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Collected Remarks

September 2019

GDCTA Members bring home the BLUE! A rundown of the results of the 2019 American Eventing Championships in Kentucky.

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 ccaverly@comcast.net

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

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

Amanda Garner Collegiate Programs 404-245-6688

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


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 ryfa.heather@gmail.com


Nominating – Julie Shannon, Lori Goodwin


Grievance – (only if there is a complaint) Erin McCloud and Rebecca Bowman


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 2019 - Dana Clark, Caren Caverly

a. b. c. 6)

Show –

Awards – a.



Chair – Rebecca Bowman, 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 – Sandy Donovan, Liz Faso 4. Awards Chair – Caren Caverly 5. Grounds – Peri Lambros Volunteer Coordinator – Caren Caverly

In This Issue STORIES

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11,38 –

12-13, 29 – 15 –

CHIO Aachen Emma Sevriens

Viva Las Vagus…wait, WHAT?! Part Two of Three Part Series

Melanie Grubb-Miller


Joanne Morse

Horse Binging Brooke Taylor

Labor Day Classic I & II Lisa 16-17 – Seger Insurance High Points Winners

23 – Age is Just a Number 27, 38 – Massage Minute Amanda Moretz

30-36 – Region 3 Championships Guide


2-3 – Contact Us

6 – Hot Topics

7 – President’s Message

18 – Donors

19 – Calendar

23 – Youth Corner

24-25 – Meeting Highlights


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The next meeting will take place September 16 at 7:00 PM at Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, GA

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.

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!


GDCTA membership year is December 1st through November 30th each year but you can renew/join now for 2019. Join here: http://bit.ly/joinGDCTA



 Nov 2-3 A Trainer’s Symposium http://bit.ly/trainerssymposium2019

 Nov 9 Learn to Scribe https://www.gdcta.org/scribe-clinic

Get socialized!

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


 Sep 14-15 Jeremy Steinberg

 Sep 21 Jenny Caras



 Oct 11-13: Championships

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

Volunteers are a huge part of the success of our horse shows. For more information on our volunteer program, email Caren Caverly ccaverly@xomcast.net or sign up www.gdcta.org/volunteer


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.

It’s GDCTA Membership Renewal Time!

We Want You Back!

We have planned another great year full of education, awards, and new possibilities to grow our sports of dressage and combined training. We’ve gone paperless with the newsletter, allowing for more content, member photos, and educational articles to be better distributed over social networks. We are currently planning our next annual keepsake yearbook with all our award winners’ photos featured, clinic and show articles, as well as featured sponsors and advertiser offers. GDCTA membership year is December 1st through November 30th each year, but those who renew now are members for the remaining time of 2019 and 2020. We really strive to improve our member involvement and welcome any new ideas you have. Please join and participate! Our members are the backbone of our organization. We need YOU to support Georgia Dressage and Combined Training! We are YOUR equestrian organization! We are able to accomplish much more with the help of members’ contributions of time, participation, and donations. Having done away with the paperwork for awards program participants, it’s more important than ever before that you select the correct awards program box(es) on the membership form, if you wish to participate. Only members who have checked the box(es) will have their scores recorded. We have several programs you can participate in: Schooling Show Awards Program, USDF/USEF/USEA Recognized Awards Program, Special Needs Awards/Para. Check the website often for your Schooling Show rider standings! USEF award participants will not see their standings on our website. Those scores come from the organizations digitally in October and the standings will be posted around November 1st. For detailed information about activities, Kudzu Klinics, schooling shows, and numerous other events, please check out the calendar in the Collected Remarks newsletter, on the website www.gdcta.org and on Facebook. We are grateful for your membership! Sincerely,

Caren Caverly

President, GDCTA 770-713-4025 ccaverly@comcast.net

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A Trainer’s Symposium  

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Professionals interested in riding should contact Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com / 770-317-3336


has to be done in between rides as you will not be let in while a ride is going on. Thanks to our chaperones, Reese Koffler Stanfield and Bill McMullin, we were able to meet with numerous trainers, judges, and other professionals. A summary of what I learned from five-star judges Janet Foy, Magnus Ringmark, Maria Colliander, and Elke Ebert:  Judges get nervous too. Janet Foy told us that it is easy to become intimidated when judging at an event like Aachen, but you have to trust your training and not get caught up in what someone else is doing or what people will think.  The best rides to judge have harmony. When everything is perfect, these are the rides that give goosebumps.  The walk can make or break the ride.

By Emma Sevriens Thanks to the Dressage Foundation, I was selected along with young riders Bridgid Brown, Raissa Chunko, and Sophia Chavonelle to experience CHIO Aachen 2019 through the Young Rider International Dream Program. While I knew that Aachen was one of the best shows in the world, I had no idea that I was going to learn and experience as much as I did. The horse show at Aachen has been around since the 1920s, therefore, it is a large part of this city’s culture. As a way to support the equestrian event, all of the local bakeries in the city had “CHIO Aachen” cookies!

