Greetings from NODA President,
Monthly Greetings are published in the "NODA NEWS"
Dear NODA Members,
Happy Holidays to all. I can’t believe that it is already
New Executive Board I want to start by
congratulating the newly elected Executive Board. The EB will
serve a two year term from January 1, 2016 through December 31,
2017. Thank you to all who returned your ballots. The
percentage of returned ballots this year was just under 14%. We
hope that by the next election two years from now, we will have
online voting, which will entice a larger percentage of the
membership to vote.
NODA’s EB for 2016/2017:
Directors at Large:
Halle Clause, Mary Lou Gallagher,
Prescott, Niki Sackman, Barbara Soukup
These results were
announced at the Banquet on November 21st. You might be
wondering what it means that I am listed as Interim President. As
I have said before, I would like to step down from the role of
President and let someone else steer the NODA ship. However, as no
one is interested at this time, I will continue as President until
someone agrees to take over.
Banquet News The Banquet was lots of fun. NODA awarded
$2700.00 in scholarships, along with lovely PRI saddle pads, to our
Recognized and Unrecognized Show Champions. The silent auction was
also well received. If you were a winner of a silent auction item,
you got a great bargain. We can’t thank all our sponsors and donors
enough. To see who our sponsors and donors are, click on this
Thank you to our Banquet and Awards Committees:
Banquet: Shannon O’Hara, Chair, with Rachel Carracci. Awards:
Janeen Langowski-Grava, Chair, with Anne McClintock, Heather
Soones-Booher and McKenzie Miavitz. A big thank you additionally
goes to the volunteers who came in early and stayed late to help us
set up, clean up, and man the tables for the event:
Lora Burgess, Rachel Carracci and her mom, Linda
Cooley, Halle Clause, Fran Cverna, Sue Desimpel, Marcia Doyle,
Noelle & Peggi Ignagni,
Jennifer Kriegler, Jim McClintock, Regina Sacha, Kirsten Thomas,
Patti Valencic and last but not in any way the least, Valerie Grava
for handing out ribbons and making an appearance in many of our
Shannon O’Hara will be sending a survey to banquet attendees to get
some feedback. Please respond. We can’t make decisions about the
future of the banquet without your comments and suggestions. We
tried the Marriott East this year because members told us they were
dissatisfied with only two choices of entrée offered at the previous
venue. The Marriott gave us three choices. The venue also was a
little larger and handled more guests per table, making it easier
for those who had more than eight in their parties. We are always
open to suggestions regarding format and venue.
Volunteers - Help Wanted
We have a couple very important openings within NODA and we are
reaching out to you all to take a look and seriously consider
helping. For additional information on these important open
positions and others you might be interested in with NODA, contact
Kathy Kirchner, your member representative at
Chair of Silent Auction.
We are still looking for someone who would be willing to chair
the Silent Auction. Please consider this position as a way to
give back to NODA and become more involved with the
Chair/Manager of the
Schooling Shows. This is an extremely
important position that NODA is very anxious to fill as soon as
possible for 2016. This position is very important to the
success of our schooling shows. At this point we have had very
little interest. A great deal of the work for this position can
be done from home. This position does not include scheduling,
as that is handled by the schooling show secretary. The manager
splits the office fees with the secretary. There is a job
description on the NODA website
Volunteer page. You can also contact our retiring
Schooling Show Manager, Kara Maruszak.
– Remember to apply:
I am embarrassed to say
that NODA dropped the ball by not reminding our membership about our
two, new in 2014, Amateur Scholarships. Last year we had
applications for both the AA and the Jr/YRs, but none this year. We
will do a better job of reminding you that these scholarships are
available. After a long time without applications, our Professional
Grant program is experiencing a resurgence of interest. Keep in
mind that NODA can award a total of $1000 annually (5 x $200 grants)
to professionals. The Amateur/Jr/YR scholarships are similar in
that we can award four at $250 each, two to Adult Amateurs and two
to Jr/YRs in a calendar year. Please visit
to get the details on both. It may not seem like a lot of money,
but we all know how expensive it is to enhance our riding abilities
and every $200 or $250 helps. Remember that the Amateur
scholarships can be used for any educational experience, including
clinics, seminars, and lessons.
Year-End Awards Eligibility With the Banquet over and
our new membership year underway, I have a few very important
reminders for competitors.
* You must
be a NODA member before you earn your scores. Recognized awards
– Owners must also be members of NODA.
* You must earn your NODA Bucks in the current 2016 competition
* Four NODA Bucks are required for each horse/rider combination.
* Unrecognized awards only - The four scores you submit must
include two scores from two different NODA shows.
This was new in 2015 and unfortunately, not all members remembered.
If you have comments, concerns, or
suggestions on how NODA might do a better job serving its members,
let us know. Send your concerns, comments and suggestions to Kathy
Kirchner, your member representative at
As hard as some of the “not so great” comments are to take, we
appreciate knowing. We can’t fix something if we don’t know what it
Have a great December,
Dear Noda Members,
Really big congratulations go out to Mosie Welch. Mosie recently
won a USDF GMO first place award for her Newsletter article
published in the December, 2014 issue of the NODA News, entitled,
“Experiencing the 2014 United States Dressage Finals Live on USEF
Network.” If you didn’t read it last December, or want to read it
again, this is the newsletter link,
The article is on page six. Mosie wrote an excellent and
informative article. NODA is very proud.
