Thank you, Arianna Barzman-Grennan for the great write-up!

On the weekend of October 11-12, I had the opportunity to participate in the CDS Northern JR/YR Clinic held at Starr Vaughn with David Wightman. It was a good learning experience and I certainly came away with new things to think about.

First I would like to say thank-you to Gigi Cunliffe for putting my name in for the clinic, and to the other chapters for organizing to put things together and arrange meals for the weekend. Thank-you also to Kristin Young for organizing it and to David Wightman for coming up to Elk Grove. I also need to thank Summer Hensley for encouraging me to do the clinic and thank my parents for making sure I can take advantage of opportunities like this.

The clinic began for the riders on Friday, and we all needed to be present at Starr Vaughn (if possible) by six in the evening for a pizza dinner and introduction. David was there and he talked briefly before we all introduced ourselves and our horses. He asked us to share our goals and what we were currently working on. He was very adamant that we have a goal, even if we feel that it isn’t something huge, but that we have something in mind when we work with our horses. The horse I am currently riding is named Patriot; he is a 17 year old, 17.1 hh Dutch gelding, and we showed Second and Third Level this season. My goal is to get my Silver Medal with him.

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By Tami George, Equine Specialist and Licensed Producer,

Markel Insurance, Hi Point Sponsor, SFP Annual Show

Most of us consider our horses family members.  They also represent a substantial financial investment, especially in the world of competitive sports.  Not many of us can afford to lose our horse, or spend thousands on colic surgery or other catastrophe, only to lose our horse anyway and be left with all the bills.

It used to be the main reason people insured their horses was to reduce the expense of colic surgery.  With better technology and advances in care, there are many other things that can trigger expensive vet bills.  Insurance may defray many of these costs, from diagnostics to medications to rehab therapies.

Besides being our High Point Sponsor, Tammi is herself a dedicated horse person.  Please read her full article on our website to get her perspective on issues that we should all consider in choosing horse insurance.

Horse Insurance – What every horse owner should know

Thank you Tammi for the lovely jackets!

Here is a link to the new 2015 dressage tests, effective 12/1/2015.  Time to get memorizing!

https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/2015dressageTests.aspx

There will be a Board Meeting at 6:30pm on 11/18 at NCEFT, 880 Runnymeade Rd, Woodside.

Please note the deviation from our usual Monday date.

All are welcome to attend!

Board Meeting, 10/13

October 8, 2014

The SFP Chapter will be holding a dial-in conference call on 10/13 in lieu of a face-to-face meeting. The call will start at 7:30pm.  The board meeting is still open to chapter members.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Shearer at the email provided on the left of this page for the dial-in number.

Please get your bios in to Kate Douglas at kate AT losdouglas DOT com by Oct 15.

Courtesy listing for a chapter member:

A clinic with Major Miguel Tavora will be held at the Woodside Horse Park on November 1-3.  Please see the attached flyer for information about Major Tavora.

Pre­registered auditors are welcome, $40 per day or $100 for all three days.

Cost $235 per 50 ­minute lesson

Please contact Nicole Prows nprows AT yahoo DOT com

Major Tavora bio

Election time!!!

September 15, 2014

Want to help enhance dressage in your area? Looking for a way to give back? Four spots on the SFP Board are coming up for election for 2015-2016 term. If you’re interested, please submit a short bio to Kate Douglas at kate@losdouglas.com by Oct 15.

Elections will run Nov 1-15.

This will be an online vote so if you do not have an email address filed with CDS, please contact Kate Douglas above and an email will be added for this vote only.

The SFP Chapter will be holding a dial-in conference call on 9/8 in lieu of a face-to-face meeting. The call will start at 7:30pm.  The board meeting is still open to chapter members.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Shearer at the email provided on the left of this page for the dial-in number.

The SFP Chapter will be holding a dial-in conference call on 8/11 in lieu of a face-to-face meeting. The call will start at 8pm.  The board meeting is still open to chapter members.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Shearer at the email provided on the left of this page for the dial-in number.