Send us Your von Bluecher Volunteer of the Year Award Nominations
Each year hundreds of volunteers make the CSDEA's programs possible. From the tack sale, to the horse shows, to the work of the committees and board of directors, the CSDEA relies on volunteers for all of its endeavors. At the annual banquet, we honor one of our outstanding volunteers with the von Bluecher Award. This year it will be January 18, 2014. Since 1989, we have used this award to recognize and thank volunteers who have given untold hours of their time over many years to support dressage and eventing in our area. The recipient receives a traveling trophy and a Lifetime membership to the CSDEA.
We are looking for nominations for the 2013 von Bluecher Award. Please provide the nominee's name and a brief statement about why you are nominating them for the award. The nominees cannot be past winners or current elected board members and must be members of CSDEA. I have included a list of those groups below. Please send nominations, with a statement why you are nominating them, to me via email, voice mail or a letter, for receipt by 12/23/2013.
(Click here for a list of elected board members. Click here for a list of past award winners.)
Anna Schueler, (952) 838-6769,2562 Alabama Ave, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Dominique Barbier Clinic, October 4 - 6
I was privileged to ride my mare in a Dominique Barbier clinic in early October. Barbier is of the French classical school of lightness in dressage, which, for us schooled in the German method, meant somewhat leaving our comfort zones. The clinic was held at Spirit Horse Center just outside of Brainerd, Minnesota. Want to hear more? Click here to read my notes. - Jennie Hakes
Time to check your scores for the 2013 CSDEA Year End Awards! If you're looking for the links, please wait. We had an error and will be reposting them shortly. Another announcement will go out when the error is corrected. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
ATTENTION: The unmounted Freestyle Clinic scheduled for December 15th at the Leatherdale Equine Center has been cancelled.
This site will be under construction for the next few months. We're in the process of an upgrade and making decisions and with our tools--those changes will be live. The changes should mostly be to the look and feel, along with some possible navigation improvements. We appreciate your patience!
Winter Issue of Cross Country
We all know that the unexpected and planned death of our horses is not a topic we want to discuss, but because we are all know that most horse people will have to deal with it someday the Winter 2013 Issue of Cross Country has decided to tackle that topic. (Members can log on now, click on the Documents link and go to the Cross Country folder, followed by selecting the 2013 issues folder.)
In the magazine's article, "The Good Death," members will find a discussion on what to do when that time arrives. It might be tough to read and consider, but some preparation and thought now may help when that day finally comes.
Out here, on the site, we're also providing a related, personal perspective in Ginger Cantor's article "The Twilight Years" and a PDF that provides a guide to regulations and resources related to euthanasia, donation, and handling of remains.
Who said unicorns are extinct?
submitted by Janet Sullivan