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The California Dressage Society
is an organization whose purpose is to foster an interest among horsemen in Dressage. The program of the Society is educational, designed primarily to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with the schooling of themselves and their horses.
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CDS Elections -
At Large Director - Pat Hart
Southern Director - Kristin Young
Northern Director - Tracy Underwood
Congratulations and thank you to all the candidates.
Featuring Sport Horse Judges William Solyntjes and Kristi Wysocki
JANUARY 22-24, 2016 ~ STARR VAUGHN EQUESTRIAN, ELK GROVE, CA
Something for Everyone Evaluating the Sport Horse Form and Function:
The 2016 CDS Symposium Presented by DressageClinic.com
By Nan Meek
CDS Symposiums have long been a highlight of the California dressage calendar, often starring world-famous trainers as presenters: Kyra Kyrklund, Debbie McDonald, Conrad Schumacher, and Christine Stuckelberger to name just a few.
This year’s Symposium takes a new approach – it stars the horse itself, “Evaluating the Sport Horse Form and Function,” presented by two renowned dressage professors who are esteemed trainers, judges, breeders and teachers: Kristi Wysocki and William Solyntjes. It was a stellar hit when they headlined the 2013 USDF Convention in Kentucky, and has been talked about ever since as an outstanding educational event.
“There’s something for everyone,” said CDS President Kevin Reinig, and that’s the reason every CDS member (and horse friend, and barn buddy) should attend. “This subject relates to every horse, including the horse you ride now, the horse on your shopping list, and the horse you may wish to breed. As dressage riders, it’s a tremendous advantage to understand how conformation relates to biomechanics, and how that relates to training and competition.”
Instead of the usual Sunday-only training and riding demonstration, this year’s format straddles two days, with options for attending either day or both. Saturday afternoon’s classroom lecture at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Hotel lays the foundation for Sunday’s demonstration at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in Elk Grove, so attending both sessions is highly recommended.
Did you groan when you read “classroom lecture”? Don’t – you are guaranteed not to fall asleep. On the contrary, Kristi and Bill communicate the theory and principles of conformation with humor, examples, and interactive methods of evaluating conformation. Discussion is all about real horses, real issues, real information that you can use the minute you get back to the barn.
Then, you’ll spend all of Sunday watching live demonstrations with sport horses of all types, not just warmbloods. Kevin promises an equal opportunity lineup of various breeds and types that are seen in dressage arenas throughout the state, including Arabian, Andalusian, Halflinger, pony, jumper, Friesian/Thoroughbred cross, and a few warmbloods, too.
Sunday morning will be devoted to horses in hand, and Sunday afternoon to horses under saddle. All the information you absorbed in the classroom lecture will be put into practice, applied to the demo horses who are not the perfect sport horse but more like the horses we all ride and love.
If you’ve ever wondered whether attending the CDS Symposium was worth a weekend away from the barn, wonder no more. This is the weekend to soak up practical, useful information that can make a world of difference to you and every horse you ride, now and into the future.
See you there!