2017 NODA Schooling
Show Series

Show Results

UPDATED 11/13/2017

October 7, 2017 NODA Open Schooling Dressage Show
Otober 8, 2017 NODA Schooling Show Series Championship
Chagrin Valley Farms

10/7 Saturday Open Show Results                       10/8 Sunday Championship Show Results

Show Photographer: Erich Linder Photography 
Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase  www.EMLlinderPhotography.com

Show Report & Thank You                  Candid Show Photos      
By Sally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager

What an amazing show weekend!  We started with a full show on Saturday, good weather and sun.  One of the many highpoints of the day was the COSTUME Lead Line Class!  Talk about “cuteness overload”.  Congratulations to our competitors:  Dahlia riding Bailey, Page riding Pixie Dust, Claire riding Abby, Valerie riding Sara, Grace riding Tony, Lexi riding Tater Tot, and Lily riding Godiva.  All the rider and pony costumes were amazing, and the ponies were very well behaved.

As always we could not have our shows without all the volunteers who help.  The weekend started the outdoor ring set up Friday afternoon which was taken down Saturday after the show with our master ring crew of:  Elizabeth Bodnovich, Gale Browning, Halle Clause, Sarah Freeman, Meghan Kelley, Kris Ropp, Linda McGall, Victoria Patterson-Pirko, Christa Sandy and her crew from Rocky River, and Rob Stone.  Ring set up on Friday night and tear down Saturday after the first day of the show went much quicker with a lot of help!  We appreciate every one of you!

Many thanks to Saturday volunteers who helped our two show rings and warm-up areas run smoothly and efficiently:  Elizabeth Bodnovich, Arielle Brodkey, Gale Browning, Barbara Gantz, BJ Hartmann-Sasak, Kimberly Harris, Ursula Stanton Hicks, Meghan Kelley, Linda McGall, Victoria Patterson-Pirko, Mila Sambunjak, Linda Toll, Helen Welch and Mary Whitely.

The Sunday Series Championship Show was another beautiful weather day.   This show was held indoors and and we enjoyed many rounds of super riding, punctuated by Awards Ceremonies and fun victory gallops.  Fran Cverna was our guest MC and did a terrific job.  Many thanks to all our Championship Show volunteers who helped us run an exciting and timely show:  Elizabeth Bodnovich, Missy Borror, Arielle Brodkey, Jerry Chuey, Fran Cverna, Lisa Gorretta,  Kathy Kirchner, Heidi Miller, Beth Monda, Jane Papke, Sally Pla, Gwen Samuels, Debby Savage, Beth Scalabrino, Janet Thompson, Jennifer Tulleners.

As you can read, it takes a village to run a show weekend!  Much thanks to everyone who volunteered, our schooling show staff - Show Secretary, Niki Sackman, who kept us all organized and provided excellent ride time and schedules for the shows, and Volunteer Coordinator, Kirsten Thomas, who kept all the volunteers fed with delicious home-made food and beverages.   Thank you Chagrin Valley Farms and staff for providing the venue for our shows.   And finally, special thanks to our judges, Sue Hughes and Kerry Petty, for their helpful comments and critiques. 

I am looking forward to celebrating a wonderful horse show season with everyone at the NODA Year-End Awards Banquet Celebration Brunch on November 19 at the Holiday Inn - Independence.   Have you sent in your banquet reservation yet?      Banquet Information & Invitation    And don't forget, if you have an equine business or service to offer, please consider donating to our Silent Auction and advertising in our keepsake Awards Program.     Silent Auction Donation Packages & Banquet Program Advertising    Everyone who donates and item or basket to the popular Silent Auction will be eligible to win a Pizza Party valued up to $250!   Learn More

September 10, 2017    NODA Schooling Dressage Show at Rocky River Stables

Show Results         Show Photographer: Erich Linder Photography            

                                                               Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase  www.EMLlinderPhotography.com

Show Report & Thank You                        Candid Show Photos from Members
By Sally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager
Congratulations to everyone for an amazing show at Rocky River Stables!  The weather was absolutely perfect- sunny, cooler in the morning, warming up nicely in the afternoon.  Our competitors did a wonderful job showing and achieving some really good scores.  We hope that everyone learned a lot.  

