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Dearest Rider Tribe, I’m in a warm-weather state of mind, i.e., I feel melted around the edges! You gotta love Georgia in the summer! This past weekend GDCTA hosted the Summer Finals Schooling Show at Wills Park. It’s always a hot but fun show! It also marks the approximate halfway point of the summer. This summer has unfolded in ways unimaginable, hasn’t it? There are a couple more shows this show season. We are currently preparing for the Labor Day Classic Dressage show at the Horse Park at the end of the month. Entries are open on EqEntries.com. There will be no spectators allowed this year, but volunteering is a wonderful alternative that will still allow you to experience the event. If all goes well and the officials can travel, it’s on to the Dressage4Kids and Atlanta Youth Festival at the Horse Park in September. Watch the website for updates. Based on the reported trends in our state and an increase in cases since the re-opening, we are reaching out to remind you that it is important we all continue to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. USEF has adjusted its guidelines which GDCTA follows and you can find on the USEF.org website. Our goal, of course, is to make every event safe, fun, and beneficial to the participants. Also important: •GDCTA is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help with events, primarily the horse shows. Our Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and managing groups of volunteers for our events. Ideally, you will have strong communication and management skills since you must work with many different kinds of people. It’s a valuable position, but it is a volunteer (i.e., unpaid) job. •It's time to join the Board! The nominating committee will be happy to discuss your interest with you. The 2020 Nominating Committee is Liz Molloy: email@example.com / 770-634-4089 and Carol Tresan: firstname.lastname@example.org / 404-786-4232. Let me take a moment here to appreciate all of you who already volunteer and participate and sponsor at our GDCTA events. I will say, as the voice of the Board, Thank you! We do this for you.
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by Penny Morse
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At the end of the day, it’s really up to YOU. You can either be part of the problem and cause facilities to be shut down, or be part of the solution and do what is necessary to keep healthy and keep the show grounds open. It’s not just about your rights, it is about everyone’s right to show where it is allowed, and keep it that way. Let’s all do our part to keep the show grounds open and the shows continuing for the remainder of 2020!!!!
Bit Fitting 101: One S GDCTA was excited to have Kim Gentry down for one of her bit fitting clinics this past month. The clinic was held at the beautiful Bear Creek Farm in Moreland, Georgia. Bit design has really advanced over the last decade and I was eager to expand my knowledge in that department. We were quite lucky to have a broad variety of horses for Kim to work with over the course of the weekend. There were horses in all disciplines from dressage to eventing to fox hunting to hunters. Regardless of the background of the horse and rider, Kim was able to use her vast knowledge to help each pair find exactly what they needed to be better. As an auditor it was very educational getting to hear Kimâ€™s remarks on what she saw when she first watched a horse go around. After watching a pair ride around for a few minutes, she would always start with a physical examination. This involved feeling in the horseâ€™s mouth to examine the bars, palette, lips, cheeks, etc. Every horse was different. Some had very elastic lips and others were very shallow. Some horses had remodeling to the bars that required special attention. It was clear that what was going to work for one pair was not going to necessarily work for the next pair. Another element was to not only look at the horse but to factor in the rider as well when solving the puzzle of which bit would be best. We discussed the different types of snaffles (loose ring, egg butt, D-Ring, etc.) and what the advantage was to each type. A young horse still learning to accept connection would need something different from a horse more secure in the connection. The same concept would be applied to a rider who maybe was not as strong in the position versus and very solid rider. At the end, it was clear that everyone was able to benefit from a change in bit even if the change was minor. We watched horses go around that we thought looked great and then were blown away when we saw improvement with a bit change because they then looked even better! Bit change did not just affect the 8
Size Does Not Fit All! By Joanne Morse frame the horses went in but transformed the entire body. We saw shoulders open up resulting in longer strides. Horses suddenly went more forward without the rider changing their ride. Horses that were maybe reluctant to search for contact suddenly looking for the bit, opening up the door for the next stage of training. I would absolutely recommend working with Kim if you want to take your training to the next level or are having trouble with your current set up. If you are stuck in a journey of bit trial and error, the fitting will easily pay for itself by helping you avoid buying the wrong bit again and again. On behalf of GDCTA, I would like to publicly thank the Hal and Linda Barry for sharing their amazing facility with us for the weekend. It is definitely summertime in Georgia and the use of a covered arena to shield us from some of the heat was much appreciated by everyone!