Congratulations also go out to all the NODA members who were awards
USDF Year-End Awards, Victoria Pirko-Patterson, Jennifer Mclandrich,
Kristin Stein, Barbara Tuskas to name just a few! Visit our
Members Spotlight page of the NODA website to see some of our
members’ successes. We are so proud.
We would like to celebrate with all of our members, so let NODA know
about your accomplishments. E-mail Linda Cooley at
email@example.com with information about your great deeds
on your great steeds. You might find yourself on our Members
Spotlight page and NODA’s Facebook page.
Speaking of celebrating, the NODA Annual Banquet and Awards
Celebration will be on November 21st at the Marriott East. I hope
we will see many of you there. We will have a silent auction, so
bring your check book. We will also be taking item donations for
the Geauga County Dog (and Cat) Shelter. If you bring a donation
for the shelter, you will receive a ticket for a raffle drawing.
After dinner and the awards presentation, a DJ will be providing
music for dancing. The invitations have been mailed. If you wish
to reserve an entire table of 8, you must include the full payment
for that table along with the names of those attending. Please
contact Shannon O’Hara if you have questions about the banquet at
We are currently accepting Silent Auction items for the banquet.
Along with donations from local businesses, once again local
farms/stables are putting baskets together for the auction. The
basket from a farm/stable that brings the highest bid will win a
Pizza Party valued at $250.00 for the farm. Wouldn’t your farm
love to have a pizza party? Contact Shannon O’Hara at
It is NODA election time and you should have received your postcard
ballot in the mail for the election of the Executive Board to serve
a two-year term beginning January 1, 2016. Once you have checked
off your choices return the ballot to Dale Lappert, our
Parliamentarian. Please be aware that six people have been
nominated for Director at Large (DAL), but only five can serve.
Please vote for five of the six names. I am excited to have some
new faces interested in being a part of our Executive Board. New
people bring new ideas, and new ideas help us become a better
organization. Contact Dale Lappert,
, with any questions or concerns.
I want to say thank you to Gail Patton, our long-time Schooling Show
Volunteer Coordinator, as she passes her volunteer coordinator’s
torch to Kirsten Thomas. Being NODA’s Volunteer Coordinator is just
the latest way in which Gail has supported our organization. She
has always been active and willing to contribute in any way she
could. As a member since NODA’s early days, Gail’s contributions
have been many and varied, even including the artwork for our NODA
logo. I bet many of you didn’t know that. Gail has never hesitated
to volunteer in any capacity needed. She has helped set up the
dressage ring more times than she cares to remember. Many of you
will miss her voice on the phone, diplomatically manipulating you
into earning your NODA bucks by volunteering at a schooling show.
Gail isn’t going away; she will continue to find new ways in which
to stay actively involved with NODA. I bet you will see her working
the paddock or scribing at a schooling show next year.
We recently had our annual Schooling Show meeting. For our
discussions about the future of our Schooling Show series, we
invited a couple of non-board members and new committee members to
get their input. Thank you to Crissteen Miller, Loreen Cobb, and
also our new volunteer coordinator, Kirsten Thomas, for
participating. Your feedback and comments are invaluable. Our goal
for 2016 is to lighten up the atmosphere by adding some fun to the
schooling show series. We also want to add more meaning to the
educational component of our shows. We have come up with some
exciting ideas to facilitate both fun and education. They will be
revealed as the details are worked out and confirmed. Stay tuned!
We are looking for someone who would like to act as a liaison for
Western Dressage to NODA. NODA wants to get more involved and needs
the input of a Western Dressage enthusiast. If you are interested,
please contact our member representative, Kathy Kirchner at
This liaison position would help educate NODA about Western
Dressage, and vise-versa. We want to offer more to area riders who
are interested in Western Dressage. Our membership year begins on
December 1st. Don’t forget to renew. You can renew by mail, and
also at the banquet on November 21st. For 2016 year end awards you
must be a member at the time you earn your scores. Remember, for
recognized show awards both the horse’s owner and the rider must be
NODA members at the time scores are earned.
Winter is fast approaching and as it gets colder, time in the saddle
will sometimes be just a dream. Rest assured, however, that NODA
will be working hard on the season to come. Let us know if you
would like to join the fun. We can always use a hand with
something, and many jobs can be done in the comfort of your own
home. Check our website for positions that might interest you.
Thank you all for supporting NODA.
Dear NODA Members,
Northern Ohio Dressage Association is very proud and wants to
congratulate all members and friends from Northern Ohio who competed
at the Region 2 Championships in September. Our area was very well
represented and many are headed to Nationals in November.
Congratulations, too, to all the NODA members who participated in
the Schooling Show Championship on October 4. Thank you to all our
volunteers for the weekend and throughout the season. Special
thanks go to Kara Maruszak and Jennifer Tulleners, Gail Patton, and
Mary Lou Gallagher for their hard work throughout the series. We
will bid farewell to Kara and Gail, as this was their final season
as Show Manager/Chair and Volunteer Coordinator, respectively.
The NODA shows are over for the 2015 season. Did you participate in
any of our schooling shows? Did you make it into the schooling show
championship? How about the Recognized Shows? Did you enjoy having
the shows at Chagrin Valley Farms? We would love to have some
feedback on your experiences during this 2015 competition season.
