2017 GDCTA OFFICERS
Caren Caverly 770-713-4025
Barbara Taylor 404-274-4411
Caren Caverly 770-713-4025
Kudzu Klinics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Duffy 770-442-9749
Caren Caverly 770-713-4025
Mary Lou Freil 770-330-2489
VP Dressage: Julie@shannondale.com
Julie Shannon 770-569-9555
Penny Morse 770-316-8655
VP Eventing: email@example.com
Peri Lambros 678-372-4105
Newsletter Co-Editors: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Schooling Show Recognition: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording Secretary: email@example.com
Joanne Morse 770-313-6283
Sponsorship/Public Relations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Collins 404-558-5034
Peter West 762-448-9049
Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
Heidi White 706-248-6305
Website Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
June Brewer 678-677-4404
Ken Berry email@example.com
Rebecca Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Collins email@example.com
Erin McCloud firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Molloy 770-634-4089 email@example.com
COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ken Berry 404-735-5823
Collegiate Program: Amanda Garner firstname.lastname@example.org 404-245-6688 & Lauren Turner email@example.com 843-224-8710 Education: Julie@shannondale.com
Chris Hutchings 404-630-9133
Cover photo . . . Peri Lambros Photo credit: Kim Loring
Youth Liaison: Liz Molloy firstname.lastname@example.org 770-634-4089
Newsletter Submission Guidelines
Carla Jimmerson 404-421-0509 email@example.com
GDCTA is led by your peers and exists to serve our members’ needs. If you would like to be involved with committee or just have general suggestions, please contact the appropriate member.
June Brewer 678-677-4404
Corresponding Sec’tary: Stephanie Beckwith firstname.lastname@example.org 404-428-8321
CO NTACT US
Julie Shannon 770-569-9555
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 Editor encourages members to submit original advertising, articles, photographs, and artwork for possible publication. Articles should be submitted via email and be PC compatible. Articles taking political positions or promotional in nature will not be considered for publication. ‘Collected Remarks’ reserves the right to reject any advertising or article deemed to be unsuitable for this newsletter. Make checks payable to GDCTA and mail to Peter West, 20 Wild Turkey Lane, Jasper, GA. 30143. All display ads should be submitted as a print ready PDF with images and fonts embedded or in a JPEG file. All articles and classified ads should be sent to the Editors via email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word formats only. Editorial contributions are welcomed although publication cannot be guaranteed. GDCTA is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles or paid advertisements.
DISCLOSURE Complete GDCTA Board of Directors meeting minutes are available upon request to the Recording Secretary. Financial records are available upon written request to the Treasurer. For information regarding Awards, Schooling Show Recognition, Membership, Education, Youth Programs, the Website, etc., contact the appropriate chairperson for that committee.
BOARD NOTES The GDCTA website won the USDF award for Best Oerall Layout and Design for a GMO with 500 or more members. The website was originally designed by Catherine Respess and is monitored and maintained by June Brewer. Member comments drive redesigns and fixes. In other words, we are all responsible for our lovely website. Congratulations to us! Elections are coming up! Please be sure to read about our candidates and vote when the ballot arrives. Upcoming GDCTA events: Oct 14-15 Atlanta National Fall Dressage show at the Horse Park Oct 27-29 Dressage 4 Kidsâ€” Atlanta Youth Festival & Schooling Show at the Horse Park (pg 8) Nov 4-5 Scott Hassler Dressage Clinic at Shannondale Farm in Milton, GA (pg 5) Nov 18-19 Stephen Bradley Eventing Clinic at Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, SC (pg 20) Jan 27, 2018 Awards Gala at the Atlanta Marriott in Alpharetta, GA
ELECTION TIME 2018 GDCTA is led by your peers and exists to serve our members’ needs. It’s election time at GDCTA and your vote counts. Please participate by voting when the notice arrives. The ballot will contain instructions for how it should be marked and should also state how many candidates for the director positions may be voted for.
