CDS Board Meeting Schedule: March 3 (Orange County) Atrium Hotel; June 2 (San Jose) Silicon Airport Hotel; August 6 (Orange County) Atrium Hotel; November 3 (San Jose) Silicon Airport Hotel
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.
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.
Kristi Wysocki is a partner of Somewhere Farms and Eagle’s Wing Equine Therapy and Rehab Center in Elbert, Colorado. Kristi has a Metallurgical Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines. She has owned and ridden horses since she was a child. Although she chose Engineering as her educational path, her heart was torn between that and veterinary medicine. Kristi’s love and passion for horses and strong desire to understand as much as possible about how things “work” has made her a student of the horse, it’s anatomy, biomechanics, and soundness. The discipline of dressage is where Kristi found her “home” after outgrowing her childhood passion for three day eventing. The every day discoveries that dressage brings provides the perfect level of exploration.
Kristi’s successes in dressage include many regional and national championships from Training Level to Grand Prix. She has her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals. Several of her students also have their bronze, silver and/or gold medals. She is a United States Equestrian Federation licensed S Dressage judge, R dressage sport horse judge and an FEI Para-Dressage Judge. She is the chair of the USDF Sport Horse Committee, Faculty member for the USDF Sport Horse Seminar, member of the USEF Dressage Committee, member of the USEF Para-Dressage Technical Committee and the 2012 USEF Para-Dressage Selection Committee.
She has a silver medal rating from the Pacific Coast Equestrian Riding School in 1969. She is an “S” rated USEF dressage judge and R Sport Horse Breeding judge. She has competed through Grand Prix and is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold USDF Medalist and was nationally ranked in PSG in 1988.
She was President of CDS from 1993 to 1995 and is currently serving as CDS At Large Director. She was Vice President of USDF and a past member of the USEF Dressage Committee. Melissa is on the faculty of the Sport Horse Committee and on the Editorial Board Committee at USDF.
She also has an active judging and clinic schedule and a passion for the education of horses and riders in dressage.
David Blake is a rising star on the international dressage stage. After winning his first National Championship title at the 2006 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships in Kentucky with his mount “Catapult”, Blake continued to develop the flashy Holsteiner to compete at the Grand Prix level. He then took on a new challenge with “Lord Albert”, a talented gelding previously thought almost unrideable. Blake successfully channeled Albert’s brilliance to represent the United States at the 2007 WBFSH/FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage, where they finished 16th in the world and went on to compete at the 2011 USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championships in Gladstone, NJ.
This year Blake took the next step towards a High Performance breakthrough when he received a coveted USEF training grant to embark on a European tour with Melanie Pai’s 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding “Ikaros”, where he most recently earned strong scores at the CDIO3* Hickstead (GBR).
David started riding when he was four years old in Paris, France, where he began his career as a jumper. He switched to dressage when he was fourteen and within two years won his USDF Bronze Medal.
In 1998 David won his USDF Silver Medal and the Gold Medal in 2003. Soon after David was chosen to train in the US Equestrian Federation’s Young Horse Program where he honed his skills as a young horse trainer that he is so well known for today.
Volker was born in Northern Germany, where his interest in the horse world started at the local riding club. He went on to apprentice in the German Equestrian Federation training program. Volker became a licensed Bereiter, F.N. in 1980, and a Pferdewirtschaftsmeister (this license is best known in the US as Reitlehrer, F.N.) in 1988 under the guidelines of the German Equestrian Federation.
Volker apprenticed with Walter Christensen in Tasdorf, Germany. Christensen was a trainer that believed in the basics; he was thorough and thoughtful in his approach.
Volker started working with Klaus Balkenhol (former coach of the German and the U.S. Dressage Team, and an Olympic medalist himself) in 1994. Consequently, Volker became Klaus’s translator at many U.S. Team clinics for over 10 years, which gave Volker a lot of insight into the training of advanced dressage horses and riders.
Volker currently resides in Auburn, California. He coaches his students at shows, and he gives clinics throughout the United States. He also trains a few select horses at his home base. Volker is a USDF Medalist and has trained numerous horses and horse/rider combinations to various USDF Medals. He trains and competes through the FEI level, as well as coaching other upper level riders.
Gina Duran Jan Oakes Ericka Reinig Susan Treabess Sarah Harrington
Sandy Savage Jennette Scanlon Craig Stanley Genay Vaughn
Katie Flynn, BVMS, MRCVS Equine Staff Veterinarian
EMMP - Equine Medication Monitoring Program
The California equine industry sponsored legislation in 1971 to prevent misuse of drugs and medications in equines in public shows and sales. The intent is to ensure the integrity of horses, through the control of performance and disposition enhancing drugs.
Kristen Vliestra, Jochen Schleese, founder of Saddlefit 4 Life, has devoted his career to the study of repercussions of poor saddle fit and shares all he has learned through Kristen and other Certified Saddle Ergonomists all around the World.
Working as a Certified Saddle Fit technician and clinician, Kristen teaches saddle fit principles, techniques and diagnostic system to increase awareness of the importance of maintaining optimal saddle fit to promote healthy back movement for both horse and rider.
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 www.aaep.org/ehv_resources.htm