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March 5, 2020
Caren Caverly President, GDCTA
Dear USEF Members, The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is closely monitoring the information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our members, staff and their families. While the current number of cases in the United States is low, we recognize the growing concerns of our community with respect to the potential for an increase in cases in coming weeks. The USEF Executive Team meets regularly to review the communications on this illness issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and other health organizations. We have created a resource hub on our website (click here), with links to resources so that you can stay up to date on the most current information available. Managing your risk of exposure to the Coronavirus is essential to maintaining good health. At this time, it is appropriate to be cognizant of proper hygiene and incorporating common sense actions into your everyday activities in order to prevent the spread of this virus. Practices such as regularly washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer; practicing good sneeze and cough hygiene; avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; and disinfecting and cleaning often touched objects and surfaces can help reduce your risk of exposure. We will continue to monitor this issue and provide updates as needed. Sincerely,
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Kinesiology tape for horses it has a neurological effect and decreases pain and brings better awareness to that part of the body.
Watch the Olympics and youâ€™ll see quite a few athletes in all the sports wearing brightly colored tape in various places on their bodies. This kinesiology tape is a growing therapy that is also readily available for our horses.
Using it on your horse can help with functional support to areas that are weaker, create better posture not only on the ground but under saddle, and can help decrease pain and swelling.
But what does this tape do?
So, itâ€™s not only great to use for injuries but also just day to day training. There are many good YouTube videos on how to apply the tape, but you can also talk to any horse professional trained to use the tape to learn how to apply it. Rocktape is my favorite brand and stays well on the horses but there are many different brands available on the market.
When applied to the body the tape will help decompress the soft tissue underneath. This allows better blood and lymphatic flow through the tissue. It also allows for a smoother slide and glide between the tissue layers under the skin. But, also,
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Training in Portugal New horses, new friends, new languages, new wine! As an equestrian what more could you want? Riding at Centro Equestre Leziria Grande in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal was an experience I won’t soon forget. I was privileged to be included in the professional group with the majority in different niches at home. Included in this group was two dressage trainers, two dressage riders, two eventers, a colt starter, and a bridle horse rider. Each person had their own weaknesses, but overall this was one of the best groups in which I was able to learn. The first few days were an introduction to their beliefs and the Valença Method. This method helps the horse have a high understanding of our aids and why we use them from the start. Before starting any of their horses under saddle they start them in-hand to allow a clear knowledge of what we are asking without the added stresses of the rider. Once the movements are performed under saddle, the horses know what is expected and has a baseline of muscle needed to support the rider and confidently execute the new movements. On the very first day we were shown airs above ground such as levade, corbette, and capriole. In the eyes of the Haute Ecole, grand
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prix is just the beginning of their training. Everything horses learn in the grand prix are strengthening exercises to allow the horse to proceed to the airs above ground. When we began riding all the lessons started out the same. All horses are kept in their ‘boxes’ or stalls because they have no turnout space available to them. The first ten minutes are spent walking on a loose rein allowing the horse movement, from there we would proceed to the collected walk starting with leg yields then proceeding to shoulder-in, half pass, travers and turn on the haunches. After this was executed, we would proceed to the same exercises in the trot and before moving into the canter they would have us work piaffe to allow the horse to sit and engage more into the canter work. Riding school masters allowed all of us to focus on our positions while being told to sit deep, keep shoulders back, don’t hollow your back, keep hands up or down where needed. By the end of the trip every one of us had tremendous progress in the effectiveness of our seat and aids because we were able to focus on us more than our horses.
