September 2019

Hello CLD members and friends,

I am feeling very blessed as I sit and type this letter to you all. I am so incredibly lucky to be able to participate in the sport of dressage. Just to have the physical ability firstly. I am so grateful for my health. Then to be blessed that I am my horse’s person. I am fortunate that I have an equine partner that trusts me and puts up with me (most of the time)! I know that any of these things could change in the blink of an eye.

His health, my health, circumstances change. We never know what the future holds for us. I try not to take things for granted, but of course, I sometimes do. Any number of things could happen, and it just might. In the mean time, I am going to try to appreciate my time with my horse, enjoy the moment and drink in as much as I can. Life is so precious, but much too short. Sometimes things happen that make us realize just how short and precious life is. My deepest condolences go to Pat McVary, who just lost her beloved horse, Rio. He was one in a million.

We are approaching the end of another show season so we need to start thinking about sending those scores in to our awards chair, Teresa Litchfield, for year-end awards. The deadline for sending scores in is October 10. We will be holding our Annual Meeting and awards dinner at the Sangamo Club again this year on November 2nd, where we are sure to enjoy another delicious meal! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there! There will be more details to follow. Enjoy the rest of 2019!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom

May 2019

Hello CLD members and friends,

Happy spring! Everything has gotten so green from all the recent rain! However, many of us are about ready to float away so I hope we have some dryer weather in store for us at least for a little while.

Show season has begun! We just concluded our IceBreaker schooling show which was held on April 27th. It was a smashing success, thanks to our show manager, Teresa Litchfield. Teresa put a lot of effort to make it such a fun event.

We gathered at lunch to say farewell to our faithful CLD member, Gayla Sargent, who has supported our club and judged for us many times over the years. She joined CLD in its first year of existence. We wish her well as she is leaving the area to enjoy retirement with her husband. On a happier note, Gayla judged a stick horse contest for the young (and old)! which got a lot of laughs. A good time was had by all!

Our next event will be our rated Classic shows being held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on June 22 and 23. I hope you all can attend this enjoyable event which also helps support our club. We are looking for sponsors as well as volunteers to help make our show a success. Please contact me if you are interested in logging some volunteer hours. Whether you are meeting our criteria to compete in our year end awards program or if you just want to get amongst your peers for some comradeship, we need your help. We couldn’t provide our show without all the wonderful people who come out to help. We are grateful for our volunteers’ time and talents.

I wish you all safe and happy riding and a successful show season!

Your CLD President,

Judy Nordstrom

February 2019

Greetings CLD members and friends!

We have planned our first educational/social event for 2019! We will hold a lecture, given by Kate Fleming-Kuhn on Rider’s Position and Seat after our regularly scheduled CLD board meeting on February 23 at 2pm in the StarWest lounge. Our lecture and potluck will start at 3pm. Come and share friendship at this fun social gathering!

Our IceBreaker and FireCracker schooling shows are set to be held on April 27th and July 13th this year and we are looking for volunteers. We need scorers, scribes, runners and ring stewards to help make our shows a success. We couldn’t make this happen without the help of our valued CLD members! These are also great opportunities to get in your minimum of 3 volunteer hours in order to participate in our year-end awards program. Please contact me or our show manager, Teresa Litchfield if you are interested in helping out!

I am looking forward to sharing another fun-filled and successful year with all of our members! Good luck to all in reaching your goals and dreams!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom

December 2018

Hello CLD members and friends,

Have you ever noticed that when you were a kid, time seems to drag on? And the older you get, time just keeps going faster and faster? Life really does fly by! We are already at another year’s end and it seems like it just started.

There are so many things I intended to do this year but didn’t because I ran out of time. Where does the time go? What if we knew we only had another year to live? What would we change? Anything? We hear people say all the time, “life is too short!”

Well, it really is! I wish I could slow down the hands of time and just soak in everything before it disappears into a distant memory. I want to savor the time I have with my friends and family (and horse!).

Sometimes I want to just stop, and enjoy the quietness of the moment. I want to worry less about things that don’t matter. For instance, that my house isn’t as clean as I want it to be or that I don’t have my Christmas decorating or shopping done! Wait! I haven’t even started Christmas shopping! Well, here I go again getting caught up in the whirlwind and the busyness of the season! It is a difficult cycle to get out of.

As I said, the year went by quickly, but successfully for many. Congratulations to all that made it to Regional Championships and to US Finals! I am enjoying the slower pace of this time of year while continuing to strive for progress in my and my horse’s training. Before we know it, another show season will be upon us and we’ll be off and running again. I hope everyone can reflect over the past year with fond and comforting memories and look forward to enjoying the new year ahead with great anticipation and vigor!

I wish everyone many blessings and a warm and cozy winter season! Happy riding everyone!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom

November 2018

Dear members and friends,

We have received scores from many of our members and we are preparing for a fun-filled evening at our year-end Awards dinner. The meeting will take place at the Sangamo Club on November 3rd at 6pm. We are looking forward to this opportunity to come together as a dressage community to celebrate our many accomplishments, both big and small. I hope you all are able to join us. RSVP today!

Last month we held a very successful clinic with USDF president, George Williams. The clinic was well attended by riders and auditors alike. The 45 minute lessons were educational and enjoyed by all. Hopefully, we will have George back sometime in the near future!