The show grounds were packed with local spectators. There are many people there who do not have anything to do with horses; the public is much more involved in the equestrian community than the public is in the U.S. Another thing that is very special about CHIO Aachen is the immense amount of knowledge in the stands. This very different from what we have here in America. In Wellington for instance, the general admission stands are fairly empty and the VIP tent is full of chatter. It is more of a social gathering than it is about watching dressage. At Aachen, the stands are full, they are quiet, and they know exactly what it is they are watching. If a rider makes a mistake, the crowd sighs with disappointment. If a judge rewards a movement with a 9 or 10 on the scoreboard, the crowd mumbles with satisfaction. Additionally, if a spectator wants to enter the stands, it

With Janet Foy We were able to meet with so many riders and trainers throughout the week, including Carl Hester, Juan Matute Jr., Steffen Peters, and Adrienne Lyle. They shared with us some tips on how they deal with the stress of competing at the top levels, what it is like to compete at Aachen, how to work yourself up through the levels, and maintaining a horse throughout the stress of competing at this level.  Carl Hester and Juan Matute Jr. both emphasized the importance of staying positive and working with what you have. There is always going to be someone with a better horse. You have to be able to ride the horse you have. As riders, we need to learn how to create 9

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Viva Las Vagus…wait, WHAT?!

mobilize the energy required to meet the demands of a situation and are re-engaged when the stressor has passed once more. The nervous system was thought to respond and calibrate moment to moment like this on a regular basis. A common expression from this model is “you can’t be stressed and relaxed at the same time”, meaning that finding balance involves coming out of a stress response and into a relaxation response. Some who hold this view, both in the human trauma field and the horse training field, sometimes interpret any signs of stress as being negative and evidence of distress, pain or confusion, and encourage avoiding things that increase stress, prioritizing down-regulation as desired and ideal. While this is not entirely untrue, it nonetheless, is based on a limited understanding of stressors, disregards how stress can be useful and how

Part Two of a Three-Part Series By Melanie Grubb-Miller Last article I discussed the vagus nerve response, and how that will affect a horse, this time it is all about the SNS, or Sympathetic Nervous System Before discussing the polyvagal theory and why it is foundational in understanding trauma recovery, it is worth looking back at our understanding of the nervous system as it stood until recently. Traditionally, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been taught as having two distinct branches – the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This two-branch model has become mainstream, and is still used by therapists, coaches, riding instructors, equine behaviorists and other horse professionals. This perspective of the nervous system talks about sympathetic arousal, commonly known as the stress response, or the body’s “gas pedal”, which involves the body’s ability to generate energy in order to meet the physiological or emotional demands of a situation. The BIG Spook!

excessive use of the parasympathetic nervous system can also be damaging. It also does not take into consideration the role of the vagus nerve in arousal modulation, relationships, and health issues.

The SNS does not only refer to negative stressors that are more on the unpleasant end of the spectrum, fight or flight for example. But also more pleasant experiences of arousal, i.e., playing with pasture mates, feed time, grooming, etc. Sympathetic arousal is also involved in eustress. It is important to note that everyone experiences stressors differently; what is pleasant for one may be unpleasant for another.

Neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Porges has conducted groundbreaking work on understanding the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in mammals. He proposed that the ANS has three branches as opposed to two. Rather than one branch being on while the other was off, the three branches act more like dials, each on to varying degrees at the same time, and responding in a hierarchical manner in response to changing environmental conditions, moderated by the vagus nerve. This is much less complicated than it sounds. See, there’s that ever important vagus nerve again.

Benson, Beary and Carol (1974) coined the term “relaxation response” to refer to the parasympathetic deactivation process that supports the organism to return to a resting state following exertion or putting on the brakes. The brakes are released again in response to stress, danger or threat so that the SNS can kick in and


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GDCTA Riders Bring Home the Blue!!! Kaitlyn Brittendall

The 2019 American Eventing Championships have come to a close and wow what a week our riders here in Georgia had! Taking place in the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, this was a dream come true event for many of the riders participating. From riding into the well-known Head of the Lake on cross country to walking down the ramp into the Rolex Stadium, how could every rider not feel like a champion no matter where they were in the standings! GDCTA was proud to be cheering on 48 of our members from home! As the official score stalker, I took my job very seriously and at times was on pins and needles waiting on those finals rounds to update so that I could see Final Scores! GDCTA would like to start by saying a huge “Job well done” to all of our members that went and competed! Whether you had the ending that you were hoping for or not we can all appreciate the hard work that it took just to get there!

That right there, means that you all deserve a huge pat on the back! There are some though that the Equestrian Gods blessed and they had stellar finishes that I am excited to give a little extra recognition too! With FOUR First place finishes and 18 Top 10 finishes it became clear that the members of GDCTA went to Kentucky to dominate! I would like to start by saying that GDCTA had a member entered in every single division except the Adequan USEA Advanced Final. That is 22 out of 23 divisions that GDCTA was represented! Super impressive!!! Starting us off with our first big win of the weekend was Kaitlyn Brittendall on her lovely mare Blyth’s Madeline GS in the Novice Amateur Championship division. I remember when Kaitlyn got this mare and my first thought is that she is LOVELY! No surprise to see them in 1st place after dressage and to hold that position over the next two phases. We could all tell that this win had more meaning to Kaitlyn as she has just put Maddie up for sale and this was their last official show together. Way to go out with a bang! Our next big winner for the weekend was Lily Barlow on Big Bear’s Cepheus owned by Werner Geven in the Beginner Novice Amateur Championship Division! Lily started off the event in Second place after dressage but a clean show jumping round moved them right up into First place to take the win! I have seen Lily recently at several dressage shows and she is a lovely rider. I was not surprised to see her in a top placing after dressage. A great finish to the season for this pair as Lily prepares


By Joanne Morse

to hand Peter’s reins over to Tessa Geven for next year. Lily Barlow

Right behind Lily was Tessa Geven on her adorable pony Tullymor’s Houdini owned by Werner Geven in the beginner Novice Junior 14 & Under Championship Division! At only 11 years old this young lady is just oozing raw talent which comes as no surprise when you look at the successes of her parents who have thrived at the top in the Eventing and Dressage World! It was a tight race to the finish with Tessa starting out just .6 points behind the leader after dressage but a clean show jumping round found her moving into the First-place position and clinching the win! This is Tessa’s last year showing Samson and it was heartwarming to see them finish this season on such a high! “Honestly our goal was to finish. We love both Peter and Samson, whether they win or lose. Both riders and horses have worked

hard all year and have had their ups and downs like everyone else. It’s like a dream to come home with two AEC Champions!” says Marjolein Geven on the success of their two pairs competing. Tessa Geven

