June 2017 Newsletter
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Next on the CFD event calendar is Hawaiian Shirt Schooling Show at Clarcona Horsemans' Park on September 23rd. Get ready for the fun. Get your friends together for a Costume Musical Pas de Deux or Quadrille or present a Musical Freestyle on your own. You can practice for the November Fabulous Freestyle Fundraiser! We will offer a Rent-a-Ring and conduct a Stall Decorating Contest. You can also Sponsor a Class at the show! $25 will get your name in the program, a hot link in the pre show advertising and the post show advertising plus your name and link will be added in the Sponsors list on the CFD website. What a deal! Contact Casey Benkendorfer to secure your sponsorship now! Email Caseybenken@yahoo.com

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

Also remember to Save the Date for the Tina Drake Ride-A-Test October 7th at Willingham Dressage.

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 cbulmer1@aol.com 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

Come to where the fun never stops!
Ride a dressage test, rent a ring, ride a costumed freestyle, quadrille, or pas de deux! Win the stall decorating contest, enjoy the great social atmosphere.

Sponsor a Class at the show! $25 will get your name in the program, a hot link in the pre show advertising and the post show advertising plus your name and link will be added in the Sponsors list on the CFD website. What a deal! Contact Casey Benkendorfer to secure your sponsorship now! Email Casey at  Caseybenken@yahoo.com

Mystery Rider!
Who is this heels down and poised CFD member?
Scroll down for answer!

Kindness Matters

We have all been there, sitting in the stands, waiting for our ride time, and watching as the rider in the arena struggles to make accurate circles and is (again) sitting behind the movement of the trot. You hear remarks drifting back to you on the breeze from the trio of riders a few rows in front of you. One voice says "You would think she would have learned to sit the trot by now" followed by "Maybe if she worked out more or lost weight she would sit the trot better" and the other remarks "She is going to ruin that horse's movement". You start thinking to yourself, "Well, it's only the truth" but then you realize you are thinking just like them. How easy it is to criticize! How much more difficult it is to speak about the virtue among the faults. You realize they probably will be judging you just as harshly in a couple of hours and the thought makes you uneasy.
Good sportsmanship happens because we see the benefits of good sportsmanship. We see that when the older rider turns to the young, struggling rider and says, "You can do it, try it again. I will watch you" then the younger rider stops thinking that this is too hard and gives it one more try. We watch when one adult amateur rider says to the other AA "I saw how hard you were trying. I had trouble sitting the trot for a long time. I think you are getting better" then the struggling AA realizes that this rider that she admires has had the same difficulty that they overcame.  "Maybe I can do this too" she thinks and then tries again.
Struggling riders compare themselves to more experienced riders (who make the difficult look easy), they become discouraged, and then give up. "I'll never be good enough," they think. They never reach their potential because they quit too soon. All it takes is one person to encourage them to try one more time to prevent this early demise of a budding rider.
An unfeeling remark, casually given, sets an unhealthy tone for our sport. Accepting this casual cruelty as normal will poison the well of novice riders that our sport depends upon. All of us were struggling novices once. Do you remember the first person to show you kindness and encourage you to continue?
Speak kind thoughts or be silent.
It shows more intelligence and skill to remark on a virtue that inspires than to toss off a cruel observation of a fault that results in discouragement. Please take the time to remember how it feels to struggle and how vulnerable you were when you were new to the sport.
When others hear you inspire a novice rider they too will remember that feeling when THEY first discovered the thrill of riding and that incomparable joy of just being with the horse.
After all, that is what drew us to this sport in the beginning, right?

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Tina Drake "R"
Recommended Summer Reading

A New York Times Bestseller!

From the racetrack to the battlefield-dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi -she was Reckless, "pride of the Marines."

A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she'd be joining.

The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.

Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.

Author Robin Hutton  has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days.

The paperback edition includes a new foreword by General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. It will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit , Elizabeth Letts' The Eighty Dollar Champion , and the feature film War Horse .

Tina says here is "Further Food For Thought"

Horse Abuse. Are you guilty? blog by Julie Winkle

Here's my latest Between Rounds for  The Chronicle of the Horse!
How ironic that Jimmy Wofford wrote about a similar topic in this month's Practical Horseman, and even more ironic that he used a picture of the same horse! Guess I'm not the only one appalled at the lack of knowledge and education, which leads to sometimes ignorant abuse with horses?
Until next time!
Julie Winkle

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Kimberley Puthoff!
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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 7 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 cbulmer1@aol.com
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 usdf.org in the competition listing for accurate and up to date information.

Anyone who wishes to be listed in this calendar email  cbulmer1@aol.com

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 cbulmer1@aol.com if you want your schooling show listed.

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