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Newsletter of the Dallas Dressage Club a September 2008
IN THIS ISSUE How to Be a True Student of Dressage 3
President’s Message
Calendar of Events
Back to School
Are you are one of those people that spends hours upon hours at the barn and dollars upon dollars on your dressage horses? Are you where you want to be in your riding? Do you truly understand the reasons behind what your trainer is having you do? If the answer is yes, then you are a “student of dressage”. Dressage has always been and will always be an intellectual sport. It requires many hours of study time outside of the class room, with the classroom being the arena! Theory and biomechanics of the horse and rider are invaluable to a good dressage rider. 12
September Strides Schooling
Show at Lime Ridge Farm
One of the United States Dressage Federation’s primary functions is education. They offer many educational programs throughout the year. Tips to get the Most out of your
There are many ways to supplement your dressage education: 13
Fairfield Schooling Show
Warmblood Inspections
School Supplies
DDC Schooling Show
DDC Schooling Show Champs Qualified Riders
Foretold Heights Schooling Show
REC Schooling Show Results
22-23 Classifieds
Show Entry Forms
Make sure you know where entry forms should be sent before
you drop them in the mail.
Entries for recognized shows
should be sent to the show secretary; contact info is located on
the first page of the prize list.
Entries for schooling shows
should be sent to the schooling
show chair; contact information
can be found on the schooling
show entry form itself.
Do not send to Las Colinas
Equestrian Center! This will
delay (or possibly prevent)
processing of your entry.
The “L” program is not just for judging candidates—that’s a great one to audit. Watch the calendar throughout the year for symposiums. Hours and hours of reading and rereading. You can have book club meetings or study groups. My favorite book is…English Translation of Chapter III of 'das Dressurpferd' by Harry Boldt Continued on page 13 It takes more than just a pretty
The USDF convention is packed with educational opportunities The Logical Way to Find the Right Trainer You need to find a trainer; where do you start? The first thing you need to do is to evaluate your needs and goals and that of your horse. Be realistic. Ask yourself questions and be honest with your answers. Are you an Adult Amateur that rides for pleasure and socialization? Or are you a person that is competitive and wants to go to big shows? Will you be happy showing First Level? Or do you have your sights set on the Young Horse National Championships or the North American Young Riders Championships? Write down a realistic evaluation of where you currently are with your riding. Then set some obtainable goals for yourself and your horse about where you want to be in one or even five years. Remember that, for most of us, going to the Olympics is a dream, not an immediately obtainable goal. Unless you are currently a very good Grand Prix rider and you have the ability to spend the next four years training and show‐
ing in Europe. Good goal setting should involve items like “I want to get to a level higher than I am currently riding by the fall”, or “by next summer I would like to be showing at a certain level”. Have a friend look at what you have written, and see if they agree with you about where you are in your riding. If you are in this for fun, that’s great! Look for a trainer/barn that focuses on a positive, upbeat atmosphere. You will have a great time at group outings to small, low key shows and other social events. If you are looking for a successful show career, find a trainer/barn with a progres‐
sive training program, that goes to a lot of large shows, spends time at the winter show circuits, and shows in CDI’s. You can find all of this information on the internet through local dressage clubs and trainers’ websites. If you find yourself in the wrong barn, you can make yourself mis‐
erable very quickly. If you only want or have the time and money to do local or small schooling shows and you are at an active show barn, you may be getting left home alone a lot. Or if your goal is to go to Florida for the season or National Championships, and you are in a barn where the main goal is to stay close to home, you will feel you are missing some great opportunities! Continued on page 5 Dallas Dressage Club a September 2008
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Events Calendar SEPTEMBER OCTOBER (cont’d) 5‐7 Felicitas von Neumann‐Cosel Clinic Southern Comfort Farm / Aubrey, TX Beth Sorensen at (940) 464‐3727 11 Foretold Heights Fall Kickoff Schooling Show Cedar Creek Run / Greenville, TX Caitlyn Murphy at (913) 408‐9655 6‐7 Alamo Dressage Association Fall Dressage I & II Rose Palace / San Antonio, TX Jan Colley at [email protected] 11‐12 13‐14 DDC Yellow Rose Festival I & II Las Colinas Equestrian Center / Irving, TX [email protected] 17‐19 Loma Fowler Clinic Rockwall Equestrian Center / Rockwall, TX Barbara Lewis at (903) 439‐7717 14 Topsider Farm Dressage I College Station, TX Ginni Cifelli at (979) 690‐6788 31 19‐21 Dr. Thomas Ritter Clinic Legacy Equestrian Center / Celina, TX Diane Huber at [email protected] Southwest Dressage Championships HDS Autumn Classic Great Southwest Equestrian Center / Katy, TX Susan Peacock at [email protected] 20 “September Strides” Dressage Schooling Show Lime Ridge Farm / Fairview, TX Christina Knappitsch at (972) 542‐5470 20‐21 Windy Knoll Fall Dressage I & II Windy Knoll Farm / Magnolia, TX Fran Dearing at (281) 356‐2883 27 Fairfield Fall Dressage Schooling Show White Oaks Equestrian Center / Pilot Point, TX Clare Morrow at (972) 489‐1097 Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships Lazy E / Guthrie, OK Stacia Wert‐Gray at [email protected] NOVEMBER 1‐2 Southwest Dressage Championships HDS Autumn Classic Great Southwest Equestrian Center / Katy, TX Susan Peacock at [email protected] 9 Crabbett Alliance of Texas Dressage Schooling Show Mystic Acres / Terrell, TX Di Ryan at (903) 583‐7282 22 Dressage Schooling Show Rockwall Equestrian Center / Rockwall, TX Barbara Lewis at (903) 439‐7717 OCTOBER 4 DECEMBER DDC Dressage Schooling Show Las Colinas Equestrian Center / Irving, TX Charlene Lynch at [email protected] 6 DDC Dressage Schooling Show and Schooling Show Cham‐
pionships Las Colinas Equestrian Center / Irving, TX Charlene Lynch at [email protected] President’s Message We have lots of sad news this month… Trip Harting, USEF “S” judge passed away in August from liver cancer. Many of you
may remember him from when he judged one of our shows last year. I only met him that one time but I remember him to be a
very funny and friendly person.