Our final big winner for the weekend was Carla Jimmerson on her very own Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau in the Beginner Novice Master Amateur Championship division! Carla and Carlin have been regular faces that we see at the local events here in Georgia and you can tell that those two have special bond and have a great time out there together! After taking a step back from the sport to regroup and then not only qualify for AEC’s but to lead their division from start to finish was a huge achievement for this pair! Well done guys! I can’t wait to see what you two do next!

Carla Jimmerson

While there is no feeling like winning an event of this magnitude there were many top 10 finishes that are just as worthy of mention! • Diane Smith – 10th place on Have a Little Faith in the Beginner Novice Rider Championship

• Maren Hanson – 9th place on In My Feelings in the Beginner Novice Junior Under & Under Championship • Ainsley Jacobs – 7th place on JJ Spot in the Beginner Novice Amateur Championship

• Kristen Wilson – 9th place on FGF Wonderwall in the Beginner Novice Amateur Championship

• Marian Bickers – 10th place on CSE Weymore in the Beginner Novice Horse Championship

• Lydia Anderson – 2nd place on Russell’s Reserve in the Novice Rider Championship

• Jenny Brinkley – 7th place on Markham’s Moontide in the Novice Junior Championship

• Gracelyn Mogelnicki – 8th place on Dee Ron in the Novice Junior 15 & Under Championship

• Breeana Robinette – 5th place on Velvet Brown in the Novice Junior 15 & Under Championship

• Sara Blackwell – 8th place on Brig’s Swift Arrival in the Novice Horse Championship

• Devon Tresan – 8th place on Killiney Hill in the Training Junior Championship

• Grace Montgomery – 7th place on Quicky de Barbereau in the Open Modified/Training Championship

• Lauren Turner – 10th place on Fairway King in the Preliminary Rider Championship

• Leila Saxe – 6th place on Mr. Bojangles and 8th place on Quasar in the Preliminary Junior/Young Rider Championship

• Wisti Nelson – 10th place on Mr. Barron in the Preliminary Amateur Championship • Ivie Cullen-Dean – 10th place on Fernhill Full Throttle in the Open Intermediate Even if you didn’t finish in the top 10 then know that just qualifying to go makes you a winner already in our eyes! So proud of how everyone finished and here are the final results for all of the GDCTA members!

Beginner Novice • Billy Jackson – 29th on Ralph Lauren • Erin Buckner – 48th on Picassi • Josephine Irish – 24th on Right Ben • Kloie Hicks – 23rd on Sugar Rush


• Maggie Shuman – 32nd on Mr. Smarty Pants • Merrell Waggoner – 14th on Beauchamp de Noelle • Lilli Wichert – 17th on Fernhill Tito

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By Brooke Taylor

When you finally come around to the idea of kicking out a large (or in my case paltry, but feels large) sum of money on a 4-legged beast who does its absolute best to die on a daily basis, it can be exciting. It can also be terrifying. Generally, I would assume it’s a healthy mix of the two but as an adult who has had a significant riding accident, I lean more towards the feelings of absolute terror.

The exciting part of horse shopping is seeing all of the beautiful Facebook ads and imagining yourself sitting on that new prospect in your inbox, falling madly in love, fearlessly stroking a check and taking your new friend home. The terrifying part is waking up on the actual day you are trying horses and realizing that not only do you not know these horses, you don’t trust them. You must rely solely on someone else’s description of the animal you are about to point at solid object and hope for the best. And, somehow, you have to make yourself repeat this torture generally a minimum of 5 times in a given day. More if you have a few days of horse shopping scheduled.

This middle-aged amateur would rather binge White Claw than horses if given a choice. However, as the saying goes – “The only way out is through!” If you’re lucky, like me, you will be working with an amazing trainer who can help filter the horses for you. Somewhere in the haystack is that needle and enlisting a trained professional is paramount to finding it.

A trainer can help you de-code that glowing description with precise accuracy. Great prospect? Too green for you. Prefers a confident rider? Probably not going to work when you occasionally freeze and forget how to jump. Ridden by a junior rider? Junior riders have no fear – you are not a junior rider. On a scale of 1-10 in temperament, we are looking for a 1. Or maybe a 3, but definitely nothing over a 5.

Once you have whittled this list down and scheduled your appointments I abide by, what I like to call, the mostly idiot-proof method. First, ask the owner/trainer/rider to ride the horse so you can see how it goes. Second, have your trainer get on and determine if the description was a truth or a lie. When your trainer has given you the greenlight to mount up then you can proceed to climb aboard and hope you don’t embarrass either of you. This is not to say, of course, that things will go perfectly; they may not. That is why this is the mostly idiot proof method, not the completely infallible idiot proof method.

Once mounted, I like to play with a few of the buttons but primarily the stop and go buttons. How much gas do I have and is there a braking system in place? Once you’ve determined that, I can feel somewhat confident in beginning some basic flat work. If the flat work is ok and feels under control, then I will consider a jump. The one thing that has been hardest for me in horse shopping is balancing on the fine line of pushing myself to try things on a new horse and holding myself back. Am I holding back due to fear or for a valid reason? This is when it also comes in handy to have a ground crew who knows you well enough to call you out when you are being chicken, but also listens to you when your concerns are real. In all likelihood you will be repeating the process for a while until you find your unicorn, so it’s really best to get comfortable being uncomfortable. But if binging horses isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t blame you for sitting on your porch with a six-pack instead.