Good bodywork (or any therapy) takes time to make long term impact on the horse’s body and movement. It’s not a quick fix, and it’s not linear either. It takes time and multiple sessions. It’s knowing that a few steps forward might be followed by a few steps back. And knowing that once you think you know the extent of the imbalances you’re dealing with, you might uncover deeper ones that weren’t apparent before. It’s making a game plan with bodywork, other therapies, vet care, farrier care, saddle fitting, and the appropriate training to address the imbalances and sticking to it till the end. It’s wanting the best for our horses and wanting to create healthy movement so they stay sound and happy. These are photos of my own horse. I know I’ve shared a lot about him lately but he’s been teaching me so much this year.
behind. This all allows the right hind to track in time with the other limbs keeping the trot a two-beat gait.
The first photo is in January. I have been working to address compensation and restrictions from a rotational fall he had as a yearling. He literally grew into the restrictions as it took time for them to show up.
This took time and a lot of work. There is still more to do to bring out his full potential. But I am taking it slow and listening to his body and what it needs. Adding in good training and exercise to help address weaknesses have been key after the bodywork and other therapies. It’s just important to remember making long lasting changes takes time and an ability to follow what the horse is saying it needs.
In the top photo you can see how much weight he’s shifting to the left foreleg/shoulder as he’s leaning down/in. His head/poll are following this pattern as well. The pelvis is unable to move correctly so he’s carrying it tipped forward and back. All of this leads to the right hind having to move out of sync with the other legs as you can see it’s already landing when it should still be in the air making the trot not a true two-beat gait.
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In the second photo, you can see he’s moving evenly up front and is lifting more through the shoulders and carrying his head straight. The pelvis is moving more correctly so he is able to sit a little and push more from
DRESSAGE inside the Sandbox
The System within the Science of Riding by Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate
One of the greatest things that Charles De Kunffy has inspired in me is to develop the horse to move its best and be its strongest through building both strength and skill. We start by teaching the horse a concept, then a skill set, and then to do the exercises. This is how we produce the strength required for the horse to do its job with ease. When I was a young student with Charles, I would ride as many horses as I could ride in each clinic with him, and then he would leave. Afterwards, I would be sitting in my arena, and I would say, “I have all these notes. I have the knowledge of the science of riding, but I don't have the understanding yet.“ The understanding happens through the application of a consistent, systematic, gradual, and knowledgeable program. It's not just random concepts that come from simply reading a great article and thinking, “I need to really ride forward,” because it might not be the right time for your horse. He may still be lacking the necessary balance, so there needs to be methodology inside your riding. Through the system, knowledge turns into true understanding. Then when you're in the middle of the arena, when you're by yourself, you will be able to break it down, sort it out, and create a great end result for your horse.
The system is based on the following: ● All first energies go towards roundness Channel the horse’s energy towards developing the three bascules within its body. The first bascule being from the withers to the bit, the second is the withers to the horse’s sacroiliac joint, and the third but most challenging is from the SI-joint to its hocks. ● Apply the three dials principal - The three dials consist of the horse’s length of frame, length of stride, and ability to bend and straighten. These “dials” can and should be tuned daily, within
the boundaries of the horse’s phase of development. Ride the horse like an accordion - Elasticize the muscular and skeletal system by fully stretching and contracting the horse’s frame. Understand, recognize, and honor where your horse is within the three phases of development. 1. Restorative/Rehabilitative 2. Therapeutic/Physiotherapy 3. Amplification of the gaits/Gymnastic evolution
When I realized that I can’t be everywhere for everyone all the time, I committed to teaching this understanding of the science of riding to all my students. This way when they take clinics with other trainers, they truly
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Jeremy S teinberg DreJeremy ssage Clinic Steinberg In June, GDCTA hosted Jeremy Steinberg at the beautiful Shannondale Farm in Milton, Georgia. It was our first clinic post shutdown so we opted not to invite auditors. Our riders still had a great time and cultivated new understandings. Our riders were: Kelli Agnew Naida Mirza Ginger Gilmore-Childress Katie Patton
Sherri Davis-Pruett Amanda Reeves Shelley Milam Holly Carter
Ciera Foley Leah Neese
Here’s what some of them had to say.
Kelli Agnew This was my first clinic with Jeremy, and hopefully it won’t be my last. I gave him a bit of background on my mare, and myself, and he was very quick to figure out what we needed, based upon that and watching us work for a short period of time. The exercises he gave were simple but effective, and the difference was significant on day two. I also loved the fact that he gets into the mechanics of the movements and the horse, making things so much easier to comprehend. He tops the list of favorite clinicians for my learning style.
