Rider Fitness Program

As the beginning of a new year is often a time for fitness resolutions, consider checking out programs related to rider fitness. Some links to programs are below. 

http://dressageridertraining.com/

https://bioriderfitness.com/about/

http://equifitt.com/equestrian/

And KCDS Member and sponsor, Deborah Johnson, teaches pilates. See the "Sponsors" page for contact information.

Omaha International Riding Opportunity and Region 4 Youth Workshops

Please check out the newsletter from Region 4 here for more information on all of the below. 

Region 4 will be hosting clinics for riders from ages 10-21 to learn about the NAJYRC process and prepare them for the riding and administrative requirements of competing at such levels. The first workshop will be January 20-21 Schmitt Horse Training Center in Somerset, Wisconsin and Nancy Gorton will be the instructor. The deadline for registration is January 13!

The International Omaha 2018 horse show is offering the opportunity to ride with Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt in the Dressage Showcase on Friday, April 13. Riders at third level or above will ride in an hour and a half clinic-style format conducted by Schmidt before a live audience. Schmidt will work one-on-one with each rider for approximately 30 minutes. Applications are currently being accepted to ride in the Showcase from riders at third level or higher, who wish to participate at that level or on a young horse aged 5-6-7.

The International Omaha is also holding a Dressage Team Challenge. According to the website, in this new event, top-level riders (CDI riders) will partner with junior, young, and para riders to compete for Team Challenge Champion!  Each team will compete two nights at the International Omaha. Thursday April 12 will be technical tests and Saturday April 14 will be the Freestyle competition. https://www.internationalomaha.com/team-dressage-challenge

 

USDF Convention Report

November 29-December 2 was the 2017 USDF National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. Chrissie Simpson attended as the GMO delegate for KCDS. 

The meetings for GMO delegates began on Thursday with Regional Meetings. Region 4 Director led the Region 4 meeting. Below are some of the highlights from the Region 4 Meetings on both Thursday and Friday:

  • Region 4 is providing Youth Development Workshops. These are for riders as young as 10 years old. The idea is to create a path to the JR/YR FEI program and provide information to parents and riders. There will be multiple clinics this spring, beginning in January. Nancy Gorton, as Region 4 FEI JR/YR Coordinator, will be the clinician. The informational flyer is here.  The rider application is here
  • The Omaha Equestrian Foundation will host the 2018 International Omaha. 8 Teams of 3 riders will qualify at other shows to compete for the $45,000 Team Dressage Challenge Finals. The Team will be 1 CDI Level Rider, and seniors, juniors, young riders and para-riders. Teams will compete in 2 tests, the technical test and the freestyle. Visit internationalomaha.com for more information
  • Only one Region had an increase in members, but Region 4 had the smallest decrease in membership
  • As KCDS discussed at a prior meeting, if the JR/YR teams choose to use GoFundMe, they and their donors should be aware that a % of the donation goes to GoFundMe and USDF will NOT issue a tax-exempt donation letter. If donors want the tax deduction letter, they can donate to USDF and earmark the funds for the Region 4 team. During the season, there is a link for donations on the Region 4 website.
  • The list of judges hired for Region 4 shows has been utilized and helped reduce overlapping judges. The list is on the Region 4 Website under Resources - Information for Showrunners
  • There is a formal selection process for choosing the site of the Regional Championships. There is a form available through Region 4 and a committee that makes the recommendation to USDF. If you are interested, please contact Ann Sushko, contact information on Region 4 website.
  • There are now FEI Children's and Pony Divisions
  • Anne Sushko was the lucky winner of the KCDS Basket! 

Chrissie also attended the Judges, L Program and Freestyle Open Forum. Below are the key points from that meeting:

  • The L Program continues to grow in popularity and size and you are allowed to audit the L Program events
  • Dolly Hannon spoke at length about the Freestyles. There will be a new Freestyle score sheet for 4th level and below in 2019. The new score sheets are designed to include clearer guidlines for judges on the artistic score. Riders should also read the score sheets; they will list what is permitted and forbidden. 
  • One of the most common errors in freestyles in performing a transition from an upper level. For example, canter walk transitions are not allowed in Training Level. 
  • Music Failure is also one of the biggest problems. CD players per the rule should be able to play WAV format, which is the older CD format. Sound tests should be held on the day of the ride and riders should attend. Show management should also try to accommodate riders schedules when having sound checks, even if that means having more than one soundcheck. 
  • Riders can have a representative in the sound booth to tell the sound technician to turn the music up, down, or stop or to alert the sound tech if the music skips.
  • If the music skips or stops, the rider should approach the judge and explain what has happened. 
  • The rider can either start over or start from where the music skipped or stopped. If the rider starts over, they will NOT receive a new score for movements already performed.
  • Videos are not allowed to prove inclusion or omission of certain movements. Riders can ask the TD to speak to the Judge. 
  • Freestyles are required to be timed and show management should provide stopwatches to the judges. They are not supposed to use their phones. 
  • The Rule is still that music MUST be on a CD. A show can and per the rule should refuse to play your music on another format. It was acknowledged how out of date this rule is and USDF will consider changing to include more formats. But for now HAVE at least 2 CDs WITH THE SOUND TECH. 
  • USDF is tracking judges scoring and Judges that routinely score horses higher or lower than other judges are being sent letters. There is a big push to keep judges accountable and try to standardize some of the scoring. The problem has especially been noticed at Finals. 
  • The FEI tests beginning this year will NOT have collective marks, other than the Rider box. Show management needs to reprint FEI tests
  • In 2019, there will be some minor changes to some of the USDF National Tests. 