CANDIDATES Officers 1-Year Term PRESIDENT – provides leadership in furthering the mission of GDCTA and supervises all of the business and affairs of the board Candidate for President - Caren Caverly: I have served on the GDCTA Board for the past 10 years and as President for the last 7 years. I am also the Chairperson for GDCTA Insurance and the Annual Awards Gala. While on the board at GDCTA, I proposed and managed the 2009-2017 Schooling Shows at Wills Park and at the Georgia International Horse Park. I also organized the Gil Merrick Seminar along with June Brewer. I have been riding for over 50 years with the last 13 years focused on dressage. I currently own 1 horse, Solant (retired). I have also served as Treasurer for the Georgia Arabian Association for 4 years. My professional experience includes working as Manager and Buyer for Tack Tavern for 8 ½ years, followed by 15 years in the car business. I am currently the Assistant Manager at Dover Saddlery. On-going goals for the GDCTA include getting the Region 3 Championships back to Conyers and making them the most fun and successful championships. We also hope to continue the growing success of the Awards Gala. As President, I would like to see GDCTA host more educational seminars and junior activities. My personal goal is to make GDCTA the best GMO in the country – the one every other GMO’s look to as the example of how things are done! VICE PRESIDENT – guides the business and affairs in regard to discipline; will assume the duties of the Board President when the President is absent or if the President should delegate the Vice President to act.
Coming soon to Milton . . .
November 4-5 GDCTA is excited to once again host Scott Hassler at Shannondale Farm in Milton, Georgia.
Scott Hassler is a widely respected and sought after educator, trainer, and horseman. He is respected at the highest levels of our countryâ€™s sport organizations as a visionary leader and for his depth as a horseman. Scott has a tremendous passion for the development of our sport and has served on many national committees for both USEF and USDF since 1999. Scott was instrumental in creating our pipeline of national programs that ensure talented horses and riders are properly recognized and developed.
For more information, contact Julie Shannon 770-569-9555 / Julie@shannondale.com www.gdcta.org/scott-hassler
GDCTA IS PLEASED TO HOST REGION 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS OCTOBER 12-14, 2018 GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK Sponsorship, Advertising, and Vendor information is available on the website. www.gdcta.org/oct-reg-3-champs
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Candidate for VP of Dressage â€“ Julie Shannon Owner/trainer at Shannondale Farm in Milton, Julie has been on and off the GDCTA board for years as Treasurer, Board member, and VP of Dressage. Julie is the education and young horse chairperson for GDCTA and focuses on promoting dressage education by bringing top level equestrians to our area, such as Debbie McDonald, Scott Hassler, Arthur Kottas, Stephen Clarke, Anne Gribbons, Lilo Fore, George Williams, Jeremy Steinberg, Sandra Hotz, Axel Steiner, and more. As VP of Dressage, she continues to promote all levels of dressage education and makes sure there is something to offer all of our members. Julie is also a State Representative for The Dressage Foundation. Creating better opportunities for our local members is the primary goal with her leadership and involvement in GDCTA. Candidate for VP of Eventing â€“ Peri Lambros Peri has been VP of Eventing for GDCTA for a 10 years. Peri is an eventer with an affinity for dressage. She has evented through Preliminary, achieved her Bronze Medal in dressage and is currently working on her Bronze Bar in Musical Freestyle. She is currently focused on helping GDCTA grow the eventing membership and participation. Peri resides on a small farm near the Georgia International Horse Park with her husband, George (who events too), their 3 horses, dog, and five cats. Continued on page 10
AWARDS GALA January 27, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, GA Bit.ly/Gala2018
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Treasurer – keeps account of the receipts and disbursements in the organization’s books. Additionally the Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of the organization’s financial condition. Candidate for Treasurer – Peter West Peter West is the founder and Managing Partner of Radix Consulting Inc., a full service firm providing business consulting services with its office located in Atlanta Georgia. Radix is a professional, knowledgeable, and experienced business consulting company with services that range from the basic strategic planning to more overpowering jobs, such as a complete business refit or rebuilding. Peter is also a board member of two other companies including Goldin Rock Resources, a Gold Exploration company that holds the mining rights on a tract of land that is central in an area that has a proven track record of high levels of gold mineral extraction. The second board membership is with Novaera Fuels Ltd., an R & D company looking to develop fuel and fuel additives from renewable resources. Previous and for