June 2016

Hello Friends and Members,

CLD member Jenna Upchurch is, as of time of publication, the top-ranked Junior rider in the country on Greystoke.

Even though summer is not officially here, it is here! The summer heat is on and show season is in full swing. Our CLD Classic shows are just around the corner, so send your entries in and get those qualifying scores! We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the show. Contact Kim Jones, our volunteer coordinator for more info. There is still time to sponsor classes for the show. Forms can be found on our web site. All donations are tax deductible! CLD wishes everyone a great show!

Don’t forget that Lilo Fore will be giving a two-day clinic after judging our Classic shows the weekend of June 25-26. Come audit the clinic and benefit from a worthy educational opportunity with a world class instructor. Make sure to reserve lunch as well!

Congratulations to John Simpson for running the first stand alone Arabian Sport horse Regionals in the country! This show was held in May at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, hosted by ARAB, Inc.

The competition to make the Region 2 FEI JR/YR Team is at a fever pitch with qualifying ending June 20, 2016. This year’s NAJYRC’s are being held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. As you can imagine, the cost to ship horses and other travel costs for your Region 2 riders and Chef will be much higher than in the past. To this end, I would ask each of you to consider donating whatever funds you can to help offset the cost. The JR/YR prospects are working hard to create income generating activities; however, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please send checks to the USDF office and be sure to note on the check that the funds should be made out to the USDF Region 2 JR/YR account. Don’t forget all donations are tax-deductible.

If you’d like to support CLD’s own Jenna Upchurch from Region 4, you can donate to the Region 4 Jr/Yr team.

Lots going on this month! I hope you all have a safe and successful show!

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage

May 2016

Hello Friends and Members,

President Nordstrom’s grandson Roman Parker on Easter riding Spirit. Next year leadline classes!

President Nordstrom’s grandson Roman Parker on Easter riding Spirit. Next year leadline classes!

Our 2016 IceBreaker schooling show was held at Tower Hill Equestrian Center on April 16th and was a great success. We were blessed with the most beautiful weather one could possibly wish for! There were a total of 50 rides, which included 8 Western Dressage tests. Big thanks go out to Leslie Burket for scribing, Brett Fisher for being our ring steward, scorers: Mindy Baumann, Deb Porter, Nancy Rosse and Libbie South; runner: Katharine Baumann, Paula Briney and her staff for ring set-up and tear-down, Pinky Noll for making an emergency run for show ribbons, Teresa Litchfield, who helped me organize the rides and, of course, Tower Hill for providing the beautiful venue! It appeared all competitors had a wonderful time.

The 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event just concluded and the winner for the second consecutive year is Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST. What an amazing pair! The three disciplines of this competition include Dressage, Cross-Country and the Jumping test. It would be nice to hear from some of you lucky folks who were able to attend this event. I’d love to hear about your experience of Rolex at the Kentucky Horse Park!

For many the month of May will kick off the beginning of horse show season. I wish everyone a safe and successful year! Check out our upcoming clinic and send in your application to ride with highest ranking FEI judge, Lilo Fore.

Lilo Fore was originally from Germany, growing up just outside Dusseldorf. Her dressage journey began at age four when she saw her first horse and from that time on she knew horses would dominate her life. Lilo moved to the USA in 1971 where she bought a broken three year old American Thoroughbred called Dionysus for $1. Fore trained the horse so well that he went on to be US “Horse of the Year” at every national level. Lilo’s career has spanned over thirty years and has included breeding, competing, training, coaching and judging. She was shortlisted for the USET in 1976 and is currently a FEI 5* dressage judge. In that role she has been a member of the Ground Jury for numerous international competitions such as this year’s World Cup final in Las Vegas, the Pan American Games, and the World Equestrian Games including Normandy last year. We are excited to have Lilo judging our upcoming Classic shows in June and giving a two-day clinic following.

That's a wrap for now. Looking forward to seeing you all at the shows!

