A Message from the Regional Director Via the USDF E-Newsletter

Region 7 Director:

Carolyn Tice

A Message from the Regional Director

Hi all ~

Region 7 is very fortunate to have Cassidy Gallman as our newly appointed Jr/Yr Coordinator. Cassidy brings her enthusiasm and numerous wonderful ideas to this appointment. Her time spent involved with NAJYRC will be put to good use! We are looking forward to great things for our Junior/Young Riders.

How do you stop a drought? You schedule a great Symposium! CDS held their 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Symposium on January 21-22 in Del Mar, CA. The presenters included Charlotte Bredahl, Christine Taurig, Steffan Peters and founding member Hilda Gurney. On Friday warm-up day, the rain and wind caused vendors, coaches and riders to wear rain gear and hold umbrellas inside the covered arena at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in a futile attempt to stay dry. Fortunately Saturday was sunny with no wind and the information was wonderful. Sunday the rain held off until time to tear down and allowed the attendees to watch the presenters again create magic with the demo riders. CDS rolled out their 50th Anniversary Year Book with pages and pages of articles, information and pictures from their "birth" to present day. Well worth the read!

Take care and good riding ~

Show Your Pony!

The CDS Pony Award is a ribbon that goes to the high scoring pony at EACH CDS recognized show. The shows identify the high scoring pony in their results and the CDS Central Office sends out the award to the pony and pony rider. All pony riders should inform show management that they would like to be eligible for the pony award and to be designated on the results cover sheet if they are the high score pony. To be eligible, all ponies must have a current USEF Pony Measurement Card. CDS will also offer a Year End Award for the overall highest scoring pony Training and above in three divisions: Open, Amateur and Junior. For more info please go to California Dressage Society.

Special Meeting

Aloha State Dressage Society new and current members are invited to a Special ASDS meeting on Saturday, February 25 for members to meet the current Board of Directors. Information about the upcoming shows and events the GMO will be hosting will be presented, with the first show scheduled for April 8 & 9. For more information and details please go to Aloha State Dressage Society.

Annual Awards celebration

Hawaii State Dressage Society is gearing up to celebrate and honor their members' accomplishments in 2016 at their Annual Awards banquet to be held March 4, 2017. And HSDS will not slow down during the month of March as they will be supporting their first sanctioned show, held at the Haku Baldwin Center on March 18 with Thomas Poulin as judge.

2017 Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinics

The CDS Adult Amateur Clinics are named the Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinics in honor of Linda O'Carroll who donated an endowment fund to CDS to help fund Amateur riders' dressage education. As has often been pointed out, the base of the pyramid that represents the discipline of dressage is filled with the Adult Amateurs who juggle work, home, finances, health and any number of other impediments to participation. Linda was such an individual; her choices were always for the good of the horse, for the benefit of the sport. The 2017 Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic clinician will be Hilda Gurney. Regional organizers: Central - April 28-30 at Golden Hills, Paso Robles please contact Ellen Corob 805-544-7151. South - May 5-7 at W Farms, Chino Hills please contact Nicole Bhathal 805-750-0065. North - June 9-11 at Pacific Equestrian Center please contact Mari Naten 916-687-8035 or for more info go to California Dressage Society.


The Dressage Association of Southern California held their Year End Awards Presentation at a dinner held on January 15, 2017. Barbara Filkins continues as the President of DASC. For more information on their awards and events, please go to Dressage Association of Southern California.

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