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Outside the Sandbox
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9 – Are You Ready to Show Again?
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11 – In Loving Memory – Michelle Futral Dressage
inside the sandbox
13 – Ours IS to reason why! 15 – Wesleyan Equestrian Team 17 –
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19 – Dressage Upgrade: Kane 2.0
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Outside the Sandbox delivering general articles and activities
GDCTA COVID-19 Statement UPDATE 5/4/2020
On June 1, the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s suspension of its owned and named events will expire, and shows may resume once again. But what will shows look like? And how will everyone stay safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic? USEF has a Toolkit for how competitons will proceed: www.usef.org/media/covid19-toolkit GDCTA is planning to start accepting scores as soon as shows start up. The Show Committee will meet to discuss how to manage all of the new requirements. We encourage you to read the Toolkit and listen to the USEF webinar to hear for yourself the plans and restrictions. Both are on the USEF website. (from the USEF website) Equestrian Competitions – Environment & Constituency The majority of equestrian competitions operate in an outdoor environment, at open-air venues that encompass acres of open space. This environment makes it highly conducive to maintaining social distancing and ensuring application of other best practices focused on mitigating the risk of communicable disease transmission, including the COVID-19 virus. While some competitions operate in indoor facilities, even those are typically situated on ample open space that provides the same benefits as outdoor venues. With limited exception, equestrian sport involves no close, sustained contact (human-to-human) between participants and involves activity performed individually. Any equipment used by participants can easily be sanitized between each use. Additionally, as a sport, our constituents and stakeholders understand the necessity of restricting and even prohibiting fans and spectators at competition venues during times of disease outbreak. The industry is unified in its position with respect to the COVID-19 situation that spectators andfans must be prohibited from attending equestrian competitions and events until such time that it is deemed safe and is authorized by federal, state, and local authorities. Regardless of whether activity occurs outdoors or indoors, social distancing is an inherent component of equestrian competitions. Additionally, equestrians are well-known for their dedication and commitment to their community and they willingly make the sacrifices necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of their fellow equestriansand their horses. This has been evidenced by the community’s united response to past equine infectious disease outbreaks which presented similarly devastating consequences for horses as the COVID-19 virus has for humans Caren Caverly will set up a zoom meeting with the GDCTA recognized schooling show organizers as soon as she has all the information from USEF. Stay tuned for more! Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time. Caren Caverly President, GDCTA 770-713-4025 email@example.com
USDF GMO Book Club Meeting with Janet Foy
The USDF GMO Book Club is for all members of any GMO, ie, GDCTA members. Since it is not location dependent, Book Club members can be members of any GMO nationwide making this a larger group and an enthusiastic crowd. The June book is “Dressage For The Not-So-Perfect Horse” by Janet Foy. We will be having a Zoom meeting with her to discuss it! The Zoom Meeting is scheduled for June 24th at 7:00 PM EST.
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To attend this USDF GMO Book Club Meeting with Janet Foy, register through Strider here: www.striderpro.com/a/ZCj-C2Rjbk-UHCqzv0cu_Q so that we can keep track and connect with members reading the book.
If you don’t own a copy, you can pick one up at Amazon – they have an Ebook version and a few hard copies or Trafalgar Books has plenty of them. We look forward to seeing you in June on Zoom! 7
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.
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.
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Adult Amateur – Dressage Professional Combined Training Jr/YR
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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
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: •
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.
Opening Date: February 1, 2020 Closing Date: June 1, 2020 Winner Announcement: July 1, 2020
Apply online: www.gdcta.org/training-grants
Questions? Amanda Moretz Grant Program Committee Chair 404-645-4469
*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.
Are you ready to show again?
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Many of us became horse crazy because of our who swept in and encouraged us into a saddle. still honoring our mothers and other or not) all month! How do you distill the intense, loving, maddening, crazy connection you have with your mom into a few sentences?
Just One Mom Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn.
