February 2019 - Dressage News & Views
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:28
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Knowledge, fun and friendships flow at CDS Annual Meeting & Health Fair.

California Dressage Society board members have been working on the idea of incorporating an equine health fair into the annual meeting for some time and this year they pulled it off beautifully.

Held Jan. 18-20 in Anaheim, the convention began Friday with a board meeting. Saturday was spent on chapter meetings, sharing of ideas between regions, a fun awards banquet and plenty of time to shop and visit in the vendor fair and figure out which of many enticing fundraising goodie baskets to bid on.

Sunday was all about horse health. Headliner Dr. Hilary Clayton brought complicated concepts clearly to life in her presentation on biomechanics and how they impact various points on the pyramid of dressage training. Sports psychologist Seana Adamson spoke on the tricky art of maintaining calm and competitive readiness, for horse and rider. Premier Equestrian’s Heidi Zorn gave a short nitty-gritty on the surprisingly complex topic of arena sand, and Vita Flex’s Dr. Tina Anderson helped simplify nutrition realities. The convention’s finale was the chance to ask any question of a panel of horse health experts, which attendees took full advantage of.

(Unfortunately, Dressage News & Views editor Nan Meek was unable to attend the meeting at the last minute. Photos by Kim F Miller.)

Diana Muravez accepts a well-deserved Presidential Award for her 'years of outstanding service' to CDS from Kevin Reinig.

David Wilson of W Farms receives the Presidential Award for his 'generous time and commitment to CDS' from Kevin Reinig.

Michele Vaughn, left, and Erika Jansen enjoy the awards banquet.

Wonder Women: CDS executive secretary Paula Langan, right, and assistant Kathie Powers pulled off another terrific meeting.

Keynote Health Fair presenter Dr. Hilary Clayton, left, chats with Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian, an event sponsor and fellow presenter.

Members of the Santa Barbara Chapter collect a $500 award for the best website.

Kevin Reinig reluctantly gives up the CDS presidential gavel to incoming president Ellen Corob. He held the post with wit and wisdom for six years.

GEM Winners: Recipients of Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond pins celebrate.

Hilda Gurney (in red blouse) is front and center for Dr. Hilary Clayton's terrific talk on how equine biomechanics relate to the training scale.

Dr. Tina Anderson of Vita Flex shares nutrition expertise with attendees.

Members of the Foothill Chapter promote bidding on a dazzling fundraising basket of bling and beautiful clothing for horse and rider. From left are Jessica and Mari Naten and Michele Ng.

Melissa Creswick accepts a literal handful of five Horse Performance awards.

Karen Christensen is ready to ride or run for the roses in the popular booth of sponsors, EQ Saddle Science, as the company’s founder Carmi Weininger cheers her on.

Anke Herbert & Chris Federer enjoy Saturday night’s awards dinner.

Health Fair Panelists provided tons of tangible, wide-ranging information in a Health Fair highlight Q&A session. From left are Kevin Reinig, farrier Margot Jolly; Premier Equestrian’s Keri Daniel Homer; body worker Tom Meyer; FEI vet Mike Tomlinson, DVM; and Dr. Tina Anderson of convention sponsor Vita Flex.

Debbie & Jouelle Doss draw attention to the Equinesta Celebration on May 4th. It features Kasey Perry-Glass as the special guest and is hosted by the Foothills Chapter and CDS. (www.equinesta.org)