Send your comments to your member representative, Kathy Kirchner at
What are your plans for the upcoming months? Some equestrians have
the opportunity to spend the cold Ohio months in the south but most
of us do not. Whether headed south or staying in Ohio, why not
write an article and tell us about your goals and plans? If you
competed in the Region 2 Championships, tell us about your journey
to get there. Maybe you had a clinic experience that impacted your
riding or gave you that much loved “aha” moment. Share what you
learned or how it felt. NODA is looking for articles to share with
The next big event is the Annual Banquet and Awards Celebration. If
you won a revolving trophy in 2014, it is time to turn it in. We
have arranged for several drop-off locations for your convenience:
Rocky River Stables in Rocky River, Big Dee’s in Streetsboro,
Topline Stables in Aurora.
If you are having difficulty getting the trophy returned or have
questions, please contact Anne McClintock at
Trohpies@nodarider.org. If you are thinking about
applying for year-end awards, remember that you must have earned 4
NODA bucks in this current competition year for each rider/hose
Everyone is welcome to participate in the banquet. It is a
celebration of all our members, not just award winners. In an
effort to keep things cost effective for the participants and add a
little more variety to the dinner selections, we are trying a new
location, the Marriott Cleveland East at I-271 and Harvard Road in
Beachwood. This new location is convenient to all and we will be
interested to hear how you like it. If you are interested in
volunteering at the banquet for set-up or to man one of the tables,
please contact Shannon O’Hara at
NODA’s open meeting was held on September 21 at Fieldstone Farms TRC
in Bainbridge, Ohio. We had a nice session of yoga, a tour of the
facility, dinner and a short meeting. There were no additional
nominations from the floor for the up-coming election; however, we
do a few new members interested in getting involved.
My mantra will continue to be that we must have new people with new
ideas to continue to grow into the future. Our organization must
figure out new ways to deliver on its mission, ways that take into
account the technology and the needs of our members today and in the
future. We have a record number of members and a lower than ever
representation of that membership at our schooling shows and our
educational events. We need our members to get involved. We need
you to get involved. If you are a professional, please encourage
your students to get involved.
I, along with the NODA Board, thought that there would be a huge
response to our recent survey on interest in a NODA sponsored USDF
“L” Program. The survey was put on Facebook, on our website, and in
the September newsletter. Judging from the lack of response, there
seems to be very little interest. We will have to try it again,
using a different approach. I wonder whether people ignore requests
for information because there are so many. Is the general
population is just numb? How do we reach you for your opinion?
NODA is looking for a member to act as the liaison or representative
for Western Dressage to the board and the NODA membership. If you
are interested please contact Kathy Kirchner,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Ballots for the upcoming election
will be mailed in a few weeks. Watch your mailbox for your ballot
and return it with your choices as soon as you can.
Thank you all for supporting NODA.
Dear Noda Members,
DON’T BE JUST A PASSENGER - BE A PART OF THE CREW!
2015 is my last year as President of Northern Ohio Dressage
Association. It is also Niki Sackman’s last year as Vice President.
On September 27th, NODA will hold an open meeting at Fieldstone Farm
Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls from 5PM to 8PM. At that
meeting we will take nominations from the floor for the Executive
Board. WE NEED MEMBERS TO STEP UP IF NODA IS TO SURVIVE
SUCCESSFULLY INTO THE FUTURE.
Both Niki and I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to
the NODA Board and membership for their support over the last 4
years. It has been a great experience for both of us. If we didn’t
think it was time for a change, we would run again. But as we all
know, change is good and necessary in any organization. It is time
for new people to step up and step in to guide NODA. New people
bring fresh ideas that will add energy to the organization. NODA
really needs to be energized. The hope is that new officers will
spark more interest and involvement to carry the organization into
The number of members who are actually involved is too
small to successfully run an organization our size. We need leaders
who have the ability to energize the masses and entice them to bring
their expertise, ideas and time to the organization. Leaders who
will express to the membership the importance and need for more
individual involvement. I know that most members don’t want to see
NODA slowly disappear, and I also feel confident that NODA’s
membership will come together to assure the continuance of our
organization and its educational mission.
What is NODA’s MISSION?
……”to promote and further interest in the understanding of
dressage through education, active participation and support of
local, regional, and national dressage activities”, By supporting
the education of the rider we support the welfare of the horse. I am
certain that each of you agree with this mission and just need to
know and understand that your help is needed.
Both Niki and I will remain active as members of the board and/or
committees and we will continue to work hard. We are both committed
to NODA and to producing great Recognized Shows next year and
beyond, as well as updating our schooling show series. We also are
interested in putting together a USDF “L” Program in the near
future. (Please note the current survey on the subject is
available on the website and in this issue of the NODA News.)
Niki and I, as well as the rest of the experienced board will be
available to help and support new officers, so don’t let
inexperience with the NODA board keep you from making a difference.
You may also help NODA in one of the committee openings we have:
Silent Auction Chair, Recognized Shows Assistant Volunteer
Coordinator, Schooling Show Volunteer Coordinator or Schooling Show
Committee Chair, to name just a few.
It’s a fact that every single one of us is busy beyond words. It is
also a fact that an energized and more active membership spreads the
time commitment over more individuals, ultimately producing a more
balanced organization able to meet the needs and desires of the
If you would like more information, please contact me, Dee
Liebenthal at 216-534-1911 or
email@example.com, Dale Lappert
at 440-813-4009 firstname.lastname@example.org, Niki Sackman,
Kathy Kirchner at email@example.com, or any other board or
Join the team! Make a difference!
