California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook; A Journey To Softness
California Dressage Society 50th Anniversary Yearbook
It’s hard to believe that the California Dressage Society has been around for 50 years. That makes some of us kind of old! But the organization has stayed young through the years and now numbers approximately 3,500 members participating in 30 chapters throughout the state and in Nevada.
In celebration of this impressive milestone, CDS has issued the 50th Anniversary Yearbook that’s a must-read and keep for California dressage enthusiasts of any age.
“This book was put together to remember and honor all the things this organization has done to promote, educate and encourage participation in dressage,” explains CDS president Kevin Reinig in his introduction. “Our focus is education and we always strive to put on top educational events to help our members progress in this sport.”
Articles and wonderful photos detailing CDS’ evolution provide an enlightening, fun and inspiring history lesson. Dues began at $15 a year and the late Diane Cobb used a horse head chess piece to sketch the CDS logo that continues today.
Waypoints including the growth of chapters, their shows and clinics and the year-end CDS Championships bring the Yearbook’s great stories up to the present and set the stage for another 50 years.
The pictures are of particular appeal, to the point that my non-horsey husband was drawn into the book when I brought it home from the CDS Annual Meeting in January. We highly recommend this to all, in and outside of the dressage world!
A Journey To Softness
Horse trainer Mark Rashid shares his triumphs and stumbles in finding “softness” with horses and “horsey people.” “Softness” is often described as “feel.” The theme throughout this book is a lesson for the horse world - horse folk could and would learn so much from listening to our horses via “feel.” In the absence of “feel” we will be working against our horses, not in unison with them.
“...True softness is always a byproduct of the internal softness.”
Rashid uses psychological techniques associated with martial arts known as the “way of harmony” as a lifetime goal. The author is outstanding in mixing eastern mindfulness with western ways to improve the way humans can tune in to equine language(s). Rashid’s patient, long-term techniques transform once devilishly difficult ponies and horses. Horses that were seen as problems on legs, became willing partners.
Rashid elaborates on the tenets of a journey to softness:
The author acknowledges that more often than not, riders were completely unaware of the problems they were causing to a horse. Ultimately, Rashid wants to train people to be the person a horse can respect:
Written by CRM
Friday, 31 March 2017 02:49