to be made. At the end of the day you cannot make everyone happy. That was a hard one for me to handle as I am such a people pleaser and I want

everyone to be happy. Topics that I thought the answer would be straight forward and simple I have learned to look at from a different perspective and remember that our goal is always to do what is best for the members as a whole. Some meetings run longer than others. Some nights I don’t get home from a meeting until well past 10pm. I keep going back every month though because I love what GDCTA stands for and I want to see it grow and enrich as many peoples’ lives as possible! I want to see the young rider ride with the clinician that we brought into the state that they would not have gotten to ride with otherwise. I want to see the smiling faces of every person that walks across the stage at our annual awards banquet and receives their year-end award. I want to see that and know that I helped make that happen for them. I helped create a happy memory in one of our members. We all live in a give and take world. If you find yourself wanting to give back to the sport that has given so much to you then don’t hesitate! Volunteer at the show happening next week. Help out at the clinic going on next month. Join the committee that’s enhancing a portion of the club. Put your name on the election ballot to join the board of directors for the New Year. It’s a scary thought I know but you can do it! Shoot! If I can do it then anyone can do it! At the end of the day, if we all give a little then that adds up to a whole lot! How lucky are we to be involved in such a growing industry with such excellent people and such awesome events! I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing everyone out and about with their ponies at all the fun and fabulous events that are on the calendar!!!

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GDCTA EVENT CALENDAR (GDCTA Events are in RED) USEF/USDF/USEA 2019 Show Season Aug 31-Sep 1 Labor Day Classic I & II Conyers, GA Sandy Donovan sandydonovan@gmail.com Oct 11-13 GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships Conyers, GA Sandy Donovan sandydonovan@gmail.com

GDCTA Clinics & Symposiums Jul 27-28 Anne Gribbons Dressage Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com Nov 2-3 A Trainer’s Symposium Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com

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Arena Etiquette and Safety By Susanne Lauda Basic Rules for Show Warmup, Schooling and Lessons:

THE FIRST RULE of the arena should always be courtesy! Remember that everyone has a living animal underneath and not every movement is always under control. Be prepared for the worst and do not get too wrapped up with your own horse not to notice what is happening around you! Do not expect that every rider sees you and remember that it is not impolite to yell if you are getting too close or planning to pass. This will announce your intentions and tell other riders what you plan to do. Try to remember that everyone in the arena is there to enjoy their equine companion and to practice their riding skills, so don't be stubborn. It is not worth fighting over someone's mistake. If a mistake is made, it is better to quietly inform the person of the rules. Common sense must always be used. Be aware of your total environment to avoid collisions. If you are the more experienced rider, always take it upon yourself to stay safe and flow out of harm's way. Show by example so others may learn.

• Always check your stirrup length and tighten your girth if necessary before you mount and ideally before you enter the arena • Never mount or dismount on the track - move to the center or out of the arena • Close the gates while riding in the arena • When entering it is polite to start riding on the same rein (direction) as the majority of the horses in the arena • When entering the arena, be careful not to cut off another rider • Slower gaits take the inside track. Walk on the inside track. The outside track is always given to horses working the faster gait. • The international rule is to pass left shoulder to left shoulder when passing head on (in opposite directions) and look where you are going • Keep one horse's length from any other horse. If you are overtaking traffic in the same direction, pass to the inside with care and plenty of clearance. Better yet, make a large circle back to the inside or cut across the arena to avoid passing • Never pass between the rail and another rider on the track. Always pass on the inside and pass wide • Give right of way - be generous giving right of way even if it is not technically the correct right of way. • When turning, check your "rear view" first.

• Look behind you before stopping suddenly. Halting on the track is always unexpected! • It is never a social time or an opportunity to hold court when in the arena. It is unfair to make your horse stand in a busy, high traffic area while you socialize and it is dangerous to other riders • Announce your intentions telling other riders what you plan to do: "Passing on your left" • Do not circle in front of another rider by cutting them off or pinning them against the wall or another horse • Take care when using your whip. Other horses may react more enthusiastically than your own. Do not use your whip in a manner that frightens or touches other horses. • If your horse kicks, put a red ribbon in its tail. Fractious horses should be removed from the arena immediately. • If you are having difficulty with your horse and must stop, move to the center of the arena out of the way of other riders. • In an emergency “HALT" or “HOLD HARD" may be called out and the whole arena should halt. • If someone falls off and a horse gets loose, all riders should dismount. If you're the closest rider, offer assistance. Help the person catch their horse if it is loose or appoint someone to call for help if there is an injury. • In case of emergency - know where the nearest phone and emergency number and first aid kit are. • Upper level riders need more space to complete movements that MAY frighten inexperienced riders or green horses. Give these riders space.

