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.