But only one mother the whole world over.
mothers, aunts, grandmothers, or another female figure While the 2020 Motherâ€™s Day has come and gone we are important women in our lives (whether are horse crazy
In Loving Memory
Long-time GDCTA member, Dr. Michelle Futral (54) died at her home on March 16 after a long battle with breast cancer. Cancer didn’t define Michelle, her indomitable spirit did. In 2007 Michelle began her long journey to survive the breast cancer that after 13 years took her life. But she lived two lifetimes in that period. She served as a tireless resource in helping others with breast cancer. Even when she didn’t feel well, she pushed herself to uncomplainingly join in a family adventure or improve someone else’s life, a chance to pay it forward, buying groceries for the needy or comforting the inflicted. A measure of her courage was evident in her decision to pursue the demanding equestrian discipline of dressage. She went to every lesson and every show despite how she felt, planning a show just months before she passed. Her dedication to excellence resulted in a gold medal, the highest level reached in amateur competition. She loved everything about riding and the riding community embraced her as one of their darlings. She could talk to her dogs, her horses and her people in a way that made them all try to please her, just to be rewarded with one of her brilliant smiles. We remember Michelle for her grit and determination as well as her kindness and sensitivity.
Michelle was such a big influence in my life. She opened my eyes to exploring the world, taught me to embrace my creativity, and to always trust my gut. Together we experienced many of life’s highest highs and lowest lows over the past 10 years; I learned from her to always stay positive, and that we are all so much stronger than we even know. To never sit around and have a pity party for yourself-life is short so you have to get out there and live it! I will always be grateful for all of our time together. There are not enough words to describe what an amazing person she was, and I am grateful to have had her in my life. - Heather Beachem
Michelle always cared deeply for her family, her horses and her friends. When I had some terrible luck with two of my own horses, she connected me with We remember her absolute joy when she pushed past my wonderful Princess CiCi, a match made in heaven. I her illness to adventure in the outdoors of Idaho with will be forever grateful for that. And she fought cancer like a tigress, always stayed positive, and was very her family. She was a physician, a wife, a mother, a sister and an unabashed Duke fan. But even more, she composed. She carried that heavy burden with grace. was a lifelong student and teacher and loyal friend who A truely classy lady. - Susanne Lauda blessed the many lives she touched. We carry her love with us as we grieve the loss of her luminous presence. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Michelle may be donated to the horse therapy program BEATS (Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Services, Inc.) 75 Red Gate Trail, Canton, GA 30115 or go to website beats-inc.org.
Our condolences to all who have lost loved ones recently. 11
DRESSAGE inside the Sandbox
to reason why!
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Two Wesleyan equestrian team members qualify for Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championship Wesleyan College equestrian team member Audrey Mecklenburg ’22 qualified to compete in Upper Training Dressage Seat Equitation at the 2020 Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championship and Catherenne (Caty) Hogeland ’20 qualified in Individual Lower Training. The event was be hosted by Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, April 24 – 26 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both riders joined the IDA Team when the College joined in fall 2019. Wesleyan is a member of IDA Region J that includes colleges from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Wesleyan is the only school in Georgia competing in IDA.
the highest overall score wins. The criteria includes balance of the rider with the horse, correct bend and preparation of transitions, harmony of horse and rider, as well as geometry and accuracy of the test demonstrating correct size and shape of movements.
Catherenne (Caty) Hogeland
Wesleyan Head Equestrian Coach Catherine Baker said, “I am so proud of our IDA Team for taking on a new discipline and doing an outstanding job in their first year of dressage. Since this was our first year competing in dressage, we did not have a dressage arena for them to practice their tests. Our limited experience dressage riders did an amazing job earning great scores and placings at each show. We had three riders competing in IDA this year and for two to qualify for IDA National Championships is an accomplishment almost unheard of.”
Audrey qualified for the IDA National Championship after competing this season in two shows hosted by The University of Florida, placing 1st and 2nd in November and 1st and 5th in February. The criteria for judging Dressage Seat Equitation includes overall correct position, relaxation and suppleness of rider, unity with the horse, lightness and correct application of aids, ability to maintain tempo and rhythm, and overall quality of performance.
The IDA began in 1995 at Mt. Holyoke College with college and secondary schools participating in team dressage competitions. In 2003, IDA became a collegeonly organization providing team dressage competitions where the rider draws for the horse on which they will compete. Horses are provided by the host school, other colleges, and private owners. IDA is affiliated with USDF (United States Dressage Federation) and adheres to USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) competition rules.
Caty qualified after placing 1st and 2nd in November and 2nd and 3rd in February. Dressage is an ancient equestrian discipline that highlights movements originally used in battle with warhorses. Dressage means “training” in French. Scores are given on individual movements in a standard test with each movement awarded a score of 0 to 10. The rider with
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Wannabe Dressage Queen by Taleen Hanna
I am not a dressage queen. To me, dressage is the thing that I tolerate in order to go cross-country or stadium. Dressage and I do not get along. I have gotten some pretty bad scores, and when I think I’m improving, they just get worse again.
My start to this season was overall great, but I could have been better in the sandbox. At my last event, I put so much pressure on myself that I did not give my horse the ride he deserved. I was really disappointed in myself, but I was also motivated to work extra hard to be better next time.
I had a dream once that I was in dressage warm up and I had gone back up to the barns to get a different pair of reins (the ones I was using had the width of a belt—weird I know!) and a snake started chasing me. I somehow ran into my horse’s stall, climbed up the wall, and jumped into the stall behind mine. I ran back down to warm up only to realize I had forgotten to get my reins. I thought nothing of this dream at first but then I wondered why I’d had it. As usual, I googled what a snake chasing you in a dream meant. Google told me I was avoiding something. I thought of things I might be avoiding, but nothing seemed prominent enough in my life to be in a dream.
Since our show season has been put on hold, I’ve had the opportunity to work on my dressage a lot more lately. After realizing what the snake meant in my dream, I was focused. I’d like to say I’ve improved with being clearer with my aids and more relaxed overall. Of course, there is still more to improve upon, but I am proud of my growth thus far. I will admit, I am still not a dressage queen. I’m happy to say, though, that I feel like I am actually getting a little bit closer every ride. If my horse has taught me anything, he has taught me that things come with time. Boy, do we have a lot of time on our hands these days! I’ve learned that practice does not make us perfect, but it makes us stronger and more prepared.
As I was telling my dream to my trainer, I mentioned the Google search and as a joke I said “Oh, maybe I’m avoiding dressage.” and I gasped and realized that in fact was what I was avoiding.
To all of you dressage queen wannabes out there—you can do it!
For the past three years, I have gotten away with earning mediocre dressage scores and making up for it in the other two phases. All of the sudden, this year that was not the case anymore. So apparently everyone got really good at all three phases without telling me? I had always depended on my strength in the jumping phases that some other competitors lacked. It was normal for me to jump at least three or four places after cross-country. I realized that I would have to work harder this year than any other one yet.
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By Alison Cochran
When I applied for the GDCTA Grant, I had intended to participate in the GDCTA Adult Camp since it was a great opportunity to work with multiple trainers. When that camp was canceled, I spent quite a while trying to decide how to use these funds that would be most beneficial. Ultimately, there were two opportunities to put the Grant money to good use – Kane having training time with other professionals and closing out the 2019 show season at the Southeast Schooling Show Championships. A little back story on myself and my horse. I have been competing in hunters and jumpers since 1979 with some focus here and there on dressage. In 2013, I adopted an OTTB that I knew came with a very long list of issues. He had been badly abused even to the extent of having his nose broken by his handler. Simple things like mounting were a catastrophic event in his mind. I spent the first year trying to get him to trust me to perform small things walking in and out of the barn without striking, mounting, trotting and cantering from time to time. He would not accept contact of any kind and would become explosive when you tried to sit or add leg. Most of the first two years was spent surviving the rides. Any amount of pressure was overwhelming to him and he would have meltdowns that could last for days. After several years of simply gaining his trust, I didn’t really have a plan. After moving him to Foxberry in 2018, I was intrigued by the possibility of focusing on dressage with him. Although I hadn’t competed in a dressage show since the early 90s, this seemed like the best route for us. Jumping created many explosive behaviors so dressage seemed like a good fit.