Photo: Holly and Poppy
I recently began riding this mare named “Poppy” a few months ago. It’s been a challenge since she is nothing like I have ever dealt with before. I have ridden what we call hot horses and this mare is unique. I have not had much time with her and our progress has been slow. I am glad I got the privilege to ride her with Jeremy. I have new insight and ideas on how to approach this sensitive animal and I look toward to our future together. The small amount of time I had to ride with him in a clinic has already improved my connection with poppy. I’m excited to show off this mare’s talent in the future after we do our homework. Thank you Jeremy and I hope we see you again soon, much improved!
Holly Carter I thoroughly enjoyed my rides! Thank you to Julie Shannon, Shannondale Farm, GDCTA, and Jeremy Steinberg for another awesome clinic! I always learn so much from Jeremy and look forward to building upon the new tools in my toolbox!
g Dressage Clinic Leah Neese
I am such a Jeremy fan! Unfortunately, I didn’t have a groom with me, so no pictures to share. Here’s one of my favorite things about him - Jeremy is a master at using creative, real-life analogies to tackle whatever you are working on, which helps the concept “sink-in” as a rider and an auditor.
This was my third time riding with Jeremy Steinberg. I always find his lessons spot-on, valuable, and easy to comprehend. He is great about clarifying the reason for each exercise, which is so important. Jeremy focuses on improving the basics to trouble shoot difficulty in a movement. It has been great to see the incremental improvement in between clinics! I highly recommend Jeremy as a clinician and look forward to his next clinic in Atlanta! I so appreciate that GDCTA and Shannondale Farm bring in such high caliber clinicians!
Katie Patton Great weekend at the Jeremy Steinberg clinic hosted by GDCTA at Shannondale Farm. Fae was such a good girl! Thanks Julie Shannon for graciously providing your beautiful facility! Thanks Julie Cochran and Mark Mirza and Naida and Jumper for being there to give us support!
PHOTOS: Naida on Jumper Do Vouga, 6-year-old Lusitano stallion, on Sunday.
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Training First Second Third Fourth FEI
Special awards FEI-Richard Taylor: Ella Traylor 68.80% TIP: Kelly Burns 70.00% NDCP: Darcy Sun 66.55%
Kelly Burns Sarah Light Kat Fuqua Kat Fuqua Amanda Thompson Danielle Perry
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Kat Fuqua Judges Robin Brueckmann and Jennifer Roth Sarah Light
Scorer Peri Lambros at the desk
High Point winners at the Dressage Southern! Sunday
High Point sponsored by Lisa Seger Insurance Special awards TIP: Kelly Burns 68.62% NDCP: Darcy Sun 60.86% A full list of results can be found on the website. https://www.gdcta.org/results
Training AA Sarah Light Open Hannah Mork First AA Leah Neese Open Hannah Mork Second Jr/Yr Kat Fuqua AA Kerry Tracey Open Amber Gipp Third Jr/Yr Kat Fuqua AA Lou Roth Open Pattrick Battison Fourth AA Amanda Thompson FEI Jr/Yr Lily Darwin AA Jimmy Casey Amanda Thompson Open Shelley Van Den Neste
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68.793% 69.828% 70.278% 73.750% 64.048% 63.784% 67.262% 68.125% 65.125% 65.000% 67.917% 58.235% 64.118% (tie) 67.826%
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For all information, visit https://www.gdcta.org/labor-day-i-ii Continued from page know what that trainer means by what is said. Sometimes you need another voice or to hear something a different way but when you have the basic understanding of the science of riding, it makes all the difference. The trials of COVID-19 presented the perfect opportunity to be able to help riders everywhere have access to this fundamental understanding for riding dressage. I am proud to have launched TeamTateAcademy.com, a platform providing world-class dressage lessons to teach the science of riding and more, and to have it accredited by USDF University. Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate is a U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver, and gold medalist. She represented the United States in the 2007 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. Tate was also a World Cup finalist and was long-listed for the World Equestrian Games in 2006. She is on the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Developing Riders List. JJ's latest project is TeamTateAcademy.com. Learn more by visiting TeamTateAcademy.com and register for an informative webinar being held August 17th-24th.
