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Issue 6, 2015

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

Inside: Rules Quiz for Showing at a USEFRecognized Dressage Show, page 10. NODA Schooling Dressage Show Results. May 17, 2015 at Chagrin Valley Farms, page 12. Sarah Martin Clinic Recap By Lauren Hunter, page 19.

Cover: Training & Above High Point Winner at NODA’s Schooling Show at Chagrin Valley Farms Loreen Cobb & Chapel Hill Photo by Dee Liebenthal

Greetings from the President need to know how you feel about the series and your general opinion of schooling shows in our area. What are your favorite venues? What do you like and what don’t you like? What would you like to see us add or eliminate? Tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly. Please let Kathy Kirchner ( or Kara Maruszak (, or me ( know your thoughts.

The Northern Ohio Dressage Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit 2014 NODA Executive Board President Dee Liebenthal 330-562-8455

Vice President Niki Sackman

Treasurer Nancy Danielson 440-759-2117 (Text only)

Secretary Patti Valencic

Parliamentarian Dale Lappert 330-527-4683

Directors at Large Mary Lou Gallagher

As I write this we are heading into the week prior to our second schooling show of the season, a partnering with CADS for ear Noda Members, a two-day show weekend at Ridgewood Stables. I am anxious to see how this Our first schooling show of the turns out. Ridgewood, the current home season, held at Chagrin Valley Farms, went very well. CVF was ready for of CADS, is a part of NODA’s past. Do any of you remember attending shows there in us and everyone enjoyed themselves. past years? It was before my time with Thank you to CVF and its staff. The rain stayed away giving us a beautiful day with NODA. Some of our members will have to travel a bit to get there; however, west sunshine and nice warm weather. Participation was good, but we could have side and southern competitors will find it easily handled more competitors. There is convenient. a lot of competition for schooling show The much anticipated Recognized Shows participants these days, and we are feeling at our new venue, Chagrin Valley Farms, the pain. NODA does seem to struggle to are just about six weeks away. We are keep its numbers up enough to break even racing to the finish line to make sure that with our expenses. Our schooling show everything is ready and complete. series used to support itself and was even Feedback has been positive, but we are able to contribute a little money to bring going to need lots more sponsors and in judges from out of town and to support advertisers, and a ton of volunteers. We other NODA sponsored events. encourage everyone to sponsor a class or

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216-251-7469 We are asking ourselves what we can do to keep our shows self-supporting. Among other questions, we wonder whether we Barbara Soukup need to reduce the number of shows in our series, and/or do we need to go to a Kathy Kirchner system of sanctioning similar to those of 330-995-6010 other GMOs? In an effort to increase participation we updated our rules for year-end award qualifications, and now Gail Patton require scores from two NODA shows. We 440-442-5256 will evaluate the effect of this change as the season goes on.

Mary Dana Prescott 440-942-1008

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to advertise. Take advantage of our many available levels of sponsorship. Everyone who sponsors a class will be entered in a raffle for a $50 Gift Card from Big Dee’s. We believe that because CVF’s location is more convenient for much of our membership, we will be better able to recruit volunteers -- and we need many more volunteers. There is information in this month’s issue regarding what we need and who to contact. PLEASE help make this show a success. Remember that we can’t exist without all our volunteers.

We would love to have some feedback from our schooling show competitors. We Please take note of a couple of good

2015 Committees Communications Correspondence Secretary: Rosemary Rufo 330-527-7836 Newsletter Editors: Layout/Content: Elizabeth Bross 814-881-2786 Layout/Content: April Woodward Advertising/Corral: Mosie Welch 330-618-5838 Classifieds: Jill Voigt 216-346-2811 Reporting: Regina Sacha-Ujczo Webmaster and Facebook: Linda Cooley 440-941-6269 External Relations: Lisa Gorretta 440-543-8682

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

Membership & Handbook Chair: Fran Cverna 440-834-1774 Junior & Young Rider Liaison: Lauren Hunter 812-655-0375 Member Liaison: Kathy Kirchner 330-995-6010 Professional Liaison: Mary Dana Prescott

Historical Historian: Lora Burgess 440-554-6736

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Competitions Recognized Show Chair:

Niki Sackman 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 Program Coordinator: Sara Justice 908-240-6949

Schooling Show Kara Maruszak 440-655-9376 Show Secretary: Jennifer Tulleners 440-213-6685 Volunteer Coordinator: Gail Patton 440-442-5256

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Year-End Banquet Chair:

Shannon O'Hara 440-781-4557

Awards Chair:

Janeen Langowski-Grava 440-666-6182

NODA’s Board welcomes all comments and opinions regarding NODA activities, shows and policies. Please contact member liaison Kathy Kirchner. Monthly board meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 pm at Panera Bread, 6130 Kruse Drive in Solon. Members are welcome to attend. See meeting page at for details as on occasion the location of the meeting may change.

