CDS Board Meeting Schedule: March 14, 2017 Four Points (San Jose)
June 5, 2017 (Conference Call),
September 6, 2017 Atrium Hotel (Irvine)
November 14, 2017 Atrium Hotel (Irvine)
January 19-21, 2018 Annual Meeting and Symposium (Sacramento and Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center)
The purpose of the California Dressage Society (the “Society”) shall be to foster an interest among horsemen and horsewomen in Dressage. Dressage (French for training or schooling), as an equitation term, means the gradual harmonious development of the horse’s physical and mental condition with the aim of improving its natural gaits and creating a perfect understanding with its rider.
The program of the Society shall be educational and shall be designed primarily to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with the schooling of themselves and their horses. Activities shall be directed toward a better general understanding of Dressage. Competitions are one means of demonstrating the progress of horses and riders. The welfare of the horse is of the highest priority at all times.
CDS Annual Meeting and Symposium
Embassy Suites Sacramento and Starr Vaughn Equestrian
January 19-21, 2018
Starting in January CDS heads into its next 50 years with the Executive Board Meeting, Annual Meeting, and Symposium January 19-21. If you have never attended an Executive Board Meeting this one on the 19th is a good one to attend. We will be reviewing all the plans for the year and talk about our plans for the future as well as approving the budgets. It’s a great opportunity to see all that CDS does for the members and find out how you can get involved. The Annual Meeting on the 20th is a time for representatives from each chapter to get together and share what is going on locally and what they have planned in the upcoming year. It is also a great opportunity for the chapters to share ideas and look for ways to collaborate on events and ideas.
Saturday evening’s awards banquet is a great time to celebrate with friends, everyone’s accomplishments for the year.
Saturday afternoon Willy Arts and David Wightman will give a Young Horse Introduction at the Embassy Suites from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Finally, our Symposium is Sunday the 21st at Starr Vaughn Equestrian. The title of the Symposium is “So I have this young horse, now what do I do with it?” with our presenters Willy Arts and David Wightman. Both presenters have bred, raised, and competed at the national and international level on horses they have bred and raised. Willy has campaigned countless young horses, qualifying and attending the National Young Horse Championships many times. Additionally, he and many of his clients have competed successfully on the DG Bar bred horses, participating in CDS Championships and the Futurity each year. David Wightman has trained many top young horses over the years competing in the National Young Horse Championships and traveling to Europe to compete in the World Young Horse Championships. David and his clients enjoy much success in the competition arena, regularly participating in the CDS Championships and Futurity. Together Willy and David will discuss and demonstrate starting a young horse and training a young horse through the levels by giving them a foundation for success. They will also discuss evaluating your young horse and how you can decide the correct path for you and your horse with your long-term goals in mind.
14 Horses from yearlings to Intermediaire 2 will demonstrate the journey through the training scale.
Now if you are thinking, “I don’t have a young horse so there won’t be anything there for me”, you are wrong. These tips and training will lay the foundation for all your training and can be built on. It is so important to reinforce all these basics throughout all your training, whether you are just starting your horse under saddle or ready to go down centerline in the Grand Prix arena. It is a great time and educational for all, I hope to see you there. REGISTER
Go to www.sacramento.embassysuites.com and make a reservation using the group/convention code: CDS.
Call (916) 326-5000 and ask for the CA Dressage Society discount rate.
FRIDAY, JAN 19 - EMBASSY SUITES, SACRAMENTO, CA
10:00 am – 5:00 pm CDS EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING ~ Guests Welcome
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm WELCOME PARTY - light hors d’oeuvres
SATURDAY, JAN 20 - EMBASSY SUITES, SACRAMENTO, CA
7:00 am - 8:00 am REGISTRATION AND FREE FULL BREAKFAST BUFFET
8:00 am - 10:00 am PRESIDENT’S REPORT, ANNUAL MEETING
10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK ~ SILENT AUCTION BEGINS
10:15 am – 12:00 am CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE REGIONAL MEETINGS
12:00 am – 1:30 pm CHAPTER CHAIRS LUNCH, SILENT AUCTION
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm REGIONAL REPORTS AND DISCUSSION
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm OPEN FORUM FOR INPUT AND FEEDBACK
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm YOUNG HORSE INTRODUCTION - ARTS / WIGHTMAN
SATURDAY DINNER: REGISTRATION REQUIRED $65 / $75.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SOCIAL HOUR ~ NO HOST BAR
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm GALA DINNER, AWARDS PRESENTATION
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 ~ $75/90 FEE ~ STARR VAUGHN EQ
8:00 am - 3:30PM STARTING, TRAINING, SHOWING
THE YOUNG HORSE DEMONSTRATIONS
SILENT AUCTION CONTINUES - MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
CDS Championship Show Update
Over the last six years, the CDS Championship Show has experienced and enjoyed record participation by our membership. But this growth has also brought some difficulties, and based on feedback collected via hundreds of surveys submitted by actual Championship competitors over the last five years, the CDS Executive Board has approved and is implementing some significant changes to the 2018 Championship Show. While the continued financial health of the CDS Championship Show is important (as these proceeds fund other valuable CDS programs, the majority of which are designed for Adult Amateurs and Juniors/Young Riders), the Board’s utmost priority is a positive Championship experience for competitors, as well as ensuring the welfare of the horse.
