November 2019 - Dressage News & Views
Written by by Nan Meek • photos: Terri Miller Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:27

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A sparkling, sensational, spicy show for this year’s dressage champions.


by Nan Meek • photos: Terri Miller Photography


Sparkling smiles and bling on bridles, boots and saddles reflected the effervescent atmosphere at the 52nd California Dressage Society Championship Show and 2019 Great American Insurance Group / USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships at Murieta Equestrian Center on September 19-22, 20219.

It’s a show that is a West Coast institution, this year at its ever-upgrading northern venue, where everyone from first-time qualifiers to long-time show ring stars competed for their goals … and had a brilliant time, as well.

CDS President Ellen Corob commented, “It’s a show people start the season thinking about, whether they aim to qualify for the CDS Championships or the USDF Regional Finals, or both. They have to work hard, hone their skills, and school well to qualify. It can be a big, scary show for new people, and it’s a big deal just to qualify, even if you don’t compete. For those who do compete, it’s a great accomplishment to place, much less win – these are the best horse and rider combinations in California, so even a tenth place means a lot.”

Champions at every level are crowned, from Training through Grand Prix, including Open, Amateur, and Juniors/Young Riders. The future of dressage is on show with young horses in the CDS Futurity and young riders in the Junior/Young Rider and Equitation. The grassroots bedrock of dressage – amateur riders – fill their divisions, own horses competed by professionals in the open divisions, and arguably have the most fun of the show season at the year-end championships.

Hilda Gurney on Iris. Photo: Terri Miller PhotographyLindsey Schultz on Delia 87. Photo: Terri Miller Photography a scroll down the home page reveals complete results in an easy-access PDF format, along with daily news releases that capture the competition highlights and provide the back stories of some of the winners.

More in-depth info on scoring, who rode which horse, and how individual judges placed each ride at the Championships, can be found on by filtering for Results, CA (California), and then scrolling down start dates to 9/19/2019 for the “Great American/USDF Reg 7 & CDS Championships”. To the right of this entry are columns for searching the lists of classes, riders, horses, and scratches. It’s detailed info about show results, without the backstory that the CDS web site provides.

The California Dressage Society Facebook page also provides stories and information, so like their page and follow them for ongoing info about dressage here in California – there’s a lot going on in addition to shows and championships.

Dressage in California is sparkling these days, with something for everyone. From new riders to veteran competitors, amateurs on schoolmasters to pros on young horses, and everyone in between, the 52nd California Dressage Society Championship Show and 2019 Great American Insurance Group / USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships provided a shining showcase at which to celebrate the diversity of dressage.

A lifelong horse owner, Nan Meek lives on the scenic San Mateo County coast where dressage courts and riding trails overlook the Pacific Ocean. She competed in dressage to the Prix St. Georges level with her late beloved Lipizzan Andy (Maestoso II Athena II-1), and now practices the discipline of dressage with her handsome Spanish warmblood Helio Jerez 2000 and dotes on the newest family member Mischa (Neapolitano Angelica II-1). Yes, dressage is embedded in her DNA.