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									                                                                                                               April 2010
    Collective Remarks
                               A Publication of Houston Dressage Society

                                                                   April 2010 President’s Message

    Inside this issue:

  Janet Foy Seminar    2            Greetings!
  One Rider’s Jour-    3                The Spring Classic Show is almost upon us. We are in need of many volunteers in
  ney: An Education                 order to make this High Performance Qualifier a success. The show is three days and
                                    we really need help on Friday. Please contact Jane Holman at
  Jogging with the     5            if you can give some of your time and talent. Also the show is not full on Friday. If you
  HDS Juniors                       are interested on submitting a late entry, please contact Susan Peacock. Please re-
   Local News–       6
                                    member that this show will only have four rings since we can only have one arena in
  Jonathan Wentz :
                                    the main indoor facility as dictated by the new Level 4 criteria.
  Del Mar Experience                   Our new membership chair, Vicki Gee, had to resign in March due to overwhelming
                                    commitments required at her new job. We are happy to report that Karen Peacock,
  Dressage In the     7             from San Antonio, will complete her term. Karen was an apple award winner at the
  News—Head Inju-                   Awards Banquet this year for her volunteer service to HDS in 2009.
  ries & Horse Riding
                                        In less than one month, HDS will be submitting an application to USEF to host the
  Dressage In the      7            first CDI in Region 9. If approved by the FEI, the CDI will be held in conjunction with the
  News—King-Dye’s                   Spring Classic Open Show in 2011. We are going to need a lot of help in organizing
  Accident ...                      this event. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at
                           We will need to find many sponsors in order to make this
  Statistics for Horse 8
                                    show representative of our great Texas hospitality.
  Riding Injuries
                                        Karen Sannan, our Education Chair, and Leslie Fan are beginning to organize an
  Region 9 Youth       9            adult camp to be held in the fall. If you are interested in helping or attending, please
  Team Competition                  contact one of them. In addition, HDS is hosting a two-day freestyle seminar with
  ‘Cinch up for Sun-   9            Trenna Atkins on May 22 – 23, 2010. The event will be held at Rice University in the
  dance’                            same building where the Janet Foy Seminar was held in February. The event will be
                                    organized by Susan Howard, the Region 9 Freestyle representative, Leslie Cummings
  HDS Schooling        10           and Suzan Saylor. USDF will be promoting Quadrilles this year. More information will
  Show Results                      follow. Mark your calendars!
  Equine Health &      12              On Sunday, June, 6, 2010, Melany Lipar and Anna Burtell will again host a benefit
  Wellbeing                         for the FEI Juniors and Young Riders at Paragon Stables near Conroe. The Juniors and
                                    Young Riders must raise all of the money to send the two teams to compete for Region
  Region 9 News        15           9 in Kentucky. The show was a great success last year and we hope to repeat that suc-
  Calendar of          18-21        cess. There will be a luncheon followed by FEI Freestyles. Barbi Piccinni and Anna
  Events                            Burtell have graciously greed to ride their Grand Prix freestyles in costume. There will
                                    also be freestyles by the Juniors and Young Riders. Similar to last year, there will be a
                                    great silent auction that will be open during all of the rides. Look for more info in the
                                       As always, please feel free to call me and share your inspiring ideas to improve
                                    HDS. I want to thank Cyndi Craig for sharing her ideas on prize money distribution
                                    with me. I will be sharing with the other board members at the next meeting. Remem-
                                    ber, there are no bad ideas.
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                                                                     An active competitor herself, Janet can empathize with
  Janet Foy Seminar                                             those competing, who, eager to learn from the remarks on
  by Susan Howard
                                                                their score sheets, instead encounter unacceptably baffling
     Houston Dressage Society-sponsored seminar with            or vague, or even demeaning remarks. Citing the example
Janet Foy-Brown, held on the Rice University campus on          of: “the best thing about your test was when you left the
February 13 was styled as “a little bit about judging, a        arena,” Janet asserted that no competitor should have to
little bit about training, and a little bit about competing.”   bear the brunt of such a comment. Equally unacceptable
Janet, who refers to herself as a “judge educator” enter-       are score sheets that have few or even no remarks until the
tained and enlightened a group of 41 participants from          very end, at which point they may be find “Good Luck” or
the moment she began her remarks at the start of the            some such essentially meaningless comment. The rule of
morning through an impressive amount of information             thumb expected of our judges is that every score 6 and be-
concluding in the late afternoon.                               low should have a comment which clarifies why that particu-
                                                                lar score was given. Janet stated her pet peeve was the re-
    THE EDUCATION AND EVALUATION OF JUDGES—                     mark “needs more”—she would like to know “more what?” A
Janet began speaking about what is being done to im-            judge needs to be able to tell a competitor HOW to acquire
prove judging in this country. The United States is one of      “more” of something. This knowledge comes from judges
only a few countries where judges are required prove            who themselves ride and train.
themselves at the level they are judging EVEN BEFORE
being accepted into a training program [acquiring a                 Another group the LOC is looking at are the so-called
minimum of five riding scores of 65% percent at the             “Santa Claus” judges, who unfairly raise competitors’ expecta-
highest level they are aspiring to judge]. This require-        tions by awarding them high scores, only to have those same
ment stems from the conviction that although people             riders bitterly disappointed at Championships, where the
can be taught to look for the requirements of the move-         panel may score their performances more realistically, that is,
ments (overstep, position of the poll), they won’t under-       considerably lower. Records are being kept of these patterns
stand why these things are happening (or not happen-            of officials’ performance as well, in the overall attempt to
ing) unless they also ride and train at a comparable level      improve judging in this country.
of difficulty.                                                      Judging on panels is another way for US judges to im-
     Judge candidates are then required to complete a           prove their skills. FEI judges MUST have a meeting when
proscribed training program and to pass an examination          there is a difference of 5 percentage points between judges.
before they are before licensed, and after licensing must       This experience would be most beneficial for U.S. colleagues
meet continuing education requirements to maintain              as well. As an example, the judges on the sides see things
their licenses. [Note: Judges in the US are also required       the judge at C does not—neck too short, tongue out, neck too
to officiate at a minimum number of competitions                high, circle not round or too large—and will sometimes have
within a two-year period to ensure their skills remain          lower scores. [Competitors need to take into consideration
fresh, and to pass a written examination every three            the position of the judge when reading their test sheets—
years over rules to ensure they are current on the evolv-       discrepancies on panels may well be explained by the posi-
ing requirements of our sport. Continuing education,            tion from which the judge is scoring]. Show management
officiating and regular examinations are also required of       was encouraged to make use of their judges, putting then
our USEF licensed Technical Delegates]. In many coun-           one judge in an arena when scheduling permitted, allowing
tries, individuals are invited to become judges and have        our judges to develop an eye from a different perspective and
not necessarily ridden to the levels they judge nor have        to benefit from the panel experience.
they necessarily had formal training. Judging is consid-            Janet reminded competitors and show managers that
ered an honor and officials are not paid (this holds true       they do have both a responsibility and some power to im-
for all officials at FEI events). The US is one of the few      prove judging in our sport through means of the evaluation
nations with professional (paid) officials. [The FEI and        forms, and strongly encouraged competitors to fill them out
other nations’ federations are attempting to improve            and return with copies of their tests for review by the Licensed
and standardize dressage judging internationally by             Officials Committee. She assured us that the LOC
holding more and more forums and seminars].
                                                                                      (Continued on page 3)

