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

September 2017

Dear CLD members and friends,

Jenna Upchurch & Greystoke photo credit: John Borys Photography

Jenna Upchurch & Greystoke photo credit: John Borys Photography

The month of August began with an event that no one was prepared for, the loss of a very special and talented horse named Greystoke, aka Oz. He was, indeed, the beloved partner of a lifetime for StarWest’s Jenna Upchurch and previous owners Martin Kuhn and Kate Fleming-Kuhn. My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by his loss. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Summer is coming to a close and so is the 2017 competition season. It isn’t too soon to start getting your scores into our awards chair at centerlinedressage.com/awards and renewing your CLD membership at centerlinedressage.com/join

The sooner the better!

Our GMO will be well represented again this year at the Board of Governors General Assembly, held during the 2017 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Lexington thanks to Leslie Burket who has, one more time, agreed to be our representative. Group Members can apply for the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant, which allows one deserving individual to attend the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, by providing funds to cover the cost of attendance. Applications for the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant have been extended.

Enjoy what is left of your summer and best of luck to all in finishing a successful show season!

Your CLD President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

July 2017

Dear CLD members and friends,

Our Susanne von Dietze weekend was a huge success! Her lessons proved to be beneficial to riders of all skill levels and ages. She demonstrated new teaching techniques as well as countless useful exercises to improve position and communication with our horses. The clinic was well attended and enjoyed by all! A big thank you goes to Kate Fleming-Kuhn for organizing such a valuable learning experience!

We also held our first auction/dinner fundraiser at the newly remodeled Springfield Motor Boat Club in conjunction with an interactive talk given by Susanne von Dietze on Saturday night. There were numerous items in high demand at the silent auction, with the highlight being an oil painting and hand made frame by artist, Jackson Hensley. We can’t thank you enough, Jackson! The fabulous dinner by Chef, Jimmy Oh, was enjoyed by all! Thank you to EVERYONE who donated items and/or services to help raise money to offset the loss of our rated Classic Shows this year.

Major donors included Jackson Hensley, Judy Ethell, Steve Todd, Brett Fisher, Tower Hill Equestrian Center and Lionel and Donna Hudspeth. This event would not have been near as successful without the help of Alice Martin and Martin Kuhn with the online side of the auction. Thank you for doing so much! Thank you also to my board members and others who donated items, attended the dinner and helped make this event such a success!

CLD’s FireCracker schooling show on July 8th at Pratensé Farms. Show manager, Teresa Litchfield reported a total of 31 rides and beautiful weather, which made for a successful show. Thank you to Alice Martin, John Simpson, Nancy Rosse, Pete Litchfield and Phillip Litchfield all who volunteered their time and talents to scribe, score, steward and run tests at this fun summer event. Thanks to Paula Briney and the Briney family for hosting the show. Results of the show can be found in the Reader and on the website centerlinedressage.com.

We also wish the best to Jenna Upchurch and Greystoke who are headed to NAJYRC very soon. As of publishing they are currently the number one ranked young rider combination in the country after their successful inaugural season at Juniors last year. Best of luck and you can still donate to their whole region’s team fund at https://www.gofundme.com/najyrc2017

Enjoy the rest of your summer and best of luck in finishing a successful show season!

Your CLD President, Judy Nordstrom president@centerlinedressage.com

Kate Fleming-Kuhn on Deb Klamen's Westerstorm with Susanne von Dietze

Kate Fleming-Kuhn on Deb Klamen's Westerstorm with Susanne von Dietze

The CLD Auction/Dinner & Lecture by Susanne von Dietze was a roaring success

The CLD Auction/Dinner & Lecture by Susanne von Dietze was a roaring success

CLD's own Jenna Upchurch & Greystoke are the #1 pair going into the NAYRC

CLD's own Jenna Upchurch & Greystoke are the #1 pair going into the NAYRC

May 2017

Calling all members and friends!

CLD is hosting a fundraiser dinner/silent auction this year in conjunction with the Susanne von Deitze clinic on June 17 at the beautifully remodeled Springfield Motor Boat Club. We need everyone’s cooperation and contribution big and small. EVERYONE can help in some way. We are reaching out to ask for donation of items for the silent auction as well as gift cards, donation of services, and of course your presence at the dinner! Susanne will be giving a new lecture at the dinner so we look forward to that as well! Please put this event on your calendars and RSVP today to attend this fun and informative event!

I attended a lovely memorial potluck on April 15th in honor of Charles Craver, who passed last December. Many friends and relatives of Charles, as well as supporters of his wife, Jeanne, came from near and far to celebrate Charles’ life and the marked influence he had on the Davenport breeding programs in the U.S.

