August 2017 Newsletter
August E-Newsletter


Save the date September 23rd for the  Hawaiian Shirt Schooling Show and Fun Day! Sponsor a Class at the show ($25). Volunteer a couple hours. You will be supporting future club events. Contact Casey Benkendorfer to sign up to volunteer or secure your sponsorship now! Email

Practice your  Quadrille or Musical Freestyle for the Fabulous Freestyle Fundraiser November 5th! Start your practice now and then debut it at the Hawaiian Shirt Fun Show. You will be a pro by November!

Save the Date for the Tina Drake Ride-A-Test October 7th at Willingham Dressage and watch for news of a How to Scribe clinic to be held in conjunction with the Tina Drake Ride-A-Test!

We would love hearing about your adventures going to shows. Drop us a note or a picture! Do you need to sell a horse? Find a horse? Are you having an event the rest of us should know about? Email to and I will put them in the newsletter. We all love to share those special moments with friends who understand us.

Good Riding!
Carol Bulmer, Editor

Save the Date!
Hawaiian Shirt Schooling Show
September 23
Clarcona Horsemans' Park

Enter a Dressage Test of your choice!
Usef/Usdf Intro-4th, FEI PSG-GP, Eventing, Western
Ride a Freestyle, Pas de Deux, Quadrille
Decorate Your Stalls for Prizes!
Enter the 1st Annual Stick Horse Class!
Volunteer for an hour as runner, scribe, scorer etc
(profit from this show will subsidize the awards banquet & future clinics)
Sponsor a Class
We will put your name in program and announce it that day in gratitude

Contact  "The Big Kahuna" Casey Benkendorfer to secure your sponsorship now or to offer to volunteer  Email Casey at

Show Entries Open in August!  Watch your in box for news!
Get Your Ponies Ready for 

to be held during lunch at the
Hawaiian Shirt Dressage Schooling Show & Fun Day

Calling all Stick Horse Riders! 

All ages
, all sizes, 
non-riders or pros, 
all are invited to compete this year 
in the hottest new sport in town. 

The format will be a "Dressage Horse Under Saddle Class" to be judged in multiple categories. "Best Costume" "Best Mover" etc. Class specifications will be in to entry prize list (coming soon)

You can buy a stick horse or make your own.
Don't know how to make a stick horse?
Click Herefor instructions on how to make a stick horse. Entries are not limited to these stick horses. Any and all stick horse types are welcomed.

Barn Help Needed!

Dee Loveless writes:
Whippet Run Farm, on Rt 328, Ocala, is looking for a person to do stall cleaning; morning feed; turnout for 5-6 horses Monday-Thursday.  It is about 2.5 hours work.  There are several options:

1)  Pay $12/hr
2)  Credit toward lessons (on your horse or my 3rd level horse Moe) and/or board at $15/hr credit with FEI rider/trainer; R Dressage Judge
3)  Moe is available for half lease and credit could be toward that half lease

Aside from the working position, Moe (PVF Power Factor) is available for half lease to someone wanting to learn on him.   He is solid 3rd level (qualified for regionals at 3rd level), schooling 4th.  Possibility of showing him if appropriate.   Cost for half lease, available 3 days/week, with one lesson a week, would be $625.

Contact Dee Loveless, 860-208-6017 or

Thank you,


Dee Loveless, "R" Dressage Judge
Owner/Trainer - Whippet Run Farm
Ocala, FL  34482

Help the Horse Industry by
Completing this Survey

You are invited to participate in a survey for the American Horse Council Foundation's 2017 National Equine Economic Impact Study.  This survey is designed to capture the impact of individual horse owners (whether commercial or recreational) and industry suppliers of equine-related goods and services, such as equine veterinarians, trainers, breeders, lesson providers, trail guides/outfitters, retail suppliers, boarding stables, and farm managers. The results of this survey will be used by the American Horse Council to promote the economic benefits of the horse industry to policy makers.  

Be Careful of Heat Exhaustion!
Scribe Clinic Coming Soon!

