submitted by the Bayside Chapter
The PVDA Bayside Chapter, under the leadership of Anne Thibo and Joy St. Landau, has yet again organized a fun and successful schooling show. This was our 4th annual dressage show, and our membership base continues to grow. Each year we are able to increase our activities and continue to pick various locations for our events, to better accommodate the vast area we represent.
A huge thank you to “Horses in Harmony,” a top notch dressage facility in Preston owned by Debbie Hill and managed by Jackie Kinney. The place looked superb and the attention to detail was visible with cute decorations reminding us of the “Kentucky Derby Weekend.” Our volunteers were plenty full this time so everyone had some time to enjoy!
Darcy Miller from PA, an L program graduate, was our judge this year, and we truly appreciated her honest feedback, accuracy of judging and valuable critiques. She did not know any riders at our show and therefore we felt she did a great job in being objective! She judged for us with the objective of preparing the riders for upcoming rated show this year.
We had all Intro Levels, Training Levels and First Levels represented, as well as a Third Level and a Freestyle test. For the first time we were able to capture 12 Junior riders and show them how fun dressage can, and should, be
The most fun was definitely had by all spectators and riders during the “Prix Caprilli” tests. This was a Training Level test ridden in the large Dressage arena, which included three jumps, either 2’ or 2’6”. The test is judged on your accuracy, seat and jumping ability and control. Two of the fences get jumped twice….everyone enjoyed it and it certainly livened up the dressage atmosphere. We will definitely do it again!
A special thank you to our class sponsors: Kingstown Feedstore, Chestertown; Masts Tack and Repair, Smyrna, De; Jewelry by Bobbie McDonald; Out of the Fire Restaurant, Easton; PonyTailArt.com; Out Back Tack, Easton and Horses in Harmony, Preston!!!
We had a full day with almost 60 rides, wonderful food prepared by volunteers Shawn and Bobbie McDonald, and the weather cooperated with a mix of sun and clouds. Everyone had a great time socializing and it was nice to see so many different disciplines sharing the same passions: horsemanship and camaraderie.
Special Awards were given to the following riders:
- Jackie Kinney on Dylan a Friesian-Paint Cross for High Score Champion
- Ulla Parker on La Bella Donna, a 5 yr old Oldenburg for Reserve High Score Champion
- Megan Byrne on Smitty received the High Score Junior Award on her Paint cross
- Holly Covey on Nice Guy, a 5 yr old OTTB, received the Highest OTTB Award
- Wendy Gast on Rollick Again, a Trakehner cross received the Best Turned Out Award
The May issue is now in stores! Do you have an off-the-track Thoroughbred? The new Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series has classes for OTTB dressage horse. Grab a May issue for details. Plus, heading to Black-Eyed Susan or Preakness this year? Find a Preakness Preview in the May issue as well and read about the faces behind the Preakness Stakes.
by Alexa Easton
The Potomac Valley Dressage Association spring dressage schooling shows proved to be quite successful for Marylanders this year, with several of them consistently placing at the top of the ribbons.
At the Mountain View Show held on April 6th, Stacy Charland and Royal Walk won the Intro Level Test A division. Anne Buckman also took home the blue aboard AF Free State in Intro Level Test B with a competitive score of 70.625%. Winning the USEA Beginner Novice Test A division was Elizabeth Rivera on Consuela. Kelsey Siegel of Chevy Chase won the Training Level Test 1 division with Deacon’s Winter Storm. Cheryl Loane had a great day, taking home three blue ribbons: Intro Level Test C with Cole, and Training Level Test 2 and 3 with BF Marie. Shannon Pedlar had a great ride on Lhebanon, winning the First Level Test 2 division.
Schooley Mill hosted the next show the following week on April 13-14. Here, Katrina Diclaudio and Days End Farm’s Ladies Man won both the Intro Level Test A and Intro Level Test B divisions. Alyssa Summers and Renaissance Man took home the blues in the Intro Level Test C and Training Level Test 1 divisions. Jaclyn Sink on Orchestrated by Prelude won the Training Level Test 2 division while Emmy Benton and Days End Nekyia finished first in the Training Level Test 3 division. Logan Elliot aboard Eternaluma won the Second Level Test 2 division. Ema Klugman and Southern Tango, the only pair in the USEA Preliminary Test A division, inevitably took home the blue with a score of 63.636%.
