Greetings from NODA President,
Monthly Greetings are published in the "NODA NEWS"
Dear Noda Members,
Northern Ohio Dressage Association’s
2016 competition year culminated on November 19th
with a fabulous year-end Banquet and Awards Celebration at the
Crowne Plaza in Independence Ohio. There were 122 members,
family and friends in attendance. Many generous people in our
dressage community contributed to the success of this year’s
banquet and we want to say thank you.
Lisa Gorretta, Long time NODA member, NODA
Lifetime Achievement member, NODA External Relations Liaison,
USDF Vice President, USEF “R” Dressage Technical Delegate, Level
2 FEI Steward for Dressage, and Co-Chair USEF Dressage
Committee, gave attendees a taste of what is was like to have
been an official at the 2016 Rio Olympics with clarity and
humor. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Lisa.
Shannon O’Hara chaired our banquet committee for
the third year and as expected did a super job working with the
venue. Thank you to all for your help with set up of the
venue. Everything was organized, delegated and implemented
Thank you for your help with set up of the venue. You were
essential to the Banquet’s smooth organization and success.
Danielle Bolm -
- Banquet set-up
& mom Kim - Reservations & Registration
– Banquet set-up
– Geauga County Dog Rescue
– Banquet set-up
– Banquet set-up
– Banquet set-up
– Master of Ceremony
- Master of Ceremony
- Slide Show creation
- Geauga County Dog Rescue
A big thank you to Awards Committee Chair, Janeen
Langowski-Grava, for collecting, tabulating and organizing
all the award winners. Also, thank you to Lisa Antoniou,
who assisted with the year-end ribbons.
Thank you to Anne McClintock for collecting
and updating all the rotating trophies, and to her husband,
Mike McClintock, for helping with set-up and working the
trophy contract table. Thank you to Big Dee’s Tack & Vet
Supplies for their help with the NODA embroidered Sport
Duffle Bags awarded to all the Champions.
Silent Auction Committee:
Thank you to our new committee chair Patty Keim along
with her solid and organized crew of volunteers, Sally Burton,
Lea Wojtkiewiez, Kim
Kiley Dill. We had a fun and successful Silent
Auction and Chinese Auction. Even under the threat of hotel
evacuation at the end of the banquet because of a fire alarm,
everything was sold and raffled bringing in a record amount of money
for our 2017 education events and scholarships. A sincere thank you
to all the generous donors and sponsors of our Silent and Chinese
Auction. We couldn’t do what we do without your continuing
It was also great to see so many new faces at this year’s banquet.
New people help to enhance an organization by adding insights and
ideas that foster growth and help keep things fresh for the future.
We hope you are looking forward to 2017 as much as we are. It is
going to be another great year for NODA. All our committees are
working hard planning our shows and other events. Please don’t
hesitate to send us any ideas that you have for things that you
would like to see NODA do. You can send your comments suggestions
or concerns to NODA’s member liaison Kathy Kirchner at
Dear NODA Members
I hope you are planning to attend NODA’s Banquet and Award
Celebration on November 19th at the Crowne Plaza in
Independence. It is always a good time for all. You don’t have to
have applied for awards to attend and have fun. Please come to
celebrate the end of the 2016 season, to support your friends or
family members, or just to have a good time. A great silent auction
again this year will be your chance to get some really nice items
and support NODA. Here are just few of the items that we will have
on the auction table. Don’t forget your checkbook!
leather halter, donated by Christine Wrona of Formal Glory
package and a blanket package, donated by Big Dee’s
bridle, reins, bell boots and much more, donated by Schneiders
Massage package, donated by Angela Rahn
If you bring an item to donate to the Geauga County Dog Shelter or
renew your NODA membership, you will receive a raffle ticket for a
There is a lot for NODA to celebrate this year.
The 2016 Schooling Show series was fabulous and very well attended.
All but one show was full. It was wonderful to see everyone’s
enthusiasm. We successfully used online volunteer sign up, which
offers our volunteers flexibility in deciding when and where they
would like to earn their NODA Bucks.
We had another successful Recognized Show weekend at Chagrin Valley
Farms. Thank you again to Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm for
sponsoring the Saturday evening Freestyle and helping this event
grow. We had a NODA record number of Freestyle competitors. Our
success each year is due to all our sponsors. In addition to Betsy
and Havensafe, we wish to thank Big Dee’s, Shade Tree Farm,
Schneider Saddlery, Christine Thompson, and Geauga Feed, to name a
to Linda Cooley our webmaster extraordinaire. Our
NODA website won FIRST Place in our GMO size category. Thank you,
Linda for doing such a great job!
Congratulations also to
Jeni Gaffney. Her article, “It’s All Roberta’s Fault” in
the January issue of the NODA News, won Honorable Mention.
