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NODA News Issue

11, 2016 2016

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

In this issue:  Hidden Treasures: Broadview Farm by Sarah Hall  NODA October Schooling Show at Chagrin Valley Farms –Show Results  What’s in a Name– Java Joe by Patty Keim  The Results are In! USDF L Program Wrap Up by Clara Etzel  Take a Risk! by Regina SachaUjczo

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Cover Photo: Sabine Walker riding CA Hudson Bey with owner Leslie Innocenti at the NODA Schooling Show Championship

Greetings from the President successfully used online volunteer sign up, which offers our volunteers flexibility in deciding when and where they would like to earn their NODA Bucks.

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 Mary Lou Gallagher 216-251-7469

Barbara Soukup 440-339-3980 Mary Dana Prescott 440-942-1008 Halle Clause 330-472-0888 Niki Sackman 440-454-4709

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Dee Liebenthal and Rens


ear NODA Members,

We had another successful Recognized Show weekend at Chagrin Valley Farms. Thank you again to Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm for sponsoring the Saturday evening Freestyle and helping this event grow. We had a NODA record number of Freestyle competitors. Our success each year is due to all our sponsors. In addition to Betsy and Havensafe, we wish to thank Big Dee’s, Shade Tree Farm, Schneiders, Christine Thompson, and Geauga Feed, to name just a few.

I hope you are planning to attend NODA’s Banquet and Award Celebration on November 19th at the Crowne Plaza in Independence. It is always a good time for all. You don’t have to have applied for awards to attend and have fun. Please come to celebrate the end of the 2016 GMO Awards: Congratulations to Linda Cooley our season, to support your friends or family webmaster extraordinaire. Our members, or just to have a good time. A NODA website won First Place in great silent auction again this year will be our GMO size category. Thank your chance to get some really nice items you, Linda for doing such a great and support NODA. job! Congratulations also to Jeni Gaffney. Here are just few of the items that we will Her article, “It’s All Roberta’s have on the auction table. Don’t forget Fault” in the January issue of the your checkbook! NODA News, won honorable Custom made leather halter, donated mention. by Christine Wrona of Formal Glory Clipper package and a blanket package, donated by Big Dee’s Saddle pad, bridle, reins, bell boots and much more, donated by Schneiders Horse Massage package, donated by Angela Rahn

Schooling Show Secretary Changes for 2017. We want to thank Jennifer Tulleners for her dedication to NODA and working for the last four years as Schooling Show Secretary. Jennifer has worked hard to help make our Schooling Shows a good experience for all our competitors. We sure hope we will see If you bring an item to donate to the Jennifer helping NODA in new ways in the Geauga County Dog Shelter or renew your future. Thank you Jennifer! NODA membership, you will receive a NODA is excited to welcome Gwen raffle ticket for a drawing. Samuels who has been training with Jennifer, Mary Lou Gallagher and Sally There is a lot for NODA to celebrate this Burton to fill Jennifer’s shoes as Schooling year. The 2016 Schooling Show series Show Secretary beginning now for the was fabulous and very well attended. All 2017 season. but one show was full. It was wonderful to see everyone’s enthusiasm. We Continued on page 4

2016 Committees Communications


Correspondence Secretary: Rosemary Rufo 330-527-7836

Historian: Lora Burgess 440-554-6736

Newsletter Editors: Layout/Content: Sara Justice Layout/Content: April Woodward Corral: Mosie Welch 330-618-5838 Advertising/Classifieds: Jill Voigt 216-346-2811 Reporting: Regina Sacha-Ujczo Webmaster & Facebook: Linda Cooley 440-941-6269

Educational Programs Co-chairs: Marcia Doyle 330-562-8456 Berni Moauro 330-467-0619

Membership & Handbook Chair: Fran Cverna 440-834-1774 External Relations: Lisa Gorretta 440-543-8682 Junior & Young Rider Liaison: Lauren Hunter 812-655-0375

Competitions Recognized Shows Chair:

Christine Thompson 440-590-1598 Manager: Kevin Bradbury 734-426-2111 Ext 111 Show Secretary: Mary Lou Gallagher 216-251-7469 Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Eisenhauer Shirring 330-220-4705 Sponsors/Advertising: Regina Sacha Ujczo 216-390-3702 Hospitality: Kirsten Thomas 216-509-8881 Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Bross 814-881-2786

Schooling Shows Chair:

Sally Burton 440-221-7544 Show Secretary: Jennifer Tulleners 440-213-6685 Volunteer Coordinator: Kirsten Thomas 216-509-8881