Competitors & Team Competition   Our team competition featured four teams and the winners were:  The Painted Ladies-  Jerry Chuey, Halle Clause, Judy Jacobsen, Skylar Young.  In second place- The Pretty Little Ponies- Elizabeth Bodnovich, Rachel Jelen, Noelle Ignani, and Mila Sambunjak.  We also had a very nice group of young riders on ponies at this show with our youngest rider at 7 years old riding a solid Intro C test!    We had all levels of riders from the youngest 8 year old dressage diva riding a solid Intro C test, to some Prix St George, upper level USEA tests and a Grand Prix Musical Freestyle!  The day ended with a small class of brave dressage riders competing a Prix Caprilli test (dressage with jumping).  

Volunteers & Judges
The show went off without a hitch with the help of an amazing group of volunteers as well as the incredible help of Margaret McElhany and her crew of Valley Riding superstars.  Many thanks to: Danielle Bolm, Jennifer Cooper, Katie Delaney, Ann Demanelis, Jennifer DiRusso, Karen Edwards, Colin Gafney, Jeni Gafney, Patty Keim, Lee Kelling, Syndey Kindrat, Lesley Matt, Evelyn Purdy,  Christa Sandy, Maria Sandy, Kim Shepard, Annie Stewart, Rob Stone, Kate Tuma, Pam White, and all the Valley Riding crew!

Our appreciation continues with the Valley Riding crew for ring setup and tear-down, and for hosting another NODA schooling dressage show; to Kirsten Thomas for her culinary skills keeping all volunteers fed and horses happy with carrots; and to our show secretary, Niki Sackman, for another great organized event with times posted early and accurately.  Finally thank you to our judges, Robin Birk and Dale Lappert.  We appreciate their professionalism, time, and comments.   What a wonderful show season to date!

Important October Shows News

October 7 NODA Schooling Dressage Show - Open to ALL Competitors!
   We look forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday show.  Reminder to NODA members that the scores from this show are eligible for NODA year-end awards, but not toward the Championship on Sunday.    Sign up online or by US Mail   

'Costume' Lead Line Class    Come join the fun and let the creativity begin!   The October 7 show our last Lead Line Class for the season.  Riders and/or horses may compete in a costume and there is no fee to participate.   Contact Sally at SchoolingShow@nodarider.org to sign up or with any questions.  

October 8 NODA Schooling Show CHAMPIONSHIP - Open to Qualified NODA Members!    Check the Qualified Riders List to see if you have qualified or if you still need volunteer hours.    Qualified riders will be notified and sent a Championship show entry form by show secretary, Niki Sackman.     Championship Show Entries accepted by US Mail only.  

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:   October 8 NODA Championship Show Qualifications

1/  Open to NODA Members only
2/  Two (2) qualifying scores from  two (2) separate NODA Schooling Shows
3/   Volunteer and work one full shift at a NODA Schooling Show. 

There is only 1 show left in which you may complete your volunteer requirement:   You may help with Ring Setup on Friday October 6, or work at the Saturday, October 7 show.   Sign up online today to volunteer or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kristin Thomas, at SS-Volunteers@nodarider.org


August 13, 2017    NODA Schooling Dressage Show at South Farm

Show Results         Show Photographer: Erich Linder Photography            

                                                               Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase  www.EMLlinderPhotography.com

Show Report & Thank You
By Sally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager

Our South Farm show was a huge success. 
We had a full show, with perfect weather for an August day, wonderful competitors and super volunteers.  We had an extra special lead line class today with 5 competitors-  Aria riding Anikan, Dahlia riding Bailey, Jackson riding AJ, and Lexi and Lilli taking turns riding Tator Tot!  It was wonderful to see so many young dressage riders.  Thanks to Annie Mackin for being our guest judge at this show.

We would like to thank the South Farm staff, especially Chris and Sarah Greer, for their hard work preparing the property for our show and for their support throughout the day.  Special thanks to our judges, Sue Mandas and Dorothy Mueller, for their dedication, and for working extra time.


Many thanks to the following volunteers for their hard work today! Miranda Akins, Marena Bates, Barb Brown, Amy Craig, Brandon Evans, Amanda Franko,  Brooke Fronk, Tracey Fronk, Marlene Heinen, Noelle Ignani, Peggi Ignani, Zander Kuntz, Annie Mackin, Anne McClintock, Joanna Rae, Gwendolyn Samuels, Diana Shale, Sabine Walker, Colleen Welder, Mary Whitely, and Marcia Wrick.  Thanks to Kirsten Thomas, volunteer coordinator, for all your efforts. Without ALL of you, we could not run such a successful show!