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage

APRIL 2016

Hello friends and members,

We are looking forward to our upcoming IceBreaker schooling show! It will be held at Tower Hill Equestrian Center on April 16th. My fingers are crossed for a sunny, rain free day. I realize I’m thinking wishfully, but one can always hope. April is predictably unpredictable when it comes to the weather. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer as we can always use a little extra help!

Our winter educational event and clinic with Jennifer Kotylo was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks Paula Briney and Pratense Farms for hosting. Read more about it in this month’s newsletter reports by Susan Graham and Jackie Jackson.

See you at IceBreaker, an economical chance to get your horses out for the first show of a successful season.

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage

MARCH 2016

Hello friends and members,

The Horsemen’s Council of Illinois just concluded the 2016 Illinois Horse Fair held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It is the largest all-breed event in the state of Illinois! There were clinicians, breed and discipline demos, educational talks and entertainment events throughout the whole weekend. I hope you were able to make it out there to enjoy the many aspects of the animals we all love, our equines!

Please join us March 18-19 as we welcome Jennifer Kotylo for a dressage clinic on movement and body awareness. We will hold a potluck lecture on Friday the 18th and riding clinic on the 19th at Pratense Farm. Please see flyer for more details.

There has been a positive response to our membership letters that went out last month! Send in your memberships now before our first schooling show which will be held on April 16th at Tower Hill Equestrian Center. The closing date for entries is April 8th. My fingers are crossed for nice weather, as we just never know what mother nature has in store for us!

Wishing everyone a happy riding season!

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage

February 2016

Hello members and friends!

I hope my letter finds you well and warm on this February winter day. There is a dusting of snow, the first sign I’ve seen of winter as of late. I’m not complaining. In fact, I am enjoying every moment of the above freezing temperatures and spring-like conditions. We won’t talk about the mud. That will definitely sound like I’m complaining! Let’s focus on the positives! I hope everyone is capitalizing on premium ride time.

Looking forward, we have an educational clinic coming up on March 18-19 with Jennifer Malott-Kotylo. Jennifer has been studying the biomechanics between horse and rider for close to 20 years. She is the creator of the video series “Improve your riding through movement”. Visit www.jenniferkotylo.com for more info. This clinic will be held at Pratense Farm with a Friday night potluck lecture/workshop explaining what she does and how she applies Pilates and Balimo to better our riding. I hope you will join me in this fun and educational event! More details coming soon!

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. Please join us!

See you all soon,

Judy Nordstrom
President, CenterLine Dressage
president@centerlinedressage.com

November 2015

The beautiful colors of fall are fading and the air is getting crisp. It is a sure sign of what is yet to come. Let’s hope that the predictions for a mild winter are going to be accurate!

We just wrapped up another successful show season as was witnessed at our recent awards luncheon on November 15th at the Island Bay Yacht Club. We were blessed with a gorgeous, sunny day so the venue on Lake Springfield was stunning. Lunch was served, then our master of ceremonies, John Simpson, did a wonderful job as usual announcing the successful winners. Congratulations to all! A big thank you goes out to our awards chairs, Lisa Lehr and Teresa Litchfield for the countless hours they put into this year's awards. Thank you also to Paula Briney for hosting the event at this scenic locale.

Las Vegas, Nevada, will be host to this year's USDF National Convention. Activities include business meetings, educational sessions, parties, the Board of Governors General Assembly, and the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet. Our very own Paula Briney and Leslie Burket will be in attendance representing our GMO and supporting our region. Coming up on December 12th is our annual Christmas party and auction which will be held at the residence of Debra Klamen. Please see announcement in newsletter for details and how to RSVP. Wishing you all a blessed holiday season.

