Inland Communities Chapter


October 2018 Chair Message:

Greetings, ICC members and friends

Just received the results of the CDS election from Paula at the Central Office. The votes are in and Karen Nocket and our very own Sara Mosqueda are the new Southern Regional representatives!

Sara is replacing Nicole Bhathal.

Sara is our super Juniors Coordinator and has shown skills in Extreme Organization when putting together clinics. She has tackled juniors events (as well as activities that involve those of us who have reached "a more interesting age").

She helped with the Central Juniors Clinic and did a splendid job.

And our Heidi Gaian clinic was well organized with a Friday session for juniors and the Saturday adult clinic was full and really fun.

Congratulations, Sara! You are going to be a wonderful rep.

On a local note, our next IC board meeting is November 7, 6:30 p.m. in Highland. If anyone has business they'd like to see our chapter discuss, please let me know.

One final 2018 item of business on our agenda is organizing a Ride The New Tests clinic with David Schmutz. It will be an all-day deal with each rider performing a test and then a discussion one-on-one with David where he critiques the ride. There will be a scribe recording the actual comments during the test so each rider has a hard copy of the ride; and we hope to have videography of your ride, available for purchase if you wish. Everything (date, site, fee, etc.) is TBD, but we're working for a December date.

Any other topics you'd like us to cover, please let us know.

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
(760) 953-8682 (talk-text)

August 2018 Chair Message:

Greetings, ICC members and friends

Requests for volunteers for the San Diego Summer/Southern RAAC at Del Mar, Aug 10-12, were sent out earlier in an email forward from Carol Tice. If you can volunteer that weekend, email her at

A second request just came across my inbox for volunteers for the Southern Jr/YR championships:

  • 2018 CDS Jr/Yr Championship Show South: August 24-27, co-hosted with Cool August Nights at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Burbank, CA
    • Volunteer Jobs ~ Volunteers may volunteer for one or more days. Sunday is the day we need the largest number of volunteers:
    • Welcome Competitors Table
    • Hospitality & Special Event Set Up and Tear Down helpers
    • Team Written Test helpers
    • Award Table
    • Award Presenters
  • Willing to help? Please email our show volunteer coordinator: South JR/YR Championship Volunteer Coordinator: Kristin Young

In other news, the chapter-sponsored Heidi Gaian clinic (Friday Aug 3 for jr/YR at HiHopes in Redland--on Pilgrim Road off San Timoteo Canyon; and Saturday Aug 4 at Shadow Ridge in Highland. The ride spots are filled, but this is a wonderful opportunity to watch riders of all levels and experience (on horses with the same levels and experience) work with a wonderful trainer and judge.

The clinic schedule is on the ICC Facebook page--Friday's first ride in 8 a.m. in Redlands; Saturday's first ride is 7:30 a.m.

Hope you all read about Samantha Ranes and her OTTB from New Vocations, Jackson Square. They were recently named New Vocations Pony Club Champions in Training Level dressage! Pictures and an interview on Facebook, on the ICC social page.

Our next show is October 20, 2018, at Shadow Ridge. It's a one-star show this year, helping our members get a running start on qualifying for the 2019 championships. Keep updated on

Questions? Call, text or email me. And keep hydrated and ride carefully. I try to ride early or late--it is just too darned hot and humid to struggle around the court in the heat.

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
(760) 953-8682 (talk-text)

April 2018 Chair Message:

Greetings, ICC members and friends

Hope this goofy weather has permitted you some decent riding time. Wind in the High Desert is a fact of life ... and if you live here but don't ride in the wind, you don't ride much. That said, we have a lot of horse activities up here for all manner of disciplines, and they hope the wind is at their backs!

Now, for the news:

First, our May 5 show: New footing in the arenas at Shadow Ridge means happy hoofies for competition and warmup. Our judge is Eileen Fagan ("R") and everything is ready for a super day for competitors, spectators and of course your super organized and chronically cheerful show staff.

We will have hospitality (coffee, fruit, donuts) and are offering lunch free of charge (sandwiches, chips, drink, dessert) to thank everyone for the kerfuffle of our canceled March show (thank YOU, Mother Nature).

Our go-to lunch providers, JoJo's Grill A Dog, will return for our June show.

Regarding the year-end awards, the IC board has decided that since we have had to revise our awards rules twice now (for several different reasons--unclear requirements and then the March show cancellation) that we need to back up a notch. I haven't etched the revisions in stone (yet), but our new rules for qualifications will be to use your top three scores from "all but one" of the shows during the year. If we manage to hold four shows, you must show in three of them; if we have three shows, you must show in two of them, etc.

We also opted not to hold the March schooling show at another date. We're concentrating on May, June and October ... and this year our October show is a one-star, CDS-recognized show to help our competitors get a jumpstart on the 2019 competition season.

Hang tight and wait patiently for the revised rules (the "stone-etched" version). I need to edit them and then submit to the board for approval. Then we'll post them on our web page and Facebook for you. (With luck we'll have them for the May 5 show).

Second, we regretfully accepted Kelly McNamara's resignation from the IC Board of Directors, but Kelly promises to volunteer as often as she can (and we're looking forward to seeing her as a competitor with her lovely mare Fiona one of these days. She has a boot bag she needs to "break in." Heh heh).

Third, Sara Mosqueda has volunteered to organize a Ride The Test clinic for juniors/young riders and adult amateurs. This is still in the planning stage, but we're thinking about a two-day adventure--one day for jr/yr and another for the AAs.

Keep in touch. Details, dates and place will be forthcoming.

We look forward to seeing you all at our events this year. By all means, come up and introduce yourselves. We like putting faces to name ;o)

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
(760) 953-8682 (talk-text)

February 2018 Chair Message:

Greetings, ICC members and friends


Hope you are keeping warm these cold mornings and your riding is going well.