Dear NODA Members,
pleased and excited about how well the Recognized Shows went this
year at Chagrin Valley Farms. Despite the heat and heavy Friday
afternoon rain, the footing in the arenas held up well. A few
things will need some improvement, and the Show Committee has
already met for a review. We know what needs to be addressed for
next year. Comments were for the most part positive, and we are
confident that all the work that was put into the shows this year
will make next year much easier.
success achieved this year could not have been enjoyed without our
dedicated Show Committee chaired by Niki Sackman, also
NODA’s VP. An army of volunteers came out to support this
undertaking. “Thank you” is not enough, so I hope everyone knows
how important they were to the shows. Karen Eisenhauer-Shirring,
Volunteer Coordinator extraordinaire for many years, recruited and
recruited and recruited. We had plenty of help Saturday and Sunday;
in fact we were packed up and on our way home two hours after the
end of the show Sunday.
success this year was also achieved due to the generosity of our
Sponsors and Advertisers. Because there were many people behind
this undertaking, many friends of NODA also rallied to help ensure
our success. Please take note of all the area businesses that
supported the show and whenever possible, return the favor and
support their businesses. You can see lists of our supporters on
NODA’s Facebook page and also on the NODA website.
you to all the competitors who came out to ride for the
judges, and more. Many local professionals, adult amateurs, and Jr/YRs
didn’t stop at competing -- they also rolled up their sleeves and
helped! Our local competitors were instrumental in getting our
platforms constructed, producing new artwork for our program, and
manning and advising the show committee. They were also responsible
for thousands of dollars in sponsorships and advertising.
cheers for BMCI and Kevin Bradbury’s team of experts.
Scoring was easy and displayed for all to see in the office. Kevin
arrived on Wednesday before the show and with a team of volunteers
on Thursday we set up. We got started a little later than planned,
but eventually it all came together. I hope we didn’t drive team
Bradbury too crazy, and that they agree to come back again next
officials were great. They were patient and tolerated the
sweltering heat and mosquitos with good humor. We thank them for
coming, being flexible, and working with us to schedule as many
rides as was reasonable.
you also to Chagrin Valley Farms. It had been nearly 20
years since we held a Recognized Show there, and it was a learning
experience for all of us. Linda Joseph and her hard working staff
were great. They are accustomed to the Hunter Jumper world of
competition, so our needs, which are quite different, came as a bit
of a surprise. Also, they were coming off of their involvement with
the Hunter Jumper Classic, and had only four days to get the venue
shipshape for Dressage. They rose to the occasion like the pros
they are, and were amazing.
future of these shows will be built on the success of this year. I
know we can count on our members, their families and friends, along
with local businesses to continue and grow the support we had this
year. Thank you everyone!
year, longtime Volunteer Coordinator Karen Eisenhauer-Shirring will
be unavailable for the Recognized Shows. We are actively looking
for someone to fill her position. Karen will help the new volunteer
get started and will supply information and lists. Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning
more about this position.
with great fondness that we remember John Claridge, who passed away
on July 15, 2015. John was a longtime member of NODA, and was
NODA’s first Dressage Foundation Century Club member. We have
included a reprint of an article that appeared in the Century Club
News, January 2011. We hope to have an in-depth article about John
in next month’s issue. Please keep John’s wife Gay, also a longtime
NODA member, in your thoughts. If you wish, you may remember John
with a donation to the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th
St., Erie, PA 16503.
looking for a chair for our Silent Auction to be held at the 2015
Awards Banquet. I know I announced last month that Janice Lawrenz
was taking over the auction, but due to recent changes in her job
she finds that she won’t be able to chair the committee. She will,
however, be able to help. Please contact our member liaison, Kathy
email@example.com if you would like to take charge of this
important and fun part of the yearend banquet.
an election year for NODA, which means that all Executive Board
positions are up for election this year. NODA’s President, Vice
President, Treasurer, and Secretary will be elected to start serving
January 1st 2016. If you are interested in any of these
positions, please contact Dale Lappert, our Parliamentarian, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an open meeting
in September (date TBD), and we will also take nominations from the
floor at that time.
you once again for all your support this year.
By the time this July NODA News is published the recognized shows
will be at hand. Given the weather so far this month, I am sure July
will be fabulous. Keep thinking “dry” thoughts and maybe together we
can send enough energy to help make that happen. That being said
however, the universe and powers that be may have more important
things on their plates than our weather, but it is certainly worth a
As I write this we are excited, very thankful, and very busy. With
12 days remaining, we are running around like crazy trying to get
everything completed so that the show experience is good for all the
We can say that Sponsorships and Advertising are a big success. We
met our budget goal for the category and we are so happy. We are so
very grateful to those who unselfishly gave their time and helped
with solicitation and follow-up, and to those who generously gave as
sponsors and/or advertisers, whether in cash or in kind. This is
going to be the largest program we have ever had, with a beautiful
new cover design and even a couple color pages. I can’t wait to see
the final product.
Our Rocky River schooling show is the 11th of July with closing date
July l. As I write this, our entries are not what would be
expected for this once very popular show. I don’t want to keep
beating the proverbial dead horse, but we continue to struggle with
a lack of participation. Too many choices? As we have said before,
the wide range of opportunities to ride in schooling shows grows
wider each year.
Important things to remember:
Schooling Show Championship – NEW FOR 2015: Riders must earn two
qualifying scores 60% or higher in Intro through First Level classes
(58% or higher for Second Level and above) from two different judges
at two separate NODA schooling shows.
Unrecognized shows year-end awards - NEW FOR 2015: Two of the
scores submitted must be from two different judges earned at two
separate NODA schooling shows.
Recognized shows year-end awards - NEW for 2015: a horse/rider
combination may win a championship three times at any level before
becoming ineligible to apply for the championship at that level or
any lower level.