Highlights! GDCTA Summer Finals Schooling Show was held August 1-2 at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta. Turnout was moderate but exactly right for the current showing scenario. A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors~ • • • •
Atlanta Saddlery (High Point and Best Score Champion, both days) US Lipizzan Federation (High Point registered Lipizzan, both days) Lisa Seger Insurance (LSI AA Medal on Sunday) GDCTA (Dressage Seat Finals on Sunday)
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SATURDAY Combined Training Dressage Lipizzan Western
Jake Tessler (1) Catherine Stone (2) Brittany Purcell (3) Brooke Anderson (4)
Mad Max FGF Full Gas Amira Lakota Warrior
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SUNDAY Combined Training Dressage Lipizzan Western LSI AA Medal Champion Dressage Seat (13 & Under) Champion Dressage Seat (14 - 18) Champion
Collins Zgutowicz (5) Erin Akers (6) Brittany Purcell (3) Betsy Rengifo (7) Natalie Gibbons (8) Sidnee Milner Catherine Stone (2)
Bucks Well Spent Comet Amira Legend Delta Force Peter Pan FGF Full Gas
67.250% 69.063% 55.517% 73.000% 54.310% 68.000% 72.000%
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Two Wesleyan College equestrians qualify for IDA National Championship! Wesleyan College joined the Intercollegiate Dressage Association in Fall 2019. We are proud to announce that under the leadership of Wesleyan Head Equestrian Coach Catherine Baker, two of our riders qualified for 2020 IDA National Championships in our first year. Become a part of our winning team. DISCIPLINES IDA Dressage IHSA Hunt Seat IHSA Western
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Monsters Everywhere “I can’t ride on Tuesday morning Ǥ truck makes such a racket.” “My horse has to take the day off. Ǥ”
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EVENTING 3 times the fun
What Is Eventing? Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. The sport originated as a cavalry test and is comprised of three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Eventing tests horse and rider pairs more completely than any other. The first phase - dressage - shows the graceful partnership of horse and rider through a sequence of movements on the flat. The next phase - cross-country â€“ challenges the pairâ€™s bravery, fitness, and determination as combinations navigate a series of solid obstacles and varied terrain. In the final phase - show jumping - pairs must again prove their precision as they clear a course of delicate fences. Competitors accumulate penalty points in each phase, and at the end of the event, the pair with the lowest score takes home top honors. Held over one, two, or three days, eventing is one of the few Olympic sports where men and women compete alongside one another as equals.
The First Phase
Dressage is the first of three phases in eventing competition. From the French word meaning "training," dressage was originally created to show the horse's submission and ability to perform intricate movements required for cavalry exercises. Today's dressage still consists of an exact sequence of movements, but now they are ridden in an enclosed arena and scored by a judge or judges. The goal remains very similar, that horse should demonstrate balance, rhythm, suppleness, and most importantly obedience based on the riders cues or "aids." Dressage is the fundamental training of the sport on which the other two phases are built as it develops the strength and balance for the rigors of cross-country and the preciseness of show jumping. Dressage showcases the ultimate partnership as the rider uses his or her seat, legs, and hands, which are known as the "aids" to communicate silently, making the test look like a seamless performance.
The Second phase
The cross-country phase typically takes place on the second day of competition, but always after the dressage phase. Cross-country is the cornerstone of eventing and proves the speed, endurance, and jumping ability of the horse over varied terrain and solid obstacles. Carrying forward their penalty points from the dressage phase as their score, riders want to finish with the fewest penalties possible by jumping every fence on the first effort and finishing the course within the prescribed time limit, which is known as optimum time. Cross-country features solid fences (15-25 for lower levels and 30-40 for upper levels) as well as natural obstacles such as water, ditches, drops, and banks. The phase is ridden at a gallop with exact speed requirements varied depending on the level of competition.
The Third Phase
The third phase, show jumping, tests horses and riders precision over a series of colorful fences made of lightweight rails which are easily knocked down. This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the very tiring cross-country phase. Consisting of 12 to 15 jumps in an enclosed arena, show jumping requires exact riding as the slightest bump could cause a rail to fall, resulting in four penalty points. Like the cross-country phase, scoring is objectively based on a horse's ability to clear each fence on course, though unlike cross-country, the lightweight show jumps fall easily. Knocking a rail or having a refusal or a run-out results in four penalty points. The show jumping round also has a time limit, and every second above that time accumulates more points. The horse and rider combination with the lowest score at the end of the competition will take home the blue ribbon.
