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NODA News Northern Ohio Dressage Association

Cover: Julie Mackin & Koko Kisses at the NODA JR/YR Tune-Up Clinic held 5/20/17 at Lake Erie College Photo courtesy of Dee Liebenthal NODA News 2017 Page

2017, Issue 6

In this issue:  President’s Letter  Charles de Kunffy – the Man, the Truth, and the Legacy, by Jessica Harriman Austin, pg. 8  Recognized Show Sponsor & Advertising Forms, pg. 10  May 21, 2017 Schooling Show Update and Show Results, by Sally Burton, pg. 16  Blasts from the Past, by Fran Cverna, pg. 5

Greetings from the President The Northern Ohio Dressage Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization 2016/2017 NODA Executive Board President Dee Liebenthal 330-562-8455 Vice President Christine Thompson 440-590-1598 Treasurer Nancy Danielson 440-759-2117 (Text only) Secretary Patti Valencic Parliamentarian Dale Lappert 330-527-4683

Directors at Large Halle Clause 330-472-0888 Mary Lou Gallagher 216-251-7469

Mary Dana Prescott 440-942-1008 Niki Sackman 440-454-4709 Barbara Soukup 440-339-3980

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Dee Liebenthal and Rens


NODA’s first schooling show on Sunday. Thank you Janeen. I think everyone learned. Thank you also to Lake Erie College, and NODA’s Junior/Young Rider Liaison, Ashley Rand-Torres for getting this mini clinic organized. We would love to do more of these.

ear NODA Members,

With June comes the rush to the finish line for our Recognized Shows which will take place July 22nd and 23rd. The last six weeks before the shows are always the busiest. The committee really feels the pressure to solicit sponsors and advertisers, secure volunteers, plan with the venue for the grounds, and see to all the other details that are necessary to ensure a successful show weekend. As usual for this point in our planning timeline, we are feeling overwhelmed, but everyone always works hard and it gets done in the end. Speaking of the Recognized Shows - NODA is experiencing an unusually slow start to our sponsorship and advertising campaign this year. It is vitally important that we have support from members, friends, families, and businesses to assure the success of these two shows. The sponsorship form is in this month’s as well as last month’s NODA News. Forms are also available on the NODA website,

Remember that there are many of levels of support for these shows, from Gold Sponsorships to very reasonable Class Sponsorships. If you haven’t already done so, please help us to the finish line with your support. Jr/YR Clinic Success: On May 20th, NODA hosted a tune up clinic for its Junior/Young riders with Janeen Langowski-Grava. Janeen spent the afternoon at Lake Erie College Equestrian Center coaching before

Photos: Janeen Langowski-Grava, Brook Fronk & RB Magic Chant; Julie Mackin & Koko Kisses; Noelle Ignagni & MRF Bello Notte; Sydney Koenig & Got That Right (Tucker); Kalyn Priemer & JC Ivy League; Annie Mackin and Koko Kisses.

NODA’s First Schooling Show of 2017: The reports are in and it is confirmed that things went well despite a few “first show” glitches, new staff members, and buckets Thank you to our very hard-working Schooling Show Manager, Sally Burton, Show Secretary and first year in driver’s seat, Gwen Samuels, and our Volunteer Coordinator, Kirsten Thomas. Thank you also to Mary Lou Gallagher and Jennifer Tulleners for offering assistance for this

NODA Committees & Chairpersons Communications Correspondence Secretary OPEN Position Member Handbook OPEN Position

Historical Historian: Fran Cverna 440-834-1774

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Layout/Content Editor April Woodward 440-463-2428 Advertising/Classifieds Editor Jill Voigt 216-346-2811

Chair Christine Thompson 440-590-1598

Corral Magazine: Mosie Welch Hospitality Kirsten Thomas 330-618-5838 216-509-8881

Website & Facebook Webmaster Linda Cooley 440-941-6269

Education Programs Co-Chair: Marcia Doyle 330-562-8456 Co-Chair: Elizabeth Scalabrino 216-780-9238

Membership & Liaisons Membership Chair: Fran Cverna 440-834-1774 External Relations: Lisa Gorretta 440-543-8682 Junior & Young Rider Liaison: Ashley Rand-Torres 330-715-2403 Member Liaison: Kathy Kirchner 330-995-6010 Professional Liaison: Mary Dana Prescott 440-942-1008 (no texts) Western Dressage Liaison: Halle Clause 330-472-0888

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Program Coordinator Elizabeth Bross 814-881-2786

Schooling Shows Chair Sally Burton 440-221-7544 Show Secretary Gwendolyn Samuels 330-980-8303 Volunteer Coordinator Kirsten Thomas 216-509-8881

Awards Chair Janeen Langowski-Grava 440-666-6182

Silent Auction Chair Patty Keim 330-350-2775

Awards Banquet Co-Chairs Sally Burton 440-221-7544 Patty Keim 330-350-2775 Halle Clause 330-472-0888

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President’s Letter (continued from page 2) first show of the season. Many thanks, too, to all the volunteers that came out. You are the heart and soul of NODA. Proof of this lies in a Facebook post from NODA member and volunteer, Barbara Soukup. Volunteering as our outdoor ring steward, she posted a rainy photo during the downpour saying she was lonely with no one to “steward.” Thank you Barb, we really appreciate your dedication to NODA, even in the rain.