A very successful Icebreaker schooling show was held on April 22nd at Tower Hill Equestrian Center where fun was had by all. We are looking forward to our next schooling show, Firecracker, which will be held on July 8 at Pratensé Farms. Send your entries in to our show secretary, Teresa Litchfield.

I hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun summer!

Your President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

April 2017

Dear Members and Friends,

Spring has sprung! As usual, I am not sorry to see the winter go even though this year was assuredly not our worst! I am awaiting warmer temperatures with anticipation of new growth that comes with spring and rejoice in the thought of not having to dress in three or more layers before leaving the house to head out to the barn! I hate to surmise how much time I have spent bundling and unbundling myself and my horse for the cold weather! Soon that thought will be a distant memory and I will sprint out the door without even the notion of grabbing a jacket.

I just returned from from attending my first ever Dressage World Cup which was held in Omaha, NE. It was a great learning experience watching the most decorated rider in Olympic history, Isabell Werth, champion of this year’s FEI World Cup Dressage Final, compete among the world’s top dressage riders and horses. It was truly spectacular to see the Grand Prix freestyles and try to compare such different, yet amazingly talented horses, work their hearts out for their partners. I was pleased to witness great camaraderie and sportsmanship between the top three contenders at this level of competition. I think this a list of all CLD members attending. Please let me know if I left anyone out: Leslie Burket, Brett Fischer, Judy Ethell, Kate Fleming-Kuhn, Kelly Griffith, Deb Klamen, Martin Kuhn, Pat McVary, Judy Nordstrom, Pinky Noll, Diane Upchurch, and Jenna Upchurch.

Upcoming in our calendar of events this year is IceBreaker, our spring schooling show. Be sure to renew your membership and get signed up for the show. It will be held at Tower Hill Equestrian Center on April 22nd. This is your opportunity to test the waters and practice a test or two before the show season kicks off!

I hope you all have had the opportunity over the last few months to, in one way or another, re-charge or re-set. I find this is necessary for me to do periodically in order to keep my life in perspective. Just to step back, take a breath and put things back in order. Then things seem to take off running again! It’s a constant struggle to slow down and remember to enjoy the ride, the journey, as they call it.

Your President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

January 2017

Greetings members and friends and welcome to 2017! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season.

I attended a segment of the 2016 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention this past December. It was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the foot of the Gateway Arch, situated on the Mississippi Riverfront in St. Louis. I felt the need to take advantage of the proximity of the convention, as it may be another long while before it is that close to home again.

I sat in on the roundtable discussions that were hosted by the GMO committee. I was hoping for some insight regarding some of the challenges facing our GMO these days, such as a decline in membership as well as declining volunteerism. What I learned is that we are not alone. These issues appear to be commonplace among most if not all of the other GMO’s! Many boards are recycling the same few people year to year and struggle to develop new leaders. This was all too familiar to me! I did gather some ideas and welcome any insight from readers out there who would like to become more involved with strengthening the livelihood of our GMO.

The close of the year invites us to reflect upon 2016 as well as look forward to 2017. Upon my reflection, there were many celebratory events as well as humbling mistakes, some successes and some blunders, but all in all a pretty good year. Ready or not we are already embarking on the new year which is sure to bestow upon us some new challenges and obstacles but hopefully growth and wisdom as well. This is the time to envision our dreams, make resolutions, break them, set new goals. Whatever it is you plan to accomplish, whether it is to exercise more, watch less TV, eat healthier, drink 10 glasses of water, or take a nap, I wish you all success at reaching whatever dreams and goals you set out to achieve.

Your President,
Judy Nordstrom
president@centerlinedressage.com

November 2016

Hello Members and Friends,

Beautiful signs of fall are all around us! The leaves this year are especially brilliant and it won’t be long before we have our first frost. It’s time to start digging out our horse sheets and blankets in preparation for the cold weather. However, for the time being, I plan to enjoy these last few unseasonably warm November days!

CLD hosted a clinic in collaboration with the Pony Club at the end of October with Melanie Michalak. As expected, everyone had a great time riding to her upbeat music!

Don’t forget that our Annual meeting and awards banquet will be held on November 19 at 6pm at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Get your reservations in and collect your year-end awards!

It’s also time to renew your club membership and nominate your horse for next year. Renew now!

Later in November the USDF Annual Convention will take place from November 30-December 3 in St. Louis. Be sure to take advantage of its close proximity to central Illinois and meet Fredbird at Thursday’s welcoming party in St Louis.

Happy fall everyone,

Judy Nordstrom,
president@centerlinedressage.com

October 2016

Hello members and friends!