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                              
Janet Foy Seminar, Continued                                One Rider’s Journey: An Education in
takes these evaluations VERY seriously and judges who       Becoming an Educator
have a track record of complaints lodged against them
WILL be put on notice. (She also assured us that these      By Gwen Dordick
evaluations were strictly confidential—comments re-             Recently, when poring over an issue of Dressage Today, I
ceived by USEF are typed even for the LOC to review so      noticed an article focused on the future of dressage. Included
as to ensure confidentiality).                              in that article were ideas from some of today’s dressage lead-
(As an official and a show manager, I would also like to    ers and visionaries. One of those visionaries is Karin Offield. I
remind competitors that positive evaluations are also       decided to find out more about her background, what led
welcome—these too will go in to the appropriate offi-       Karin to become an advocate for education and what role she
cials’ files; and shows also want to know what they are     believes education will play in the future of dressage.
doing well, as well as how to improve]. Janet concluded         “As a lifelong horse lover, I have always wanted to share
this part of the seminar with mention the US prospects
                                                            that joy and love with others,” Karin told me, “and I had the
for the next Olympics (London, 2012). When Mythilus
                                                            opportunity to do that when I co- founded El Rojo Grande
was eliminated, not only did Courtney lose her individual
                                                            Ranch in 1992 in Sedona, Arizona. This remarkable ranch
medal, but the US had to forfeit the team standing. This
                                                            was a place where people could have the opportunity to ride
means that the US has no guaranteed place in London;
                                                            and learn about horses. From riding lessons and trail rides to
in order to secure a berth, we would need to medal at
the World Equestrian Games in Lexington and though          dressage demonstrations and art exhibits, El Rojo Grande
Steffan and Ravel are strong, they will be up against the   Ranch offered something for everyone in our community.
likes of Totalis with Edward Gal, Parzival with Adelinde    This was my way of not only helping people to enjoy horses,
Corneilsen and Laura Bechtolsheimer of Great Britain on     but to also help create fans for the horse sports. Once people
Mistral Hojris. If we can’t medal at the World Equestrian   are introduced they can become fans for life.”
Games in Kentucky this fall, we need to medal at the             “I have had an amazing cross section of education and
Pan Am Games in Mexico next year to receive an invita-
                                                            counsel over the years. I have always loved to watch riding
tion to the London games.
                                                            and horses and being involved in multiple equestrian disci-
Another note: When the team lost its placing, the           plines has helped me become a better horseman. I have rid-
$60,000 funding from USOC was also withdrawn. Janet         den lots of stallions, cutting horses, reining horses, roped, and
suggested this would be a VERY good year to make a          even driven a little. We had mules in Sedona and I had a tan-
contribution to the USET Foundation.                        dem team that I loved to drive. Then there were always the
Editor’s Note: Susan Howard is a member of HDS, an “L”      trail rides…I loved to bushwhack the trails!”
graduate with distinction and a USEF “R” Dressage Tech-          After growing up riding horses in Aspen, Colorado and
nical Delegate. She and her husband Richard have man-
                                                            showing throughout Colorado with her Father, Karin rode and
aged Reiterhof, a small breeding and training facility
                                                            learned with three-day event trainer Jonas Irbinskas, Califor-
southwest of Austin, for the last 30 years.
                                                            nia horsemen Jimmy Williams and Ken Nordstrom, equitation
                                                            trainer Richard Keller, jumper champion Jimmy Kohn, east
                                                            coast equitation trainer Ronnie Mutch, hunter champion
                                                            Patricia Heuckeroth, and world renowned jumper coach Carl

                                                            Her introduction to dressage included working with World Cup
                                                            Champion Steffen Peters, Spanish Olympic Coach and Belgian
                                                            Trainer Jan Bemelmans, Olympian Michael Poulin, Canadian
                                                            coach and American Olympic champion Robert Dover, and
                                                            Dutch champion and three time Olympic Gold Medal winner
                                                            Anky Van Grunsven. and most recently, the Swedish Chef
                                                            D’Equipe and master long liner Bo Jena. (Continued on page 4)
HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                           
One Rider’s Journey, Continued                                     Karin was quoted in the September the first symposium to
                                                                   be held in Bay Harbour/Petosky, Michigan on 2009 issue of
  After a long career in hunters and jumpers, Karin began
                                                                   Dressage Today in an article entitled “Into the Future.” “I
concentrating on dressage about 14 years ago. Initially she
                                                                   would designate the best facilities in a region and label
conquered each of the levels with manager and dressage
                                                                   them national training centers for a two-year pilot program
coach Michael Etherly. “Until 2004 Michael was with me
                                                                   and see what can be accomplished.” Karin explained that,
every step of the way. We were a good team and he took me
                                                                   “This Tool Box Symposium is my idea and answer to get this
through the introductory levels all the way to Intermediare II.”
                                                                   program {the national training centers} off the ground."
Along the way, Karin won four United States Dressage Fed-
eration (USDF) regional championships, at FEI Level. Then          Karin is currently a Grand Prix rider and has happily begun
Karin and Micheal went to Europe and her international inter-      teaching what she has learned over the years. Because she
est in dressage really took off. In 2003 and 2004 Karin and        sees her mount Lingh as her greatest teacher, she encour-
Michael traveled throughout Europe trying horses and seeing        ages participants to bring their “school masters” to the Tool
venues where the great training of Europe’s top stars took         Box Symposium.
place.                                                             Karin encourages dressage riders and all horse enthusiasts
   Since early 2005 Karin began training with Robert Dover on      to share their passion for equestrian sports with newcom-
the finesse and details of Grand Prix. His help and advice so-     ers. “Participate in the educational offerings available to
lidified what had taken place over a long career with horses       you in order to grow your own skills and accomplishments,
and in competition.                                                and, when possible, contribute your experience and exper-
                                                                   tise to assist others in their goals.”
   In addition to her competitive career, teaching riding stu-
dents in the jumping and dressage disciplines, and her breed-      To learn more about the first Dressage Tool Box Symposium
ing of stallions: Lingh, Louisville and Tiamo Trocadero, Karin     please visit Inquiries about
now focuses on dressage education. Karin’s mission is to get       hosting a Dressage Tool Box Symposium in your area in
more people involved with dressage as well as offer educa-         2010 or 2011 please e-mail
tional opportunities for those that already love it.

   Examples of Karin’s involvement with dressage education
projects include the USDF Advanced Young Rider Program,
the Dressage Foundation’s book, The View from C, sponsor-
ship of the 2005 Dressage World Cup Finals, the executive
producer’s role in the production and airing of Robert Dover’s
television series The Search for America’s Next Dressage
Star, the organization of and co-sponsorship of the Swedish
Breeders Meeting held at the 2009 World Cup as well as initi-
ating and securing Robert Dover’s amazing commentary de-
livered during NBC’s 2009 World Cup coverage.

  Karin’s latest project is the Dressage Tool Box Symposium:
an innovative clinic designed to advance the teaching skills of
instructors, enhance the performance skills of dressage rid-
ers, and hone the observation skills of auditors. Employing a
unique format, she will act as moderator and as a registered
instructor and, hopefully, also as a rider.

  The Dressage Tool Box concept has been endorsed by the
USDF University and future Tool Box Symposiums will be of-
fered to GMO’s in all regions in 2011. Offield’s web business,, is the sponsor for May 14th through 16th, 2010.

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                            
                                                                                                              Page 5

                    JOGGING with the HDS JUNIORS
 Junior Newsletter Ashley Daniels has published              Mentor Program The Show Mentor Program is a new
 our first newsletter in February (if you are a registered   program being introduced by the 2010 HDS Junior Sub
 junior and did not receive it please email me)              Committee. The goal of this new program is to make transi-
                                                             tioning to a show easier for a junior. This program is headed
 Calling all Volunteers Kassidy Peacock has been             up by co-chairs Julia Peacock and Kakay Halle. The show
 busy coordinating volunteers for the HDS Spring Show.       mentor will be there to advise and answer questions that
 If you are available to volunteer please email Kassidy      the up and coming junior exhibitor and their family may
 as soon as possible at and         have prior to the show and also while on the show facil-
 let her know, we will need lots of runners for that show.   ity. The mentor will be able to answer questions about is-
                                                             sues such as membership and registration needed to com-
 Cook Book Coordinator Needed – Looking                      pete in different shows, levels, and classes as well as
 for a Junior and Mom/Dad to coordinate publishing the       smaller questions such as where the office or stalling is
 HDS Junior Cookbook. We would like to publish this          located at the showing facility. The mentor program will be
 cookbook and sell it at championships. All recipes will     creating documents such as packing checklists to provide
 come from HDS members, family and friends. If you           to the up and coming junior exhibitor prior to the show.
 would be willing to take on this project for us please         We are looking for both mentors to help support the pro-
 contact me as soon as possible, at hdsjun-                  gram and juniors in need of these services. If you would like                                              to participate in this program as a mentor or are in need of
                                                             these services or know of someone who is please feel free to
                                                             contact me, Julia Peacock, at
Good luck this 2010 show season! hope to see you
               all around the shows!

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                        
               LOCAL NEWS
If it weren’t for bad luck….. My Del Mar                           rider, how could I ask him. But with a little prodding I
CPEDI3* Experience By Para Equestrian                              worked up the nerve to ask and he couldn’t have been
Jonathan Wentz                                                     more helpful. In less than an hour he had found a horse
    The song goes, “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no         for me to try, that was right on the show grounds.
luck at all”, but my experience was quite the opposite. I             I was ecstatic, and knew with the help and experience of
arrived at Del Mar ready to compete and show the judges            my coach, Kai Handt, we would give it our best.
the improvement my horse NTEC Richter Scale and I had              Lano I, a 10 year old holsteiner, became my new team-
made since our last CPEDI3* in May 2009 at Lamplight.              mate, thanks to owner Anastasia Wood, Guenter Seidel,
Last May Richter and I had been together less than two             Bettina Loy, Kim Keenan, Bettina Longaker, and Jennifer
months, and although we made what we felt was a good               Banks & Lisa Owens of the USEF and many others, thank
showing, receiving our certificate of capability for the WEG,      you!
we knew we could do better. We had been training hard                 Lano & I passed the jog and we were back in the show!
and were ready for Del Mar.                      and     were      With the help and great ability of my coach, I worked hard
                                                 ready    for      and each day improved as Lano and I learned each other’s
                                                 Del Mar.          quirks and began to get a better feel for each other.
                                                                                                            We were fortunate
                                                                                                            to receive First Place
                                                                                                            for each of the FEI
                                                                                                            Grade II Tests.
                                                                                                            Throughout the
                                                                                                            show, I was amazed
    Luck would have it that Richter came off the trailer, af-                                               as numerous volun-
ter a 36 hour trip, a little stiff. We felt he would walk it out                                            teers, riders, and
and weren’t too worried until the came day,the trailer, af-
    Luck would have it that Richter next off Wednesday,                                                     officials gave me
when36 hour trip, warm him up for a training ride. He was
ter a we went to a little stiff. We felt he would walk it out                                               support and encour-
definitely off too worried until the next day. We iced and
and weren’t and the jog was the next day, Wednesday,                                                        agement and fol-
walked no change, applied heat andtraining ride. change.
when we went to warm him up for a walked no He was                                                          lowed my progress.
We beganoff andthe reality thatthe next day. We iced and
definitely facing the jog was this might be bad luck!                                                       they were proud of
Out of respect for the judges heatfor the welfareno change.
walked no change, applied and and walked of Richter,                                                        me for persevering.
we made the hard decisionthat thispresentbe bad luck! jog
We began facing the reality not to might him at the                                                         That made all the
and of respect for the think what for the welfare of Richter,
Out quickly tried to judges and our options were. Since                                                     hard work, the dis-
Para equestrians are allowed to to present him at the jog
we made the hard decision not borrow horses, we began                                                       appointment, the
frantically thinkingto think what our options were. Since
and quickly tried who we could contact about borrowing                                                      uncertainty, worth it.
                                                                     Jonathan Wentz & Lano I, Judge Hen-
a horse on such short allowed to borrow horses, we began
Para equestrians are notice and with the jog the very next           neke Gerritsen ‘O’ and presenters;     The contacts, friend-
afternoon! thinking who we could contact about borrowing
frantically                                                          Photo by Jen Holley                    ships, experience of
a horseis when bad luck turned into an incredible experi-
  This on such short notice and with the jog the very next                                                  a catch ride, the
ence. The Del Mar dressage community was unbelievably
afternoon!                                                         encouragement and help from Olympic riders, fellow para
supportive as more people than I into name began to help.
  This is when bad luck turned can an incredible experi-           riders, show staff, officials, volunteers, and spectators, the
I was The Del Mar dressage community was unbelievably
ence. to experience Dressage & Para Dressage becoming              generosity of Lano’s owner, turned what could have been
one in a fantastic show of support.can name began to help.
supportive as more people than I                                   nothing but bad luck, into an experience of a lifetime.
I was to suggested that I talk to Guenter Seidel who as
  It was experience Dressage & Para Dressage becoming                 As I prepare for the US Team Selection Trials in June and
luck in a fantastic show stabling across from me. At first I It
one would have it, was of support.                                 the World Equestrian games in October, I will no doubt be
was was suggested that I talk to Guenter Seidel who as
  It suggested that I talk to Guenter Seidel who as luck           thankful for all the friends, contacts, and experience I
would havehave it, stabling across fromfrom At first Ifirst I It
luck would it, was was stabling across me. me. At                  gained out of my bad luck!
thought no way, I’m Ijust ato Guenter Seidelhe’s an Olympic
was suggested that talk young para, and who as luck                   PS We think Richter will be fine and that he was just in
                                                                   the mood for a California vacation! -Jonathan Wentz
                                                               Page 6    HDS Newsletter April 2010
                    DRESSAGE IN THE NEWS
  Head injuries and horse-riding                                       King-Dye's accident prompts dres-
  March 12th, 2010 by Robin Marshall                                   sage riders to wear helmets
  It often takes a terrible accident and plenty of publicity for       Dressage riders strapped on helmets at last week's Palm
  changes to occur. In the past few days we’ve been follow-            Beach Derby in Florida, a move which appeared to be
  ing US Olympic dressage rider Courtney King-Dye, following           prompted by Courtney King-Dye's serious accident on
  a freak accident on March 3 in which she fractured her
  skull in a fall from a horse.                                        King-Dye, 32, remains in a coma following a fall during a
                                                                       training session at her farm in Loxahatchee, Florida.
  Courtney is among the most popular riders on the US dres-
                                                                                                             Her skull was frac-
  sage circuit. She’s an elegant rider and has worked hard
                                                                                                             tured when the cli-
  for all the opportunities she’s had.
                                                                                                             ent's horse she was
  The accident happened when Courtney was showing pro-                                                       schooling fell on her.
  spective buyers a horse on her farm. The horse appeared                                                    Witnesses say it ap-
  to trip over itself, and Courtney hit the ground. She was not                                              peared one of the
  wearing a helmet at the time.                                                                              horse's hind feet
                                                                                                             stepped on the other,
  Head injuries can take time to heal: Courtney is still in a                                                and he sat down and
  coma but is making progress (see below) .                                                                  tipped over side-
  Now, many top-level dressage riders don’t wear helmets                                                     ways.
  when training. From level 5 and up it’s not compulsory to                                                  King-Dye was not
  wear head protection when competing. In dressage and                                                       wearing a helmet at
  reining helmets are not compulsory at all levels. Rules for                                                the time.
  both do allow the use of safety headgear, but it’s rare in-        Courtney King-Dye                        The increase in rid-
  deed to see a reiner trade a stetson for a helmet or a top                                                  ers wearing helmets
  dressage rider use a crash hat instead of a top hat.                 was noted by dressage rider Robert Dover. "I was amazed
                                                                       by the number of helmets I saw being worn at the Derby
  However, last week at the Palm Beach Derby in Florida
                                                                       the last two days," Dover said. "God works in mysterious
  several GP riders did wear helmets in tests in support of
                                                                       ways and I do not believe that Courtney is at all finished
  Courtney. That’s great – but perhaps it is time for a rule
                                                                       with her journey in doing amazing things on this earth."
  change to make helmets mandatory for all equestrian
                                                                       As of 3am yesterday (local time) King remains on a venti-
  sports. OK – riders can do what they like at home, and
                                                                       lator and some mild sedation. "The sedation has been
  many do. But for many others, riding without a helmet is
                                                                       decreased because they have started the weaning process
  like driving a car without a seatbelt … the habit is in-             to get Courtney off the ventilator," Dover said.
  grained. I don’t think it would take long for helmet wearing
                                                                       "Sedation needs to be decreased so the patient will be
  to become the done thing in dressage circles (and in rein-
                                                                       able to breath on her own. They have turned the breath
  ing) if the sport’s top riders donned protective headgear.           rate on the ventilator to 8 and Courtney is breathing on
  We each have only one brain, and once it’s damaged recov-            her own over the vent rate.
  ery can take a very long time. In some cases the damage is           "The bolt that measures the intracranial pressure remains
  irreparable.                                                         in place, along with a ventricular drain. The ventricular
  Endurance riders grumbled about having to wear a helmet              drain has been clamped. They have not had to open it to
  when the sport became an FEI discipline here – but they              relieve any brain pressure. Concerns are that the sedation
  got used to it.                                                      has been decreased and there has not been more activity
                                                                       on Courtney's behalf. The brain needs a long time to heal."

