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Amateur Clinic Report from Ashleigh

posted Jul 22, 2016, 8:34 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 8:41 PM ]

Thank you to Sacramento Valley CDS for the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Adult Amateur Clinic with Melissa Creswick. I was honored to represent the Sacramento Valley CDS Chapter amongst members from numerous chapters. It was not only a fantastic learning experience but a memorable one because of the great comradery and support from all of the riders/participants. Melissa took the time to get to know each of the rider and horse combinations and tailored her approach to their goals as a team before the clinic started. Throughout the clinic, she stressed the importance of incorporating a positive outlook and love for the horse in every aspect of daily training. As the only Para-Dressage rider at the clinic I really appreciated how supportive Melissa was and how she offered instruction as she would to an able bodied rider yet understood that I may have had to adapt my aids to the achieve the same results. I gained helpful tips that I can include as my partnership with my horse continues to grow.  Thank you so much to everyone who made this invaluable experience a reality!

Ashleigh Flores-Simmons

Jr. Clinic Report from Rachael Tuscher

posted Nov 1, 2014, 10:04 PM by The Administrator

Dear Sacramento Valley Chapter,
The clinic with David Wightman was a fun and an educational experience. I brought my new 4 year old KWPN gelding, Prince, for feedback from David. Prince and I have only been together for a month and this was his second time away from home! So I was eager to hear what David had to say about him.

On Friday, we introduced ourselves at the evening lecture. After introducing myself, my horse, and what our experience was together, David informed me I was “brave” for bringing him! There were 14 riders which made for a full day of lessons on Saturday and Sunday. Prince has been under saddle only a few months but David had us working with leg yields, counter canters, and medium trot! David’s feedback gave me confidence that Prince is the right horse for me and that we are going to be a great team.  I would like to thank the Sacramento Valley Chapter CDS for giving me the opportunity to attend and learn from such a talented instructor!
Rachael Tuscher

SVC Member Nichole Tuscher goes to Arabian Nationals

posted Nov 1, 2014, 9:52 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Nov 1, 2014, 9:56 PM ]

Sacramento Valley Chapter member, Nichole Tuscher,  participated in the National Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in Nampa, Idaho September 24th-27th.  Nichole won National Champion First Level AAOTR with a score of 71.37% on her Arabian stallion, LL Darkh Image+++/. “Indy” is owned by Nichole and her husband, Don.  Nichole won National Champion Half-Arabian First Level ATR with a score of 68.95% on SG Kamilah+++/ (Indy’s daughter) and National Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Training Level AAOTR with a score of 71.8%. “Kami” is owned by Roger and Patsy Tuscher.

USDF Awards Banquet by Lydia Wulfe

posted Mar 23, 2014, 5:36 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Jun 29, 2014, 9:50 PM ]


USDF Dressage Awards Banquet 2014


Tornado, my American Mustang, and I had a very successful 2013 show season at 2nd level. Our avg. score was 64.11   My husband, David, and I decided we would take a trip to include the awards banquet in Lexington, KY to pick up our awards in person.  (Tornado stayed home.  He does not like to fly.)

We flew into Nashville, TN during an ice storm.  Fortunately we rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle and David has his class “A” driver’s license. The 2 hour trip took over 3 and ½ hours.  We saw cars that had slipped of the highway all along the way. I could feel how tense David was and we mostly stayed behind big rigs who usually know how to handle bad weather.


Arriving in 1 piece we had to get out of the car in below freezing weather and then David had the park the car. I will never get used to that weather.  I am a California girl all the way. We were staying at the same hotel as the event so we did not have to leave for 2 days.  We had a restaurant, shopping, vender booths and the silent auction. Plenty of activities to entertain us.


Mark Davis and his wife, Marge, drove from Dover, DE to personally give me the awards I had won from the American Mustang and Burro Association.  They are delightful people and made me feel special.  I was the only person I saw who had a photo shoot with my awards (Mark was a professional photographer).


The awards banquet was beautiful, with seating for the over 400 people who attended. The staff was friendly and made me feel like they were happy I came.

The event was amazingly organized. During dinner, a slideshow of pictures we had submitted to USDF were shown on 2 large screens. During the presentation you looked up at the screen to see when to go back stage.  In the backstage area you were organized into your groups and sent on stage at the correct time.  I got to go back stage twice, once with mark Davis.  The announcer let the attendees know Mark had come to personally give me my awards.  I was the only one that had a special person present.

I am delighted that we decided to make the trip.  It was fun and I got to buy a new dress and shoes.

Lydia Wulfe    and   Tornado     

My CDS Junior Clinic Experience - Rhianna Moehrke

posted Dec 11, 2013, 12:27 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Dec 11, 2013, 12:31 PM ]

The jr/yr clinic was a memorable experience. I learned so much not only about my pony but how to make us a better pair. It taught me a lot about not only how he thinks but how to respond to him. We worked a lot on how to get to respond and listen to me as a rider. He was never very responsive to my aids, but throughout my lesson I was starting to really understand what I need to do as his rider to help him understand what I am asking. I learned many new things that I took into later rides that continue to help me improve greatly. 

Not only was the lesson and theory session amazing, but I also met some great people. I really enjoyed being able to sit down with all the other girls during other lessons and discus what the clinician was explaining. Even though others were more advanced than I was, I learned some things that I know can help me later on. We all had some really good laughs and enjoyed being able to share stories and lessons of our own throughout the weekend. I really enjoyed this opportunity and am more than grateful to have this experience. I learned a lot and loved everything about it. 

Thanks so much for everything. 

My Annual Show Experience ... Alison Knickerbocker

posted Oct 29, 2013, 9:35 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Oct 29, 2013, 9:43 PM ]

Editor's Note:  Special Thanks to Alison Knickerbocker for sharing her experiences at the 2013 Annual Show at Rancho Murieta this year.

Teaching Acafrao Comando SN ("Ace") to dance this year was interesting... and a learning experience.  While Windsor, my Shire/TB gelding who earned the CDS Second Level Freestyle championship and USDF reserve championship in 2006, has a natural ability to hear the music, not to mention an extraordinary desire to please, Ace appeared to be tone deaf and graced with four left feet.  Our counter canter was occasionally balanced, but the 10 meter canter circles would frequently become 10 meter crow-hop circles with a halt-and-rear thrown in for good measure.  So, the fact that we qualified for the championships at all was pretty amazing, and perhaps a sign the qualification requirements are a bit lax.  ;)

Living so close to Rancho Murieta, I didn't have to leave for the showgrounds until Wednesday afternoon, plenty of time for our 4:30-ish freestyle practice in the main arena.  We found our stalls, checked in, and Ace proceeded to stomp me square on the foot.  I'm fairly certain he did it on purpose.  Luckily, my boot didn't press on the bruise that was forming, and I mounted and rode over to the warm-up rings.

The warm-up felt like I was riding a beach ball.  There were bounces and rolls and flying through the air sideways.  But eventually he calmed down and did his best to focus on me about every 19th stride.  I was thankful he never tried to unseat me, and fairly satisfied with his level of attention considering he'd never been to Rancho Murieta before, AND he'd never been to a championship show.

The freestyle practice was... eventful.  And somewhat unsuccessful.  The canter work was completely nonexistent, and all of the crow-hopping and rearing and disobedience returned full force.  But he didn't dump me, and I was able to school him a bit before we left the arena.  A couple of the volunteers offered their condolences as I exited... I just laughed and remarked I was glad it happened then and hopefully he'd gotten it all out of his system!

Thursday, we had our warm-up class in the morning.  We ended up with 4th, which was pretty remarkable considering his level of tension and, as I recall, an error.  The freestyle was in the afternoon, and I was pretty much just hoping he wouldn't buck.  Anything better than that would be icing on the cake.