Executive Board: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 5 Directors at Large. Please think about running for one of these positions. All organizations need new ideas and from time to time, new leaders, and NODA needs them, as well.. Consider contributing to this almost 50 year-old dressage organization in a leadership role. Bring your ideas to the Board and run for office.

Thank you to all for your continued support. Volunteer for LEC Dressage Derby and win big! Every year NODA works hard to help Lake Erie College Happy Summer, Equestrian Center recruit volunteers for their Dressage Deer Liebenthal, President Derby I and II. This year the shows will be held June 24th and 25th. NODA members who volunteer at the shows will be entered in a drawing, and two lucky volunteers will win $50 gift cards from Big Dee’s. More details about this drawing will be available soon on the NODA website. 2017 is an election year for Northern Ohio Dressage Association. The membership will be electing, for the two year term of 2018 - 2019, all positions on the NODA News 2017 Page 4

Blasts from the Past By NODA Historian Fran Cverna


n April 1987 Membership Dues were $15 and NODA had 175 members. Some tips from a clinic given by Major Anders Lindgren were:

Some notes from 1974:  NODA was incorporated.  Dues were $10.  NODA bought an adding machine.  It was decided to start giving ribbons at schooling shows in 1975.

 Inhale to help you half-halt. At a February 1971 meeting, the main item was  Big horses, and older riders, may warm up best at scheduling of a Musical Ride and Pot Luck Supper the canter.

 One way to reward your horse is by posting the trot.

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meeting for general membership at Red Raider with horses available for rent at cost of $3.00.

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Charles de Kunffy – the Man, the Truth, and the Legacy Clinic Synopsis By Jessica Harriman Austin


s I watched Charles de Kunffy teaching this past weekend, I was reminded of a movie I recently watched about two magicians where one of them described the parts of a magic trick. The pledge, when the magician shows an ordinary object, and the turn, where the magician transforms that ordinary object into something extraordinary. In the movie, the magician claims that the audience does not really want to know their secret because that destroys the magic. But if your mind is anything like mine, you want to know how your favorite dressage riders are able to take seemingly any horse and magically transform them into an ethereal creature moving with a beauty and grace of which you can only dream. Lucky for us, Mr. de Kunffy was only too willing to share the secrets behind his magic, and even better, those secrets are nothing mystical, simply correct, progressive riding. Janeen Grava and Miro

to ask your horse to give in the jaw and neck. An overly flexed horse is provoked by too much rein contact stopping the hindquarters, an inside rein that diminishes weight bearing, or a wide hand position which forces the head behind the vertical. The correction for over flexion is to slow down for three steps and frustrate the horse’s eloquence of movement and collect the haunches, then abruptly give both reins so there is no contact and the horse finds himself in self-carriage, and third to drive the horse forward into that space so that they will establish an appropriate contact. Liz Biddick and Lego

Magic Trick # 1 – How to plan and execute the perfect warm-up. Start with four minutes of walk with frequent changes of rein. Then limber up at the trot with serpentines, half circles, get lateral bending. Next is transitions within gaits. The key is the transition not how long you keep the shortened or lengthened strides. You can add in canter work at this stage. Last in the warm up is the two track work. For a young horse this may be primarily leg yield, for the more advanced horse a combination of haunches in and out, shoulder in and out, half pass and plié (a new term for me- at the canter a drifting towards the outside with the shoulders leading so that the hind legs never cross). These stages to the warm up gradually increase the engagement and suppleness, promote ambidexterity, and tell you what is missing that day so that you know where to focus your work.

Magic Trick # 3 – Scare-proof Your Steed. Horses are allowed to startle, they are not allowed to shy. Smart horses all have anxiety. (The greatest achievement in training a phlegmatic, comatose horse is that it woke up that day.) When your horse startles, that is in their nature, go with them as their partner. You make the decision of when to slow down again. But next time around, use leg yield or shoulder-in past that scary spot. The horse is in the haunches, so put the haunches by the scary spot. If your horse begins to snort or look, asking you whether or not they should be afraid, do not, I repeat, do not tighten the reins. You have more control with longer reins because then your seat is secure and you are not being pulled out of your deep seat. When the horse asks, be bored. Give the reins, as you go past a scary spot, and send the message that there is no reason to Kalyn Premier and Ivy be fearful.

