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