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  • IMPULSIONjuly/august 2013 kentucky dressage association

    photo by Ed Van Meter

  • I hope everyone is having a good summer and show season. The remainder of 2013 will be busy with KDA managing the Fes-tival of Champions, KDA Fall

    Classic I & II, and the USDF conven-tion. This is the first time the Festival of Champions will be in Kentucky, at the Kentucky Horse Park and man-aged by KDA, so we are hoping for great weather and a wonderful event. Join us Friday night, Oct. 11, for the Grand Prix Special and Saturday night, Oct. 12, for the Intermediaire I and Grand Prix freestyles, all under the lights at the Rolex Arena.

    There has been much confusion in the dressage community regarding the FOC in October and the U.S. Dres-sage Finals being held in November, so in this issue of the Impulsion we hope to show the differences of the two events and clear up any confusion. KDA is the managing GMO for the FOC but not the U.S. Dressage Finals. But both are at the Kentucky Horse Park. Competitors qualify for the FOC at CDI competitions and competitors qualify for the U.S. Dressage Finals at USDF regional championships. Check out Jackie Beasleys article in this

    issue for more details about the two events.

    The USDF convention will be in Lexington Dec. 4-8 at the Hyatt Re-gency. KDA will be involved with the welcome reception and other volun-teer needs during the convention. I look forward to seeing KDA members in attendance, winning awards at the gala, and volunteering.

    KDA has a new look.

    Check out the new website at and stay informed about events through our Facebook page, Kentucky Dressage Association. There will be many volunteer opportunities for the remainder of 2013 so please contact

    Sandy Kraatz at [email protected] regarding volunteering.

    Thanks again in advance to all our volunteers. KDA could not be as suc-cessful without each one of you.


    Michelle MoreheadPresident

    P.S. I am proud to announce KDA has passed our membership goal of 200 members for 2013. We now have 206!

    I would love to see KDA have 230 members in 2014, so lets keep the momentum going.


    There has been much confusion in the dressage community regarding the FOC in October and the U.S. Dressage Finals being held in November, so in this issue of the Impulsion we hope to show the differences of the two events and clear up any confusion.

    k e n t u c k y d r e s s a g e a s s o c i at i o n : w w w. k e n t u c k y d r e s s a g e a s s o c i at i o n . o r g


    The Kentucky Dressage Association, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is a group member organization of the United States Dressage Federation.

    The purpose of the KDA is to promote and strengthen the art and sport of Dressage in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KDA will provide leadership to its members to assist them in fostering individual and collective

    growth by providing education, publications, competitions, exhibitions, and increasing general public awareness for Dressage.

    Follow us on Twitter @KYDressageAssocThe Impulsion is a publication of the Kentucky Dressage Association since 1977.


  • 3EvENTS KDA FAll Show

    Oct. 12-13, 2013Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

    Dressage Complex

    Judges: Joan Humphrey (S) (FL), Peggy Klump (S) (CA), Scott Peterson (S) (NY)

    USEF DrESSAgE FESTIvAl oF ChAmpIonS SponSorED bY DUTTA Corp.

    Oct. 9 - 12, 2013 (jog Oct. 8)Rolex Arena

    KDA is the managing GMO.

    Judges: Janet Foy, Anne Gribbons, Natalie Lamping, Gary Rockwell, Linda Zang and Foreign Judge Andrew Gardner

    USDF DrESSAgE FInAlSNov. 7-10,

    Alltech Arena

    USDF ConvEnTIonDec. 4-8

    Hyatt Regency Lexington

    KDA AwArDS bAnqUETFeb. 15, 2014

    Lexington Country Club*KDA annual meeting will be prior to the end of the year, separate from awards banquet. Time

    and location to be announced.

    whATS nEwKDAs new website is up. Check it out

    DEADlInES USDF Dressage Finals declara-tion form due Aug. 26 for those competing in Region 2 regional championships. Oth-erwise, declarations must be submitted prior to the close of your regional champion-ships.