Schooling Show Secretary Changes for 2017
We want to thank Jennifer Tulleners for her dedication
to NODA and working for the last four years as Schooling Show
Secretary. Jennifer has worked hard to help make our Schooling
Shows a good experience for all our competitors. We sure hope we
will see Jennifer helping NODA in new ways in the future. Thank you
NODA is excited to welcome Gwen Samuels who has been
training with Jennifer, Mary Lou Gallagher and Sally Burton to fill
Jennifer’s shoes as Schooling Show secretary beginning now for the
NODA member Clara Etzel achieves USDF “L” with distinction
Congratulations to longtime NODA member Clara Etzel on
obtaining her “L” (Learner Judge) with Distinction. NODA has been
happy and proud to help support Clara in her dressage journey over
these many years. Even though Clara moved to Michigan she continues
to support NODA in many ways. She has contributed many articles to
the NODA News as far back as her teenage years. She also
makes it back to volunteer at our Recognized Shows. You may even
remember her and her mom, Teri, manning the registration table at
our annual banquet over the years. Thank you, Clara and
NODA has a few very important openings.
NODA always needs new people with new ideas to help keep NODA moving
forward. All the positions below are open now for 2017.
This is an Executive Board position. The treasurer is responsible
for NODA’s financial records.
NODA Newsletter Advertising
We are looking for one or
two volunteers to be a part of the Newsletter Committee and take
charge of advertising.
2017 Banquet Chairperson
The Banquet Chair is responsible, with committee members, for
More information can be found
on the NODA - Volunteer
NODA wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and
friends, celebrating everything you are thankful for.
Dear NODA Members,
Congratulations to all the NODA members who qualified for Regionals
this year. We have a list of NODA’s Regional competitors in this
issue of the NODA News. We wish all of you heading for USDF
Dressage Finals in November good luck and good riding.
We had a large number of members qualify for our Schooling Show
Championships this year. By the time you read this letter, the open
and championship Shows will be over, and I hope everyone that
participated had a wonderful time. It was a really good schooling
show series this year with record entries for almost all our shows.
Thank you again Sally Burton, Jennifer Tulleners, Kirstin Thomas,
and Mary Lou Gallagher. Great Job!
We are working hard on the Year-end
Banquet and Awards Celebration. In this month’s edition of the
NODA News please make note of all the Banquet and Silent Auction
information. You will receive your invitation in the mail, but the
invitation will also be available on the NODA website. We are very
pleased to announce that Lisa Gorretta has agreed to speak about her
experience in Rio at the Olympics. You don’t want to miss it.
Remember, you do not have to have applied for an award to attend.
This is a celebration of everyone’s year of horse fun and
accomplishment. A celebration of you!
You also might want to consider donating something to the silent
auction, or maybe your barn would like to put a basket together for
the auction. We will have a contest again this year, and award a
Pizza Party to the donor or donors of the item or basket that brings
the highest bid. Please come and join in the fun. For information,
contact Patty Keim at
NODA is looking for someone who would like to come on board as our
Jr/YR Liaison. This is an immediate opening for someone who can
work on specific events or projects for our youth and young riders.
Please contact Kathy Kirchner at
MemberRep@nodarider.org if you are interested in this important
and fulfilling position.
We are also looking for one or two people to help with the
newsletter advertising and classified ads. This is a committee
member position and you can volunteer from the comfort of your home
a few hours each month. It requires some skill with Microsoft
Office software and you will work and communicate with other
newsletter and website staff. Please contact Kathy Kirchner at
As we know, all good things must come to an end, and we are sad to
say that this will be Shannon O’Hara’s last year as Banquet Chair.
We thank her and appreciate all she has contributed over the past
three years. If you or someone you know is interested in chairing
the banquet committee for 2017, we would love to hear from you and
are happy to answer questions about the position. Please contact
Kathy Kirchner at
MemberRep@nodarider.org for more information.
NODA is fortunate to have many sponsors and advertisers. We are
extremely grateful for their support and contributions to our
Recognized Shows, Schooling Shows and our Annual Banquet and Awards
Celebration. Please support those that support NODA.
I want to start this letter by thanking everyone who helped and is
still contributing while I am recovering from my broken arm. Thank
you also to all those that sent me “get well” wishes. I am back to
work and able to use my right hand for typing. I still have weeks
to go for a full recovery, but having the concern for NODA taken off
my shoulders has been extremely helpful. NODA is a great
organization with so many helpful members, and there are no words to
convey how appreciative I am for all of you.