Awards Chair:

Silent Auction Chair:

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 NODA News 2016 Page 3

Janeen Langowski-Grava 440-666-6182

Patty Keim 330-350-2775

Year-End Banquet Chair:

Shannon O'Hara 440-781-4557

2016 Recognized Shows Platinum Sponsors Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supply Shade Tree Farm Betsy Rebar Sell

2016 Recognized Shows Gold Sponsors Schneider Saddlery Geauga Feed and Grain Supply

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President’s Letter—continued from page 2 NODA member Clara Etzel achieves USDF “L” with Treasurer: This is an Executive Board position. The Distinction treasurer is responsible for NODA’s financial Congratulations to longtime NODA member Clara Etzel on records. obtaining her “L” (Learner Judge) with Distinction. NODA NODA Newsletter Advertising position(s): We are has been happy and proud to help support Clara in her looking for one or two volunteers to be a part of dressage journey over these many years. Even though the Newsletter Committee and take charge of Clara moved to Michigan she continues to support NODA advertising. in many ways. She has contributed many articles to the 2017 Banquet Chairperson: The Banquet Chair is NODA News as far back as her teenage years. She also responsible, with committee members, for makes it back to volunteer at our Recognized Shows. You organizing the annual banquet. may even remember her and her mom, Teri, manning the registration table at our annual banquet over the years. More information can be found on the NODA website. Thank you, Clara and congratulations! NODA wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, celebrating everything you are NODA has a few very important openings. NODA always thankful for. needs new people with new ideas to help keep NODA moving forward. All the positions below are open now for Dee Liebenthal, President 2017.

What’s in a Name? “Java Joe” By Patty Keim


orses receive an HID number directly from USDF, not through NODA, but we like to think of our horses as NODA members. Let us now how your horse got its official and/or barn name by emailing Fran at or call 440-823-5965. Patty Keim has this to say about her horse, Java Joe.

I had just retired by event horse Good Man Adam and was out searching for my next mount. Via, I found a 5 year old TB/ Perch cross who looked to be a good prospect. I tried “Espresso” and felt he was good match for me NODA News 2016 Page 4

so I purchased him and we began our partnership – that was 8 years ago – he’s 13 now. His barn nickname at the time was “Spressy” and I could not bring myself to call him that --- sorta sounds girly to me to be honest. He’s a big boy, 17.2 and over 1600 lbs so he needed a more manly name in my mind. He’s very dark bay with no markings and since I’m a big coffee lover I decided to stay with the coffee theme and landed on the name Java Joe, barn name is now just “Java”...or “Hunka Chunka” for those that know us well! (Photo by Erich Linder Photography)

The Results are In! USDF L Program Wrap Up By Clara Etzel


he results are in! After nearly 10 months learning and preparing, I received news from USDF that I am now an L Graduate and passed with distinction. I chronicled my experience attending Central Arizona Riding Academy's Part 1 for NODA, and decided to write about Part 2 all at once. Part 2 of the L Program is for individuals who have taken Part 1 and have earned necessary scores to move on to Part 2. Part 2 is limited to 10 candidates. Part 2 consists of the D1 and D2 Sessions and the Final Exam. L Faculty for CARA’s Part 2 included Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez (D1), Janet Foy (D2), and Axel Steiner and Joan Darnell (Final Exam). For all these sessions, candidates were required to have a scribe. I was fortunate to find a scribe who could help for all 3 sessions, but other candidates had a different scribe for each session. The D1 and D2 Sessions were held at the beautiful Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. D1 (June 4-5) was more of an educational session, where candidates watched Training-Second Level rides at a show and would get practice judging with our scribe. Debbie judged the same rides that the candidates did and at the end of each class candidates' test sheets were tabulated and compared against Debbie's. So, at the end of the session we had a clear idea of how we placed each class, how Debbie placed each class, and any variations in scoring. NODA News 2016 Page 5

D2 (August 6-7) was a very similar session, with more of an emphasis on the final exam. We judged TrainingSecond Level classes again, and our scores were compared against Janet’s. We practiced giving oral comments more in this session, which proved to be difficult for most of the group, as sometimes scores and comments didn’t align. Janet made sure to set us straight on that before the end of the weekend!