The language barrier was a hurdle to get over because where we would create short cuts in our wording, they didn’t know them and would sometimes choose better English words to get their point across. A common one was “go large” meaning to follow the rail, and “profit from the corner”. This was probably my favorite phrase since it allowed many interpretations. If you profit, you go deeper into the corner, add more steps, add more time to prepare, add a longer amount of time to set up for your next movement. While I was there, we all ended up with our favorite horses, I even ended up with two. My first was Audaz, who I was on daily and by the end of the week we worked amazingly well together. My next was Trovador, who I was on for my more advanced lessons. While in the more advanced lessons I worked of piaffe-passage transitions and canter pirouettes. I learned to stop thinking about getting the horse into the pirouette, instead ride each stride in the pirouette as a new canter stride allowing the horse to sit and come through to the hand. In the piaffe-passage, my most difficult transitions were working on the timing of leg aids to go from the piaffe, asking with both legs simultaneously to allow lift on the spot, to the leg aids of the passage, alternating leg aids to ask for lift and forward movement. Once my body caught up with my head it was no problem, getting there was the tricky part! Overall, Portugal was an experience I will never forget and one that I would love to participate in again. If you think, “Wow, I wish I could afford something like that” you can! I didn’t think I would be able to make it work. Christmas presents, birthday presents, $15 per day for a year, anything and everything I could think of to make it happen, I did. This is something you need to make happen if possible! It isn’t often that you can ride highly trained horses and really only think about you and as you settle into a better position, your horse picks up on your cues to make everything you thought was difficult starting out seem like a walk in the park. This is especially true after three lessons a day, seven days in a row!
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Take 8 lessons a day Auditing a clinic is Riding Theory put into practice By Julie Shannon
If you don’t have time, money, or a horse, BUT you want to be a better rider, instructor, or better horseman, then auditing clinics is for you!
Anytime a notable equestrian is available in a clinic setting, they are there to promote their sport and help area riders improve. Auditors and riders are onsite to improve their own riding. It’s a great opportunity to connect with others in a non-competitive environment.
Each day of a clinic with a knowledgeable equestrian gives an auditor valuable information on the hows and whys of our sport. You don’t actually have to ride to learn! In fact, one often learns more from watching! Watching what not to do and what you should do is valuable information and can cut down on miscommunication between you and your horse.
GDCTA works tirelessly to bring the best equestrians in our sport to the area for all to learn from. The clinicians are expensive to bring in, and luckily, they’re willing to leave their own programs to help other areas. GDCTA tries to create a warm social setting to allow the riding community to access this level of horsemanship.
Most people learn best VISUALLY. I often tell students to watch YouTube videos of their favorite equestrians before they come to lesson. I swear they always ride better because they have a mind’s image of how they want to look when they ride. While auditing a clinic, you learn by watching, listening, and writing notes. A simple day fee can give you the best shot of learning a concept.
It takes most instructors one hour to earn enough money to spend time auditing a clinic. What you take home is a new way of explaining a technique, a chance to personally advertise a horse for sale, a possible meeting with the clinician themselves at the lunch break.
Clinicians all have successful methods. The way a clinician explains something is what makes their knowledge valuable. Often the same techniques are explained differently from clinician to another. No one has invented a different way of riding, just a unique way of explaining it. Those explanations over the course of the weekend, with various training issues addressed, is the value of an audit fee. It is highly unlikely that you will audit a clinic without saying to yourself, “I had that issue with my horse!” at some point throughout the lesson day.
Amateurs and Youth will undoubtedly find another horse in the clinic with the same problem they are trying to address, or maybe a rider that has the same issues, or even a social conversation with another auditor can give them a great remedy for scratches or the latest news in the neighborhood. Try to support GDCTA with their endeavor to bring you the best instruction! Half-day and full-day auditing is available and that money collected helps pay the expenses of having world-renowned equestrians come to our area to teach. Put your membership participation to work by being present at clinics and shows. The best part about our horsey lives is the community it creates around out love for horses. Enjoy learning and come to audit clinic by these famous equestrians. Check the GDCTA calendar and see what fits into your schedule!
There are many excuses why you don’t have time to audit a clinic. “I have lessons to teach”, “I have to be at the barn”, “I have family commitments”, etc. All are good excuses. However, clinic schedules are often posted months in advance. A group at the barn can make it an educational outing. An instructor can learn some new techniques and socialize with other riders. There are many benefits to being an auditor besides learning from that particular equestrian. 18
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With the coming of the delightful spring weather, I am getting an increase in applications for various educational programs. They are in all aspects and many have USDF University credits. Many of these programs are hosted by GMOs with their volunteers doing the work. Several are continuing education programs for our officials or programs to start their education to get licensed, i.e. “L” program. Part 1 of the “L” program is open to silent auditors at a reduced cost and gives you a wonderful look at how our judges look at scoring rides from some of our best judges. So, get out and take advantage of these programs. For more programs throughout the country go to the USDF website under education.
Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Award. The DSE Rider Award is eligible for professionals, adult amateurs and junior / young riders. Scores earned in walk, trot and canter DSE classes (that use the USEF Dressage Seat Equitation class scoresheet or USEF Dressage Seat Medal class scoresheet) can be used towards this award. All a rider needs are five scores from at least three different judges at three different USDF / USEF licensed competitions. You can earn these scores over time and the rider receives a beautiful lapel pin as well as certificate of achievement with each level they accomplish!
During the USDF convention there are numerous meetings taking place at the same time. But the first and the last group of meetings are the individual regional meetings. At the first regional meeting we discuss any major issues that will be discussed during the convention and who in the region will attend each meeting. Then at the last regional meeting, those that were appoint will give everyone a quick briefing on important issues discussed. Usually we get through all of the committee reports, but this year we had such good discussions we could not do the Awards meeting. Graciously, Amy Swerdlin, the new Awards Committee Chair, volunteered to write the report. After reading her report, I am kind of glad we ran out of time as it gives everyone a good idea of what happens in the committee meetings. So thank you Amy for doing a wonderful job!
For the Elementary Level, the five scores must be 65% or higher For the Accomplished Level, the five scores must be 72% or higher For the Elite Level, the five scores must be 80% or higher
Unfortunately, one area that seems to be on the decline in participation for year-end awards is the USEF FourYear-Old, FEI Five-Year-Old and 6-Year-Old divisions. Did you know that only four scores from four different judges at four USDF / USEF licensed competitions (with a median of 6.5 or higher) qualifies a horse for this award? To increase awareness about the award requirements, the Awards Committee has developed targeted emails to riders / owners whose horses have nearly completed the ride criteria for the award. We are hoping that in the future this will encourage riders to get the last scores needed to be eligible. In addition, the Awards Committee has developed a Young Horse Opportunities prize list insert for show managers to use, which highlights the programs for young horses. The prize list inserts can be found at these links:
Dear Region 3 Members, Since our time was cut short at the final Region 3 meeting at convention, I wanted to take this opportunity to fill everyone in on what the Awards Committee has been working on. Overall, the USDF Awards Program is very strong with participation in most categories on a steady or upward trend. One program that is relatively new to membership is the
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A project that the committee is planning to implement in October 2020, is a recognition for riders who have received all USDF Rider Medals and Freestyle Bars. USDF will track this recognition and riders who have achieved this milestone will be given a lapel pin and achievement certificate, as well as having their name added to a plaque housed at USDF. Also, in 2020 the Awards Committee will be reviewing the Horse Performance Certificates and Medal Rider Awards. We are hoping to potentially enhance these programs for the USDF membership.
Have a wonderful show season and I hope you all reach your award goals in 2020!
Log into USDFScores.com and look under “Rider Award Eligibility” to track your award status. In addition, please check pages 18-45 in the USDF membership guide for award eligibility details and to see all the award programs that USDF offers its members.
Susan Lynn Bender
Amy Swerdlin USDF Awards Committee Chair email@example.com As the sun gets stronger, remember to reapply your sunscreen. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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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) Let Your Talents Shine! Volunteer on a GDCTA Committee!
Awards Capital Campaign Education Gala Horse Shows Schooling Show Recognition Kudzu Klinics Marketing/Public Relations Membership
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Newsletter Submission Guidelines 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.
1) Nominating – Will be decided in April 2) Grievance – 2 VP’s and only if there is a complaint 3) Finance a. Chair – Peter West b. Sponsorship 2020 – Caren Caverly 4) Awards – a. Grants – Amanda Moretz 5) Award Banquet – 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
• 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. 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
For print, only high resolution (300dpi) Jpeg or PDF files will be accepted. Please submit electronically to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
9) Show – a. Chair – Erin McCloud b. Recognized – Caren Caverly c. Schooling – Caren Caverly, Peri Lambros 1 Horse Show Recognition – Chris Hutchings d. Regionals 1. Chair – Caren Caverly 2. Vendors – Caren Caverly 3. Hospitality – Liz Faso 4. Awards Chair – Peri Lambros 5. Grounds – Peri Lambros 10) Volunteer Coordinator – Open (Need someone for this job!)
GDCTA MEMBER TRAINING GRANT S The GDCTA Grant has been established to provide funding support for GDCTA member-riders who are working to sharpen their riding skills. Four grants of $800* each will be offered to GDCTA members for concentrated work with a trainer of their choice within one year of receiving the grant award.
Requirements These grants represent an investment by GDCTA. The recipient understands that the membership will benefit as a result of the recipient’s experience, therefore it is a requirement that the recipient will:
Mission The mission of the GDCTA Grant Program is to provide educational opportunities to members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and/or excellence in the sport as well as service and ambassadorship within the Association.
The grant is meant for a GDCTA member to have the opportunity to be in a training situation that is not readily available during the course of his/her daily pattern. Grant monies must be used to participate in educational programs that include, but are not limited to: seminars, workshops, clinics and training programs offered by recognized or certified instructors.
Opening Date: February 1, 2020 Closing Date: June 1, 2020
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write an article for the GDCTA newsletter, Collected Remarks, for use on the GDCTA website and for GDCTA’s use in other publications give a verbal report at a GDCTA board meeting as soon as possible after their training is complete volunteer at least 8 hours (or the equivalent of one day) at a GDCTA function within a year of receiving the grant.
Questions? Amanda Moretz Grant Program Committee Chair 404-645-4469
GDCTA members in good standing. US Citizen or permanent US resident holding Green card Involvement in a regular riding program with active instruction over the last three years
*I understand that I will receive an initial $600 of the grant after details of my training are confirmed, and one month before my training; the balance in the amount of $200 will be sent to me when the GDCTA newsletter editors receive my training experience article.
GDCTA EVENT CALENDAR (GDCTA Events are in RED) USEF/USDF/USEA 2020 Show Season
GDCTA Schooling Shows
May 9-10 Greater ATL Dressage Southern I & II Conyers, GA
2020 Show Season
Aug 29-30 Labor Day Classic I & II Conyers, GA
GDCTA Clinics & Symposiums April 25-26 Laura Graves Dressage Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com
*Aug 1-2 Summer Finals at Wills Park Alpharetta, GA Caren Caverly CCaverly@comcast.net
2021 Show Season Conyers, GA Caren Caverly CCaverly@comcast.net *Oct 10-11 Atlanta National Fall Dressage
May 30-31 Anne Gribbons Dressage Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com
GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows
June 6-7 Michael Pollard Eventing Fairburn, GA Joanne Morse Joannemorses1@yahoo.com
2020 Show Season
June 27-28 Jeremy Steinberg Dressage Milton, GA Julie Shannon Julie@shannondale.com July 18-19 Kim Gentry Bitting Moreland, GA Joanne Morse Joannemorses1@yahoo.com
Caren Caverly GDCTA AWARDS CHAIR â€“ Recognized & Schooling Shows email@example.com 770-713-4025
(green=pending purple=provisional black=approved)
Mar 14 (Susanna Lauda) North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Mar 14 (Robin Ginn) LEAF Gainesville, GA email@example.com Apr 4 Ashland Farm Covington, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 11 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA email@example.com