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articles in this month’s issue of the NODA News. There is an excellent article on hoof health and also a very nice summary of the Sarah Martin Clinic from the end of April by our Jr/YR Liaison, Lauren Hunter.

the organization forward into the future, we would welcome your involvement. Our lives are busy, but we always seem able to make time for something that we love. Through the influence of the GMO, you can also have some impact with the USDF through voting at the Annual Convention. Would you like to be more involved? Would you like to see change? Please join us!

It is time for the LEC Dressage Derby I & II, June 20th and 21st. I encourage NODA members to volunteer to help with these very popular shows. Lots of NODA members compete at these shows, and with LEC student out of Happy June, school for the summer, volunteers are harder to find. I Dee Liebenthal, President know that competitors enjoy having these shows available during the month of June and no one wants to see them go away. Please support these shows. Following is what is being offered by LEC to those that volunteer. 

Volunteers working 5 hours or greater Saturday OR Sunday will get a Lake Erie College cloth tote bag plus free lunch at concession stand. Volunteers working 8 hours or more Saturday AND Sunday will received FREE Auditor Admission to Hilda Gurney Clinic on Monday plus a Lake Erie College cloth tote bag along with free lunch at concession stand.

Needed: Scribes for both the indoor and outdoor ring, InGate Steward for both indoor and outdoor rings plus the outdoor warm-up ring. Secretary’s Assistant/Tabulator and Runners.

Volunteers please email Courtney Newby at or call 440-375-8000 for volunteer information and scheduling. 2015 will be my last year as President. If you are interested in becoming a member of the NODA board, I encourage you to attend a couple of our monthly meetings, held on the second Monday of each month at Panera in Solon, from 7PM to 9PM, to get a feel for what is going on. If you would like to facilitate change and help

$ NODA Professional Member Grant Opportunities $ Professionals — Trainers, Instructors Need help financially for continuing education in riding, training and theory of dressage and related subjects? NODA’s Professional Grant Funding can help make this possible. 50% of event cost is reimbursable (up to $200). Symposiums, certification clinics, judging seminars and other educational seminars are all permissible (only riding clinics are not permissible). Just apply to NODA’s board in writing — Tell why you should receive a grant, what function you plan, where it is located, and the cost of the event. Also include how you currently support NODA and how you will give back the content of the program that you attended to NODA. Will you offer a lecture, clinic, or write an article for NODA News? You can receive 50% (up to $200) of the cost of the event. The only requirement — you must be a “Professional” horseperson as defined by the current USEF rule book and be a member in good standing with NODA.

Mail your application to:

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NODA Board c/o Mary Dana Prescott 38905 Gardenside Drive Willoughby, OH 44094