I want to remind everyone that the deadline to apply for the Adult
Amateur and Jr/YR scholarships is October 1st. The winners will be
announced at the annual banquet November 19th. Information and
application forms are on the NODA website at
As always, our Professional Grants are available throughout the
year. There is no deadline and we can award up to five in a
calendar year. If you are a professional and want financial help in
attending a symposium or the “L” program or other similar
educational event, please check out the requirements at
This is a busy time for NODA members, as over the next
few months there are lots of equestrian activities happening.
schooling show season is drawing to a close and the next big event
is our schooling show at CVF on October 8, followed by the
Championship show on October 9. Attendance at our shows this summer
has been encouraging, to say the least. Many of our shows have been
unexpectedly full. It has been nice to pay a judge for an hour of
overtime, instead of sending them home after only five hours of
A very big “Thank you” to Sally Burton, Jennifer Tulleners, Kirsten
Thomas, Mary Lou Gallagher, and all our wonderful volunteers. Shows
were organized, very welcoming, and our volunteers were always well
fed. Send us a note and tell us what you liked about this year,
what you didn’t like, and what you would like to see next year.
What did you think of the team competitions? We want to keep them
going if you liked them. How did you all like registering for
classes and also volunteering on line? Do on-line registrations
make it easier for you?
After the close of show season, the next big event will be our
Annual Awards Banquet on November 19. We will be back at the Crown
Plaza this year, as we received feedback from members letting us
know that last year’s facility was nice but members weren’t wowed by
the cuisine. You won’t want to miss this this year even if you
aren’t applying for awards. Lisa Gorretta will take the podium and
tell us a little about her experience as an official and TV star at
the Olympics in Rio. So mark your calendars!
We are still looking for a volunteer to work with the Newsletter
committee managing the classified ads. This takes a few hours each
month, you can do it from home, and you will be assured of having
your volunteer hours in for year-end awards.
We are also be looking for volunteers to help with the annual
banquet and silent auction. The NODA bucks for these hours will
apply towards 2017 awards. If you want to be part of the action,
which is always fun, send an email to
We are beginning to look back on the 2016
competition year, analyzing what went well, what needs improvement,
and what we can add to help NODA work better for all its members.
Please contact our Member Liaison, Kathy Kirchner, at
your thoughts, ideas, kudos, and/or concerns.
Thank you all for your support.
Dear Members, As many of you already know, our hardworking President
Dee fell the evening of our Encore Show and broke her arm. While she
is recovering, Christine Thompson (NODA VP and Recognized Show
Chair) and I, (Regina Sacha, Sponsorship Chair) are taking the
opportunity to use her President’s column to give THANKS!
As we write this column, Cleveland is still in the heat wave which
deluged our show weekend. A twist on the old adage “Neither rain,
nor sun, nor HEAT” definitely applies to our show this year! The
sweltering heat and rain on Sunday didn’t seem to dampen the spirits
of our competitors, horses, judges and volunteers who made this
year’s Recognized Shows - NODA 2016 and 2016 Encore a raving
success! This year we implemented many process improvements and
amenities to insure an even smoother and welcoming show. First, we
were aided by the fantastic “Sign-Up Genius” to encourage NODA
members to volunteer. It was a raging success! We had ample people
to assist in the organization and set up prior to Friday which
enabled readiness for show arrival day! And thanks to all the
volunteer “arms and legs” in the office and paddock areas to provide
the necessary show support.
Secondly, you may have noticed our smiling and helpful Parking
Management Team who facilitated the unloading of trailers and
parking to insure that horses didn’t sit in hot trailers. They were
also equipped with stall charts, we think all of this really aided
in making the arrival process move quickly! The Recognized Show
Committee worked very hard to implement changes to make the show
more enjoyable and to help it to run a bit smoother. Linda Joseph
and her staff at Chagrin Valley Farms were a huge part of this! We
really appreciate all the hard work during the show and before and
after as well!
It was great to have some wonderful shopping available from Big
Dees' Tack and Vet Supply and Sarah Krishnar Studios. We look
forward to adding more vendors next year!
Our Thank YOU list to all the wonderful volunteers is immense! We
thank each and every one of you for all you did to make this these
shows a success! We also could not do it without all of our generous
Sponsors. Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors – Big D Tack and
Vet Supply, and Betsy Rebar Sell. Our Gold Sponsors Schneiders
Saddlery and Geauga Feed; our Silver Sponsor Arielle Brodkey; and
our Bronze Sponsor, The Visiting Vet. SO many generous people
advertised in our lovely Program and many donated necessary
“in-kind” items to provide platforms, golf carts, plants, etc. to
make our show special! We also appreciated all our class
sponsorships and program advertisers. You can look forward to
next month’s issue where we will highlight and focus upon all our
valued Sponsors and Advertisers.