It’s hard to believe we are winding down another competition year. I hope everyone has had some victories this season, whatever size they might be. Congratulations to all whether it was getting your horse down Centerline twice or reaching that score that has sent you on to the US Finals. Success can be measured in many different ways!

Don’t forget to send in your scores to our awards chair no later than October 15 to receive awards at this year’s CLD awards banquet. Also send in any photos you would like to share to our newsletter editor or webmaster!

Also coming up later this month, CLD is sponsoring a Melanie Michalak musical freestyle clinic on October 29-30 to be held at Pratense Farm. This club-subsidized clinic is being offered only to 2016 CLD members at a very affordable rate, especially for those who have given their time and talent to CLD. Please take advantage of this opportunity! Fill out the form in this month’s newsletter!

Looking forward, the USDF Annual Convention is coming up from November 30-December 3 in St Louis. Our club is sponsoring Fredbird to pay a visit at the welcoming party on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This should be a hoot!

I would like to remind everyone who has not yet joined or renewed their membership to get it in and enjoy reduced rates for our upcoming clinics and shows! Your support allows us to provide educational events, shows and clinics throughout the year. Also nominate your horse for next year! Please join us!

See you all soon,
Judy Nordstrom, president@centerlinedressage.com

August 2016

First I want to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our junior riders, Jenna Upchurch for her recent success on her horse Greystoke at the NAJYRC in Denver, CO. Congratulations also to her proud coach, Martin Kuhn! Everyone was cheering her on from home and sending good vibes to her and OZ. She rode her way to a Silver Team Medal, a Gold Individual Medal as well as a Gold Freestyle Medal! We are so proud! Thanks to all who provided financial and/or moral support to Jenna and to all who competed in our Regions.

This year’s USDF National Convention will be held in St. Louis from November 30 - December 1st. If you would like to nominate someone for GMO Volunteer of the Year to recognize outstanding volunteer effort on the local or national level, please go to this web page: http://www.usdf.org/docs/GMOFlash/web/Forms%5CRegionalGMO_VOYAward.pdf Fill out the form, submit it to me, so I can send it in no later than August 31.

There is also a grant called the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant that a deserving CLD member can apply for to receive full convention registration and partial reimbursement for travel expenses. You can find that application here: http://www.usdf.org/docs/clubs/gmos/RAGrantApplication.pdf The deadline for this is also August 31.

As you know, I love summer and typically the hot weather. Well… even I, who I consider to be very heat tolerant, have had enough of the extreme heat and humidity over the past several weeks. I will actually celebrate summer’s end this year and welcome autumn’s cooler temperatures even though that means cold weather is not far behind. It won’t be long before our children will be going back to school and we will be wrapping up our show season. Good luck to all as we chase the last few scores we may need to reach our year end goals!

Happy and safe riding,

Judy Nordstrom, president@centerlinedressage.com

July 2016

Jenna Upchurch & Greystoke

July is here and I am trying to savor every moment of my favorite time of the year. I love seeing fireflies at dark and hearing crickets and frogs chirping away. Not having to wear three or four layers of clothing before walking out the door is glorious and, best of all, is that we get sunlight until almost 9:00 pm! I sure wish summer lasted longer…

Classic I and II, held on June 25-26th, has wrapped up and high point results can be found in this Reader with all results online. We had a full and successful show and we are very grateful! Of course this wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers that help make our show a success every year. First and foremost I am speaking of our show manager, John Simpson. Thank you for the time and effort you put forth to make sure our show goes off without a hitch! You and all of our volunteers are appreciated! We could not do it without the scribes, ring stewards, safety officers, and countless others that selflessly volunteer their time to help support our show.

Lilo Fore gave a two-day clinic after the show at StarWest. I, for one, was lucky enough to be able to ride with this legendary master horsewoman. Her focus in my lesson was keeping a soft, elastic connection with the horse and keeping the horse’s neck straight in front whether you are going on a straight or curved line. A crooked horse cannot travel in balance. I found her to be demanding but kind and so full of wisdom. I hope to be able to ride with her again in the future. A big thank you goes to Alice Martin for preparing lunch both days for the clinic attendees and riders.

Our FireCracker schooling show will be held this Saturday, July 9, at Pratense Farm in Chatham.

Last but not least I’d like to wish CLD member Jenna Upchurch the best of luck at this year’s North American Junior Young Riders’ Championships being held at the Colorado Horse Park July 26-31. We are all cheering for you and know that you and Ozzie will do well! She is accepting donations: gofundme.com/roadtocolorado Donations are tax deductible.

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage