Beginnings of CLD
CenterLine Dressage, a Group Member Organization of the U.S. Dressage Federation, began with three dressage instructors and their students who came together in the fall of 1972 at Elaine Powell (Gibala's) Golden Miss Stables in Fisher, IL. Alice Martin of Watson came with several of her students as did Genelle Bishop (Royer) from Peoria. From this nucleus eventually sprang seven chapters: East, South, North Central, Springfield, Jacksonville, Quad Cities and Great River Classical Horsemanship Association. Two chapters became GMO's themselves and the Chapter system was abandoned in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.
Today CLD hosts a rated dressage show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds every August plus three schooling shows. With a membership of approximately 100 riders, CLD offers three scholarships to members as well as several subsidized clinics each year. In a subsidized clinic, Adult Amateurs and Jr./YR's pay part of the clinician's lesson fee; the club picks up the balance. CenterLine annually schedules social events and many educational opportunities. The culmination of each year's effort is called Education Days, a three-day weekend that features an international calibre clinician. Often that weekend includes the annual Awards Banquet which features the Education Days' clinician as keynote speaker.