Lisa Blackmon has had to resign her position as Sponsorship chair. You probably have heard that two of Lisa’s students, Jessica Blackmon and Misty Moyes have been travelling and competing (very well I might add!), and Lisa just doesn’t have the time
to devote to the position. While it’s great news for Lisa, it’s sad news for us, and we really hope that someone will fill that
position soon!!
Our adult camp has been cancelled. In its place, we are working on an “Educational Festival” that will be held the same weekend as the DDC’s Schooling Show Championships. The show will be on Saturday and the Educational Festival on Sunday. So if
you plan to be at that show in December, stick around for another day!! More details will follow, but there will be 3 clinicians
and lots of mini-lectures throughout the day!!
Speaking of shows, our last recognized show of the year will be this month. A few weeks later, we will have another schooling
show. Both will be at Las Colinas. I hope to see some of you there.
This is the last President’s message that I need to write. In October, Jennie Bohart will take over as President, and I will
take her position of Vice-President. Jennie has been on the board for as long as I can remember, and will do a great job in the
next two years. I have enjoyed most of everything I’ve had to do as President and plan to stay as involved as I can. I wanted
to thank everyone that has helped out the last two years. The Executive Board goes without saying. This is one of the hardest working groups I’ve ever been associated with. There are several people that are not on the board but continue to help out
when needed. To everyone that has helped out in the last few years, I am not sure that there is enough space to adequately
thank you. It’s been my pleasure to get to know everyone, and I appreciate the opportunity to have been your club’s President.
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The Logical Way to Find the Right Trainer (cont’d) Now that you have an idea of where you are and want to be in one year or even in five years, start looking at trainers in your area. Look at what the trainers have accomplished with their per‐
sonal horses and their students. A trainer with successful stu‐
dents probably has the ability to teach horses AND people ‐ these are different skills. Verify the information you get. The USDF, FEI, and the European countries all have associations with which you can verify information and results. Most show results are posted on the internet; you can find out a lot on Google. If some‐
one tells you they are a FEI trainer, they should have FEI scores on multiple horses, not just one. And it should be a horse that they trained, not a schoolmaster they purchased. Don’t expect a Third Level trainer to get you and your horse to Grand Prix in the next five years; it is not going to happen! A trainer can only train you up to the level of their own competence. The exception to that would be if you are willing to finance your trainer’s training with another competent trainer. Remember they are supposed to be training you AND your horse. If your goal is to get to Second or Third level, then find a trainer that has at least that level of showing success ‐ preferably on mul‐
tiple horses. Remember USDF has a list of scores that are consid‐
ered qualifying at each level. Also know that some people can ride or even train a horse, but teaching people is a special skill. It requires a certain amount of training and comprehension. Re‐
member a good trainer should have good communication skills, and they are taking a personal responsibility for you and your horse’s wellbeing. Now that you have an idea of the type of trainer you need, make a list of those names. Make appointments to go visit with the train‐
ers. It would be great if you could visit with them at the shows and at their barn. Set up a time with the trainer for an interview. You should feel comfortable asking the trainer questions about their education. This is an interview, much like if you were inter‐
viewing for a job or interviewing someone to work for you. Ask questions about their training style. Watch them give a lesson. Do they yell, talk on the phone, or do other things that might be distracting to you? You should get a feeling of mutual respect from a trainer; hopefully this will be a long‐term relationship. Most people and animals learn best through positive reinforce‐
ment, not yelling and screaming. Start your evaluation with an overall impression. Ask the trainer what their credentials are and if they are participating in any continuing educational programs. It is important for any professional to work on their own educa‐
tion throughout their career. Talk to the trainer about your goals and needs. See if they seem interested in helping you obtain them. Next look at the horses ‐ are they fit, slick and happy? Are the people in the barn friendly? How did the trainer interact with the other clients? Was the barn or show area clean, water in all the stalls? What kind of feed are they feeding? Is it a good quality feed and hay? What is the footing like in the arenas and in the turn outs? Would you sleep well if your horse was in their care? You need to think about size and location. If you are a busy pro‐
fessional and have very limited time, you may need a barn that is located closer rather than farther. If you are a person that needs a lot of help and time, don’t go to a big barn. Those trainers and managers are very busy and have little time for individual atten‐
tion. It’s hard for one person to put their hands on 50 or 60 horses every day. However, they often come with other amenities such as indoor arenas and viewing areas. You may benefit from a more personal, smaller barn. There are advantages to both types of barns ‐ you need to see which type fits your needs. Moving barns can be very stressful to people and horses, so the more research you do before you move into a barn, the better chance you have for a long and happy relationship. In a country where anyone can be a horse trainer, it is left up to you to do the research! Remember, evaluate your needs and set your goals. Find someone who you believe will help you obtain those goals, and verify that they have the qualifications to get you there! Then enjoy the ride! _|át UÄtv~ÅÉÇ
Lisa Blackmon’s credentials include USDF bronze, silver and gold medals; USDF L graduate with distinction; USDF University graduate, multiple winner of USDF regional championships training through Grand Prix and Sport Horse division, USEF National Championship finalist. USEF “r” judge candidate. Students include USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist, USEF National Championship finalist. August 21, 2008
Trip Harting dies peacefully in his home among friends
It's with great sadness I write that Trip Harting died this afternoon at
about 4pm in his home in Los Angeles. As the time drew near, close
friends gathered around him and stayed at his bedside for the final
moments. He was surrounded by an enormous amount of love.
Donations to go towards a memorial service and his medical bills are
being asked for and can be made to:
Delora Lauver,
DVM Community Veterinary Center
10617 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(excerpt from Trip’s blog, written by Stu Maddux)
Trip was an "S" judge who also worked and competed in all levels of
combined training. He was a member of the US Pentathlon team and
was on the USET long list with his Hanoverian stallion, Achat.
Trip taught riding for more than 30 years.