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Thank you to the following members for their generous donations Alex M. Adams Leslie Allen Sarah Mitchell Ballou Jessica Beier Lori L. Bell Caryl Berzack Samantha Bielawski Kayla Born Erin Braden Mary Charlotte Bryant Fred M. Burdette Susan Burns Meghan Cameron Theresa Campbell Rhonda Cathy Julie Cochran Richard Cohn Emily Copeland Sophia Cox Claire Davis Mary Bess Davis Susan M. Day Leeanna Dick Abbey Dondanville Ashley Dowdy Lily Grace Draper Martine Duff Tawn Edwards Liesel Fazekas Judith C. Fiorentino Paula Fisher Devon Fowler Jean Corbett Fowler Michelle B. Futral Susan Gampfer Caroline Garren Linden H. Gaspar Jeri L. Geary Pagan Gilman Abigail Goodwin Mary Carol Harsch

Kathy Hedgepeth Emily Hewitt Hannah Hewitt Cynthia Hollis Diana Hollis Sophia Holloway Mark Hook Claire Howard Allisa Huestis Christa Welch Hutchings Melody Jackson Mikensey Johansen Elizabeth Jones Kay Kendzor Leigh Kent-Scherzer Rebecca Kestle, DVM Andrea L. Krakovsky Anabelle Kurtz Susanne Lauda Eleanor Lawson Valerie Levin Erin Lea McCloud Jennifer Melcher, DVM Anne Margaret Meyers Christi Meyers Lisette Milner Naida-Ann M. Mirza Grace Montgomery Janie Montgomery Carol Morgan Elleene J. Morgan Dawn Mortimer Michaela Mosley Kimberly Murray Wisti Nelson Beth Nielsen Chantelle Noble Miriam Offermanns Leslie O’Neal-Olsen Emma Osmer Mary Ann Parker Marlene Perez


Janie Pride Robin G. Puryear Margaret Putnal Shelley Rahiya Sophie Redmon Gillian Robinson Aubrey Sabatino Judith Sawall Leila Saxe Holly Scherzer Sarah Serban Katie Sisk Kelly Reed Slack Betty G. Smith Kimberly Schisler Sosebee Lisa Speed Holly Spencer Susan Stern Helena Stokes Elizabeth Syribeys Marline Syribeys Barbara Taylor Brad Thatcher Alethea Tinkle Claudia Tomaselli Karen Trout Mireille van Haren-Poeisz Marie Vonderheyden Sylvia Wade Chandilyn Wicker India Wilkinson Cheryl Williams Lindsay Wilson Virginia Woodcock Lauren Wright Hadiya Yarbou

GDCTA EVENT CALENDAR (GDCTA Events are in RED) USEF/USDF/USEA 2019 Show Season Oct 11-13 GAIG/USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships Conyers, GA Sandy Donovan sandydonovan@gmail.com

GDCTA Clinics & Symposiums Sep 14-15 Jeremy Steinberg Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com Sep 21 Jenny Caras Cartersville, GA Anna Stooksbury Annstooksbury@bellsouth.net Nov 2-3 A Trainer’s Symposium Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com

GDCTA Other Events Jan 25, 2020 Awards Gala Alpharetta, GA Caren Caverly ccaverly@comcast.net

Caren Caverly GDCTA AWARDS CHAIR – Recognized & Schooling Shows ccaverly@comcast.net / 770-713-4025

GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows


2019 Show Season Sep 14 Foxberry Farm 3-Phase Dallas, GA Kim Abernathy kimfoxberry@gmail.com Sep 14 LEAF Gainesville, GA Dana Ferguson allfergs2@yahoo.com Sep 21 Oxer Farm Clermont, GA Sandra Carnet scarnet@carnetstudio.com Sep 21 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA Launa DesPorts Launa@poplarplacefarm.com Sep 28-29 Southeast Schooling Show Championships Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA Hugh Lochore info@chatthillseventing.com

2020 Show Season Oct 12 Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA Hugh Lochore info@chatthillseventing.com Oct 19 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA Launa DesPorts Launa@poplarplacefarm.com

Oct 20 North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA Rebecca Bowman gallop766@aol.com Oct 26 LEAF Gainesville, GA Dana Ferguson allfergs2@yahoo.com Oct 26 AYDC GIHP Conyers, GA Liz Molloy missliz@taramiaridingschool.com Nov 2 Full Circle Horse Park 5555 Wolf Creek Rd Pell City, AL Janice Ballard Janice@fullcirclehorsepark.com Nov 9 Dressage at BellaRose Woodstock, GA Miriam Offermanns miriam@milym.com Nov 16 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA Launa DesPorts Launa@poplarplacefarm.com Dec 7 Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA Hugh Lochore info@chatthillseventing.com Dec 15 Winter Wonderland Combined Test & Dressage Show Athens, GA Caroline Marlett silverthornfarm@gmail.com

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~ The most recent GDCTA member to join The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club rode her Century Ride at Oxer Farm on August 24. Our congratulations to Lily Catherine Ford (age 74) on Tardy’s Elegant Lady (age 27).

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a test of any level at a show (schooling or recognized) or event, and are scored by a dressage judge or professional. Western Dressage riders are also welcome to join the Century Club. Formed in 1996 to recognize the accomplishment of senior riders and horses that were still competing together The Century Club now has honored nearly 400 rider/horse pairs.