Welcome aboard, NIKI SACKMAN!  Thanks so much for taking over the show secretary job with such enthusiasm and dedication.

We are looking forward to another full and exciting show at Rocky River Stables.  See you there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:   October NODA Championship Show Qualifications

1/  This 10/8 NODA Championship is open to NODA Members only.
2/  Competitors must earn 2 qualifying scores at 2 separate NODA Schooling Shows
3/  Competitors must Volunteer and work one full shift at a NODA Schooling Show

There are only 2 shows left in which you may complete your volunteer requirement: 
*  9/10 NODA Rocky River Show and
*  10/7 NODA Chagrin Valley Farms OPEN show


Sign up online today to volunteer or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kristin Thomas, at SS-Volunteers@nodarider.org


July 9, 2017    NODA Schooling Dressage Show at Chagrin Valley Farms


Show Results          Show Photographer: Erich Linder Photography            

                                                               Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase  www.EMLlinderPhotography.com

Show Report & Thank You
By Sally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager

Our fabulous July show weekend started with a two-for-one ring set up!  Thanks to Victoria Pirko for your mad measuring skills and to Gwen Samuels, Cindy Poulson, Wendi Skelly (and kids!), Karen Dietrich for helping get the rings set up and ready for everyone!

On Saturday we welcomed Danielle Menteer for a ride-a-test clinic.  We had 25 riding sessions and everyone had the best experience.  Every rider had the choice to ride a test, then get a critique then ride the test again or do a “mini lesson” with Danielle.  Everyone chose to get priceless tips and help from Danielle as she had just the right touch with all riders- from Grand Prix down to Intro level- Danielle was able to help everyone!  It was an amazing thing to watch as all riders came out of the ring with big smiles and praises.  We will definitely be doing this again!  Thank you to the following volunteers who helped on this day:  Liz Bodnovich, Christa Sandy, Bitsy Gascoigne, BJ Hartmann-Saska, Judy Jacobsen, Kathy Kirchner, Bryanna McKenzie and Patti Valencic. 

Sunday started with some scheduling confusion but soon everything was rolling and we had a great show day.  The weather was perfect, the judges were very detailed and thorough and the volunteers were amazing!  Special thank you to our judges- Karen Hunchberger and Clara Etzel, for your judging critiques and feedback.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up time today to ensure that the show was a success: Kathi Agens, Liz Bodnovich, Michelle Brogan, Rachel Caracci, Lynn Fry, Jan Hoover, Patty Keim, Tara Kilburg, Tay Laster, Debra Rader, Nicole Rader, Mila Sambunjak, Beth Scalabrino, Agatha Smithers, Alayna Stephens, Kerry Stephens, Patti Valencic, Lea Wojtkiewicz, Kevin Young, Ladonna Young, Lara Young, and Lydia Young.

And the busy, crazy days cannot be over until the rings are taken down!  Many thanks to Victoria Pirko, Gwen Samuels, Patty Keim, Dahlia Freeman and Sarah Freeman for staying after a long day to make sure the rings were down.  Special thanks to Victoria for transporting and storing the rings in between shows.

As always, we could not run a show without amazing, and patient competitors and fabulous volunteers!  We appreciate MaryLou Gallagher’s scores tabulating expertise and the hospitality of Kirsten Thomas. 

Special thanks to Gwen Samuels for being the show secretary this year.  Congratulations to Gwen for very exciting new opportunities at work but because of this she will not be able to continue as secretary.  We wish her luck in her future. 

And a huge welcome and thank you to Niki Sackman, who will be joining our team as NODA Schooling Show Secretary!

We look forward to seeing everyone at South Farm!  Well done all!

June 18, 2017    NODA Schooling Dressage Show at Sweetwater Equestrian Center

Show Results                              Show Photographer: Erich Linder Photography

                                                        Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase

Show Report & Thank You
By Sally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager

We had a very successful schooling show on June 19th with 62 entries.  Our day began with sun, was greeted with a quick but torrential downpour complete with thunder and lightning, and ended with sun!  Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during our 40 minute rain delay.  Safety is a priority, and everyone acted quickly and professionally.