The link to Trip’s documentary is
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2008 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Report By Rachel Campbell After three years in the beautiful rolling hills of Virginia, the North American Junior and Young Rider Champion‐
ship (NAJYRC) was held in a new location – Parker, Colo‐
rado. Just south of Denver, the Colorado Horse Park offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains while providing competitors a modern, international equestrian facility with 11 arenas and stabling available for 1000 horses. The NAJYRC is the most prestigious championship that young riders can attend on the North American continent. Riders from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are invited to attend and compete in the Olympic equestrian disciplines of dres‐
sage, show jumping, and eventing. This year for the first time reining competitions were also held. Conducted un‐
der the regulations of the FEI, the competition has a real international atmosphere. I was very excited to be able to attend my third NAJYRC. In 2006, as a Junior rider, I had competed with my horse Discoverer, and in 2007 I was fortunate to make the Young Rider team with my new horse Dango. This year I was anxious to measure the progress that we had made over the last 12 months. Although I was optimistic about how my rides would go, I knew from past experience that riders usually come away from a competition with disappoint‐
ments as well as triumphs. Rarely does everything fall into place, no matter how hard you train or plan. Unsurpris‐
ingly this turned out to be true for myself and for many other competitors as well. My first ride went beautifully. Receiving an average score of 64.533% from the panel of five FEI judges including a 68.889% from former Olympian Michael Poulin, I was feeling quite pleased and confident about the individual or Prix St. Georges test that was com‐
ing up in two days. But, Saturday was not my day. A very energetic horse turned tense in the warm up arena, and all I could produce from the ride was a 62.150%. The ride was not what I had hoped for, but as always, it provided an op‐
portunity to clarify and refocus my goals for the future. It has been an honor to represent Region 9 at the NAJYRC the last three years. I am so appreciative of the many, many friends, sponsors and fellow riders who have been supportive of my riding endeavors. I am truly touched by their encouragement and generosity. Many thanks go to my trainer, Kai Handt, to my parents and siblings, to Cindy and Tom Murray at It’s All About the Horse, and to Scott Freeman for the beautiful items that he custom made for me and the other Region 9 riders. The sponsorship from the Dallas Dressage Club has been important to me as well. Not only is the club’s financial support appreciated, but even more significant is the validating message that comes with that support, that my Young Rider goals are worthy of pursuing. Region 9 Junior and Young Riders—Elisabeth Steel, Rachel Campbell, Misty Moyes, Jessica Blackmon, and Audrey Jones.
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Dallas Dressage Club at the 2008 NAJYRC By Lisa Blackmon The Colorado Horse Park was inundated with young riders from all over North America, who were competing in the North Ameri‐
can Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). Riders ages 14‐21 came from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for Cham‐
pionships in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing plus reining. The championships took place July 29‐August 3, 2008 and are the stepping‐stone to the Olympics. This will be the first time in eight years that the event has been held west of the Mississippi. club’s support we have helped to develop some very strong young rider competitors. The DDC sent three of the four member team to the championships. Jessica Blackmon, Rachel Campbell and Misty Moyes. Jessica Blackmon led the individual Prix St. George competition for over 4 hours with a 65.95%. The last set of riders came in very strong, moving Jessica back to 8th place and qualifying her to come back for the musical freestyle. She is the first team member from Region 9 to qualify to come back for the freestyle in over 20 years. Jessica finished 12th in the freestyle. Rachel Campbell best score came in for the team test. With a score of 64.50%, she lead the team efforts that day. Misty Moyes was awarded a longstanding award at the NAJYRC, the Captain Andrew B. de Szinay Memorial Sportsmanship Tro‐
phy, presented annually to the rider who best personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, team spirit, good temper and unselfishness. Misty's mare Watussi strained her check ligament in a work out session. Misty made the decision to withdraw the mare, saying that no one horse show was worth the health and well‐being of her horse. Though Misty was terribly disappointed in not being able to com‐
pete, she supported her teammates and helped in many other ways. It was this effort that drew the attention of the committee that awarded her the sportsmanship award! Jessica Blackmon on Irnas
For spectators, the NAJYRC was a great opportunity to glimpse future Olympic athletes. The competition has been host to many young riders who have gone on to represent their countries in the Olympics, including McClain Ward who represented the United States in show jumping in Hong Kong. Many other Olympic medalists, like Greg Best and Karen O'Connor, got their interna‐
tional start at NAJYRC. Each young rider must qualify to represent his or her country, zone, region or area at NAJYRC. The riders must successfully compete at designated competitions and put in many long days of hard work to reach their goal of going to NAJRYC. For most of these young riders, this is the first chance to experience team competition in what is essentially an individual sport. The competition is run under the rules of the international gov‐
erning body of equestrian sports, the Fédération Equestre Inter‐
national (FEI). It is an opportunity to learn the FEI rules and pre‐
pare for a life of international competition‐Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games and the World Cup Finals. The Dallas Dressage Club has been a long time supporter of young dressage rider programs. We recognize the need to sup‐
port our youth and promote growth for the sport. Through the Misty Moyes on Watussi
This was the last year of eligibility for Jessica and Misty; they will be moving on to the Brentina cup (small Grand Prix). Rachel has a few more years left in the Young Rider division, and we have high expectations for her! _|át UÄtv~ÅÉÇ
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Back to School By Barbara Werback Well, it is that time of year again. Students all over are getting ready to go back to school. In September 2006,
as an adult, I decided it was time for me to go "back to school". Only for me, it meant putting my business on hold
and going to Germany for the month.
My goal was to complete the Class 3 Performance Medal (the Big Bronze) and Trainer C License.
Before leaving, I had to take a first aid course from the Red Cross and pass a criminal background check.
The first two weeks of September were dedicated to completing the Class 3 Performance Medal (a prerequisite
for the Trainer C License). It included a Class 4 Lunging Certificate and the Reitpass test (to prove you can ride
out in the country or along roads).
The Trainer C Course was an intensive two and a half week course. (This was the first time it had been taught in
English!) It stressed theory and teaching more than riding.
