Inland Communities Chapter


November 2016 Chair Message:

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it helps me get in shape for the goodies that follow for Christmas. As I write, The Big Day is tomorrow.

Carb-loading is one of my favorite "exercises."

That said--and I know I have lots of company, whether anyone reading admits it or not--here's the latest news from your Inland Communities chapter of the California Dressage Society.

Our November board meeting was very productive. Ruth Corrao-Harris tackled the awards banquet situation and we have the following news:

We are once again meeting at Isabella's Italian Restaurant, 330 N. Sixth St., Redlands.

The date is Saturday, January 7.

Ticket price is $20 per person.

We tweaked the menu a bit.

[updated 12/5/16] Menu is your choice of:

  1. Capellini (angel hair pasta) with meat sauce
  2. Eggplant Parmesan
  3. Grilled rosemary chicken with vegetables
  4. Buttered noodles

Dinner also includes salad and rolls, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

As usual there will be a no-host bar.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner service at 6 p.m. and in addition to awards, we'll have our super duper raffle. The board is already gathering raffle prizes and from what I hear, there are going to be some really great items.

I'll be taking reservations again, so send the names of everyone in your party as well as your menu preferences. You can pay at the door on January 7.

The December ICC board meeting is the 14th (second Wednesday) and we'll learn the results of the election for the 2017 board members. (The anticipation is palpable, lemme tell ya).

Charlotte LeVecque handled receiving the ballots for us again this year. Thank you, Charlotte.

Susan Williams, our show coordinator, put the ballots together and mailed them. Thank you, Susan.

Dusty Williams, our show manager, has signed two judges--Tegan Kossowicz, "L," for the March 4, 2017, schooling show and David Schmutz, "S," for the May 6, 2017, CDS-recognized show. We will mail out our handy "show date" postcards for 2017 as soon as everything is finalized. We have the dates--June 24 and October 28 are the remaining dates. We just need to secure judges.

If you're on our mailing list as an ICC member, you'll receive a card. If you affiliate with another chapter and would LIKE to receive a card (handy for reference), send me your snail mail address and I'll forward it to the appropriate person.

Other business: To get your name and contact information in the 2017 CDS Roster, be sure to renew your membership to CDS by December 30. It's $70 for one regular membership, $60 for each additional family member. Visit (don't forget the hyphen) for further information or to join online. You can also renew with the mailer envelope that was sent to 2016 members in good standing awhile ago or tear off the back cover of your latest CDS Dressage Letters and send or fax it to Paula at the Central Office.

Affliate with ICC and get in on all the fun newsletters (from your witty chair person!!) And updates and more, too, of course.

And while you're perusing Dressage Letters, consider attending the Annual Meeting. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CDS with a super awards banquet and excellent symposium at Del Mar. The dates are January 19-22 with the first two days all the business--executive board meeting, chapter chair meetings, silent auction for chapter baskets and so on. Saturday is the start of the two-day Symposium with CDS Olympians Steffen Peters, Christine Traurig, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and Hilda Gurney.

Our show manager Dusty is also making a SUPER "basket" for the chapter basket auction and we're hoping it will be one of the major prizes live-auctioned during the awards banquet Saturday evening, which will be under a heated tent in the arena at Del Mar. (Hint: It's fabulous and involves WOOD!!)

Check Dressage Letters for registration information or go online for details and registration options.

Enjoy your holiday season and may there be lots of wonderful riding between now and the start of the Inland Communities show season in March 2017.

And do consider joining us at Isabella's Restaurant in Redlands on January 7 for the awards banquet. Meet your new board members, get to know other wonderful members and their families.

We are a friendly chapter and would like to get to know you, too.

Any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me.

Kathy Young
ICC Chair

Summer 2016 Chair Message:


Lots of news in this, the Summer Edition of the Inland Communities Chapter Chair message.

Chapter 1


Haley Burrill was our super chapter representative to the Junior clinic with Charlotte Bredahl in May. She had a great time. Her report arrived to CDS Central Office after the deadline for the Junior Clinic Report edition, but you can read her letter in the latest edition of Take Contact! on our website,

Our June show was another smashing success (in triple-digit temperatures, but everyone survived). We started at 7 a.m.--our judge Peggy Klump, "S," arrived at 6:30--and there was plenty of water available for horses and competitors, a wonderful caterer and our usual happy group of board members and volunteers at your service. Show results are on our Facebook page (search "Inland" and you'll see our logo pop up) as well as on our website.

We're "show dark" until October 29, our annual Halloween schooling shows (costumes optional all day). Details forthcoming, but start planning your costume now--the judge selects a Best Costume winner from the adult and junior entries.

Our next face-to-face board meeting will be September 14, 6:30 p.m. at Shadow Ridge.

August 6 is our next big ICC event--the unmounted bodywork clinic with yoga mats and/or yoga balls. Chemaine Hurtado, Symphony Dressage Stables in Somis, will present this very informative clinic at at Shadow Ridge. Details are being worked out as we speak (well, as I write, actually) but it should be a swell way to work on improving your riding.

Visit her website, and click on the Yoga Ball Dressage Series link for more information.

We're thinking of making this a potluck event, but keep an eye out (Facebook, my chair message update later this summer) for information.

ICC pledged $100 to the CDS 50th Anniversary Pledge Fund and received a lovely thank-you from CDS Central Office. The note said in part, "Your contribution will help CDS continue to offer great educational and competitive events for our CDS members for another 50 years."

The Annual Meeting is January 20-22, 2017, the actual 50th anniversary year, at Del Mar. The event is presented by and will feature CDS superstars--former Olympians all--Steffen Peters, Charlotte Bredahl, Christine Traurig and Hilda Gurney at a two-day Symposium. Other fun stuff is a VIP reception with the four presenters before Saturday's awards banquet and evening entertainment.

This brings me to another point, those who opt to donate to our junior riders. There is a blank on every ICC show premium for competitors to contribute to funding our juniors. We thank everyone who added money to be set aside for our junior riders. Sara Mosqueda does a wonderful job with our ICC Hot Shot team members, prepping them for the written tests and also working on riding skills. Our team always does well at the Championships, which are held in conjunction with Cool August Nights at Los Angeles Equestrian Center. This year's competition is August 25-28.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me. In the meantime, have a "cool" summer and happy riding.

Happy riding!

Kathy Young
ICC Chair

April 2016 Chair Message:

First of all, good luck to Haley Burrill and Wyatt, ICC's junior clinic representatives. They are headed to W Farms in Chino Hills to ride with Charlotte Bredahl May 7-8.

Auditing is FREE, so you are all invited to "come watch and learn from the best."

Kristin Young, Southern Regional Representative, is in charge. Reach her for information at 949-677-1334 or

Second, I have the 2015 plates from CDS and will mail them out either this Friday or next Monday afternoon. My schedule has been nothing short of crazy for two weeks now, but I am over the flu-bronchitis that laid me low the month of March and am hoping things will settle down and I have time to do my OTHER chores.

Third, if you're contemplating entering our May 7 Spring Rated Show at Shadow Ridge, DO NOT DELAY!! The entries are coming in, and you do not want to be relegated to our waiting list. There were 18 on the waiting list for our March schooling show.


Part of the reason the ICC shows are so popular is that they are held at a gorgeous facility, are extremely well organized, and the volunteers and show committee members are friendly and helpful. The food is good, the hospitality is wonderful, and our prizes are fabulous.


Third, Charlotte Le Vecque has done another fantastic job as our sponsors coordinator. She has finalized the sponsors list for 2016, and the grand total of sponsorships is $2,475. Fantastic, no? Fantastic, YES!!

We have one Olympic sponsor; nine Grand Prix sponsors, including Riding Warehouse (more on that "One-Stop-Online-Tack-Shop") and All Seasons Feed for their generous contribution; six Intermediare sponsors and two Prix St. George sponsors.