Deadline to apply for scholarships for Jr/YR and AA is October
1st. These awards will be announced at the annual banquet at the end
of 2015, for use in 2016.
Professional Grants are also available.
For information and details on the above please visit our website,
Please also remember that this is an election year. If you are
interested in getting involved with the NODA Board, please try to
attend a meeting and/or contact Kathy Kirchner, your member
MemberRep@nodarider.org for information. The membership
will be electing the President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Treasurer. There are also open positions available on many
We send a huge shout out to the many volunteers who continually
support NODA with your generous gift of time. We need and are
grateful to each and every one of you!
June is here and I ask myself, as I do each year, why does spring
pass so much more quickly than dreary winter? The nice weather
sure puts pressure on us to live in the moment and enjoy every drop
Our first schooling show of the season, held at Chagrin Valley
Farms, went very well. CVF was ready for us and everyone enjoyed
themselves. Thank you to CVF and its staff. The rain stayed away
giving us a beautiful day with sunshine and nice warm weather.
Participation was good, but we could have easily handled more
competitors. There is a lot of competition for schooling show
participants these days, and we are feeling the pain. NODA does
seem to struggle to keep its numbers up enough to break even with
our expenses. Our schooling show series used to support itself and
was even able to contribute a little money to bring in judges from
out of town and to support other NODA sponsored events.
We are asking ourselves what we can do to keep our shows
self-supporting. Among other questions, we wonder whether we need
to reduce the number of shows in our series, and/or do we need to go
to a system of sanctioning similar to those of other GMOs? In an
effort to increase participation we updated our rules for year-end
award qualifications, and now require scores from two NODA shows.
We will evaluate the effect of this change as the season goes on.
We would love to have some feedback from our schooling show
competitors. We need to know how you feel about the series and your
general opinion of schooling shows in our area. What are your
favorite venues? What do you like and what don’t you like? What
would you like to see us add or eliminate? Tell us the good, the
bad, and the ugly. Please let Kathy Kirchner (MemberRep@nodarider.org)
or Kara Maruszak (SchoolingShow@nodarider.org),
or me (email@example.com) know your thoughts.
As I write this we are heading into the week prior to our second
schooling show of the season, a partnering with CADS for a two-day
show weekend at Ridgewood Stables. I am anxious to see how this
turns out. Ridgewood, the current home of CADS, is a part of NODA’s
past. Do any of you remember attending shows there in past years?
It was before my time with NODA. Some of our members will have to
travel a bit to get there; however, west side and southern
competitors will find it convenient.
The much anticipated Recognized Shows at our new venue, Chagrin
Valley Farms, are just about six weeks away. We are racing to the
finish line to make sure that everything is ready and complete.
Feedback has been positive, but we are going to need lots more
sponsors and advertisers, and a ton of volunteers. We encourage
everyone to sponsor a class or to advertise. Take advantage of our
many available levels of sponsorship. Everyone who sponsors a class
will be entered in a raffle for a $50 Gift Card from Big Dee’s.
We believe that because CVF’s location is more convenient for much
of our membership, we will be better able to recruit volunteers --
and we need many more volunteers. There is information in this
month’s issue regarding what we need and who to contact. PLEASE
help make this show a success. Remember that we can’t exist without
all our volunteers.
Please take note of a couple of good articles in this month’s issue
of the NODA News. There is an excellent article on hoof
health and also a very nice summary of the Sarah Martin Clinic from
the end of April by our Jr/YR Liaison, Lauren Hunter.
It is time for the LEC Dressage Derby I & II, June 20th
and 21st. I encourage NODA members to volunteer to help
with these very popular shows. Lots of NODA members compete at
these shows, and with LEC student out of school for the summer,
volunteers are harder to find. I know that competitors enjoy having
these shows available during the month of June and no one wants to
see them go away. Please support these shows. Following is what is
being offered by LEC to those that volunteer.
Volunteers working 5 hours or greater Saturday OR Sunday will get a
Lake Erie College cloth tote bag plus free lunch at concession
Volunteers working 8 hours or more Saturday AND Sunday
will received FREE Auditor Admission to Hilda Gurney Clinic on
Monday plus a Lake Erie College cloth tote bag along with free lunch
at concession stand.
Scribes for both the indoor and outdoor ring, In-Gate Steward for
both indoor and outdoor rings plus the outdoor warm-up ring.
Secretary’s Assistant/Tabulator and Runners. Volunteers
please email Courtney Newby at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-375-8000 for volunteer information
2015 will be my last year as President. If you are interested in
becoming a member of the NODA board, I encourage you to attend a
couple of our monthly meetings, held on the second Monday of each
month at Panera in Solon, from 7PM to 9PM, to get a feel for what is
going on. If you would like to facilitate change and help the
organization forward into the future, we would welcome your
involvement. Our lives are busy, but we always seem able to make
time for something that we love. Through the influence of the GMO,
you can also have some impact with the USDF through voting at the
Annual Convention. Would you like to be more involved? Would you
like to see change? Please join us!
Dear NODA Members,
Your NODA Board, committee members, and other volunteers have been
crazy hard at work with exciting things that have been going on and
those to come.
We recently partnered with Big Dee’s and The Paddock Saddlery to
bring Sarah Martin back to Northeast Ohio. Big Dee’s brought Sarah,
along with several other prominent professionals, to lecture on
equestrian subjects throughout the weekend of April 24th
in celebration of their first year anniversary at their Streetsboro
location. NODA arranged for Sarah to give a clinic at Sand Hill
Stable in Mantua while she was in the area. The clinic, which was
open to Classical and Western dressage riders of all levels, was
full with private and semi-private sessions and it was fabulous!