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Rules Quiz for Showing at a USEF-Recognized Dressage Show Answers on Page 22 Could you be eliminated? Yes or No: 25. How many points are deducted for the second error 1. You feed your horse a red peppermint treat a few in a test? minutes before your test. During the test his mouth 26. While in the ring riding your test, the judge rings her starts to foam and the foam has a pinkish tinge. bell. Do you halt? 2. You wear short paddock boots with breeches, 27. It’s windy and rainy and your number blows off your resulting in 3 inches of bare leg showing between the horse’s bridle and gets trampled in the mud before top of your socks and the bottom of your breeches. your test. Can you show without it? 3. Your horse trips and briefly gets his front feet 28. As you enter the ring, you realize you’re still carrying outside the ring fence. your whip in your right hand. Is it okay to salute with 4. You’re in a First Level test, and you forget to wear the left hand? your gloves. 29. If someone signs an entry as your trainer, what are 5. Your horse stops and refuses to go forward for 20 they responsible for at the show? seconds. Plus some fun general interest questions: 6. You ride your test with your horse’s mane unbraided. 30. What is the name of the horse that won two 7. The ring steward wants to check your horse’s bit dressage gold medals (team and individual) at the before your test and you refuse. last Olympic Games, in London in 2012? 8. The ring steward wants to check your bit without a 31. What is the main breed used at the Spanish Riding disposable glove. You refuse. School in Vienna? 9. You use a roller bit in warm-up but change it before 32. Rembrandt won two individual gold medals in riding your test. Olympic dressage, in 1988 and 1992, and also two 10. Your coach gives you instructions while you circle the team golds. What country’s team was Rembrandt ring before your test starts. on? 11. The judge hears you cluck three times in a test and 33. There are three dressage tests used in Olympic marks it on the score sheet. dressage. Name one. 12. Your horse stumbles and you fly over his head. You 34. On what piece of tack would you find a “port”? remount. 35. Name the main agency that writes rules for dressage 13. You aren’t sure if your horse will behave, so you shows in the U.S. enter your first test hors d’concours (HC). It goes 36. Do most horse boots fasten back to front or front to well, so you decide to ride for a score in your next back? test. 37. At the walk, which hoof strikes the ground after the 14. Your horse starts limping during a test, so the judge left hind? eliminates you for lameness. You find a rock in the 38. How many inches is a 14.1hh pony? horse’s shoe and remove it. You re-enter the same 39. Name one of the two components of the gait score ring later for a second test. on a dressage test. 15. You wear a top hat in an FEI-level test. 40. Are you allowed to ride a mule in a dressage show? 16. You wear smooth-leather half chaps in a Training 41. What does the “L” after the judge’s name at a Level test. schooling show stand for? Fill in the blank: 42. Approximately how many feet wide is a dressage 17. When are you eliminated for going off course: The arena? first time, the second time, the third time or the 43. What does TD stand for? fourth time? 44. What does FEI stand for? 18. Must you change classes if the judge is the trainer of 45. What disease does the Coggins test check for? your trainer? 46. What is a horse’s normal temperature? 19. How many bridle numbers must your horse wear? 47. What is another name for “haunches in”? 20. If your stirrup leather breaks during a test, can you 48. Which of these letters is not used in a standard have a time out to replace it dressage arena – S,G,L,T,E,B,V? 21. What is the maximum length (in inches) of a whip 49. When holding the reins properly, which part of the allowed in the competition ring? hand should be the highest? 22. Can you use a crupper in competition? 50. Which of these letters is not used in a standard 23. Are you eliminated if your horse falls down? dressage arena – A,P,K,R,N,P,G? 24. How long do you have to enter the ring after the judge rings her bell to start the test? NODA News 2015 page 10

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NODA Schooling Dressage Show Results May 17, 2015 at Chagrin Valley Farms Photos by Dee Liebenthal

High Point Awards Intro Division: Bitsy Gascoigne & Brimstone N Wildfire Intro Test A 71.875% Novice USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Nancy Murnyack Triple Jig 57.813 Novice USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Nancy Murnyack Triple Jig 52.500 Novice USDF Introductory Test C Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Nancy Murnyack Triple Jig 50.250 USDF Introductory Test A Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Bitsy Gascoigne Brimstone N Wildfire 71.875 Q 2 Kathi Agens Mercedes 70.625 Q 3 April Woodward Serengeti 41.875 USDF Introductory Test B Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Sue Bartlebaugh Karina 67.500 Q 2 Bitsy Gascoigne Brimstone N Wildfire 61.875 3 Kathi Agens Mercedes 61.250 4 Danielle Struna Famous Mr. Jones 57.188 5 Gabi Deucher Serengeti 57.188 USDF Introductory Test B Jr/YR (Petty) 1 Hallie Scheufler Chippendale Dancer 62.813 2 Rebeka Butterfield Blue 61.875 Q USDF Introductory Test B Professional (Petty) 1 Cindy Scherry Johnny Cake 63.438 Q USDF Introductory Test C Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Bitsy Gascoigne Brimstone N Wildfire 69.000 2 Sue Bartlebaugh Karina 61.500 3 Kara Maruszak Irish Cameo Rose 61.000 Q 4 Danielle Bolm Jimmy 60.750 Q 5 Gabi Deucher Serengeti 50.750 USDF Introductory Test C Jr/YR (Soukup) 1 Rebeka Butterfield Blue 53.250 USDF Introductory Test C Professional (Soukup) 1 Anne Mcclintock She's A Spitfire 66.500 Q 2 Cindy Scherry Johnny Cake 61.250 Novice Training Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Penny Baker Luke's Shadow 65.435 Q 2 Jerry Chuey Lees Little Pockets 59.783 3 Rob Stone Mingo 59.348 4 Danielle Bolm Jimmy 59.348 5 Lisa Butterfield Gamble On Me 55.652 6 Kara Maruszak Irish Cameo Rose 55.435 Novice Training Level Test 1 Jr/YR (Petty) 1 Emily Van Zeeland Pushthelight 71.304 Q Training Level Test 1 Professional (Petty) 1 Loreen Cobb Chapel Hill 71.304 Q 2 Anne Mcclintock She's A Spitfire 39.783