Judy Nordstrom, President

October 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,
Congratulations to those who have already competed in Region 2 Championships and best wishes to those who will be competing in Region 4 Championships. It’s that time of year when we are wrapping up the competition season. This means that it is time to send in your scores to the awards chairs for year-end awards! This can be easily done by going to our CLD website. The deadline for sending in scores is October 15. The date was extended to include The Youth Charity Horse Show that is typically held around the 10th of October every year.

Our awards banquet will be a luncheon this year held on Sunday, November 15 at the Island Bay Yacht Club in Springfield.You can find invitations online on our website as well, and while you are there you can also vote for your CLD board of directors. Lots to do but it can all be done easily and quickly and all in the same place and any time day or night!

See you at the awards luncheon!

Until next time, Judy Nordstrom, President

September 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,

I hope everyone is having a great summer and show season. It’s hard to believe summer will soon come to an end. CLD held our annual FireCracker schooling show on July 11th. There were 28 horse/rider combinations and 56 entries! The weather cooperated for the most part, however, we did get some more rain, which was not needed at the time. The show was held at Pratense Farm and fortunately took place indoors. A great time was had by all in spite of the inclement weather. Thank you to Pratense Farm for hosting the event, Teresa Litchfield, our show manager and to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a successful show!

Many of us are preparing for year end awards and championships so it brought to mind an interesting point of view to think about. All of us have particular goals or dreams we are striving for (in dressage and in life) and for the most part we take it all very seriously, I know I do! Maybe too much so. Sometimes I think we/I lose perspective of the big picture. In the overall scheme of things, we are only on this earth for a relatively short period of time so maybe we should lighten up a bit. We all have days (or rides) that are better than others. Maybe we are a little too hard on ourselves and/or expect a little too much from our horse partners. I’m not suggesting we lower our standards by any means but maybe change our perspective a bit.

By taking things a little less seriously, maybe we can bring more joy and less stress into our lives. Heck, maybe even a little humor! Not long ago, I was really stressed over a stumbling block in my training. I know, hard to believe, right? When I stopped making such a big deal over it and stopped obsessing on our struggles while focusing more on our strong points, my horse became more cooperative and less anxious. Now that particular issue is not near as much of a problem.

While life is going to be stressful and frustrating at times, hopefully by keeping a little lighter view point in mind, it will help keep your anxiety level at bay and keep you smiling about things that used to drive you crazy.

I wish everyone the best at reaching their goals and obtaining their dreams. Life is short. Enjoy the journey!

Judy Nordstrom, President
president@centerlinedressage.com

June 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,

I’m actually growing weary of emptying my rain gauge! One thing we have not had a shortage of this summer is RAIN. Perfect weather if you happen to be a duck! I believe it is officially the wettest summer for central Illinois on record! With Firecracker right around the corner, I’m hoping for a dry day or two so we are able to hold one schooling show this year.

I am happy to report that our Classic I and II shows this year were a much needed success. A big thank you goes out to Kim Jones for recruiting and organizing all of the volunteers for the show. We could not possibly hold a successful show without the help and support of our tireless volunteers as well as our generous sponsors who give us financial support and share our mission and love of dressage. Thank you ALL for your support!

Judy Nordstrom, President president@centerlinedressage.com

May 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,

The unofficial kickoff to summer has just begun. I am a little late getting my garden in but I finally completed that yesterday. My favorite flower ever is in full bloom, the Peony! and fireflies are out in full force! This is undoubtedly my all-time favorite part of the year. Now I just need a suitable window of time to get my hay bailed, and I’ll be set!

Showing and schooling opportunities abound in June! We are so excited to be having a collaborated clinic with Gerhard Politz and Susanne von Dietze on Friday, June 19th. This is a rare and beneficial learning invitation whether you are riding or auditing. There are many shows in June, but of course, the most important one takes place the last weekend in June and that is our Classic shows! We are featuring a garage sale this weekend at the show as well so be sure to go through your trunks and basements and look for items you no longer use or need so someone else can benefit and support our club at the same time. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!

Judy Nordstrom, President

president@centerlinedressage.com