Election Results

November 30, 2016

We are pleased to announce our two new board members:

1. Kristina Tomalesky

2. Jennifer Meinen

 

Welcome to the SFP Board of Directors!

Thomas Walker Clinic

November 15, 2016

Cynthia Makashima is putting on a clinic with Thomas Walker Dec 16-18 at Indian Hills Ranch in Milpitas.  Attached is a flyer.  We are looking forward to learning more about Thomas Walker.

http://www.sfpcds.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Thomas-Walker-Flyer-11-11.pdf

 

November Board Meeting

November 14, 2016

We are planning to have the November board meeting 21Nov 6:30 PM at NCEFT instead of tonight 14 Nov.

Upcoming SFP Chapter Board of Directors elections!

It’s that time of year again.  If you are interested in running for our Board of Directors or have someone you’d like to nominate, send us an email with your name or the person you’d like to nominate plus a short bio about yourself and why you’d like to be on the Board.

Board members are expected to attend at least 75% of meetings (face-to-face quarterly and several via conference call month) and be willing to work on our various chapter activities, including clinics, symposiums and horse shows.  Please send your nomination via e-mail by November 5, 2016 as voting will commence Nov 12-30.

Rachel Gaines at Charlotte Brehdal ClinicMy horse Fabrizio and I rode in the CDS Jr/Yr Clinic with Charlotte Bredhal in August, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and the chapter for this experience! I feel so lucky to have been able to represent SFP and ride with one of my biggest role models. Charlotte’s words of encouragement and expertise were invaluable, and I could not have gotten more out of it. She left us with homework to take back to our barns, and I’ve definitely been applying it! Thank you for all you do for us young riders! Sincerely, Rachel Gaines

 

Noted trainer and instructor Corine Dorrepaal from Utrecht will be here 9-13 Sept to give a clinic!  The clinic will be held at Alix Curry’s Farm in the AM and at Rachel Williamson’s facility, Sapphire, in Woodside in the afternoons.  Corine is an outstanding trainer and clinician and we are both excited and honored to have here.

For more information, contact Gigi or Alix.  We have one slot open for riding and of course plenty of room for auditors.  Details about Corine and the clinic will be send out in an EBlast.  We look forward to seeing you at ring side!

2016 JUNIOR YOUNG RIDER CLINIC SERIES

 WITH CHARLOTTE BREDAHL

Sponsored by Dressageclinic.com
MAY 7-8, W-Farms, Chino Hills

contact Kristin Young  949-677-1334   kristinyoung@cox.net  

 

AUDITING IS FREE. COME WATCH AND LEARN FROM THE BEST! 

Attending the CDS JR/YR clinic with Charlotte Bredahl last year was an outstanding experience, and I am beyond grateful I had the opportunity to go. Charlotte went above and beyond to make the weekend educational not only for the rider, but for everyone auditing the clinic. It is not often you get to ride with someone who is so wonderfully successful and who truly cares about educating others.” ~GG

CHARLOTTE BREDAHL

Charlotte Bredahl and Monsieur were on the Olympic Bronze medal winning dressage Team in Barcelona in 1992. She was also on the Silver medal winning US team in 1997 riding Lugano. Both horses she trained from start to Grand Prix. Charlotte is an International Dressage judge (4*) and travels all over the world. In 2014 she judged  the US National Dressage Finals and Team selection for the World Games. She was also named Honorary Instructor by USDF and  received the Gold Medal of distinction  awarded by USEF. Very recently Charlotte was appointed US Assistant Youth Coach. She is very excited about that, since she has always had a passion for helping Youth.
South Clinic: Chino Hills               North: Elk Grove                                 Central: Woodlake

W Farms                                       Starr Vaughn                                       Sequoia Hills Stable

Kristin Young 949-677-1334         Beth Coffey-Curle 775-849-0136        Kristin Young 949-677-1334

 MAY 7-8                                        AUGUST 20-21                                  SEPTEMBER 10-11

Our first Freestyle Clinic was a big success.   On Friday Night, riders and some auditors were hosted by Edie Dwan at her home for a pizza party and lecture-video presentation by Cynthia.  On Saturday and Sunday, the clinic was held at Hilary Martin’s place at Rancho Viejo.  The arena and footing was excellent.  Cynthia brought a variety of music and worked with each rider on the freestyle movements specific for each horse and rider combination and then matched music to the movements.  She would try various combinations and in no time the music and the horse were as one.  She would also tweak the various movements to make them flow better and be more interesting and dynamic.  It was lovely.  Finally, she had the rider go through the FS test in its entirety with the music and then make some more adjustments until everything was just right.

The clinic was a great success in all respects-the dinner at Edie’s, the arena, the management of the clinic and of course the horse and rider teams.  We look forward to more of these.

Special thanks to Michele DeLuna, who did all the “heavy lifting”, Edie for hosting the party and Hilary for providing the arena.

March Activities Report

March 21, 2016

Hello SFPers!
We have had several recent activities and the Board wants to give you an update.

5 March: Tonya Johnston Mental Skills Workshop at NCEFT

Our Mental Skills Workshop was well and enthusiastically attended by dressage and event riders. Michelle Deluna sums it up nicely:

“On March 5th 2016 the SFP chapter of CDS held a workshop with Tonya Johnson. Six participants worked with Tonya identifying triggers of fears or anxiety around their riding or showing. It was a supportive and informative session. We all had different areas that affected us and Tonya’s step by step program addressed everybody’s issues. I walked away with knowledge and a tools in my tool kit.”

12March Jennifer Roth Competition Clinic Clinic at Webb.

It was muddy and cloudy, but at least the rain held off. Michele and Gigi did a fantastic job putting on the clinic, including managing the scoring, and providing lunch. The clinic was full with a variety of dressage and event riders from Introductory to 4th and there was a western dressage rider too, who put in a lovely test. Jennifer did a great job with the post ride critiques and mini-lessons. The clinic was a nice prep for the upcoming show season and was a good experience for the first time newbies.

13March: “The Equestrian” Movie and Musical FreeStyle rides.

“The Equestrian” was an unusual edgy and unexpected Film Noir about a young guy and his ambitions to ride Grand Prix. We also showed a number of GP FreeStyle Rides. The event was well attended, even though there was scary heavy rain. Special thanks to Gigi for all her hard work putting on this event!

Mark your calendar for the FreeStyle Clinic 23-24April. The rides are full, but there is lots of space for auditors.

We are planning more clinic activities over the next few months and will keep you posted.

The SFP will having its March  Board of Directors Meeting March 17.  This will be a teleconference meeting.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Jennifer Shearer for specifics at jennifer.shearer@ey.com.