Apr 11 (Jessica Souther) BellaRose Dressage & CT Woodstock, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 18 (Cynthia Thaxton) Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA email@example.com May 2 (Amy Lanier) Foxberry Farm Dallas, GA firstname.lastname@example.org May 2 LEAF Gainesville, GA email@example.com May 9 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA firstname.lastname@example.org May 16 North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA email@example.com May 16 Oxer Farm Clermont, GA firstname.lastname@example.org May 23 Ashland Farm Covington, GA email@example.com Jun 6 (Sally Crews) LEAF Gainesville, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Jun 13 (Leslie Olsen) Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA email@example.com
GDCTA EVENT CALENDAR (GDCTA Events are in RED) Jun 13 (Sally Crews) Foxberry Farm Dallas, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 15 (Susanne Lauda) BellaRose Dressage & CT Woodstock, GA email@example.com
Jun 20 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 22 Oxer Farm Clermont, GA email@example.com
Jun 20 Ashland Farm Covington, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 5 (Leslie Olsen) North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA email@example.com
Jul 11 Ashland Farm Covington, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 12 (Marie MacDonald) Foxberry Farm Dallas, GA email@example.com
Jul 11 (Danielle Perry) BellaRose Dressage & CT Woodstock, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 19 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA email@example.com
Jul 18 North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 19 Ashland Farm Covington, GA email@example.com
Jul 18 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 19 (Robin Ginn) LEAF Gainesville, GA email@example.com
Jul 25 Ashland Farm Covington, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 26 Oxer Farm Clermont, GA email@example.com
Aug 1 (Bev Bowman) Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Aug 1-2* GDCTA Summer Finals Aug 15 Ashland Farm Covington, GA email@example.com
*The GDCTA 2020 Schooling shows in August and October will be participating in the new USDF Regional Schooling Show Award program. Details can be found on the USDF.org website. Also, in those shows we will now be offering the AA Dressage Seat Equitation class in addition to the DSE 13 & under and DE 14 & over classes. And of course, we will continue offer our Lisa Seger Insurance AA Medal classes!
GDCTA-Recognized Schooling Shows (green=pending purple=provisional black=approved)
2021 Show Season Oct 3 (Keli Gambrill) Chatt Hills Eventing Fairburn, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Oct 10-11* GDCTA ANFD Oct 17 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA email@example.com Oct 17 (Leslie Olsen, Susanna Lauda) North Atlanta Equestrian Cartersville, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Oct 24 (Sally Crews) LEAF Gainesville, GA email@example.com Oct 24 (Cindy Thaxton) BellaRose Dressage & CT Woodstock, GA firstname.lastname@example.org Nov 7-8 SESSC Fairburn, GA email@example.com Nov 14 Poplar Place Farm Hamilton, GA firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Regular Meeting Minutes Overview February 17, 2020
President Caren Caverly called the regular meeting of the GDCTA to order on February 17, 2020, at 7:02 PM at Shannondale Farm, 2395 Birmingham Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004. Recording Secretary, Heather Ryfa, performed roll call. A quorum of the board consisting of Caren Caverly, Peri Lambros, Joanne Morse, Liz Molloy, Peter West, Julie Shannon, Carol Lane Tresan, Erin McCloud, and Heather Ryfa were present. Also present was Amanda Garner. The minutes of the regular meeting for January 20, 2020, were emailed to board members prior to the meeting. Joanne Morse made a motion to approve the minutes. Carol Lane Tresan seconded. Motion passed. Treasurer’s Report, Peter West. A report of financial statements was presented to the board. A small loss for the month. Gala was not included, but it showed a loss. VP Dressage, Erin McCloud. “L” program at Shannondale Farm in the works for this year. Part I can be audited; auditors cannot talk but can write down questions on a card. Participants must have required scores, but otherwise is open to anyone. Rider’s position, mechanics of gait, basic judging of volunteer riders. Part II participants will go to rated shows and sit on side of ring and judge. VP of Combined Training, Joanne Morse. June 6 and 7 for Michael Pollard clinic at Chattahoochee Hills. Will start advertising soon. Kim Gentry date is being finalized. Chris Bernard clinic, Riding a Course from a Course Designer Perspective, is being planned for during a horse show at Chatt Hills as well. Membership, Mary Lou Freil. We are up many new members from this time last year - 585 total (up 100 from last year at this time). Awards Gala Chairperson, Caren Caverly. Awards banquet expenses were high. 485 people came to the Gala this year. Budget for next year has been changed. Silent Auction made $8,000. Caren Caverly made motion to