The days started early. Every third morning we were required to be at the college at 7am to help with the feeding and bedding of stalls, sweeping the aisles, and raking the edges of the arena. The dressage lesson started at
8am. If you didn’t ride in the first group, you observed teaching styles and practiced teaching. Then the groups
would switch. At 11am, we met back in the classroom for theory; lunch was from 12-2pm; then back to the college
for jumping and/or cross-country work. Then another hour of theory from 4-5pm.
A comprehensive written exam covered the training scale, national organizations, teaching techniques, stable management and veterinary care. For skills testing we had to:
• teach a dressage movement
• ride a dressage test
• teach a jumping element
• jump a stadium course
• jump a cross country course
• give a 5 minute talk on a pre-assigned topic
• answer additional questions from the judges or explain one of your answers from the written exam
• answer questions about veterinary medicine/ farrier work/ and/or stable management
We also had numerous great guest instructors – a veterinarian, farrier, horse behavior specialist and Eckert
Meyners to name a few. Instruction in map reading and rules and laws relating to riding out in the country or
along roads was an added bonus.
Our main instructors were Alex Wortmann and Michael Rohrmann.
• Wortmann is a German silver medalist and holder of the Trainer A License. He has had numerous years teaching and training all levels of riders. He was the primary instructor for theory.
• Michael Rohrmann is Certified Equine Master and holder of the Gold Medal for dressage and jumping at the
grand prix level. He has over 20 years teaching and training horses and students up to the grand prix level.
He is also a judge and jump course designer. Though his English was not always easiest to understand, he always got his point across.
So when you think about “back to school” never forget that it is never too late and you are never too old to learn.
Never be afraid to try something new.
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Judge: “L” Graduate - Gail Abele
Location: Lime Ridge Farm, 291 Country Club Rd. (F.M. 1378) Fairview, TX 75069.
Directions from Downtown Dallas: Take I 75 North to Stacy Rd. exit (after Richardson, Plano, and Allen) Go East about 2 miles to end of Rd. Turn
left and entrance to farm is on your left after just about 200 ft. (Go slowly as entrance goes downhill)
Directions From Denton take 380 East to I-75 and go S. about 8 miles to Stacy Rd., Go East
Directions From Lewisville take 121 East to Stacy Rd. and turn right and continue S. and then East until rd. ends at Country Club Rd. Turn left and
after 200 ft. turn left down driveway to farm.
Show Manager/Secretary: Christina Knappitsch – Make checks payable to Lime Ridge Farm. Mail Entries with copy of Coggins
w/in 12 months of show date to Christina at 290 Hampton Court, Fairview, TX. 75069. Questions? Call (972) 542 5470 email:
[email protected]
Closing Date: Friday, September 12 2008
Entrant’s Name
Phone 1
Phone 2
Email Address **
F Junior/YR
F Adult Amateur
F Open
Horse’s Name
NEW LARGE INDOOR arena for tests and large outdoor sand arena for warm-up
60x20m outdoor grass arena for additional warm-up
Day stalls available for $25.00; small pens $10.00. Contact Christina Knappitsch for more info.– [email protected]
Ride times to be emailed or phoned by Thursday [before show] **Email Preferred!
Classes and divisions will be combined if entries are not sufficient.
Volunteers needed to scribe, score, ring steward, and run tests.
Scores will be reported to the Dallas Dressage Club for schooling show awards program.
(2007 USDF & USEF Tests)
$20.00 / class
Test A
1. Introductory Level
Test B
2. Training
3. First
4. Second
5. Dressage Equitation
Judged on rider's position
6. Dressage Suitability
Judged on horse's gaits
7. Lead line (Ages 8 & under)
Rider Age:
$ 8.00
Entrants must also pay office fee.
Payment and/or registration received after closing date and/or by
phone or email.
Non Compete Fee
Office Fee
Late Fee
$ 15.00
I hereby release and hold harmless Lime Ridge Farm, Kathy and Christina Knappitsch, their officers, members, employees and agents from any
liability and from claims of any kind (including costs, expenses and/or attorney fees) that might result from damages, injuries and losses to person or
property during or in connection with this event whether or not such damages, injuries and losses result directly from the negligent act or omissions of
the officers, members, employees or agents of Lime Ridge Farm.
Rider’s Signature (if under 18, signature of parent or guardian)
Horse Owner’s Signature
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How to Be a True Student of Dressage (cont’d) Official USDF Recommended Reading List • The Principle of Riding – German National Federation • Advanced Techniques of Riding – German National Federation • The Complete Training of Horse and Rider – Colonel Alois Podhajski • Practical Dressage Manual – Colonel Bengt Ljungquist • Basic Training of the Young Horse – Reiner Klimke • The Way to Perfect Horsemanship – Udo Burger • Ecole De Cavalerie – Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere • A General System of Horsemanship – William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle • Balance in Movement – Susanne von Dietze • The View From C – Dr. Dietmar Specht • The Art of Training (The Masters of Horsemanship Series, Book 2) – Hans von Blixen‐Finecke • Dressage in Harmony – Walter Zettl • The Basics – K.A. von Ziegner • The Gymnasium of the Horse – Gustav Steinbrecht • Academic Equitation – General Decarpentry • The Classical Rider – Sylvia Loch • Simplicity of Dressage – Johann Hinnemann and Coby van Baalen • The Dynamic Horse: A biomechanical Guide to Equine Movement and Performance – Dr. Hilary M. Clayton • Riding Logic – Wilhelm Museler • Real Life Dressage – Carl Hester and Polly Ellisond • Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges – Wolfgang M. Niggli Remember when you were in college—you were advised to spend 4 hours of study time for every 1 hour of class room time (arena time)? Enjoy the read and the ride! _|át UÄtv~ÅÉÇ
Tips to Get the Most out of Your Lessons Compiled by Barbara Lewis and Barbara Clarke 1.
Leave home/work problems at home during the lesson
Get sleep so you are well rested and ready
Wear the appropriate clothing (this is NOT the beach, no matter how much sand is in the arena.)
Be on time (be in the saddle on time not pull into the barn at your ride time)
Groom your horse (a little elbow grease?)