Susanne Lauda presenting the Black and Gold Century Club Ribbon to the pair after their Introductory B Ride, for which they earned an admirable 62.813.

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Regular Meeting Minutes Overview August 19, 2019 

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President Caren Caverly called the regular meeting of the GDCTA to order on August 19, 2019, at 7:00 pm at Shannondale Farm, 2395 Birmingham Rd, Alpharetta, GA 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, and Peter West were present. Also in attendance was Heather Ryfa. The minutes of the regular meeting for June 17, 2019, and the emergency meeting minutes for July 1, 2019, were previously emailed to the board. Julie Shannon made a motion to approve the June minutes and Peri Lambros seconded. Minutes approved. Peri Lambros made a motion to approve July minutes, Julie Shannon seconded. Minutes approved. Caren Caverly abstained from voting on July minutes. Treasurer’s Report: Peter West, Peter provided financial statements for June and July. June showed a loss. July also showed a loss with the expense of the yearbook and the grants. This was expected. Financial reports were provided on the three clinics that took place. Schooling show generated a profit. Website Chairperson, June Brewer, June emailed in reports on the website activity and social media. Horse Show Recognition Chairperson, Chris Hutchings, There are 8 schooling shows left before the end of the show year. All standings are current on the website. Insurance Chairperson – Caren Caverly, Insurance forms needed for the Youth clinic featuring Jenny Caras and the Jeremy Steinberg clinic at Shannondale. Youth Chairperson, Liz Malloy, Liz attended the NAYC in New York. Art that was donated was digitized and put on a shirt for a fundraiser as well as C4 belts that say Region 3 on them. The Youth committee is hosting a Jenny Caras clinic at Rebecca Bowman’s farm.

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New Board Position Caren made a motion that we add Heather Ryfa to the board to fill Susan Collin’s position. Erin McCloud seconded. All of the board voted yes for her to fill the position. Motion passed. Regionals – Caren Caverly, o Vendor applications are coming in. Caren is looking for sponsors. Class and ring sponsors needed. Covered arena is $2000 and the regular ring is $1000. Need volunteers Wednesday thru Sunday. Sponsorship details are on the website. o Ron with Fox Village has contracted with a woman to provide a more interactive score experience at shows. Competitors can see the score breakdown by movement as well as the total score online. No added cost to us so she will be joining us at the Labor Day show. o Caren has gotten prices on having two table cloths made with the GDCTA logo on the front to use at Regionals, Gala, Convention, etc. Vendor has offered to do them for free since he is a sponsor. There will be two. One with his logo and one with ours. Kudzu Klinic – Erin McCloud, no report. Peri Lambros will be taking over Kudzu Clinics in the future. Education and Young Horse Chairperson, Julie Shannon, o Jeremy Steinberg clinic coming up Sept 14-15. Julie provided a budget for the clinic. Erin McCloud made a motion to approve. Lori Goodwin seconded. Motion passed.

On November 2-3, we have the trainer symposium. The symposium is currently just over half full. The goal is to fill the whole clinic with trainers. USDF University credit for auditors. Collegiate, Amanda Garner, Coordinating with Caren to get scores on collegiate riders now that the rider report form has been done away with. Grant Chairperson, Amanda Moretz, Grant checks have gone out. Amanda will follow up with all the recipients in the next few months about their write ups for the newsletter. Yearbook, Joanne Morse shared ideas for working towards the yearbook for next year. All board members have been encouraged to brainstorm and share any ideas they have with her. Nominating Committee, Anyone interested in joining the board should contact Julie Shannon or Lori Goodwin. Bios are needed by the end of September. o




New Business o Caren Caverly was given the position of show manager. Erin emailed the people who were chosen to be on the show committee. Joanne Morse made a motion to approve. Peri Lambros seconded. Motion passed. Caren Caverly abstained from voting. o Caren made a motion that we change the October show next year to a schooling show since we will not be hosting Regionals. Julie Shannon seconded. Discussion followed. Would run as a regular schooling show with CTs featuring a Halloween theme with a costume contest and other fun events. All board members were in favor. Motion passed. Caren Caverly abstained from voting. o Caren made a motion that we approve the new Policy and Procedures manual. Julie Shannon seconded. Discussion on changes followed. It is noted that changes that we missed that need to be made in the future can be easily done and changed in the book. Each board member will have a copy of this manual. Motion passed. o Schooling show and recognized awards rules were reviewed for the coming

competition year. Joanne Morse made a motion to add language concerning the hybrid divisions offered at recognized and schooling shows. Hybrid levels will count toward the lower level that is run during the cross country phase. Peri Lambros seconded. Motion passed. On December 1, 2019, USDF is going up $4 per member on the fee that GDCTA pays to them. Julie Shannon made a motion that we eat the cost. Lori Goodwin seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion passed. Committee structure was discussed so that every board member was clear on what they are in charge of. Caren Caverly made a motion that we add the committees into the Policy and Procedures manual. Erin McCloud seconded. Discussion followed. Motion passed. Major struggle getting volunteers at the shows. Issue tabled until next meeting so that everyone can go home and brainstorm.

Next meeting is September 16, 2019, at 7:00 PM Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, Georgia.


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By Amanda Moretz Therapeutic massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to proper biomechanics. Every session is as different as every horse I work on. Each horse has made its way to that moment in their life with their own unique story to tell. I try to listen to that story and feel what they need. Only then can I really do the work that horse needs at that moment in time. And with that work, I can send them down the right path so they can heal. I lead them to the place of healing - that is my job - the horse does everything else. I’m not too shy to share my own journey with my young Trakehner gelding, Drogon. He’s followed in the footsteps of my mare Gracie and is a teacher to me. It became obvious last year his body had some restrictions that were causing him discomfort and also causing him to develop bad posture (versus bad conformation).