CFD's Fearless Leader, Susan Croft has already had great interest in her  How to Scribe Clinic to be held later this year. 
If you always wanted to be in the judges box and learn what those rascals are thinking, well, here is your chance! Not only can you learn important tips on showing and riding you can also earn a little dough when you are experienced enough to be hired at the recognized shows! 
The Scribe Clinic will have one classroom session and then a practical session during the Tina Drake Ride-A-Test event.

We will show you how. It's simple. You will love it once you tried it!

Contact Susan if you are interested in signing up.   

Who is this 
Mystery Member?
(scroll down for the answer)

CFD Business Members
Lisa Giltner 407-341-4840
Chuluota, Fl

Marybeth Mason
cavalor website

Ed Haas

Lisa Smit
Rebecca's Equine Exercisellc

Basler Dressage
Heidi Basler
Important Update- Fee Increases! 

2018 Great American/USDF Regional Championship Qualifying Fee Increase
Effective starting with the 2018 Great American/USDF Regional Championship qualifying season, eligible competitors must be given the option to enter an applicable class as "USDF qualifying", for an additional fee of  $15, which must be paid to the show secretary prior to riding in the class. Half of each qualifying fee will continue to be deposited into the regional championship prize money fund. Please ensure that the updated qualifying fee is listed in your priz e list.

Non-Member Fee Increases
Effective October 1, 2017, the USDF non-member fee is i ncreasing to $35 per rider/owner/lessee, per competition. Please ensure that any prize lists and entry forms for competitions, held after October 1, 2017, are updated accordingly.
NEW: 2018 USDF Regional Adult Amateur Equitation Program!
Adult Amateurs have an additional opportunity for recognition, by qualifying to participate in the new USDF Regional Adult Amateur Equitation Program. One way adult amateurs may qualify to participate in the program is by earning one score of 70% or higher, in any dressage seat equitation class. Competition management is encouraged to offer Dressage Seat Equitation classes, in order to allow qualifying opportunities for this program. There is no qualifying fee, nor special requirements for submitting results to USDF. For more information about the USDF Regional Adult Amateur Equitation Program, please visit the USDF website

Did you know?
That by joining the CFD a portion of your dues went to our parent organization, the United States Dressage Federation. That membership comes with fabulous benefits that includes educational videos, articles and podcasts of every subject you want to know more about. Free to members!

Do you want to know more about USDF and CFD membership benefits? Check out the USDF online Member Guide  CLICK HERE

USEF Learning Center!

New Release: Teaching Flying Changes with Laura Graves
Watch as Laura Graves, a member of the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, talks you through step-by-step instructions to teach your horse a flying change. Graves demonstrates the exercises, from simple transitions to flying changes to the more advanced tempi changes, aboard Fizau, owned by Susan Shattuck-Fryett, and on her 2016 Olympic mount Verdades. This week, cheer Graves on as she competes on The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen aboard Verdades. CLICK HERE

As a valued member of US Equestrian, you can watch this video and over 40 more with top experts and athletes across various breeds, disciplines, and topics in the new  US Equestrian Learning Center
Access to this learning center requires a USEF membership
  not a member of the USEF yet?  Click Here to Join
CFD  Patrons
Carlie and Alan Evans

Gayle Witty

doversaddlerywinterpark website407-681-631

Horstmeyer Farm & Garden 

This Months Mystery Member is
Dee Loveless!