• Do your schooling in a positive manner - do not school if you are angry • Cue quietly: Voice commands, kissing, smooching to cue your horse should be done quietly and away from other horses to avoid accidentally cueing another's horse. • Perform schooling and warm-up routines with a purpose: do not meander around the arena or park yourself in the riding area • Be polite. Foul language is never tolerated. • No Smoking • No talking on cell phones while riding. If you MUST answer your phone, move to the center of the arena. • No dogs in the arena with horses and riders. • Be aware of the weather conditions and remember that snow sliding from a roof, hard rain or lightening can affect horses, so be extra careful. In stormy weather at night, remember that electrical outages can happen.

Rules specific to the show environment:

Schooling areas at shows are usually overcrowded, so extra care and attention should be given. • Instructors and coaches should help from the sidelines rather than inside the arena • Riders should never stop in the track next to the fence to speak with an instructor or coach • Horses not entered in the competition do not belong in the warm up area during competition hours. If you are schooling only, pick a time to school when there are few horses in the arena. • Horses must wear their bridle number at all times in the arena and on the competition grounds.

• All USEF rules, including tack rules, apply from the time an entry arrives on the show grounds. If you arrive the day prior to a competition, seek permission to ride in the competition arenas. • Remember that warm up arenas are for the competitors preparing for the upcoming tests. Others should give these competitors priority. • Know the dressage arena geometry and understand that the riders follow the test patterns in all levels when they are moving around the arena. The patterns make sense. It's important to think how other riders might be moving in the arena. • Listen carefully to all judges and ring stewards and be aware of the assigned times and uses for each arena. Sometimes the rules are posted and sometimes only declared. • Never lunge your horse in a warm up arena. Only lunge in designated areas and give all horses enough room. Never leave lunge equipment on the ground. Understand the rules for lunging at shows. The equipment you use at home might not be permitted at the competition. • ****Spectators should stand outside the arena, not inside or alongside the track Before you show, be sure to read the extensive Protocol section of the 2005 USDF Directory.

Additional etiquette for lessons: • Know the facility rules for their arenas • If a lesson is in progress, please ask permission of the instructor to enter the ring. If permission is granted, the right of way must be given to the mounted students • Wait until the gate area is clear before opening the gate and entering the arena. Always close the gate behind you. • Always listen to and follow your instructor's directions. Additional riders should listen so they know where the lesson riders are going. It is the responsibility of any additional riders to avoid disrupting the lesson. • Students should always ride on the track (rail) or a circle unless otherwise directed by the instructor or when moving to another open spot.

Always remember that etiquette is a tool for mutual cooperation. All persons at a facility are to remember that the quality of shared space is defined by the example of all who enter it. Polite conversation and a positive flow pattern will avoid many problems.


Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, U.S. Dressage Development Coach

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Anne Gribbons, former USEF Dressage Technical Advisor

LOCAL EQUESTRIAN TO JOIN ELITE CLUB HONORING SENIOR RIDERS AND HORSES GDCTA member Lily Catherine Ford will be inducted into special group of senior dressage riders and horses at the GDCTA-recognized Oxer Farm Schooling Show being held August 24. The ages of Lily and her horse, Tardy’s Elegant Lady, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation's Century Club.

Oxer Farm is located at 6940 Kenimer Road in Clermont, Georgia. Please visit their website for full details www.oxerfarm.com.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Lily is 74 years old and Tardy’s Elegant Lady is 27. In addition to having ages totaling 100 or more, horse and rider perform a dressage test of any level and are scored by a dressage judge. The Dressage Foundation provides a Century Club ribbon and wall plaque to each horse and rider team. Local dressage clubs, family and friends help to make the ride into a celebratory event.

For more information about The Dressage Foundation or the Century Club, please contact Jenny Johnson, Executive Director at (402) 434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org. The Dressage Foundation The Dressage Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels. For more information, please visit www.dressagefoundation.org.

The Century Club was formed at The Dressage Foundation in 1996, at the suggestion of noted dressage judge and instructor, Dr. Max Gahwyler. The intent was to encourage older dressage riders to remain active in the sport. Since that time, the Century Club has grown into a meaningful and popular endeavor with more than 370 members nationwide.