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Training & Above: Loreen Cobb & Chapel Hill Training Level Test 2 73.462% Novice Training Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Penny Baker Luke's Shadow 2 Rob Stone Mingo Novice Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Jerry Chuey Lees Little Pockets Novice Training Level Test 3 Jr/YR (Petty) 1 Emily Van Zeeland Pushthelight Training Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Robin Hill West Pointe 2 Patti Valencic Fox Meadow Dancer 3 Joanna Zinna Annie 4 Kathi Agens Mercedes 5 Kathryn Davis-Kime Smoke On The Water 6 Lea Wojtkiewicz Winter Sky Training Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Robin Hill West Pointe

70.000 60.385 Q 57.500 61.364 63.478 Q 61.957 Q 61.304 Q 57.609 56.304 55.652 68.846

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2 Joanna Zinna Annie 3 Shannon O'hara Elegancia CW 4 Kate Lovejoy Rafeeka 5 Patti Valencic Fox Meadow Dancer 6 Kathryn Davis-Kime Smoke On The Water Training Level Test 2 Jr/YR (Soukup) 1 Noelle Ignagni MRF Bello Di Notte Training Level Test 2 Professional (Soukup) 1 Loreen Cobb Chapel Hill 2 Wendy Skelly Reckless Too Training Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Helen Welch Django 2 Gail Patton Summer Breeze 3 Shannon O'Hara Elegancia CW 4 Kate Lovejoy Rafeeka 5 Heidi Miller Merlin Training Level Test 3 Professional (Petty) 1 Alexandra Weeks Brigandell 2 Wendy Skelly Reckless Too First Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Peggi Ignagni MRF Bello Di Notte 2 Amy Craig Jessica NHH 3 Cathy Suffecool Dash Like A Jet 4 Helen Welch Django 5 Gail Patton Summer Breeze 6 Michele Vonk Crusader Creek First Level Test 1 Jr/YR (Soukup) 1 Alaina Rolenz Leo's Arabella Rose First Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Michele Vonk Crusader Creek 2 Amy Craig Jessica NHH 3 Cathy Suffecool Dash Like A Jet 4 Tracey Fronk Brandee Artandra First Level Test 2 Jr/YR (Petty) 1 Alaina Rolenz Leo's Arabella Rose First Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Laura Viola Forums Valdano 2 Tracey Fronk Brandee Artandra

Judge Barb Soukup and scribe Karen Ruple

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66.346 Q 65.000 Q 62.500 Q 61.923 60.769 Q 69.231 Q 73.462 55.192 60.000 Q 57.045 56.591 56.364 53.636 63.182 Q 55.227 66.667 Q 63.704 Q 62.222 Q 60.926 60.370 Q 58.889 56.296 60.313 Q 57.969 57.656 57.031 61.094 Q 67.206 62.059

At the warm up area at Chagrin Valley Farms 3 Tay Laster Kit'Astrophe 4 Niki Sackman Mercedes Colortyme Second Level Test 1 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Laura Viola Forums Valdano 2 Tay Laster Kit'Astrophe 3 Judy Cageao-Catania Dippped In Gold Second Level Test 1 Professional (Petty) 1 Victoria Patterson-Pirko Fantasia 2 Tina Brown Princess Gothic 3 Anne McClintock Ghizmo Second Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Susan Galvin Orinoco Second Level Test 2 Professional (Soukup) 1 Tina Brown Princess Gothic Second Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Cassandra Hale Darwin 2 Molly Stanton Hollyhock Bella Noir 3 Susan Galvin Orinoco Second Level Test 3 Professional (Petty) 1 Victoria Patterson-Pirko Fantasia Third Level Test 1 Professional (Petty) 1 Sabine Walker CA Hudson Bey Third Level Test 2 Adult Amateur (Soukup) 1 Cindy Poulson Regalia Third Level Test 2 Professional (Soukup) 1 Sabine Walker CA Hudson Bey Third Level Test 3 Adult Amateur (Petty) 1 Cindy Poulson Regalia Third Level Test 3 Professional (Soukup) 1 Jessica Paine Royal Thomas Walk-Trot Equitation (Soukup) 1 Nancy Murnyack Triple Jig 2 Sue Bartlebaugh Karina Dressage Seat Equitation (Soukup) 1 Kara Maruszak Irish Cameo Rose USEF Rider Test - Training Level (Soukup) 1 Amy Craig Jessica NHH 2 Gail Patton Summer Breeze USEF Rider Test - First Level 1 Niki Sackman Mercedes Colortyme Western Dressage Intro Test 1 (Petty)

61.029 Q 58.971 66.061 56.970 49.545 65.606 Q 61.364 Q 53.333 52.179

57.051 57.073 55.244 53.659 61.951 61.061 Q 63.846 Q 64.872 58.590 68.846 Q 80.000 Q 70.000 Q 68.000 Q 74.000 Q 65.000 Q 57.000

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Congratulations to the competitors who competed at our first NODA Schooling Show of the season! We had surprisingly great weather for the show Sunday. Thank You to our judges, Kerry Petty and Barbara Soukup, along with the all the volunteers this weekend who helped with ring set-up, the show, and ring tear down.