Here are the changes to the 2018 CDS Championship Show, as passed by the CDS Board:
1. CDS will not apply to host the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships-West Coast Final. For many years we have held the breed show championships in conjunction with the CDS Championship Show. Unfortunately, despite a multitude of efforts to encourage participation and showcase the breed show championships, we have been unable to find a successful way to attract more competitors and hold this division without creating a distraction for the other CDS Championship classes going on at the same time. The Board felt that the breed show championships would have more of an opportunity to thrive at a show that has the space and time to better showcase the event as well as be a cheaper option for the breed show participants.
2. The CDS 4, 5, and 6-year-old Futurity Adult Amateur divisions will be combined back into the Open division. The purpose of the CDS Futurity is to be about identifying and rewarding promising equine talent and was originally designed to be a head-to-head competition of young horses. In an effort to modernize and revitalize the program, an amateur division was added and the futurity was split by age group – an idea which was popular in concept and seemed to initially renew interest in the program. However, participation numbers have failed to support the concept, and the few amateurs who did support the divisions were often disappointed that there little prize money due to lack of division entries – in fact, they did not even win back their nominating fees. Therefore, in an effort to refocus the program on talented young horses (regardless of rider), the Board voted to combine the Futurity back into one division for each age category (as originally designed) and add an Amateur Award for the highest scoring amateur in each age group. The Futurity will continue to have two rides per division and we will look at scheduling the Futurity to make it a bigger showcase of the show.
3. CDS Horse of the Year classes will now consist of one ride in front of three judges. There was a lot of discussion on this change both in the Championship Show Committee meeting and the CDS Executive Board meeting, and a multitude of reasons factored into the decisions. The bottom line is that the CDS Championship Show has enjoyed record participation recently – which is a good “problem” to have, but it has presented some challenges, including for facilities, staff, officials, competitor enjoyment, and welfare of the horse. Feedback from competitors indicated dismay with very long competition days spent trying to juggle a multitude of rides; tired horses; unavoidable scheduling conflicts between rings; and a lack of time for exhibitors to simply enjoy the Championship experience. Other than extending the competition to add more show days (which means competitors have to spend even more time away from home, and exponentially more expense for everyone) or limit entries (which could restrict competitive opportunities for members), the Board realized they had to make a difficult decision. It was not easy, but in looking at the big picture of what is going on nationally, the time that will be freed up in the schedule, and the time it will give competitors during the show to participate in all the classes they have qualified for, it became clear that this is the direction we needed to go. The idea of the third judge was incorporated to give a judging perspective that not many competitors get the opportunity to ride in front of, provide more of an elite championship experience, as well as serve to help keep a consistent average score for each competitor.
4. Increase the prize money for CDS Horse of the Year classes from $1,000 to $1,500. There has never been an increase in prize money since CDS first offered prize money at the Championship Show, and the Board felt it is time to increase the prize money to better reflect and reward the level of competition. This increase will go into effect pending Budget and Finance Committee approval.
5. The qualifying score for First Level through Fourth level Freestyles will be increased from 62% to 64%. This means that competitors will need two scores from two judges and will have to provide proof of having ridden the highest current test of the level of your freestyle. Freestyle divisions have experienced exponential growth over the last of couple years, and this change was made in an effort to maintain the quality of the freestyles in this growing division and remain consistent with what is going on nationally.
6. For CDS Championships and CDS Jr/YR Championships there will be a nominating fee of $25 for horse/rider/level for all divisions of qualified rides. This minimal fee is to keep our championship show consistent with other championships shows and national level competitions. The funds will be used for the show to enhance the overall show experience, and any profits from the show will be put into the general fund and used to fund other CDS programs like the adult amateur clinics. Please note non-qualifying classes like the Futurity will not have a nominating fee.
CDS welcomes your input and feedback, please address all comments to
Equine Organizations Pull Together to Provide Disaster Relief
From the US Equestrian Communications Department
The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund has received incredibly generous support from the equestrian community, with over half a million dollars raised to date in response to the devastation and flooding caused recently by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. With raging wildfires spreading throughout areas of California, there is still a need for funding to directly assist equines who are victims of natural disasters such as these.
As the wildfires continue to spread and cause devastation in California, US Equestrian is working with organizations on the ground providing aid to ensure the support helps as many horses as possible. You can designate your donation for California fires.
The California Dressage Society, formed in 1967, is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering interest in dressage. It is one of the largest dressage organizations in the nation with more than 3,500 individual members in its 31 Chapters and a rich history of equestrian sport on the West Coast.
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