    USDF gmo awards due Aug. 31

    USDF year end awards due Oct. 1

    volunteer hours for 2013 KDA year end awards due Nov. 1

    KDA year end awards forms due Nov. 15

    wAnT To bE A jUDgE?l Education program Developed by the USDF Judges Committee, this educational training program features a faculty of experienced, USDF-approved, United States Eques-trian Federation recognized S judges. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum cre-ated to teach participants and auditors to evaluate dressage performance at Training through Second Level.

    purpose1. To give competitors, trainers, and instructors broader insight into the evaluative techniques of judging dressage;

    2. To qualify individuals to judge schooling shows.

    3. As part of the prerequisites to enter the United States Equestri-an Federation r Judges Training Program;

    4. To serve as continuing educa-tion for licensed judges.

    USDF. More information on the L program can be found at

  • Light at the end of the tunneL

    Showing a Thoroughbred?The KDA Fall Classic 1 Show has been approved by the Thoroughbred Incentive Program. NEW for 2013 Riders and owners should obtain a T.I.P. number for all horse/rider combinations. T.I.P. number applications are done online at T.I.P. numbers must be provided to the horse show.


    KDA volunteer uses scholarship to lesson with Bill Fields, Tom Poulin

    By Cindy Smith

    In December of last year, at our annual KDA awards banquet, I was thrilled to have my name drawn from the volunteer bowl and receive an adult am-

    ateur scholarship to help further my dressage education. Since moving to our farm here in Paris in 2004 I have worked primarily on my own with my horse, as most adult amateurs do, and had not been able to find a qualified trainer who would come to my farm to teach. In a chance meeting with a new friend, she mentioned a trainer by the name of Bill Fields. Bill was not only willing to come and teach at my farm, he conveniently lives in Paris. I audited a few of his lessons, felt comfortable with his teaching style and experience, and began our much-anticipated weekly training in Janu-ary. Finally, I was going to have some much-needed eyes on the ground on a regular basis.

    There was plenty of talking on Bills part during those early lessons, as he always checked to see what I did and didnt know. Bill has been thorough and continues to review and utilize the training scale, also empha-sizing the need to spend one day a

    week riding the hills and fields outside of the ring. He continually discusses the use of the outside rein, inside rein, half halt aids, keeping my hands close, collection in the corners, using shoulder-in for collection or not, aids for changing the bend, feeling the contact in both reins, working on my tight left hip, activating the hind legs, working on straightness, timing, appropriateness and accuracy of my

    aids, and most importantly for us at this stage of the game, we have begun to seriously work on collection.

    Collection has not been an easy as-signment for us. My horse, Waukena, is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. Ive owned her since she was 4 and weve shown through second level. Shed had the last two years off to have a lovely foal, not being ridden during that time. We were fairly suc-cessful showing at training and first levels, while second level has been a challenge for us. We attempted the 2013 May KDA show, but I just dont think we were quite ready yet; our submission scores were terrible.

    Waukena carries a lot of weight on her front end and is just now learning to take the weight behind and carry herself in better balance. As Bill says, This process is not always pretty. I dont think I truly realized what kind of challenges upper-level riders go through with their horses, so this has been a big eye-opener. Waukena and I have had our struggles through this process with her not wanting to step under and work her hind legs enough, trying to run off, throwing her hind end from side-to-side, backing up in sheer frustration, being incredibly tense, or sticking her nose out and not

    Cindy Smith schools her Dutch Warmblood mare, Waukena, in the field recently. (Photo submitted)



    being through, but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have struck a bargain of late, and six months later she is getting stronger and offering to work her hind legs evenly. If she softens and is straight, I soften immediately. I have to keep my seat deep but light, core strong, el-bows bent, shoulders, arms, and hands soft, legs long and hanging by her sides lightly, eyes up, and shoulders back, and I am determined.

    I could not have done this work on my own due to the doubts that crept in when my mare had been so resistant. I kept asking myself, can she really do this work? Is she being resistant because she cant do it, wont

    do it, or is this craziness all part of the process? I kept wondering, am I being reasonable and fair with this animal? Bill was there weekly to reas-sure me that this was simply part of the process and Waukena would gain strength and confidence and was quite capable.

    Another KDA-sponsored oppor-tunity arose recently and came at a