1 Kelley Madick Max Bear 2 Kelley Madick Maximum Surprise Western Dressage Basic Test 1 (Petty) 1 Jerry Chuey Lees Little Pockets USEA Eventing - Beginner Novice Test A (Petty) 1 Lisa Butterfield Gamble On Me USEA Eventing - Training Test A (Petty) 1 Susan Ciufo Buckeye Country USEA Eventing - Preliminary Test A (Soukup) 1 Susan Ciufo Buckeye Country Intermediate I (Petty) 1 Susan Griffiths Algebraic Expression

61.786 Q 42.143 71.774 Q 56.579 62.619 58.636

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Top: Robin Hill & West Pointe. Bottom Left: Shannon O’Hara & Elegancia CW. Bottom Right: Amy Craig & Jessica NHH

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Our hard working volunteers were: Maggie Ball, Shari Bobrowicz, Danielle Bolm, Sally Burton, Suzanne Carlton, Halle Clause, Mary Lou Gallagher, Heidi Hoffman, Susan Michalek, Nancy Murnyack, Victoria Pirko-Patterson, Karen Ruple, Beth Scalabrino, Danielle Struna, and Patti Valencic! Jennifer Tulleners –Schooling Show Secretary & Kara Maruszak- Schooling Show Manager

It’s time to volunteer for Dressage 2015 and Dressage 2015 Encore! NODA’s popular recognized shows weekend is July 18 and 19 at Chagrin Valley Farm in Bainbridge, OH. We need your volunteer help. It is fun and rewarding. Volunteers earn valuable NODA bucks and a cool NODA T-Shirt. Scribes, tabulators, runners, paddock masters/ring stewards , office assistants, and “Welcome Tent volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts Saturday and Sunday. Set-up crews for the dressage arenas are needed Thursday, July 16. Tear-down crews for the arenas are needed Sunday, July 19 after the show. I will do my best to give everyone their first choice of jobs and shifts. Some jobs, such as scribes, need to be filled by people who are not showing (or are finished showing for the weekend). Scribes are the only volunteer jobs that need prior experience, and they need to be willing to volunteer for the entire day because the judges always request that they have the same person for the entire day (if possible). Volunteer Job Descriptions, NODA Buck information and FAQ available on the Volunteer Page on the NODA website, We receive compliments every year from competitors, spectators, and judges regarding our organized, well run show and our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers make or break the success of our shows. Can you help? Please contact, or call 330-220-4705 (home) or 440-263-1944 (cell) with your preference of jobs and your availability as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Left: Spectators enjoy the day at Chagrin Valley Farms. Above: Alaina Rolenz & Leo's Arabella Rose.

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Share your story! Write an article for NODA News and earn your NODA Bucks! Email your idea to NODA News Editors: NODA News 2015 page 18

Sarah Martin Clinic Recap By Lauren Hunter ● Photos by Dee Liebenthal


arah Martin is a highly accomplished member of the dressage community for a number of reasons. She is not only a successful trainer and rider in the show ring, but also a well-respected teacher. She has earned her USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals and trained USDF Horse of the Year horses and riders from Training Level through Prix St Georges. Furthermore, she is a USDF Certified Second and Fourth Level Instructor Trainer and a USDF “L” Program Graduate with Distinction. In a clinic hosted by NODA at Sand Hill Stables in Mantua on April 25-26, Sarah Martin provided both riders and auditors with a highly educational experience. One quality that makes Sarah unique and valuable as a teacher is her ability to adapt to students of all levels and disciplines. Her great attention to detail allows her to break down every concept into “bitesized” pieces of information that are accurate yet simple enough for riders of any discipline or level to understand. Rather than merely telling riders what to do, she explains why.

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on interval training to build up the horse’s strength and stamina. Remember not to be too picky or push your horse too hard. As dressage riders, we are programmed to seek out where we and our horses fall short of perfection. However, Sarah reminds us that it is an invaluable skill to also know when to leave it alone. What we need to seek is improvement, not perfection. Why is my horse spooking?