Magic Trick # 2 – Creating Quintessential Contact. Mr. de Kunffy repeatedly stressed that we are to ride the rings of the bit, not the mouthpiece. The horse should have the bit merely hanging in his mouth, never tight pressure. He convincingly demonstrated on multiple horses that a jiggle of the bit ring was more than sufficient

Magic Trick # 4 – Never Make a Mistake Again. The secret behind this piece of magic is optimistic riding. Horses do not make mistakes, they simply do what they think we are telling them to do. So if the horse breaks from the canter, trot like you meant it, love that trot, and then figure out what you did that caused the horse to trot.

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Sue Hines and ET

Did you come out of the saddle, lost your seat bone, ask for too much angle? Teaching is repeating, so calmly repeat the exercise and be aware of what your body is really telling the horse.

Magic Trick # 5 –Exemplary Engagement. Ride the hind legs into a passive contact to shorten the horse from a long stick into a round ball. Another analogy Mr. de Kunffy used was a fisherman. We need to anchor ourselves like the fisherman standing on the shore reeling in the catch of a lifetime. The horse lifts their withers up like the fishing pole with a fish on the end of it. Part of getting the horse engaged is using your seat. The elbows must be at your sides for the horse to feel your seat bones. If your arms come up or out, you are no longer using your seat bones to engage the horse. Magic Trick # 6 – Collect Your Canter Like a Celebrity. The canter is a unilateral movement. Your seat bones should not move the same amount in the canter. Think about your seat bones like a kitchen door hinge. The outside seat bone is attached to the wall and does not move, the inside seat bone moves like the hinge swinging. To collect the canter, do not move the hinge as far, bring the inside shoulder back in rhythm with each stride, and keep your outside leg back from the hip so that your inside seat bone goes down and tells the horse to keep cantering.

waited at the halt until the horse followed the bit down and did not just walk off at the release of the reins. Magic Trick # 8 – How to Be Competition Ready with 219 canters and 922 Trots. Daily work is the place to exaggerate your bend, your lengthening and shortening of the stride, your two track angle. There is no second chance for a first centerline. By exaggerating at home, you can show off the correct movement on the first try at a show. At one point Mr. de Kunffy asked for the Anne McClintock and Cody creepiest, most melancholy, disgustingly slow trot possible. There were no judges there to scream “lacks impulsion” and by consistent daily work at exaggerating what you are able to do, the adjustability of the gaits will increase. Magic Trick # 9 – Have a Superlative Sitting Trot. The best way to develop your seat is on the lunge line. More specifically doing tortuous exercises on the lunge line (leaning back and doing bicycles, etc). You have to earn the vertical seat. Lean back until you feel that you are moving in the wave of the horse’s movement, feel that you are his kidneys, his liver.

Magic Trick # 10 – Develop ESP. When a horse showed an evasion or resistance, Mr. de Kunffy was able to translate what the horse was saying for us mere mortals. A horse who had been going overMagic Trick # 7 – Stretch You Horse’s Topline. flexed with tension and kinetic energy was merely Mr. de Kunffy demonstrated how effective lateral working out the kinks and spasms in his neck by flipping suppling is in getting a his head and hitting the bit once the reins were longitudinal stretch by lengthened and he started to lower his head and neck. A an exercise where tongue stuck out on the right, a horse with his head tilted alternating haunches out to the side, and a horse taking short steps on the left to shoulder-in back and were all protesting a too tight rein contact which forth on a circle prevented them from stepping through with their hind stretched the rib cage on leg. both sides, and as soon as the rider started The 3rd part of a magic trick is the prestige. While there Janeen Grava and Storm feeding out the reins the were many oohs and aahs watching the transformation horse happily demonstrated a superb stretch over the of the riders over the course of the clinic, I very strongly topline with a forward and downward reach. The believe that the only prestige needed by Mr. de Kunffy importance of teaching your horse to follow the reins was to see the contented horse stretching at the end of down was brought back to basics, from a halt the reins his ride, feeling proud of all he had accomplished for his were gradually fed out an inch at a time and the rider rider that day. Photos by Jessica Harriman Austin NODA News 2017 Page 9

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NODA Member News NODA Welcomes 2017 New Members! Welcome (or Welcome Back) to the following who were not members in 2016: Laura Callesen

Heather Krysty

Morgan Schultz

Lauren Heba

Julie Mackin

Denella Sing

Connie Kelling

Nora Renerts

Sara Torok

Sydney Koenig

Kristen Ropp

Mary Whitely

Thank You to all 2016 NODA members who have renewed your membership for 2017!