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Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association needs your help! Your ideas, opinions, and involvement are how we plan and get things done. Our Committees are listed below or you can find them on the website Contact Us page. If you would like to join a committee . . . (usually takes just a couple of hours per month of your time)
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Work closely with show manager and secretary to schedule volunteers; deliver coolers and ice to judges’ booths and show office; monitor volunteer sign-in; hand out supplies to volunteers; get lunches ready for judges, etc.
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1) Nominating – Decided on in April 2) Grievance – 2 VP’s and only if there is a complaint 3) Finance a. Chair – Peter West b. Sponsorship 2019 – Caren Caverly 4) Awards a. Grants – Amanda Moretz 5) Award Gala a. Chair – Caren Caverly b. Silent Auction – Joanne Morse c. Barn Raffle – Erin McCloud 6) Education – a. Chair – Julie Shannon b. Clinics – Erin McCloud, Caren Caverly c. Kudzu – Peri Lambros 7) Youth a. Chair – Joanne Morse, Erin McCloud b. Schooling or Grassroots – Halliea Milner c. Recognized – Liz Molloy, Lori Goodwin d. Collegiate – Amanda Garner
Collected Remarks is the official publication of the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc. (GDCTA), a non-profit, exempt corporation organized under Section 501© (3). It is the monthly newsletter designed to inform, educate and entertain the membership. The Editors encourage members to submit original advertising, articles, photographs, and artwork for possible publication. The editors of ‘Collected Remarks’ reserve the right to reject any advertising or article deemed to be unsuitable for this newsletter. • Editorial contributions of 600 words or less (accompanied by photos with permission to publish, if applicable) are welcomed although publication cannot be guaranteed. • GDCTA is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles or paid advertisements. GDCTA Collected Remarks welcomes submissions of quality color dressage and sport-horse photographs. All mounted riders must be wearing appropriate headgear (a safety helmet, a derby, or a top hat). Photos must be accompanied by complete captions, including the full names of all subjects.
8) Communication a. Chair – Joanne Morse b. Yearbook – Penny Morse, June Brewer c. Newsletter – Penny Morse, June Brewer d. Website – June Brewer e. Social Media – June Brewer, Erin McCloud 9) Show – a. Chair – Erin McCloud b. Recognized – Caren Caverly c. Schooling – Caren Caverly, Peri Lambros 1 Horse Show Recognition – Carol Tresan d. Regionals 1. Chair – Caren Caverly 2. Vendors – Caren Caverly 3. Hospitality – Liz Faso 4. Awards Chair – Peri Lambros 5. Grounds – Peri Lambros e. Volunteer Coordinator – Open (Need someone to fill)
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Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Regular Meeting
Minutes Overview July 20, 2020
President Caren Caverly called the regular meeting of the GDCTA to order on July 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm on Zoom. Recording Secretary, Heather Ryfa, performed roll call. A quorum of the board consisting of Caren Caverly, Joanne Morse, Carol Lane Tresan, Erin McCloud, Lori Goodwin, Liz Molloy, Amanda Moretz, Peter West, Halliea Milner, Julie Shannon, and Heather Ryfa were present. Also present were committee members Mary Lou Freil, Rebecca Bowman, and Sandra Carnet. Heather Ryfa has taken a work position teaching at night and will be stepping down; Lori Goodwin will be taking over as recording secretary. Caren Caverly made a motion to have all meetings on Zoom going forward. Julie Shannon seconded. Motion passed. The minutes of the regular meeting for June 15, 2020 were emailed to board members prior to the meeting. Heather Ryfa made a motion to approve the minutes. Joanne Morse seconded. Motion passed. Treasurer’s Report, Peter West: sent June report of financial statements via email. Small profit; all expenses for COVID precautions are recorded. Steinberg clinic shows loss because some checks had not cleared; will be recorded in July. VP Dressage, Erin McCloud. No report; still trying to put “L” education program together. VP of Combined Training, Joanne Morse. Kim Gentry bit clinic held; lots of last-minute changes—drove herself and stayed in her trailer. Trip fee significantly higher (flat rate of $50/person). Budget was $350; cost was $600. $525 loss; but would have lost $500 deposit, if cancelled. Attended by several nonmembers; successful clinic. Result: Going forward must have a signed contract with clinicians regarding fees prior to promoting clinic. Course walk clinic will be postponed to next year.