In another lesson, Sarah teaches a young rider how to address fear in her Arabian mare by explaining the science behind her behavior. “Being nervous,” she says, “releases bursts of adrenaline. In both people and horses, this can Tara Kilburg & Will become chemically addicting.” A horse who looks for something at which to spook is displaying similar Why is my horse so lazy? behaviors to a person who goes to scary movies or enjoys Over the weekend, Sarah explained to one rider that often the thrills of bungee jumping. Sarah says half-jokingly a horse can be misdiagnosed as “lazy” when he or she is in that, “Arabians LOVE to be scared!’ To address this, Sarah fact quite sensitive. “Sensitive horses will often act lazy to shows the young rider how to make her seat a safe and protect themselves,” she explains. For example, a horse secure place for the horse to go to when she is nervous. who loses balance may freeze or suck back out of intimidation rather than laziness. This is an important Why do I need to practice halts? difference. For example, if a rider thinks their horse is Halts on the centerline are the most common movement being lazy and applies stronger aids, a sensitive horse is in all of dressage. Throughout the levels, every test has likely to shut down even more. one in the beginning and end. Considering that this Sometimes, however, horses truly are lazy. After winter, many riders struggle to get their horses forward because the horse is out of shape after inconsistent or light work routines. For this, Sarah recommended that riders focus NODA News 2015 page 19

movement accounts for two scores in every single test we ride, it deserves a significant amount of attention, according to Sarah. At the end of every ride throughout the weekend, every rider was asked to halt reasonably square and straight on the centerline. They remained

there, immobile, for about a minute. The purpose of this exercise is to make a connection in the horse’s mind between the halt, a job well-done, and the end of work. Additionally, the immobility of the horse and stillness of the rider allows the horse time to process their lesson and relax the mind and body. It allows them to find a comfortable and balanced place between the aids, and rewards them for their efforts. These are just a few of the many lessons learned by those who attended and audited the riding portion of the clinic. Sarah also spoke on the topic of Western dressage and taught a few Western dressage lessons. The weekend was too informative to fit into this article, so for more information please visit the following : WDAA’s website for information on Western dressage rules and tests or : Sarah’s websites for information about her program, DVDs, and instructional videos.

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Ashton Yarosh & Litle Lady Hey

Danielle Bolm & Jimmy with Sarah Martin

USDF News New USDF Rider Awards Announced for 2016 Lexington, KY (May 20, 2015) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced today the new Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Awards, to first be awarded in the 2016 competition year. Available to both USDF Participating and Group Members, riding in any division, these awards are designed to recognize riders' achievements in equitation and will be awarded at three levels; Elementary, Accomplished, and Elite. For each level, riders must earn five scores of 65 percent, 72 percent, and 80 percent, respectively. As with other USDF Rider Awards, scores do not expire and do not need to be earned within one competition year. While the first USDF Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Awards will not be awarded until the 2016 competition year, scores from current or past Dressage Seat Equitation classes may be eligible. Winners of these awards will receive a certificate of recognition as well as a specially designed USDF lapel pin, in yellow, red, and blue for the respective levels. USDF Awards Committee Chair Peggy Klump explained, "We are so pleased to be able to provide the well deserved acknowledgement and recognition to those individuals excelling in dressage equitation. This is an important aspect to our sport and these awards further USDF's mission of recognizing achievements, as well as providing yet another national level honor to be bestowed upon not only USDF Participating Members, but Group Members as well, in any division of competition."

USDF Launches new Youth Dressage Sport Horse Breeder/ Handler Seminar Lexington, KY (May 26, 2015) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce its partnership with Dressage at Devon to create a new sport horse seminar geared toward youth. This new seminar has been created to familiarize the younger generation with the dressage sport horse industry. The seminar will be held over two days, September 2829 at Dressage at Devon, and will consist of classroom and practical handling sessions, along with the opportunity to observe competition classes and practice judging. Participation is limited to USDF members between the ages of fourteen and 23, with only twelve spots available. “Developed by the USDF Sport Horse Committee, this program is oriented toward youth with an interest in sport horse breeding. We are so excited that Dressage at Devon has offered to help us kick off our first program this fall, to familiarize youth with the breeding and showing of dressage prospects and breeding stock,� stated Kristi Wysocki, USDF Sport Horse Committee Chair. For more information on the USDF Youth Dressage Sport Horse Breeder/Handler Seminar, or to access an application, please visit the USDF website at, or contact the USDF Sport Horse Committee liaison at