Auditors attended at no charge, and were generously rewarded with
lots of tools, ideas, and insights easily translatable to their own
We thank everyone who made this clinic possible. Big Dee’s and The
Paddock Saddlery, who suggested the partnership, were more than
supportive through the entire process. Thank you to Sand Hill
Stables and especially to Berni Moauro and Marcia Doyle, our
dedicated education committee co-chairs, for putting the clinic
together. Thank you to Kathy Kirchner for providing Sarah’s
transportation to the airport. These tireless volunteers care about
NODA and our educational mission and can always be counted on to do
a wonderful job. And of course, we thank Sarah Martin, a wonderful
clinician and teacher. We hope she comes back to share her
knowledge with us again.
In the NODA News this month, you will find the new/revised
sponsorship and advertising information, and forms for the support
NODA’s 2015 Dressage shows at our new venue Chagrin Valley Farms.
We are already getting support from our professional and amateur
members with ideas and manpower. As always, we will have a Musical
Freestyle evening with a fun competitors’ party. We have added pony
cup classes, and we will be pinning AA, Jr/YR, and Open for most
classes. We need sponsors and advertisers and volunteers to make
this show work. If you want to volunteer, contact Karen Eisenhauer
Shirring at email@example.com to sign up early for these
shows. We need scribes, paddock masters, runners, tabulators, and
volunteers to man the gates. If you can’t volunteer at the show but
still want to help, we need people for setup on Thursday and/or
Friday, July 16th
and/or with taking down (which takes much less time than setup) on
Sunday, after the shows have ended. I am going to be a bit of a nag
and keep reminding everyone how important volunteers are to the
success of NODA in everything we do, but this year your help will be
critical for our recognized shows.
Speaking of volunteers, we are looking for someone to run the silent
auction for the 2015 year-end banquet. Last year Kirsten Thomas did
a marvelous job creating themed baskets for the auction. They were
beautifully done and a big hit. NODA reaped the benefits of
Kirsten’s hard work and we will be forever grateful. This year, the
silent auction would be yours to set up how you see fit. If you are
interested in this committee position we will make sure that you
have assistance if you would like, or perhaps you have a friend or
fellow equestrian that you work well with, who would also be
interested. If you would like to run the silent auction please
contact the Banquet Chair, Shannon O’Hara, at
or Kathy Kirchner at
Karen Eisenhauer Shirring, who has been our Volunteer Coordinator
for the recognized shows for over 24 years, will be unavailable to
act as Volunteer Coordinator in 2016. We are looking for someone to
shadow Karen this year to learn the ropes, and then take the reins
next year. I bet there is someone out there that would like to earn
lots of NODA bucks by shadowing Karen this year and actually doing
it next year. A complete job description is available. Please
contact Karen at
Also please read all the excellent information available in this
month’s issue. Mary Lou Gallagher has provided us with a lot of
information about rules and requirements updated for 2015. See her
articles on USEF/USDF membership requirements, information and
clarification of NODA’s Schooling Show Championship rules, and last
but not least, using the USEF/USDF Master Verification Search.
Please also note that the information missing from your prize list
is included. If you haven’t already pulled this information from
the website, please pull the page out and put it with your mailed
hard copy. Remember that the updated schooling show prize list can
always be found on our website. www.nodarider.org
Please support all our generous sponsors and advertisers, many of
whom have links on our website. I want to close this month with
another special thank you to Big Dee’s and The Paddock Saddlery for
supporting NODA and suggesting that we partner for the Sarah Martin
Clinic. It worked out wonderfully well and they couldn’t have done
more to help ensure success.
Looking forward and wishing you all a successful show season,
whether you ride in schooling shows, recognized shows, or both.
And may you always learn, may you ride your best ride, and may you
have fun with your four-legged partner.
Happy Summer Riding!
Dear NODA Members
I know that it is officially
Spring and the snow has melted, but 24 degrees on March 28th? Come
on, now! I am very grateful however, for the warmth and sunshine we
have had this past month. There is hope -- as we choke on hair from
shedding horses, we smile and enjoy the dawn of the long awaited new
NODA committees have been crazy busy getting everything put together
for the upcoming show season. You should have received your copy of
the 2015 Schooling Show Prize List by the time you get this NODA
News. But…Ooops! There is some very important information that
was inadvertently left out of your printed copy of the prize list.
Missing subjects under the heading “NODA SCHOOLING SHOW RULES
** About half of the Entry requirements, Scratches & Refunds, Ring
Size and Awards.
** Prize list date error: The date of the Rocky River Schooling Show
is July 12th.
The correct information is in the online version, and there is a
single sheet that you can download and print to keep in your hard
copy. Please also note: The date of the Rocky
River Schooling Show is July 12th. It is incorrect in your printed
prize list but correct on the website.
If you are planning to show and apply for year-end awards,
please be sure you know and understand everything in the prize list
this year. There are changes to eligibility requirements for both
the championship show and year-end awards. We will always do our
absolute best to make sure that all information is available. As a
competitor, it is your responsibility to know and understand the
rules. If you don’t understand something in the prize list or have a
question about anything, please contact your member liaison, Kathy
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kara Maruszak, Schooling
Manager and Chair,
email@example.com, or Janeen Langowski-Grava,
firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an extensive
contact list in this newsletter and on our website.