Next month we will be sending our GMO representative, Leslie Burket, to the USDF National Convention. It will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah this year. She will learn about the latest developments in the dressage community, help influence the direction of dressage in the United States, and celebrate the achievements of those in our sport.

Now is a great time to renew your membership for 2019 and nominate your horse for next year! Enjoy what’s left of the fall weather and I hope to see you at our awards dinner!

Judy Nordstrom
President CenterLine Dressage

September 2018

Hello CLD Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe we are at summer’s end, which means back to school for many and we are wrapping up another dressage show season. I hope everyone had a successful year and best wishes to those who will be attending regional championships. This also means it is time to start sending in our scores for our own CLD year end awards. The deadline is October 15.

If you haven’t met our new requirements for the year, it’s not too late to get some last minute volunteer hours in! We will have our next CLD board meeting on September 14 at 2pm in the StarWest lounge, which will count towards one volunteer hour, or we could use some volunteer help at our upcoming clinic and awards dinner, itself! Contact me for more info!

Thanks to our symposium chair, Kate Fleming-Kuhn, we have an exciting clinic coming up with George Williams! We are so excited that he is finally coming, as we have tried for several years to get him for our Education Days. This clinic will take place on September 22-23. Auditing for this event is free for members and it includes lunch!!! That is a win win!

Another all club member event is our annual Christmas party. We are currently looking for a potential venue. Let me know if you are interested in hosting our party this year!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom

president@centerlinedressage.com

May 2018

Hello CLD Members and Friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Our club is back in full swing of show season! We just held a very successful Icebreaker show of 48 rides on April 28th. Weather was cool and breezy but thankfully, not rainy. I would like to give kudos to Teresa Litchfield for successfully running the show while successfully riding in the show! Congratulations on winning high point in the Adult Amateur Training Level!

Our Classic shows are resuming this year and quickly approaching! We are in need of volunteers and sponsors for our classes! Please find a copy of our sponsorship form in our newsletter. We are excited to hold a local show again, as this will be the first time having the show without the Coliseum of the Illinois State Fair. We will be holding a possibly longer, one ring show each day. We are now accepting entries!

Some big changes are coming to our awards program starting this year! Every owner and rider enrolled in the CLD Awards program must either perform three volunteer hours for CLD or pay $50. (Attendance at three Board meetings would also qualify as volunteer hours.) The deadline for volunteer hours or payment would be the same as the submission deadline for Awards each year. Teresa Litchfield will keep the hours records.

I wish everyone a successful show season! Happy riding everyone!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

March 2018

Hello CLD Members and Friends,

Spring has officially sprung, although some days that has not been very apparent. I’m ready to put my winter coat, gloves and hat away once and for all, or, at least till November! Just recently, though, I have noticed some signs of new plant growth poking through the soil. I am sure we will soon see evidence of spring in some beautiful, new flowers.

In conformity with warmer weather comes a new show season, which is also suddenly upon us. In fact, our Icebreaker schooling show will be held in just a few short weeks at Tower Hill Equestrian Center on April 28. Get your entries in now! I hope you all are ready for a successful show season! Happy riding, everyone!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

February 2018

Dear CLD members and friends,

We are already well into 2018. Yes, it is February of my fifth and final year as president of CLD. As we look at the year ahead, I’d like to challenge each of you to assess your busy lives and ask yourselves how you might be able to give just a little of your time and talents to CLD. I know we are all busy. We have jobs, families, friends and many other things demanding of our time and attention.

Maybe now is a good time to prioritize all these things and ask ourselves, “How important is it that CLD exist?” Is it important that we have local schooling shows or local rated shows? Not to mention numerous educational symposiums and clinics! How about looking forward to year-end awards? Or socializing at the awards banquet and Christmas party?

The truth is, our club only exists because of a handful of people that really care about our organization and its mission: dedication to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage.

I would like to encourage you to become more involved with some of the events and activities that CLD conducts. This doesn’t mean that you have to make a long term commitment. Maybe just helping out for a couple of hours at one of our schooling shows or volunteer at the rated show that we will resume having again this year.

In fact, we are in need of a volunteer coordinator for our Classic show (hint hint!). There are many ways YOU can help your local GMO. If you would like to find out how, please contact me. If everyone gives just a little of their time and/or talent, we can achieve great things. Please help us be the best GMO we can be!

Wishing everyone a successful year ahead,

Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

October 2017

Dear CLD members and friends,

Although the weather has been no indication, the end of our 2017 competition season is drawing to a close. It is time to get your scores in for Year-End Awards and prepare to renew your CLD memberships.

We will be having our CLD Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on November 4th at the Springfield Motor Boat Club. More information to come on that, but please save the date! Another date to put on your calendar is December 9th, the date for our Christmas Party. This year we thank Deb Klamen and Phil Pan for inviting us to their newly remodeled home.

As we prepare our new slate of Directors for our CLD Board, it has become apparent that new Board Members are hard to come by. If we want our club to thrive, it is necessary to bring in new people. Many of the current board members have served a number of years and would like to pass their batons on to the next person, so to speak. I think it is important to promote the sport of dressage in our community and invite new people to get involved. We have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year as well as some fun educational and social events. Please consider becoming more involved with our local GMO!

Enjoy the upcoming fall season and happy riding, everyone!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom