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CDS Board Meeting Schedule: November 3 (San Jose) Silicon Airport Hotel

DATE CHANGE for Northern Junior Clinic - October 10-12, 2014


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

CDS Scholarship Awards $5,000
Chapters and members are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships may be awarded by the scholarship committee. The members:
Suzi Kuykendall., Patti Schofler , Jan Curtis, Kathleen Goldstein, Pat Hart (Chair), Liz Lewis, Linda Barone
Applications are available from the Central Office
Sharon Carpenter-Pomona Chapter Scholarship Fund - $500
The Sharon Carpenter-Pomona Chapter Scholarship was started to honor the life of Sharon Carpenter after her death in September 2006 following her long battle with cancer. Sharon’s fierce determination to live became evident to all who knew her. As well as her determination to defy the cancer at every turn, Sharon never lost her dedication to her horses or her ability to see the possibilities of overcoming challenges. The phrase “I can’t” was never an option for her.
As a CDS Pomona Chapter member, Sharon celebrated the successes of her Dutch Warmblood Salute during his first show season. Sharon took every opportunity to ride Salute and enjoy all of the pleasures of being near her horses. Sharon was also an amazing volunteer for children’s Hospital of Orange County and several other charities. The criteria for receiving the scholarship are based upon Sharon’s goals and commitments of loving and learning with her horses while also giving back to people through volunteer work at multiple charities.
The Sharon Carpenter-Pomona Chapter scholarship is intended for Pomona Chapter members, over the age of 21, who have shown Training Level or above within the last three years and also contributed to the Chapter as a volunteer within the last three years.
Each year, the interest from the scholarship fund will be given out in increments of $500. If the amount of interest allows, more than one scholarship will be awarded. Chapter members have to send in their applications to the CDS Central Office by April of each year. The application can be found on the CDS website. You can apply for the scholarship in 2013 by downloading the form from
The Sharon Carpenter Scholarship Fund welcomes any and all further contributions. Checks can be made payable to CDS / Sharon Carpenter Fund. They should then be mailed to CDS Central Office P O Box 417, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.
Carpenter-Scholarship to: Wendy Fuire
Wendy Fuire Garden Grove, CA
I have been a member of the Pomona Chapter for over 20 years. This has been my fourth year serving on the Board.
I would use this Scholarship to further my training with my horse, Tip Top’s Jet. I have had to choose between showing more or training (for financial reasons). This past winter I chose to concentrate on training so I could have a successful show season this year. I plan to qualify for and compete at the Championships in Los Angeles at Fourth Level. I then plan on competing at Prix St George by the end of the year. I would also like to go through the “L” Program not only to judge, but to continue my education and to become a better instructor.
Jane Jackson Scholarship - $1500
The CDS Scholarship Committee has voted to present an annual Jane Jackson Grant of $1,500 for “rider education”. To be eligible the applicant must meet the following criteria:
The rider must be under 30 years of age at time of application. The rider must be competing at Third Level or above. The rider must use the grant for equestrian education. Applications for the grant must be submitted to the CDS Central Office by April 30.
Jane Jackson’s wit, her graciousness, and the diversity of her experience and knowledge set her apart as a most unique and special individual.
Jane’s initiation to the world of horses came at the tender age of four on her uncle’s ranch in Placerville. There she rode Western horses, learning the skills that enabled her at age fifteen to win a top event at the Salinas Rodeo and be named California’s Outdoor Girl.
In 1956 Jane married Charles Jackson who was in the U.S. Foreign Service. They lived in Greece, Egypt, Italy, India, Turkey, England, Ireland and South America.
Jane studied for her BHSAI at Silver Hound at Surrey, England.
As her interests turned more and more to dressage, Jane had the opportunity to train with such notables as George Wahl, H. Rochowansky, Major Wikne and Col. Ljungquist.
Jane was a founding member of CDS. She was active in the organization in many capacities. She served on the Scholarship Committee, as LA Chapter Chair, and as a SD Chapter board member. She was an AHSA licensed judge in hunters, jumpers, hunt seat equitation and of course dressage. She instructed in Ireland, Maryland, Stanford, Bell Canyon and La Jolla Farms.
A deep and sincere interest in young, talented and dedicated riders and an abiding devotion to the discipline of dressage led Jane to leave a most special legacy to CDS. When she died in 1986, her will directed a generous gift to CDS for purpose of establishing a scholarship to benefit young, seriously aspiring riders.
Jane Jackson awarded to: Jaclyn Pepper
Jaclyn Pepper Santa Rosa, CA
I have been a CDS member for 8 years; I am a member of the Sonoma County chapter.
If I am granted this funding from CDS the money will go toward sending my horse Taboo and I to Festival of Champions in New Jersey this June. Taboo and I are qualified to represent Region 7 in the Young Rider National Championships. We are currently ranked 5th in the country.
I currently train with Allison Mathy at Flying Cloud Farm in Petaluma. I trained with Laurie Falvo who was at Dove Hollow Dressage Center with us. I frequently clinic with Volker Brommann. I have also worked with Robert Dover, Debbie McDonnald, Jeremy Steinberg, and Jane Weatherwax.
I have achieved my USDF bronze and silver medals. I only need two Grand Prix scores to complete my gold medal. The plan is to do my first Grand Prix next season.
Hans Moeller Scholarship Grant - $1500
The CDS Scholarship Committee has voted to present an annual Hans Moeller Grant of $1,500 for “rider education”. To be eligible the applicant must meet the following criteria:
The rider must be over 30 years of age at time of application. The rider must be competing at Third Level or above. The rider must use the grant for equestrian education. Applications for the grant must be submitted to the CDS Central Office by April 30.
Through his support and guidance of individual riders, the California Dressage Society, United States Pony Clubs and the American Dressage Institute, Hans Moeller had far reaching influence on the growth and development of dressage in California and in the entire United States.
Hans was born in a suburb of Vienna to a non-horsey family. After attending high school, he entered upon a military career where he ended up in the horse drawn artillery. From 1936 to 1938 he was sent to the Austrian Army’s Institute for Riding Instructors near Vienna. It was there that he became friends with Colonel Hans Handler who later became the director of the Spanish Riding School.
Hans had wide influence on dressage judging in the United States, by example as well as his activity in the early CDS Judge Training Program. As a judge, Hans officiated in a number of the national AHSA and USET Finals, and repeatedly was a judge at selection trials for teams to go to the Olympics, Pan American Games and World Championships.
In 1967, Hans was one of the founding members of the California Dressage Society where he held the position of “Professional Advisor” from the founding of CDS to 1986. It has often been said jokingly that he was appointed to this position because he was the only person who had a rulebook. In reality, he gave much guidance and direction to the fledgling California Dressage Society, especially in the area of educational programs.