Schooling shows could not be run without many volunteers.  The action starts with ring set up the day before.   Thank you to our marvelous Saturday set-up crew:   Halle Clause, Linda McGall, and Gwen Samuels, directed by Victoria Pirko.  
Thank you to our volunteer coordinator, Kirsten Thomas, and all the show day volunteers:  Alexander Allen, Jessica  Austin, Susan Baker, Arielle Brodkey, Halle Clause, Gale Browning, Lynn Fry, Marylou Gallagher, Margaret Kaufman, Patty Keim, Linda McGall, Renee Myers,  Allison Morris, Niki Sackman, Janice Simon and Ladonna Young.

Finally at the end of a long day, there was post-show cleanup of the indoor ring (thank you Halle Clause), outdoor paddock (thank you Ron Kohloff and family), and tear down of the outside ring (thank many thanks to Leigh Mooney, Victoria Pirko, Gwen Samuels, and Linda Toll.)

Our July weekend of schooling show fun starts with ring set up on Friday, July 7 at 6:30 pm at Chagrin Valley Farms. We will be setting up two outdoor rings.  Please consider joining us!   

The July 8 Ride-a-Test Clinic at Chagrin Valley Farms will be a wonderful learning experience.  The clinic is full, but feel free to stop in and watch the action.  Auditors are free and welcome to come listen to critiques and advice given by Danielle Menteer, L*.   Our July 9 Schooling Dressage Show will be exciting as well, with both rings operating outside, side by side. 

Friendly NODA Schooling Show Championship Reminder about the Volunteer requirement for competitors

If you are planning to show in our Championship Show in October, remember that you need to volunteer one full shift at a schooling show.  Please plan to work an entire shift (that could last up to 5 hours if it is a long day) as we count on all our volunteers to make the show run smoothly and efficiently.  Sign up online or by calling/texting Kirsten Thomas, our volunteer coordinator.

Thanks everyone for your support of NODA’s schooling shows this season! 

May 21, 2017    NODA Schooling Dressage Show at Lake Erie College Equestrian Center

Show Results                              Show Photographer: Julianne Bedel Photography

                                                        Show Photos Available for Viewing & Purchase

Show Report & Thank You
BySally Burton, NODA Schooling Show Manager

It was very exciting to have another full show (70 entries!) at our debut of the season!  We were so lucky with the weather as the predicted all day thunderstorms didn’t happen and although we had a lot of rain midday, the show continued and riders dodged the raindrops as best they could.  Thank you for being patient with myself and new schooling show secretary, Gwen Samuels, on the first show of the season together. We appreciate your kind comments throughout the day, and thank everyone who pitched in to help.  

Sincere thanks to our judges for this show -- Debbie Boeh who dealt with the rain and mud in the outside ring, and Cheryl Connell-Marsh who agreed to work an extra hour so we could move the 4th level rides inside for their tests.  

This show featured the return of the Prix Caprilli tests which were very fun to watch and something different to try. There are three levels of the Prix Caprilli Tests, and they are all located on our website.     New this year is the Western Dressage Seat Equitation Class.   And, of course, our Lead Line competitors stole the show in their morning class.

Special thanks to Lake Erie College for allowing us to use their beautiful facility, and for the help of Pam Hess, graduate assistants Alexis Barter and Sammy Parks, and to the maintenance crew. 

A show could never run without volunteers.  
Thank you to Saturday's outdoor ring set-up crew of Heidi Miller, Ashley Rand Torres, a wonderful mother/daughter team, Sally Burton, and Gwen Samuels led by Victoria Pirko who coordinated the set-up.    Thank you to Sunday's wonderful  volunteers who helped throughout the day:  Kathy Agins, Cindy Bank, Liz Bodnovich, Arielle Brodkey, Lori Butt, Halle Clause, Jerry Chuey, MaryLou Gallagher, Pam Hess, Lynn May, Linda McCall, Mila Sambunjak, Christa and John Sandy, Jackie Schafer, Janice Simon, Janice Simon, Barb Soukup, Jan Thompson,  Kirsten Thomas, Linda Toll, Jennifer Tulleners, and Robin Wulf.    Without the Saturday and Sunday volunteers, the show could not have happened.

And last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS to our new Schooling Show Secretary, Gwendolyn Samuels, on completing her first show successfully.  Job well done.


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