Final Champions Crowned on Fourth Day of Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

The final group of 2019 champions were crowned Sunday at the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, held September 19-22, 2019 in Rancho Murieta. 

Kelly Prayter Finds a New Reason to Smile on the Third Day of Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Kelly Prayter and her American Warmblood gelding Hemingway are all smiles after winning the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Adult Amateur Third Level Championship at the 2019 CDS Championship Show. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Kelly Prayter and her American Warmblood gelding Hemingway are all smiles after winning the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Adult Amateur Third Level Championship at the 2019 CDS Championship Show. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Kelly Prayter’s 11-year-old American Warmblood gelding Hemingway may be the most colorful horse in his Third Level class at the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 19-22 in Rancho Murieta. But on Saturday he proved to be much more than just a pretty face as he carried Prayter of Elk Grove, Cal. (Valley Oaks Chapter) to earn top marks under both judges for the unanimous win in the Great American/USDF Region 7 Third Level Adult Amateur Championship with a score of 67.875%.

Besides winning championship ribbons, Hemingway is close to Prayter’s heart for other reasons. “I’m recently widowed, so I took a long break from showing and this was my first season back,” she explained. “It was a great feeling to get back out there and have it go so well. My horse has been a huge part of my healing so he’s very, very special to me.”

Prayter found Hemingway when he was just five years old, and admitted she fell in love with him right away. “He’s actually a quarter Friesian, a quarter Dutch Warmblood and half Hanoverian. The color comes from his sire LSH Cadence in Color, who was a Friesian Sport Horse by Art Deco,” Prayter noted. “My trainer Heidi Chote trained Cadence to Grand Prix, so all of us at the barn fell in love with him and became acquainted with some of his babies, including Hemingway, who as a youngster was with his breeder Michele Dodge. He was always my favorite – he has this spark and presence about him. Hemi’s half-brother also by Cadence [named Tennyson M] won a Second Level title yesterday, so it’s this really cool family affair here this weekend.”

Prayter, who works in human resources for Sacramento County when not in the saddle, came to the Murieta Equestrian Center to enjoy the experience, but not with any expectations in mind of winning a championship. “I knew my Third Level division was big with a lot of nice horses, so I was going to be thrilled just to end up in the top five,” she noted. “Hemi can be a little tense away from home so it’s always a little bit of a question mark if he’s going to be on my aids in the ring, but he felt so great today – it was awesome from the moment I got on. Hemi is a powerhouse so he loves to be big and fancy in the extensions, but oddly enough my favorite part of our test today was our halt and rein back. One of the judges even commented on it as I was walking out, which is kind of ironic because it’s the one movement I always forget to do. It’s in such a random spot during the test so I forget about it, and then receive an error. I was so happy just to remember it today and nail it.”

Additional Great American/USDF Region 7 championships were presented in these divisions:

  • Catherine Reynolds of North Hills, Cal. (Los Angeles Chapter) topped the leaderboard with 74.097% over 18 rivals in the Region 7 First Level Adult Amateur Championship aboard her young Oldenburg mare Hotness.

  • After winning the CDS Young Horse Futurity for six-year-olds, Kristina Harrison of Burbank (Los Angeles Chapter) and Jocelyn Towne’s KWPN gelding I Felix added another title to their resume by winning the Region 7 Third Level Open Championship with an impressive performance, earning a top score of 77.000%.

  • Michele Moon of Rancho Santa Fe, Cal. (San Diego Chapter) rode her Westfalen mare Indira to victory over a tough field of 20 Adult Amateurs at the Prix St. Georges level with a top score of 69.559%.

  • In the hotly-contested Region 7 Prix St. Georges Open Championship, Brian Hafner of Penngrove, Cal. (Sonoma Chapter) rode his KWPN mare Enjoy Point J straight to the winner’s circle over more than 20 other competitors with a score of 72.353%.

Competition continued in a wide variety of CDS Horse of the Year divisions from Training Level to Grand Prix, including these new 2019 champions:

  • After winning Friday’s Great American/USDF Region 7 Training Level Open Championship, Rachel Wade of West Sacramento (Sacramento Valley Chapter) and Sara Bartholomew’s Oldenburg mare Top Hit continued their winning ways by easily claiming the $1,000 CDS Training Level Open Horse of the Year title with 75.690%.

  • As the only combination to break the 70% mark, Ashlyn Dodge of Hanford, Cal. (Fresno Chapter) and DG Bar Ranch’s KWPN gelding Jagger DG claimed the Bengt Lungquist Memorial Trophy in the $1,000 CDS Second Level Open Horse of the Year division with 71.429%.

  • In an incredibly close contest across two rounds of competition, Keeva Fox of Saratoga, Cal. (East Bay Chapter) squeaked out the overall victory in the $1,000 CDS Fourth Level Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division to earn the Fox Run Perpetual Trophy with her British Warmblood mare Lady Lara (68.182%).

  • Brian Hafner and Enjoy Point J celebrated their second straight victory of the day in another hard-fought division: the $1,000 CDS Fourth Level Open Horse of the Year class, earning a winning score of 72.778%.

  • Elinor Armstrong Kennedy of Corte Madera, Cal. (San Francisco Chapter) and her KWPN mare Bakara KS performed a lovely test to earn top marks from both judges and take home the T.D.I. Systems Perpetual Trophy in the $1,000 CDS Intermediaire I Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division with 69.779%.

  • An impressive field of 22 competitors cantered down centerline in the $1,000 CDS Intermediaire I Open Horse of the Year division, but ultimately emerging victorious with a top score of 74.338% was David Blake of Encinitas, Cal. (San Diego Chapter) aboard Pippa Bird’s Oldenburg mare Heide Spirit.

  • In the $1,000 CDS Intermediaire II Adult Amateur Horse of the Year division, Adrienne Bessey of Thousand Oaks (Los Angeles Chapter) was all smiles as she accepted top honors with a score of 64.191% aboard her Oldenburg gelding Wintersnow.

  • Brian Hafner returned to the winner’s circle for the third time in one day, this time aboard Wendy Roberts’ KWPN gelding Dream Catcher as the pair topped the $1,000 CDS Intermediaire II Open Horse of the Year honors and the Pelton Family Trophy with a score of 69.926%.

The CDS Championship Show is more than just about adult competitors – juniors and young riders also have a chance to shine:

  • In the Great American/USDF Region 7 Training Level JR/YR Championship, Shannon Doyle of Claremont, Cal. (Pomona Chapter) earned 65.259% to win top honors with her Arabian gelding Moun Dalay Bey.

  • Caroline Mader of Woodside, Cal. (San Francisco Peninsula Chapter) and her Oldenburg gelding Fireking cruised to victory in the CDS First Level JR/YR Horse of the Year division, winning both rounds of competition for an overall average of 70.716%.

  • At Second Level, top honors in the Great American/USDF Region 7 Championship went to Delaney Vaden of Grass Valley, Cal. (Carmel Valley Chapter) aboard her American Warmblood gelding Redrox Jazzman with 67.619%, while Regan Cutshall of Yorba Linda (Pomona Chapter) rode her KWPN mare Panenka to claim top honors in the CDS Horse of the Year division with a two-day score of 67.557%.

  • After winning their CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge class on Friday, Alyssa Buenting of Reno, Nev. (Sierra Nevada Chapter) and her Hanoverian gelding Del Mar further demonstrated their dressage skills by claiming the Region 7 Fourth Level JR/YR Championship with 61.667%.

  • In the CDS JR/YR Prix St. Georges division, Dallas McCullough of Murrieta, Cal. (Temecula Valley Chapter) continued her successful weekend with her Danish Warmblood gelding Fritz, earning a top score of 64.412%.

Following on the heels of yesterday’s CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge classes, regional titles and a chance to compete on the national level were now on the line with the USDF Dressage Seat Equitation divisions:

  • Six competitors rode for bragging rights in the USDF Adult Amateur Dressage Seat Equitation Regional Final, where Kelly Prayter and Hemingway earned their second championship title of the day with a score of 92.000%.

