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CDS Board Meeting Schedule: January 30, 2015 (Glendale) Embassy Suites


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CDS members are invited to attend the 2015 CDS 48th Annual Meeting featuring an educational Symposium which will provide a dynamic and unique twist on the newly published USEF Dressage tests as well as sessions on the new FEI International tests. This event starts at 8am on Sunday, February 1st in the Equidome at LAEC in Burbank.

What will make this program special and be the GO TO educational event of the year?

The focus of the Symposium is to provide attendees a much broader outline of dressage beyond the new USEF tests. There are a number of Chapters in CDS which have been explaining how to ride the new tests. This Symposium will build on that knowledge and show the relationship between the tests, the training scale and how key elements in the new tests can help the rider and horse develop correctly to best be prepared for the demands of the advanced requirements found in the FEI levels.

#1 HEAR – Insightful commentary from International FEI presenters including:
LILO FORE - 5 star WEG judge, President of the Ground Jury for World Cup in April in Las Vegas and member of the USEF test writing committee and longtime CDS member.
JUDY HARVEY - International Trainer, coach and former FEI competitor from England.

#2 SEE – Top caliber horses and riders at all levels demonstrating what it takes for the high scores.

#3 LEARN- New information about the 2015 USEF tests that will provide a broad based perspective of the developmental nature of the evolution of the horses and riders training, how the USEF tests relate to progression up the levels and reflect the concepts in the pyramid of training.

#4 DISCOVER - why the scores from judges “C” and “B” differ.

#5 EXPLORE - What’s happening on the international scene with the FEI, the plans for the “small tour”, Intermediate II and the “large tour”.

The Symposium will also feature a silent auction of CDS Chapter baskets, shopping, food and more! To register at a discount or for more information please visit

CDS thanks these generous sponsors:, Lisa Seger Insurance, Five Star Dressage, Mount St. John, Schleese, The Dressage Foundation, Kastel Denmark, Equine Originals, SmartPak, Trafalgar Books, EQyss, and Emotional Fitness Super Clinic.


Sponsored in part by:

                                                                                            MSJ       Schleese


This program also is sponsored in part by the Violet Hopkins Fund from the Dressage Foundation. The Violet Hopkins Fund provides financial asistance to USDF GMOs, to conduct educational clinics and seminars for Dressage Riders at all levels. The Dressage Foundation administers and funds this program, making it possible for tweny to thirty GMO clinics each year, at an approximate total cost of $35,000 annually,





USDF CDS Championship September 25-28, 2014

On Saturday evening, September 27, 2014, the California Dressage Society was honored to present a career celebration and special performance of the renowned Grand Prix dressage mare and U.S. Olympic Team member Rafalca as part of the 47th Annual CDS Championship Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Cal. In her final public performance, Rafalca came home to California to perform her wildly-popular Grand Prix freestyle one last time with rider Jan Ebeling for a packed crowd of her adoring fans who honored her with a standing ovation. For those of you who couldn't share this incredible and emotional moment with us in person, CDS is happy to share this video of Rafalca's "last dance." Enjoy!..

The California Dressage Society, formed in 1967, is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering interest in dressage. It is one of the largest dressage organizations in the nation with more than 4,000 individual members in its 36 Chapters and a rich history of equestrian sport on the West Coast.

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