Talk—give feedback about what you’re thinking/feeling
Ask questions—especially if you’re not sure what the trainer is asking you to do or why
Try to do what your instructor asks—he/she wouldn’t ask if they didn’t think you could do it
Don't talk about your “old” instructor
Thank your instructor for the lesson
Be realistic and patient- dressage takes time! If you only take 1 lesson a month, and only ride once a week, it
may take a really long time to get to even First Level! But if that is all the time you can devote to riding,
that's ok - just be realistic in your goals.
12. Talk to your trainer - what you want from them, your plans/goals. If you think they can't help you meet your
goals, it sure works better if you work together to find a new trainer, whether it is temporary or long-term.
13. Read and watch videos to keep continuing your education of the sport
14. Give your horse the veterinary support he needs (supplements, injections, chiro, massage, etc.)
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Warmblood Inspections ‐ A Great Place to Learn! By Charna Watts One way to get educated that is really fun and happening all over our area this time of year is to attend a
warmblood registry inspection or keuring. Although
each registry has its own criteria for pedigree, blood
type, size, conformation and suitability, the process at
these events tends to be somewhat similar for each
age group of horse being presented. Youngstock are
often led around a triangle at both a big, ground covering walk, then at a trot, then turned loose so that
the judges can evaluate their gait at the canter and
freely moving. Older horses are additionally free
jumped through chutes and ridden through basic tests
such as a lower level dressage test or put through a
small jumping course of 5 jumps, usually including an
oxer. Most of the inspections are followed by critiques of the horses presented, where the judges will
tell you exactly what they liked (or did not like as
much) about the horse. Then, there is presentation of
awards. The inspections are well attended by local
breeders and sometimes potential buyers, so everyone
looks their best and it is a great way for local farms
to showcase their year’s work in the breeding sheds as
well as introducing any new broodmares and of course,
the exciting new stallion prospects! The inspections
are critical to assisting breeders in knowing what the
registry is looking for, and to gauge the success of a
particular cross.
American Holsteiner Association
Top Line Sporthorses / Houston, TX
Linda Law at (713) 898-8745
Oakhaven Farm / Austin, TX
Debbie Graves at (512) 301-5419
The inspections are almost always free to attend, the
judges are often well known dressage and breed experts and often are from Europe. Listed below are
some of the inspections being held in September and
October in our area. It is by no means an exhaustive
list. As you can see, there are quite a few! Contact
information about each site is provided. Call ahead to
be sure, but you probably only need to bring a chair
and appropriate clothing!
North American Department, Royal Warmblood
Registry/Studbook of the Netherlands KWPN-NA
Silver Hill Stables / Austin, TX
Sandra Heinrichs at (512) 922-6355
Silver Creek Farms / Broken Arrow, OK
Barbara Sikkink at (918) 830-4262
American Hanoverian Society
Garner Creek Farms / Ranger, TX
Sharon Garner at (254) 647-1605
Creek Colony Farms / Richmond, TX
Mary Goldberg at (281) 344-0828
American Warmblood Registry & North American
Sportpony Registry
Magicarpet Show Horses / Powderly, TX
Charna Watts at (903) 732-4100 or 4112
American Warmblood Society
R C Farms / Spring Branch, TX
Eva Vawters at (713) 201-1638
International Sporthorse Registry & the Oldenburg
Registry, North America
Stargate Sport Horses / Bartonville, TX
Roslyn Bonnot at (940) 241-1120
Willow Spring Farm / Waco, TX
(254) 715-2935
North American Danish Warmblood Association
Burleson, TX
Donna Ray at (817) 295-6293
Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International
Mesquite Tree Farm / Wichita Falls, TX
Andrianne Gamboa at (832) 748-8181
October Hill Farm / Weatherford, TX
Wendy Davis-Gerrish at (817) 341-2012
Swedish Warmblood Association of North America
Tailwinds Farm / Collinsville, TX
Molly Gengenbach at (940) 437-5549
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School Supplies for the Dressage Rider Summer is over, kids are back to school, and we can hopefully look forward to cooler temperatures in the near future!
For dressage riders, learning and education is a continual and
year round process. Just when we master one skill, there is
another to learn, or a previously learned skill seems to go
awry. Fall is the perfect time to focus on “school supplies” to
make sure you’re ready for upcoming shows, clinics and lessons.
Whether you’re competing at the FEI level or planning to
ride your first training level test, following is a “back to
school” checklist that can help make sure you’re prepared
and in top form to start the fall season:
The hot Texas summer can take a serious toll on our leather
goods. Now is the perfect time to inspect all bridles, girths,
saddles, stirrup leathers, and halters for cracks or wear and
tear. Broken or worn tack can be dangerous to you and your
horse. You can also use this inspection as an opportunity to
give your tack a thorough cleaning and conditioning. Make
sure your school supply list always includes saddle cleaner
and conditioner, and clean tack sponges.
Clothing/Accessories for the rider
Schooling: breeches, socks, shirts, gloves (probably need
replacing or washing after the summer!), helmet (according
to Charles Owen, the safety life of a helmet is 3 years),
boots, half chaps, and belts.
Showing: all of the above plus stock ties with stock pin, show
jacket, tall boots, extra outfits (for out of town shows
where no washing machine is available to keep those whites,
Clothing/Equipment for the horse
Winter blankets, coolers, fly sheets/masks if necessary,
saddle pads (clean ones for shows), polo wraps (white for
show warm up days), shipping boots, leather halters or
breakaway halters (the safer choice for trailering), and lead
ropes without a chain (also safer for trailering).
Show supplies
Show sheen, spot remover (for sparkling white markings),
quic braid, braiding kit, boot polish kit, bit wipes, legal length
whip (110 cm), and Whinny Widgets Dressage Pocket Test
Fun stuff
What’s hot this season – Horse tacos and ice cream cone
treats, Fleeceworks grooming mitt (a must have for any
dusty horse!), horse shavers (for keeping lengthy whiskers
looking tidy), Herm Sprenger Diamond Paste Bit polish (great
for making bits, spurs, and irons look new) and customized
gear bags for tack and apparel.
