California Dressage Society San Diego Chapter

Serving San Diego Chapter members and dressage enthusiasts at large in educating and promoting the sport of dressage.

Veloz freestyle

Rider Registration is closed but we are still taking auditors!!

FreeStyle Clinic with Donna Richardson and Cynthia Collins: August 29-30, 2015

Entries Close the 23rd of August.

The clinic will be held at Fox Run Farm in San Marcos with clinicians Donna Richardson and Cynthia Collins leading us through a weekend of freestyle music choice and choreography.

Donna will teach on Saturday from 0900-5pm with lunch at 1200 and the Pas De Duex Demonstration at 1245. The evening lecture will now be on Saturday night as well, it will go from 6pm-9pm. I highly recommend attending this event as it will be very education and fun. It is a potluck dinner and CDS SD is providing adult beverages as well as nonalcoholic items. Please email myself and our program manager if you plan on attending the lecture and what item you would like to bring for the potluck.

Cynthia will teach Sunday from 0900-3:45pm with a 1200 lunch break.

Go to our Programs page for more info and to sign up as an auditor Click here:Programs

Nominations close tomorrow for the San Diego CDS slot in the California Dressage Society’s annual JR/YR Clinic!

Are under the age of 22? Would you like the chance to spend a weekend training with the great Charlotte Bredahl? If so please visit our Programs Page for more information.

Kelsey Markee

The Next Dressage Generation is coming from CDS SD!!

The Next Dressage Generation Shines During Southern Region’s CDS Junior Young Rider Championships in Temecula

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the California Dressage Society

Even as the competition (and summer temperatures) heated up, young dressage riders found a way to beat the heat thanks to daily ice cream parties and a festive atmosphere during the California Dressage Society (CDS) Junior Young Rider Championships – South, held August 14 – 16 in Temecula, Calif. As the second of two shows in this popular championship program which celebrates CDS’ continuing dedication and support of the next generation of dressage riders (the Northern Region competition was previously held July 31 – August 2 in Elk Grove), this Southern Region championship drew almost 50 young competitors to Galway Downs for a weekend full of competition and camaraderie.

An impressive group of 10 different teams contested the Training Level and First/Second Level divisions for coveted prizes and team jackets, while individual competitors mounted on warmbloods as well as Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Lusitanos and ponies vied for the opportunity to have their names engraved on perpetual trophies presented from Training Level to FEI. One of those enthusiastic competitors was 11-year-old Kelsey Markee of Ramona, Calif. who competed in the Training Level 14 & Under Championship division. After she and her adorable eight-year-old Welsh pony mare Make a Wish (also known as “Bella”) made the transition to dressage from the hunter/jumper ranks last year, Markee set the CDS Junior Young Rider Championships as a goal – and achieved it.

“My favorite part of the event was that Bella and I made it!” said Markee. “It was a huge accomplishment for us. I enjoyed being a part of the show, experiencing all of the new adventures, and being able to test our skills in a new environment and see how much Bella and I have improved from the beginning of the season.” Like so many of the young riders in attendance, Markee’s enthusiasm extended well beyond the competition ring: she also described how much she enjoyed helping the organizers with trophies and awards presentations, seeing banners created by each team, and sharing ice cream with new friends.


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