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Central States Dressage and Eventing Association
The CSDEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving
Minnesota,Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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Lloyd Landkamer (1955 - 2015)

You have likely heard about the passing of Lloyd Landkamer last Friday. CSDEA joins the entire equestrian community in sending our deepest condolences to his many friends and family. His death is a great loss to our area, to our sport nationally, and of course, most of all, to those who were close to him. Our hearts are with you.

For more about Lloyd's life and impact, read the USEF Press Release or the USDF Press Release.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lloyd’s memory can be made to The American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345, P. O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 for Colon Cancer Research.

A clinic with Paul Belasik - November 21-22, 2015

Paul Belasik is a highly respected international rider, trainer, writer and teacher, and an avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals. It has been said that his diversity of qualities and skills place him firmly in a lineage of riding masters that traces all the way down from the Renaissance, but also marks him out as exceptional in a modern era that places ever more emphasis on specialization.

This clinic is now open for registration. Deadline for rider applications is October 15. Click here to read more.

Website Updates

The October 1 email newsletter is now online.  If you're not a CSDEA member but would like to receive our monthly newsletters, sign up here!
We also now offer filtered calendar views.  On the calendar page you can access the comprehensive color-coded calendar you're used to, as well as new filters that show only recognized dressage or eventing shows, clinics, and more!  We have also moved to an online calendar submission form.  We hope you enjoy this new, simpler way to submit your events for inclusion on our calendar.

Foto Spotlight


Foggy Morning in Maple Plain MN

Submitted by Carolyn Hauck

We welcome submissions for Foto Friday. Check out the Guidelines here.

Tornado Damage at Altair Farm

You may know long-time CSDEA member Pat Nimmerfroh as the organizing force behind our annual banquet each year.  On the night of Friday, July 17, 2015, Pat's property, Altair Farm, was devastated by the EF-1 tornado that touched down outside of Watertown, MN.
Please read Anna Erbes's account here for more details.  A friend of the Nimmerfrohs has established a GoFundMe account to accept donations to help rebuild the farm, which you can access at this link:
Pat and Daryl, our hearts are with you.

Donations for Hollow Creek's new Water Complex

Hollow Creek Farm is a 79 acre equestrian facility that is home base for Two Rivers Pony Club (a part of Northern Lakes Region and the United States Pony Club).

A scheduled improvement this year is to add a water complex to the cross country course. To this end, CSDEA's Facilities Development Program has agreed to match up to $3,000 in donations to fund construction of the complex.  Construction began in April, and as of August there is water!  The complex will make its public debut at the Hollow Creek Farm One-Day Schooling Horse Trial on August 22.


How You Can Help



Hollow Creek Water Complex 2015
Hollow Creek Water Complex 2015 


Conditioning during downtime


Notes from the 2015 Minnesota Horse Expo session with Jec Aristotle Ballou

By Barb McCutcheon

What is downtime?  If you are working your horse less than four times a week on average, your horse is losing cardiovascular and muscle function.  While horses recover cardiovascular conditioning very rapidly, it takes much longer for them to recover muscle function and they are at risk of injury while recovering.


To keep your horse’s muscles active and to rebuild correct muscle use, Jec has designed a set of exercises that can be done in 20 minutes and can be done in hand as well as under saddle.  Use these exercises to develop correct postural muscles in the horse and you will be able to resume full work much more safely and easily!

To read the rest of this article, click here.


The Central States Dressage and Eventing Association is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and the United States Eventing Association.

Questions? For member information or assistance, contact the Membership Coordinator. For general inquiries, contact the CSDEA President.