For more information about the USDF Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Awards, or other USDF Rider Awards, visit the USDF website at, or contact the USDF office at 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

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Member News NODA Welcomes New Members! Welcome (or Welcome Back) to the following who were not members in 2014: Mia Gabirela Martello Sally Burton Ashley Auen Marissa Whalen Joanna Zinna Susan Griffiths

Jill R. McNicol Alexandra Weeks Mary Lynn Hooser Abigail Weigele Jennifer Harding

Thank you for additional donation with membership: Susan Griffiths Thank You to all 2014 NODA members who have renewed your membership for 2015! Current membership as of May 23 is 296 members. The online membership roster at is used as verification of membership for NODA activities. Your membership, time, and talents make NODA a better GMO! Submitted by NODA Membership Chair, Fran Cverna

Next NODA Board Meeting: June 8th Panera Bread - Solon, 6130 Kruse Drive Minutes are available at

All NODA Schooling Show Series Competitors: July 12 at Rocky River Stables Open date: June 17 Close date: July 1 Please refer to the NODA website for Official Prize List Updates! Contact Gail Patton to volunteer! 440-442-5256 or E-mail Kara Schooling NODA News 2015 page 23

NODA’s Board welcomes all comments and opinions regarding NODA activities, shows and policies. Please contact member liaison Kathy Kirchner. Monthly board meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 pm at Panera Bread in Solon. Members are always welcome to attend. See the meeting page at for details as on occasion the location of the meeting may change.

Classifieds Classified Ads NODA Member/2 issues FREE: 60 words or less $5.00: 60- 80 words Photo $5.00 Non-member/ per 2 issues $5.00: 60 words Photo: $5.00/issue for photo in newsletter and on website 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 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

Summer Employment

SUMMER CAMP in Pennsylvania is looking for counselors, at least 21 years old by June 23, 2015, for this summer. Must be great with horses and kids. Starting salary is $2,300, plus room and board for 7.5 weeks of work. Horsemanship program has Parelli influence. Please see our website for details about our camp http:// to apply for a position. http:// (I-7)


Apparel and Tack FOR SALE: Ariat Volant chaps. Never used, still in package. Black, Style # 10007921. Size Medium - Height 18.5”, calf 14.5-15.5”. $25 plus shipping, or can be picked up (located near Olmsted Falls). Please contact Jill at rosewoodstables@windstrea or 216/346-2811. (I-8). FOR SALE: Trilogy Verago Elite Dressage Saddle. 18” M/ W Excellent Condition. Purchased in November 2011. Serial # 2176. Will allow trial period. Asking $2,800. Please Contact Shannon O’Hara at 440-781-4557 or (I-8)

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

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Each NODA MEMBER Is Entitled To one free ad at a time!

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

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.

Check payable to NODA: Jill Voigt Rosewood Stables 10021 Station Road Columbia Station, OH 44028 Email ad to:


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

Grand Haven Stable Laura Wiencek (724) 301-2244 Jefferson OH 44047 Boarding, one day camps (various disciplines), dressage schooling shows, show facility

Bridlewood Dressage Farm

Ledge Hollow Stable

Medina, Ohio Cheryl Slawter 330-239-1997 Board from $300 (may be reduced for barn work), 2 indoor and 1 outdoor. Excellent care, friendly.

Jeanne & Terry Fashempour 330-239-2587 Medina, OH 44256 Full care, co-op, turn-out, Instruction, NE corner of Medina county.

Candle Light Farms

Transitions Dressage Newbury, OH 216-288-8834 Board w/training packages, Lessons, Sales, Heated Indoor/ Lounge/wash rack, Grass and all weather T/O, trails

Noell Sivertsen-Edgell Chesterland, OH 44026 440-376-2117 Boarding, lessons, sales, training, leases, indoor/outdoor

Meridian Farm


Mithra Training Stable

Princeton Ridge Farms

Rocky River Stables

Shadow Facs Farm

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

Huntsburg, OH 440-463-2428 Quality horse care, boarding, retirement and sport horse sales in Geauga County.

Cleveland Metro Parks Rocky River. OH (216) 267-2525 Boarding, lessons, pony /horse camps, therapeutic riding, indoor & outdoor arena, trails.

814-796-6161 Dressage and combined training, instruction, and sales.

North Crest Equestrian Center Julie Taylor Avon Lake, OH 44012 (440) 933-4654 Dressage training & lessons, summer horse camps, birthday parties.

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.

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/

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

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.

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

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.

Xhalt Equestrian Center Phyllis Setter Columbia Station, OH (216) 299-3096 Adult boarding /training. Lorain county close to I-480/Cuyahoga County. Indoor/ outdoor, pasture.