Board of Governors Meeting

  • The Board of Governors Meeting was held on Friday and Saturday
  • It is when delegates from all Regions vote on matters, including the budget, minutes from the prior annual convention, voting on certain board positions and other motions that may come before the delegates
  • The budget was approved and can be viewed here
  • There will also be a new Committee formed to oversee the selection and organizing of National Finals, rather than the current Committee that is more focused on the actual running of the show. The new committee is designed to allow more input from members on why things are they way they are at Nationals

January 20 Awards Banquet

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 6 PM - 10 PM

  • $27 per person

  • Pine Dell Horse Farm, 19909 E 175th St, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080
  • To RSVP and pay for the Banquet via PayPal, go to your PayPal account and send your payment to kcdsinfo@gmail.com, it will present as Kansas City Dressage Society, and please add a note that it is payment for the banquet. Or mail your check to Cindy Neuman 19600 E. 181st Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080. Email Cindy at cneumann857@gmail.com with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

  • Madison Peer has graciously volunteered to create a year-end retrospect of KCDS activities and fun. If you have pictures and/or video clips of you and your horse in action, candid shots, funny shots/videos, bloopers, etc. that you would like to share, please send to Madison at massie.peer@gmail.com. Please be sure to identify both horse and human in pictures and videos and give a brief explanation of what's going on in the picture.
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Updated Clinic Info

The Allison Brock Clinic will now be held at Willowcreek Sporthorses 12701 E. 195th St., Raymore, MO 64083

Saturday December 9: 9:00 am clinic start. 5:15 Meet and Greet at Willowcreek.

Sunday December 10: 9:00 -4:00 clinic

Rider Schedule Here

Chairs will be provided. Please, No Dogs at the Clinic. 

Pricing Update:  Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. The Lunches have already been ordered. You can pay at the door with a check or via PayPal. Credit Cards will not be accepted. For KCDS members, it is $20 per day or $40 for the weekend. For non-members, it is $35 per day, $70 for the weekend.  Go to PayPal, send money to kcdsinfo@gmail.com, include Note with payment that it is for the Ali Clinic. Please do not mail any additional checks. You can pay at the door with a check. Credit Cards will not be accepted at the door. You can become a member by clicking the "Become a Member" at the top of the page. Applications will be available at the door.

On Saturday, beginning at 5:15 Allison will participate in a Meet and Greet with attendees at Willowcreek. If you are not auditing, but would like to attend the Meet and Greet, it is $10 at the door. Light Refreshments will be served. Meet and Greet is included in the audit fee. More information will be shared when available here, under the News/Events tab above and on the KCDS Facebook page.  

Allison Brock Clinic Information

ALLISON BROCK CLINIC LOCATION CHANGE 

The Allison Brock Clinic will now be held at Willowcreek Sporthorses 12701 E. 195th St., Raymore, MO 64083

The location change was necessitated by an outbreak of equine influenza at Saddle & Sirloin. There is no need to be alarmed, Saddle & Sirloin is addressing all issues. Out of an abundance of caution for the health of horses participating in the clinic, we have moved it to Willowcreek.

The dates at times remain the same and we will work to accommodate all auditors. Please check back here and your email for updates and information.

Saturday December 9: 9:00 am clinic start. 5:00 Meet and Greet at Willowcreek.

Sunday December 10: 9:00 -4:00 clinic

Pricing Update: For KCDS Members it is $35 for the weekend. Box lunches are also available both days for $10 per day. You can use PayPal to pay (remember to add the price of your lunches!). Go to PayPal, send money to kcdsinfo@gmail.com, include Note with payment that it is for the Ali Clinic. Or you can mail checks to Kindra Wilson at 11205 W. 165th St., Overland Park, KS. 66221. Or you can pay at the door with a check. Credit Cards will not be accepted at the door. You can become a member by clicking the "Become a Member" at the top of the page. Applications will be available at the door.

On Saturday, from 5:00 - 6:30 Allison will participate in a Meet and Greet with attendees at Willowcreek. More information will be shared when available here, under the News/Events tab above and on the KCDS Facebook page.  

Sign Up and Pay for Auditing the Alison Brock Clinic Today!

For KCDS Members it is $35 for the weekend. Box lunches are also available both days for $10 per day. You can use PayPal to pay (remember to add the price of your lunches!). Go to PayPal, send money to kcdsinfo@gmail.com, include Note with payment that it is for the Ali Clinic.