Hans Moeller awarded to: Barbi Breen-Gurley
Barbi Breen-Gurley Los Osos, CA
I have been a CDS member since 1972, and I am a member of the San Luis Obispo Chapter.
I have brought seven horses up to the Grand Prix level during my riding career; and my current gelding, Vindicator, is one of the best. He will be starting the Grand Prix this show season.
It is a large financial undertaking to keep current competitively and to get the excellent eyes on the ground necessary to keep improving. I do not have a sponsor so I must cover all these expenses myself. I have been a trainer and instructor since 1970 and I am earnest to share my knowledge with students and interested people both locally and wherever I may clinic.
I am a USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Bar Medalist. I have been on the developing or long list a number of times. In 2010, Octango and I won the CDS and USDF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championships. But shortly after he came down with Cushings disease and although we school daily, I have not been competing him.
Carol Plough Youth Scholarship Fund - $500
This is an appropriate tribute to Carol who so generously gave of her time, energy and enthusiasm to CDS and especially to the Juniors and Advanced Young Riders in California.
Most CDS Members know of Carol’s success as a trainer, judge and top level American rider. Perhaps you are not aware of her dedication and efforts behind the headlines. Carol also served on the CDS Board for two terms. Carol was an active participant in our organization on all levels. Her efforts on behalf of CDS is too long to list but here are a few of the more noteworthy events and activities in which she participated. Carol rode in the super successful Dressage Expo in the Pas de Deux Calcutta. She volunteered countless hours with the year long planning of the 30th Anniversary Celebration. She organized the Southern California Junior Championship for years. Carol was the Advanced Young Rider Chef for many years. She volunteered as a demo rider in the Debbie McDonald Symposium as a part of CDS Annual Meeting.
This scholarship will be dedicated, in perpetuity, to fund an annual stipend to one dressage rider, 21 years old or under, riding at First Level or above. For 2012 $400.00 was awarded.
Carol Plough awarded to: Brenna Cowan
Brenna Cowan Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Hello, my name is Brenna Cowan and I am applying for a scholarship through the CDS for individual riders under 21 years of age. I am 16, and a sophomore in high school. I just joined the CDS today! I joined the Pomona chapter, because I believe this is the one closest to where I live.
I am learning lower level dressage and want to compete at these levels in local shows. I got my first horse in December. He is a Thoroughbred trained in the lower levels. I think we make a good team and can work together to learn and move up the ranks of dressage. I would like to persuade my high school, Rancho Cucamonga High School, to recognize equestrian athletes.
I would like to use the scholarship money to start riding lessons with Janet Curtis. As soon as I am ready, I will start entering dressage shows.
CDS Educational Scholarships
Quadrille Committee $750. Awarded
Learning the Basics and Expanding Experience.
Description of Activity: Come join the CDS Quadrille Clinic and learn all about Quadrille. A skilled demonstration team will provide a great introduction. The clinic is open to individuals that are new to quadrille, individuals that have ridden on a team previously and want to further their skills, or for established teams looking to expand their experience. Clinic will include a mounted session on your horse in the afternoon
Educational Objectives: To provide an informative and instructional forum for dressage riders who are interested in learning about quadrille and to provide a safe environment in which there is an opportunity to ride in a group to learn some of the basic quadrille movements. For established quadrille teams, to provide an opportunity to work with the clinician to further develop their experience.
Club 100 Grant Fund
The CDS Club 100 has budgeted certain funds for each calendar year. CDS would like to support junior riders and young riders who are competing at a minimum of Training Level. The Grant money can be used for any dressage educational purpose. Both rider and owner must be member of CDS in good standing to be eligible for grants. Grants are for $200, to be given to juniors wanting help with lessons or costs for an educational event. Grants are also available for Chapter Junior events. Payment is made directly to the event or clinician.
Sarah Ponzini $200 awarded


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.




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