HDS Newsletter April                                               Page 7    2010   
                DRESSAGE IN THE NEWS
Statistics for Injuries and horse-                                had suffered head injuries, only 9% of these riders had
                                                                  been wearing helmets at the time of their accident. Other
riding                                                            injuries involved the chest (54%), abdomen (22%), and
Handling, riding, and driving horses has a number of health
                                                                  extremities (17%)..
benefits and risks.
                                                                      A German study reported that injuries in horse riding
   The Horse sport has had more than its share of bad pub-        are rare compared to other sports, but when they occur
licity in recent years. Maybe changing the rules to protect       they are severe. Specifically, they found that 40% of horse
riders would bring some positive press to equestrianism.          riding injuries were fractures, and only 15% were sprains.
Riding has some inherent risks, as when mounted, the              Furthermore the study noted that in Germany, one quarter
rider's head may be up to 4 m (13 ft) from the ground, and        of all sport related fatalities are caused by horse riding.
the horse may travel at a speed of up to 65 km/h                  Most horse related injuries are a result of falling from a
(40 mph). The injuries observed range from very minor             horse, which is the cause of 60-80% of all such reported
injuries to fatalities.                                           injuries. Another common cause of injury is being kicked
   A recent study in Germany reported that the relative risk      by a horse, which may cause skull fractures or severe
of injury from riding a horse, compared to riding a bicycle,      trauma to the internal organs. Some possible injuries re-
was 9 times higher for adolescents and 5.6 times higher           sulting from horse riding, with the percent indicating the
for younger children, but that riding a horse was less risky      amounts in relation to all injuries as reported by a New
than riding a moped. In Victoria, Australia search of state       Zealand study, include:
records found that equestrian sports had the third highest         Arm fracture or dislocation (31%)
incidence of serious injury, after motor sports and power
boating. In Greece, an analysis of a national registry esti-
                                                                   Head injury (21%)
mated the incidence of equestrian injury to be 21 per              Leg fracture or dislocation (15%)
100,000 person-years for farming and equestrian sports               Chest injury (33%)
combined, and 160 times higher for horse racing person-              In New South Wales, Australia a study of equestrians
nel. Other findings were that use of spurs may contribute to      seen at one hospital over a 6 year period found that 81%
ankle fractures and dislocations, and helmets likely pre-         were wearing a helmet at the time of injury, and that hel-
vent traumatic brain injuries.                                    met use both increased over time and was correlated with
   In the United States each year an estimated 30 million         a lower rate of admission. In the second half of the study
people ride horses, resulting in 50,000 emergency room            period, of the equestrians seen, only 14% were admitted.
visits (1 visit per 600 riders per year). A survey of 679         In contrast, a study of child equestrians seen at a hospital
equestrians in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho estimated            emergency room in Adelaide, South Australia reported
that at some time in their equestrian career one in five will     that 60% were admitted.
be seriously injured, resulting in hospitalization, surgery, or       In the United States, an analysis of National Electronic
long-term disability. Among survey respondents, novice            Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data performed by the
equestrians had incidence of any injury that was three-fold       Equestrian Medical Safety Association studied 78,279
over intermediates, fivefold over advanced equestrians,           horse-related injuries in 2007: "The most common injuries
and nearly eightfold over professionals. Approximately 100        included fractures (28.5%); contusions/abrasions (28.3%);
hours of experience are required to achieve a substantial
                                                                  strain/sprain (14.5%); internal injury (8.1%); lacerations
decline in the risk of injury. The survey authors conclude
                                                                  (5.7%); concussions (4.6%); dislocations (1.9%); and he-
that efforts to prevent equestrian injury should focus on
                                                                  matomas (1.2%). Most frequent injury sites are the lower
novice equestrians.
   The most common mechanism of injury is falling from            trunk (19.6%); head (15.0%); upper trunk (13.4%); shoul-
the horse, followed by being kicked, trampled, and bit.           der (8.2%); and wrist (6.8%). Within this study patients
About 3 out of 4 injuries are due to falling, broadly defined.    were treated and released (86.2%), were hospitalized
A broad definition of falling often includes being crushed        (8.7%), were transferred (3.6%), left without being treated
and being thrown from the horse, but when and being               (0.8%), remained for observation (0.6%), and arrived at
thrown from the horse, but when reported separately each          the hospital deceased (0.1%)."[
of these mechanisms may be more common than being
kicked. In Canada, a 10-year study of trauma center
patients injured while riding reported that although 48%
                                                              Page 8    HDS Newsletter April 2010
                  DRESSAGE IN THE NEWS

                            “I’ll have my tea
                             & biscuit now

HDS Newsletter April 2010                       Page 9
               DRESSAGE IN THE NEWS
‘Cinch Up for Sundance’
                                                              USDF Hall of Fame and Lifetime
Saturday May 1, 2010
                                                              Achievement Award Nomination
Seahorse Haven is hosting an event for Sundance Equine        Deadline!
Assisted Therapies, (SEAT) a 501(c)3 to raise money
through pledges for its therapeutic riding center for dis-    The time is now! Take the time to fill out a nomination
abled children and adults. Horsemen can ride out on the       form for a candidate you would like to be considered for
                                                              the 2010 USDF Hall of Fame or Lifetime Achievement
trails, race in the games, shop at the vendors and ob-        Award. The deadline, May 1st, 2010, is fast approaching.
serve all demonstrations. You can even sell a horse or        This is a great opportunity for you to assist USDF in recog-
two. 100% of all registration pledges go directly to SEAT.    nizing those individuals or horses that have made a sig-
Horsemen helping horsemen, raising money for a thera-         nificant contribution to the sport of dressage in the U.S. or
                                                              in their service to USDF.
peutic riding center and doing it in a way they know how:
riding horses.                                                Nomination criteria for both awards, as well as the nomi-
With your registration pledge you get lunch, raffle tickets   nation forms, are available online at or con-
and the following the demonstrations.                         tact Kim Sodt in the USDF office at (859) 271-7876 or
There is a new demonstration every hour starting at 9:00
 Dr. Patricia Brown - Integrated Medicine with Oste-        Nominations received after May 1st, 2010 will not be con-
     opathy Procedures
                                                              sidered until 2011.
 Hadley Young - Certified Equine Dentist; register on-
     line to reserve your appointment.
 Veterinary Demonstrations / Questions and Answers
 Javier Bonillo and His Dancing Andalusian Horse                           THANKYOU NOTE
     (trick horses)
 Cowboy Solution by Don Hutson (develop your com-           Dear Laurie (Jackson),
     munication with your horse)
 Vicky Rogers Carriage Rides                                This is a very belated thank you for the over
 Sherrie Reimers with H.E.A.R.T Holistic Energy Activa-     the top fabulous cooler. When I was in Florida
     tion & Realignment Ther-
     apy.                             (it was really cold this year!), Amalon got to
 Pam Hester from Singlefoot Farm will be showing off        wear it and he was the envy of everyone else
     her Saddlebred Gaited Horses                             who was asking how he got to win such a won-
 Griffin Kanter; Animal Communica-                          derful cooler. I made sure to plug that our local
                                                              GMO and awards folks were the best! It is
To register go to                      really a wonderful award and I love that he
                                                              won it and he gets to use it. Thank you so
                                                              much for all your hard work and wonderful ef-
                                                              forts on the awards. Super job!
                                                              Roxanne Jewell

                                                          Page 10    HDS Newsletter April 2010
                       HDS Schooling Show Results
           Solstice Farms St. Patty’s Day Show– 21 Mar 10                                    Hearthstone Stables Schooling Show– 27 Mar 10
                          Judge: Julie Berry                                                             Judge: Leslie Cummings
Division    Level      Test Rider                Horse                   Percent        Division        Level      Test Rider                    Horse                 Percent
Amateur                2    Leslie E. Cummings   Espresso                59.7368