The Recognized Show Committee began planning this event last
year and met often to handle the myriad of details that go into
planning the show. Our leader, Dee Liebenthal always gives her all
and does it with diplomacy and a smile! Her Recognized Show Team
Chair, Christine Thompson is invaluable and so generous with her
time and talent. As Sponsorship Chair, I (Regina) was so pleased to
secure such generous support from members and businesses alike. Many
thanks to Niki Sackman for expertly handling the complexity of
Sponsorship and Advertising tracking and administrivia! A big thank
you shout to Show Manager Kevin Bradbury and his efficient and easy
on-line registration system. Show Secretary Mary Lou Gallaher is
fantastic in handling and juggling the details of a sold out show
and wait list of entrants. Karen Eisenhauer Shirring and Sally
Burton are pros at volunteer management and it shows! Hospitality
was handled so well by Kirsten Thomas and Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Bross produced a keepsake program. The cover was so
beautiful and pictured the exquisite portrait of Gayle Rusk’s
We would be remiss not to give special thanks to our Freestyle
Sponsor, Betsy Juliano of Havensafe Farm who was so generous and
encouraging to the Freestyles competition. Thank you to the
Freestyle participants as well which made our delicious Saturday
night Competitor’s Party (generously sponsored by Christine
Thompson) and libations (made possible by Dee Liebenthal) so extra
special. We appreciate everyone AND it truly takes a Village.
Finally, thank you to our wonderful Judges and ALL Competitors who
make this year’s Recognized Show simply AMAZING! Now it’s time to
think about next year!
Thankfully, Christine Thompson and Regina Sacha-Ujczo
believe it? We are already into July! We are really excited and
busy getting ready for all we have going on this month, including
Ride-a-Test and schooling show, July 9 and 10, and our Recognized
Shows, July 23 and 24, all at Chagrin Valley Farms.
This is our second year back at CVF for the Recognized Shows and we
have some nice improvements in place. We have reserved more stalls
so we can meet requests for tack stalls. We will have access to the
large indoor arena which will allow lots of warm up and lunging
space. We have added an additional porta-potty and lots more
There is also a new wash area that will help a lot. We have a plan
to do a better job with parking. We’re going to ask those with
two-horse trailers, once they’ve unloaded, to park in the front
lot. This will leave the back parking lot for the larger trucks and
trailers. We also have lots more volunteers to help with parking
this year. Cars will have designated areas in both the back and the
front parking areas. We also plan on sending out stall assignments
and parking information prior to competitors arriving at the show.
If the shows are full, we will be starting early each morning to
facilitate the Free Style and Competitors’ party on Saturday night
and getting the judges to the airport on time Sunday.
We have fabulous support again this year from sponsors and
advertisers. Big Dee’s and Shade Tree Farm are supporting us at the
Platinum level, Geauga Feed and Schneiders Saddlery at Gold level,
Arielle Brodkey at the Silver level, and The Visiting Vet at the
Bronze. We also have lots of advertisers and class sponsors. We
asked our sponsors to support NODA and they have come through for
us, so please support our sponsors by using their services and
purchasing their goods.
Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies will be on the show grounds again
this year. Please visit them for your personal riding or equine
needs. We are also pleased to be hosting Sarah Krisher and her
beautiful handmade jewelry.
The Schooling Show Committee has been working very hard getting
ready for July 9 and 10 at Chagrin Valley Farms. Both the
Ride-a-Test on Saturday and the schooling show on Sunday are
completely full. Competitors are taking advantage of the
opportunity to get some feedback on how to ride a better test before
showing in Sunday’s schooling show. Thank you all for supporting
NODA and these two events.
In August our schooling show will be at South Farm. We are hoping
that support will match the enthusiasm that’s been shown for our
schooling shows thus far this season. There will be a Team
Competition at this show. We hope you will get your friends
together to form a team and try to earn one of those great medals
NODA is awarding to the first and second place teams. Entries open
July 8 for the South Farm show.
Our volunteers have been great in stepping up to give of their time
and effort for our schooling shows and recognized shows this year.
Perhaps the convenience of signing up online has helped, but
whatever it is it has been great! NODA really appreciates all of
you for your support. Thank you!!!
One last reminder. NODA offers Adult Amateur and Jr/YR
Scholarships. Application deadline is October 1st.
Please visit the SCHOLARSHIPS page
Thank you to everyone for supporting this organization! Thank you
to our hard working board and committee members. There is
absolutely no way we could do what we do without your help.
The 2016 show season is in full swing, and we have important
information and news!
New potential outlets for your unused NODA bucks: The NODA
board approved a program that will offer NODA members additional
opportunities for spending those old and well-worn NODA bucks earned
over the years. We are asking venues and professionals who are
having clinics of interest to NODA members to accept a maximum of
five NODA bucks as part of the audit fee payment. We will then
reimburse the facility for those NODA bucks. We hope to draw more
auditors into local events, and we are pleased to give discounted
local education to NODA members. If you are a professional or have
a venue that will be bringing in a clinician that could be of
interest to NODA members and are interested in participating in this
program, please contact one of NODA’s Education Committee Co-chairs,
Bernifirstname.lastname@example.org or Marcia Doyle,
will include the discount information in our calendar information
for your event. The venues can then include this opportunity when
advertising auditing fees for their events.