Membership, Mary Lou Freil. Membership report sent to board; down 18 members from this time last year. Eventing members are up. Price increase next year but no additional fees. Wild Apricot should be up and running soon. Communications, Joanne Morse. Yearbook at printer. July/August newsletter in the works now; will include clinic write-up. Show Committee, Caren Caverly. GADS went well, although numbers way down (79 last year; 51 this year). Lost $3300; not bad considering circumstances. Summer Finals show and Labor Day show budgets adjusted. Golf cart rental for Wills Park show in August (no onsite rental) discussed. Halliea Milner volunteered to bring a golf cart, which will save us $285. Caren Caverly moved to accept Wills Park budget, minus golf cart rental. Julie Shannon seconded. Motion passed (Caren Caverly abstained). Caren Caverly moved to accept Labor Day revised budget. Joanne Morse seconded. Motion passed (Caren Caverly abstained). Difficulty getting volunteers; need help, especially Saturday. Halliea Milner offered to bring volunteers. May need to tie awards to volunteering. 325 ribbons last year; maybe 250 people considering multiple awards. Two to four hours required at GDCTA-recognized shows would get half credit; full credit for GDCTA shows. Or pay $50 to avoid volunteer hours. Will discuss at a later meeting. Printer for horse shows broken; need new black and white printer. Julie Shannon made motion to buy printer chosen by Caren Caverly and Peter West. Erin McCloud seconded. Motion passed (Caren Caverly abstained).
to board for further comment and possible vote. Will apply to 2021 season.
Schooling Show Committee, Carol Lane Tresan. Six upcoming shows; 15 pending. 20 shows have cancelled. Ten shows for 2021 so far. Finance Committee, Peter West – not many sponsorships. Youth Committee, Joanne Morse and Erin McCloud. Youth call last Tuesday, improvement in discipline. Transition to run meetings, like Senior board. Dressage4Kids prize list should be posted this weekend. Grants, Amanda Moretz. Recipients chosen and checks sent out. Education and Young Horse Chairperson, Julie Shannon. Jeremy Steinberg clinic quiet and organized; people cooperated with social distancing guidelines. Anne Gribbons is available to reschedule for the fall, no dates yet. Laura Graves clinic on December 12 and 13. Caren Caverly received email from EventBrite regarding sales tax to Georgia for events. Attorney Michael Cross asked to look at the issue; ticket sales now have sales tax but we may fall into an exception. Could affect the Gala. Nominating committee, Carol Lane Tresan and Liz Molloy. Will meet to discuss. Four open slots for at large members.
New Business – Schooling show rider awards: new award for students riding school horses. Hard for them to get the appropriate scores with one horse/rider combo. Schooling show rider award for juniors only; just for the rider. Same rules on scores. Intro, Training, Amoeba and Tadpole. Not eligible if rider owned the horse; non-owned horses; would have to sign up. Caren Caverly moved to implement. Joanne Morse seconded. Motion passed. Will start in October for next year.
Julie Shannon made motion to adjourn; Caren Caverly seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:39 p.m. Next meeting is August 17, 2020, at 7:00 PM via Zoom Email Caren Caverly at email@example.com to be included in the meeting.
Old Business – Asked that we look over and send suggestions to her for the next meeting. E-blast on schooling show and Dressage4Kids. Still need Volunteer Coordinator Survey: Caren Caverly sent prior surveys of members from 2010 and 2017. Table survey once more; come up with question suggestions. Email to Caren Caverly. Timing at schooling shows: need to be on the same page as it affects year-end awards. No timing on XC needed (drop that score if there are time faults). Stadium needs to be consistent. Discussion ensued from board and members. Caren Caverly suggested Amoeba and Tadpole optional to time; time faults not counted from any show. Beginner Novice and up must be timed and will count. Halliea Milner will write up advice to show managers and send
GDCTA would like to CONGRATULATE the 2020 Training Grant Recipients! We look forward to following along in your educational pursuits! The Equestrian Journal - for winners
Adult Amateur—Beverly Britton Eventer—Betty Smith Junior/Young Rider—Abigail Goodwin Professional—Olivia Reese
In 2020, each GDCTA grant recipient will also receive a special journal donated by The Equestrian Journal. Journaling is a great tool to help you organize your thoughts and record your progress. Learn more: https://www.theequestrianjournal.com Thanks to all of you for submitting applications for the GDCTA Grant Program.
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