Amateur     1st        1    Cyndi Craig          Faerijn                 61.0000        Amateur         Training   2    Jennifer Woullet         Foolish Luck          53.571
Junior      1st        1    Jerica Lang          Red                     55.6667        Amateur         Training   2    Evelyn Cambria           Bellavia              60.357
Amateur     1st        1    Deborah Botting      Red Kenya               62.6667        Amateur         Training   2    Jackie Edwards           Raphaella             66.786
Amateur     1st        1    Pam Santini          Taraincenclio (Enzo)    49.6667
                                                                                        Junior          Training   2    Jenny Howie              Sandro Sensation      65.714
Amateur     1st        3    Karla West-Dee       Enchanted Love Affair   54.8571        Amateur         Training   3    Jennifer Woullet         Foolish Luck          44.200
Amateur     1st        2    Cyndi Craig          Faerijn                 63.6111
                                                                                        Amateur         Training   3    Jackie Edwards           Raphaella             70.400
Junior      1st        2    Jerica Lang          Red                     53.3333        Amateur         Training   4    Evelyn Cambria           Bellavia              58.000
Open        1st        2    Cathy Strobel        Miss Signature Delux    63.3333        Junior          Training   4    Jenny Howie              Sandro Sensation      56.000
Amateur     1st        4    Karla West-Dee       Enchanted Love Affair   59.2105
                                                                                        Amateur         Training   4    Jennifer Woullet         Foolish Luck          50.000
                                                                                        Junior          Training   4    Emma Patterson           Blue Sprinkle         66.800
Junior      Training   1    Elizabeth Copper     Mr. Merlin              72.1739
                                                                                        Amateur         Training   4    Ellen Ruckert            Quigley               61.600
Amateur     Training   1    Candyce Beck Brake   My Odyssey              57.3913
Amateur     Training   1    Carla Codispoti      Gryphon                 53.9130
                                                                                        Junior          1st        1    Emma Patterson           Blue Sprinkle         60.333
Open        Training   1    Rachel Gray          April Fools             55.2174        Amateur                         Lynda Bergeron-
Open        Training   1    Denise Salazar       Rusty                   44.3478                        1st             Langston                 Kyra Von Foster       66.333
Amateur     Training   1    Paula Ticatch        LoverBoy                48.6957        Amateur         1st        1    Ellen Ruckert            Quigley               60.333
Amateur     Training   1    Cheryl White         Miss Signature Delux    61.3043        Junior          1st        2    Toni Gee                 Royal Fancy Pants     60.277
Amateur     Training   1    Nancy Zanetta        Wild Thing              57.3913
                                                                                        Amateur                         Lynda Bergeron-
Amateur     Training   1    Courtney Parkinson   Zephyr                  48.2609                                   2
                                                                                                        1st             Langston                 Kyra Von Foster       66.388
Junior                      Megan Rahlfs         Tabasco                                Junior          1st        4    Toni Gee                 Royal Fancy Pants     58.159
Amateur                     Pam Santini          Taraincenclio (Enzo)                   Junior          Intro      A    Maddie Hausmann          Fantistico De Caval   63.000
Amateur                     Karla West-Dee       Enchanted Love Affair
                                                                                        Junior          Intro      A    Michelle Johnson         Excalibur             62.000
            1st                                                          68.7500
                                                                                        Junior          Intro      B    Maddie Hausmann          Fantistico De Caval   64.500
Junior      Training   2    Elizabeth Copper     Mr. Merlin              72.8571        Junior          Intro      B    Jenny Howie              Tahoe                 53.500
Junior      Training   2    Megan Rahlfs         Tabasco                 59.2857        Junior          Intro      B    Michelle Johnson         Excalibur             61.500
Junior      Training   3    Megan Rahlfs         Tabasco                 61.2000        Junior                     1    Audrey Finck             Breaux                60.590
                                                                                        Junior                     1    Jessica Hausmann         Dipper                62.940
Amateur     Training   2    Candyce Beck Brake   My Odyssey              61.0714
                                                                                        Junior                     1    Julia Burt               Breaux                56.470
Amateur     Training   2    Carla Codispoti      Gryphon                 57.8571
Open        Training   2    Rachel Gray          April Fools             60.0000        Junior                     1    Julia Stein              Missy                 54.120
Amateur     Training   2    Nancy Zanetta        Wild Thing              64.6429        Junior                     1    Evie Udstuen             Breaux                55.880
Open        Training   2    Denise Salazar       Rusty                   48.5714        Junior                     2    Holly Harrison           Shadow Eclipse        63.810
Amateur     Training   2    Cheryl White         Miss Signature Delux    63.9286        Junior                     2    Catherine Baker          Dipper                66.190
Amateur     Training   3    Deborah Botting      Red Kenya               57.6000        Junior                     3    Maddie Hausmann          Fantistico De Caval   66.820
Amateur     Training   3    Candyce Beck Brake   My Odyssey              62.0000        Junior                     3    Audrey Finck             Tahoe                 57.270
Amateur     Training   3    Pam Santini          Taraincenclio (Enzo)    45.2000        Junior                     3    Holly Harrison           Shadow Eclipse        62.730
Amateur     Training   3    Paula Ticatch        LoverBoy                50.0000
Open        Training   3    Cathy Strobel        Miss Signature Delux    68.8000

                                                                                                                   Susan Stone
Amateur     Training   3    Nancy Zanetta        Wild Thing              59.6000

Amateur     Training   2    Courtney Parkinson   Zephyr                  53.5714
Amateur     Training   4    Emee Ermel           Ginuwine Solstice       64.8000                                            Bronze and silver

Amateur     Training   4    Paula Ticatch        LoverBoy                56.4000                                                 Medalist

Junior      Intro      A    Savannah Collier     Spirit                  52.5000
Amateur     Intro      A    Valerie Smith        Chica                   47.0000
Amateur     Intro      A    Rae Tucker           Bee Dots Com            51.5000

Junior      Intro      B    Savannah Collier     Spirit                  54.0000
Amateur     Intro      B    Valerie Smith        Chica                   46.5000
Amateur     Intro      B    Rae Tucker           Bee Dots Com            48.5000

                                Judge: Julie Berry

                                                                                                                             Lessons & Clinics

                                                                                                                            Board & Training

                                                                                   Page 11         HDS Newsletter April 2010
               HDS Schooling Show Results
         Court Farms Schooling Show – – 28 Mar 10
      HyHy Court Farms Schooling Show 28 Mar 10
                    Judge: Donna Meyer
                  Judge: Donna Meyer

Our March 28th show was well attended by many familiar
faces and numerous new ones! Everyone enjoyed riding in
the recently covered Dressage arena and we had many
compliments about the footing. Results, scores and point
accumulation for Year End Awards are available

Our March 28th show was well attended by many familiar
faces and numerous new ones! Everyone enjoyed riding in
the recently covered Dressage arena and we had many
compliments about the footing. Results, scores and point
accumulation for Year End Awards are available
HERE. Congratulations to the winners of our High Scoring
Sport Horse Versatility Ride award, Susan Verhoef and
Syd's West Liberty. Susan and her OTTB gelding scored a
58.82% on a challenging course to win. Congratulations

                                                       Page 12   HDS Newsletter April 2010
Equine Health & Wellbeing “A healthy horse is a happy horse”
Equine Colic, Continued from page 18                           Prognosis
                                                                  While colic is the second-most-common cause of death
 the closest referral center, among other considera-
                                                               in horses, most cases of colic have successful outcomes.
 tions. In general, horses that don’t respond to one or
                                                               According to one study, only 16.3% of colicking horses re-
 two doses of analgesics or sedatives or have other
                                                               quired surgery, and the overall mortality rate for colic was
 signs indicative of severe disease are typically referred
                                                               11%. In other words, almost 90% of horses recovered.
 to a hospital for advanced diagnostics and treatment,
 Surgical management                                               Fast Facts 
      The goals of surgery are to relieve pain, correct            ■ Colic is defined simply as the presence
 fluid an electrolyte imbalances, identify and repair the          of abdominal pain.
 cause of colic (e.g., removing a section of dead intes-           ■ Gastrointestinal system dysfunction is
                                                                   the most common cause of colic in
 tine, replacing displaced organs), and stimulate and
                                                                   horses, but pain originating from the heart
 maintain intestinal transit. Despite a successful sur-            (aortic rupture, etc.) or urogenital systems
 gery, post-operative complications—such as incisional             can alsocause a horse to be colicky.
 infections and swelling, laminitis, abdominal adhesion            ■ Common causes of colic include impac-
 (scar tissue) formation, and ileus (lack of gut motility)         tions, enteritis, displacements, torsion,
 — remain important causes of morbidity and mortality.             ileus, infarctions, obstructions, or intus-
                                                                   susceptions of virtually any component of
 Medical management                                                the gastrointestinal tract.
     Horses treated non-surgically are held off food and           ■ Not all cases of colic can be prevented,
 water, are routinely administered analgesics, and are             But appropriate and consistent manage-
 given fluids to restore and maintain appropriate hydra-
                                                                   ment will decrease the chances of colic.
 tion and electrolyte levels. Additional medications
 (depending on the underlying cause) can include anti-
 spasmodics, laxatives, and pro-motility agents.