Between ground work to strengthen him plus lots of good bodywork coupled with good farrier work, chiropractic, and acupuncture, he really turned around

and then in May (bottom).

These photos are from him in October last year (top)


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Novice • Mary Carol Harsch – 13th on Foster’s Bold Favorite • Karen Trout – 29th on Sashay Lu • Jessica Savage – 18th on Bourbon Gingerbread Training • Carly Blank – 12th on Cinderella • Liesel Fazekas – 24th on Fernhill Let’s Face It • Sara Beth Slaughter – 14th on In the Spotlight • Mikensey Johansen – 20th on Roses are Red • Blake Fortson – 31st on Quina Af • Julie Richards – 17th on Calypso Girl

Modified/Training • Meg Bowers – 19th on Keep the Change • Tawn Edwards – 14th on All of Indy • Erin Flynn Mobley – 12th on Divine Legacy

Preliminary • Lauren Turner – 11th on Flying Again • Hannah Grace Johnson – 21st on Urlanmore Beauty • Sarah Bowman – 38th on Altus Louvo • Julie Richards – 25th on Fernhill Copas

Intermediate • Werner Geven – 22nd on L’avventura • Mikensey Johansen – 40th on Grey Prince • Julie Richards – 23rd on Fernhill Opulence • Melanie Smith – 17th on Shakedown Street

A huge congrats to all our members that competed this past week! It was a joy to follow along and watch all of your progress throughout the whole competition. Enjoy the moment and we look forward to supporting you again next year back at the Kentucky Horse Park!!!

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What is Dressage?

The word dressage sounds like massage– and comes from the French word dresser, to train. It’s an Olympic equestrian sport, yet a basic training discipline for any horse. Dressage principles are a logical, step-by-step progression from simple to increasingly complex movements. More and more is asked of the horse as it becomes mentally and physically ready to respond to these demands. The graceful movements performed in competition may look effortless but are the result of years of training. The rider’s aids (weight, leg, and hand cues) should be imperceptible. A squeeze of the calf, a closing of the fingers, a shifting of the rider’s weight in the saddle should be all that is necessary to tell the horse what to do. Dressage requires the horse and rider to combine the strength and agility of gymnastics with the elegance and beauty of ballet. The result is truly the best blend of sport and art. Like any sport, watching dressage is more interesting the more you know about it.

Dressage Tests

Dressage tests used at shows are divided into graduated levels for horse and rider, from the most basic walk/trot to the Grand Prix test that is the same test used in the Olympics. The test levels are Introductory, Training, First level through Fourth level, Prix St. Georges, Intermediate I and II, and Grand Prix. Each test is divided into separate movements. The riders guide their horses from one letter in the arena to another, through a series of movements at the walk, trot, and canter. Horses and riders are judged on how well they perform certain movements that match each horse’s level of training. The judge gives a score for each movement on a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest. The scores are added together and then divided by the total number of possible points to get the percentage

score for the ride. It will help you understand what is going on if you can get a copy of the test you are watching.


Dressage Movements

Some of the movements in dressage are: • Extensions - the horse will lengthen its stride. • Half Pass - the horse moves forward and sideways in the trot or canter, bending his body toward the direction of the travel. • Leg-Yield - the horse moves forward and sideways in the trot, bending his body slightly away from the direction of travel. • Passage - a trot that looks like each step is held for a second in the air. • Piaffe - trotting in place. The horse steps from one diagonal pair of legs to the other with an even rhythm. • Pirouette - a 180- or 360-degree turn in place at the walk or canter. • Shoulder In - a slanted sideways movement with the shoulder leading. • Tempi Change - flying changes at the canter performed every one, two, three or four strides. The horse will appear to skip across the arena at a canter.




Additional Thoughts

1. Less is More In dressage, the less you see the rider do, the better, because that means he is communicating with his horse and his horse is attentive – they are working as a team. 2. Good Figures Circles are round and lines are straight, a precept true in geometry and dressage. A 20-meter circle should go from one side of the arena to the other, a 10-meter circle only half way across. A horse should not weave on a straight-line movement. 3. Tempo and Rhythm Rhythm is the repetition of footfalls. A sound dressage horse has only three correct rhythms – four-beat walk, two-beat trot, three-beat canter. Tempo is the speed of repetition of strides. Every horse should have a consistent tempo throughout the test that is controlled by the rider, a tempo so obvious you could sing a song to it. 4. Naughtiness Horses, like people, have good days and bad days and days when they are just feeling a little too good. Naughtiness in horses can be exhibited in bucking, rearing, tossing of the



head, or even jumping out of the dressage ring. Tension During a test, the horse needs to remain calm, attentive and supple. If the horse gets tense, he gets rigid through his neck and back, which can exhibit itself in stiff movement, ears that are pinned back and a tail that swishes constantly and doesn’t hang arched and quietly swinging. Rider Seat and Position The rider should sit upright quietly and not depend on his whip, spurs or voice to have a nice test. Riders who use their voice have points deducted off their test score for that movement. Whipped Cream Lips When a horse is relaxed in his jaw and poll (the area just behind his ears), he releases saliva, and you might see white foam around his lips and mouth. That is a good sign as it means he is attentively chewing on his bit and comfortable in his work. The amount of white foam varies from horse to horse. Freestyles Most of the classes use set tests, but there are also musical freestyles levels where riders perform freestyle movements with choreography and music of their own choosing. This can be especially fun to watch for people who aren’t yet familiar with dressage shows. Scary Stuff Dressage shows tend to be very quiet, so the horses will notice things and react suddenly more so than they will in a busier atmosphere. Allow plenty of room for horses and never approach a horse without first alerting the rider (the horse could run or kick out suddenly). Use caution with noisy garbage or shaking out big floppy items like an umbrella, blanket or rain poncho. SSSSHHHH! Focus is important during any test, from Training Level to Grand Prix, so remember to be courteous and follow the rules by staying about 15 meters (45 feet) back from the competition ring and remaining as quiet as possible during rides. If you have any questions about where you may stand or sit, check with the ring steward. United States Dressage Federation www.usdf.org w (859) 971-2277

