March 2020 - Memorable Moments with CDS
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Monday, 02 March 2020 18:43
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From Sacramento, the capital city of California, the California Dressage Society Annual Meeting & Symposium brought meetings and music to its members during the weekend of January 10-12. From the executive board meeting and welcome party on Friday; to the annual meeting, freestyle judging program lecture, and gala dinner and awards presentation on Saturday; to the musical freestyle symposium on Sunday, activity was nonstop. These photos capture a few memorable moments.



CDS Director Karen Nocket presented a replica of the $500 award check for the best chapter educational event to Kathy Ramirez of the Sacramento Valley Chapter, whose adult dressage camp was filled with great education, fun, friends, and horses.

Chapter “baskets” are a CDS tradition that has evolved over time from simple baskets filled with items that represented the locations of each chapter into creative collections that tempt the palates, the eyes, and the tack rooms of silent auction bidders. 60% of auction proceeds help fund CDS scholarships.

San Juan Capistrano Chapter 'basket' combined the themes of their local mission, the swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano every year, wine, and art. If you find that hard to swallow, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Posters highlighting CDS programs and donors – here, the Equine Insurance/CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competitions and the generous “Patrons of Dressage” – stood shoulder to shoulder with chapter baskets and silent auction donations from sponsors including Horse and Rider Books.

CDS Foothills Chapter Co-Chair Ana Gilmour and Nicole Wertz’s Grand Prix Friesian/Arabian cross mare Ellexus Knight demonstrated the first steps of starting an upper level freestyle described as ’light and cute with power.’ After their demo, they paused for a moment with CDS Director Michele Ng.

Christian Hartung rode Christiane Noelting’s Oldenburg gelding Desario to demonstrate an Intermediaire 1 Freestyle. FEI 5* and USEF ’S’ Dressage Judge Janet Foy commented ’elastic, powerful, and well ridden’ while freestyle choreographer Terri Ciotti Gallo added ’this is as good as it gets.’ Bravo!

Barbi Breen-Gurley and Vindicator, one of nine horses which Barbi has trained to Grand Prix level, demonstrated the Grand Prix Freestyle for which they were 2019 Reserve Champion for USDF Region 7. They rode to instrumental Michael Jackson music which the crowd clearly enjoyed.

Anne Howard and her late mother Sandy Howard’s Grand Prix horse Rondo rode to the rescue when a Second Level Freestyle demonstration was needed. While Anne knew why they were riding a second level floor plan, what did Rondo think about it? So far, he hasn’t revealed his thoughts.