Inland Communities Chapter


October 2014 Chair Message:

Heads up!!

Our Inland Communities year-end banquet is still December 12 at Isabella's Ristorante Italiano, 330 Sixth St., #112, Redlands.

The TIME has changed. We will be "doors open" at 4 p.m., dinner served at 4:30, awards at 5 p.m.

The reason for the change is that another group in the area is holding their awards events at the same time.

Reservations are $20 per person, we'll have our fabulous raffle (a GREAT place to use those IC bucks you may have earned during the year!!) and there is a no-host bar.

Let me know your menu preference: Angel Hair Pasta Pomedora (or maybe it's Pomedoro), the vegetarian option, or Lasagna. Salad, bread and non-alcoholic drink included.

We need a headcount by DECEMBER 8, so let me know right away. You can pay at the door or send payment to me (address below). Reservations are limited, so don't delay.

Kathy Young
11259 Alta Mesa Road
Victorville 92392

The month is almost over, but I feel the overwhelming need to communicate, so here is the latest from Inland Communities.

IC members should have received a ballot for the 2015 IC Board members. Please vote and return the ballot by November 10. Your new board will be announced at our December “meeting” and year-end award banquet.

The scribing clinic we planned for this fall will be next spring instead. Details to follow.


  • March 7, schooling
  • May 9, CDS recognized
  • June 27, CDS recognized (Judge David Schmutz)
  • Oct. 31, schooling

More details to follow on this, too.

Our October 25 show was short and sweet with happy exhibitors and some very clever costumes. Sara Mosqueda’s crew followed the safari theme, riding a giraffe, tiger and zebra. Who knew a riding helmet could turn into a pith helmet with a simple “change of brim”?

Our judge Ryan Bell did his usual excellent job with good comments and lots of attention to detail. He selected Best Costumed Junior and Adult. Junior winner was Hope Chacon (on her Zebra Woody). Adult winner was Lori Johnstone as the groom and Raven as the “blushing bride” with veil, train, and garter.

Winners received a Halloween goblet with horse candies and IC bucks, I think.

Our awards banquet is Saturday, December 13, at Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano, 330 Sixth St., #112, Redlands. We were there two years ago, and their banquet room is comfortable, the service was good, and the food is excellent. Seating will be limited, however, so don’t delay in getting your reservations to me asap. Deadline for reservations, menu choice and payment is December 10.

Menu choices are Angel Hair Pasta Pomedora (the vegetarian dish) or Lasagna (the meat dish) with salad, bread and non-alcoholic drink, $20 per person.

We’ll have raffles, year-end award presentations, and there is a no-host bar available. If you have received IC bucks during the year for volunteering or anything, you can use those “bucks” to buy raffle tickets.

My contact information is below so you can let me know how many will be coming and arrange to get payment to me. Our November meeting is Wednesday, November 12. If you wish, give your payment to any member of the IC board and it will all end up at the same place :o)

Finally, we said goodbye to Nancy LeBron, our take-charge show secretary and manager for the last couple of years. At the show, we presented her with a lovely jacket with her name and our IC logo embroidered on the front. Nancy is moving to Hollywood, Florida. Her two guys, Nick and Smoke, will arrive before she does.

Nancy will be missed.

Any comments or questions are welcome—we want to know what you think about our activities and if you have ideas for new workshops or clinics, let us know. The July 25 David Schmutz Ride Your Test event was very popular and we’ve already had requests to have David back to do at least one clinic in 2015.

The CDS Annual Meeting for 2015 is down south next year and Sunday’s symposium (February 1) will be demo riders riding the new tests with judges Lilo Fore and Judy Harvey. Check the CDS website ( for reservations and ticket information for that event.

Happy riding!

Kathy Young
ICC Chair
11259 Alta Mesa Road
Victorville 92392

August 2014 Chair Message:


Two very important things:

1) Just got a text from our ICC Juniors Coordinator Sara Mosqueda reminding everyone that entries for the Junior Championships are due August 18. That is next Monday!

