California Dressage Society San Diego Chapter

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Annual Awards Banquet!!


As always the Crossings was the perfect setting to end the year in class and style. Congrats to all our riders, their horses, and the army of people it takes to get through a show year. CDS San Diego looks forward to 2016 and hosting the RAAC in August. We will continue to do our best to improve our shows and offer the San Diego Dressage riders fun and educational events. If you haven’t done so already please don’t forget to nominate yourself for the 2016 CDS San Diego Circuit so you can start earning points at our sponsored schooling shows and recognized shows.

Click here to nominate yourself for our 2016 show circuit:Circuit Nomination

You can also find the page by navigating to the “Events” menu at the top of the page.

We are proud to announce the winner of CDS San Diego’s Jr/Yr seat at this years Clinic with Charlotte Bredahl!!

Congratulations to Kate Cassidy and her horse Pellegrini. The lucky pair will not only get to participate in the clinic free of charge but CDS San Diego has awarded her a $500 travel and lodging grant to help offset the costs.

Clinic will be help at Epona Farms October 2-4th. If you are interested in auditing or helping out with food, drinks, or volunteering please contact Kristin Young

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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