make donation to UGA vet school of $2,000; Julie seconded. Motion passed. Communications Chairperson, Joanne Morse. Next Newsletter is March issue, submissions due the 5th. Layout for Yearbook. Advertisers needed. A list will be emailed of who has already bought advertisements. Horse Show Chairperson, Erin McCloud. Caren has judges and TD lined up for the May and August shows. Linda Zang is lined up and Anne Gribbons is a maybe. Prize list for May has gone to USDF, will be posted on EqEntries soon. Caren talked with a person on the Wills Park Foundation about getting three more dates during the show year. Offered February. Still should get more dates for the 2021 year. Application is in for Regionals 2021. Will be announced in May. Finance Committee Chairperson, Peter West. Passed around packet made to send out to potential sponsors. Laura Graves budget has had to be changed due to increase in instructor fee. Have some sponsorships already, more in the works. Youth Chairpersons, Joanne Morse and Erin McCloud. Erin McCloud is looking for input on how to get the Youth Board more active. The Board wants to inspire more leadership and responsibility from our Youth. Suggestions made to require completing questionnaires, using trainers to motivate youth to participate, making sure an effort is
made to include Youth from many different barns and areas Liz Malloy called Lendon Gray, discussed changing name Dressage for Kids to Youth Festival. Liz to create sponsorship packet information to give to Caren. Laura Oliver called Liz Malloy to sponsor two children. Contest was suggested— write an article for newsletter or Yearbook. Caren made motion that for this year, contact dressage and eventing trainers to find Youth (up to age 21) that are not currently members. Will draw names for the memberships. Joann Morse seconded. Motion passed. Considering adding socials during horse shows. Erin will contact dressage trainers; Joanne will contact eventing trainers by April 1. Will draw names at April meeting. Education and Young Horse Chairperson, Julie Shannon. No report. Old Business E-blast: Horse Show 101; Laura Graves; young rider membership raffle. Budget for Horse Show 101 revised. 15 tickets sold. Just using Carriage Room now. One sponsor and dressage grant. PowerPoints can be emailed. Loss of $635, after reserves around $400. Julie Shannon made motion to accept budget; Erin McCloud seconded. Motion passed. Laura Graves revised budget. Rider fee increased; have sponsors. Should make almost $2,000 profit. One rider has paid; rest will be billed. Motion to accept budget by Peri Lambros; Joanne Morse seconded. Motion passed; one abstention. Laura Graves volunteer list passed around. Anne Gribbons Clinic May 30-31; Motion to accept budget by Joanne Morse, second by Erin McCloud. Motion passed; one abstention. Jeremy Steinberg Clinic June 27-28; motion to accept budget by Carol Lane Tresan, second by Joanne Morse. Motion passed. Gala budget for 2020 awards: discussion regarding silent auction
suggestions. Joanne Morse motion to accept budget; Carol Lane Tresan seconded. Motion passed. Motion by Julie Shannon to raise schooling show recognition fees to $35 for 2021; Erin McCloud seconded. Motion passed. Volunteer Coordinator needed.
New Business Fox Village usage of server. Weekend of May show entries will be open; need to close that weekend for our use. $359 to set up, $59 per month (but 10% discount for prepayment). Caren Caverly moved to charge $59 for [Sandy Donovan’s] June show; seconded by Peri Lambros. Caren Caverly abstained. Motion passed. Amanda Garner discussed IEA sponsorship for regional final horse show in March 21-22, 2020 in dressage. Class sponsorships for 12 team, 14 individual classes available. $100 per class. Julie Shannon moved to sponsor middle school and high school team competition for $1,200, Peri Lambros seconded. Motion passed. GHJA contacted to partner with GDCTA and USHJA for an educational festival June 9-11, 2020, at Wills Park. Clinics with Diane Carney, Greg Best, Elisa Wallace, and others, as well as vendors. Tuesday through Thursday. Thursday would be two-hour ridden clinic, six riders in each ring. Discussion regarding issues with dressage schedule. Will give input and attempt to revamp.
Julie Shannon made motion to adjourn; Erin McCloud seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:06 pm. Next meeting is April 20, 2020, at 7:00 PM Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd Milton, Georgia
2020 Official GDCTA Directory Ad Form
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