Our chapter team is once again the ICC Hot Shots. If you're a junior rider and ICC chapter member and you have qualified for the Junior Championships, let Sara know ASAP if you'd like to be a team member because she is ordering polo shirts and saddle pads for each member.

Text or call her, 909-890-8979.

Sara is also planning a "study session and stall sign decorating party" for the end of August (right now she's aiming for August 23). Sara invites every junior, even those not going to the championships, to join the fun and increase your horsey knowledge!!

Again, let Sara know.

2) Our next ICC Board meeting is September 10. We will be putting together our ballot for the 2015 ICC Board elections and if anyone would like to submit his/her name to be placed on the ballot, please let me know. Once again Charlotte LeVecque and Karla Mason will receive and count the ballots.

Deadline to submit your name is September 30. Let me know if you have any questions and if you wish to submit your name.

We are also seeking someone with good organizational skills to be our show secretary for 2015. You can get your feet wet by helping with our October 25 Halloween-theme schooling show. For more information on what being show secretary entails, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the right people.

Keep cool and ride early in the morning (my new mantra!)

Kathy Young
760-953-8682 (cell/text)

May 2014 Chair Message:



I think I have e-mail addresses of all IC members (from the 2014 Roster and updated Excel program from Paula in the Central Office) so those of you who introduced yourself to me at the show last  Saturday and wondered if you were supposed to be getting emails from me, well wonder no more--assuming you got my email, of course.


First of all, congratulations to all who rode in our Spring CDS-Recognized Dressage Show. It was nice to see Eileen Fagan again. She judged for us when our shows were at Heritage Park and at Sundance Ranch, and I scribed for her then. She was very complimentary to the riders and gave excellent comments.


We had wonderful vendors including Ellen&Company beaded browbands, dog collars, lanyards, bracelets and stock pins; Merijane McTalley was there with her Arbonne booth, Tammy-N-Touch had her EZ-up set up and was giving "pay by the minute" massages. We're looking forward to additional vendors for our June 21 show as well.


Ralph Mosqueda and Roy Johnstone handled the lunch rush, and the weather, while a bit on the cool side, was wonderful for riding. For the spectators, jackets were welcome.


And speaking of the June show, do not delay getting your entries in because we had a waiting list for May. Our shows are filling up fast.


Head's up: Only complete entries with all signatures in place, payment, and copies of all necessary cards included will be put on the show list.


Incomplete entries will not be included until everything is corrected, so check and double check your entries to make sure EVERY signature is in place and all items are included. If you don't work with a trainer, sign that line yourself.


Delays caused by incomplete entries are NOT your friend.


If you haven't signed on as a "friend" or "follower" of the Inland Communities Facebook page, check it out. Search "Inland" and our logo pops up. Easy peasy. It's a social site, so we have show information, updates, banter, sales, promotion, you name it.


Our "Practice Your Show Skills" ride-the-test clinic with "S" judge David Schmutz is July 26 at Shadow Ridge. We'll have a limit of 15 rides available. For just $40, you ride your test and David judges (with a scribe and everything). He then goes over one or two areas in your test where you could improve and works with you on those areas. Each rider gets 20 minutes with David and that may include time for you to ride the test again or just ride the parts where you had issues. A video of your session is included in the price.


Deadline to sign up is July 5. We'll have more information available at our June 21 show or you can get signed up by submitting your request to Nancy LeBron.


We have a few of the black t-shirts fundraiser for our junior IC members available--limited sizes, of course--for $15 each. Those who ordered a shirt and did not pick it up should contact Sara Mosqueda, The shirts will be at the June show, of course.


Our next IC board meeting is June 11. If you have any questions or concerns or have some ideas for IC events, let us know.


