Contacts and Board Members

Meet your KCDS Executive Board Members for 2018

Click here for a link to the full Board and Committee Membership List

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Jennifer heck / president and bylaws committee chair

A native of Chicago, I moved to Kansas City in 2013 after several cross country moves including living in Florida, Virginia, Seattle and Chicago. I married my college sweetheart, Andy and we have four wonderful children, including triplets! Now that the children are in college, I have time to ride Rudy, who is the perfect horse for me!
Favorite food: Chocolate
Favorite team: Kansas City Chiefs
Favorite motto: To whom much is given, much is required.Goal: I am committed to keeping the great traditions of KCDS thriving while finding new ways to make KCDS an even more fabulous club for all of our members.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at or check with one of our specialized committee or board members below. Even though I hold 2 positions, I only have one vote. 


Annetta Hudson / vice president and horse show committee co-chair

I am a Registered Nurse and have three horses, two dogs, two cat, as well as 2 stepchildren and 5 grandkids. I enjoy dressage and trailriding! I started riding before I could walk and I am still trying to figure out how to ride well! I will also assist Jackie with the Horse Show Committee this year. Please email us any ideas about the shows and see under the "About" tab above for general information on the horse shows.

My hope is for all KCDS members to enjoy the ride!

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sara wist / corresponding secretary




Amy gemperli / recording secretary

As recording secretary, I attend board meetings and keep minutes. The minutes are posted on the website under the "News" tab once approved by the Board each month. You can contact me with any questions about meetings or the minutes at


Jackie Maloney / treasurer and horse show committee chair

As Treasurer, I help plan the annual budgets and assist the Board in making funding decisions throughout the year. If you have any questions please contact me at 

I am also the Horse Show Committee Co-Chair. We are responsible for organizing the horse shows and assist show management on the days of the show. Please email me ideas or suggestions about the shows. Also, under the "About" tab above, you will find information on our multiple shows. 

Other Board Committee Chairs and Contacts:

janet fulgham / awards committee


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kindra Wilson / education committee

My name is Kindra Wilson and I have lived in Kansas City for 21 years, I moved here from Lincoln, NE where I worked at USDF (when it was still located in it's founding location!!)  I am married and have two sons - Jake will be off to University of Nebraska in the fall and Garrett will be a junior in high school.  I have been riding for 30 years and currently own Galileo, a 6 year old dutch gelding.  He is hard to miss, all 18++ hands of him! You can email me an ideas you have for educational events


chrissie simpson / communications committee chair

Working hard so that my horses can have nice things. I oversee editing our website, Instagram and Facebook pages. I am also always looking for people to write articles for the Extension, to submit pictures for the website and Extension and for infomration about clinics and horse shows in the area. Please email to or 

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holly peer / activities committee chair

We’ve lived in Kansas City for the past three years. My daughters Madison and Mackenzie ride Dressage. Our family is looking forward to learning and growing with our new community. I am hoping members will reach out to me either by email or text and let me know any ideas they might have towards are upcoming show season. I hope to help make it a fun one! Email: or 801-338-1827. 


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wendy McGraw and kim hawkins / membership

 I am a native Kansas City girl.  My husband Jon and I (he is a
native Colorado boy) have been married 18 years. We have 2 horses, Darsi & Charm and 2 cats. I have served KCDS as an Awards chairperson in 2010, and currently serve the Membership committee.  I work part-time at Buttonwood Fin. Group, and really enjoy learning about dressage &  trail riding with my
horses! Please email with any membership questions:


Melissa allen / sponsorships 

Partnering with sponsors helps keep costs down for our KCDS members. I reach out to our communities to find individuals and businesses that are interested in working with KCDS. I am a trainer at Willowcreek Sporthorses and enjoy helping all of my students accomplish their goals. If you are interesting in becoming a sponsor with KCDS, please contact me at

wendy vernon / volunteer coordinator

I live near Clinton, Missouri on a small farm where my husband Matt and I are raising our two children. We came to Missouri in 2001 from Utah. I fell in love with horses when I was a child on my grandfather's cattle farm in southern Alberta. I showed through 4-H and Pony Club and got hooked on dressage as a young adult. I am very blessed to keep my own horses and continue to learn riding and horsemanship. I'm looking forward to working with and getting to know you while we work in this fantastic sport.


cindy neuman / Member at large and Banquet Queen

Hi Everyone! My name is Cindy and I am very happy to help organize, plan and set up the annual awards banquet. This includes the decorations, food, venue and auction items. This has been a wonderful event that honors our members' accomplishments throughout the year and a fundraising activity for the club, especially to help sponsor educational events and junior/young rider programs. If you have ideas, are interested in donating or interested in auction items, you can contact me at and please monitor our KCDS Facebook page for information about the banquet, usually held in January or February.


becky schoeppner / jr/yr liason

I live in Lee's Summit, Missouri with my husband Troy and four children (Lily - 17, Colby - 15, Landry - 12 and Laney - 11). I've been involved with KCDS for four years and I adore our dressage community! My oldest daughter trains and competes with her horse and I love supporting her riding. I'm passionate about encouraging our youth dressage riders and connecting with their families. I help coordinate fundraisers, welcome gifts and educational events. If you are new to KCDS,  have questions about getting involved with your younger riders, have questions for a dressage parent who has been there/done that,  or have ideas for education & fun events for the jr/yr in our area,  please email and let's connect!

Chris pope / member at large


 Susan Thies/ board nominating chair


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Kathy O'Brien / parliamentarian

I was born a horse crazy kid but it wasn’t until my mid-30s that I began to live my riding dreams. After retiring from the practice of law, I now practically live at the barn.  I have been a member of KCDS for over 20 years and I have served on the board a variety of capacities during that time. I love dressage for the daily challenges it presents and I have thoroughly enjoyed my association with KCDS because of all the wonderful horse friends I have made.