Riding Warehouse has partnered with us in their Group Discount Program again this year. They offer 15 percent off anything you order through their link on our website, This same discount is offered in-store. The discount is good for added savings on clearance items and has few restrictions: Oversized items or a few brands that require minimum pricing.

Go to our home page, click on Sponsors. Find their business card on the sponsor page. Click on the card and you will be impressed with the inventory they offer. English, Western and Endurance clothing for horse and rider as well as tack and equipment.

Free shipping on orders over $50, too.

To get the ICC member code, email me and I will send it to you. The code is not to be shared with non-members of ICC.

Besides putting on our wonderful four-show series (schooling March and October, CDS-recognized May and June), your chapter has been considering which of several educational events we can offer for members.

We've tossed around several "activities" ideas and decided on an unmounted yoga ball clinic in early August. We're still in the planning stages, but if you have a yoga ball and/or mat, be sure to bring them.

(Or if you're like me, FIND them, dust them off and THEN bring them :0)

If you have questions, comments or suggestions about chapter activities or anything related to ICC, please don't hesitate to email, call or text me.

Our chapter succeeds because of our membership participation. Let us hear from you if you have ideas about making our chapter even better.

Happy riding!

Kathy Young
ICC Chair

February 2016 Chair Message:

First of all,


Once again, I am "calendar challenged" and was so busy with the April adult amateur clinic drawing I forgot about our Junior/Young Rider members!!

The Junior/Young Rider Clinic for the southern region is May 6-8 at W Farms, 2929 English Road, Chino Hills, with clinician Charlotte Bredahl. (This is the same weekend as the Inland Communities Chapter Spring CDS-Recognized Show at Shadow Ridge).

We will select a representative and alternates (at least three) at a drawing at our March 5 schooling show.


In the past we have sent more than one representative to this Junior/YR clinic, so your chances of being selected to ride with an Olympic level competitor this year are very good!!

Send your name to my email address,, by MARCH 1.

IC pays stabling and bedding for the first representative chosen. We pay stabling for any other ICC junior/YRs that attend. All riders are responsible for travel and personal expenses as well as feed for their horse.

Financial assistance for Juniors/YRs is available from Club 100. Get more information on individual scholarships from Club 100 on the CDS website, (Don't forget the hyphen!)


We held the drawing last night for our representative and alternates for the Linda O'Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic with Melissa Cresswick April 8-10. Once again it is "in the 'hood" at Bob Stern's Equestrian Center in Riverside.

Our representative will be Cristina Kayvon-Pierce. First alternate is Ruth Corrao-Harris; second alternate is Renate Miller.

Congratulations, all!!

Auditing is FREE for this clinic, and I hope many IC members attend and learn from an experienced "traveler" on the dressage journey. Melissa is an "S" judge and this will be a wonderful experience for everyone. Mark your calendars and plan to attend at least one day of the riding portion of the clinic (April 9-10).

Our March 5 show is coming together and entries are starting to fill Ruth Corrao-Harris's mailbox. Entries close Feb. 25, so don't delay. Make sure you have all the information requested, especially signatures.

The board is still planning to present a scribing clinic in April (date TBA). We will be contacting those of you who have expressed an interest in learning to scribe. If you've thought about learning this very important (and informative) part of dressage (but have kept your interest secret ;o), contact any IC board member and let us know.

We will be in touch. (heh heh)

Our next board meeting is April 13 (we're skipping March because the meeting date falls so soon after our show). If you have any suggestions or comments, let me know.

Also, if you're interested in being a sponsor for IC this year, there is still time. Email our Sponsor Person Charlotte Le Vecque, Charlotte can tell you about the various levels of sponsorship ($25 and up) and benefits for each of them.

Any questions, let me know!!

Happy riding and see you at our March show.


Kathy Young
ICC Chair

January 2016 Chair Message:

As you may have read on Facebook, Inland Communities’ fabulous newsletter Take Contact!, designed and edited by Dusty Williams (also our intrepid show manager) and capably (and often humorously) written by Susan Williams (also our show coordinator), won Best Newsletter for 2015 from the California Dressage Society.