Many of you know Dee as trainer/owner of Whippet Run Farm in Ocala. 
Dee is a Usef "R" Dressage Judge. 
Dee has trained and competed 3 horses from young horses to FEI levels - one to 1-1; 1 to 1-2; 1 to GP. Multiple young horses trained First to Fourth Level, with numerous Year-End Awards from NEDA; the Hanoverian Society; the Morgan Horse Association; the Morgan Dressage Association; the USEF and the USDF
Dee has coached 2 professional rider students to Silver Medals; one Y/R student to Y/R I-1 Regional Championship; multiple professional, Y/R, and A/A students to success and championships at dressage competitions.
Visit Dee's website  Click here

CFD Calendar of Events 2017
January 14 Year End Awards
Submissions Close

March 5 Year End Awards Banquet The Westin Lake Mary
April 15 CFD Super Clinic The Grand Oaks
September  23 Hawaiian Shirt Show Clarcona
October 14 Tina Drake Ride a Test Willingham Dressage
November 5 Fab Freestyle Silver Sands Arena

More to come
Do you have a suggestion for an event? email
Gerd Heuschmann returns to Florida for a 2 day clinic

Celebrated veterinarian, clinician and author of 3 books returns to conduct a clinic October 21-23    The first 2 days (sat + sun) are the lecture and demo rides.  The last day (mon oct 23) is just for lessons.  Almost all of the rides are taken, I may be able to squeeze in 1 or 2 more people on Monday.

The cost for Saturday and Sunday is $160 including lunch. If anyone wishes to stay for monday the audit fee is $50.

We also plan to have a saturday evening dinner--more on that as we get closer to the event.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to send you a registration form (either for rides or spectating).

Thank you!! 

2017 Recognized Shows

January 7,8
Southeast Horse Shows

January 14, 15
Orlando Dressage
Grand Oaks

January 21, 22
Southeast Horse Shows

January 28, 29
Orlando Dressage (2 show weekend)

February 4,5
Southeast Horse Shows
Florida Horse Park

February 11, 12
Orlando Dressage

February 19 Longwood Farms Longwood website

February 25, 26
Southeast Horse Shows

March 25, 26
Orlando Dressage (2 show weekend)

April 1,2

April 11 Monteverde Academy
Fix a Test

April 29,30
Southeast Horse Shows

May 13, 14
Southeast Horse Shows (2 show weekend)

May 27, 28
Orlando Dressage
Grand Oaks

June 10,11
Southeast Horse Shows (2 show weekend)

June 10, 11 Suncoast Tampa website

June 17, 18
Orlando Dressage
Grand Oaks

July 8, 9
Southeast Horse Shows

August 5, 6 Southeast Horse Shows Canterbury

August 19,20 SDCTA (2 shows) Tampa

September 2, 3
Ride Lite Dressage

September 2 Suncoast Tampa website

September 3 Suncoast Tampa website

September 9,
Orlando Dressage
Grand Oaks

October 5, 6
Region 3 Championships

October 21, 22
Southeast Horse Shows
(Arabian) Clarcona?

November 4,5
Southeast Horse Shows

These listings of shows are partial and may not be up to date. Please check with the websites as well as the in the competition listing for accurate and up to date information.

Anyone who wishes to be listed in this calendar email

2017 Schooling Shows
Dec 3, 2016 Rocking Horse Altoona website
Jan 14, 15 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
Feb 11, 12 Fannin Hill Farm Brooksville website
Feb 18, 19 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
Feb 25-26 Brevard Eq Cntr Grant website
Feb 26 STRIDE Fl Horse Park website
March 11, 12 Fannin Hill Farm Brooksville website
March 12
Partners of the Park
FL Horse Park website
March 18, 19 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website

April 9
FL Horse Park
April 22, 23 Fannin Hill Farm Brooksvilee website
April 23 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
May 7 STRIDE FL Horse Park website
May 20 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
May 28 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
June 3, 4 Fannin Hill Farm Brooksville website
June 18 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website

July 16 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
August 13 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
September 16, 17 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
September 17 STRIDE Fl Horse Park website
September 23 CFD Hawaiian 
Shirt Show
Clarcona website
September 24 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
October 21, 22 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
October 22 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
October 29 STRIDE Fl Horse Park website
November 12 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website
November 18, 19 Sumter Eq Cntr Bushnell website
December 4 Partners of the Park Fl Horse Park website

This is a partial listing gathered for the convenience of our members. Please contact Carol at if you want your schooling show listed.

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