Happy riding,


Kathy Young
760-953-8682 call/text

PS: Late Breaking News: Here are the names of the juniors in order of draw for the CDS Junior Clinic with Liz Hendrix at Pepper Glen in Norco July 25-27:

  1. Alexa Brown
  2. Kassidy Kamiyama
  3. Katie Kamiyama
  4. Nina Mesiwala

I have notified Kristin Young, the Southern Region Rep who is coordinating this adventure, giving her contact information for each of the riders listed. In the past there has been room for more than one rep per chapter at the Junior Clinic, and we have asked for four slots if available. Stay tuned!!

April 2014 Chair Message:


Greetings all!!

Are you ready for our Spring ICC CDS-recognized show at Shadow Ridge on May 10?? Closing date for entries is May 3, and as Nancy LeBron has said on our Inland Communities Facebook page, entries are flowing in. In the past, we have had to put names on a waiting list, so don't delay sending in your entries.

Be sure to sign EVERYTHING and include a copy of your CDS card so you won't have to show it when you check in at the show office. As we all know, check-in time is hectic enough.

We'll have several other activities at the show. First, our annual used tack sale: If you have new or gently used tack, riding clothes, equipment, accessories, etc., and want to make a little extra money, gather everything, tag each item with your name, the price and any information (size, etc.), and bring it to the show office when you arrive May 10. Also have a separate paper listing everything you're selling so we can keep track of what is sold. (If you're selling a saddle and have a folding saddle rack handy, bring that along).

We'll take care of displaying the items and handling the sales. At the end of the day you can gather any of your items that didn't sell and we'll be sending you a check for what did sell, less 25 percent "handling" fee for the chapter.

Second, check out our expanded line of logo wear: ICC logo shirts, caps and more plus "new" items that sport the embroidered logo "Ride Dressage" will be available, too. Lots of colorful polos, visors, and more.

Third, vendors: So far we have a DAC supplements booth; Ellen & Company--specialty handmade browbands; and Arbonne Cosmetics.

Finally, we'll be drawing names for the IC representative and alternates to the Juniors Clinic July 25-27 at Pepper Glen in Norco with Liz Hendrix at the show. DEADLINE TO GET YOUR NAME IN IS MAY 7. Text or call Juniors Coordinator Sara Mosqueda, 909-890-8979 or email her at You must be a junior rider and member of Inland Communities for 2014.

Sara will also have a questionnaire for any juniors at the May 10 show. We have a juniors page on our website, Sara will use information from these questionnaires to update the page.

Other Chapter news: You're invited to "Practice Your Show Skills with David Schmutz" on July 26. David is an "S" judge and very devoted to rider education. The venue is Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center, 7256 Weaver St., Highland.

The event is limited to 15 riders riding their test of choice. David will judge the ride and then pick one or more movements in the test to work on. The rider will have the opportunity to ride one or more of those movements again and David will judge. Each rider will have 20 minutes with him. Fee is $40 and will include a video of the session.

Priority will be given to ICC members. Submit your name and your test of choice to Nancy Franklin,, by JULY 5. Auditors are welcome at no charge. It should be a fun and very educational day.

If you have questions or concerns, check our website. DeeAnne Gunnemann is doing a wonderful job updating information and sending it to Melanie, our web maven. If I can answer any questions or provide you with information, let me know. We've got fantastic events still coming--June 21 is our next show with judge Cauleen Glass, our October 25 schooling show with judge Ryan Bell, and a scribing clinic sometime late fall--and we'd love to see you at these events and hear from you.

Kathy Young
760-953-8682 cell

PS--if you haven't joined our Inland Communities Facebook page, check it out. It's a social page with horses for sale, chapter news, member news, fun stuff and more!


Visit and check out the cool design Sara Mosqueda chose for a t-shirt, the sale of which will support our junior riders. is a company that sends part of the proceeds from sale of shirts to all manner of groups and organizations as a means of fundraising for them.


Order now--shirts are $15 each and you can donate extra if you wish; the shirts come in a wide range of unisex sizes.