As of May 22 we have 288 total members (up 6 from last year) - 180 AA, 36 Youth, 72 Professional. And we have 60 new members this year! Approximately 94 members from 2016 have not yet renewed. In addition to those listed previously, sincere thanks to the following people for your additional donations with membership towards the new dressage ring for NODA: Ronald Kohloff and Susan Powers The online membership roster at is used as verification of membership for NODA activities. Your membership, time, and talents make NODA a better GMO. Thank you. Fran Cverna, Membership Chair


May 21, 2017 Schooling Show Update By Sally Burton

t was very exciting to have another full show (70 entries!) at our debut of the season! We were so lucky with the weather as the predicted all day thunderstorms didn’t happen and although we had a lot of rain midday, the show continued and riders dodged the raindrops as best they could. Sincere thanks to our judges for this show -- Debbie Boeh who dealt with the rain and mud in the outside ring, and Cheryl Connell-Marsh who agreed to work an extra hour so we could move the 4th level rides inside for their tests. This show featured the return of the Prix Caprilli tests which were very fun to watch and something different to try. There are three levels of the Prix Caprilli Tests, and they are all located on our website. New this year is the Western Dressage Seat Equitation Class. And, of course, our Lead Line competitors stole the show in their morning class.

graduate assistants Alexis Barter and Sammy Parks, and to the maintenance crew. A show could never run without volunteers. Thank you to Saturday's outdoor ring set-up crew of Heidi Miller, Ashley Rand Torres, a wonderful mother/daughter team, Sally Burton, and Gwen Samuels led by Victoria Pirko who coordinated the set-up. Thank you to Sunday's wonderful volunteers who helped throughout the day: Kathy Agins, Cindy Bank, Liz Bodnovich, Arielle Brodkey, Lori Butt, Halle Clause, Jerry Chuey, MaryLou Gallagher, Pam Hess, Lynn May, Linda McCall, Mila Sambunjak, Christa and John Sandy, Jackie Schafer, Janice Simon, Janice Simon, Barb Soukup, Jan Thompson, Kirsten Thomas, Linda Toll, Jennifer Tulleners, and Robin Wulf. Without the Saturday and Sunday volunteers, the show could not have happened.

And last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS to our new Special thanks to Lake Erie College for allowing us to use Schooling Show Secretary, Gwendolyn Samuels, on their beautiful facility, and for the help of Pam Hess, completing her first show successfully. Job well done! NODA News 2017 Page 16

NODA Lake Erie College Schooling Show - May 21, 2017 Judges Cheryl Connell-Marsh (R-MI), Debbie Boeh (L-OH) High Score Champions Introductory 76.250 Isabelle Coburn / Little Miss Sunshine Training /First 72.885 Jan Hoover / Its Now or Never Second & Above 63.974 Barb Tuskas / Sandro Western 69.815 Jerry Chuey / Lees Little Pockets TIP Award WT 69.688 Mary Whitely / Set in Stone TIP Award 61.739 Pam White / Flash in the Knight Q-signifies qualifying score for the Championship Schooling Show

Novice Training Level Test 1 JR/YR (Boeh) 1 *Brook Fronk, R B Magic Chant 68.261 Q Novice Training Level Test 2 JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Diane Shale, Spot On Doolittle 71.346 Q Novice Training Level Test 3 JR/YR (Boeh) 1 *Diane Shale, Spot On Doolittle 71.364