The following day, Marylanders took the lead once again. Starting the day off was Jennifer Martin and CMA Drama Queen, taking first and second in the USEA Beginner Novice Test B division. Sophia Fisherman and Face the Music pulled a competitive score of 74.375% to win the Intro Level Test A division comprised of eight pairs. With a very impressive score of 80.313%, Patricia Artimovich and Cezanne won the Intro Level Test B division. Sarah Hume and Blaze took first place in the Intro Level Test C division. Annika Meurs won both the Training Level Test 2 and 3 divisions with Major Bay. Ali Calkins and I See Stars won the First Level Test 1 division while Susan Gadomski and Lino took the blue in the First Level Test 2 division. Winning the Third Level Test 2 division was Samantha Sandler and Zackary. Whitney Johnson of Elkridge with her mount Lion’s Share won the Training Level Test 1 division. They also shared the win in the Pas de Deux with Candace Snell and Ralpal on a score of 77.000%.
The Sugarloaf Show was held on April 21. Winning the first division of Intro Level Test B was Elizabeth Stoneham on Onyx. Ari Katz and Wiscasette won the second division with a score of 75.313%. Carolyn Akin of Gaithersburg and Magic Midnight won the first Intro Level Test C division while Cheryl Loane and Cole won the second. Jenn Stafford and One Would Think took the blue in both the Intro Level Test A and USEA Beginner Novice Test A divisions. Kate Light and Levi won the first Training Level Test 1 division while Elizabeth Heubisch and Mythic Oden came out on top in a field of nine in the Training Level Test 2 division. Karen Baker and Genivee won the Training Level Test 3 division. The First Level Test 1 division was won by Deborah Thompson on S’and Finale while Dana Harrison with Blue and White Bravo finished first in both the First Level Test 2 and the First Level Rider Test divisions. Susan Gadomski of Germantown won the First Level Test 3 division with Lino. Kathy Abbett and Whippoorwill Dorado won the Second Level Test 1 division comprised of six competitors. Jennifer Drescher on Blue and White Raven won the FEI Intermediare I division. Traci Melvin put in a beautiful test with Song of Solomon to win the USDF Freestyle TOC division.
The U.S. will field two dressage teams for the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* (presented by Stillpoint Farm, April 11-14). Chris Hickey of Colora was selected for the U.S. Team II and will be riding Hilltop Farm’s Witness Hilltop in the Prix St. Georges tests. Hickey was also recently appointed to the USEF Dressage Committee as an appointed athlete.
Just a friendly reminder from the USEF about changes to the helmet rule, which goes into effect on April 1, 2013.
Reminder: Protective Headgear Rule Change for Dressage to Go into Effect April 1, 2013
From the USEF Dressage Department
Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) wishes to remind all dressage competitors of the rule change to DR120. This change goes into effect on April 1, 2013 and necessitates the usage of protective headgear by anyone mounted on the grounds at all USEF dressage competitions.
DR120 has been amended to require protective headgear as follows:
From the time horses are officially admitted to the competition grounds by competition management, anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds including non-competing riders, riders on non-competing horses, and those competing in all classes and tests, including Para-Equestrian tests must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801. Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place. Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI(Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. The harness must be secured and properly fitted.
If there are questions regarding this rule or the use of protective headgear at USEF dressage competitions please contact Hallye Griffin by email at email@example.com or by phone (859) 225-6918.
The following riders earned Medals through the U.S. Dressage Association during the 2012 competition season. If you earned a Medal last year and do not see your name below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list. Don’t forget to go to one of these locations and grab a February Equiery for plenty of photos of award winners. More photos will be posted on the Archives of equiery.com at the end of the month.
Bronze Medal (scores earned from First, Second and Third Levels)
Gold Medal (scores earned from Intermediaire and Grand Prix levels)
Below are the high point winners for the Maryland Dressage Association. To see photos, grab a February issue at one of these locations today! Check the archives page of equiery.com for more photos at the end of the month.
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Congratulations to the following riders on earning Champion or Reserve Champion year-end awards for their high scores at Potomac Valley Dressage Association competitions in 2012. You can see photos of some of the winners in the February Equiery, found at these locations. More photos will be posted on the Archives page of equiery.com at the end of the month.
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The Equiery’s February Who’s Who issue is coming up and we need photos of year-end award winners! If you have won a local or national year-end award (champion or reserve champion), please send a high resolution photo to email@example.com by January 10.
Include the following information:
- award winner’s name
- horse’s name
- series/organization name (example: Potomac Valley Dressage Association)
- award name (example: First Level Jr/YR) and champion or reserve champion
- photographer’s name*
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Kudos to Judy McGaughan and her horse Ragtime (Rosenthal x Clintino), who won the inaugural Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series Final for 4-year-olds in Wellington, Florida. To read more about the horse and competition, click here.