From the founding of USDF to Today.
In 1967, a small group of men and women began gathering in Kansas City to study principles of horsemanship. In 1973, the study group formed the Kansas City Dressage Society. The founding board of directors included Arlene Rigdon, Ginny Garey, Linda Landers, Pauline Cook, Sue Peeler, Sarah Seton, Susan Spivey, Lois Arnold, Jean Coop, Fred Pulliam, Jan Proud and Jim Peeler.
In the first year of existence, KCDS was instrumental in the establishment of the United States Dressage Federation. A group of dressage enthusiasts, including Arlene Rigdon, met in Lincoln NE at the request of Lowell Boomer....the USDF was born! KCDS was of the largest dressage organizations in the country at this time and became a charter member of the USDF.
The purpose of this organization shall be the education of the members and the public in the true meaning of dressage training and the practical application thereof in all equestrian endeavors. The membership shall strive to promote the interest and appreciation of other riders, and of the general public, in the art of dressage.
To that end, KCDS offers clinics and other training opportunities from notable dressage authorities, sponsors recognized shows, offers judge and instructor education programs, sponsors adult and junior dressage camps and offers lectures and discussions on a wide variety of topics related to horse care and training.