Training Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Jan Hoover, Its Now or Never 68.261 Q 2 *Nicole Rader, Aim High 63.261 Q Novice USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Connell- 3 *Bitsy Gascoigne, CLF Foreign Currency 62.174 Q Marsh) 4 *Pam White, Flash In The Knight 61.739 Q 1 *Mary Whitely, Set in Stone 69.688 Q 5 Rachel Burger, Edward Scissorhands 61.087 6 *Kim Shepard, BibBee 60.435 Q Novice USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Connell*Michele Vonk, Becca-Bella GP 59.130 Marsh) 1 *Mary Whitely Set in Stone 68.750 Training Level Test 1 JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 2 *Katie Holzheimer, Justdo'n It 60.313 Q 1 Annalise LaFontaine, Little Miss Sunshine 64.348 2 *Annie Mackin, Koko Kisses 60.435 Q Novice USDF Introductory Test C Adult Amateur (Boeh) 3 *Sydney Koenig, Got That Right 60.000 Q 1 *Katie Holzheimer, Justdo'n It 60.500 2 *Mary Whitely, Set in Stone 57.750 Training Level Test 1 Professional (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Kris Ropp, Syzygy 65.652 Q Novice USDF Introductory Test C JR/YR (Boeh) 1 *Brook Fronk, R B Magic Chant 68.500 Q Training Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Boeh) 1 *Jan Hoover, Its Now or Never 72.885 USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 2 *Lea Wojtkiewicz, Winter Sky 72.308 Q 1 *Jennifer Cooper, Arwen's Arrow 61.875 Q 3 *Bitsy Gascoigne, CLF Foreign Currency 65.000 4 Heather Lynn Clouse, Marley 64.231 USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 5 *Sally Burton, Dak 60.385 Q 1 *Kim Shepard, BibBee 66.250 Q 6 *Katie Delaney, Nova 60.192+Q 2 *Jennifer Cooper, Arwen's Arrow 63.438 *Pam White, Flash In The Knight 60.192 Q 3 Jessica Klein, Stormy 62.500 Judy Cook, Elegance by Rousseau 60.192 *Colleen Welder, Owen 55.385 USDF Introductory Test B JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Isabelle Coburn, Little Miss Sunshine 76.250 Q Training Level Test 2 JR/YR (Boeh) 1 *Marena Bates, India 69.423 Q USDF Introductory Test C Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 2 *Sydney Koenig, Got That Right 64.038 1 Jessica Klein, Stormy 63.750 3 *Annie Mackin, Koko Kisses 59.423 2 *Bitsy Gascoigne, CLF Foreign Currency 60.750 Q Training Level Test 2 Professional (Boeh) USDF Introductory Test C JR/YR (Boeh) 1 *Ron Kohlhoff, Fiente L 66.538 Q 1 *Isabelle Coburn, Little Miss Sunshine 69.500 2 *Debbie McCaughtry, Beatrix 66.346 Q 2 Annalise LaFontaine, Little Miss Sunshine 57.000 3 *Kris Ropp, Syzygy 60.577

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NODA Lake Erie College Schooling Show Results (cont’d) Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Lea Wojtkiewicz, Winter Sky 67.500 2 *Elizabeth Bodnovich, Sixes or Better 64.545 Q 3 Heather Lynn Clouse, Marley 63.409+ 4 *Sue Horst, Alix 63.409 Q 5 Rachel Burger, Edward Scissorhands 62.500+ 6 *Nicole Rader, Aim High 62.500 Q Judy Cook, Elegance by Rousseau 61.364 *Sally Burton, Dak 60.682 *Katie Delaney, Nova 60.227 *Colleen Welder, Owen 59.091 Training Level Test 3 JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Marena Bates, India 67.500 2 *Annie Mackin, Koko Kisses 58.182 Training Level Test 3 Professional (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Ron Kohlhoff, Fiente L 69.545 2 *Debbie McCaughtry, Beatrix 57.727 First Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Boeh) 1 *Jerry Chuey, Lees Little Pockets 72.222 Q 2 *Elizabeth Bodnovich, Sixes or Better 64.444 Q 3 *Sue Horst, Alix 64.259 Q 4 *Lea Wojtkiewicz, Winter Sky 63.148 Q 5 *Patti Valencic, Fox Meadow Dancer 60.741 Q

First Level Test 1 JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Alayna Stephens, Gunsmoke 65.741 Q 2 *Marena Bates, India 62.963 Q 3 *Noelle Ignagni, MRF Bello Di Notte 62.407 Q First Level Test 1 Professional (Boeh) 1 *Rhonda Pearce, Flying Instructor 67.778 Q First Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Patti Valencic, Fox Meadow Dancer 60.938 2 *Joanna Rae, Annie 60.313 Q 3 *Kathi Agens, Mercedes 56.094 First Level Test 2 JR/YR (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Alayna Stephens, Gunsmoke 60.938 2 *Noelle Ignagni, MRF Bello Di Notte 60.781 First Level Test 2 Professional (Connell-Marsh) 1 Ariel Wyatt, Domino 62.969 2 *Anne McClintock Jericho 60.938 Q NODA News 2017 Page 18

First Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Boeh) 1 *Joanna Rae, Annie 60.294 2 *Kathi Agens, Mercedes 55.588 3 *Mila Sambunjak, Baila Con Migo 54.853 First Level Test 3 Professional (Boeh) 1 Ariel Wyatt, Domino 68.971 2 *Anne McClintock, Jericho 66.324 Second Level Test 1 (Boeh) 1 *Jacqueline Ann Schafer, My Country Cowboy 58.333 Q 2 *Anne McClintock, She's A Spitfire 54.394 3 *Mila Sambunjak, Baila Con Migo 53.030 4 Giuliana Raggio, Jibouti 51.667 Second Level Test 2 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Anne McClintock, She's A Spitfire 53.205 2 *Kaylin Priemier, JC Ivy League 44.872 Second Level Test 3 (Boeh) 1 *Rachel Caracci, Anikan 58.537 Q 2 *Kaylin Priemier, JC Ivy League 55.610 Third Level Test 1 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Tay Laster, Kit'astrophe 62.879 Q Third Level Test 3 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Barbara Tuskas, Sandro 63.974 Q 2 *Linda Cooley, Knighthawke 58.462 Q 3 *Victoria Patterson-Pirko, Fantasia 57.692 Fourth Level Test 1 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Victoria Patterson-Pirko, Fantasia 61.081 Q Fourth Level Test 2 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Debbie McCaughtry, Lady Victoria 63.611 Q 2 *Cindy Bank, Idlehour McHenry 60.694 Q Prix St. Georges (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Cindy Poulson, Regalia 58.816 Q USDF Freestyle Third Level (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Tay Laster, Kit'astrophe 66.000 Prix Caprilli Test 1 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Maria Sandy, Halls Creek Hot Chocolate 63.000 Prix Caprilli Test 2-Junior (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Diane Shale, Spot On Doolittle 67.500

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*Maria Sandy, Halls Creek Hot Chocolate 62.308

Prix Caprilli Test 2-Adult (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Rhonda Pearce, Flying Instructor 65.558 2 *Lauren Van Lehn, Mary Rose 63.462 Western Seat Equitation (Boeh) 1 *Jerry Chuey, Lees Little Pockets 68.300 Q 2 *Kiernan Skoinik, Goldseekinenterprise 61.600 Q Dressage Seat Equitation (Boeh) 1 *Cindy Poulson, Regalia 68.750+Q 2 *Sally Burton, Dak 68.750 Q 3 *Kim Shepard, BibBee 62.500 Q 4 *Kathi Agens, Mercedes 61.250 Q USEF Rider Test-Test of Choice (Boeh) 1 *Pam White, Flash In The Knight 62.800 Q Western Intro Level Test 1 (Connell-Marsh) 1 Oliver Stout, Made by Mercedes 69.773 2 *Connie Kelling, LC Rockstar 67.727 Q


Western-Intro Level Test 2 (Boeh) 1 Oliver Stout, Made by Mercedes 64.722 Western-Intro Level Test 3 (Boeh) 1 *Laura Callesen, Chrome Plated Nickel 65.250 Q 2 *Connie Kelling, LC Rockstar 63.750 3 *Marlene Heinen, Montana Vibrant 62.250 Q Western Intro Level Test 4 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Marlene Heinen, Montana Vibrant 53.095 Western Basic Level Test 1 (Boeh) 1 *Laura Callesen, Chrome Plated Nickel 69.375 Q 2 *Kim Bundridge, West Coast Cruise 60.625 Q 3 Heather Campanelli, Cody's Highest Bid 57.292 Western Basic Level Test 2 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Kim Bundridge, West Coast Cruise 62.391 Western Basic Level Test 3 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Kiernan Skoinik, Goldseekinenterprise 63.500 Q Western Level One Test 1 (Connell-Marsh) 1 *Jerry Chuey, Lees Little Pockets 69.815 Q

Volunteer yet? By Sally Burton

To volunteer for Dressage 2017 and Dressage 2017 Encore ave you ever wondered how a show is run? on July 22-23, 2017 please sign up online or contact Karen What a judge is thinking? How scores are Shirring at tabulated? How to set up the dressage ring? Have you ever complained about ride times or what a ring steward This year we are partnering with Lake Erie College to help said to you? Well, now is the time to learn! Volunteer at fill volunteer positions at their Dressage Derby on June 24a show and learn the ins and outs of show management. 25, 2017. Working at a recognized show gives you valuable insight and unbelievable learning opportunities. NODA is made up of volunteers without whom this Lake Erie College offers perks for volunteers and this year organization and the shows could not run. Check out our NODA is putting all members who volunteer at this show website (best viewed on internet explorer or into a prize drawing for a Big Dee’s gift card. If you would Firefox browsers) for a ton of volunteer positions. We also like to volunteer please contact Sammy Parks at email our sign up genius link regularly asking for or Sally Burton at volunteers for both the schooling show series and the recognized shows. Sign up, take a chance, learn something new. We have a wonderful core group of volunteers who work multiple shows but we need more help. We would love To volunteer for schooling shows please sign up on line or for YOU to join us! See you at the next show. contact Kirsten Thomas at NODA News 2017 Page 19

