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

Stacey Berry Memorial Dressage Scholarship:

A $250 scholarship will be awarded each year. The recipient MUST be present to receive the grant in person during the lunch break at the October show. The grant must be used within 12 months of receiving the $250 scholarship fund. A grant recipient may not win the scholarship two consecutive years or twice in five years.

Selection Criteria:

Deadline: Please submit your application electronically to our chapter chairpersons Jen Smith at jennifer@jenniferasmith.com and Holly McGee at hmcgee@washoecounty.us, or through the mail to SNC-CDS, PO Box 2637, Carson City, NV 89702. All applications must be received by October 1st, 2015. Winner will be decided at the October meeting, October 5th. The scholarship will be awarded at the lunch break during our SN Chapter Stacey Berry Memorial Dressage Show scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Center.

New Clinic Added to the October Calendar!

SNC-CDS is pleased to announce a chapter sponsored event!

Brian Hafner Clinic
October 3-4, 2015
Franktown Meadows Equestrian Center

Brian Hafner relocated from Minnesota to California in 2006. His training business is based at Sky Ridge Ranch in Sonoma, CA. He views his biggest equestrian accomplishment as training his own horse Lombardo from a 4 year old to the level of a successful International CDI Grand Prix horse.

Brian and Lombardo are currently in Europe training with Johann Hinnemann. Their summer show schedule has included a recent appearance on the US Nations Cup Team at the CDI5* in Falsterbo, Sweden.

Brian's riding resume includes: USEF Elite Grand Prix "A" list rider, US team member of the 2014 Nations Cup teams for Rotterdam CDIO5* and Hickstead CDI3*, USDF Bronze,Silver,Gold medals, 2014 Carol Lavell $25,000 grant recipient from The Dressage Foundation, 2013 Top Six USEF National Championships at Grand Prix (Lombardo), 2013 Top Ten USEF National Championships at I-1 (Chablis), 2012 Brentina Cup Champion, and 2009 NAYRC triple medalist.

Clinic rider application is available here Brian Hafner Clinic Application and must be completed and submitted with payment. The cost of the clinic per ride is $140.00. The clinic participants will be chosen based on rider qualifications and past volunteer efforts will be taken into consideration.

Application with the clinic fee of $140.00 per ride should be sent to: SNC-CDS, PO Box 2637, Carson City, NV 89702.

Auditing will be free and auditors are welcome! We have reserved the whole Franktown facility for the event. There will be a Saturday evening potluck dinner for Brian, clinic participants, and chapter members at Susan's house on Saturday evening October 3rd, 2015.

If you have questions or require more information, please email Susan Ward sw4horses@gmail.com.

Custom Stock Ties:

Need a new stock tie or vintage pin to spiff up your show attire? Dara James Designs proudly introduces new stock tie designs for the dressage show ring! Dara James Designs was founded by our very own SNC member, Susan Ward. All Dara James Designs products are hand made to the highest quality level. A portion of proceeds will go to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, specifically for those affected by breast cancer. Visit www.darajamesdesigns.com.


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: Monday September 14th at 6:30pm at Susan Ward's home. October meeting will be Monday October 5th at 6:30pm at Susan Ward's home. Email 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.