The Final Exam was October 1-2 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Candidates had to take a written exam, judge Training-Second Level classes, and give oral comments for classes. It was nice to see Axel and Joan again, as they were faculty I had in Part 1. But the exam weekend was much more serious than the classroom setting. No more time for questions-Joan and Axel wanted to assess each candidate and determine if they fulfilled the requirements to be considered an L Graduate. I’m thankful the hard work paid off and looking forward to the next step. Having completed all 6 sessions, I think the L Program in its entirety is a great experience for anyone interested in learning more about dressage, even if you don’t want to judge. Thanks again NODA for helping me attend this program; it’s given me an entirely new perspective on what I see in the ring. Photo courtesy of Clara Etzel

Hidden Treasures– Broadview Farm By Sarah Hall Broadview A set of wooden stairs lead up to Farm, nestled in the loft containing the aromatic quiet Waite Hill hay needed for the winter, grain Village, bins are tucked neatly welcomes you underneath out of the way of down a drive curious noses. The Dutch door lined by stalls on the west side of the barn towering open into a large grass pasture arborvitae edged with split rail fencing giving you the where Ziggy and Koenig spend feel of grandeur as you wind through to a parking area in their days wandering in and out front of the 4 bay garage. Directly ahead you notice a red at their whim. On the East side, picturesque potting shed lined with black eyed Susans. To identical Dutch doors open to a small sacrifice paddock your right you are drawn to the gray sided gambrel roof which houses a sawdust shed designed to keep the barn with hunter trim, complete with cupola topped with bedding dry and the excess dust out of the barn. antiqued running horse weather vane. As you walk through the paddock you arrive at another On your way to the barn you pass by a beautiful wood fenced area that contains a limestone riding ring and grass arbor covered in grapevines heavy with this years crop, area. This area doubles as extra turnout for Rumble to complete with a bench to take a respite from the hectic wander freely all day. Along the edge of the ring there are pace of the world. Past the rich scent of grapes comes the 2 white chairs and a table conveniently placed under the chicken coop, currently empty but waiting patiently to shade of an again provide shelter to hens that will be diligently cared apple tree. A 12 for. The last feathered friends to grace the property lived tree orchard is into their teens and enjoyed a fully enclosed run to keep nestled in the them safe. corner made by the paddock The resident and riding ring mousers and boasts (Timmy and several Pumpkin) varieties of greet you as apple and pear you trees, a perk enjoyed by the equine occupants. approach the barn, waiting While riding in the ring you often are joined by curious for their ear deer, squirrels and even hawks watching from the scratches. As neighbors field. Ron and Barb Hertzing along with their you pass by the horse themed bench and decorative riding daughter Jordyn (an avid figure skater) have been the boot filled with greenery you step onto an open cement proud owners of this 5 acre property for 38 years. They floor lined with rubber mats in the cross tie area. To the have spent many years turning it into the lovely and right is a rustic wooden shop bench and shelving holding functional property it is today. the many horse supplies needed to care for the horses occupying the 2 stalls on either side. Bridle and saddle As you return to your car after your visit, you notice a racks are mounted at the end of the shelves to keep the bench swing tucked under the stately maple trees, perfect tack organized for the 3 equines currently living here. for watching the horses out grazing on a cool end of Ribbons, pictures and articles decorate the walls, boasting summer eve and if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse the success of the horses that have lived here in the past of a majestic bald eagle, soaring overhead. years. Photos courtesy of Sarah Hall NODA News 2016 Page 6

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NODA Schooling Show Chagrin Valley Farms October 8, 2016 Judges: Karen Winn (R–KY) & Ken Levy (r-IN) High Point Champions Introductory 70.313 Isabelle Coburn / Emmie Training & Up 71.364 Jerry Chuey / Lees Little Pockets & 71.364 Alayna Stephens / Gunsmoke Western 71.364 Jerry Chuey / Lees Little Pockets TIP Award 68.148 Elizabeth Bodnovich / Shekinah Glory

USDF Introductory Test B JR/YR (Levy) 1 Kim Shepard Big Bundle 65.938 2 Sofie Meyer Mr. Fancypants 61.250 3 Hannah Camulli WNDC Medal of Honor 58.750

Novice USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Cassie Huprich Copper 67.500 2 Christine Tracy Boardwalk 65.000 3 Brandon Evans Sedona 57.813 4 Barbara Gantz Touch of Jazz 56.563

USDF Introductory Test C Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Nicole Rader Aim High 63.000 2 Bitsy Gascoigne CLF Foreign Currency 61.000 3 Pam White Flash In The Knight 56.500 4 Jennifer McCallen Gurman 56.250