Our junior riders are awesome--they represented Inland Communities very well at the Junior Championships last year. Our team of juniors wore embroidered polo shirts and competed in matching saddle pads. Buying a t-shirt from will help our juniors--and you'll be "stylin''' too ;o)

Our next board meeting is April 23, but our intrepid editor and report team – Dusty and Susan Williams – are putting out the first quarter 2014 Take Contact! So, I am putting together this message to update from March.

First, ALL JUNIOR AND YOUNG RIDER MEMBERS OF ICC: If you would like to be in the running to be IC’s representative to the Junior Riding Clinic with Liz Hendrix at Pepper Glen in Norco July 25-27, get your name to Sara Mosqueda ASAP. Text her, 909-890-8979, or email. We will draw the name of the representative and several alternates at our May 10 show.

Clinic fee and stabling costs will be paid by the chapter. Riders are responsible for their own expenses. Riders will also sign the ICC clinic participant agreement and be appropriately dressed. Their horses must also be appropriately groomed. After the clinic, participants will write a thank-you note to CDS for sponsoring the clinic and write a report on their clinic experience to be published in Take Contact!

Second, our May 10 show will have a used tack sale. Bring your gently used tack and equipment to the show office early that morning. Price and label everything and have a separate sheet with all of your items listed. We’ll take care of everything from there. It’s a bargain any way you look at it – ICC charges 25 percent. The rest is yours. We’ll also have ICC Logowear, some new items with “Ride Dressage” embroidered on them, as well as other fun things. I’ve been talking to some people about being vendors at our show, too. It should be a beautiful day.

Third, David Schmutz, an “S” judge, has agreed to judge a “Ride The Test” Clinic for ICC members on July 26 at Shadow Ridge. Nancy LeBron “got the ball rolling” by making a “plan” with cost breakdown. David is all about education and teaching us to be better riders, so this should be a lot of fun. Details are still being hammered out, but we’ll have more to report after our April 23 board meeting.

Fourth – and this bears repeating – Charlotte LeVecque has outdone herself with $1,450 in cash and gift certificates from interested businesses and individuals who are sponsoring our 2014 show year.

Fifth, is a website that has shirts and other items designed by people with various causes for which they wish to raise funds. Our junior riders are an important part of IC’s dressage program and Sara Mosqueda has set up an account for shirts, money going to the junior program – to help offset competition and other expenses. Details will be forthcoming, but look at the good causes already up and running at the website.

Finally, premiums for the May 10 show (Judge Eileen Fagan) and June 21 show (Judge Cauleen Glass) will be available for downloading from our website very soon. Don’t delay sending in your entries. Our shows fill quickly. All shows will be held at Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center, Highland.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things, but there will be another chair message after our board meeting.

If you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any board member.

See you soon!

Kathy Young

February 2014 Chair Message:

So many exciting things going on with Inland Communities Chapter, it’s difficult to know where to start. First of all, we welcome members of High Desert Chapter, CDS. High Desert has voted to combine with Inland Communities. Those High Desert members who wish to affiliate with Inland Communities are most welcome. Many of their members are interested in Western Dressage, and we offer Test of Choice at each of our shows and a year-end high point trophy, too. Chairman Ben Eby and I will get together sometime in the coming week to sign the necessary papers.

Second, our first show March 1, a schooling show at Shadow Ridge with judge Ryan Bell, is filling up fast, so if you’re still holding onto your entries, my advice is to send them off before the show is filled. Ruth Corrao-Harris and Sara Mosqueda will be calling ride times a few days before the show, but we will be posting ride times on our website,, as well as on the Inland Communities Facebook page. We are shooting for getting the times posted online by Wednesday, February 26. Starting with our May show, show management will not be calling ride times. It has always been the rider’s responsibility to contact the show management if there is any question on ride times for shows, so really nothing has changed. We are now more “technology driven.”