Membership Benefit! All NODA members are eligible for an annual subscription to the Horsemen's Corral publication at the discounted rate of $10/year

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

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Calendar of Events Complete Calendar on NODA website: E-mail to have your event added! ** Schooling Show Scores eligible for NODA Year-end Awards 6/6-7 WPDA Summer Dressage Classic & WPDA Dressage Shows (USEF/USDF Recognized) Quentin Riding Club, Quentin, PA ** 6/6 CADS Dressage Schooling Show Ridgewood Stables, Medina, OH ** 6/7 NODA Schooling Show at Ridgewood Stables Medina, OH 6/13-14 Dressage & Working Equitation Riding Clinic with Reta at Peet Equestrian Facility, Wonderlake, IL Howard 801-599-8130 or

** 6/14 Dressage Schooling Show, Combined Test & Jumper Rounds, XC Schooling Hanoverton, OH ** 6/14 Dream on Farm Dressage Schooling Show, Columbia Station, OH Judge: Joanne White “L” 6/20-21 Lake Erie College Dressage Derby I and II Shows (USDF/USEF Recognized) Lake Erie Equestrian Center, Concord, OH events 6/20-21 Dressage Clinic with Paul Belasik at Rusted Mare Farm, Grand Rapids OH Contact Baker 419-832-2105

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**6/21 Pure Gold Stables Schooling Dressage Show Pure Gold Stables Equestrian Center, Salem OH Judge: Christina GemmelGridovec "L" Contact Laura 814-434-0914 or 6/26-28 Dressage Camp with Emily Donaldson, Ronald Postleb & Nancy Stanton Pure Gold Horse Stables Equestrian Center, Salem OH Contact Laura at 814-4340914 or 6/26-28 Dressage Clinic with Maryal Barnett at Half-Halt Farm, Bloomington IN Contact Ann at 812-935-6416 or 812-327-0556 **6/28 Grand Haven Stable Dressage Schooling Show (Under new management) Grand Haven Stable, Jefferson OH Judges: Robin Birk "L", Lynn Hamler-Bonar "L" ** 6/28 Stone Gate farm Mini -Trials & Dressage Schooling Show Hanoverton, OH 6/28 Coventry Equestrian Center Schooling Dressage Show Washington, PA www.CoventryEquestrianCent **6/28 Keystone Saddle Club Dressage Schooling Show Keystone Saddle Club Arena, Uhrichsville, OH Judge: Robin Vaughn-Strait "L"

7/3-5 New Vocation Charity Horse Show Delaware Fairgrounds Delaware, OH Contact Clare 937-642-3171. More information at charity-horse-show/ 7/10-12 Dressage at Waterloo USEF/USDF Recognized Waterloo Hunt Club, Grass Lake, MI ** 7/12 NODA Schooling Show at Rocky River Stables Rocky River, OH 7/12 Hackamore Farm MiniTrials & Dressage Schooling Show North Jackson, OH Contact Jennifer or 330-538-0523 ** 7/18 CADS Dressage Schooling Show Ridgewood Stables, Medina, OH 7/18 NODA Dressage 2015 (USDF/USEF) New Venue: Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH 7/19 NODA Dressage 2015 Encore (USDF/USEF ) New Venue: Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH 7/21-26 Dressage Clinic with Miguel Tavora Woods Edge Stables Burton, OH Contact Anne 216-598-0821 or ** 7/26 Dream on Farm Dressage Schooling Show, Columbia Station, OH Judge: Barbara Soukup “L”

** 8/2 NODA Schooling Show at South Farm Middlefield, OH ** 8/2 Stone Gate Farm MiniTrials & Dressage Schooling Show Hanoverton, OH **8/9 Grand Haven Stable Dressage Schooling Show Grand Haven Stable, Jefferson OH ** 8/15 CADS Dressage Schooling Show Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH ** 8/23 Dream on Farm Dressage Schooling Show, Columbia Station, OH Judge: Lynn Hamler “L” ** 9/6 NODA Schooling Show at Rocky River Stables Rocky River, OH ** 9/19 CADS Dressage Schooling Show Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH ** 9/27 Dream on Farm Dressage Schooling Show Championship Columbia Station, OH Judge: Dale Lappert “R” ** 9/20 CADS Dressage Schooling Show Championship Ridgewood Stables, Medina OH ** 10/3 NODA Schooling Show at Chagrin Valley Farms Bainbridge, OH **10/4 NODA Schooling Show Championships at Chagrin Valley Farms Bainbridge, OH

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