  • In the 14-18 Semi-Final division, Erin Nichols of Yorba Linda, Cal. (Pomona Chapter) and her Dutch gelding Handsome Rob AR successfully defended their 2018 title, fending off five rivals to earn top honors with an impressive score of 94.000%.

  • After winning their CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge class on Friday, Josephine Hinnemann of Murrieta, Cal. (Temecula Valley Chapter) and her gelding Tom earned their second straight equitation victory of the weekend, this time in the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Final for riders 13 & under with a score of 88.000%.

For more information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.

Koning DG a Rising Star on Second Day of 2019 Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Willy Arts and DG Bar Ranch’s U.S.-bred KWPN stallion Koning DG won the Four-Year-Old Division of the 2019 CDS Young Horse Futurity. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Willy Arts and DG Bar Ranch’s U.S.-bred KWPN stallion Koning DG won the Four-Year-Old Division of the 2019 CDS Young Horse Futurity. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

One of the perennial highlights of the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held this year September 19-22 in Rancho Murieta, is the CDS Young Horse Futurity where four, five, and six-year-olds show off their talents across two rounds of competition. This year’s field of more than 70 horses (including almost 30 California-breds) was one of the largest in CDS Futurity history, and with coveted titles and more than $15,000 in prize money on the line, competition was fierce.

After tying for first place in round one and then absolutely dominating the second day’s Training Level Test 3, Willy Arts of Hanford, Cal. (Fresno Chapter) rode DG Bar Ranch's KWPN stallion Koning DG (Bordeaux x Darcy CL by Jazz, bred in the U.S. by DG Bar Ranch) straight down victory lane in the CDS Four-Year-Old Futurity with a combined score of 76.552%, earning the right to have their names engraved on the INXS Perpetual Trophy (watch their winning ride HERE).

“He’s the whole package: talent at all three gaits, character, rideability, and a great work ethic – he never says no,” said Arts of his latest young prodigy, who recently competed at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championships in August and is also a licensed stallion with the KWPN. “It’s always more special when it’s a homebred horse like this, because it’s the ultimate goal for a breeder. He’s big for his age and he’s still a little bit green, so when we went to Chicago it’s a long trip and that might have been a little much for him, but he came back a much more mature individual for having had the experience. He has some offspring already and they look very promising as well. We have high expectations for him.”

Almost every year DG Bar Ranch brings several horses to compete in the Young Horse Futurity, and it’s Arts’ favorite part about competing at the Championships. “It’s what I love doing. When you’re in the breeding business, it’s a natural extension to be involved with young horse competition,” Arts explained. “Every winter I look forward to starting the next crop of three-year-olds, and I like to be involved in bringing them along to about six years old and then handing them off to someone else to take further. The CDS Futurity is very attractive for us because anyone can enter and you don’t have to qualify, so there’s no pressure and you get to come together and compare apples to apples. I’ve always liked the young horse competitions, showing off their talents and developing them in the right way for the rest of their careers.”

Other Futurity division results included:

  • The top-placed Adult Amateur entry in the Four-Year-Old division was Jennifer Little of Ione, Cal. (Fresno Chapter) with the Oldenburg gelding Francisco (Furstenball x Rubi Slippers by Royal Prince, owned and bred in the U.S. by Holly Reimers) with 63.750%.

  • The CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity title went to Anna Wood of Murrieta, Cal. (Temecula Valley Chapter) with her Oldenburg gelding Navarro (Negro x Wakira P) on the strength of an average score of 74.501%. The highest-placed Adult Amateur entry was Catherine Reynolds of North Hills, Cal. (Los Angeles Chapter) with her Oldenburg mare Hotness (Hotline x Livadia By Impressionist, bred in the U.S. by Hilda Gurney) with 70.643%.

  • Kristina Harrison’s long drive north from Burbank (Los Angeles Chapter) paid off as she rode Jocelyn Towne’s KWPN gelding I Felix (Fidertanz x Dalwhinnie by UB40, bred in the U.S. by Natalie Hinnemann) to win the 2019 CDS Six-Year-Old Futurity and Parker Perpetual Trophy with an overall two-test average score of 73.827%. The top-placed Adult Amateur with 67.367% was Gundi Younger of Walnut Creek, Cal. (East Bay Chapter) riding her KWPN gelding In Time DG (Ravel x Festival by Sandro Hit, bred in the Netherlands by DG Bar Breeders).