Novice USDF Introductory Test A JR/YR (Winn) 1 Isabelle Coburn Emmie 69.063

USDF Introductory Test B Professional (Levy) 1 Ron Carlton CJ Shadrach 54.688

USDF Introductory Test C JR/YR (Winn) 1 Annie Mackin Koko Kisses 62.500 2 Sofie Meyer Mr. Fancypants 60.500 3 Kim Shepard Big Bundle 58.750

Novice USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Brandon Evans Sedona 63.125 2 Christine Tracy Boardwalk 60.313 3 Barbara Gantz Touch of Jazz 54.063

USDF Introductory Test C Professional (Winn) 1 Holly Robinson WNDC Medal of Honor 63.250 2 Ron Carlton CJ Shadrach 54.000 3 Kris Ropp Syzgy 47.500

Novice USDF Introductory Test B JR/YR (Levy) 1 Isabelle Coburn Emmie 70.313

Novice Training Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Gina Ash Grenadine 61.087

Novice USDF Introductory Test C JR/YR (Winn) 1 Isabelle Coburn Emmie 66.500

Novice Training Level Test 1 JR/YR (Levy) 1 Annie Mackin Koko Kisses 59.565

USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Bitsy Gascoigne CLF Foreign Currency 62.813 2 Jennifer McCallen Gurman 61.563 3 Lori McDade Deputy Oops 60.938 4 Pam White Flash In The Knight 58.750

Novice Training Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Rob Stone Mingo 53.077

USDF Introductory Test A JR/YR (Winn) 1 Sofie Meyer Mr. Fancypants 62.813 2 Hannah Camulli WNDC Medal of Honor 61.563 USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Bitsy Gascoigne CLF Foreign Currency 66.563 2 Lori McDade Deputy Oops 58.750

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Novice Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Rob Stone Mingo 59.773 2 Gina Ash Grenadine 55.000 3 Pam White Flash In The Knight 54.318 Training Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Nicole Rader Aim High 65.652 2 Lea Wojtkiewicz WINTER SKY 65.217 3 Lisa Keck Richmond 58.913 4 Lisa White Valentino 58.913

NODA Schooling Show Chagrin Valley Farms October 8, 2016 Judges: Karen Winn (R–KY) & Ken Levy (r-IN) Training Level Test 1 JR/YR (Levy) 1 Diane Shale Spot On Doolittle 69.348 2 Quinn Caron Winterfield 63.043 3 Erica Kish My Pal Val 51.739 Training Level Test 1 Professional (Levy) 1 Kris Ropp Syzgy 70.870 2 Tawny Williamson Ivy League KF 64.783 3 Katherine J. Stockdale Welcome 63.043 4 Sue Hines Excommunicator 60.870 5 Sarah Freeman Kiva 60.652 6 Chelsea Nau Fear The Beard 51.087 Training Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Sue Horst Alix 69.231 2 Lea Wojtkiewicz WINTER SKY 64.038 3 Danielle Bolm Jimmy 63.846 4 Lisa White Valentino 60.385 5 Colleen Welder Owen 60.000 6 Sally Burton Oreo Blizzard 60.000 Heidi Miller Merlin 59.808 Training Level Test 2 JR/YR (Winn) 1 Quinn Caron Winterfield 66.731 2 Caroline Channell Bordeaux 07 65.577 3 Diane Shale Spot On Doolittle 60.192 4 Alayna Stephens Gunsmoke 59.808 5 Erica Kish My Pal Val 49.615 Training Level Test 2 Professional (Winn) 1 Sabine Walker Zappoli 67.692 2 Anne McClintock Jericho 66.923 3 Tawny Williamson Ivy League KF 63.269 4 Sarah Freeman Kiva 62.115 5 Katherine J. StockdaleWelcome 59.038 6 Chelsea Nau Fear The Beard 58.269 Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Marybeth Allen Argostino 66.364 2 Nicole Rader Aim High 62.273 3 Mary Hooser TC Discrete 61.364 4 Kathi Agens Mercedes 59.773 5 Heidi Miller Merlin 58.409 6 Lori Butt Born A Two Timer 53.409 NODA News 2016 Page 10

Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Jerry Chuey Lees Little Pockets 71.364 2 Leigh Mooney Remarkable 65.000 3 Sue Horst Alix 64.545 4 Colleen Welder Owen 61.136 5 Laurie Grucza Charles Maxwell Johns III 59.318 6 Sally Burton Oreo Blizzard 58.636 Danielle Bolm Jimmy 54.091