3 days of competition, parties and shopping - and Art Show & Sale~ 2019 Great American Insurance Group & USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships & Atlanta National Fall Dressage Show October 11-13, 2019

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Equine Art Show (in the Legacy Room)


COMPETITOR INFORMATION The championship welcomes over 500 horses and riders to compete over the course of the three days of competition. Please find below all the information that you should need for you and your horse's stay.

For full details including General Rules and Regulations, please refer to the Prize List on the website: www.gdcta.org/oct-reg-3-champs.


Stabling is mandatory. There are 480 permanent 11x12 stalls with doors, clay base and rubber mats. There are 100 permanent 10x10 stalls with doors, clay base and mats. There are 130 temporary stalls in a permanent building with doors, concrete floor and mats.

The Georgia International Horse Park was the home of the 1996 Olympic Games equestrian events.

Address: 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, GA 30013

Per the Horse Park website, “Barn 7” is the Exhibition Hall on the hill behind the big warm up. Barns 6 and 7 have 10x10 stalls. Barns 1-5 have 11x12 stalls.

Take Exit 82 off Interstate 20 in Conyers. Travel North approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto Centennial Olympic Parkway. The main entrance to the Park is 2 miles ahead on the right.

There are rubber mats in all the GIHP stalls.

STALLS WILL BE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED BASIS. All other things being equal, preference will be given to online entries. First the11x12 stalls are assigned, then the permanent 10x10 stalls, and finally the 130 temporary stalls. All stalls are the same price. If competitors’ entries arrive later than their friends or trainers they may not be in the same barn.

An alternative route to the Park is via Salem Road (Exit 84) off Interstate 20. Take Exit 84 and travel North approximately 1 mile. At Gees Mill Road, turn right and the Georgia International Horse Park Gate A is 2.5miles on the right. To continue to the main gate (Gate C), continue past Gate A and turn right at the stop sign onto Centennial Olympic Parkway. The main entrance will be on your right.

Enter early if a large stall is important to you and your horse. All other things being equal the online entries will be given preference.

For more information: www.georgiahorsepark.com/index.html

Missing shavings are not the responsibility of the facility, the show, or show management. Removal of ALL flyers, posters, cable ties, duct tape, pushpins, staples, etc. is the responsibility of the competitor. Exhibitors are not permitted to use nails or screws for attaching decorations or hanging tack, buckets, etc.


Sharps containers will be provided in each barn (one per 50 horses) pursuant to USEF GR1211.5. Competition management may fine any individuals, including trainers, owners, exhibitors, or their agent up to $100 for


All horses entering the show grounds for a USEF licensed competition MUST be accompanied by documentation showing vaccinations for Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) within 6 months as well as have a current negative EIA/Coggins test (within 12 months). This is mandatory for every horse entry. See USEF rule GR845.

improper disposal of needles or other sharps disposable instruments. STABLING GROUPS

If you desire to be stabled with a group, please use ONE CONSISTENT NAME for the entire group or risk being “orphaned”. Show Management is not necessarily familiar with farm names and is not responsible if you are with the wrong group. You may provide a map of desired stall locations relative to everyone in the group. Stabling requests will be honored to the best of our ability. Stalls will be assigned “first come/first served” with larger stalls (11 x 12) assigned first to entries that are complete. If you have a large horse or other issue be sure to enter early. Later entries will be assigned to 10 x 10 stalls. All stalls are the same price. All other factors being equal, preference will be given to on-line entries.


All classes will be ridden in a standard arena (20 x 60 meters). One covered arena and eight outdoor arenas with sand footing. One large warm-up and three smaller warm-ups with footing identical as competition arenas. Longing is permitted in designated areas only and will not be permitted in the arenas, warmup, or grass. No one is permitted in the warm-up arenas on foot or permitted to sit on the fencing.


Included for all overnight stabling. Security personnel will be on the grounds each night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A night watchman will be on duty with continuous rounds all night. Please make sure you have all contact information posted on your stall (i.e. hotel, cell number, etc.) There will be no security watch for early arrivals or late departures. In addition to security, Sweet Dreams will be on hand to offer their enhanced horse services. Competitors can contact them directly at Sweet Dreams Night Watch, 678-794-4412 sweetdreamsnightwatch@gmail.com


Un-official ride times will be posted on the GDCTA website (www.gdcta.org) no later than Thursday, October 4th. Official show times will be available in show office on Thursday, October 10th, 2019


Wednesday: from 12:00 (Noon) Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Each show day: 7:00 AM to end of classes. Sandy Donovan: 901-218-0613 Caren Caverly: 770-713-4025 Peggy Gaboury: 901-355-0537


Additional bedding is available on the grounds from Queen Sales for after arrival. Bedding ordered on your entry blank will be at your stall upon arrival. Please pre-order bedding on your entry blank when possible. Queen Sales is also your source for feed and hay on grounds.