Sweetwater Schooling Show: NODA’s first schooling show
couldn’t have gone better or had any worse weather conditions! A
full show, with more entries than we have had in years, gave our
judges a full day of judging. Thank you Barb Soukup and Debby
Savage for coming. Competitors and volunteers were fabulous, facing
the ever-changing conditions with smiles and good humor. Kristi
Foltz and crew at Sweetwater Equestrian, a new venue for us, were
extremely helpful and totally welcoming. Thank you to Sally Burton
and Kirsten Thomas, who handled their new positions like pros, and
with the help of veterans Mary Lou Gallagher and Jennifer Tulleners
it was a great day that won’t soon be forgotten. After years of
absence we finally had entries in our Lead Line Class. It was great
fun to see the little ones in the ring and we hope that they are our
next generation of dressage riders. We introduced some new
High Point Awards
at this show:
Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) High Points (one for Classical
and one for Western), and a High Point Western Dressage
ribbons joins the High Point awarded for Classical Dressage.
Competition was also a success with excellent teams winning at both
Champion and Reserve. The participation in this show gives us hope
for a wonderfully successful schooling show season.
Rocky River is our next schooling show and I am encouraged that
it will also bring competitors back to NODA schooling shows. We are
working hard to be what our membership expects.
Raffle tickets on sale – Charlotte Dujardin: As some of you
may already know, NODA member Arielle Brodkey generously donated a
VIP ticket package for “An Intimate Weekend with Charlotte Dujardin,”
October 15 & 16 at Caledon Equestrian Park in Caledon,
Ontario. This raffle was announced on our Facebook page on May 25
and we sold 10 of the 60 tickets within two days. Please see the
details in this issue and on our Facebook page and website. Tickets
will be sold until gone and the winner’s name will be drawn during
the Recognized Show weekend at the Competitors’ Party on July 23.
You don’t need to be present to win. We are extremely grateful to
Arielle for this generous donation. Someone is going to have a
great time -- it could be you!
Sponsorship Recognized Show – Thank you: Thank you so much to
all of you who have pledged your support. We need a little time to
get our fabulous program together, so if you haven’t sent your ad
and/or payment, please do so by June 27.
A great deal of the success of NODA’s Recognized Shows depends on
support from our sponsors and advertisers. We are behind last
year’s commitments for support. I know once the nice weather
arrives we get very busy and it’s hard to find the time to make that
call or fill out a form. The deadline for sponsorship and
advertising is June 27. There is still time so please help make
it possible for our Recognized Shows to continue and to grow into
the future. Check out our many levels of support starting at $25
for a class sponsorship, all the way up to $1500 for Platinum
level. Advertise your business with a business card ad for $40 or a
half page ad for $100. Also $200 will get you an ad in the program
and also the NODA News, banner space, and other perks. Honor a
friend, remember a loved horse, or just sponsor a favorite class for
only $25. Please check out many ways you can help. Thank you.
Happy summer and thank you for continuing to support NODA.
Dear NODA Members,
must admit that after many years writing this monthly letter, it may
be clear to all that I am beginning to run out of things to say. I
am thinking it would be a good idea to request help from a few guest
writers to give you some other views and to relieve what might be a
lot of redundancy from letter to letter. If you’d like to author a
“Guest Letter,” or send suggestions for things to include, please
let me know!
That aside, I am excited about the show season in northeast Ohio.
We have a refreshed Schooling Show Series and this will be our
second year back at Chagrin Valley Farms for our Recognized Shows.
None of this could happen without our hard working, dedicated
volunteers. NODA only works because of the volunteer hours
everyone generously gives. Many thanks you to each and every one of
The spring and summer show season has begun and the area is brimming
with activities to enjoy with your horses. There are shows,
clinics, trail riding, obstacle adventures, and many more fun and
exciting things to do. How do you decide what you will do with your
horse time? What are the most important experiences for you, your
horse, and your friends? Tell us about an experience that you had
that you really enjoyed or that changed your riding in some way. We
would love to share your experience with our members.
NODA Scholarships and Grants – NODA doesn’t have a truck load of
money, but we do try to help out members a little with their
continuing education. We offer a Professional Grant, and
scholarships to both our Junior/Young Riders and our Adult
Amateurs. Our Professional Grant has been offered for many years
and I am happy to say we given out a good bit of money, so I think
most members are familiar with this opportunity.
A couple of years ago we created two scholarships, one for Jr/YRs
and one for AAs. These are not so well known. In 2014 we awarded
one of each. Last year there were no applications. Other than that
first year we haven’t done much advertising so I think most don’t
know or don’t remember that they are available. The scholarships
are awarded at the annual banquet and can be used for any
educational activity (clinic or lessons) in the following year.
Application deadline is October 1st of the current year
Scholarship will be awarded at the November annual Banquet
NODA can award
four $250 scholarships annually – two to AAs and two to Jr/YRs
Please go to the NODA website and select “Scholarships” for more
information and forms. For this scholarship you don’t even have to
know what it will be used for when you apply. The most important
factor for these scholarships is your history of giving back to both
NODA and your community. If you’re new to NODA or haven’t
volunteered as much as you’d like, now is the time to start building
that history. $250 can cover quite a few lessons or pay for a
clinic ride or two. Don’t let these opportunities pass by.
Our Recognized Shows will be at Chagrin Valley Farms on July 23 and
24. Have you sent in your forms for Sponsorship/Advertising? Don’t
wait too long. Levels that include Ring Sponsorships are limited.
You can find the package offerings along with the forms in last
month’s and this month’s NODA News, and they are also
available on the website. There are many ways to support this
wonderful recognized show weekend that’s right in your backyard.
as a competitor.
Volunteer your time. We will need help Thursday the July 21 through
Sunday the 24.
Sponsor or advertise your business and/or solicit a sponsorship or
advertising from family or friends with a business.
o Sponsor one
or more classes.
As we build these shows over the next years, trying to make
improvements with each succeeding year, we need your support. Be a
part of that growth.
Are you going to attend NODA schooling shows this season? Are you
interested in qualifying for the schooling show Championship and/or
NODA Year-End awards? If you are, it is important that you remember
To qualify you must earn two qualifying scores from two
different judges at two separate NODA schooling shows.
o Year-End awards
The scores you submit must include two scores from two
different judges earned at two separate NODA schooling shows.
Northern Ohio Dressage Association needs and appreciates your
support. We wouldn’t exist without each of you. Thank you.
Enjoy the competition season.
Dear NODA Members,
March is over, spring is here, and the show season in the Northeast
Ohio has begun. As has been true for the last few
years, the number of schooling shows
available to Dressage equestrians in our area is impressive. It is
almost like picking out a wallpaper pattern when trying to decide
where you will spend your schooling show dollars. As members of
NODA we certainly hope you will support our shows. There are lots
are supporting your local GMO and contributing to keep NODA
scores that you earn can be used towards our Schooling Show
scores that you earn can be used towards our Year-end Awards.
have the opportunity to ride in front of two accomplished judges
at each show, all of whom
are “L” graduates with distinction, or “r”, “R”, or “S”
judges. Many of these judges come from
outside of Ohio. All this for a fraction of the cost
to attend a Recognized Show!
have the opportunity to travel to different venues to help you
and your horse get acclimated to
new and different sights and sounds.
can try out that next level or young or new horse at a low cost.
can have fun with your friends and sign up for one of our team
We will award nice medals to the Champion and
Reserve teams at three shows. Details are on the website.
We hope you will support NODA Schooling Shows when you make your
choices. The competition is heavy but we like to think some of the
new things we have put into effect will help see that our wallpaper
is a cut above and lots more fun.
New for 2016 for Schooling Shows:
entry through Horse Show Office (HSO).
www.horseshowoffice.com There are some simple
instructions on our website for anyone who needs a
little help. You will be able to use a credit card or PayPal
through HSO. If you want to pay by check, please fill
out an entry form by hand or use the “fill in” form on
our website, print, and mail.
volunteer signup using
www.signupgenius.com You can as always contact our
Kirsten Thomas, by phone or email using
email@example.com. It is so great to be able to
who has already signed up.
Holy Cow -- we are only four months
away from our Recognized Shows, July 22nd and 23rd
at Chagrin Valley Farms. This month we are kicking off our
Sponsorships and Advertisers drive. The support we received
from our members, sponsors, and friends last year was wonderful and
gratifying. We would not have been successful without it.
We hope to keep that momentum going with another great year of
support. Please take a look at the
Sponsorship/Advertising information in this issue to see the many
opportunities for support. If you don’t see anything that
works for you, we might be able to create a custom package for you
or your business. We also have “In Kind” offers available for
anyone that would like to supply a service or an item such, as the
use of a golf cart. We are in need to volunteers,
including a few husbands, brothers, or sons of members or
competitors to be available beginning Friday for help with parking.
Thank you for your continued support of NODA. All this
information is also available on our website.
NODA professional member Clara Etzel has once again provided an
excellent article on her experience at the Session B of the “L”
Program. Clara took advantage of NODA’s Professional Grant Program
to help her with this cost. She is giving back to NODA members by
sharing her experience. If you are a professional and would like
financial help with education, consider applying. Information about
the Professional Grant, as well as our scholarships for Adult
Amateurs and Junior/Young Riders, can be found on NODA’s website,
I am glad to be able to add a quick note about our Western Dressage
Clinic with Patrick King that was held at Brecksville Stables on
April 2nd. Not only was it successful, we had lots of fun, too.