Training Level Test 3 JR/YR (Levy) 1 Alayna Stephens Gunsmoke 71.364 2 Elizabeth Bodnovich Shekinah Glory 65.682 3 Caroline Channell Bordeaux 07 63.636 Training Level Test 3 Professional (Levy) 1 Sabine Walker Zappoli 68.182 2 Rhonda Pearce Flying Instructor 62.727 3 Anne McClintock Jericho 59.318 4 Jacqueline Ann Schafer My India Queen 57.955 First Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Mary Hooser TC Discrete 64.630 2 Katie Passerotti Luck Dragon 62.401 3 Mila Sambunjak Baila Con Migo 60.926 First Level Test 1 JR/YR (Levy) 1 Elizabeth Bodnovich Shekinah Glory 68.148 2 Noelle Ignagni MRF Bello Di Notte 61.296 First Level Test 1 Professional (Levy) 1 Rhonda Pearce Flying Instructor 63.889 2 Sue Hines Evil Town 62.593 First Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Peggi Ignagni MRF Bello Di Notte 66.094 First Level Test 2 Professional (Levy) 1 Sue Hines Evil Town 67.969 2 Anne McClintock She's A Spitfire 64.063 3 Sarah Freeman Ziegfried 56.406

NODA Schooling Show Chagrin Valley Farms October 8, 2016 Judges: Karen Winn (R–KY) & Ken Levy (r-IN) First Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Megan Barnhizer Fascination Starr 68.824 2 Katie Passerotti Luck Dragon 64.265 3 Marybeth Allen Argostino 56.618 4 Patti Valencic Fox Meadow Dancer 53.971 5 Kathi Agens Mercedes 53.824 6 Mila Sambunjak Baila Con Migo 53.382 First Level Test 3 Professional (Winn) 1 Anne McClintock She's A Spitfire 68.824 2 Sarah Freeman Rumble 60.147 3 Sarah Freeman Ziegfried 53.824

Fourth Level Test 3 (Levy) 1 Ashley Warner Kanook 47.333 Dressage Seat Equitation (Levy) 1 Leigh Mooney Remarkable 73.333 2 Sally Burton Oreo Blizzard 65.000 3 Pam White Flash In The Knight 63.333 4 Kathi Agens Mercedes 61.667

Western Intro Level Test 1 (Levy) 1 Cassie Huprich Copper 64.821

Second Level Test 1 Amateur (Levy) 1 Kaylin Priemier JC IVY LEAGUE 56.818

Western-Intro Level Test 2 (Winn) 1 Cassie Huprich Copper 61.875 2 Lori McDade Deputy Oops 57.917

Second Level Test 1 Professional (Levy) 1 Sarah Freeman Rumble 57.576

Western Intro Level Test 4 (Levy) 1 Judy Jacobsen Modige 60.000

Second Level Test 2 (Winn) 1 Kaylin Priemier JC IVY LEAGUE 52.051

Western Basic Level Test 1 (Levy) 1 Halle Clause Master The Art 66.129

Second Level Test 3 Amateur (Levy) 1 Megan Barnhizer Fascination Starr 60.976 2 Sue Desimpel Currituck 59.512

Western Basic Level Test 2 (Levy) 1 Skylar Young La Belle Luna 70.694

Second Level Test 3 Professional (Winn) 1 Tina Brown Princess Gothic 60.122 Third Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Levy) 1 Abigail Weigele Tula 58.182 Third Level Test 1 Professional (Winn) 1 Tina Brown Princess Gothic 52.576 Third Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Winn) 1 Ashley Warner Kanook 61.795 Third Level Test 3 Professional (Winn) 1 Victoria Patterson-Pirko Fantasia 57.949 Fourth Level Test 2 (Levy) 1 Patti Mintor Lyrical 58.750

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Western Basic Level Test 4 (Winn) 1 Jerry Chuey Lees Little Pockets 71.324 2 Judy Jacobsen Modige 62.794 3 Skylar Young La Belle Luna 62.500 4 Halle Clause Master The Art 60.735 USEA Eventing Test of Choice (Levy) 1 Amanda Gantz Journey of Hope 59.000