A multitude of Great American/USDF Region 7 champions were crowned on Friday, including:

  • In the Training Level Adult Amateur division, Kimberly Frederick of Lincoln, Cal. (Foothills Chapter) and her five-year-old Hanoverian mare Fantastica CS trotted to an easy victory with a score of 75.603% to come away with their first win of the weekend.

  • Setting what would prove to be an unbeatable score of 74.655% as just the second ride to enter the arena for the Training Level Open Championship was Rachel Wade of West Sacramento (Sacramento Valley Chapter) with Sara Bartholomew’s Oldenburg mare Top Hit.

  • Erin Velguth of Wilton, Cal. (Valley Oaks Chapter) rode her Friesian Heritage gelding Tennyson M to a score of 65.060% to top the Second Level Adult Amateur division.

  • Samantha Davis of Santa Rosa (Sonoma Chapter) partnered with Kate Wilson’s Friesian gelding Montrachet to earn a winning score of 66.250% in the Second Level Open Championship.

  • In the Region 7 FEI Young Rider Team Championship, Dallas McCullough of Murrieta, Cal. (Temecula Valley Chapter) rode the Danish Warmblood gelding Fritz to victory with 69.191%.

  • Heidi Gaian of Hollister, Cal. (Gavilan Chapter) rode Cathy Cadieux's Lusitano gelding Distinto (Portugal) to the unanimous win under both judges in the Intermediaire II Open Championship with a score of 68.971%.

  • Earning the win in the Intermediaire II Adult Amateur division was Caron Frisone of Pebble Beach (Carmel Valley Chapter) aboard her Hanoverian gelding Rococo (58.676%).

  • Wrapping up an exciting day in the main arena was intense competition for the Region 7 Grand Prix Freestyle Championship, where Hilda Gurney of Moorpark (Los Angeles Chapter) rode her Oldenburg mare Iris into the winner’s circle with 66.375%.

Thousands of dollars in prize money and awards were on the line as the first group of hotly-contested CDS Horse of the Year classes got underway, with impressive fields of competitors all vying for coveted perpetual trophies and a place in the history books, including:

  • Ruth Shirkey of Livermore, Cal. (East Bay Chapter) and her Hanoverian mare Wyleigh Princess were the only pair to break the 70% mark on their way to victory over a large field of competitors in the CDS $1,000 Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges division, taking home the Global Imaging Perpetual Trophy with a score of 70.147%.

  • Christian Hartung of Vacaville, Cal. (Sacramento Valley Chapter) rode Christiane Noelting’s Oldenburg gelding Desario to best 20 rivals with a score of 73.897% and win the Bent Roswall Memorial Trophy for the $1,000 CDS Open Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year division.

  • In their second victory of the day, Heidi Gaian and Distinto (Portugal) claimed the Sherry de Leon Memorial Trophy for the CDS Open Grand Prix Horse of the Year division with 67.609%.

  • In the $1,000 CDS Adult Amateur Grand Prix Horse of the Year class, Anne Seemann of Livermore, Cal. (East Bay Chapter) rode her KWPN gelding Veneciano to a winning score of 65.761% and earned the Rubenstein Memorial Trophy.

Music once again filled the air on Friday afternoon as the following CDS Freestyle divisions were decided:

  • Megan McQueeney (Topanga, CA, Ventura Chapter) and Denise Griffith’s KWPN mare Ilima are now two-for-two at this year’s CDS Championship Show: yesterday the pair won the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle Championship, and today they claimed the CDS First Level Freestyle title with a score of 73.733%.

  • Another repeat winner freestyle winner was Elena Flaherty of Clayton, Cal. (East Bay Chapter). After winning the Great American/USDF Region 7 title on Thursday with her German Sport Horse gelding Royal Chrome, the pair returned to the ring to win the CDS Third Level Freestyle and the Alexsandra Howard Memorial Trophy with 70.150%.