The presentation was made after the regional reports on Saturday afternoon, and I was there to accept the “check” for $500 from CDS President Kevin Reinig.


Kathy Pavlich and I attended the annual meeting. She graciously stepped up so I didn't have to go by myself. I was happy to have the company, and Kathy and I had a great time. I don't think I've eaten three desserts in two days EVER (and that's not counting the cookie I had for lunch Sunday), but Kathy talked me into carrot cake Friday night (she had berry pie) and we both dove into the chocolate cheesecake that was dessert for Saturday's lunch and dinner.


Anyway, back to the newsletter: Many chapters said they either had discontinued or were considering discontinuing their newsletters because current editors were retiring and no one was jumping at the chance to take over. Another number of reps said no one read their newsletters, which was a surprise to me.


I have always found our newsletter to be filled with informative articles — not just show results and club news but pictures, imaginatively laid out and colorfully presented. A bit of humor never hurts either, and when I was Take Contact! editor back in the day (of the monthly newsletter written, printed, collated, folded, taped, labeled and stamped, then delivered to the post office, all done by me) I always tried to include something funny (even if it was the occasional unintended typo. I also proofread the newsletter and more than once some little error snuck by my bleary eye).


If you have not been reading Take Contact!, visit our website and look over the current issue (I believe Susan submitted September 2015) and then visit the archives. You will be as impressed as the “Best” committee obviously was in awarding ICC this honor for the second time. We also won the award in 2014.


Plans are already underway for the 2017 Annual Meeting that will coincide with the 50th anniversary of CDS. The site will be Del Mar, the hotel will be the Hilton across the street that has shuttle service to/from the show grounds.


The theme of the Symposium will again be dressage from the perspective of trainers and judges. Clinicians will be Hilda Gurney, Charlotte Bredahl, Steffen Peters and Christine Traurig. This format was first tried two years ago at the Annual Meeting 2014 and was very well received.


Attention Adult Amateur members of ICC:
The Linda O’Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic for the southern region is April 8-10 at Stern Training Stables in Riverside with Clinician Melissa Cresswick. Inland Communities has already reserved our spot, and now is your chance to be chosen as the representative. We also select two alternates.


If you are an adult amateur member of Inland Communities member, submit your name and contact information (mailing and email address, telephone number) to me ( by FEBRUARY 10, 2016.


At our February 10 board meeting, we will draw three names.


Our representative’s stabling and bedding fee will also be paid by Inland Communities Chapter, so all he or she is responsible for is horse feed and personal expenses. The representative is permitted one groom.


The event begins with a meet-and-greet for rider and groom, place TBA. It’s an informal get-together, usually a pizza party, perfect for getting to know Melissa and the other chapter representatives. Riding will be Saturday and Sunday — the lesson format will be up to the clinician as to whether it will be paired semi-private lessons of one hour on Saturday and individual private lessons of 45 minutes on Sunday. Each representative is expected to watch the other riders before and after his/her own riding time.


The best part is, auditors can enjoy the weekend for FREE. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch horses and riders of all levels improve their skills under the watchful eye of the clinician. Melissa has a wonderful resume — she has her bronze, silver and gold USDF medals and is an “S” judge, “R” Dressage Sport Horse judge.


Don’t delay! Send your name to me today!


If you want more details about the clinic or about Melissa, Google the amateur clinic. A PDF of this year's clinic with biography and rules/format is available from CDS.


Another upcoming event is our first show of the 2016 season, our Spring Schooling Show March 5 at Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center, 7256 Weaver St., Highland, judge TBA. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or our website for downloadable premiums, entry forms, signature pages and more. All but one of our chapter high point awards requires a schooling show score and scores from both rated shows — dates are May 7 with David Schmutz and June 25 with Peggy Klump. Our October schooling show is the last Saturday of that month, judge to be announced.


Any questions or comments, contact me!

Kathy Young
ICC Chair