over 25 years, Peter was President and CEO of Canuck Industries Inc., a diverse private corporation consisting of an airfreight service division and three manufacturing and distribution facilities of aluminum products for home construction in the United States and Canada. A University of British Columbia grad with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Peter earned his Chartered Accountant (CPA) designation with a major CPA firm in Vancouver B.C. He left public practice and joined ITT Rayonier where he started in their tax division, moved to Business Planning and was further transferred in 1977 to Atlanta Georgia where he became the Director of Southeast Operations. While with ITT he undertook the EMBA program at the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. After declining a Division Vice President position and transfer to New York, he moved forward and formed Canuck Industries Inc. Peter is married to Teresa and has two children. Son Chris is married with two children; their daughter Karen has been an avid dressage rider and competitor for a number of years. Peter, Teresa and Karen have recently returned to Georgia after spending 13 years in Canada, working, taking care of aging parents and enjoying the wonderful nature of his homeland. Recording Secretary - keeps the minutes of the board of directors. Candidate for Recording Secretary – Joanne Morse Joanne Morse is an eventer that has competed through Training level with the goal of moving up to Prelim within the next year. She also has recently started competed at Dressage shows again with the goal of earning her Bronze medal in the near future. She lives on her family owned farm which she manages. She has a love for training horses and also helping fellow equestrians achieve their goals with their equine partners. She is a major advocate for safety while riding and works with a safety gear company to help educate riders and assist them in getting in the best safety gear possible.
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Corresponding Secretary - keeps track of the board members’ contact information in order to inform the board about meetings and updates on the organization. Directors provide representation, support, oversight and development for the membership of the Association. Director Candidates (in no particular order) 2-Year Term Rachel Wellman Rachel Wellman was schooled in dressage theory and training at Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center. Since her graduation eleven years ago, she has focused on helping teach horse and rider the foundational basics of dressage that lead to successful partnerships. She believes that all horses can work happily and truly enjoy their jobs. Her training style focuses on creating a relaxed and pleasant work ethic for horse and rider. Rachel looks forward to bringing her relaxed and pleasant work ethic to the GDCTA board. Danielle Isgett Graduate C3 from Cohutta Highlanders Pony Club who has taught children and adults. She teaches all ages ranging from 5 years old to adults with a variety of skill levels from beginner through Novice riders, and is certified to teach children with learning and social disorders. Her focus is to create a well-rounded horseman, teaching all the important etiquette of proper riding techniques and implementing fun ways to engage the rider including instruction on complete care of the horses. The majority of her showing experience has been Eventing, but has also competed in IEA (Chattahoochee High), IHSA (Kennesaw State), Dressage and Hunters. Through Pony Club she has competed in many Championships in Show Jumping for the South Region. She and her OTTB, Max are getting back into the competition scene after the birth of her first child, Hayden. Riding Max is her form of relaxing and therapy. Danielle is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Amanda Garner Amanda’s first venture into riding began at age eight with a guided trail ride at a friend’s birthday party, during which her mount was stung by bees and bolted through the thicket. Amanda fell off somewhere along the way, her left tennis shoe never to be found. Needless to say from that point on, Amanda was hooked. Throughout her junior years, Amanda showed western and hunt seat in AQHA and USEF rated
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shows. While in college, Amanda rode on the IHSA team at Middle Tennessee State University, being awarded regional champion over fences her senior year. In 2005 Amanda opened Epiphany Farm, LLC in Dahlonega, Georgia. She served as head coach of the University of North Georgia IHSA team from 2005-2016. She is currently a licensed IEA show steward, Executive Secretary of the IEA Board of Directors, and chair of the IEA National Education Committee. As IEA Education chair she oversees several programs designed to further the education of coaches and riders. These program include the IEA Coaches Test (an online multiple choice test mandatory for all IEA coaches and stewards), the IEA Placement Form (a worksheet designed to help IEA coaches place their riders in the most appropriate showing division), and the IEA/USHJA CORE clinic series (a program that provides clinics across the nation for IEA riders with USHJA licensed clinicians). She is also the author of the book ‘A Parent’s Guide to the IEA.’ In the summer of 2016 Amanda resigned her position as head coach of the UNG IHSA team in order to pursue collegiate eventing. Immediately Amanda saw a need for a program at the local level to serve those college students who don’t have the time, skill, or funding to compete in the USEA rated Collegiate Eventing program. Not one to sit around when something needs to be done, Amanda joined the GDCTA and began working with the GDCTA board to create and manage the GDCTA Collegiate Best Score Award program. Amanda asks for your consideration in electing her to the GDCTA board. If elected, Amanda would bring 12 years of IEA/IHSA experience, including 10 years as an IEA steward and three years as an IEA board member, and a passion for working with college students. If you have further questions, you can contact her at 404-245-6688 or email@example.com. Susan Collins Susan is an amateur rider who fell in love with dressage several years ago when one of her horses had a hoof injury that ended his jumping career. That horse got to third level before being semiretired to enjoy life as a pleasure horse, and Susan is now having lots of fun bringing a young horse up through the levels. As sponsorship chair for the GDCTA, Susan developed the Presenting Sponsor arrangement with Wilsun Custom Horse Clothing, featuring award coolers for open, amateur and junior riders at every GDCTA show, and arranged for the club’s members to enjoy a 15% discount on their entire line of custom products and exclusive European riding & barn equipment. She has also arranged other sponsorships, including the upcoming “Private Shopping Event” for GDCTA members at Atlanta Saddlery, which will feature previews of the new fall/winter collections from top brands, with special deals for our members! Her goal is to ensure that every GDCTA member gets as much value as possible from their membership, and enjoys a wide range of benefits whether their focus is on competing or simply enjoying riding for pleasure. Continued on page 17
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Susan is also a founding member of the Alpharetta Equestrian Alliance, an open space preservation organization that has led the fight to preserve the Wills Park Equestrian Center over the last few years and staunchly advocates for the preservation of land for equestrian use that is such a hallmark of our community. Professionally, Susan has many years of experience as a sales & marketing executive. She currently works for a global software firm and has donated some of their modern marketing and relationship management tools to help keep members informed and engaged with the club. Lori Goodwin Hello, my name is Lori Goodwin, I live in Woodstock with my husband Jon, and weâ€™ve been married for seventeen years. We have two daughters, Helen Marie age 15, and Abby age 13. Our oldest daughter Helen Marie is currently a Sophomore at Sequoyah High School, she is active in Band, Marching Band and The Debate Team. Abby is an eighth grader at Dean Rusk Middle School where she is active in band, but most of her time is spent at the barn with her horse Friday. We are very involved with the band and in the show world for Abby as well as Pony Club. In my free time, I love to scrapbook and go to the movies. As a family, we love to go camping (which I call glamping as we are in a camper) and Auburn football. I am a six-year breast cancer survivor and an ambassador for a program Ford has for cancer patients and families. This is my second year being a MOC= Model of Courage. I have been active in helping spread the word and I love to get help those battling breast cancer and their families through fords program. (fordcares.com) Over the last several years of being a GDCTA member and attending many shows whether Abby was showing or we were both volunteering, I have met a wide range of people who I enjoy talking with and helping and learning. I think I would be a good board member for the GDCTA. Pamela Rappaport A graduate of Morven Park Equestrian Institute, I continued my education in Dressage and Eventing, competing to 4th level, Preliminary 3-day Eventing, and Jumpers. I was an officer of Stony Brook University Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (of which we were National Champions) and on boards of local clubs through the years. While on a 20 year hiatus from riding, I was an officer and a board member of the Atlanta Kennel Club. I am currently the dog agility chairperson for the Atlanta Kennel Club. I have the time, experience and enthusiasm to be a part of the GDCTA board.
BOARD MEETINGS Every 3rd Monday of every month, at 7:00pm at Shannondale Farm, 2395 Birmingham Rd, Milton, GA 30004
November 18-19 Full Gallop Farm Aiken, SC
Stephen S Bradley is an
internationally successful eventer. There are a couple of rider spots available for the Nov 18-19 clinic at Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, SC. Format Groups of 4-6 riders: Stadium/gymnastics Sat and XC Sun Beverages and lunch both days are included Bring medical armband and jump vest for Sunday Contact Peri Lambros firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2017 GDCTA newsletter