Not only did he not buck, he was spectacular.  And we hit most of the musical phrasings and transitions better than we ever had before.  I was so happy with him, I didn't care one bit what the judges thought of our performance.  But as luck would have it, they enjoyed it as well and we won the CDS championship with a 69.467.  The next day was the USDF 2nd level championship (we ended up with 3rd place) and the USDF freestyle.  We had a little misinformation from the ring steward as to when we were up, so after meandering around the grounds a bit, we ended up having to trot right into the arena to make our ride time.  Ace never felt better under my saddle.  I knew he'd do great... with just one "error" (my half halt was just a bit too strong, apparently, and he broke to trot - but the judges didn't know that), we won the USDF championship, as well, with a 70.25.  

The weather on Saturday was pretty crazy; there was so much rain, they had to actually stop nearly all of the classes for several hours.  Unfortunately, I was misinformed about my CDS HOY class for that day - I understood it was to be rescheduled for the next morning, but it actually took place that evening - and missed it.  Well, that's not completely true... when I finally found out it was running that evening, I had just 25 minutes to get dressed, braided, saddled, and warmed up - not possible.  While I was so incredibly disappointed about that, I focused on what we HAD accomplished at this championship, and really, in the entire four years I'd owned Ace.  He has come SO far, and I have learned SO much, I can hardly believe it!  

Thank you to all of the volunteers and co-exhibitors for a fun and exciting championship!  I'm taking next year off from showing, but I'll see you all in 2015!

Grace Sport Horses - new babies

posted Sep 18, 2013, 8:57 AM by The Administrator   [ updated Sep 18, 2013, 8:58 AM ]

Our Babies are Here!

Grace Sport Horses
45 yrs experience breeding and training insures you of finding your 
next partner "outstanding" in our field. :)
Dr. Nancy Adams 510-332-8421 or 530-332-8421


posted Sep 4, 2013, 10:02 AM by The Administrator

Fiona Cameron and Laurio were Reserve Champion at Third Level in the RAAC.  They earned an automatic qualification to compete in the CDS Championship show this year and report that they ARE planning to compete in Third Level at Championships!  Way to go Fiona!   Best of Luck at Championships!

Successful first show for young horses

posted Aug 28, 2013, 12:13 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 10:13 AM ]

First outings for two of  my youngsters at SVE show and Breed Show.  Wiseton (Waterford, Diamont), four year old gelding won both the Materiale classes for stallions and geldings, a first and a third in Training 3.  His full brother, Wredford, three year old won the 3 year old gelding in hand class, and together they won the produce of dam class and were 2nd in the get of sire class.  Both horses are also for sale.  Wredford is at SVE with Ericka Reinig of KEFA Performance Horses and Wiseton is with Craig Stanley in Madera.  Inquiries can be made to LMcEnespy@Yahoo.com.

Member Show News

posted May 14, 2013, 10:35 PM by The Administrator

Two of our SV chapter members from the Grass Valley/Nevada City area did well at Starr Vaughn this weekend.  I applaud them both, and the other riders, for their persistence in spite of the nasty heat and humidity.
    Fiona Cameron:





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Adult Amateur

Fourth Level, Test 1 2011





Adult Amateur

Third Level, Test 3 2011





Adult Amateur

Fourth Level, Test 1 2011





Adult Amateur

Third Level, Test 3 2011



They have now qualified for RAAC at third and fourth and also for the USDF Regional championship at third.  Fiona reports:  Great helpful comments from the judges especially Brent Hicks.   


And also Michael Brooks:

Who got a qualifying score in his debut ride at 3rd level with a score of 61.77%


May 5th dressage in the Almonds show proved successful for SVC board members! Robyn-web mistress-and other dressage friends enjoyed a full day of showing and supporting each other. Her show highlight was a 66 percent at training level, on her way towards RACC qualification! Volunteer coordinator Wendy Marquardt and her kWPN gelding Liberty had a personal best at fourth level achieving a 71.7 percent! Cheers for both board members!

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