Best of luck and Happy Riding!
Cindy Murray
The Central Texas Dressage Society is considering holding a
USDF Instructor Certification Program in Austin during 2009. In
order to make an informed decision on the matter, the Board
would like to get feedback from anyone who might be interested
in participating in the series. If you or anyone you know may consider participating as a Participating Instructor, Demonstration
Rider or Auditor or if you have any questions, please contact Kelly
Ryan at [email protected] or (512) 590-1522 as soon
as possible. More information on the Program is available at
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Riders Qualified for the DDC Schooling Show Championships As of 8/29/2008 Congratulations to all the members who are qualified for the Schooling show Championships! Please note that many members have some qualifying scores, but still lack the 4th test of the level to qualify. You can use any score from any schooling show using an L judge. Just submit the score to me when you get them or send them in with your entry. We have a few moe schooling shows left so make your plans now. See the DDC calender for the upcoming shows in this area. The last DDC schooling show is Oct 4th at Las Coli‐
nas Equestrian Center. Lisa Avila "L" and Clare Morrow "L" are the judges for this show. We also have Bobbie Paulk "R" for the champi‐
onship show in December. And the Education Festival is being held the Sunday following the championships. Keep this date free on your calender! Charlene Lynch, Schooling Show Chair Intro—Adult Amatuer Meria Aulds on Jerico Connie Napier on Edie Janet Paranteau on Calypso Naomi Roszhart on Smart Little Prom Janet Tornelli‐Mitchell on Afilado Intro—Open Ashley Bearden on Ezra Barbara Lewis on Mollee Clare Morrow on MH Exotica Caitlyn Murphy on Foretold Fame Liz Petty on Shadow Intro—Junior Maddie Lambert on Galliano Bay Channing Stock on JL Blues Breaker Training Level—Adult Amateur Sara Craig on LA Gabrielle’s Magic Julia Denton on Win/Win Situation Training Level—Adult Amateur Jeanette Fiveash on Zero On Peppy Jo Debra Knapp on Maroochy Charlene Lynch on Destrier Connie Napier on Circuit Judge Tracey Ramey on Patriot Carolyn Smith on Allegro Training Level—Open Nolan Gustafson on Freedom Kathy Knappitsch on Camperio Debbiel Lavalle on Ammir Halim Joan Myrthue on Vintage Megan Suffling on Damascus Kathy Wolter on Destrier Training Level—Junior Sydney Raabe on Glory Bound Cassie Schmidt on Midnight Cassie Schmidt on Riviera Megan Tritch on Katilack First Level—Adult Amateur Frances Luse on Ragtime Bojangles First Level—Open Ashley Bearden on Mustafah Mary Mahler on Starts and Stripes Emily Nielsen on Cappucino First Level—Junior Jacqueline Lawther on Rio Riva Michaella Ruffino on Prince Albert Katy Tucker on Dixie Second Level—Adult Amateur Mary Hawkins on Luke Skywalker Second Level—Open Emily Nielsen on Cappucino It takes more than just a pretty face… Sport Horse judging clinic comes to Texas by Janice Mauren Whether you’re looking at a group of croup‐high yearlings or shopping for your next project horse, it’s not always easy to tell which ones have the qualities needed to become a top dressage horse. Foals can be especially deceiving. But for participants at the USDF Sport Horse Seminar held at Canaan Ranch in Fulshear in July, finding the horse that is more likely to excel in dressage may have become a little easier. In a unique opportunity to participate in one of only two Sport Horse judging clinics held nationally this year, Hilda Gurney gave partici‐
pants two full days of practice developing their eye for judging conformation and movement of more than 60 horses. Gurney is a two‐time Olympian and has participated in Pan American Games nine times, winning four gold and two sil‐
ver medals. In addition Gurney is a FEI “I judge and licensed Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge. Understanding how horses change as they mature physically and through train‐
ing can help you distinguish developmental issues from longer‐term problems. To help participants understand the difference in carriage and movement as a horse develops, Gurney showed videos of her horse, Luminence who she has raised from birth, competing as a young horse in lower levels and then in the upper levels to illustrate how the gaits and carriage change as the horse develops and strengthens as training progresses. After reviewing what the judge is looking for in conformation, and movement, Hilda Gurney helps participants evaluate a distracted yearling.
and going over the “textbook ideal,” the real work began. For more than a day a Photo courtesy of Syrisse Longbottom
half, participants joined Gurney in the indoor arena that was set up as it would be in an actual Sport Horse show. Handlers brought out the horses as they would at a show, starting with the foals, before moving on to yearlings, mares, stallions and geldings. Gurney didn’t hesitate to put participants on the spot, handing them the microphone and ask‐
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Rockwall Equestrian Center Dressage Schooling Show Results August 23, 2008 Judge: Sherry Guess It takes more than just a pretty face… (cont’d) Careful to make a distinction between conformation and performance, Gurney often had participants wait to give a score on conforma‐
tion until they had an opportunity to see the horses move. It turned out that perfect conformation didn’t always translate into perfect movement. And occasionally something that might otherwise be considered a conformation flaw would have no impact on movement. Gurney was also careful to make it clear that you were judging what you were see‐
ing that day. Horses might move differently at times for various reasons. They may have had their feet recently trimmed. One two‐year old was in a bridle for the first time and tension showed up in her gaits. Although she might have been capa‐
ble of higher scores, you had to judge what you saw in that moment, not what they might be under different circumstances. Rhythm, ground cover, air time, flexibility and elasticity, are all words you’ll see on every judge’s evaluation. But seeing how these concepts apply on an individual level to horses of different breeds and levels of maturity, under Gurney’s experi‐
enced eye, made the clinic a unique learning experience. More than 30 people attended the seminar that was hosted by the Houston Dres‐
sage Society and funded in part by an educational grant from The Dressage Foun‐
dation. Melanie Pai of Canaan Ranch provided her staff, facility and many top A young Andalusian heading for the stallion evaluation.