  • Paula Paglia (Temecula Valley Chapter) and Kate Earl’s Belgian Warmblood gelding In D’Aire have proven to be unbeatable with their Fourth Level freestyle so far, this time claiming CDS Fourth Level Freestyle Horse of the Year honors with a score of 68.667% to win the Ran Averett Perpetual Trophy.

  • Christian Hartung and Desario earned their second straight title of the day by claiming the Lilian Van Dahn Memorial Perpetual Trophy for CDS Intermediaire I Freestyle Horse of the Year (73.438%).

In the popular CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge classes, adult amateurs, juniors and young riders had a chance to show off their dressage skills, and standing out from the crowd were these winners:

  • In the 13 & under class, Josephine Hinnemann of Murrieta, Cal. (Temecula Valley Chapter) rode her gelding Tom to the win with a score of 78.000%.

  • Alyssa Buenting of Reno, Nev. (Sierra Nevada Chapter) and her Hanoverian gelding Del Mar topped a competitive field in the 14-18 division to win the champion’s sash with 81.000%.

  • For Adult Amateurs, Laurel Kerner of Ramona, Cal. (San Diego Chapter) showed off her skills with her Oldenburg mare Coco Noir to claim the blue ribbon with a score of 80.000%.

For more information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.

Hard Work Pays Off on First Day of Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Lindsey Schulz and Delia 87 celebrate their win in the Intermediaire Freestyle on the first day of the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships, held as part of the 2019 California Dressage Society Championship Show in Burbank. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Lindsey Schulz and Delia 87 celebrate their win in the Intermediaire Freestyle on the first day of the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Championships, held as part of the 2019 California Dressage Society Championship Show in Burbank. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

Where there’s a will there’s a way, and for adult amateur competitor Lindsey Schulz, hard work and dedication paid off in spades on the first day of the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 and California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 19-22, 2019 at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta. 

Aboard Nora Capers’ Lippizaner mare Delia 87, Schulz (representing the Los Angeles Chapter) topped a tough field of 11 predominantly open competitors in the Region 7 Intermediaire Freestyle Championship, earning the unanimous win under both judges with a top score of 74.300% (watch her winning ride HERE).

“Delia is such a cool mare who is so sweet and just goes in and does her job,” said Schulz, who hails from Sebastopol, Cal., where she has a career training and rehabilitating dogs, and endures a seven-hour commute each way just to have a chance to ride. “I half-lease her from her owner, and I actually only get to ride her about one week out of the month because I live here in Northern California, but she’s stabled in the southern part of the state. So it’s a very special horse that allows me to hop on and do this. 

“This is our first Championship Show together, and of course it can be intimidating to go in there with this type of competition, but I think the most important thing is to focus on your own ride and keep doing the best that you can personally,” Schulz continued. “Her changes are just wonderful – every time we go in there it’s like she says ‘I’ve got this,’ and that’s always a great boost of confidence.”

Off to a promising start, Schulz have now earned an invitation to the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, and will continue to compete across both the USDF and CDS divisions at the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I level this weekend. “I was really curious to see how we’d stack up here, and we’ll see how the rest of the weekend goes but the Finals are definitely something we’ll be thinking about now,” Schulz explained. “I’d love to make it to Kentucky. Who wouldn’t want to go, right?”

Another big winner was Paula Paglia (Temecula Valley Chapter) who earned the Great American/USDF Region 7 Fourth Level Freestyle Championship on a score of 67.183% aboard Kate Earl’s Belgian Warmblood gelding In D’Aire, a horse she’s known since he was an award-winning yearling.  “He warmed up so nice and relaxed, and I’ve been trying to ride him with a little more power while still being correct. Today he was right on my aids and we got both of our lines of three’s which I was really proud of, and he’s really starting to sit down and turn in his pirouettes,” Paglia explained. “I love it here at the Murieta Equestrian Center – the renovations are beautiful and this competition is always so well managed and everyone’s so friendly. We actually live in Scottsdale, Arizona but choose to compete here in Region 7 because we really enjoy showing in California.”