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Anne Gribbons Dressage Clinic July 27-28 Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, GA

It is a special treat to have this world-class rider, trainer, coach with us again! Accessible to all levels. Auditors encouraged to attend. Tickets: http://bit.ly/Anne_Gribbons_2019

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GDCTA would like to congratulate the following Youth Members who have Declared, Qualified and Made the Teams to go to the North American Youth Championships as follows:


Representing Area III for the 3* Team: William Kidwell riding Tremolo Representing Area III for the 2* Team: Claire Horward riding Euro Star, Hanna Grace Johnson riding Urlanmore Beauty, and Paige Thorson riding Fernhill Stateside


Riding for the Junior Team in Region 3: Isabelle Braden riding Dali de la Ferma Rose Riding for the Young Rider Team in Region 3: Marlene Syribeys riding Hollywood

We look forward to following your amazing stories on social media. Make GDCTA Proud!

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Youth Volunteer of the Year – nominations must be submitted by August 31 www.usdf.org/docs/awards/service/USDFYouthVolunteerOfTheYear.pdf Youth Convention Scholarship – applications must be received by August 31 www.usdf.org/docs/awards/other-awards/scholarship/USDFYouthConventionScholarshipApplication.pdf USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award – applications are due to USDF by September 5 www.usef.org/forms-pubs/dG-Y2_JiOjE/2/youth-sportsmans-award-application

Ms. Liz Molloy - (770) 634-4089 GDCTA Youth Chair www.gdcta.org/youth-programs-ia6b2

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Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Regular Meeting Minutes Overview June 17, 2019 

President Caren Caverly called the regular meeting of the GDCTA to order on June 17, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Shannondale Farm, 2395 Birmingham Rd, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004. Recording Secretary, Joanne Morse, performed roll call. A quorum of the board consisting of Caren Caverly, Peri Lambros, Erin McCloud, Liz Molloy, Joanne Morse, Amanda Garner, Lori Goodwin, Amanda Moretz, Susan Collins, and Peter West were present. The minutes of the regular meeting for May 20, 2019 were sent and approved as corrected.  Rebecca Bowman was unable to be present but was called in and able to listen on speaker phone and vote on matters.  As Julie Shannon was unable to attend, she emailed Caren a proxy allowing Peri Lambros to vote on her behalf. Treasurer’s Report: Peter West, May showed a profit for the month from memberships and the May Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern dressage show.

Committee Reports  Gala Chairperson, Caren Caverly, Looking into new ideas for prizes for Gala. There was discussion on contacting Wilsun to see what he might have by way of prize options. Going to look into that and discuss at the next meeting.  Horse Show Recognition Chairperson, Chris Hutchings –21 shows left for the year. 50 have taken place so far this year.  Youth Chairperson, Liz Malloy, Jenny Caras fall clinic. NAYC Youth riders could end up being GDCTA members. After team members are confirmed then sponsorships to go to Championships will be discussed.  USDF Convention – Discussed the schedule for the week and which board members can attend which days so that hotel rooms can be reserved.  Old Business: Had such a great response for grants after saying that it was going away. Caren made a motion that we continue the grants pending the continuation of positive

response. Motion seconded. Discussion followed. Motion approved with a unanimous decision. Amanda Moretz suggested that we interview grant recipients for an article with a questionnaire. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:02 PM. Next meeting is August 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, Georgia. See you there!


Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Topic Overview 

Our long-time show manager Sandy Donovan will be retiring after this year which brought up the question as to who will be the new show manager for the GDCTA USDF Dressage Shows starting in the year 2020.

May Meeting 

President Caren Caverly submitted her application to be considered by the board for the position as she holds the required certifications to do the job. Caren stepped out of the room so that the board could discuss. A motion was made to hire Caren for 2020. Motion was seconded. Discussion followed.  A decision was made to open the position up to the public to submit applications as well. Deadline for submission will be 30 days from the date that it is published.  Motion tabled until next meeting.  A second motion was made to allow Peter to publish the RFQ, written as he deems appropriate, without getting approval from the board to help streamline the process. Motion seconded. Motion approved.