Twelve riders and many auditors took advantage of Patrick’s
knowledge and expertise. I am pretty sure everyone liked Patrick
and was in agreement with his philosophy. He was entertaining and
really knew his stuff. Occasionally his words made me think of
Charles de Kunffy in a cowboy hat. Seriously, Patrick is
classically trained so I expected nothing less. The fun we had
aside, auditors and riders came away knowing more about Western
Dear NODA Members,
March has arrived and we are well into planning the upcoming show
season. I hope we will see many of you at our Western Dressage
Clinic with Patrick King at Brecksville Stables on Saturday, April
2. As I write this letter, the clinic is full and we are taking
names for a waitlist to determine whether to add a second day to the
clinic on Sunday. We are very excited to be bringing this event to
our members. Don’t forget to grab a chair and $5, and come audit.
Watch the website and our Facebook page for updates.
The venue for NODA’s May 15 Schooling Show has changed.
We just finalized an agreement with Sweetwater Equestrian Center
in Ravenna. We are quite sure you are going to love it! We
hope to have more information and some pictures available on
Facebook and our website soon.
The Schooling Show Prize list will be going to press shortly, and
we hope you will have it in your mailbox by the middle of this
month. There is lots of valuable information in there, including
some changes you should be aware of, so please take the time to read
it. It will also be posted online with a link on our website. The
on-line prize list will always be the most current and up to date
edition. Keep your hard copy handy in the barn, glove compartment,
or tack locker. We also ask that you support all our generous
advertisers and sponsors
All our members with e-mail addresses have received an invitation to
volunteer early and often using the online program, SignUpGenius.com.
There is also a link on the welcome page of our website. Job
descriptions are on our website, and on SignUpGenius.com, too.
Kirsten Thomas, our new Schooling Show Volunteer Coordinator, will
also contact members by phone to volunteer. Please also feel free
to contact Kirsten at
216-509-8881.. She can answer any questions you may have.
Sally Burton, NODA’s new Schooling Show Manager has written an
article about our 2016 show series. The article contains very
important information of which you will want to take note.
Sally and I have been spending a good bit of time on the road
together, touring new possible venues for schooling shows and other
events. We have toured and talked with property managers/trainers
and owners, in search of possibilities for the next year and
beyond. As most of you know, we have lost some much depended on,
and now greatly missed, schooling show venues in the past few
years. These tours have been an uplifting experience for Sally and
me. All the places we visited were welcoming and eager to work with
us. It is great to travel with someone as positive as Sally.
Some important things to remember and look forward to:
You must be a member of NODA when earning scores for Schooling Show
Championships or for Year-end Awards.
Recognized Awards, both the rider and the owner of a horse must be
members of NODA.
Year-end Awards for unrecognized shows require that two of your four
scores to be earned from two different
judges attwo NODA Schooling
We will offer team competitions at three of our schooling shows this
want to remind everyone that NODA schooling shows continue to
offer lead line classes for those with young children
and/or students. We have had a couple of young mothers request that
we keep this class. The young rider is the future of the sport, and
we can’t start them too early. Get those kids in the show ring! No
better place to start than at a NODA schooling show.
We will all be able to order NODA logo items through Big Dee’s in
the near future. The details should be available soon.
Our April Newsletter will have lots of information on the NODA
Recognized Shows at Chagrin Valley Farms on July 23 and 24. We are
very excited and working hard now to make sure that it is a really
good experience for all competitors. The officials for the
shows have been hired. by Kevin Bradbury and his staff of BMCI.
prize list should be available later this month.
Happy Winds of
Dear NODA Members,
us all of the reality of an Ohio winter. It brought snow and very
cold temperatures, which can make riding challenging. I find as I
get older, I understand why retirees move to a warmer climate.
Reading the posts from Wellington and other areas of Florida where
many of our friends have gone to train and learn makes me jealous.
The NODA schooling show committee has been working to get the 2016
prize list updated with the new calendar, adding more for Western
Dressage, team competitions, and other things to make your schooling
show experience more of a learning experience and, at the same time,
more fun. NODA schooling shows continue a tradition of making sure
your schooling show experience is a cut above. To that end we
continue to bring in “r”, “R”, or “S” judges to team up with an “L”
graduate for each show. You don’t often get to ride in front an “r’
and higher judge for such a reasonable price. Take advantage of the
Watch for an article in March’s NODA News from our new Schooling
Show Manager, Sally Burton, outlining everything you can expect this
year. There are lots of new things to look forward to. The article
will coincide with the issuing of our 2016 Schooling Show Prize
List. Lots of new, helpful, and fun things are in the plan for the
2016 Schooling Show Series.
Online Schooling Show registration
volunteer sign up through “SignUpGenius.com”
competition added to several schooling shows
Saturday before a Sunday show at Chagrin Valley Farms
Western Dressage opportunities
for Western Dressage
We have started
work on the 2016 Recognized Shows, and are excited to expand on our
successes of last year. We hope you will support the shows again
this year, as you did last year. Kevin Bradbury, with his company
BMCI, will again be Manager and Secretary of the shows. Join us as
a competitor, volunteer and/or Sponsor for our shows on July 23rd
and 24th at Chagrin Valley Farms.
desperately need someone to volunteer to help Karen Eisenhauer-Shirring,
our Recognized show Volunteer Coordinator, with obtaining,
scheduling, and working with volunteers from set up to tear down.
This job is extremely important to the success of our shows.
Please consider helping. To find out what is involved in this
important job, contact Karen at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 330-220-4705.
We have some really good articles in the NODA News this month
contributed by a couple of NODA’s younger members. Please enjoy an
article by Colin Gaffney who shares his experience at the Youth
Sport Horse Handler’s Seminar at Devon last year. There is also
some really great information in Clara Etzel’s article on Session A
of the USDF “L” Program. Thanks to both for sharing their
experiences with all NODA’s members.
If you haven’t read the news about Betsy Juliano’s generosity to US
Dressage through her support of Laura Graves, Jennifer Baumert, and
Adrienne Lyle, please check out the link below. Betsy’s generosity
never ceases to amaze us. Thank you Betsy for all your do.
Dear NODA Members,
The holidays are over and we are off and running with our 2016 plans
for NODA. I am excited by all the new involvement from members and
the fabulous ideas that have been pouring in. If you are wondering
what is on the agenda and what changes we are making (and I hope you
are), all will be revealed soon. I am certain you will be as
excited as we are. Most of these changes this year will be to our
schooling show program, to enhance the educational experience as
well as increase the competitors’ enjoyment. Stay tuned!
I want to say a sad good-bye and big thank you to Kara Maruszak, who
has served as Schooling Show Chair/Manager for the last two years.
Kara is taking her organizational skills, attention to detail, and
the ability to deal with the demands of law school, a job, and our
schooling show series to Columbus to start her new career as a
lawyer. Congratulations, Kara. You will be missed, and we wish you
As we say good-bye to Kara, we welcome Sally Burton, who will be
taking over for Kara as the Chair/Manager of the Schooling Show
Committee. We hope to have a little bio available soon for Sally in
the newsletter and on the website; however, I think many of you
already know her. Sally comes with all the excitement and ideas of someone
starting a brand new job, and her excitement is totally infectious.
Sally’s excitement and enthusiasm join that of all new members on
the NODA Board and Committees. Kirsten Thomas is our SS volunteer
coordinator; Halle Clause is a Director at Large and Western
Dressage Liaison, and our new Vice President is Christine
Thompson. Their influence will re-energize us all and help lead us
forward into the future. I am extremely excited.
We are still looking for a few people to help us out in 2016. We
are desperately in need of someone who will come on as Assistant
Volunteer Coordinator for the Recognized Shows. We also need a
coordinator for the Silent Auction. If you are interested in
helping to facilitate educational opportunities, there is room for
you on our Education Committee. For information on any of these
please contact Kathy Kirchner, NODAs Member Liaison at
For those of you who may have missed the election results, Niki
Sackman has retired from her VP position, but she isn’t going
anywhere. We won’t let her. However, I do want to publically say
thank you to Niki for her service as NODA VP and Recognized Show
Chair for the past four years. The Recognized Shows would not have
successfully returned to CVF without Niki. She was a huge part of
making it all happen. Niki has served NODA well in several
positions and will continue to do so as a newly-elected Director at
Large. She has pledged to continue to bring us her expertise and
experience with the Recognized Shows as a member of the show
committee, and to NODA in general where and when needed. Niki is a
very valuable member of our team. Her experiences with NODA are too
numerous to list. We thank Niki for everything she’s done in the
past and look forward to her many contributions in the future.
This issue includes reports on the NODA Banquet and Awards
Celebration. We hope you enjoy the pictures. Check out the
submissions by Dr. Jeni Gaffney, winner of the Fabian Schoolmaster
Award, and Wendy Gruskiewicz for her husband Mike, who won the Edy
Ujczo Partnership Trophy.
Speaking of Dr. Jeni Gaffney, see the terrific article she wrote,
“It’s All Roberta’s Fault,” describing her experience at Devon with
Fabio in 2015. We at NODA have been following this accomplished
pair with great pride.
Do you have an experience you would like to share with your fellow
NODA members? If so, please write an article. Every year NODA
submits two articles to the USDF for GMO awards. We can submit an
article from a “personal experience” and an article that is of
“general interest.” If your article wins, you will be awarded a
lovely plaque at the USDF Annual Meeting, and if you are at the
convention to receive your award, you can get your photo taken with
George Williams! You will join the list of NODA members who have
won for their articles. Some recent winners are Jeni Gaffney, Niki
Sackman, Regina Sacha-Ujczo, and Mosie Welch. You can also earn
some NODA bucks towards your own year-end awards and maybe inspire
someone else with your experience.
Happy New Year Everyone – It’s going to be an exciting one for NODA,
so stay tuned.