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The voice of the Tehachapi Mountain Chapter/CDS
and of the Bear Valley Springs Dressage Club
Since our last newsletter, we’ve added two additional members. Please welcome Jeanne Schamblin and Nina Horstink, both of Bakersfield. It appears that Nina will be our rider representative at the CDS Southern Region Junior Clinic with Leslie Morse to be held April 12-14 at Redlands, CA.
As of today, we have twenty-five members for 2019 WITH SEVERAL MORE YET TO COME�
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BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS MAIN GATE ACCESS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS (LIKE HORSE SHOWS):
Gate access policy for 2019 is tightening up. Entrance will be restricted to non-BVS residents whose names have been called in by a resident or recognized club for special events. In our case, we, TMC, in cooperation with the BVS Dressage Club have always supplied a list of known show or banquet attendees to the BVS gate. There has been a proviso that others wishing to attend should be admitted. With the Rules getting tighter, we now cannot assume that names not on our list will be admitted. This means that anybody who “might come to the show” (grandparents, friends etc,) had jolly well better get their names into us by Wednesday prior to the show or risk having to drive home disappointed.
I will be re-printing this notice in future Newsletters, as a reminder.
CDS ANNUAL MEETING REPORT BY KAREN SWEANEY
I am grateful to the Tehachapi Mountain Chapter for permitting me to attend the CDS Annual Meeting as a Chapter Representative. For those interested in attending next year, all CDS members are welcome to attend Saturday’s meetings, including the meeting of the chapter chairs. For my first attendance however, I felt more confident attending in a somewhat “official” capacity. Saturday’s meeting is free for all CDS members.
The meeting opened with Kevin Reinig giving his president’s report. He discussed a variety of things such as how smoke from the summer’s wildfires drastically affected California’s dressage shows as well as the health of our horses. He also discussed how USDF is increasing fees for CDS and asked what CDS’s response should be. He of course covered the new Safesport requirement as well as the new requirement that riders interested in freestyles must now have qualifying scores of 63% instead of 60% to be eligible to perform a freestyle.
CDS’s treasurer Diana Muravez reported on the state of CDS’s finances. She brought up the issue of insuring storage trailers given that one of the chapters lost a brand new trailer during the fires. It was stressed that chapters reevaluate their insurance coverage. She went on to say that while investments were flat, they were at least stable. For the 2018 year, CDS remained on budget even though there was less revenue. To trim costs, CDS is looking to reduce administrative costs by doing more conference calls rather than face-to-face meetings, which require travel costs. The newsletter may also see some changes to help reduce costs.
Other committee members shared their reports. Ellen Corob reported on the three RAAC dates and locations. The Adult Amateur clinic dates and locations – three of them, were also shared. The junior programs were also discussed. There will be two clinic dates and locations. A few other ideas were discussed such as travel grants, scholarships, and even a RAAC scholarship.
My favorite part of the morning was the Chapter Chair meetings. As a representative of the Tehachapi Mountain Chapter, I was able to share the many wonderful things that our chapter does. It was also interesting to hear about the rest of the central region chapters. They were all doing great things, but as in everything, they had their own struggles as well. Lack of volunteers seemed to be a general theme.
After lunch, each regional chairperson reported on his or her particular region. Since we had only met as chapter chairs within the central region, it was educational to hear what was going on in the rest of the state. Several awards were also given out such as best newsletter, best website, and others.
On Saturday evening, I attended the Gala Awards Dinner with Chemaine Hurtado and her daughter, Morgan, both of whom live in Bear Valley Springs. Both Morgan and I received our Ruby Rider Awards. My Arabian, G Ima Starr FA – known as Speedy G, also received his Second Level Horse Performance Award. There was a $65 fee for the dinner and awards ceremony.
On Sunday, I attended the morning portion of the Health Fair but had to leave after lunch. The Health Fair covered a variety of topics related to equine and rider health. I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Hilary Clayton’s lecture on The Pyramid of Training: A Biomechanical Perspective, which was definitely worth staying for. Other presenters included Mike Tomlinson, Seana Adamson, and Tom Meyers. The Health Fair and lunch buffet required an admission price of $70.
As I was driving home on Sunday afternoon, I thought about the weekend’s event and realized that attending at least once should be a goal for every CDS member. I’ve described it as getting to look behind the curtain. There are actually faces and real people who run CDS and USDF. They have our best interests at heart, and in fact “they” are actually “us.” Your CDS board listens to its members and needs for all of us to speak up.
Attending the meeting also helped me feel better connected to USDF. That organization seems so far removed from the average rider, but when we stay connected to our CDS regional directors, our ideas, complaints, or likes do get communicated to USDF. And when CDS speaks, USDF does listen.
Tehachapi Mountain Chapter, thank you for letting me represent you. I am already looking forward to next year’s meeting.
CDS RIDER PLATES FOR 2018:
The following rider plates have been mailed to all recipients:
-Alison Barrera riding Samona Gea: First Level 3 Rosettes
-Beverly Billingsley riding Apple Latte: Second Level 2 Rosettes
-Gabriella Guinn riding Sophia: First Level 7 Rosettes
-Jackie Jaakola riding Erika: Training Level 2 & First Level 1 Rosette
-Magnus Loken riding Ardennes: Second Level 4 Rosettes
-Susan Nelson riding Royal Fashion: Third Level 5 & Fourth Level 1 Rosette
-Debbie Popolizio riding Erika: Training Level 1 Rosette
-Debbie Popolizio riding Jacaranda Vom Rappenhof: Prix St George 1 & Intermediate I 1
-Debbie Popolizio riding Joie De Vivre Vom Rappenhof: Fourth Level 1 Rosette
-Karen Sweaney riding G Ima Starr FA: Second Level 15 Rosettes
-Dani Vigil riding MVR Silver Mist: Intro-C 3 Rosettes
Congratulations to all!!