                                                         Page 13    HDS Newsletter April 2010
Equine Health & Wellbeing “A healthy horse is a happy horse”
                                                                        (e.g., over-consumption of high energy feeds); pica
    Equine Colic                                                        (consuming non-food items); ingesting sand; exposure to
    (Reprinted from                                       (and consumption of) toxins, poisons, or molds; and stress
                                                                        secondary to changes in housing or daily routine/exercise or
Colic is a catch-all phrase in horses that means they                   transportation. Studies also have demonstrated that horses
have mild or severe discomfort in their abdomens                        with a history of colic or colic surgery are at risk for future
,                                                                       episodes.
     Colic is defined as the presence of abdominal pain. It is a
     non-specific, catch all phrase as there are multiple causes
                                                                        Call Your Veterinarian
     of colic. Colic episodes can occur suddenly or can be mild            If your horse is colicking, call your veterinarian immedi-
     and relatively self-limiting, waxing and waning over the           ately. If possible, check your horse’s vital signs (see The-
     course of several hours or even days. Signs of colic in   This information will assist your veteri-
     horses are variable and often depend on the severity, loca-        narian in establishing the severity of the colic episode and
     tion, and cause of the pain. Some typical signs of colic are:      whether or not your horse is likely to require referral to a
                                                                                                         Photo of (L-R) Steffen Peters, Jessica for your
                                                                        veterinary hospital for advanced care. While waitingRansehousen
      Lying down more than normal or getting
                                                                                                           any sources of to be used only in
                                                                        veterinarian to arrive, removeand Maxance McManamyfood and water.
      up and lying down repeatedly;                                                                    relation to this
                                                                                                                          that is and credited to Geoff
                                                                        If possible, move your horse to an areapress releasesafe in case
      Standing stretched out or urinating frequently;                                                  Oliver Bugbee
                                                                        he rolls, but do not put yourself in danger to do so. Do not
      Sweating, anxiety, trembling;                                   administer any medications before your horse has been ex-
      Flank watching;                                                 amined by the veterinarian.
      Inappetance and depression;
      Pawing the ground;                                              Diagnosis
      Decreased fecal output or diarrhea;                                Once your veterinarian arrives, she/he will perform a
      Kicking or biting the abdomen;                                  physical exam and ask questions regarding the history of
      Curling the upper lip repeatedly;                               this and previous colic episodes. In addition to measuring
      Sweating; and                                                   heart and respiratory rates and assessing hydration and
      Rolling or thrashing.                                           blood flow (perfusion),the veterinarian will auscultate (listen
                                                                        to) the horse’s abdomen to determine if the gut sounds are
Causes of Colic                                                         increased, decreased, or absent. A tube might be passed
       While dysfunction of the heart, musculoskeletal system,          through the horse’s nose to the stomach to determine if
     or urogenital tract can also cause a horse to colic, the ma-       there is excess fluid in the stomach. This fluid is referred to
     jority of colic episodes stem from the gastrointestinal            as “reflux.”The stomach has only a small volume and horses
     tract. A horse’s gastrointestinal system is complex in struc-      are unable to vomit. Thus it is important to ensure that fluid
     ture and function, and virtually any aspect of the gastroin-       from the small intestines is not “backing up” into the stom-
     testinal tract can be affected. Some of the more common            ach, causing distension, pain, or rupture. If a large volume of
     causes of colic (broken down by anatomic location) are             reflux is present, the veterinarian might elect to fasten then
     stomach ulcers, distension, tumors, and impactions. Here           asogastric tube to the halter to allow for repeated refluxing
     are locations and typical colic causes:                            (rather than repeatedly passing the tube).
                                                                           One of the most important aspects of assessing a colicky
        Small intestine Impactions, enteritis (inflammation of the      horse is the rectal examination. While a veterinarian’s arm is
     intestinal tract), displacements, torsions (twists), ileus (lack   small and a horse’s abdomen is large, a great deal of infor-
     of gut motility), infarctions (obstruction of blood supply to      mation can still be gleaned from a rectal exam. For example,
     the intestine), obstructions, and intussusception (one sec-        a veterinarian can palpate (feel) some impactions, displace-
     tion of the intestine telescopes inside another part and be-       ments, or gaseous distensions. Ultrasonography can also be
     comes entrapped).                                                  a useful diagnostic tool in colicking horses.

        Cecum Perforations, torsions, intussusceptions, infarc-         Treatment
     tions, and impactions.                                             The majority of colic cases can be successfully managed by
                                                                        the primary veterinarian on the farm. Analgesics (pain medi-
        Large intestine Gas distension, impactions, enteroliths         cations) and sedatives are the cornerstone of colic treat-
     (formation of “stones”), torsions, displacements, obstruc-         ment. Intravenous fluids or oral fluids and/or a laxative (e.g.,
     tions, and ulcers. In some cases, the inciting cause for a         mineral oil) are often included in the routine management of
     particular colic episode is never determined. Some of the          colic. When does a colicking horse need to be referred to a
     more common factors believed to contribute to colic in-            hospital? This is a difficult decision with no single answer. It
     clude (in no particular order) inadequate water intake; con-       depends on the severity of the colic, if the horse is insured,
     sumption of poor-quality feeds or abrupt changes in diet           whether a trailer is available, and the location of
                                                                                               (continued on page 21)
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                                                                     USDF REGION 9 NEWS
                                                                     “News Around the Region”
  Freestyle Seminar Weekend with Trenna                          Lungeing Workshop for Instructors with
  Atkins May 22-23, 2010                                         Gerhard Politz Date: May 14, 15 & 16
  Houston, TX                                                    Location: Diamond M Dressage Park, Marion
     We are inviting Region 9 members to participate in an       Tx, 78124
                                                                    Demonstration Horse and Riders needed.
  exciting Freestyle Seminar – classroom -weekend with
                                                                 I have a couple of out of town instructors that need a horse
  Trenna Atkins on May 22-23 in Houston, Texas
                                                                 to lunge and a horse that can lunge a rider calmly.
      Trenna Atkins has been instructing and training Dres-
  sage for over 35 years, riding and competing horses               Auditing is $30.00 a day or $35.00 if you want to get Uni-
  from Training through FEI. She has been a USEF judge           versity Credits for USDF
  since 1986 and has been a “Senior” rated judge for 9           Bring your own chair and food and no dogs please.
  years.                                                         Please arrive before workshop begins to register or wait until
     As a rider, Trenna earned her Bronze and Silver med-        you see a break before getting settled, you will be sitting
  als with USDF and has won Regional and National                with the Participating Instructors so that you can hear.
  awards, including two National USDF Horse of the Year             You will learn how to adjust the equipment, how to decide
  Awards in Musical Freestyle. Many of Trenna’s students         which equipment is best for what purpose and exercises for
  have also won USDF Regional Championships and have             riders to help them develop a better seat.
  achieved their USDF medals.                                    OR Participating Auditors $50.00 you can sit in on the theory
     In 2003, Trenna became part of the Faculty for the          sessions and have lunch and USDF Credits, you need to con-
  Learner Judges Program of USDF and is especially inter-        tact Vera to register in advance for PA.
  ested in helping to improve the use of multimedia in               Gerhard Politz is the new Chair for the Instructor/Trainer
  training Dressage Judges.                                      Council for USDF. His name is also on the USDF Lungeing
  CALL FOR VIDEOS:                                               Manual. Gerhard is excellent in teaching the techniques of
     We would like to have videos of our own region’s rid-
                                                                 lungeing and a lot of fun.
  ers to include among those Trenna will bring with her
                                                                 For demonstration or auditor application & more informa-
  from other national programs. If you have ever thought
  about riding to music—either by yourself in a freestyle or
  with others in a pas de deux or quadrille—this is your
  opportunity to have your horses’s gaits analyzed and
  appropriate music proposed for the level of competition
  you are considering—and your horse doesn’t have to at-
  tend the clinic!
     Trenna would like to show videos of people riding to-
  gether in pairs or groups of four at the basic gaits ( trot-
  ting and cantering in both directions, and a little bit of
  walk) and movements appropriate for the level you are
  considering, i.e. shoulder-in, half-pass, etc. This works
  best for horses of similar size, or length of stride. This
  does NOT have to be choreographed—simply trot and
  canter in line or in pairs.
       Regional Freestyle Committee Chair Susan Howard
  would like to have your videos in hand by April 28 so
  they may reach Trenna the first week of May.
       Please address questions to Susan How-
  ard, . Send your videos to her at
  8403 Zyle Road, Austin, Texas, 78737.

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                             
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                                          USDF REGION 9 NEWS
                                                         USDF REGION 9 NEWS
                                       “News Around the Region”
                                                      “News Around the Region”

The Olympic Dream Program for Advanced                              Committee members want to see riding proficiency
Young Riders --funded and administered by                         and commitment to training in the sport of dressage.
The Dressage Foundation                                           The 2010 applications are due April 30, 2010. Candi-
                                                                  dates are encouraged to apply early and follow direc-
   The Dressage Foundation Young Rider Olympic Dream              tions carefully.
Program is ready to go for the ninth year!
The concept of the program evolved as a result of former           This program is made possible by donors to The Dres-
Olympian Michael Poulin’s wish to offer an opportunity for        sage Foundation (TDF), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organi-
gifted Young Riders to enhance their understanding of dres-       zation whose mission is “To cultivate and provide finan-
sage theory through a European tour. The program is both          cial support for the advancement of Dressage.” Infor-
funded and administered by The Dressage Foundation of             mation on this extraordinary program is available on
which Poulin is a National Board Member.                          the TDF website: or you
                                                                  may contact Jenny Johnson or Beth Baumert:
  The 2010 trip is planned so as to maximize the possibility
that riders who wish to participate in the North American
Junior Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC) can apply. De-            Beth Baumert, Administrator
                                                                   Cloverleaf Dressage LLC
parture will be immediately after the final selection trial for    266 Route 87
the championships, and riders will return three weeks before       Columbia, CT 06237
the championship. Tentatively these dates have been set for        Telephone: 860-228-9242
June 28-July 8, 2010.                                              Fax: 860-228-4242 Email:

                                                                   Jenny Johnson
  The program is open to USDF Advanced Young Riders, rid-          The Dressage Foundation
ing at Fourth Level or above, who are 16-21 years of age.          Wells Fargo Center, Suite 732
Also, 22-year-old graduates of the 2009 Advanced Young             1248 ‘O’ Street
                                                                   Lincoln, NE 68508
Rider Program may apply. Participation in the NAJYRC is not        Telephone: 402-434-8585
required.                                                          Fax: 402-436-3053
  This year's chaperone will be Ann Guptill (CT). Ann is on the
faculty for USDF Instructor Certification and has been an          USDF Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award
active FEI competitor for many years. She represented the          Nomination Deadline!
United States at the Pan American Games in 1987 and con-           The time is now! Take the time to fill out a nomina-
tributed to winning the team silver medal.                         tion form for a candidate you would like to be con-
                                                                   sidered for the 2010 USDF Hall of Fame or Lifetime
                                                                   Achievement Award. The deadline, May 1st, 2010, is
  The current plan is to visit Ingrid Klimke, Jean Bemelmans,
                                                                   fast approaching. This is a great opportunity for you
Hubertus Schmidt and former American team coach, Klaus             to assist USDF in recognizing those individuals or
Balkenhol—depending on each trainer’s availability. While          horses that have made a significant contribution to
traveling, the young riders will record their observations in      the sport of dressage in the U.S. or in their service to
daily journals and chronicle the events with photos and video      USDF.
to share with their home dressage organizations.
                                                                   Nomination criteria for both awards, as well as the
A Selection Committee comprised of leading American dres-
                                                                   nomination forms, are available online at
sage persons selects four candidates based on their applica- or contact Kim Sodt in the USDF office
tions including an essay and written recommendations.              at (859) 271-7876 or

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                                                         July 2010
9-11          Blues City Dressage, Memphis, TN
              Sandy Donovan email:

17-18         Windy Knoll Farm Summer Dressage Show, Magnolia, TX
              Fran Dearing email:

31-Aug 1      DDC Lemonade Daze I & II, Irving, TX
              Michelann Tachibana email:
                                                       August 2010
28            Alamo Dressage Association, San Antonio Fall Dressage Show I & II, Boerne, TX
              Jan Colley email:
                                                      September 2010
4-5           HDS Laborious Day Shows I & II, Conroe, TX
              Kathy Jones email:

11-12         Reiterhof Dressage at Silver Hills III & IV, Austin, TX
              Susan Howard email:

18-19         DDC Yellow Rose I & II, Irving, TX
              Michelann Tachibana email:
              2011 NAJYRC Qual. ;

19            Topsider Farm Dressage Two, College Station, TX
              Ginni Cifelli email:

24-26         Texas Dressage Fall Classic I & II, Tyler, TX
              Kim Brunson email : or Susan Peacock email:

25-26         Windy Knoll Farm Fall Dressage Show, Magnolia, TX
              Fran Dearing email:
              2011 NAJYRC Qual. ;

25-           World Equestrian Games, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Tentative Dressage dates are Sept.
Oct. 10       26-Oct. 1. (For your planning purposes.)
                                                     October 2010
16-17      Lazy E Dressage Classic I & II, & Great Plains Championships, Guthrie, OK
           Stacia Wert-Gray email :
                                                 November 2010
4-7     GAIG/ USDF Regional Championships / SWDC HDS Dressage Show, Katy, TX
        Kathy Jones email:
        2011 NAJYRC Qual.
        (Shows, take note...last weekend to qualify would be September 25-26, 2010. Deadline for entries would
        be September 29, 2010. But, a show could apply for the special exemption that would allow the next

13-14      Turkey Trot Dressage, Clifton Farms, Hernando, MS.-
           Sandy Donovan

                                                                    HDS Newsletter April 2010
                                                        Page 19
                                 USDF Education / Events Calendar
                                                   March 2010

     6-7      USDF Region 9 Instructors Certification Course
              Teaching Workshop with Vicki O’Neil
              Diamond M Dressage Park, Marion TX
              Contact: Vera Muckleroy
              More information on the Instructor / Trainer page
     6-7      March 6-7 Classic Dressage Clinic with Reinhard A Dorsch at the Legacy Equestrian Center in
              Celina TX (north of Dallas). Contact: Jennifer Jones at ( email ) or 214-726-5873
     20-21    USDF Adult Clinics with Charlotte Bredahl- Baker (get application)
              Clifton Farms / Midsouth Dressage Academy
              6303 Robertson Gin Road
              Hernando, MS 38632
              (901) 449-0968
              Contact: Evie Tumlin (email)

     27-28    Jeff Ashton Moore Biomechanics II Symposium
              hosted by Oklahoma Dressage Society
              Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, Shawnee, OK
              Saturday-Rider Biomechanics / Sunday-Horse Biomechanics
              Morning lecture each day followed by demo riders in the afternoon. USDF University Accredited
              contact person: Anne Kuhns 918-272-4789

                                                    April 2010

     3-4      Charles de Kunffy Clinic
              Royal Equus Farm ; Taylor, TX
              Contact Jenna Stern ( email) or 512-626-4445

     10-11    Walter Zettl Clinic
              Silver Oaks Farm Kerrville, Texas
              Auditors welcome- $35 per day or $50 for the weekend.
              Contact Cindy Dix Weathersbee 830-792-3414

                                                    May 2010

     14-16    USDF Region 9 Instructors Certification Course
              Lungeing Workshop with Gerhard Politz
              Diamond M Dressage Park, Marion TX
              Contact: Vera Muckleroy
              More information on the Instructor / Trainer page

                                       USDF Regional Clinic Info
     March 20‐21, 2010 
     USDF Adult Clinics with Charlotte Bredahl‐ Baker (get application) 
     Clifton Farms / Midsouth Dressage Academy  
     6303 Robertson Gin Road 
     Hernando, MS 38632 
     Contact: Evie Tumlin (901) 449‐0968   (email) 

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                              
                   HDS Recognized Schooling Show Calendar 2010                                                   Page 21

    February 2010            

    2/14/10         Valentine's Day Ride‐a‐Test  
                    Solstice Farms, Houston, TX 
                    Insight from judge Leslie Cummings and trainer Marie Morgan 
                    Marie Morgan Flyer  

    2/21/10         Sienna Stables Missouri City, TX  Judge: Diane Rochau  
                    Cal Eller, Show Manager, 281‐723‐4009  
                    Laura Eller, Show Secy, 281‐778‐7433  
    March 2010 

    3/27/10         Hearthstone Riding Stable Houston, TX  Judge: Leslie Cummings  
                    Rebekah Wesatzke, Show Manager, 281‐398‐1665 
                    Jerry Lyons, Show Secy, 713‐516‐0211 
    April 2010 
    4/10/10‐        Sienna Stables 2 day show! Missouri City, TX   Judges: (1)Pam Grace  (2)Bess Reineman  
    4/11/10         Cal Eller, Show Manager, 281‐723‐4009  
                    Laura Eller, Show Secy, 281‐778‐7433  
    May 2010 

    5/2/10          Freestyle Farm Fulshear, TX      Judge: Sue Saylor  
                    Show Manager: Christy Raisbeck 
    5/8/10          Hearthstone Riding Stable Houston, TX   Judge: Kim Thompson Hoblit  
                    Rebekah Wesatzke, Show Manager, 281‐398‐1665 
                    Jerry Lyons, Show Secy, 713‐516‐0211 
    June 2010 
    6/26/10         Hearthstone Riding Stable Houston, TX  Judge: Grace Harris  
                    Rebekah Wesatzke, Show Manager, 281‐398‐1665 
                    Jerry Lyons, Show Secy, 713‐516‐0211 
    July 2010 
    7/11/10         Freestyle Farm Fulshear, TX   Judge: Leslie Cummings  
                    Show Manager: Christy Raisbeck 

    September 2010 
    9/19/10                 Freestyle Farm Fulshear, TX   Judge: Pam Grace Christy  
                            Show Manager: Christy Raisbeck 

    October 2010 
    10/9/10‐                Sienna Stables 2 day show! Missouri City, TX  Judges (1): Leslie Cummings (2) TBD 
    10/10/10                Cal Eller, Show Manager, 281‐723‐4009  
                            Laura Eller, Show Secy, 281‐778‐7433  
    10/16/10                Hearthstone Riding Stable Houston, TX   Judge: TBD  
                            Rebekah Wesatzke, Show Manager, 281‐398‐1665 
                            Jerry Lyons, Show Secy, 713‐516‐0211 
HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                            

