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

April 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,

For many of us the first rated horse show of the year has come and gone. It was unfortunate that we were not able to prepare with our Icebreaker schooling show this year, but Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating with us. With over an inch of rain forecasted for our area, we made the decision to cancel. It turned out to be quite a miserable day.

It’s hard to believe that our CLD Classic horse show is just a few short weeks away! We have many volunteering opportunities available for those who would like to help out at the show. It will be held on June 27th-28th this year. It’s also a great chance to come out and socialize with your friends and share the love of our equines! Please contact Kim Jones, our Volunteer Coordinator, if you are so inclined. Our show relies heavily on our volunteers and we couldn’t possibly do what we do without them!

I wish everyone a safe and successful show season!

Judy Nordstrom, President
president@centerlinedressage.com

March 2015

Dear CLD members and friends,

Signs of spring are popping up all around us. The trees are beginning to bud and the days are getting longer. I’m hoping that I have hung up my winter coat in the closet where it is going to stay until next winter! Next up we’ll be dealing with the mud, which just happens to be the price we have to pay for warmer weather and those much needed spring showers. Speaking of spring, we are currently preparing for our upcoming schooling show, IceBreaker, which will be held on April 25th. This is also a great time to renew your CLD memberships and get your nomination forms in. As we look ahead to the approaching show season, I wish everyone their most successful year yet! Last year CLD had a record number of horse and rider combinations participate in our year end awards. This year we are expanding our program even more to include a new division of Western Dressage awards as well. I hope to see even more participants this year!

The 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage Final is coming to Las Vegas April 15-19. There are several people from our membership that will be going and I am very excited to live vicariously through them as they experience seeing the world’s top dressage riders and horses!

In closing, I’d like to thank our CLD board and its members for all they do for our club. Without your membership and all the wonderful volunteers we have, we wouldn’t be able to offer the many benefits our club offers. We currently offer two schooling shows and a rated show right here in our back yards, mountains of educational opportunities, clinics, our monthly newsletter, and lots of social occasions throughout the year to share our love of dressage with other members. Please share what you feel is CLD’s greatest need or what gives you the most joy that our club offers. I would love to hear what you think! Please share your thoughts in a letter to our editor or send me an email. Have a great spring!

Judy Nordstrom, President
president@centerlinedressage.com

February 2015

Dear CLD members and friends, I am knocking on wood as I say thank goodness our winter weather has not been too dreadful, at least as of yet! We are overdue for an early spring so I am hoping that our ground hog was wrong about six more weeks of winter.

On February 14, Kate and Martin Kuhn gave a winter lecture on “The Ever Elusive Feel: What is It and How to Develop It.” We will have an article on this informative lecture in our next newsletter so I won’t give away all of the details. We had a great turnout for this potluck event bringing people from 3 different states. Thanks to the many who participated and especially to Kate and Martin for keeping us well educated.

As we know, our CLD Classic shows are being held on June 27th and 28th this year. We will be holding a garage sale this year as a fundraiser for our club. Now is a great time to dig through our boxes and tubs of gear and other horse articles we may not need or use anymore and give someone else the opportunity to find a new treasure. Jordan Wilton is in charge of collecting items for this event so please make arrangements with her to make a donation.

The Illinois Horse Fair is taking place this year on March 6-8th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. CLD will be there to help represent our favorite sport: dressage! Please come out and watch the dressage demos and lectures. This will be a great learning opportunity and a great way to support something we all love.

Judy Nordstrom, President
president@centerlinedressage.com