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2018 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championship Dates and Locations Selected Lexington, KY (May 8, 2017) – The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) has selected the dates and locations for the 2018 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, presented by SmartPak. Dates and Locations* Region 1 (October 11-14) at the Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA Region 2 (October 11-14) at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY Region 3 (October 12-14) at the Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA Region 4 (September 6-9) at the North Iowa Events Center, Mason City, IA Region 5 (October 5-7) at the WestWorld Equestrian Center of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ Region 6 (September 20-23) at the Donida Farms Equestrian Center, Auburn, WA Region 7 (September 27-30) at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Burbank, CA Region 8 (September 20-23) at HITS on the Hudson, Saugerties, NY Region 9 (October 4-7) at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, TX *This information may be subject to change. These championships recognize the outstanding efforts of riders in each USDF region and provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to view the top competitors in their respective regions. Additionally, the top amateur and open riders at each of the championships, who have submitted a declaration of intent, and completed all other requirements, will receive an invitation to compete at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. Kathy Sedlak of Great American Insurance Group added, “Our role as title sponsor of the regional championships has afforded a great opportunity to acknowledge outstanding individuals and the sport of dressage.” Competitors qualify for Great American/USDF Regional Championships by competing in designated qualifying classes throughout the year at USDF-recognized dressage competitions. For more information on the regional championship program, or the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, visit the USDF website at or contact Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit, e-mail, or call (859) 971-2277. Copyright © United States Dressage Federation. Photos courtesy of USDF. All rights reserved. 4051 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 Phone: (859) 971-2277 Fax: (859) 971-7722 E-mail:

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Meetings are held the second Monday of each month, 7 to 9 pm at Panera Bread, 6130 Kruse Drive, Solon Ohio Members are always welcome to attend! Be sure to check the MEETINGS page of the NODA website for any meeting changes or updates. NODA’s welcomes all comments and opinions regarding NODA activities, shows and policies. Please contact NODA Member Liaison, Kathy Kirchner at

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Apparel and Tack BOOTS FOR SALE: Black Königs Favorit Dressage boots with zippers. Size: "LSW", US size: 8-8 1/2, calf: 15 3/4”, height: 17 3/8”. Used less than a month, new $ 1150, asking $ 750 or best offer. Contact: Ursula

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Horses for Sale or Lease FOR SALE: 2002 Registered Half-Welsh Gelding. Teddy’s a 15H adorable, lower level schoolmaster-type with natural desire to go forward off rider’s leg. Schooling 2nd/3rd level. Three good gaits with nice overtrack in walk and a smooth canter. Healthy, good traveler, low maintenance kind of guy. Located in Saline, MI. Asking $9.500. For more information, contact Clara at or 440-669 -5714.

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Bridlewood Dressage Farm Cheryl Slawter Medina, OH 44256 330-239-1997 2 indoor & 1 outdoor ring, pastures ,boarding, lessons, excellent care, friendly.

Candle Light Farms Noell Sivertsen-Edgell Chesterland, OH 44026 440-376-2117 Boarding, lessons, sales, training, leases, indoor/ outdoor arena.

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KKM Stables Karen Stephens Bellville, OH 419-688-1331 Full-Service quality dressage training thru the Levels. Improve balance, strength of horse & rider. Kirgis Farm Mantua, OH 330-554-1716 Dressage barn, all day turnout, competent staff, large stalls, pastures, safe fencing, indoor. Ledge Hollow Stable Jeanne & Terry Fashempour 330-239-2587 Medina, OH 44256 Full care, co-op, turn-out, Instruction, NE Medina County.

Dream On Farm Janet and Mike Boyle Columbia Station, OH 440-376-9298 Shows, lessons, boarding, grass Mithra Training Stable pastures, turnout, indoor Wendy Gruskiewicz arena, outdoor hunter/ Jefferson, OH dressage arenas 440-213-0509 Specializing in Arabian Sport Horses, dressage training, Fair Weather Farm sales & lessons Kate Poulin Chagrin Falls, OH 386-624-3968 North Crest Equestrian Center Julie Taylor Heated barn/indoor, Grass /all season T/O, stalls cleaned 2X/ day. Two outdoors, trails.

Grand Prix Farm Kelli Flanagan Valley City, OH 44280 330-483-9055 Boarding, lessons, schoolmasters available, indoor & outdoor arena, heated observation room

Avon Lake, OH 44012 (440) 933-4654

Dressage training & lessons, summer horse camps, birthday parties.

STABLE LISTINGS, CONTINUED Pleasant Valley Farm Kris Lanphear Willoughby Hills, OH 440-942-9034 References. Board, grass T/O, trails, lessons, care of special need horses. Natural training.