Or you can mail checks to Kindra Wilson at 11205 W. 165th St., Overland Park, KS. 66221. Or you can pay at the door with a check. Credit Cards will not be accepted at the door.

Lilo Fore Clinic This Weekend

This Weekend, Friday November 3-5, Lilo Fore will be at Willowcreek Sporthorses. One Ride Spot still available for Sunday. Please contact Kindra Wilson for information kindrawilson@live.com

Auditors Welcome $5 per day, includes Lunch. Rides are 9:00 - 3:30 each day.

Willowcreek is located at 12701 E 195th St, Raymore, MO 6408312701 E 195th St, Raymore, MO 64083

For information on Lilo: http://horsesdaily.com/article/lilo-fore-named-2017-usdf-hall-fame-inductee

 

2017 July Show Roving Reporter

Quadrille Freestyle Demonstration Participants

Quadrille Freestyle Demonstration Participants

KCDS Summer Dressage Show I & II

Longview Horse Park

July 15-16, 2017

Roving Reporter – Maggie Stonecipher

We were blessed with a great weekend for showing given it was July in Kansas City!  Congrats to the High Point riders:

    Saturday                                                  Sunday
Amateur Adult    Cindy Kimber              Yvette Taylor
JR/Yr    Joslyn Allen                                 Averi Allen
Open    Jessica Brack                             Jessica Brack
FEI    Jonni Allen                                       Jonni Allen

And we had several riders complete USDF Medals.  Sorry if I missed anyone but congrats to

·         Doreen Hann – Bronze Medal

·         Miriam Terry – Bronze Medal

Having been involved in KCDS since 2000 and serving on the board for more than a decade, I’d like to focus on the behind the scene events that really highlight what a dedicated and fantastic organization we have supporting our dressage community.  KCDS has had its expected highs and lows through our 4+ decade history but at our core is the ongoing dedication of the people who step up to make KCDS run and events happen year in and year out.  It really takes a village to bring a dressage show together and work started weeks prior to the show.

This year KCDS organized several educational events held throughout the weekend so that we can learn more about dressage outside the classes we normally see at a show.  One of those events as the Quadrille demonstration.  I personally had never given much thought to a Quadrille but I had the opportunity to watch the Quadrille demonstration ‘in the making’ while attending Adult Camp at Wally Woo Farms. 

Prior to the camp, Jana Wagner choreographed the Quadrille taking into consideration the skill levels of the riders and horses on the team.  The riders were Jana, Karen Atwill, Jessica Brack and Carrie Gordon.  The first day of camp, and in between Jana teaching 8 lessons and campers taking two lessons, the team went through the Quadrille on foot.  In 97 degree heat and simulating walk-trot-canter!  They worked out timing and tweaked the choreography.  As I watched this practice all I could think was how glad I was that when asked if I wanted to be in the Quadrille that I declined!

But the team persevered that first day and then did the same practice session on foot the second day; in the same 97 degree heat.  But this second time you could see the excitement building and each adding input to the choreography.  Emily Miles watched these sessions and started to put together the music to match. 

The 3rd day was the first mounted session with Emily coaching the team on another hot, humid day, between Jana and Emily each teaching 8 lessons and the riders taking two lessons a day.  This session had many laughs and tweaks to the choreography as what was developed on foot was entirely different on horses!

Day 4 brought the introduction of music and more laughs as what was developed on foot, then on horseback was now different with music!  And many more laughs and tweaks as the team now had to not only remember the choreography but now had to include the timing to flow with the music.  I was so taken by how much fun the team was having even in the heat and now fatigue setting in after 2 lessons a day at camp.  And I actually had a small tweak of wishing I had said yes to being part of the team. 

Day 5 was again riding the Quadrille to music with Emily continuing to coach the team.  This day brought a higher level of demand to get the Quadrille ready to showcase at the KCDS Education Event at the July show.  The tone of the practice moved from an element of fun to one of getting ready to present the Quadrille at Longview!  I was so struck by the time, effort and energy the team was putting forth to showcase the beauty and skill of a Quadrille. 

We all gathered at Longview on Friday for the KCDS show…..the team except for Carrier was also competing at the show and had to school and get ready to show.  Carrie brought out the team’s costumes and the small tweak I had about participating went out the window!  The costumes were sparkly with bling, fringe and beautiful.  Carrie had coordinated the costumes for each rider with earrings, long gloves and head pieces. 

Before these riders ever entered the ring to showcase their Quadrille, there was a cumulative minimum of 50 hours put into getting there!!  And their Quadrille demonstration went off without a hitch because of all that hard work.  I was so impressed by what went into a Quadrille worthy of the show ring.  I wish we had more competitive Quadrille in our shows but also know why we don’t……the time required is just more than what most can dedicate to the process. 

A HUGE thank you to Jana, Karen, Jessica and Carrie for showing us that it can also be a fun process and truly adds an element of “team’ to our traditionally solo sport.