horses for participants to evaluate. Photo courtesy of Syrisse Longbottom
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Classified Ads Volunteers Needed Boarding (cont’d) Ads/Promotions Chair Voting board member, job description can be found in DDC bylaws at Attendance at monthly board meetings required. Contact Jennie Bohart, nominations chair, if interested at [email protected] Torre Vista Farm Convenient to McKinney & Celina. Indoor arena with lights, mirrors, sound system, 12x12 stalls with mats, group or individual turn‐out, twice daily feeds, on‐site owners, personal attention, areas to trail ride, all riding levels welcome. Small, relaxed and quiet. Lessons & training available w/certified instructor, clinicians on calendar, great place to learn dressage and start showing! Use your own vet/farrier. $475 month. Contact Barbara Clarke, (214) 585‐3945, torrevista‐
[email protected] (4) Yellow Rose Volunteers Needed September 13‐14. Job descriptions can be found at If you are inter‐
ested, contact Michelann at [email protected] Boarding Caddo Mills Private Boarding Facility has two, possibly three openings available for full care horse boarding. $500/month. Covered all‐ weather arena with lights, mirrors and screen. Outdoor dressage arena, jump field, 3 round pens and plenty of room to ride out. Large stalls and indi‐
vidual turnout, supplements and feed to your liking. Lessons and clinics available. Located in Caddo Mills, minutes from Greenville, just 1 hour east of Dallas. Contact Lin at 903‐456‐3996 for more information. Check our website for facility information. (2) White Oaks Equestrian Center is a gorgeous, professionally operated full care facility that offers an indoor arena with screens, lights, mirrors and a sound system. We have an outside full size dressage arena, round pen, 12x12 stalls with windows, hot and cold water wash rack, heated/
cooled tack room & office with a viewing area as well as shower and re‐
frigerator, plentiful pastures, and access to trails. The facility holds dres‐
sage schooling shows several times a year. For more information, contact Clare Morrow at (972) 489‐1097. Visit our web site at then click on Clare Morrow, then White Oaks Equestrian Center. (1) Equiscape offers full‐care boarding in Celina. $450 per month. Instruc‐
tion available in dressage (through 2nd level) and natural horsemanship. Covered arena, outdoor arena, pasture riding and access to trails. Each 12x12 stall has a 12x20 run attached, with additional large daily turnout paddocks. Fly system, tack lockers, safe fencing. Owners live on site and personally care for your horses. Contact Patti Porter at (972) 382‐4225 (4) Lime Ridge Farm in Fairview, TX (Just minutes N.E. of Plano, near I‐75 and Stacy Rd). Full care large Box Stalls available with day &/or night turn‐out on Coastal grass (30 acres). Sand arena and 3 Dressage areas on grass are part of the lovely facility. New covered arena with mirrors. Full care board is $550.00/month and packages are available which include once/week dressage lessons from Kathy Knappitsch, BHSAI and "L". C o n t a c t k k n a p p i t @ h o t m a i l . c o m o r ( 9 7 2 ) 5 4 2 ‐ 7 1 6 1 . (4) Rockwall Equestrian Center offers Full Care Boarding in Rockwall. $565/month. Private facility has a few openings for full care board. Over‐
size stalls 12 x 24 available, as well as stalls with runs. Small group or individual turnout, 275 acres of trails, large covered arena. Please call for appointment to schedule visit. Contact trainer/instructor Barbara Lewis at (903)439‐7717 or [email protected] or Mistie Scroggins barn manager at (469)576‐7469 or [email protected] (2) Horses for Sale 13.3 Welsh‐Cross sport pony. 9 yo gelding. Qualified for 2008 SWDC Championships at Training Level. Possesses USEF dressage pony card. Schooling Cross Country. Ready to compete Beginner Novice; Schooled Novice and some Training Level Jumps, 4’ Ditches, water obstacles and banks. Free Jumps 4’6”; Consistent at Show 2’6” With Junior Rider; Schooling 3’ at home. No stable vices‐handled by junior rider with no problems. Rider‐Pony Personality Match A Must. Located In San A n t o n i o . $ 5 0 0 0 . P h o t o s i n " P o n y B o y " f o l d e r a t Contact Frances Luse at (931) 237‐6010 or [email protected] (1) Days of Future Past (Barn name Chance) is a 16.2h, handsome 14 yr old chestnut Thoroughbred gelding. He has excellent ground manners, an accomplished competition history and a great disposition. This horse will do what is asked of him. He has competed in dressage competitions (championships‐training & first level/2005/2007) and in hunter classes. He would continue to excel as a dressage horse, or hunter. He needs an experienced rider either adult amateur or junior. He thrives on daily turnout with room to run. Competition records available. $12,500. Chance is located in North Dallas. Contact Suellen Hogue at (214) 450‐7881 or [email protected] (1) DDC OFFICERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE CHAIRS PRESIDENT | Doreen Cutts (214) 850‐1087 ∙ [email protected] ADULT ED LIAISON TO REGION 9 | Elizabeth Jeter (940) 591‐0580 ∙ Beyondthe [email protected] VICE PRESIDENT | Jennie Bohart (817) 421‐5063 ∙ [email protected] ADVANCED YOUNG RIDER | Lisa Blackmon (940) 637‐1183 ∙ [email protected] SECRETARY | Barbara Clarke [email protected] JUNIOR RIDER | Shelly Vaughn (214) 477‐7439 ∙ [email protected] MEMBERSHIP | Patti Porter [email protected] NOMINATIONS | Barbara Lewis (903) 866‐3122 ∙ [email protected] TREASURER | Barbara Lewis (903) 866‐3122 ∙ [email protected] PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR | Sue Malone‐Casey (972) 318‐3305 ∙ [email protected] AWARDS, MEETINGS, EVENTS | Pauline Jaroszewicz [email protected] RECOGNIZED SHOWS | Jackie Blackmon [email protected] ADS, PROMOTIONS & SPONSORSHIP | Vacant [email protected] SCHOOLING SHOWS | Charlene Lynch [email protected] PUBLICATIONS | Charlotte Stotts [email protected] VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR | Michelann Tachibana [email protected] NEWSLETTER/WEBMASTER | Charlotte Stotts [email protected]/[email protected] Dallas Dressage Club a September 2008