Our first schooling show of the series is less than six weeks away
at Chagrin Valley Farms. The opening date is April 22nd and closing
date is May 6th. Remember that we now have a Professional division
for both the Championship Show and yearend awards. After this tough
winter, what better way to get your horse(s) back in the swing of
things than by attending NODA schooling Shows?
I hope you are as excited as I am about the Recognized Shows this
year. We have a lot of work to do and some of us have had our noses
to the grindstone since we made the official announcement last
month. Our goal is to host quality shows now and into the future,
shows that will provide an enjoyable experience for all competitors
and spectators. Toward accomplishing that goal, we have hired Kevin
Bradbury to manage the shows, but there is a lot of work still to
do, including everything necessary to get the show grounds set up
and ready. We have to procure and organize the volunteers, entice
sponsors and advertisers, prepare the program and information for
the prize list, and a great many other little things that make a
show successful. If you can help in anyway, please contact Niki
or me, Dee Liebenthal,
President@nodarider.org. Let’s put meaning back in the
word “community” and come together as a supportive dressage
community and help make this the best darn event there is. I know we
can do it. We have the members; we just need a little of your
We are really in need of a person to help with Sponsorships and
Advertisers, someone who will keep track of the data and do
follow-up. After consulting with experts, we think that our members
will contact their friends and families and ask them to support us
with their advertising and sponsorships. If we are correct, then we
just need someone who is organized and has good computer skills to
keep everything organized.
Soon, those who were lucky enough to escape the winter weather will
be coming home from Florida, South Carolina, and other warmer
states. Maybe you lucky NODA members with the tans would like to
tell us about the highlights of your time away, and/or share your
pictures and stories of a good lesson or clinic you participated in
with a particular trainer. Those of us who had to tough it out this
particularly harsh winter could use the good news of your southern
experiences. We are always on the lookout for good cover photos for
the NODA News, so keep that in mind when sharing. We need an 8.5 x
11 format in a photo type file.
Ok, let’s all come together and work to make all of NODA’s shows
shine this year and into the future. I am certain we can do it.
Thank you, and Happy Spring
Most of you have known since September that after many years of
service to our equestrian community, Robyn and John Ambrose of Grand
Haven Stables in Jefferson, Ohio, have retired. We are very sorry to
lose not just this show facility, but more importantly, Robyn and
John’s dedication to our sport. They have been very good to NODA,
as well as to many other equestrian organizations in Ohio, Western
Pennsylvania, and the SW New York area. We thank them for all their
hard work and generosity over the years.
There are not a lot of options for horse show venues in Northeast
Ohio. Knowing we were going to have to find a new venue for our
recognized shows, in November of last year NODA formed an ad hoc
committee headed up by Lisa Gorretta and Berni Moauro, who brought
in the counsel of local professionals Lauren Ball Tisdale and Kate
Poulin. There has been a lot of action behind the scenes and it has
taken us a long time to get to the point where we can sign contracts
with a new manager and a new venue, but we are finally there.
We are very excited and happy to announce that NODA Dressage
2015 and Dressage 2015 Encore Shows will be held at Chagrin Valley
Farms on July 18 and 19. Kevin Bradbury of BMCI (www.HorseShowOffice.com)
will take over the management of these two shows. We will
have three rings and we are confident that that the shows will be
full. We think bringing the shows a little closer to home will be
to our benefit. We are very grateful to Lisa Gorretta, our
External Relations Liaison, for all her hard work and constant
vigilance as the situation changed, and changed, and changed again.
Getting a late start finalizing our plans has put a great deal of
pressure on us, and adding a new venue and new management to the
planning will make for a busy four months. We know, however, that
with your support we can put on a fabulous and unforgettable show!
Please join us on this journey, one that will require a lot of work
from a lot of people, NODA members and non-members alike. To make
this work we will need competitors, financial support from sponsors
and advertisers, and lots and lots of hands on deck to volunteer
before, during, and after the shows, much more so than any other
NODA needs a Coordinator for Sponsorships and Advertising.
This position has not been permanently filled for almost five
years. It is more important this year than ever, as the funds that
come from advertisers and sponsors are what fill the gap between our
income and our expenses. Please contact Niki Sackman at
email@example.com for more information about this vital
It would also be fabulous if we could recruit someone to come on
board to handle marketing and publicity. It is going to be
extremely important to get the word out about our new venue. We
want everyone to know and participate. We want competitors and
members to get as excited as we are. We really want to grow these
shows over the next few years. I know that we will all come
together to give whatever support is needed to ensure the success of
our shows at Chagrin Valley Farms. This is just the beginning!
Here are a few of the many ways you can help: Sponsor a class
or two, Advertise your business,
Recruit sponsors and/or businesses to advertise, Volunteer your time
before, during, and after the shows, or Encourage your friends,
family, and students to volunteer.
Sarah Martin is coming! Sarah Martin is coming!
We are excited to partner with Big Dee’s to bring Sarah Martin back
to Northeast Ohio. Many of you may remember that NODA brought Sarah
to Lake Erie College in 2013 for our first USDF Instructor
Certification Workshop. I do not exaggerate when I say that she
impressed everyone with her knowledge and ability to deliver her
message. Our participating instructors, auditors, and organizers
were so impressed that we thought it would be great to bring Sarah
back to do a clinic.