Quick notes about our January and February IC board meetings: Our board has two new members, Lavinia Chacon who has agreed to be our treasurer; and Kelly McNamara, who served on the board several years ago and returned to join us again.

The other officers remain the same (second verse same as the first, so to speak).

Our February meeting was last night. We are "ready teddy" for the March 3 schooling show with "L" graduate Lynn Binkley. Closing date is next Friday, February 23.

Because of the change in our show ratings (the October show, typically our Halloween schooling show, is now a one-star show), we have changed our requirements for qualifying for ICC's year-end awards. The perpetual trophies as well as the annual awards will go to the high point riders as follows:

The requirement is three scores from any of the four shows--March, May and June, or May, June and October, or you do all four shows and your best three scores will count.

Thanks to Susan Williams for making the instructions clear. My mind jumbles when it comes to this sort of thing--and I get mixed up with all the types of trophies we give (breed specific ones, especially). It's MY problem--if you read the 'graf above, it's very clear. Ride well, score high and voila! You win.

Or something.

We drew names to select our chapter representative for the Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Riding Clinic, Southern Region.

Our rep is Michelle Hill and her very nice Jasper J.

Alternate is Cristina Kayvon-Pierce and her "unicorn" Baltimore.

The clinic is April 13-15 and it's at W Farms, 2929 English Road, Chino Hills.

Auditors are welcome April 14 and 15; the clinician is Melissa Creswick. Auditing is a wonderful way to add to your dressage knowledge. And there is no fee. For information about auditing, contact Nicole Bhathal, or 805-750-0065 (cell).

IC is planning a scribing clinic for members and friends interested in learning how to do participate in this very important part of the dressage "game." Scribing looks complicated, but it is really easy once you've learned some of the "tricks of the trade"--and a few abbreviations.

The plan is to set up in the lounge at Hi Hopes (probably not spelled correctly), Sara Mosqueda's training barn on Pilgrim Road (just off San Timoteo Canyon Road) in Redlands. We're thinking about a big-screen television for initial practice sessions and then get to scribe for a few "real live riders" doing tests for some additional fun. We'll finish with a potluck or some sort of fun "food" activity (no fights, though ;o), and it will be very enjoyable.

Stay tuned!

Let me know if you have questions, suggestions or comments. This is your chapter, and we want your input. And we'll see you at our March 3 show!

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
(760) 953-8682 (talk-text)

January 2018 Chair Message:

Greetings, ICC members and friends

First, be sure to reserve your spot at our Awards Banquet on Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Isabella's Italian Ristorante, 330 Sixth St., #112, Redlands.

Adults eat for $25 and may select from Eggplant Parmesan, Rosemary Chicken or Angel Hair Pasta with Marinara Sauce.

Kids' plates are $15 and are Buttered Noodles or Noodles with Marinara.

The meal includes salad and rolls, bottomless drinks of coffee, tea, water, etc. There is a no-host bar.

Isabella's is a wonderful place. Reservations are due by Jan. 17, and you can pay at the door.

We'll introduce the new board members and hold our wonderful raffle--every dinner ticket gets a raffle ticket, so you start out a winner!

Raffles and the year-end awards will be given out during dinner. It will be a GREAT evening.

Secondly, I received this from a CDS member. Read it, visit the link, and sign the petition regarding CDS's executive board proposal to change the Championship Shows to eliminate divisions and raise fees.

Read the proposed changes (and the comments) and cast your vote.

A group of CDS members has developed a petition to request CDS to rescind the changes to the Annual Show. The goal is to ask for member input, and to see if there is truly a problem. Although CDS has stated there is a capacity issue, both facilities (LAEC and MEC) have handled larger Championship shows in prior years. We do not feel that cutting the number of tests in half and adding an additional fee is a reasonable solution.

If you agree, please sign the petition, and forward it to your CDS friends, share on FB, just get it circulating.

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
(760) 953-8682 (talk-text)

Amateur Clinic Information for 2018:

I received a note from Nicole Bhathal, our Southern Regional Representative for CDS, regarding the Southern CDS Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur clinic with clinician Melissa Cresswick.

As you may remember, the southern clinic date was changed from the first weekend in May to mid-April so it did not compete with our "first Saturday in May" one-star CDS show.

The "southern clinic" dates are April 13-15, the location is W Farms, 2929 English Road, Chino Hills.

Details for eligibility are posted below. We will draw the name of the representative and two alternates at our February IC meeting since the names of these lucky riders must be submitted to CDS by March 1. We will PROBABLY meet February 14, the second Wednesday.

Submit your name, contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as a brief biography (with whom you train, your horse's background--age, breed, experience level, etc.) to Lena Persson by February 13. Her email is

The rider/horse biography for each rider (the chapter representative and the alternates) to the Southern Regional rep. This will help the clinic organizers schedule the riders for the clinician.

We will also have information on this event at our awards banquet Jan. 20 at Isabella's in Redlands (330 Sixth St.).

Riders must be adult amateurs 22 years of age or older. The same rider cannot ride in two consecutive yearly clinics. The riders must be able to ride walk/trot/canter with correct diagonals and leads (Training 1, minimal). Horse must be sound and fit; ideally the horse and rider (the "team") have been riding together for at least six months.

More information on these qualifications is available on (don't forget the hyphen). Look to the right and find Amateur Clinic links (there is also information about the Junior Clinics for 2018).

Any questions, please contact me. To submit, send to Lena (email above).

And don't forget--the date to reserve your spot and meal for the Awards banquet is 1/17/18. Send your reservation and menu choice to me by then. Pay at the door.