Elena Flaherty of Clayton, Cal. (East Bay Chapter) was a little worried in the warmup before her ride, but faith in her German Sport Horse gelding Royal Chrome paid off as the pair earned the Great American/USDF Region 7 Third Level Freestyle title with a score of 71.700%. “Things started out a little tense in the warmup so I wasn’t sure what I was going to have in there, but once we went in the ring he was really with me and was just fabulous,” said Flaherty of her partner. “As soon as he heard the music he knew what his job was. As the ride went on I was able to make adjustments without tension, and it felt really smooth and flowing. We’ve been working recently to add some additional difficulty to the freestyle and it paid off – we were really able to show off our changes. And yes we are also thinking about the US Dressage Finals, and possibly going with [Reserve Champion] Ericka Reinig because she made the trip last year and can show me the ropes. We’re really excited about it!”

A forward, flowing performance earned Megan McQueeney (Topanga, CA, Ventura Chapter) and Denise Griffith’s KWPN mare Ilima a score of 74.333% and the victory in the Great American/USDF Region 7 First Level Freestyle. “She’s only six years old and had about a year and a half off to have a baby, so this is her first season back after being a mom,” McQueeney noted. “She’s an energetic horse and can be a little hot at first, but once she settles in she gets to work. She moves really nicely off your leg so we can show off those leg yields and zig zags. As for Kentucky, it’s a possibility – this has been a great way to start and we’ll see how the rest of the show goes.”

For more information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.

CDS Board Meeting Schedule:

March 11, 2019  (Conference Call)
June 17, 2019 (Conference Call),
September 9, 2019  (Hellenic Hall  600 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento 95816)
November 19, 2019 (Irvine Hilton)
January 10-12, 2020 Annual Meeting (Sacramento / Murieta Equestrian)

CDS Annual Meeting 2020

This CDS Annual Meeting will offer something for everyone. 

Friday January 10 will be the executive board meeting and all members are welcome. 

Saturday January 11 will be the Annual Meeting, Chapter Townhall style meeting, all held at the Embassy Suites, Sacramento Riverfront from 8am to noon. Saturday lunch is included and after lunch anyone who is interested may attend the Freestyle Video/Lecture session as a silent auditor from 1-4pm ($40). This session is presented by Janet Foy and Terry Gallo. Saturday night will be the gala award dinner at Embassy Suites. The ever popular silent auction will be held in the Embassy Suites Saturday and close during the Saturday Gala Dinner with live auction items.

Just for the Judges and L Graduates - there will be a special program for licensed judges and L grads that will count for the licensed judge freestyle designation and also count for L graduate continuing education. This program follows a structured curriculum and format on Musical Freestyle. The curriculum will be taught by Olympic Judge Janet Foy and Olympic Freestyle designer Terry Gallo and will include the following lecture topics: Music, Choreography, and Judging Information. Audio and audiovisual components will complement the lecture.  This program will be held at the Hellenic Hall 600 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento from 8 - 4pm. The judges fee for Saturday Judges Program will be $180 ($200 late fee after December 20). Sunday Symposium is included in this price. Silent auditors are welcome after 1pm for a $40 fee.

Sunday January 12 will be a freestyle symposium with featured clinicians, Janet Foy and Terry Gallo as they work with freestyle demonstration horses and riders of all levels at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The charge will be $95 ($110 non member fee). There will be an optional $5 fee for USDF University credit.

Registration for each event will be available online soon.

If you have a freestyle and wish to be a demonstration rider for the Sunday January 12 Symposium at Murieta Equestrian Center, please upload your freestyle to  youtube.com and email the link to Joan Williams joan@homtech.com, Ellen Corob ellencorob13@gmail.com and Melissa Creswick dresagejdg@aol.com. Be sure to identify your freestyle level, your name and your horse’s name as applicants for the Sunday freestyle symposium with Janet Foy and Terry Gallo.  Please provide a show results history and short bio. Riders will be asked to pay for stabling and bedding. The deadline for applications is November 15.