Take a Risk! By Regina Sacha-Ujczo


e all know the adage, “No RISK No Reward!” and excited horse named Spiderman. but actually taking it to task is often a different The clinic began with the youngsters and proceeded to the story and frequently avoided for fear of more advance horses, finishing with two Prix St Georges looking foolish or failing! horses the first day. Day two of the clinic presented horses at the FEI and Our own Nancy Stanton of Stanton Dressage culminated with the treat of Charlotte (USDF Gold Medalist once shortlisted for the riding International Rider Evi Strasser’s 1996 Olympics) believes in having fun and Grand Prix horse Renaissance Time! taking risks and proved it recently. Afterbeing Both clinic days ended with an hand selected from over 200 video entries, autograph signing session hosted by she loaded up her spectacular and very Charlotte’s saddle sponsor Equipe. handsome black four-year old Hanoverian Gelding HIGH VOLTAGE, i.e VOLT (Harvard x The clinic was top notch in every EM Wruffian) to participate in a clinic with the Equestrian respect and participants and auditors alike shared in the Icon – Charlotte Dujardin in Toronto, Canada at the insights of horse training that have proved so effective in stunning Caledon Equestrian Park. Charlotte’s training regime. CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN, IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD OF DRESSAGE! SHE IS THE WELL KNOWN BRITISH ELITE DRESSAGE RIDER AND THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BRITISH DRESSAGE RIDER IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT AS OLYMPIC, EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPION! SHE HAS SECURED ALL MAJOR TITLES AND WORLD RECORDS IN OUR SPORT AND BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE MOST DOMINANT DRESSAGE RIDER OF HER ERA. SHE AND HER MOUNT, VALEGRO (WHOM SHE ENDEARINGLY CALLS BLUEBERRY!) ARE THE EPITOME OF PERFECTION, SUPPLENESS AND HARMONY. WATCHING THIS PARTNERSHIP PERFORM IS A TRUE ART. SO BEING ABLE TO CLINIC WITH HER IS BEYOND MOST OF OUR EXPECTATIONS.

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A few nuggets to share: “With the legs, he must respond and with the rein, you must be able to slow down and stop.”

Do not overwork young horses and as the rider, give them confidence to experience the world.

Short, productive sessions being key with young horses.

At all stages of learning, the training must be black and white to insure the horse learns the correct foundation.

Transitions are key. Do “hundreds” of them in a session.

No surprise that there was a packed spectator crowd close to 1,000 people per day at this gorgeous facility. Several of  our NODA members travelled to Toronto to be numbered among the throngs of people who were fortunate to witness this amazing clinic in action!  The Caledon Equestrian Park radiated its own sense of tranquility and breath taking views of the Caledon Hills  and Niagara Escarpment. 

Nancy Stanton is a serious and highly successful trainer and competitor but manages to make dressage fun for herself, her students and her horses. Her confident and  sometimes humorous demeanor was an asset to give her young horse assurance in this most electric atmosphere. In fact, Volt was paired with another young horse so his  “matter of fact” attitude would calm the other very fearful NODA News 2016 Page 12

Use rising trot to encourage a young horse to swing with his back.

Always think forward in downward transitions with the hind leg coming under. Do not use the walk as a break to get distracted. Give them lots of breathers; if you hold them in an outline too long they will sore and stiff. Circles are critical and too many straight lines will encourage a horse to get “flat.” “Avoid going low and round; keep your horse in front of the vertical.”

Always remember riders have good and bad days.

A secondary pair of eyes on the ground is important for everyone.

As an alternative to the diagonal, you can start flying  changes on a figure of eight.

Always finish on a high and pat your horse.

Collection needs to be active and quick.


Charlotte has a very dry sense of humor which caused A working shoulder fore is not bend in the neck; it is chuckling in the audience throughout the clinic. One cute flexion in the poll. expression to hit a point home was: “Pat the horse – slap the rider!” Never hold and kick at the same time!

Hot horses need legs on; lazy horses – legs off.

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She also addressed the need for riders to be fit and focus on core. She concentrates on her core in gym sessions at least four times per week which complements her Pilates Vary the pace during the session to see how reactive and Yoga to gain and maintain an independent seat. the horse is. Charlottes was adamant about not rushing a horse to the double bridle. You must be able to achieve in a snaffle Insure that the head and neck of the horse is in front before you have a chance in the double. She frequently of the chest and the hind legs need to be underneath rides her top horses in a snaffle in schooling sessions. to be truly straight. What was not surprising was Charlotte’s insistence on The use of corners and the short side is fundamental. basics. Correct basics. Balance. Relaxation. So the mystery of Charlotte’s success is debunked. Yes, she is super It allows for better preparation. talented with gifted feel but she is just another rider who Don’t always sit the trot.

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Take A Risk!, continued By Regina Sacha-Ujczo focuses on the basics, being fair, expecting excellence and allowing the brilliance of each horse to shine naturally! Fundamentals do lead to brilliance and excellence. Illuminating!