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Classified Ads (continued) Horses for Sale (cont’d) Tack Red Chief 9 yr old, unregistered, red roan Appaloosa gelding, 16.1 hands. Smooth WTC. One month training with Chico Bond. Parelli training & some dressage lessons. No time to bring this guy along. Current on vaccinations, Coggins, DVM dental work & trims. RC has a surgically repaired nostril. He requires more dressage training, consistent riding and needs a confident rider. $3,000 OBO. Located in Lucas, TX. Listed online at Call for pictures. Contact Carol Bentzlin at (972) 727‐2893. (1) Bates Isabell dressage saddle. 17 1/2" seat, any width tree (interchangeable gullet system), CAIR panels, "schrumpf" leather, two interchangeable knee rolls, extra saddle taking up space, well loved. Asking $1000 or best offer. Contact Barbara Clarke at (214) 585‐3945 or [email protected] (1) Super dressage/hunter/jumper mare. Breeding stock paint mare for sale. Dressage and hunter/jumper training. Cleo is 9 years old, 15.3hh, solid black with a white star. She has been trained & competed in dres‐
sage up to third level, including flying changes and jumps about 3’, has also been used as a lesson horse. She loves trail rides. She is very easy to handle, clips, trailers wonderfully, stands nicely, easy keeper, no shoes. She is lovely, trustworthy, and easy to ride. Would be a great amateurs or children’s mount! Contact Megan Suffling at (940) 453‐7321 or [email protected] (1) Horses for Lease 9 yr. old Thoroughbred for lease for dressage. $550/month includes a w e e k l y p r i v a t e d r e s s a g e l e s s o n a t L i m e R i d g e F a r m . Contact Kathy Knappitsch at (972) 542‐7161 or [email protected](2) Miscellaneous Balimo Chair. Purchased at the DDC BALIMO™ Seat Symposium with Eckart Meyners. The chair is in excellent condition, having been used maybe 6 times, and has lived in the house since it’s purchase. It has the non‐slip seat and the base is the natural oak color. The chair sells online for $300, asking $150. Contact Sara Sharratt at (469) 964‐9331 or [email protected] (2) 2008 Sundowner, 2HBP, 777‐straight load w/dressing room, 7'6" tall, 6'9" wide, 15'8" floor length. Rear Ramp w/wrap round tail curtains. MSRP $19,986. Asking $15,000. Used twice, short distance, like NEW condition, location Ft. Worth. All standard features, PLUS: Maximum ventilation with Drop Down Feed dorrs with aluminum face guards each side access door (2), windows in tail curtains, and a 19" X 53" slider win‐
dow in straight wall. White painted top rail and rear posts, 2 load lights‐
rear and spare tire. Contact Paula Howeth at (817) 578‐8963. (1) Canon EOS 5D full frame digital camera (body only), $1750 (retails for $2499). 2 yo 12.8 Megapixel, 2.5" LCD 3.0 fps. ISO 50 to 3200. I'm upgrad‐
ing and will no longer be using this camera. The "best" camera for indoor lighting under $5000.00 Read more specifications at Contact Frances Luse at (214) 507‐6750 or [email protected] (1) Picturesque horse facility for lease. Two barns ‐ one 12 stall and one 5 stall on site. One 200' x 100' lighted fenced indoor arena just footsteps away from the 12 stall barn. Indoor arena is fully equipped with sound system and mirrors. Good turn‐out and trails. Great location near show‐
grounds and off of interstate. Contact Kelly Willis at (903) 882‐0877 or visit (1) Stubben Scandica dressage saddle. 17 1/2" seat, med‐wide tree. Excel‐
lent shape. Former demo model, ridden in approx 12 times by myself. Does not fit my horse. Asking $1800 or best offer. At Horse of Course (LCEC) for viewing/trial. Contact Barbara Clarke at (214) 585‐3945 or [email protected] . (1) Wintec childs all‐purpose saddle. 15" seat, interchangeable gullet system, indestructible, comes with stirrups, selling as no kids anymore! Asking $250 or best offer. At Horse of Course (LCEC) for viewing/trial. Contact Barbara Clarke at (214) 585‐3945 or [email protected] (1) DDC Advertising Rates Transitions is a publication of the Dallas Dressage Club, a non‐profit, tax‐
exempt corporation under Section 501(c)3. Subscription to Transitions is a benefit of DDC membership, through payment of annual dues. DDC members are encouraged to submit articles and advertisements to [email protected] in MS Word compatible format, Photo‐
shop (all ADOBE formats accepted including *.pdf), *.gif, *.jpeg, *.raw or *.tif file; clear hard copies, photos, or film negatives are also acceptable, but clarity may be lost through scanning. Send return envelope with postage if you wish your hard copies to be returned, otherwise the film etc becomes property of the DDC. No Copyrighted material will be published without a waiver from the copyright holder. Publication deadline is the 20th of each month Classified ads are free for DDC members, except service‐related ads (boarding/training) at non‐member cost. Classified ads are $5 per month for non‐DDC members. Member (free) classified ads will be published for three months, unless otherwise requested or renewed. Standard clas‐
sified ads may not exceed 450 character count. Additional lines may be purchased for $1 per 70 characters. The editor must receive payment for advertisements before newsletter goes to print. Please make your check payable to the DDC and mail your ads & payment to: DDC Newsletter Editor, c/o Charlotte Stotts 1105 S. Gloucester Ct Irving, TX 75062 Advertising monthly rates are as follows: Full Page 3/4 Page Half Page $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 Quarter Page $10.00 Business Card $7.00 Classified $5.00 Discounts are offered on all ads at the following rates: 3 months 6 months 12 months 5% 10% 20% RTS Pleated Front Breeches, size 30L, black, Bentex stretchable full seat. $75. Contact Barbara Clarke at (214) 585‐3945. (1) Volunteers Needed!
Yellow Rose Festival, September 13-14
If interested, contact Michelann at [email protected]
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