USEF Equine Vaccination Rule and Health Requirements


All golf carts and motorized vehicles on the show grounds must be driven only by those having a valid state driver’s license. All liability associated with any and all motorized vehicles is owned by


the motorized vehicle driver, owner, and lessee. Minors who do not have a valid driver’s license which allows them to operate a motorized vehicle in the state in which they reside will not be permitted to operate a motorized vehicle of any kind including, but not limited to, golf carts, motorcycles, scooters, or farm utility vehicles on the competition grounds of licensed competitions. Minors who have a valid temporary license may operate the above described motorized vehicles as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid driver’s license. Violations of this rule will be cause for sanctions against the parent(s), guardian(s) and/or trainer(s) who are responsible for the child committing the offense. Penalties may include exclusion of the child, parent(s), guardian(s), and/or trainer(s) from the competition grounds for the remainder of the competition and charges being filed against any of the above individuals in accordance with Rule 6. Wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices for individuals with disabilities are exempt from this rule. USEF Article GR901.29.

Concession Stand on grounds. Open for breakfast at 7:00 AM until the end of competition each day. This is a limited menu. Check local restaurants, etc., for additional food opportunities.


Dogs of a pleasant disposition are welcome at GIHP but must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED in the covered and outdoor arenas or the restroom area. Do not bring dogs that will bark or disturb others in the barns or on the show grounds. Barking dogs must leave the show grounds.


WNC Digital Photography will be on the grounds with Robert Cieszenski providing photography services. Email Bob at bob@wncphoto.com to sign up prior to the show. To view some of his past work, go to www.wncphoto.com.


Camper hookups are available for $45 per night. There are 94 spaces available. Please include on your entry.


Richard Taylor will be providing video services. Contact Richard at (404) 308-8713 richardsequinevideo@gmail.com to sign up prior to the show.

Book reservations early at any of the hotels below.

LaQuinta Inn (Host Hotel) Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Comfort Inn Jameson Inn

770-918-0092 770-483-8838 678-964-2400

You may also sign up for video and photo services with these vendors at the competition.

Veterinarian On Grounds

770-760-0300 770-760-1230

Jennifer Neiss-Melcher, Equine Medical Associates, Inc. 770-652-4926 (Cell)

Many other chain hotels are situated near I-20, about 15 minutes from the facility.

EMT on Grounds C. Yarborough (EMT)



Trish Savard (413)244-3763 rhee89@hotmail.com

Our talented artists o o o o o o o o o o

SPECIAL EVENTS Ringside Tables Available for the Weekend (Wed-Sun) in the Covered Arena - Seats 8-10 $500

Thursday Evening: Welcome !

Friday Evening: “Twilight Vendor Walk” - Visit our Vendors Friday for a Chance to Win Big on Saturday Night. Tasty treats and Cash Bar.

 Saturday Evening: Buffet Dinner for All 

Equine Art Show all Weekend

at the Covered Arena with entertainment.

Bonnie McCarty Diana Salzmann Julie Nestor Karin Martin Kimberly Sheldon Robert Hurt Susan Abel Susan Burns Ulla Strickland Zan Economopoulos

We are planning lots of show coverage! Be sure to like the main GDCTA page so you don't miss any of the action. www.facebook.com/gdcta/

Vendors, Vendors, Vendors: Enjoy a wonderful variety of vendors at the BEST GDCTA Vendor Fair ever!

We will also post press releases with the days' highlights each day. www.gdcta.org/championships-media



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changes in his body posture.

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As a yearling, he flipped over a gate (silly boy forgot he was bred to do dressage) and I feel he hyperextended his mid back which started a chain reaction all through his body. In the top photos, you can see how his back was dipping down and he had no abdominal strength. Plus his pelvis was rotated forward and the shoulder was jutted out forward. This all caused his neck to be held up at a sharper angle and he had to stand with his legs further out front and behind to support himself.

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Needless to say, I’ve spent my time piecing together where all the restrictions were and slowly unraveling his puzzle. I still have work to do and strength to build but he has transformed in his body. I’m excited that, at four, he’s finally ready to start some light work under saddle.

Continued from page 11 It is difficult to envision these three branches functioning to various degrees at the same time in the graph below. Graphs are imperfect attempts at conveying complex concepts in simplified ways, but are still useful, nonetheless. Next time, I will discuss how the human can better control these three branches, or “hack the vagus nerve” before a stressful competition, when we need it most! Contributing writer Melanie Grubb-Miller Certified Independent Saddle Fitter-Epona Saddle Connection

Bibliography: *UNDERSTANDING YOUR HORSE’S REACTIONS by Barbara Breckenfeld, LAMP *The Nervous System by Gurpreet Singh *Illustration by Carolyn Buck Reynolds


Conitinued from page 9 the amazing gaits through training, not through buying.  The article about Steffen Peters and his depression by Dressage-News had just been published the night before we met with him. Naturally, that was the topic of discussion. I think that this is such an important conversation to be had in the horse community. Our sport is a very difficult and emotional one, and it is very easy to feel like you are alone. Steffen spoke to us about the importance of controlling how you feel. Your attitude when you wake up in the morning can predict how your day is going to be, and also how your horses are going to go. He told us that meditation has made a tremendous difference in his mental health.  Meeting with Adrienne Lyle was great because she went on this trip with the International Dream Program in 2005, and now she’s competing in Aachen. She spoke with us a great deal about what a syndicate is and how to put one together.

With Carl Hester and Katherine Bateson-Chandler Again, I am so grateful for The Dressage Foundation for funding this trip. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!


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I knew that I was going to learn a lot from watching the best riders in the world, but I never expected this trip to be so educational and beneficial to my riding career. While I was sad to say goodbye to Aachen, I felt motivated to get home and start riding again.

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