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~~~~~ September News and Communications ~~~~~

Congratulations to all the SNC Juniors that showed at Junior Championships!! Well done!!

Northern A/A Clinic report from Susan Traynor

I was the representative from the Sierra Nevada Chapter to the Marisa Festerling Adult Amateur Clinic held at the Santa Rosa Equestrian Center. It was an honor to ride with Marisa and also to meet many wonderful riders from other chapters. I brought my Haflinger pony, Ty, and he was quite the challenge. He decided from the onset that the sound system speakers existed solely to harass and defy him. Marisa patiently dealt with my embarrassment and Ty’s obstinate behavior. After all, cute pony is as cute pony does!

Tracy Underwood was the perfect hostess. She seemed to be everywhere at once with a helping hand. Her facility was beautiful, from the wonderful wooden barns and covered dressage courts to the large, green turnout pastures. She hosted a “meet and greet” with Marisa on Friday night. We all told a little about ourselves and our horses and Marisa shared her training and horsemanship philosophy. I ate a little too much pizza and enjoyed a little too much of Tracy’s fine wine! Tracy also served a grand dinner Saturday evening after the day’s lessons. I exercised a little more restraint with the excellent wines, but couldn’t resist the desserts.

I really enjoyed my private lessons with Marisa. She gave me the tools to ride my pony more effectively and that certainly was worth the the whole weekend. I also was happy to see the riding improvements in all of the participants and their horses. I am very grateful to CDS and to my chapter for affording me this wonderful opportunity. I would be remiss if I didn’t also share my gratitude for Lesley Grove, good friend and trainer, who brought Ty and I to the clinic.

Susan Traynor

We are awarding High Points Awards at each show for Open, AA, an JR/YR.

KWPN-NA will be awarding a High Point Award for the highest scoring KWPN horse at each of our shows. Please contact Stacee if you have a KWPN horse and want to be eligible for this award. You will need to provide a copy of your horses registration papers, and the owner must be a member of KWPN-NA to be eligible for this award (all verified through the KWPN-NA office). It will be awarded after we have all of the scores from the show, Stacee will take a picture of you and your horse with the award for KWPN-NA after the show.

If there is anyone out there with other breeds that would like to have Breed High Point awards at our shows you are encouraged to contact your horse's registry and see what they require. Stacee is happy to help you, however we are leaving it up to the club members to contact their registries.


Chapter meetings are held one evening each month unless otherwise determined by the Board Of Directors. The location of the meetings will be posted to the web site and announced to the group prior to the meetings. Meetings are open to the membership.

Next Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30pm at Round Table Pizza in the WalMart shopping center in Damnote Ranch. October's meeting will be Tuesday October 7th at 6:30pm at Susan Ward's home. Contact Susan at sw4horses@gmail.com for directions.


If you would like to stay up to date with current events in the chapter, join our SNC-CDS e-mail list. All announcements regarding ride times, show results and the newsletter are sent out via the list. To sign up for the list, go to the Yahoo SNC-CDS page and click on "Join". If you have any problems signing up on Yahoo or other questions please feel free to contact us.

To become a Sierra Nevada Chapter member of the California Dressage Society, please use the following link Join CDS.If you wish to be a member of SNC please make that your chapter preference.