July Conference Call Meeting 

June Meeting 

Peter West reached out to a lawyer to discuss the legal aspects of considering the President for the show manager position. Caren Caverly was not present in the room for these discussions.  The lawyer advised that there was a conflict of interest to be considered. Peter presented to the board a written document that he had typed up to explain the details of what that particular lawyer said concerning the conflict of interest. This included any legal and financial complications that could arise. This was considered by the board and discussion followed on the pros and cons of all possible outcomes. A motion was made that the President/Officers should not be able to hold the position of show manager due to conflict of interest. A regular board member can hold that position and be a

show manager. The motion seconded. Discussion followed.  After much more lengthy discussion, a final vote was taken on the earlier motion and was passed with a unanimous decision. An RFQ was shared with the board and platforms to publish the RFQ were discussed.  A motion was made that we use the USEF/USDF platform to send the RFQ out along with the website. Motion was seconded. Discussion followed and the motion was approved. Several board members expressed their wishes to change their vote within 48 hours of the meeting. The records showed that the motion still passed but with a 7-4 split instead of being a unanimous decision. A motion was made to rescind the motion from the June meeting concerning the show manager position. Motion was seconded. All voting will be done in a roll call fashion to ensure accuracy. Motion approved.  Discussion concerning the June motion topic followed. A motion was made that any board member can be a show manager with board approval as long as they recuse themselves from any show related decisions. There will be a show committee*** and protocol that will be written that will have to be followed. Motion seconded. Discussion followed.  Motion passed with a 7-4 vote.

***The Show Manager will answer to the show committee. Full meeting minutes are available upon request to all GDCTA members after they have been approved by the board.


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A written response to all applications will be made on or before August 15, 2019 The selected candidate will be contacted before announcement on August 16, 2019

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Viva Las Vagus…wait, WHAT?!

Part One of Three Part Series By Melanie Grubb-Miller

Now that I have your attention and you have an Elvis earworm, let’s talk about the Vagus nerve response in horses, and for that matter, in humans. It applies to both. We humans can “hack” the Vagal nerve response, to settle ourselves before competitions, or lessons. How? With the breath! More on that later.

GDCTA would like to Congratulate the 2019 Training Grants winners!

It’s my understanding that the neurological system is divided into central and peripheral areas. The brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System. There are 12 cranial nerves that originate in the brainstem to innervate the organs of sight, smell, and hearing, the muscles of swallowing and mastication, the tongue, sensation of the face, and use of the eye and facial muscles. Abnormalities of these nerves will produce changes in head carriage, balance, eye position, ear and eyelid tone and position, vision, smell, hearing, chewing, and swallowing food. The 10th cranial nerve, the Vagus nerve, also affects cardiac function, respiratory function, and GI motility.

Thanks to all of you for submitting applications for the GDCTA Grant Program. We hope all of you will continue to pursue your training and equestrian goals and If you didn’t get chosen this year, please apply again next year! We will be offering Training Grants again next year!

See the image on the next page, and follow the path of this nerve, that can create some of the mystery symptoms.

Our 2019 recipients: Adult Amateur—Amy Tobias

Dorsal vagal complex: The DVC is thought to be the most primitive branch of the parasympathetic nervous system and is responsible for immobilization. This response to potential dangers, shock, overwhelm, a stallion grasping the mare, upon mating, or even, ill-fitting tack.

Eventer—Kim Keeton Junior/Young Rider—Maren Hansen

The DVC is responsible for what is most commonly referred to as the freeze response (immobility), but also is involved in collapsed immobility, fainting, and feigning death. Fragmentation (dissociation) is also common when horses are dominated by the DVC, as in “if I can’t get my body to safety, then I’ll just leave my body.” Have you ever had a horse, whereupon, you tighten the girth, they nearly collapse? Or when you clean the hoof, they go down on that knee, as if they cannot hold them themselves upright? Perhaps, you

Professional—Alison Cochran To learn more, visit www.gdcta.org/training-grants


just cannot get to the root of why your horse has begun to shut down. Could be that the DNS is being affected. This is common in OTTB horses. I have a theory it could be due to the way they are girthed up at the track, that clean and jerk motion, a pinching girth, along with all the nervous energy of the impending race. But, as I said, it is just a theory. I have firsthand experience with this, from an OTTB I once owned. Poor dear boy would nearly faint, upon tightening his girth. When he was frightened, he would literally freeze, all the while, I could feel his heart pumping like a drum, in my calves. What can you do to relieve these symptoms? For starters, talk to your vet about your suspicions, and get feedback from him or her, to rule out any other possible medical issues or abnormalities. Check your tack. Bridle fit is it affecting the fascial nerves by

pressing on the fascial crest, or the zygomatic bone, at the intersection of the noseband. Is your browband too tight? That tension can affect the innervation in the temporal bone. Just to name a couple of possible points to check. We can do many things to help these types of symptoms in our beloved partners, but first, we must educate ourselves, and be the strongest advocate for our horses. To say, “Well, that is just how he is, he hates the girth/saddle/bridle/being ridden!� NO. Horses talk to us with their bodies, PAY ATTENTION! In part two, I will discuss the Sympathetic nervous system, to better understand the mysterious language of the horse.




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