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

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