That time has arrived. Sarah will give two lectures at Big Dee’s,
and she will be at Sand Hill Farm for private, semi-private, and
group classical dressage and western dressage clinic rides. If you
would like to learn more about Sarah and her philosophies, visit her
www.SarahMartinDressage.com. You can find information
about Sarah’s experience and qualifications in this month’s NODA
News. In addition to having many years of experience teaching
and doing dressage clinics, Sarah is also a supporter and instructor
of western dressage, and helped write the USDF’s tests and
guidelines for western dressage. Please join us in welcoming her
back to NE Ohio and consider signing up for a clinic ride on April
25 or 26. These rides are underwritten by NODA and reasonably
priced. All levels of riding are welcome. You can get additional
information and rider application form on our website,
We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone for your continued
support of NODA. We are your organization and need all of you to
make a difference in the dressage world.
If I see my glass as half empty, the arrival of February means that
there are still a lot of weeks of cold and cloudy weather to
endure. If I see my glass as half full, the arrival of February
means that it’s almost March when we can start to expect some
warming and the continued extension of daylight hours. How is your
glass looking about now?
As I write this, with temperatures in the single digits, it could be
a tossup, but I believe my glass is half full because I am eagerly
looking forward to learning about the new USEF dressage tests at the
USEF New Test Dressage Test Seminar on February 21st. This indoor
event, at the Crown Plaza in Independence, is hosted by NODA and
will be presented by USEF Senior Judge Margaret Freeman. I am
hoping that everyone will find this an affordable and warm way to
learn, and that our professionals will encourage their students to
attend. What better way to get ready and pumped up about the 2015
show season? It will be here before we know it!
Several big changes are on tap for the new competition year, and
everyone who shows in our schooling show series needs to be aware of
them. Important eligibility requirements for NODA’s Schooling Show
Championship and Year End awards have changed. The new season will
require two qualifying scores from two different NODA shows.
There is a change once again for Juniors and Young Riders (Jr/YRs),
and we will welcome the Western Dressage Division to the Schooling
Show Championship in 2015. These are only a few of the changes; an
article in this issue of the NODA News outlines all the changes for
2015. Please read it carefully. The 2015 Schooling Show prize
list, which will be out in early March, will contain all the rules
and changes, as well. As a NODA member, you will receive a hard
copy in the mail. But remember that, as always, the most current
prize list and rules will always be on the NODA website.
If you are interested in earning some NODA Bucks and want to work
from home, Lora Burgess, our Historical Chair, needs someone to help
with scanning NODA items for the historical archives data base.
Please email Lora at
We also want to remind our professionals that we now have a division
for you in our Schooling Show Championships. 2014 was the first
year for this new division and we saw a few pros take advantage of
this opportunity, but not as many as we’d hoped. Because it was
new, perhaps not all of our pros were aware of it. We also included
professionals in the schooling show year-end awards. So remember to
take advantage if you can. If you are a professional and have ideas
that would make participating in our Schooling Show series more
inviting or work better for you, please let us know.
I also want to let everyone know that NODA members are eligible for
a year’s subscription to the Horsemen’s Corral magazine for $10.
There is a coupon in this issue that you can use to send in along
with your check. The Corral has reduced its size and now is the
size of most magazines. Please take advantage of this great offer.
Happy February and I hope to see lots of you on the 21st at the 2015
USEF Dressage Test Seminar.
Dear NODA Members,
The Holidays are just about over as I write this, and I am thinking
about what the New Year will hold. It’s the first month of our good
intentions, perhaps to start living a healthier life, to spend more
time with family and friends, to be kinder and more considerate, to
be more organized, to make each moment count, to give more to
charity, to make that job change, or to take a risk and try
something we might be afraid to try. These are only some of the
many and very personal intentions we may be thinking about. As
equestrians, we likely have included plans to improve our riding
and/or our horses' training. These intentions will be as varied as
our riding goals. As you strive to achieve your goals, NODA
encourages you to take advantage of what we offer to help you
improve and enhance your equestrian pursuits.
NODA also has some goals and plans for the new year!
Selection of a venue for our Recognized Shows Weekend
January Schooling Show Committee meeting to finalize our 2015
plans for the schooling show season
NODA’s USEF 2015 Dressage Test Symposium
Freeman on February 21st
Joint Schooling Show Weekend with CADS…should be a lot of fun
New venues for our schooling show series this year
Collaborative endeavor with Big Dee’s to host a Sarah Martin
Dressage Clinic in April
USDF Instructor Certification Testing for 2015
Begin planning a USDF “L” Program
We face a lot of challenges in 2015. NODA and the equestrian
community continue to change. We need to adapt to these changes, and
we believe that this year could be pivotal in our effort to grow
into the future. We must continue in our role as a source of
education, and the questions remain as to the best use of our
NODA, like most GMOs, continues to struggle with challenges that
unfortunately won’t disappear with the beginning of a new year. We
still will have to work hard to get enough volunteers for our shows,
clinics, and committees. We also need members who are willing to
give more than just the required 4 hours. We need members who are
willing to lead and coordinate and put in more time to help ensure
the future of NODA.
We also must find ways to fund our educational mandate. With entries
for our schooling shows trending down the last couple of years, and
with low attendance at our clinics, we find that we no longer come
close to breaking even, and the shortfall comes out of NODA’s
general funds. Facilities are not donated and there are fees and
other costs for clinicians. Without participants at our shows and
clinics, we can’t survive. Right now if we didn’t have our
wonderful sponsors helping to pick up some of the financial slack we
would be offering less at a higher cost.
I want to thank all the NODA board and committee members for their
hard work and continued support going into 2015. I look forward to
spending my last year as president working with all of you. You are
dependable and dedicated and we couldn’t do what we do without each
and every one of you.