Old photographs and information collected in 2009 to commemorate our 40th anniversary  (1969 - 2009) were beautifully displayed at the November 2009 Year-End Banquet entitled "Photographs from the Early Years"  A sincere thank you to Fran Cverna and Mary Dana Prescott for compiling the photos and information.  Thank you, also, to the NODA members and friends who shared their photo memories. 


"Photographs from the early days"

1 - If we are lucky, we have a pony as a child

Submitted by Niki Sackman
 From~ 1978, in an Olmsted Falls backyard, riding Heather’s pony Smokey
(Niki is in back).

2 - Early members did not start out as dressage enthusiasts
Submitted by Fran Cverna
 Fran in the 1970’s, Yellowstone Park Wyoming, back country horse trip vacation.   
“Eagles and Horses” by John Denver - -
Horses are creatures who worship the earth as they gallop on feet of ivory.

 3 - Bareback, in shorts

Submitted by Margaret McElhany

Margaret on Mr. X at Parker's Ranch


4 - No dressage ring in the area? - - We built one!

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman

Lisa Gorretta and company build a dressage ring.

5 - Emmy Temple

Submitted by Randie Heacox

Chuck Grant’s first wife, Emmy Temple – in 1947, Emmy taught the first civilian dressage lessons in the Midwest at Plush Stables.  Emmy was NODA’s 3rd president, after Joan Rapp and Sue Jones.


6 - Kentucky Horse Park

Submitted by Margaret McElhany

Margaret on Apollo, and Carole Grant at Kentucky Horse Park.  In 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park, the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, opened to the public.

7 - Classic!
Submitted by Margaret McElhany
 Margaret on Apollo at Kentucky Horse Park.

8 – Early members, with ribbons

Submitted by Margaret McElhany
 Left to right:  Sharon Becker Jarold, Betsy Rebar Sell, Margaret (standing) Mary Lou Gallagher on Jim Beam, and Susan Horst on Shawnee.

9 - Birchmont Farm 

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerm
Major Andres Lindgren from Sweden with Dagmar and one of her Great Danes.  Dagmar was NODA’s 4th President and many NODA events were held at Birchmont Farm.  Gabor Foltenyi was a frequent clinician.

10 - Gabor Foltenyi on Solist

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman

Solist, a Trakehner stallion was approved at the 1973 Neumünster inspections, and stood in Germany until 1980 when he was imported to North America by Dagmar Zimmerman.  He remained at her Birchmont Farm in Novelty until his death in 1997.


11 - Misconceptions & Simple Truths in Dressage

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman

 Dagmar with Dr. Van Schaik, author of “Misconceptions & Simple Truths in Dressage”

12 - Clinics and Potlucks at Dagmar’s

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman:
Left to right:  Mary Dana Prescott, Gabor Foltenyi, Amy Studevant, Chuck Kinney (behind) and Laura Taylor

13 - Laddie G. Andahazy
From Marlene Heinen and Lake Erie College
Laddie traveled in Europe and introduced the European show jumping concept to the US. In 1965 he won the AHSA Course Designer of the Year Award for the inaugural Cleveland Grand Prix. He played a major role in developing dressage in the United States. He founded the Dressage Derby of Ohio and the Prix des Ville of North America Jumping and Dressage Competition, the Cleveland Chapter of the Professional Horseman's Association, and the Western Reserve Carriage Association.  He joined Lake Erie College in 1955; in 1971, he turned a lifelong dream into a reality when he converted an 80-acre farm located near the college into a full-scale equestrian center at Lake Erie College.


14 - Ivan Bezugloff

Until 1971, there was no publication for U.S. dressage enthusiasts. Clevelander Ivan Bezugloff, Jr. founded Dressage magazine and served as its editor for 25 years. The name was later changed to Dressage and Combined Training to reflect the publication's two-sport focus, and finally shortened to Dressage & CT.  Besides founding the magazine, Bezugloff also helped to found USDF. He was a proponent of the Federation's basic structure as a network of local dressage and eventing associations.

 15 - Erin Casco Bay at ~ 6 years old – Connemara owned by Pat Lightbody

Submitted by Gretchen Singleton
A true Connemara, Casco was very kind and sensible giving pony rides to children at the Sunday School picnics. He was an easy keeper and held up well under the demands of collection at F.E.I. levels.  Casco’s owner, Pat Lightbody, was NODA’s newsletter editor for many years.   


16 - Erin Casco Bay at PSG with Gretchen Singleton

Submitted by Gretchen Singleton
Casco could puff up to look much bigger than his 15.1 hands, and competed in dressage to Prix St. Georges level.  He was a NODA year-end champion at every level Training – FEI.

17 - Dianne Braden on Allez-y

Submitted by Fran Cverna
Dianne was NODA’s 6th president.  She would not be happy with this bad photo of Allez-y who she trained and rode to Prix St. George.  Dianne taught at Willow Run Farm (Twinsburg).

18 - Early Prix de Villes at Lake Erie Equestrian Center 

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman

Team line up in the main arena

19 - Prix de Villes Team with Dagmar (Additional Names Added)

Submitted by Dagmar Zimmerman

Dagmar (standing), coach with Team: 
Jane Reymander riding Daily; Beth Berrittoni on Valiant Fox, and one rider/horse team not identified.

20    First Schooling Show Championship
Submitted by Ursula Stanton-Hicks
First schooling show championship ~ early 1990’s,Chagrin Valley Farm. 
 Left:   Ursula             Right:   Dagmar Zimmerman & Ursula

21 – Juniors are always the way to the Future
Submitted by Gretchen Singleton
Junior Training Level Team who all rode grey ponies (2 Connemara, 1 Welsh) – Millissa Jedlica, Gretchen Singleton (coach), Elise Osbourne, Holly Moroly.

Commentary Above Provided by Fran Cverna:
"Any errors are mine!  Be sure to ignore the fact that many of the "oldsters" are not
wearing safety helmets, and ALWAYS wear your safety helmet!"



Where to Bury a Horse - - If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call; come to you over the far, dim pastures of death. And though you ride other living horses through life they shall not shy at him, nor resent his coming. For he is yours, and he belongs there.  People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no nicker pitched too fine for insensitive ears. People who may never  really love a horse.  Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them and which is well worth knowing...The one place to bury a horse is in the heart of his master.
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