At the end of the season, I decided to go ahead and participate in the SESSC show at Chattahoochee Hills. This was an incredible experience for us. Although our scores were not the best, he handled the show quite well and came home with respectable ribbons. As we approached winter, I needed a new plan. After wrapping up the 2019 season in second place at Training level, I decided to work towards First level for 2020. In February, I was given the opportunity to send Kane off for professional training at JWR Sporthorses with Jenny Caras and Waylon Roberts. I had ridden with Jenny several times in 2019 but this would be an entirely different level of work for Kane. When I picked Kane up after his stay, I was literally shocked. In such a short time, I came home with a far more educated horse. It was like he was teaching me now. The undeniable rhythm between us was amazing. I no longer felt like we were working against each other! Where simply cantering with contact had been a small battle, now he was cantering so softly underneath me. No explosiveness. No anxiety. No tension. Additionally, they were able to reintroduce jumping to him and he seems to really be enjoying it. I am certain that without the dressage focus, jumping would not be an optin for us. Jenny and Waylon both have a brilliant way of working with their horses and riders and I am so excited to have had this opportunity for both Kane and me. Without the grant, this would not have happened. Although we still have a ton of work to do, I am so grateful to GDCTA and the grant money for affording us with the opportunities we would otherwise not have had.
I spent 2019 competing primarily at Foxberry (our home barn) with a couple off-site shows because another issue for him was traveling to new places. Our home shows seemed best.
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Show Jumping Saturday and Cross Country Sunday All Levels Offered Group Lessons: $100 per lesson $85 per lesson for GDCTA Members Private Lessons: $150 per lesson (Limited Availability) $135 for GDCTA Members Stabling Available Upon Request for $40 a stall (Shavings not included) Auditing Available for $25 per day. (Lunch Included)
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The GDCTA Youth is proud to present the Equestrians United During COVID-19 T-Shirt fundraiser.
This collaboration will show that through unity and strength anything can be achieved!
Design submissions are being accepted from any GDCTA Youth Member in good standing. The winner will have their custom design printed on the 2020 GDCTA Youth Club Shirt. Submissions are due by June 1st! Limit 4 colors per design.
Submissions should be emailed to: Joanne Morse at email@example.com Erin McCloud at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equestrian Air Vests: What You Need to Know Reprinted from USEF.org by Leslie Potter | May 12, 2020, 12:31 PM EST
While most equestrians are well aware of the potential for head injuries that comes with riding, riders run the risk of other types of injuries when involved in a fall. Eventers have been wearing body protectors on the cross-country course for decades to mitigate some of that risk, and in recent years, self-inflating air vests have become a common item of supplemental safety gear. Cross-country rider wearing an air vest Riders in other disciplines have taken note, and air vests are starting to show up in the show ring as well as on the crosscountry course. Like all safety gear, air vests are only effective when used correctly and cared for properly. We spoke with Danielle Santos, Director of Sales and Partnerships for Charles Owen, and Dr. Mark Hart, USEF’s Team Physician and Chair of the Fédération Équestre Internationale Medical Committee, to find out what equestrians need to know about air vests. Photo: Alex Banks/US Equestrian
How T hey Work
There are several manufacturers offering equestrian air vests today, and while the designs vary somewhat, the principle of how they work is the same. The vests have a lanyard that attaches to the saddle. When a rider parts ways with the saddle, the lanyard triggers the activation device, which punctures an air canister, instantly inflating the vest before the rider hits the ground. “Airowear air vests (AyrPS) have unique circulation systems that allow them to inflate when the rider detaches from the saddle and activates the gas canister,” says Santos. The inflated areas are designed to add a greater stopping distance for the rider’s body in a fall. “This protection zone includes chambers around the jaw to stabilize the head and neck, a protective tent around the thorax and torso, and a trampoline effect across the chest to protect the sternum and ribs.” The Difference Between Air Vests and Traditional Body Protectors Body protectors are made of a lightweight foam that helps dissipate the impact in a fall. “Body protectors have been