I would venture to say very few of us would be brave enough to accept the challenge. If you would love to hear more about her experience, you can find her daily at Scenic Run Equestrian Center on Dines Road in Novelty, or e-mail her at:

Nancy Stanton states that she was “so honored to be numbered among the participants.” “This is an experience of a lifetime that I will cherish forever. Sharing it with the best ‘baby’ (Volt!) in the world was beyond my expectations and something that I will remember my entire life!”

Should we push ourselves a tad out of our own comfort zone and put egos aside as we climb the ladder of dressage excellence? It is a personal decision and should always be made in the context of safety. But remember, “No Risk – No Reward!” as we all We are all very proud of NODA’s Nancy Stanton and all the strive to learn and riders who risked being in a strange Country, electric grown in this worthy environment and accepting the privilege of riding in front dressage pursuit! of the world’s best. Nancy Lewis-Stanton and HIGH VOLTAGE , i.e VOLT (Harvard x EM Wruffian) Photos by Regina Sacha Ujczo

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NODA Board Meetings Next NODA Board Meetings - November 14 and January 9 Meetings held the second Monday of each month 7 to 9 pm at Panera Bread, 6130 Kruse Drive, Solon Ohio **Please note, there will NOT be a board meeting in December**

Members are always welcome to attend! Be sure to check the MEETINGS page of the NODA website to any meeting changes or updated information. NODA’s welcomes all comments & opinions regarding NODA activities, shows and policies. Please contact NODA Member Liaison, Kathy Kirchner at

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2016 Adequan®/ USDF Annual Convention- Advance Registration and Hotel Deadlines The 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention is fast approaching! Remember, in order to guarantee your room at the discounted USDF rate, make your reservation by November 11, 2016. After that, it is subject to room availability. The deadline for the Member Advance Registration Discount is November 25, 2016. For more information about registration and hotel reservations, visit

Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards are Final! Log into the USDF website and view the 2016 final year-end awards. Personalized year-end award certificates are also available. Click on the word “certificate”, located after the horse or rider’s name in the rankings, for a personalized certificate.

2017 Adequan®/ USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference Join USDF for this unique opportunity, featuring Lilo Fore and Hans-Christian Matthiesen, which will give FEI trainers and judges the opportunity to interact, share ideas, and gain a perspective of the challenges faced by both groups. The 2017 conference will be held on January 16-17, at High Meadow Farm in Loxahatchee, FL. Advanced registration is now open! Visit the website for complete details. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 2017 USEF Judges Forum. Visit the USEF website ( for complete details on the forum.

Looking to Complete the L Education Program or Retest for Entry into the USEF "r" Judge Training Program? The Central Arizona Riding Academy has a few openings in Part 2 "Candidate Evaluation", starting November 19. Please contact organizer Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz for pricing and details. For a complete list of approved L Education Programs, visit the Education Calendar. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact

Dressage and Para-Dressage FEI Updates for 2017 Updates to the dressage and para-dressage tests were announced by the FEI at the end of October. Please note that these changes were announced after the printing of the 2017 USDF Member Guide, which you will be receiving with your November issue of USDF Connection. For more information on the dressage updates, visit

Apprentice Technical Delegate Clinic The USDF Apprentice Technical Delegate Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 30, during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO. Topics to be covered will include: How to become a technical delegate, dressage attire, tack and equipment, and USEF and USDF forms and publications. Registration for this event will only be available online through November 25.

Renew now for 2017! Renew your USDF membership online today! Only members as of December 31 will receive the 2016 yearbook issue of USDF Connection. All members who renew for 2017 will enjoy savings with USDF’s Member Perks Partners.

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Member News The 2017 membership is from 12/1/2016 through 11/30/2017. A membership renewal form was mailed in November. I hope you renew at the NODA banquet or as soon as you get the 2017 form!

Our 2016 year is ending with 321 total members (206 AA, 44 Youth, and 71 Professional), and with 94 new members this year!

Online membership roster on the MEMBERSHIP page of It is used for verification of membership for NODA activities.

