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Velona Peoples Memorial Trophies

posted Mar 15, 2012, 10:38 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Mar 30, 2012, 10:02 PM ]
Velona Peoples Memorial Trophies
Awarded to the Sacramento Valley Chapter Members
With the Highest Score at each level

 Velona Peoples (1910 - 1993)  was one of the founding members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CDS.  After her daughter's tragic death in 1963, Velona decided to dedicate herself to riding and dressage as a tribute to her daughter, Judy.  The following year, in 1964, Velona and a group of local riders started learning more about dresage with Hector Rodriquez from Columbia,S.A.  This group gradually developed into the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CDS.
Velona was its guiding spirit.  She was repeatedly elected Chairwoman and she organized shows and clinics for the new chapter.  She also hosted many of these events on her property located on Road 96 in Davis.  (This same property is now owned and run by Carolyn and Jim McMullen as "McMullen Ranch").

Velona and her most memorable equine partner, "Aasgard", showed and attended clinics and even performed in a quadrille in the 1970's.  Velona used to joke that she had trained Aasgard to go from Third Level to First Level in only three months.  :) 

She was loved and admired for her hard work and dedication to dressage and the CDS community.  She was one of the Sacramento Valley Chapter's founding members and one of its strongest supporters.  The Velona Peoples Memorial Perpetual Trophies are the Sacramento Valley Chapter's tribute to a great horsewoman and a wonderful person.