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CDS Board Meeting Schedule: June 2 (San Jose) Silicon Airport Hotel; August 6 (Orange County) Atrium Hotel; November 3 (San Jose) Silicon Airport Hotel


The goal of the CDS Junior/Young Rider Clinics is to provide an opportunity for juniors/young riders to receive instruction from clinicians who might not otherwise be available to them and to create comradery among fellow dressage youth riders.. Every effort is made to select clinicians who can effectively teach lower level as well as upper level riders. To ensure fairness, selection of JR/YR clinic participants is made by random draw among interested riders from the Chapters. The Clinic consists of an evening lecture followed by one full day of riding clinic. Starting in 2014 the clinic will consist of two days of riding.

For information contact Kristin Young


LOOKING FOR EVENT FACILITIES. CDS puts on many events; from the Amateur & Junior Clinics to the Annual Meeting Symposiums, throughout the state. CDS is always looking for facilities willing to donate their arena and stabling in order for CDS to put on events. Facilities would get great exposure and recognition in return for donating their facilities. Contact for more information.



CDS Annual Meeting, January 17-19, 2014.

The CDS Annual Meeting was a huge success. In the board meeting on Friday we made some great plans for 2014 and started working on future events. We have a great mix of board members, with a long history on the board making CDS what it is today and new members who will help shape the future of CDS. Saturday's Annual Meeting was, as always, a great time for the chapters to get together and share what they have done for the year and see what is planned for 2014. Many of the chapters are working together to put on events and cross promote events. This allows chapters to coordinate their ideas and create events that complement each other. Katie Flynn of the CDFA gave valuable information about the use of drugs on your horse and things to look out for leading up to competition. For me Sunday's Symposium could not have gone better. The trainers, judges, and riders all were brilliant. The program was informative and adaptive; the presenters were even able to incorporate suggestions from the spectators. Thank you to the rest of the board and the central office who make this event great and thank you to our symposium presenters who’s energy, camaraderie, and, passion showed with every rider.
Kevin Reinig
CDS President

These outstanding presenters teamed up to offer the audience three different perspectives on dressage. One from the judge’s viewpoint; one from the trainer’s viewpoint; and one from the rider’s viewpoint. Over 150 members joined us at Starr Vaughn Equestrian as they explored the different facets of dressage at all levels with all riders, professionals, amateurs and juniors.


Gina Duran Jan Oakes Ericka Reinig  Susan Treabess  Sarah Harrington
Sandy Savage Jennette Scanlon Craig Stanley Genay Vaughn

Guest speakers:
Katie Flynn
, BVMS, MRCVS Equine Staff Veterinarian
Kristen Vliestra, Jochen Schleese, founder of Saddlefit 4 Life

This program is partially sponsored by the Violet Hopkins Fund from The Dressage Foundation. The Violet Hopkins Fund provides financial assistance 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 twenty to thirty GMO clinics each year, at an approximate total cost of $35,000 annually.


Notice to Dressage Competitions

from the USEF Communications Department

As a result of recent confirmed diagnosis of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) in multiple states, the use of alternative saddlery inspection procedures is recommended for Dressage and the dressage phase of Eventing competitions in states where the respective State Department of Agriculture has confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1 in the state or the competition has entries traveling from a state where there has been confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1.

The apparent increased frequency of disease and severity of symptoms being seen indicates a need for initiation and implementation of extra precaution by competition management. The USEF encourages competition managers to review their biosecurity practices and, if needed, elevate their biosecurity plan to minimize the chance of horses having direct or indirect contact with one another. Indirect contact would include common water and feed sources as well as shared equipment and common areas. The goal of a biosecurity plan is to prevent the transmission of infectious agents among individuals. The components of a successful program will include cooperation of management, facility layout, decontamination, and when applicable immunization. Each of these factors directly affects the success or failure of a successful biosecurity plan. A copy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners biosecurity guidelines and EHV resources can be foundat 



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