Your membership, time, and talents make NODA a better GMO. Thank you. Fran Cverna, Membership Chair

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In Search Of SADDLE FOR SALE: Albion Platinum Ultima Dressage Saddle. 17.5” seat. Currently this saddle has the wide Genesis TriSTABLE LISTINGS form tree with interchangeable head fittings for the changing horse. Wonderful saddle for the growing warmblood since it is so Bridlewood Dressage Farm adjustable. This saddle is in excellent condition. I purchased it Cheryl Slawter Medina, OH 44256 new in 2008. I can email photos. 330-239-1997 Asking $1,800. Contact or 440 -669-7052. 2 indoor & 1 outdoor ring, pas-

Free member ads will run for two issues only. One free ad per member at a time. Submit Ad and payment by 15th of the USET-AUTOGRAPHED PRINT: Official poster of 1987 Pan Am month. Free Stable Listings: include contact info, city and three lines. Ads subject to editing. Website posting included. Classified Editor: Jill Voigt Phone: 216-346-2811 Check payable to NODA: Jill Voigt Rosewood Stables 10021 Station Road Columbia Station, OH 44028 Email ad to: Horses for Sale or Lease Apparel and Tack SADDLE FOR SALE: Trilogy “Debbie McDonald” short-flap and elite leather. 18”, M/W. Pictures available. Asking $2,475. Call, text or email Regina: 216-390 -3702, SADDLE FOR SALE: Rembrandt Dressage Saddle. 17.5” seat, adjustable tree. Black, good condition. Recently reflocked, new billets. Picture available. Asking $800. Contact Patti at 440338-7177 or (I-11)

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Games in Indianapolis, signed by artist Dick Davis, depicting crosscountry horse and rider over water jump. Mounted on foam board with glass borderless frame. Signed by 10 dressage, eventing & jumping USET members. Photo and complete details on request. Asking $200. Call or text Mary Ann, 216-3142899 or email COLLECTION FOR SALE: Large personal collection of horseracing clippings from newspapers and magazines. Articles on Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, 1960s to 2000s. Includes many Louisville Courier-Journal Derby preview and special sections. Additional articles on Secretariat and Seattle Slew. A treasure trove of racing coverage. Detailed list can be sent by email. $100. Call or text Mary Ann, 216-314-2899

Services STALLS AVAILABLE: Located in Olmsted Township close to I480. Horses are fed hay and grain 3 times/day. Stalls cleaned daily. Large indoor arena, heated tack room, wash bay with hot and cold water. Easy access to Metro Park trails and Lewis Road riding ring. $420/month. Call or text 216-3892281.

tures ,boarding, lessons, excellent care, friendly. Candle Light Farms Noell Sivertsen-Edgell Chesterland, OH 44026 440-376-2117 Boarding, lessons, sales, training, leases, indoor/outdoor

Dream On Farm Janet and Mike Boyle Columbia Station, OH 440-376-9298 Shows, lessons, boarding, grass pastures, turnout, indoor arena, outdoor hunter/dressage arenas

Fair Weather Farm Kate Poulin Chagrin Falls, OH 386-624-3968 Heated barn/indoor, Grass /all season T/O, stalls cleaned 2X/ day. Two outdoors, trails.

Kirgis Farm Mantua, OH 330-554-1716 Dressage barn, all day turnout, competent staff, large stalls, pastures, safe fencing, indoor.

KKM Stables Karen Stephens Bellville, OH 419-688-1331 Full-Service quality dressage training thru the Levels. Improve balance, strength of horse & rider. Grand Prix Farm Kelli Flanagan Valley City, OH 44280 330-483-9055 Boarding, lessons, schoolmasters available, indoor & outdoor arena,

heated observation room Ledge Hollow Stable Jeanne & Terry Fashempour 330-239-2587 Medina, OH 44256 Full care, co-op, turn-out, Instruction, NE Medina County.

Mithra Training Stable Wendy Gruskiewicz Jefferson, OH 440-213-0509 Specializing in Arabian Sport Horses, dressage training, sales & lessons

North Crest Equestrian Center Julie Taylor 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.

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.

Woods Edge Stable Anne Houin Burton, OH 44021 Shade Tree Farm 216-598-0821 or Betsy Rebar-Sell 330-351-1124 Boarding, lessons, clinics, Full care, indoor Indoor/outdoor, arenas, & outdoor arenas, trails, grass pastures, trails. turnout, lessons, and training. Shadow Facs Farm 814-796-6161 Dressage and combined training, instruction, and sales.

Calendar of Events Complete Calendar of Shows, Clinics & More on NODA website: E-mail to have your event added! (*) Show Scores eligible for 2016 NODA Year-end Awards (*** ) Show Scores elgible for 2017 NODA Year-end Awards

(***) 11/6 Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Schooling Show Chagrin Falls, OH

(***) 11/10-13 US Dressage Finals Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington KY

11/19 NODA Year-End Awards Banquet Celebration Crowne Plaza Hotel, Independence OH **11/27 Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Schooling Show Chagrin Falls, OH

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