Third, our Volunteer of the Year 2013, Charlotte Le Vecque, has been doing yeoman duty gathering sponsors for our shows, classes, year-end awards and educational events. Once again Riding Warehouse will have its link on our website,, and they have donated five $10 gift certificates. The high-scoring rider at each of our four shows will receive a $10 Riding Warehouse certificate. The fifth will be an item in our year-end awards banquet raffle. (If you haven’t checked out Riding Warehouse, you’re in for a treat. Look at their Jojosox—if you’re like me and not happy with a lot of the boot socks out there, Jojosox may be just your cup of tea).

New board member Merijane McTalley has kindly agreed do a Conformation Clinic-type feature in Take Contact! Send in your horse’s conformation photos and Merijane will critique them like the judges do in Horse & Rider magazine. We may be able to expand this to a riding critique, too, but for now, send in your horse conformation pictures. Send them to

Your board is tackling updating the ICC standing rules—all chapters abide by CDS bylaws. Each chapter has its own set of standing rules for the chapter activities.

We’re also putting together a scribing clinic, date and details TBA. Brush up on your scribing skills or find out what scribing is all about!

Junior riders with ICC are urged to submit their names to Sara Mosqueda, Juniors Coordinator, for the drawing to be the chapter representative to the Junior Clinic, July 25-27 with Liz Hendrix at Pepper Glen in Norco. We’ll draw the name of our representative and two alternates at our May 3 show, a CDS-recognized show with judge Eileen Fagan at Shadow Ridge.

That’s about it for now. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for Inland Communities Chapter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kathy Young

January 2014 Chair Message:

Where did 2013 go? (Actually, where has JANUARY gone? Two more weeks and we’ll be into February).

Your newly elected 2014 IC board of directors met January 15 and once again I have been nominated and elected to serve as your chairman. I'm happy to be part of such a wonderful group of members and friends who participate in our yearly events and who are making such a positive impact in dressage.


Serving with me are Secretary Merijane McTalley; Treasurer Kathy Pavlich; Show Manager/Secretary Nancy LeBron; Juniors Coordinator Sara Mosqueda; Volunteers Coordinator Ruth Corrao-Harris; Website Liaison DeeAnne Gunnemann; and Newsletter Susan and Dusty Williams.


Our first board meeting was filled with plenty of suggestions and good discussions. We will be adding adult and junior equitation classes to our shows and offering year-end awards for those classes. Guidelines for winning those awards will be presented soon.


We are also not raising class fees for the 2014 competition year.


Charlotte Le Vecque, our very deserving Volunteer of the Year for 2013, is once again seeking sponsorships from businesses and individuals for our shows. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for ICC's shows, classes or other events, contact me and I'll put you in touch with Charlotte. ICC is a 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax-deductible.


The Annual Meeting was a blast! I flew to Sacramento to represent ICC at the chapter chair meeting. Several other chapter reps commented on how active ICC is. I have to agree. We aren't the largest chapter by any means, but we have a very cohesive board with good ideas and people who work hard to make everything work smoothly.


I met chairs who were newly elected and wondering “how they got there.” The round table format let those of us who’ve “been there” reassure the new chairs that the job was do-able. We discussed our chapter events and the problems and solutions as well as incentives to encourage horses and riders, fundraising ideas, the juniors program and more.


Two years ago ICC won $500 for the Best Chapter Educational Event, the juniors judging contest developed and coordinated by Sara Mosqueda. This year ICC was awarded another $500 for the Best Chapter Newsletter. I was there to accept the "Lotto Winner"-sized check from CDS President Kevin Reinig. What an honor that was!


As the Take Contact! editor for six or seven years and back in the hard-copy collate-fold-tape-stamp-label days, I know how much work goes into each issue. Today's digital age permits much more creativity, and Dusty Williams and Susan Williams do an outstanding job.


Our first schooling show is March 1 and the premiums will be online in a few days. Melanie, our web maven, will receive the premium, class list and signature page from me today and she's very quick about getting everything posted to


Remember, Inland Communities is what it is because of our members. That means YOU! Please contact me or any board member if you have questions, suggestions or comments. If you have ideas on events you think would be fun for ICC to offer, let us know.


Kathy Young