Collected Remarks - July 2017

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Caren Caverly 770-713-4025


Barbara Taylor 404-274-4411


Caren Caverly 770-713-4025

Kudzu Klinics:

Kathy Duffy 770-442-9749


Caren Caverly 770-713-4025


Mary Lou Freil 770-330-2489

VP Dressage:

Julie Shannon 770-569-9555

Penny Morse 770-316-8655

VP Eventing:

Peri Lambros 678-372-4105

Newsletter Co-Editors: &

Recording Secretary:

Stephanie Beckwith 404-428-8321 Schooling Show Recognition:

Corresponding Secretary:

Joanne Morse 770-313-6283

Sponsorship/Public Relations:


Peter West 762-448-9049

Volunteer Coordinator:



Rebecca Bowman


Susan Collins


Erin McCloud


Elizabeth Molloy 770-634-4089

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ken Berry 404-735-5823

Collegiate Program: Amanda Garner 404-245-6688 & Lauren Turner 843-224-8710 Education:

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 Chris Hutchings 404-630-9133 Susan Collins 404-558-5034 OPEN June Brewer 678-677-4404

Cover photo . . . Whitney Rowell on 'King's Flashy Lassy' representing UGA Collegiate Eventing Team Photo by Bethany Beres 770-617-8752

Youth Liaison: Liz Molloy 770-634-4089

Newsletter Submission Guidelines

Carla Jimmerson 404-421-0509


Website Manager:


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 ( or 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.

The GDCTA Board and its Directors

The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet monthly on

sage, 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. Vice President of Eventing - guides the business and affairs in regard to eventing Peri Lambros 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 three horses, one dog, and five cats.

the 3rd Monday to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. Board memberships are not set up to be permanent positions; the positions have terms set up for board members – one year for each Officer and two years for each Director. A board consists of an odd number of individuals so that there will be a majority in close votes. The job of the board is to oversee the "big-picture" operation of the club. The board officers include the president, two vice presidents who are experts their discipline, a treasurer, and two secretaries – one for recording and the other for correspondence. The Board of Directors are all making dressage and eventing more accessible to the public, breaking down boundaries, and helping to create a thriving riding community for all of us. We’d like to reintroduce the 2017 GDCTA Board: President - heads up the board and supervises all of the business and affairs of the board.

Caren Caverly has been the leading force at GDCTA for seven years. Caren has served on the GDCTA Board for the past seven years as well as being the Chairperson for Insurance and the Annual Awards Gala Committees. As President, I would like to see GDCTA host more educational seminars and junior activities. We also hope to continue the glowing success of the Awards Gala. My personal goal is to make GDCTA the best GMO in the country – the one every other GMO looks to as the example of how things are done! Vice President of Dressage – guides the business and affairs in regard to dressage Owner/trainer at Shannondale Farm in Milton, Julie Shannon 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. As VP of Dres-

Treasurer - keeps account of the receipts and disbursements and keeps track of the organization’s financial condition. 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.

Previous and for over 25 years, Peter was a business owner 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. In 1970 he left public practice and joined ITT Rayonier and in 1977 was transferred to Atlanta Georgia where he was the Director of Southeast Operations. While with ITT he undertook the EMBA program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Peter is married to Teresa and has two children; son Chris who is married with two children; their daughter Karen has been an avid dressage rider and competitor for a number of years. Recording Secretary - keeps the minutes of the board of director meetings. Stephanie Beckwith Corresponding Secretary - keeps track of the board members’ contact information in order to inform the board about meetings and updates on the organization. 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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Rounding out the board are the directors: Ken Berry Rebecca Bowman Carla Jimmerson - is an event rider from Alpharetta Ga. and owns her own boarding barn. She has bred Connemara ponies and currently competes on her home bred pony at Training level. She was lucky enough to have been born and raised in Ocala, Fla. and raised on a farm and has always been around horses. She hopes to be of service to GDCTA as a board member and help out any way she can. 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 semi-retired to enjoy life as a pleasure horse, and Susan is now bringing a dressage-bred young horse up through the levels. As sponsorship chair for the GDCTA, Susan developed the Presenting Sponsor arrangement with Wilsun Custom Horse Clothing and arranged for the club’s members to enjoy a 15% discount on their wonderful line of custom products and exclusive European equipment. Professionally, Susan has many years of experience as a marketing and product development executive. She now leads the healthcare & life science division of a large global software firm and looks forward to continuing to support the club with some modern marketing and relationship management tools

to help keep members informed and engaged. Erin McCloud - Erin Lea McCloud is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist. She is also a graduate of the "L" Program with distinction. She runs a training facility out of Powder Springs, Peach State Dressage. Erin is currently bringing her horse Veyron up the levels. He is her daily reminder of her passion and love for this sport and lifestyle. In January 2017, Erin Lea was voted on as a board member and is excited to be involved directly with GDCTA. As a native of Georgia, she would love to see educational opportunities grow throughout the equine community. Elizabeth Molloy - Specializing in disciplines of Dressage, Combined Training, and US Pony Club. ‘Ms. Liz’, has owned and operated Taramia Riding School for 18 years. Her students have been competing successfully at GDCTA shows and Year End Awards since 2006. After attending the Lendon Gray Dressage4Kids program in Michigan in 2013, she joined the GDCTA Board and became Youth Chair and bought this prestigious program to Atlanta. It is now in its 5th year. She also rolled out the Letterman Jacket Program, Dressage Seat Medal Final, and created a Youth Committee for education events and fund raising. Additionally, boards may, of their own volition, create subcommittees to advise the full board on certain aspects of the club’s operation.  Continues on page 10

to the 3 GDCTA members who will be representing Region 3 in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Saugerties, New York, July 18-23, 2017. NAJYRC is the only FEI championship of its kind on this continent. Young equestrians ages 14-21 vie for FEI medals in the Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, and Para-Olympic Dressage. Long time GDCTA members Juliet Hess, Caroline Garren, and Marline Syribeys have been selected to compete in the Junior & Young Rider Dressage categories. Their trainers Karen Lipp and Anneliese Vogt-Harber will be supporting them at the competition. We wish them safe and successful rides!

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An organization may also have an election committee to oversee the annual board elections. GDCTA does! Rebecca Bowman is the Chair of that committee and is currently looking for individuals who are passionate about expanding the dressage and eventing communities within Georgia and are interested in joining the GDCTA board. Contact her at There is generally no limit on the types or number of subcommittees that a board may create. It is important to recognize, however, that the committees may not, themselves, take actions on behalf of the organization or its members. Rather, the subcommittee will simply recommend actions to the board, who, in turn, will make decisions and commitments. The GDCTA Board enjoys hearing from our members with feedback, questions, and ideas. If you would like to present an idea at a board meeting, contact Caren Caverly to be placed on the meeting agenda. HINTS: Boards are concerned with strategy for reaching their goals. Questions, which may start the minute you stand up, are the driving force of board meetings. Keep your message vibrant and meaningful for the audience. A board doesn't like to be bored any more than anyone else does.


The 2017 awards year began October 1, 2016 and ends September 30, 2017

Are you sending in your scores after each show? Make sure you are listed as participating! List is on the Home page of (scroll down)

Awards Chair – Schooling Show & Recognized Show Ken Berry / 404-735-5823