        For full or 1/2 lease: "Rokkstar"‐10 year old gelding,15.2 hands,1/2 Arab‐1/2 Hanove‐
        rian.Very flashy chestnut with 4 white socks and a blaze.Was 2nd Level HDS Champion
        (with a junior rider).Great gaits & very sweet.Requires a confident rider.Must stay at             4/10/10  
        Hearthstone Riding Stables‐lessons available. For info con‐ 
        Wanted dressage horse to lease.  Must be sound and sane.  Would prefer School mas‐
        ter, but I have an open mind, and good seat.  Will ride in clinics with Heather Blitz and 
        Joanie Bolton when in town.  Will be kept @ facility w/ covered arena, huge turnout 
        pastures, and trails in Tomball. Teri @  713‐398‐6519 
        For Sale: Dutch gelding, rising 4 years. Bright orange chestnut, 4 white socks and a full 
        blaze, he is very bling! Imported last fall, he is currently 16.3, but is fairly narrow. Excep‐
        tionally trainable temperament, friendly and affectionate to handle. He is built very up‐
        hill, and has amazing balance for such a young horse ‐ his canter is incredible. By Silver‐       02/24/10 
        stone ex Goodtimes mare, he is bred to excel at jumping or dressage. He has been kept 
        in regular work, and has been hacked out and ridden with other horses. Serious inquir‐
        ies only please. 281‐382‐0766 Mary Nuttall 
        FOR LEASE: Gorgeous 9‐year‐old black Quarter Horse gelding, affectionate, easy to ride, 
        well‐trained in lower level dressage, reasonable lease rate with lessons available.  Sta‐
        bled at Willow Fork Ranch in Katy ( Call Sandra Adair at 281
        ‐395‐4262 or email 
        FOR LEASE OR SALE:  Lovely Arabian chestnut gelding, gentle, bomb‐proof, well‐trained 
        in dressage, reasonable lease rate and lessons available.  Stabled at Willow Fork Ranch 
        in Katy ( Call Sandra Adair at 281‐395‐4262 or email sta‐ 
        TACK & EQUIPMENT                                                                                        
        Eurofit Shadbelly‐ Ladies‐Navy‐ Size 14L‐55% polyester/45% Wool‐ Never worn‐$250, 
        Contact: Jeanette Snow at  
        Trilogy Verago for sale ‐ 17.5" MW. Elite leather, great saddle with a deep seat and nar‐
        row twist. Two years old, great condition, $2,700. 214‐621‐8830 or                                02/25/10 
        Vaulting Surcingle, literally brand new and never used, purchased from Charlotte's a 
        couple of years ago. $100  ph Mary Nuttall 281‐382‐0766 
        Gorgeous 17.5 wide Borne Saddle. Custom made deep seat with narrow twist for the 
        rider. Open headed tree with ample wither clearance for the horse. Less than one year              2/15/10  
        old. Unfortunately, horse outgrew. $2500. Contact Pam Sutton 281/507‐0743 

         Wintec Isabell synthetic saddle w/Cair panels and interchangeable gullet. 17" seat, 
         double stitched, half hole stirrup leathers, MDC comfort irons, rubber lined reins, bri‐
         dle, French link snaffle bit, and 2 schooling pads. All for $800. Saddle alone $500. All in 
         excellent condition. Women's large, white FITS breeches, worn 4 times, $150. North‐              02/02/10 
         ampton English made dress boots, size 8.5, wide calf, $100. Show pad $20. Email for 
         more info or pictures 
         Wintec Pro Dressage Saddle.  17", Medium Tree.  Older model that has been well kept 
         and is in excellent shape, but is a little faded.  Comes with Stirrups and Stirrup Leathers.  
         Perfect first saddle.  Asking $125.  Contact Kristina Ehrle‐Webb at 832‐689‐4169 or kris‐ 

HDS Newsletter April 2010                                                            

        WORK OPPORTUNITY                                                                                       
        Dressage and/or hunter/jumper trainer/instructor wanted for quality equine facility, 
        conveniently located in Montgomery County near The Woodlands. Facility offers modern 
        clean 12 x 12' stalls, warm water wash rack, individual or group paddock turnouts, cov‐           01/16/10 
        ered dressage and open jump arenas. Nice sandy footing.  For more information call 
        936.520.6156 or email 
        If you are looking for a new or used trailer, please visit Gulf Coast 4 Star, located in Con‐
        roe Texas. Gulf Coast 4 Star is the official trailer sponsor for The Houston Dressage Soci‐             
        ety. Two locations in Texas: I45 at Willis and I35 at Belton. 
        Sue Stone, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. Lessons or Clinics at my farm or yours. One 
        stall currently available, turnout, great covered arena with mirrors. Small, quiet facility in    01/01/10 
        Cypress. 281‐351‐5883. 
        Have you ever wondered what does it feel to do Dressage with a high quality Pure Span‐
        ish Breed horse? Now it is your opportunity to discover the gentlest breed for this ele‐
        gant discipline! Woodlands Equestrian Club has opened registration of its special pro‐
        gram “Spanish School of Equestrian Arts”. We are offering a 50% discount for your first           01/01/10 
        lessons with the Int’l Gran Prix competitor Marta Renilla on one of these spectacular 
        horses! Please visit for more info or call  832‐330‐
        6731  to schedule a lesson. 
        Grand Oaks Equestrian Center ‐ Located just north of Alvin off Hwy 6, this picturesque 
        facility is convenient to downtown Houston, Friendswood, Clear Lake and League City.  A 
        limited number of stalls are available for full board.  The covered arena is 20x40 meters, 
        well lit and has a combination of sand and rubber footing.  Full sized dressage arena out‐
        doors.  More information available at or call Kim at 281‐
        Crowndale Farm in Sealy has a small two bedroom new house for lease. Occasional 
        part time work weekends and evenings in return for low rent. Stall for horse possible.            02/17/10 
        Call 832‐865‐1122 for details. 
        Private boarding facility with controlled access gate in the Richmond/Katy area.  Eques‐
        trian friendly features include:  28, 12 by 12 stalls, 100' by 200' lighted, covered arena 
        with dressage layout and excellent footing, covered round pen, outdoor dressage/
        jumping arena, large turn out pastures, European horse walker, and a ¾ mile hunt 
        course along Jones Creek.  Professional services offered: dressage & jumper training, 
        conditioning & sale preparation of horses, mare foaling & boarding, stallion handling, 
        and collecting & shipping of semen.  Performance Horses for sale of all ages and ability 
        levels.  Conveniently located 15 minutes from Great South West Equestrian Center and 
        four miles from 99 Grand Parkway and the West Park Toll road.  Call Mary at 281‐344‐
        0828 or email 
        ROSEHILL DRESSAGE ‐ Private competition barn has 3 stalls available for boarding.  Cov‐
        ered arena with watering system, sand felt rubber footing and mirrors.  Roundpen, jump 
        chute, and large hayfield to ride around. Monthly clinics with Pati Pierucci who trained 
        extensively with Robert Dover and Martin Schaudt.   Enjoy our friendly relaxed atmos‐             01/01/10 
        phere with a lovely country feel to it.  All day turnout in grassy pastures.  We feed whole 
        foods and offer specialized individual care so that you have a happy healthy partner. 
        Tomball.  Contact Annie McChesney at 281‐433‐8208 or annie‐ 
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      profit tax exempt corporation

     Submissions of articles from
     HDS Members is encouraged!

             Jeanette Snow

President  Page Story Headline
                                                 Clinics/Education/Scholarships                  Recognized Shows 
Kathy Jones                                      Karen Sannan                                    Kathy Jones                                   
       This story
281‐955‐0803  can fit 175-225            newsletter a personal touch.                            clip art
                                                                          good place to insert a 281‐955‐0803 
       words.                            If your organization is small,   image or some other graphic.
                                         you may want to list the
         If your newsletter is folded            of all employees.
                                         names Junior/Young Riders 
Vice President                                                                                   Schooling Shows 
Cal Eller  mailed, this story will               Sandra Kinkead                                  Lynda Langston 
         appear on  the back. So, it’s a   If you have any prices of stan-
         good idea to make it easy to
281‐723‐4009                             dard products or services,
                                                 281‐450‐7853                                    713‐806‐4923  
         read at a glance.               you can include a listing of
                                         those here. You may want to
       A question and answer ses-
Membership  a good way to quickly        refer your readers to any
                                                 Awards Chair                                    Historian/Recorder 
       sion is
Karen Peacock  the attention of read-    other forms of communica-
                                                 Laurie Jackson                                  Karen Roepke 
       capture                           tion that you’ve created for
       ers. You can either compile                      your organization.
                                                 713‐471‐5775                                    713‐503‐0363 
       questions that you’ve re-
       ceived since the last edition     You can also use this space
       or you can summarize some         to remind readers to mark
Secretary                                        Special Events                               Volunteer Coordinator 
Charles Saltzer  questions that are      their calendars for a regular
                                                 Sylvia Workman                               Jane Holman 
       frequently asked about  your          event, such as a breakfast
281‐793‐8197                             meeting for vendors every
                                         third Tuesday of the month,
       A listing of names and titles
Treasurer                                or a biannual charity auction.
                                                 Publications/Website                         Advertising & Sponsorship 
       of managers in your organiza-
Margaret Dhont good way to give your
       tion is a                                 Jeanette Snow 
                                         If space is available, this is a                     Nisse Pedigo                              
713‐662‐2887                                     281‐533‐0371                                  

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