Princeton Ridge Farms, Ltd. Huntsburg, OH 440-463-2428 Quality horse care, boarding, lessons, and sport horse sales in Geauga County. Indoor/ outdoor arena, schooling jumps, trails.

Rhythmic Ridge Ranch Debi Smith Lorrain County 440-315-2660 Full care, indoor and lighted outdoor, arenas, matted stalls and heated water buckets.

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Rivendel Farm Bonnie Gray & Dale Lappert- R Dressage Judge Garrettsville, OH (330) 527-4683 evening (440) 813-4009 days Board, dressage/eventing. Small, experienced care, 7 day T/O , Indoor/outdoor, trails, jumps. Rocky River Stables Cleveland Metro Parks Rocky River. OH (216) 267-2525 Boarding, lessons, pony /horse camps, therapeutic riding, indoor & outdoor arena, trails.

Rosewood Stables Columbia Station, OH 440-236-8276 Small barn w/indoor arena,/ outdoor riding, heated tack room, daily T/O, hay /grain 3x/day, Full or self clean.

Shadow Facs Farm Erie, PA 814-796-6161 Dressage and combined training, instruction, and sales.

Scenic Run Equestrian Center Novelty, OH Nancy Lewis-Stanton 440 - 567-3057 Large airy stalls, fed 4X daily, indoor and outdoor arenas, trails and much more. Ask about boarding discounts.

Topline Stables at Walden Janeen Langowski-Grava Aurora, OH 44202 330-995-0039 440-666-6182 Boarding, lessons, clinics, sales, training, kids camp. Full care, indoor/outdoor, grass pastures.

Shade Tree Farm Betsy Rebar-Sell 330-351-1124 Full care, indoor & outdoor arenas, trails, turnout, lessons, and training.

Woods Edge Stable Anne Houin Burton, OH 44021 216-598-0821 or Boarding, lessons, clinics, Indoor/outdoor, arenas, grass pastures, trails.

Calendar of Events Complete Calendar of Shows, Clinics, & More on NODA Website: E-mail to have your event added!

(*) Show scores eligible for 2017 NODA Year-End Awards June 11, 2017 Dream On Farm Dressage Schooling Show (*) Dream on Farm, Columbia Station, OH

June 11, 2017 Geauga Parks Trail Ride at Big Creek Park

June 18, 2017 NODA Dressage Schooling Show (*)

Sweetwater Equestrian Center, Ravenna, OH, June 24, 2017 CADS Dressage Schooling Show (*) Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH

June 24-25, 2017 Dressage Derby of Ohio I and Derby II (*) Lake Erie College Equestrian Center, Concord OH

June 25, 2017 Mini-Trials/Schooling Dressage Show Stone Gate Farm, Hanoverton, OH

June 26, 2017 Dressage Clinic with Jayne Ayers “S” Judge Lake Erie College Equestrian Center, Concord OH

July 1-2, 2017 Dressage Clinic with Lauren Spreiser Roaring Run Equestrian Center, Apollo, PA Questions? Call 724-478-3871

July 8, 2017 NODA Dressage Ride-a-Test Clinic Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH

July 9, 2017 NODA Dressage Schooling Show (*) Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH

July 16, 2017 Horse on Course Schooling Dressage Show Horse on Course Equestrian Center, Valencia, PA

July 22, 2017 NODA Dressage 2017 Show (*) Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH

July 23, 2017 NODA Dressage 2017 Encore Show (*) Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH

July 29, 2017 CADS Dressage Schooling Show (*) Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH

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August 6, 2017 Mini-Trials & Schooling Dressage Show Stone Gate Farm, Hanoverton OH

September 16-17, 2017 Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials Stone Gate Farm, Hanoverton OH

August 6, 2017 Dream On Farm Dressage Schooling Show (*) Dream on Farm, Columbia Station, OH

August 13, 2017 NODA Dressage Schooling Show (*) South Farm, Middlefield, OH

August 19, 2017 CADS Dressage Schooling Show (*) Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH

August 26, 2017 4th Annual Pegasus Dressage Schooling Show (*) Pegasus Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Hartville, OH

August 27, 2017 Horse on Course Schooling Dressage Show Horse on Course Equestrian Center, Valencia, PA

September 3, 2017 Dream On Farm Dressage Schooling Show (*) Dream on Farm, Columbia Station, OH

September 10,, 2017 NODA Dressage Schooling Show (*) Rocky River Stables, Rocky River OH

September 16, 2017 CADS Dressage Schooling Show (*) Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH

September 16-17, 2017 Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials Stone Gate Farm, Hanoverton OH

September 24, 2017 Stone Gate Farm Hunter Pace Stone Gate Farm, Hanoverton OH

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