shown by research to reduce penetrating injuries to the torso and reduce the frequency of rib fractures,” says Hart, adding that the effectiveness is seen mostly in cross-country riding and less so in stadium jumping or on the flat. “Air vests were specifically designed with the thought to reduce ‘crush’ injuries to the chest when riders hit the ground hard or when a horse lands on top of them during a fall.” “Traditional body protectors are designed to protect the abdomen, internal organs, chest, and ribs,” says Santos, adding that they also offer some protection from bruising, cuts, and abrasions. “What body protectors do not do is to offer direct spinal protection, protect from crushing the body, or protect against injuries involving severe torsion, flexion, or extension.” Currently, traditional body protectors are required for eventers during the cross-country phase, and they are allowed— but not required—in most other disciplines. There is no requirement for air vests in any discipline, and even if riders opt to use them for cross-country, they must still wear a traditional body protector underneath the air vest. In other words, an air vest is not meant to be a replacement for a body protector. “Air jackets can be added on top of any BETA Level 3 or SEI-certified body protector, but integrated body protectors that allow you to anchor the air jacket to the body protector below will prevent the air jacket from slipping or moving around the body,” says Santos.
Roy Burek of Charles Owen tests an air vest with Codie Mott. Photo: Amy Dragoo courtesy Charles Owen
Care and Keeping of Your Air Vest To keep your air vest functioning properly for the maximum life of the product, Charles Owen recommends storing it in a dry, climate-controlled tack room, if available, or inside your house. Any dirt can be safely removed with a dry brush followed by a wipe down with a damp cloth. “After a fall and deployment of the canister, the air vest should be thoroughly inspected for any tears or marks,” says Santos. “After a significant fall or visible mark/tear, it’s recommended that riders send their air vest in for servicing to ensure the mechanisms are working properly.”
Santos also suggests sending your vest to the manufacturer for servicing annually, after six inflations, or after a significant fall, even if there’s no visible tear in the material. The service should include an inspection and re-test of the triggering and inflation mechanism to ensure they’re still working properly. The air canisters are replaceable, so in most cases, you’ll be able to simply replace the canister and continue to use your air vest after a fall.
Should You Wear an Air Vest? Air vest technology is still relatively new in the equestrian world, which means we don’t yet have the same level of conclusive data about their benefits that we do for helmets or even traditional body protectors. “The Transport Research Lab worked with British Eventing in 2015, evaluating the effectiveness of air vests by using lab models to simulate horses landing on riders and measuring compressive forces,” says Hart. “This study did show evidence of probable reduction of seriousness of crushing forces, but these studies had limitations.” In a study conducted by the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, researchers reviewed cross-country falls that occurred at FEI events from 2015 through 2017 and compared the rate of injury between riders who wore an air vest and riders who did not. Statistical analysis showed that riders with air vests in fact had increased odds of sustaining a serious injury. However, this study did not show that the air vests caused the injury, and other factors may be at play. “This study raised several unanswered questions and clearly points to the need for additional research,” says Hart. Anecdotally, many riders do attest to the safety benefits of their air vests, and we’ll continue to see them in the upper levels of eventing. For riders of any level or discipline, Santos emphasizes the importance of choosing the right one and using it correctly, in concert with a traditional body protector. “If you are interested in the additional protection that an air jacket provides on top of a foundation body protector, look for one that has been tested to the SATRA M38:Issue 3 February 2015 air vest standard,” she says, referring to UK-based independent testing organization, SATRA Technology. “The air activation device is tested prior to being inserted into the air tube to ensure it triggers and punctures the air canister, which in turn inflates the tube when a rider falls. Each tube is inflated to ensure it does so, before dispatching to the customer.”
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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.
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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!)
Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association Regular Meeting Minutes Overview April 20, 2020
President Caren Caverly called the regular meeting of the GDCTA to order on April 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm on Zoom. Recording Secretary, Heather Ryfa, performed roll call. A quorum of the board consisting of Caren Caverly, Joanne Morse, Peter West, Carol Lane Tresan, Erin McCloud, Amanda Moretz, Lori Goodwin, Halliea Milner, Julie Shannon, Liz Molloy, and Heather Ryfa were present. Also present was committee member Mary Lou Freil. The minutes of the regular meeting for February 17, 2020 were emailed to board members prior to the meeting. Joanne Morse made a motion to approve the minutes. Lori Goodwin seconded. Motion passed. Treasurer’s Report, Peter West. A report of financial statements was presented to the board. A small loss for the month, included deposit or reschedule of clinic. IEA donation was returned due to cancellation. Horse Show 101 loss of $538, but well received by attendees. GDCTA yearly budget reviewed. Grant applications deadline June 1; will remain the same. Recipients to be chosen by July 1. VP Dressage, Erin McCloud. L program at Shannondale pushed to next year. VP of Combined Training, Joanne Morse. Michael Pollard clinic at Chattahoochee Hills still scheduled for June 6 and 7 [since rescheduled to May 30-31]; a bit clinic scheduled for July 18-19 with Kim Gentry. Entries have stopped. Both clinics are approximately half full. Waiting to decide on whether to go forward or cancel; optimistic will be able to proceed. Membership, Mary Lou Freil. We are down 19 members from this time last year.
Membership was going well until COVID-19; expected to pick back up after re-open. Eventing members are up. Free membership for a junior was drawn by Caren Caverly (10 entries)—Mia Laney was the winner. Motion by Caren Caverly to follow USEA and USDF closures for COVID-19. Seconded by Erin McCloud. Currently May 3 to reopen. Passed. Motion by Caren Caverly to do a stay-athome charity dressage series; registrations through Fox Village. Will cost nothing. Erin McCloud seconded. Equestrian Aid Foundation will receive the proceeds. Communications Chair, Joanne Morse. Website hits down; newsletter and e-blasts the same. Yearbook coming together; addition of smaller, business card sized advertisements at a reduced rate. Horse Show Chair, Erin McCloud. Greater Atlanta show May 9 and 10 has been canceled. Another date, July 11 and 12, available at the Georgia International Horse Park. Original judges unavailable; have found two new judges in driving distance. Schooling show [Summer Finals] and Labor Day show expected to go forward. Finance Committee Chair, Peter West. Sponsorships have slowed.
Youth Chairs, Joanne Morse and Erin McCloud. Had Zoom meeting last week with Youth Committee; had more participation. Youth will have t-shirt contest; looking for vendor. Youth Corner page re-added to newsletter. Education and Young Horse Chair, Julie Shannon. All clinics through June are postponed. Anne Gribbons in May postponed; Jeremy Steinberg in June is suspended.
Old Business E-blast: Grant deadlines. Could also do one on sponsorship/ advertisement. Michael Pollard clinic as well. Volunteer coordinator still needed.
New Business Insurance—Current insurance policy does not cover volunteers; only riders. Lisa Seger at LSI/Markel has sent suggestions to minimize liability exposure, some of which are not feasible. Release waivers by all participants was suggested; was implemented in 2019. Caren Caverly has requested quote from LSI/Markel for an insurance plan to provide accident and injury benefits for volunteers. She has also contacted the Great American rep for a quote. EquiSpa Horsecare products would like to do a product review or giveaway, or become sponsor or donor; Caren Caverly will respond. Schooling shows canceled through May 3. Pony award sponsor would like to change rules for qualification; three scores from either pony or regular divisions can count.
Julie Shannon made motion to adjourn; Carol Tresan seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm. Next meeting is May 18, 2020, at 7:00 PM via Zoom Email Caren Caverly at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the meeting.
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GDCTA Clinics & Symposiums May 30-31 Michael Pollard Eventing Fairburn, GA Joanne Morse Joannemorses1@yahoo.com 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
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